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In 100 Years, Health Care Won't Be An Issue Because ...

Panaphonix Re:Missing option: (804 comments)

McCarran-Ferguson Act, HMO Act, distortions by Medicare/Medicaid, and the tax exemption for group health insurance. Need I go on?

more than 5 years ago

In 100 Years, Health Care Won't Be An Issue Because ...

Panaphonix Re:Missing option: (804 comments)

This has been said regarding the financial crisis, but it's equally applicable to health care: Blaming greed is like blaming gravity for a guy falling off a building. Everyone has incentives, and everyone responds to incentives. Government has restricted competition in health care, creating incentives to screw people over. Prices don't just exist in a vacuum, they are based on all the factors of production.

more than 5 years ago

Swedish Authorities Attempt Pirate Bay Shutdown

Panaphonix Re:Yes... information *IS* free (348 comments)

That's the beauty of living in a free country. You're free to succeed and free to fail in any way you choose.

more than 5 years ago

The Global Warming Heretic

Panaphonix Re:There is money and publicity (1190 comments)

When your Federal Reserve Notes are worth less (or worthless) can we complain then?

more than 5 years ago

I expect the last human on Earth to be born ...

Panaphonix Disappointing... (262 comments)

Here are the main reasons I can think of reasonably selecting the above time intervals:

... within the next 100 years (2188 votes / 11%):
  - Extinction level event? I am not convinced even a KT-type event could wipe out humanity on Earth.
  - Microbes could take out 99% but that's enough to repopulate the Earth.

... 100-1,000 years from now (4090 votes / 21%):
  - Same as above, with slightly more likelihood.
  - Earth-scorching/destroying event, like a close-proximity supernova? High-power cosmic ray burst? What are the odds of that? Seems far-fetched.

... 1,000-10,000 years from now (3792 votes / 20%)
  - Same as above, with slightly more likelihood.
  - And just to reiterate, total thermonuclear war with "doomsday devices" detonated or a giant asteroid would probably still allow a few thousand humans to repopulate if not far more.

... 10,000-1,000,000 years from now (3649 votes / 19%)
  - Same as above with slightly higher probability.
  - Since it took somewhere near a million years to go from Homo erectus to Homo sapiens, I could imagine some of you Slashdotters picking this poll answer due to evolution. But I would still call a "Homo superior" a human.
  - Perhaps you can say Morlocks are the only real humans, and since they are born underground, there are no humans being born "on Earth" at this point.

... More than 1,000,000 years from now (2387 votes / 12%)
  - This seems like the far most likely result, when the Sun makes the Earth uninhabitable, around 500 million years from now, give or take a few hundred million years. But it's the second-least popular result. I am disappointed in Slashdot.

Too late, we're just waiting for the comet (2591 votes / 13%)
  - I don't even get this one.

more than 5 years ago

I expect the last human on Earth to be born ...

Panaphonix Re:Options too low? (262 comments)

You mean the Sun's cosmic lifespan? How many of these dimwits could even tell you the Sun is mainly composed of hydrogen?

No, I don't think anyone believes that. Now, the Milankovich cycle on the other hand...

more than 5 years ago

As Seas Rise, Maldives Seek To Buy a New Homeland

Panaphonix Re:A myth. (521 comments)

Great. And I suppose we have to hire enforcers for these "anti-outsourcing" laws? What about entrepreneurs, are they not allowed to entertain the idea of locating in developing countries?

Laws enacted to deal with the mess created by other laws. It all sounds so incredibly sane, no?

more than 6 years ago

Lego Loses Its Unique Right To Make Lego Blocks

Panaphonix Re:English translation (576 comments)

Interesting they would try to trademark the block, which doesn't run out, good thing it didn't work, for the consumer at least.

There is something very wrong here:
1) Millions of dollars, years of work, childhood memories, all go into the Lego brand. For this they receive a trademark to prevent market confusion and exploitation of their brand equity.
2) Mega Brands comes out with Mega Bloks, which looks just like Legos and even interlocks with Lego blocks. This company is able to sell blocks in great quantity by piggy-backing off the Lego brand.
3) The EU court rules in favor of Mega Brands. How could this happen?


But the judges ruled that consumer perception was not relevant to an analysis of the functionality of the design. EU trademark law "precludes registration of any shape" that is "sufficient to obtain the intended technical result", the court ruled, "even if that result can be achieved by other shapes".

So basically the Canadian company won on a technicality and erased billions of euros of brand value. Way to go EU.

more than 6 years ago


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Panaphonix Panaphonix writes  |  more than 8 years ago

My post here

I posted and left, and came back to find a moderation of 0. But one of the replies mentions mine as having a 5. So it had to be modded up and then down, total of 9 times at least. Hah!

I think what got me was that someone confused me for a Republican (yuck!). Slashdot hive mind rules again!


How to make a news story for Slashdot

Panaphonix Panaphonix writes  |  more than 9 years ago

1. Go to del.icio.us/popular.
2. Reload.
3. Find article that nerds would like.
4. Submit to Slashdot.

Seriously, guys.

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