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VA Mistakenly Tells Vets They Have Fatal Illness

EbeneezerSquid Re:The VA would like to apologize for EVERY (108 comments)

No, Tricare is a horrible HMO that constantly forgets to pay bills. Who runs it depends on which region you are in, I think it is Sectera in the southeastern US. I love the fact that they often decide not to pay for tests the doctor orders because they are "unnecessary" and we find out about it when the Collection agency contacts us 9 months later.

But I shouldn't blame them. They are simply following the "guidlines" the politicians produced, to ensure "fairness".

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VA Mistakenly Tells Vets They Have Fatal Illness

EbeneezerSquid Re:The VA would like to apologize for EVERY (108 comments)

hahahahahaha!

There are presently 3 "single payer" health care systems in the US: The VA, IHS (Indian Health Services), and Medicare.

The VA has a long history of misdiagnosis and hospitals that don't meet the cleanliness standards most McDonalds must keep, the IHS itself admits that it doesn't have the money to do anything put extremely urgent care, barely (as opposed to the full and complete care it is obligated to provide by treaty), and Medicare pays regular health care providers about 65% of the costs of treatment, does so 9-24 months late, and is on schedule to devour the entire federal budget by 2019 (assuming it is not expanded by ObamaCare).

As a Military Servicemember, and the son of a vet who just became eligible for medicare, I want LESS government in Healthcare, and am not surprised in the least by these letters. I'm actually more surprised that they were reported in the media, this time.

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Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable

EbeneezerSquid Re:Depressing, but not uncommon (1251 comments)

Unfortunately, Certification is the only way the IT world has of "proving" that a given employee can do the job. A growing number of employers will pay for or reimburse the cost of taking them in the US.

At least certification is a more reliable indicator of actual job knowledge than a degree, these days.

Fact remains that doing honest and hard work brings you NOTHING.

I wouldn't say nothing. But, unfortunately, you still need to be able to play office politics, or you will end up with someone else taking the credit for all your hard work: And, unfortunately again, IT-types tend to be less good at politics at than the type of person who gets a degree in "Business Administration" in IT.

You cannot be both a geek and successful without leaving your comfort zone, sadly.

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Senators Want To Punish Nokia, Siemens Over Iran

EbeneezerSquid Re:Because Cisco would never do such a thing (392 comments)

When was this posted, June 30 2004?
Sounds like the Dem line back during the Bush/Kerry Campaign.
Considering that Iraq is mostly peaceful now, and well on it's way to a stable democracy, with US troops transitioning to primarily training and support roles. (as dictated by the Status of Forces Agreement).

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Senators Want To Punish Nokia, Siemens Over Iran

EbeneezerSquid Re:Because Cisco would never do such a thing (392 comments)

Not really.
It just shows that he hasn't made a detailed study of the middle east and Islamic Sects.
While the difference between Sunni and Shia, and the difference between most Sunni and Wahabi, is very important to an Islamic individual, from an outsiders point of view they are relatively minor differences.
It's not like he works for the State department or something.

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Senators Want To Punish Nokia, Siemens Over Iran

EbeneezerSquid Re:Because Cisco would never do such a thing (392 comments)

How is Israel in it's current form criminal and cruel?
Because it is a Democratic society?
Because all of it's citizens are allowed to vote?
Because all people who stayed in Israel following it's War of Independence (when it was attacked by 5 nations without provocation) were given citizenship?
Because it attempts to protect it's people when thousands of mortars and/or rockets are launched upon their homes and schools, by launching a single guided missile at the launcher/mortar site?
Because it gave up, completely and freely, land which it had held for over 40 years? This land had been intended as a "buffer zone" to help defend against a fourth attack from Egypt, but Israel-Egyptian relations had improved enough that it was (hopefully) no longer needed as such, so they kicked thousands of Israelis out of their homes and gave them to the people who had been trying to kill Israelis for generations.
Because, every once and awhile, when the Israeli people demand that something be done about the rock/mortar/suicide-bomb attacks, they send in a surgical strike force to attempt to remove the leadership of those attacking the Israeli populace?
Because it will not guarantee the "right-of-return"? (Definition: All Palestinian refugees are given full Israeli Citizenship. "Palestinian Refugee" definition: A person "whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict". UNRWA's definition of a Palestinian refugee also covers the descendants of persons who became refugees in 1948[2] regardless of whether they reside in areas designated as refugee camps or in established, permanent communities. "Refugee" definition: A refugee is a person who flees to escape conflict, persecution or natural disaster.) There is no Census of Palestinian Refugees, who now include many individuals who have moved to Palestine with the intend to fight Israel. Estimated number of "Palestinian Refugees": 4.66 million. Population of Israel: 7 million.

Perhaps you are referring to the failure of the "roadmap"s? It should be noted that while Israel has consistently done much of what was required in these agreements, the Palestinian Authority has never done so.
Or maybe the occasional destruction of WMD or WMD-production capacity of various nations surrounding nations which have loudly proclaimed their indention to destroy Israel?
Help me out here.

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Senators Want To Punish Nokia, Siemens Over Iran

EbeneezerSquid Re:Because Cisco would never do such a thing (392 comments)

Individuals may boycott these companies if they wish.
The bill doesn't ban them from doing business IN the United States,
It bans them from doing WITH the United States Government.

In other words, as a unit, the Government would be boycotting these companies.

I do agree with the double-standard; however, The Chinese Communist Party has been far more accepting of gradual loosening and openness than has the Iranian Mullahs. Engagement does work, if the organization you are attempting to engage with is a rational actor.

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Michael Jackson's death affects me ...

