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US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

JayWilmont Hegemony (1160 comments)

Hegemony is no longer fun when it is Europe doing it to us in the USA.

(However, turnabout is fair play.)

about a year ago
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Obamacare Employer Mandate Delayed Until After Congressional Elections

JayWilmont Re:Employers already know the loophole (600 comments)

Things like this are always maddening to me since they have such a simple solution: instead of having a hard boundary (40 hours/week) just pro-rate things. So if for a full-time employee the company pays 50% of the insurance cost and the employee pays 50%, then make the employer of the 20 hour/week employee pay 25% and the employee 75%. (And do this at a per-hour resolution, not a full time/half-time resolution). This would give employers much less of an incentive to cut hours to get below some magic number.

(Of course why we still allow insurance to be tied to employment is a whole other kettle of crazy fish.)

about a year ago
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Obamacare Employer Mandate Delayed Until After Congressional Elections

JayWilmont Re:Oh, look! Just what the economy needs! (600 comments)

You are conflating public and private spending. If you are an 'average' american, you would 'only' spend about $4200/year on healthcare - but part of the problem with the costs in the USA is that the government is also spending on average $4000/year. So our total per-person costs are about $8,200 per person/per year. In comparison, the total public & private costs are about $3400/year.

This means if we were able to wave a magic wand and instantly implement the NHS for the USA, we could both give everyone free healthcare and lower taxes.

(Numbers are all 2010 figures from: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/10/health-costs-how-the-us-compares-with-other-countries.html)

about a year ago
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Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X At WWDC

JayWilmont Re:Is it me (607 comments)

Cards? Those aren't (originally) an Android thing, they were a Palm webOS thing.

about a year ago
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Apple: 75% of Our World Wide Power Needs Now Come From Renewable Power Sources

JayWilmont Re:Does that include their manufacturing plants? (262 comments)

I was referring to how nobody *will* read TFA I linked to ;-)

(Also the original article links to Apple's environment page, which has a link right at the top of the page for "Our Footprint", so for all of the people complaining about what 'Apple' is/isn't including in their calculation - a trivial amount of effort from the TFA would have gotten people to a page with the answer, though clearly that is much less fun than speculating and shooting down straw men.)

about a year ago
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Apple: 75% of Our World Wide Power Needs Now Come From Renewable Power Sources

JayWilmont Re:Does that include their manufacturing plants? (262 comments)

Don't blame Apple for the submitter's terrible headline. What Apple actually claims is on their website, and they have a clear breakdown of what they view their footprint to be is here:
http://www.apple.com/environment/our-footprint/

(Broken down b/c nobody actually RTFA)
61% Manufacturing
5% Transportation
30% Product Use
2% Recycling
2% Facilities

about a year ago
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Apple Has Too Much Money

JayWilmont Re:Give half the money to the 3 big stakeholders (570 comments)

1. On what basis do you say that they suddenly do not have an innovative product pipeline? All of their non-Jobs creative executives are still there (except their retail chief, but he was building Apple Stores not developing products).

2. How are they not acting like a "big boy" company?

more than 2 years ago
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Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions

JayWilmont Re:Because Apple charges enough to be made in Amer (744 comments)

1. You are forgetting that Gross Margin != Profit. Given that Apple's profit margin is usually about 40%, the costs for everything besides manufacturing costs (such as salaries for Apple's 60,000+ US employees) would be roughly 15%, so using the figure above, an iPad would actually cost roughly $668 (618 + 50), leaving an 8.5% profit margin, not 15%.

2. Apple hires plenty of US workers who are paid well.

3. Apple used to manufacture in the US, most recently iMacs, and couldn't compete. NeXT also manufactured in the US, and nobody wanted to pay the price premium.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Unveils Software To Reinvent the Textbook

JayWilmont Re:I'm the target for this, and I won't be using i (416 comments)

The article sloppily refers to the iBook Store as 'iBooks', so what that sentence is actually saying is: books that are published in the iBook Store must be exclusive to the iBook Store. Which has nothing to do with what you can do with books you write using the iBooks Author software (it is your work, of course you can do whatever you want with it, the same as you can a Word document).

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Intends To 'Digitally Destroy' Textbook Publishing

JayWilmont Re:It's not all the Textbook publshers' fault (396 comments)

I've read the breakdowns, but I don't buy it. For example, I once ended up with the bangladeshi copy of a $150 physics textbook for $50. It was paperback, printed on newsprint (which is actually less glossy and therefore easier to read under bright lights), black-and-white, and page-for-page identical with the US edition (and from the same company as the original textbook, so not a pirated copy).

