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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

PvtVoid Re:Reality is... (112 comments)

You don't really believe that, do you? There are already tons of reports rolling in of people being denied treatments, being told that the cost of a procedure wouldn't go towards their deductible, and finding out that their $150/mo insurance program has a $25,000 deductible attached to it.

Which, no doubt, you believe utterly uncritically.

yesterday
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

PvtVoid Re:Reality is... (112 comments)

I'll start a pool and take odds on that utopian conclusion - I'll bet against it myself.

Would you rather life insurance companies base their actuarial decisions on crystal balls or witch doctors? Personally, I wouldn't buy insurance from a company that didn't use the most accurate and complete health statistics available. Such a company would likely fold before I died and my beneficiaries could collect on the policy.

As far as insurance companies trying to find excuses to weasel out of paying claims, it's pretty fucking hard for a life insurance company to do that, no? Once you're insured, it's pretty unequivocal when you have a claim.

yesterday
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

PvtVoid Re:More on the story... (112 comments)

Just make sure you melt down all the prototypes when you're done, we don't need another Lore incident...

Wrong Noonien Singh, dude.

yesterday
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

PvtVoid Re:Reality is... (112 comments)

Lol, naivete can be funny.

Sure, they can't outright deny you coverage, but what stops them from making your coverage so expensive you can't afford the deductibles? The answer is, "not a damn thing."

Which is why it's so great that the ACA has rate controls to prevent this kind of thing from happening, and mandates that everybody get insurance, so the many low-risk insured create a pool which makes it possible to cover the high-risk population in an affordable way.

yesterday
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

PvtVoid Re:Reality is... (112 comments)

Only some types of insurance. I have been denied life insurance because of a pre-existing condition, for example (putting my entire family at risk in the process).

This is entirely reasonable. Most life insurance companies require a physical exam before they'll insure you. They also keep tons of actuarial data on health risks already. Google will just be duplicating this -- and probably doing a better job of it, which will likely make it easier for people with pre-existing conditions to get life insurance, not harder.

yesterday
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

PvtVoid Re:Reality is... (112 comments)

That Google will sell this information to insurance companies who will use it to deny insurance to even more people than they already do.

Which is one reason why it is so great that it is now illegal under the ACA to deny insurance due to pre-existing conditions.

yesterday
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

PvtVoid Re:Barely missed? (201 comments)

The sun's rotational period is about 25 days, meaning if it missed pointing at us by a week, then is was shooting into the solar system at a 100 degree angle from us. That doesn't sound to me like a "barely".

Somebody please mod parent "Insightful". TFA is a bunch of FUD.

yesterday
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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

PvtVoid Congress? Disruptive? (157 comments)

Now if we could only block all of the other disruptive behavior from Congress.

Fuck, with this bunch of chuckleheads, we can't even get roads and bridges maintained.

yesterday
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

PvtVoid Re:FUD alert (201 comments)

Water? You mean like from the toilet?

yesterday
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

PvtVoid Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (270 comments)

For one thing you've got all the "green jobs" "green economy" crap that the democrats pushed and used to justify shutting down existing industry and business... putting big taxes on such businesses... etc... on the theory that it would create a new green economy.

Because the democrats think it is literally impossible to kill the economy.

Or ... just maybe ... you've got all the "green jobs" "green economy" crap because people with foresight realize that there are whole new industries waiting to be built which will provide a sound basis for growth and wealth creation for the next hundred years or so, as opposed to sitting on our asses and screeching about how that won't work, drill, Baby, drill! And, predictably, the Old Guard is howling about being made to actually pay for the full damage they are doing to the world.

Just sayin'.

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

PvtVoid Re:Pft (952 comments)

Fuck. Accidentally moderated this "funny". Posting to cancel it out.

3 days ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

PvtVoid Do not want (102 comments)

Great. This is going to be like trying to talk to one of those software customer service reps on the phone: insanely inefficient. As long as there is nothing unusual about your checkin, existing kiosks work great. If there is something unusual, the fake human won't be able to handle it any better than a standard interface will, and you'll need a real human.

5 days ago
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Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

PvtVoid Re:both? (77 comments)

The FAA had made the current policies to prevent idiots who think they know everything (i.e. people like you) who have more money than brains from getting a UAV and hurting people by dropping it on someones head, though their roof or flying it into another aircraft. [...] As someone who flies UAVs for fun and profit (yes, I fly them illegally) I am in 100% agreement with the FAA at this point. I've been flying RC for almost 30 years and universally, the people who scream the loudest about the FAA regulation and policies are the idiots who get people hurt.