EbeneezerSquid Re:Nope (658 comments)

No, you got it wrong. The joke is:

America is great! Just Look at Micheal Jackson. Only here can a poor black boy grow up to be a rich white woman.

Personally, I think his memory would be better served if you pretend he died immediately after the "Thriller" Album came out. Everything after that was someone else.

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Buzz Aldrin's Radical Plan For NASA

EbeneezerSquid Why pay them? (519 comments)

Why should I pay them.
Cut out the regulations, and let them pay their own way: and they can keep the profit they make too.
Profit drives innovation far more effectively than government contracts.
Government Contracts seem to drive little more than cost overruns, these days anyway.

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DARPA Wants a 19" Super-Efficient Supercomputer

EbeneezerSquid Re:Why? (200 comments)

It would be just as easy to make autonomous operation for vehicles too, if everyone filed a Driving Plan at least 12 hours prior to leaving.
That goes for people walking, too.
I think the incidence of DogStrike would be a little higher than the incidence of BirdStrike, but not too much.

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DARPA Wants a 19" Super-Efficient Supercomputer

EbeneezerSquid Re:It's a sad state of affairs... (200 comments)

When you don't want to have to put a nuclear reactor in the tank that the supercomputer is going to be shoehorned into. (As a higher-up poster suggested).
I'm sure the Army would like all the IT/InfoWarfare abilities that comes with a prepared Command post in their field HQ, and still be able to run off of the truck mounted generators they use now.
Power is a BIG concern in field operations, as you can't count on being able to tap into the local grid, as it may be unstable due to fighting (like Iraq, though it wasn't stable to start with), or entirely nonexistant (like Afganastan).

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DARPA Wants a 19" Super-Efficient Supercomputer

EbeneezerSquid Re:And a pony (200 comments)

No, Tax evasion just gets you a job.
Setting tax policy.

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DARPA Wants a 19" Super-Efficient Supercomputer

EbeneezerSquid Re:Should it... (200 comments)

No, It probably won't.
For some reason, DoD always goes for a proprietary flavor of Unix.
And not the same flavor either. A wonderful mishmash of Solaris, HP-UX, and others.
What's really nice is that in tech school they give you a 3-day lecture on basic Unix commands, and tell you "You'll never use this".
Then you'll get on-station, and have to install one from scratch.

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DARPA Wants a 19" Super-Efficient Supercomputer

EbeneezerSquid Re:NVIDIA (200 comments)

Not necessarily easy to program.
It just cannot require explicit knowledge of the system architecture in order to program, like the old mainframes did.
Of course, there is something to be said for explicitly managed systems. A mainframe with 512kbytes of memory ran the air defense of the United States from the 1970s until 2004 (well, three of them). Why wasn't it replaced earlier? Because they tried to, four times, with general purpose computers but, until 2004 (and a dozen-or-so Opterons), they couldn't handle the load.

But the military no longer trains many programmers. And hiring Contractors (or G.S.'s) to program for explicitly managed systems is very, very expensive.

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DARPA Wants a 19" Super-Efficient Supercomputer

EbeneezerSquid Re:Thermionics and stuff (200 comments)

Also, I think they want a total power of 50GFLOPS/W, including the power used for cooling.
If I was planning to put this rack in a tank or a ship, that's how I would write the spec.

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DARPA Wants a 19" Super-Efficient Supercomputer

EbeneezerSquid Re:Bio-computing perhaps? (200 comments)

Since when has DARPA been conventional?

Course, I seem to remember reading about an artificial diamond company which was planning on scaling up to make diamond semiconductor wafers. No idea what how different diamond lithography would be to Silicon, but it would at least have a much larger thermal envelope, allowing higher processor loading, all else being equal. . .

Semi-conventional perhaps?

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DARPA Wants a 19" Super-Efficient Supercomputer

EbeneezerSquid Re:57KW air-cooled 19" Rack? (200 comments)

At high frequency ranges, the separation between wires begins to act as a capacitor, resulting in signals jumping between contacts. Unless you are planning on using waveguides.
As Intel discovered in the P4 generations, upping the clock frequencies is an impractical, low FLOPS/W solution.
And, using your math, the yield is only 10MFLOPS/W, versus the stated goal of 50GFLOPS/W.
I think the researchers would be better off going the Centrino/Core Duo Route.

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DARPA Wants a 19" Super-Efficient Supercomputer

EbeneezerSquid Re:Where will be that cabinet? (200 comments)

NSA is not part of the Defense Department.
Doesn't mean they won't reap the benefits of this DARPA project, but it's unlikely that they are making it for them.

I can think of a heck of a lot of things that the DoD could use this tech for: reading your PgP emails isn't one of them.
Reading Ahmadinejad's, Kim's, or BinLaden's on the other hand would be very useful.

But just off the top of my head, what could we use such a powerful, compact computer for? Hmmmm. . .
*Server consolidation for field command-control centers
*Tactical and targeting computers for various vehicles (Tanks, aircraft, etc)
*Control systems for lighter, more mobile Ballistic Missile Defense systems (The present ones are mounted on converted Oil Derricks - Be nice to mount one on, say, a truck. Or a Destroyer.)

I could probably think of half-a-dozen more if I wasn't pulling a 36-hour-plus day right now in an attempt to get my sleep schedule back on track after two weeks of midshift.
But since I can't, I'll leave that as an exercise for you.

Just remember: The US Military does not normally operate domestically, and is forbidden to take action against US Citizens unless actually under combat conditions without Presidential Authorization, which is only given on a case-by-case basis.
If the boys in the Pentagon Basement are asking Obama if they can read your email, You are doing some seriously BAD shit.

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