I'm sure many students in the US would gladly opt for a much cheaper "economy" edition if it were offered instead of the delux quality hardback, multi-color, super-glossy textbooks that we get to choose from. (Sure, some subjects benefit from color, but for most, especially math and programming, it is an unnecessary luxury. )

Even if no outright price gouging exists, it is much more lucrative to sell luxury textbooks than bare-bones ones (a fixed percentage of $150 is more than the same percentage of $50): this decision may be good for publishers, but it is bad for students.

more than 2 years ago
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Code Cleanup Culls LibreOffice Cruft

JayWilmont Re:oooh yes (317 comments)

That's like saying driving in the dark is hard to do without using your car's headlights. Use a debugger to figure things out.

more than 2 years ago
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The Un-Internet and War On General Purpose Computers

JayWilmont Re:Free market? (266 comments)

Most of america is also car-illiterate, financially-illiterate, woodworking-illiterate, sewing-illiterate, hunting-illiterate, gardening-illiterate and cooking-illiterate.

I don't think we should ever celebrate ignorance, but there is a big difference between this and acknowledging that people only have so much time/energy/capacity to learn about how the world works and would rather spend their time living their lives.

Basic gardening is also super-easy and is beneficial both financially and health-wise, but most people don't bother with it, the same way most people don't bother spending time understanding their computer.

As we look at how to improve our society, I think concerns about cooking/food-illiteracy and financial-illiteracy are far more pressing than bemoaning that people don't bother to learn how to navigate a directory structure. It is better to discuss making "open" computing simple, easy and relevant rather than berating people for wanting to get on with their lives.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) Now Open Source

JayWilmont Re:open source, patent encumbered (526 comments)

Speculative: They *only* released it because they had to.
Fact: They had to release it.

Fact: Apple has benefited greatly by the proliferation of WebKit. No longer is the Mac a second-class citizen of the internet due to not having IE6.

Speculation: I don't think it is unreasonable to believe that they chose to start with an open-source project partly because it saved development time and also partly because using a widely-adopted engine as a basis for the browser is good for Mac users, which is a goal furthered by releasing the engine as open-source. I think if Konqueror didn't exist, or wasn't used as the basis of the project, Apple may have (I'd say 50/50 chance) still released WebKit as open-source. (It is also quite reasonable to argue they didn't care about the open-source part and just wanted to ship quickly - unless the people who made those decisions state them publicly, it is all speculation).

more than 2 years ago
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Redbox Raises Its Prices To $1.20 Per Day

JayWilmont Re:Nope. (232 comments)

In most industries the profit margins are pretty similar across businesses that market to the same niche. This is because of competition - if you price your product at a 60% markup and somebody else is happy to sell a similar product for a 30% markup, you aren't going to do well for very long.

So while you are technically correct, usually a company's profit margin stays fixed while prices and costs of doing business fluctuate. Businesses do sometimes bite the bullet during temporary spikes in costs, but the costs of doing business can only increase so much before a price increase is necessary for doing business.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) Now Open Source

JayWilmont Re:open source, patent encumbered (526 comments)

They could have developed their own engine instead. You are working hard to split hairs, and basing it entirely on speculation.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

JayWilmont Re:Commerce -- Seriously? What about the constitio (2247 comments)

Dude, all federal agencies are run by the President (aka, Executive Branch) as it is that branch's job to execute (carry out) the laws that Congress passes. Federal agencies can make rules only because congress allows them to for the sake of expediency. Congress can always override rules a federal agency comes up with.

about 3 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

JayWilmont Re:In other words, we should give up. (2247 comments)

Why should the taxpayer pay? Because taxpayers benefit - a hurricane that destroys an unprepared business in Florida is one that reduces orders from its supplier in Georgia and increases unemployment, reducing demand for goods and services from the rest of the country.

Why do we let tiny Caribbean countries use data we are already collecting for ourselves? Because we are far richer than they are and it would be cruel to not share it with them just because they are poor. (The discussion would be different if this were something that say, Canada or Europe would benefit from, that can full well afford to split costs or do it themselves.)

about 3 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

JayWilmont Re:Ron Paul... (2247 comments)

We can afford the weather service as it takes up less than a fraction of a percent of our total budget. Knowing when hurricanes are coming saves thousands of lives a year (which is financially worth doing even without looking at the moral/ethical side of things.)

about 3 years ago

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