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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

PhotoJim Re:Can't live with/without them... (353 comments)

Of course our plan is imperfect. It's just less imperfect than yours is.

Choice is great, and normally I'm a big fan of choice, but when Canadians live about 2-3 years longer than Americans, on average, and spend a little more than 50% of what Americans spend on health care, I view our compromises as being acceptable. I like the economic freedom that detaching health insurance from employment provides. The two times in my life I have had pressing issues, I received immediate care. And frankly, it would be best if the US remained a private health care nation because, if I prefer care faster than my province's system provides it, I can hop across the border for it. I don't expect to have that need, but I still have that choice.

No one is uninsured here, and that means no one consumes health care and free rides on those that can afford to pay (or choose to pay), and even those of modest means will get quality care. Preexisting conditions are a non-issue. To me, those advantages outweigh the loss of choice. (And to be truthful, I do have choice - Canada has 13 systems here, one for every province and territory, so if I don't like the health care where I live, I can hop to another province. That's adequate for me.)

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

PhotoJim Re:Can't live with/without them... (353 comments)

Public health care systems work fine in a lot of places (most of western Europe; Australia; New Zealand; Canada; and probably others). If the US can't come up with an efficient-enough bureaucracy to make it work there, then it's really time to change how you guys do things.

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

PhotoJim Re:Can't live with/without them... (353 comments)

It works fine where I live.

As for ice cream, if it's causing people health issues, tax it. As a bonus, the money's in the tax system to put directly into health care, if your system is rationally designed.

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

PhotoJim Re:Can't live with/without them... (353 comments)

This is why you need a single payer system. My premiums don't go up because I ate too many ice cream cones, because I don't pay premiums per se. I pay taxes and my taxes pay for medical treatment for anyone who lives in my jurisdiction.

The solution to your problems, perversely to sycodon's preferences, is *more* government, oddly enough, not less.

about three weeks ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

PhotoJim Re: (339 comments)

There's no question that content providers like streaming because it means we're really just renting the content. There's also no question that it's super convenient (I have Netflix like a lot of people do) but I don't view it as a replacement to physical media, but rather as an augmentation.

about 2 months ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

PhotoJim Re:DVD still have use. (339 comments)

I'm a fool because I have a cottage where there isn't inexpensive broadband or a 4-terabyte server?

about 2 months ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

PhotoJim Still buying DVDs here (339 comments)

Well said. I buy my music on CDs for the same reason. (Granted, I rip it and file the originals away almost instantly; I still actually use my DVD and Blu-Ray media but that might change soon too if I can ramp up the server space).

about 2 months ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

PhotoJim DVD still have use. (339 comments)

I still buy physical DVDs - primarily because they are passively archival and don't depend on me a) having connectivity or b) having my server nearby. I view programming at some locations (like my cottage) where it's easier to bring a few DVDs than it is to copy a bunch of data onto a hard disk and then connect a computer to the television.

I also wonder if the energy consumption considers the issues of ramped-up Internet infrastructure and server capacity required to store, back up and stream the content. This isn't free and isn't emission-neutral. High-def (e.g. Blu-Ray) content is even moreso whereas the cost of a Blu-Ray disc versus DVD is actually almost trivial. Once you own the Blu-Ray player, you're done except for the marginal two or three dollar cost for the higher definition media.

about 2 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

PhotoJim Re:Help! Help! (865 comments)

In parent post, :s/clutch/clutch pedal/

You're welcome.

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

PhotoJim Re:Help! Help! (865 comments)

Get a manual transmission. Depress clutch; power is disconnected. Done.

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

PhotoJim Re:The actual technical fault. (865 comments)

The best solution to this problem is the third pedal - the clutch - but unfortunately it too seems to be falling by the wayside. Still, automatics can be quickly popped into neutral under duress, and drivers with automatics should really practice this. Generally you can just slide the gear selector; no button-pressing is necessary.

Still, I agree with you about physical keys. They're simpler, and simple is good.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

PhotoJim Re:Probably saved more lives with jamming (427 comments)

There are three or more seats in almost every vehicle where people can legally operate phones.

about 3 months ago
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After a Long wait, GNU Screen Gets Refreshed

PhotoJim Re:I loathe screen (77 comments)

You can change ^A to something you prefer.

about 3 months ago
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How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

PhotoJim Re:The real story: (142 comments)

They go south precisely because it isn't very summery where they live. :)

about 3 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

PhotoJim Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

It depends on the quality of media that you use, and how well your burner works with that media. You can certainly do a lot better than that, but your numbers are pretty typical for low-cost media burned at maximum burn speeds.

about 5 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

PhotoJim Re:I don't mind metered internet usage... (479 comments)

My ISP is semi-metered (throttled when you hit the cap) but 1 am to 8 am bandwidth doesn't count against the cap, precisely because their equipment is significantly less busy during those hours.

about 6 months ago
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Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery

PhotoJim Re:Slightly misleading. (226 comments)

Most new developments since 1985, in fact.

about 8 months ago
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Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery

PhotoJim Re:It's Fine With Me (226 comments)

More like 20 years - maybe more. But that only helps your point.

about 8 months ago
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Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery

PhotoJim Slightly misleading. (226 comments)

Buying stamps half a dozen at a time reduce first class rates to $0.85; businesses using postage meters will get $0.75. Not cheap, and still a big increase, but the $1 rate will be paid by a very small number of people too cheap to buy stamps six at a time.

As for home delivery, it'll be sad to lose it but the alternative, the community mailbox a few doors down from most houses, will have one advantage: parcels will be loaded into it for you to pick up. Currently if you're not home you have to drive to the nearest sub-post office to get your parcels. This will be way more convenient.

about 8 months ago
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Panasonic Announces an End To Plasma TVs In March

PhotoJim Re:Because of the Limited Lifespan? (202 comments)

Turn it off unless you're watching it. You'll save electricity and your TV will last longer.

about 9 months ago

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Australian company surcharges IE7-using customers

PhotoJim PhotoJim writes  |  more than 2 years ago

PhotoJim writes "Australian company Kogan has decided to add a 6.8% surcharge to orders by customers using Internet Explorer 7. The reason? To offset the costs of supporting the 6-year-old web browser. "But don't worry," Kogan says, "...we're making it easy to get around this one with a simple upgrade away from IE7". Their blog has the details."
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PhotoJim PhotoJim writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PhotoJim writes "A man in Japan may have set a world record this week by reciting pi by memory to 100,000 decimal places. And I thought I was a geek because I can recite it to fifteen! What stupid geek tricks have you, my fellow slashdotters, accomplished or witnessed?"

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