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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Moridineas Re:Politics as usuall (722 comments)

"Probably not?" You're going to have to explain that one. Maybe some people are worse off, but millions are MUCH better off by not being denied health care for pre-existing conditions, being able to stay on their parent's healthcare plans, etc.

I'm curious about this. It seems to me that millions might--or might not--be better off by not being denied health care INSURANCE, but were people really denied health care (note the difference between insurance and care) previously? Aren't ERs and the like forbidden from turning away anybody who needs care, even if they can't pay? Do you think ER usage will change post-Obamacare?

Speaking as somebody who selects the healthcare plan for a small business with about 20 employees (about 15 of whom opt to be on our insurance), we've been raped by the insurance companies for years, and we're still being raped. I don't know our final percentage increase this year (our current plan runs through June 31), but it looks like the percentage increase for this year is going to be astronomical.

I don't even really blame the insurance companies. The companies are after all completely regulated by state and federal requirements and are forbidden from competing across state lines, etc. The problems are structural, and I just don't see how Obamacare changes anything at all structurally.

about two weeks ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

Moridineas What the heck?! (279 comments)

Upon loading the article page I was confronted with some spam video that started playing and blasting audio unrequested. Is this the next shoe to drop? First beta, next auto playing video ads? I've never disabled ads on slashdot and I disable my adblocker BECAUSE the ads haven't been annoying.

What is going on at slashdot?!?!

about 2 months ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

Moridineas Awful...just awful (237 comments)

Count me in with those who can't find the reply button for the article. What the crap?

I just can't believe how bad this site is. The worst of the worst:

    - Different font sizes and families make the page look awful. AWFUL.
    - Ridiculously narrow content column. As a plus, there's loads of useful whitespace to the side of the screen! Editing box seems to be missing a sarcasm tag.
    - Much harder to follow the flow of conversations than on slashdot classic.
    - The editor strips out lines between paragraphs. This makes replies looked like a muddled pile of crap.

I already stopped reading slashdot on my iphone because the mobile version is such crap. If the owners of slashdot have so little respect for their users as to foist this steaming pile on us, screw it. As soon as I am forced to this beta version I stop reading slashdot for good. What a shame.

about 2 months ago
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Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall

Moridineas Re: lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (209 comments)

Romanian != Roma.

Romania is a country whose inhabitants are called, in English, Romanians. The name of the country (and therefore the people) comes from Rome. The Roman Empire. THAT Rome. Romanian--like French, Spanish, and Italian--is a romance language descended directly from Latin. Some even argue that it's the Romance language that today most closely resembles Latin!

Roma, on the other hand, is a name for a minority population of people that most probably emigrated from South Asia over a thousand years ago. AKA gypsies. The word Roma comes from some Roma dialect and has no connection to Romania or Roman other than as homonyms. Good example of a false congate--they sound alike, but there is no connection.

Admittedly, the conflation is a common mistake to make, especially since there is a very large (comparatively speaking) Roma population in Romania.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

Moridineas Re: Who would believe it? (457 comments)

That's very funny--I think I'll have to steal it!

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

Moridineas Re:No, it's actually (457 comments)

The early days of the Internet really were the best. There were some really awesome communities back then. I'm sure such things are still around, but damn if they don't seem to be covered in mounds of crap.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

Moridineas Re:It's true! (457 comments)

Like many slashdot users, for most of my life, I've been accused of spending too much time on computers.

As a child of the 80s, I've spent countless hours on BBSes, terminal internet, dialup internet, AOL instant messenger, battle.net, mmos, civilization 1, civilization 2, civilization 3, etc. ;-)

Today, however, I feel like a luddite. I don't use Facebook. I don't use instagram or snapchat or whatsapp. I read one or two twitter accounts, but don't have an account myself. My wife is totally hooked on Facebook, and I'm now I'm the one complaining about spending so much time on the computer!

It's a bizarre world.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

Moridineas Re: Who would believe it? (457 comments)

Funny, I just had a conversation with the same answer from my low 20-somethings sister. She never uses Facebook and chats with instagram and snapchat. Seems inefficient, but maybe that's just me!

She does have a twitter account--a marketing course in one of her college classes required all the students to open a twitter account. If THAT'S not the death knell of a social network (professors ordering students to open an account!), I don't know what is.

about 4 months ago
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Evad3rs Announce iOS 7 Jailbreak For Latest Apple Devices

Moridineas Re:It works (110 comments)

Right, but only if you define a need solely as a "basic survival requirement." I do not agree with this definition.