This little rant reminds me very much of the foaming at the mouth that occurred when cheap GMRS radios first came on the market: a hobby that had previously been limited to a small, insular group of uber-geeky hobbyists suddenly became accessible to anybody with a few bucks to spend, and they couldn't fucking stand it. Times change. It takes very little skill to fly a modern quadcopter (and, I might add, so so safely). There will always be dumbasses in the world. But the genie is not going back in the bottle.

5 days ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

PvtVoid Re:Harassment runs both ways (362 comments)

What is being complained about is the double standards. Women have a hell of a lot of leeway in what they can dress with - men basically start with the full 3-piece suit and remove items based on how formal it is but you're not going to find the plethora of variation that you do with female dress.

Um. Whatever it might be, that's not "harassment".

What is undoubtedly harassment if you decide to decide to throw "some shit" at a coworker because you have decided that her tits are distracting you.

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

PvtVoid Re:Harassment runs both ways (362 comments)

I'd imagine if I wore a v-neck that went half way to my naval to show off my manly chest hair and a codpiece at the next code review meeting it would certainly be considered sexual harassment.

What you're complaining about is the "harassment" that your female coworkers dress in a way that makes you want them so much you can't control yourself, not that what they're wearing would make them want to gouge their eyeballs out with a ball point pen. When you appreciate the difference between the two, you get to be a human being.

about two weeks ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

PvtVoid Re:Let me see if I can explain. (362 comments)

Let's say, for example, you're walking around with a $100,000 in a briefcase that says "MONEY".

Let's say, for example, that your boss sends you out walking around with a $100,000 in a briefcase that says "MONEY", or you get fired. Then your boss steals it from you, and then claims that you asked him to do it. Except the briefcase is you.

about two weeks ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

PvtVoid Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

I'm gonna start suing for sexual harassment every time someone says I'm a nerd or I'm too shy or whatever too.

You would also be prettier if you smiled.

about two weeks ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

PvtVoid Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

Do we really need explicit prohibitions against sexual harassment and sexual assaults for field work? What about murder or violent assaults? Do we need to explicitly prohibit those as well? Or are those implicitly permitted because they're not mentioned somewhere in a field manual?

The difference is that sexual assault, unlike, for example, murder, routinely goes unpunished or is even rationalized as normal behavior. If young women were regularly being murdered by their supervisors without consequence, then perhaps more attention ought to be brought to bear on that, too, eh?

about two weeks ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

PvtVoid Re:Harassment runs both ways (362 comments)

I feel harassed by the dress, cosmetics and perfume that some women in my office wear.

You poor thing. How do you stand the injustice?

about two weeks ago

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Gofor: Uber for Drones

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  5 days ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Gofor claims to be developing an app that summons a drone on demand using your smartphone or tablet. From the web site: "Drones are summoned much like taxis in other popular service apps. Your desired task is either noted at the outset using presets, or customized using voice commands. Once the drone arrives, your phone's flashlight is used to pair your device with the drone. From there, it depends on the task, the object-based UI is very easy to understand. ""
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NSF Researcher Suspended for Mining Bitcoin

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about a month and a half ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "In the semiannual report to Congress by the NSF Office of Inspector General, the organization said it received reports of a researcher who was using NSF-funded supercomputers at two universities to mine bitcoin. The computationally intensive mining took up about $150,000 worth of NSF-supported computer use at the two universities to generate bitcoins worth about $8,000 to $10,000, according to the report. It did not name the researcher or the universities."
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 2 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Jeopardy champion Arthur Chu pens a heartfelt takedown of misogyny in nerd culture:

What the fuck is wrong with us?

How much longer are we going to be in denial that there’s a thing called “rape culture” and we ought to do something about it?

[...]

To paraphrase the great John Oliver, listen up, fellow self-pitying nerd boys—we are not the victims here. We are not the underdogs. We are not the ones who have our ownership over our bodies and our emotions stepped on constantly by other people’s entitlement. We’re not the ones where one out of six of us will have someone violently attempt to take control of our bodies in our lifetimes.

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Julie Ann Horvath Quits GitHub, Citing Harrassment

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 4 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "From TechCrunch: The exit of engineer Julie Ann Horvath from programming network GitHub has sparked yet another conversation concerning women in technology and startups. Her claims that she faced a sexist internal culture at GitHub came as a surprise to some, given her former defense of the startup and her internal work at the company to promote women in technology."
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Biologist fits sharks with lasers

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Marine biologist Luke Tipple mounts 50 milliwatt S3 Krypton lasers to lemon sharks to study shark movements in the water. "Tipple said that clipping the laser onto the dorsal fin and flipping on the laser was easy, although the shark didn’t like it when Tipple first attached the clamp. He said a few seconds later 'it returned to normal behavior.'""
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