I would use a simpler definition in the context of cars/hardware/software/housing/etc (none of which are "basic survival requirements")--if it's a dealbreaker, it's a need. If it's not, it's a want.

about 4 months ago
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Evad3rs Announce iOS 7 Jailbreak For Latest Apple Devices

Moridineas Re:It works (110 comments)

Seems like there can be some pretty straightforward guidelines.

If you require a dvorak keyboard, and the lack of a dvorak keyboard is a dealbreaker, then it's a need.

If you want a dvorak keyboard and would use a dvorak keyboard if you could (but it's not a dealbreaker), then it's a want.

It's about degrees. If you limit wants/needs to "basic survival requirements" then pretty much the entirety of modern civilization falls into the category of "wants."

about 4 months ago
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Evad3rs Announce iOS 7 Jailbreak For Latest Apple Devices

Moridineas Re:It works (110 comments)

I'm a "one app" jailbreak user too. For me, it's BiteSMS. BiteSMS is great--it's a messaging overhaul that implements popup sms/imessage that lets you compose orreply to messages without leaving your current app. You can schedule messages to send in the future, actually see timestamps, etc. Great program. If this is a legit jailbreak and bitesms works, I'll upgrade to iOS7 right away.

about 4 months ago
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Exploiting Tomorrow's Solar Eclipse To Help Understand Sea Levels

Moridineas Re:Yes, it is. (92 comments)

Ounces and pounds are still in common usage in the UK (the country that the GP referred to!). Don't let that stand in the way of an opportunity for you to try to attack the US though. We appreciate your fresh take on the metric system!

about 6 months ago
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Exploiting Tomorrow's Solar Eclipse To Help Understand Sea Levels

Moridineas Re:Yes, it is. (92 comments)

I'm American and I've definitely heard "get in front of a problem" but I've never heard it shortened to just "get out front" as it was in the story (nor removed from context as it was). I was confused as well. Perhaps the submitter was just being idiosyncratic.

about 6 months ago
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Spy Expert Says Australia Operating As "Listening Post" For US Agencies

Moridineas Five Eyes (165 comments)

How exactly is this news? It's even on Wikipedia--the Five Eyes (FVEY, i.e., the English-speaking countries, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, and the United States) share just about everything. There's also the even MORE exclusive sharing group that excludes New Zealand -- ACGU -- Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and the United States (I believe the origins of this clique go back to some disputes around US nuclear warships berthing in New Zealand).

The arrangement is specifically designed so that, for instance, the NSA can spy on British citizens for the Brits (or vice versa) without breaking any local laws. Each country has geographic regions of specialty.

about 6 months ago
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California Outlaws 'Revenge Porn'

Moridineas Re:This law is to prtect Republicans. (528 comments)

So Democrats elected Regan [sic] and Schwarzenegger?

Yes, they did. You might have heard of Reagan Democrats? Did you realize that only two states voted against Reagan in 1984 (IIRC)? Schwarzenegger ran against a Republican in his first election and got well over 50% of the vote in his second election. Someone other than Republicans were voting for them!

about 7 months ago
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FreeBSD 9.2, FreeBSD 10.0 Alpha 4 Released

Moridineas Re:FreeBSD? (133 comments)

I run a FreeBSD server and still have an old OpenBSD soekris router in service, but I would not have said that there are more FreeBSD userland installs than Linux. What are you considering FreeBSD userland--OSX?

about 7 months ago
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EU Committee Votes To Make All Smartphone Vendors Utilize a Standard Charger

Moridineas Re:I thought they already did that? (415 comments)

Then when companies worked out how to circumvent this apple put out a software update to lock things down again.

Can you explain this further?

about 7 months ago
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EU Committee Votes To Make All Smartphone Vendors Utilize a Standard Charger

Moridineas Re:Thought they required it a few years ago? (415 comments)

I wonder if this is related (unofficially of course) to apple's recent aggressive move over third party lightning (apples current charge/data port) cables.

What aggressive moves?

about 7 months ago
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Molecule In Corked Wine Plugs Up Your Nose

Moridineas Re:price vs. taste (134 comments)

If you don't mind my asking, could you point me to which Duplin wine you like? I live in NC and have tried just a few local wines (I tried some kind of uber sweet muscadine years ago). Thus far, I haven't found anything that jumped out at me.

about 7 months ago

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Moridineas Moridineas writes  |  about 11 years ago

Well yes, but you see that in Catero...er, I mean Ciculline..DAMN IT
--on Cicero and Catullus

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