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Experian Sold Social Security Numbers To ID Theft Service

Woundweavr Re:Solution: Make SSNs Public Record (390 comments)

If you ever have to again, point out that they are covered under HIPAA regulations and those call for guarantor information to not be SSN#s explicitly. Paying premiums counts (as I understand it, IANAL, but I have experience writing software in this arena)

about a year ago

Experian Sold Social Security Numbers To ID Theft Service

Woundweavr Re:Solution: Make SSNs Public Record (390 comments)

Then how do you make Social Security claims (or Medicare/Medicaid)? My health insurance ID number isn't as private as my SSN but its still how I receive health insurance. It seems even if we made SSN#s public, a new equivalent system would need to be built which would have the same problems.

about a year ago

Experian Sold Social Security Numbers To ID Theft Service

Woundweavr Re:And, who has the Obamacare ID validation contra (390 comments)

Everyone uses Experian. You can't get a credit card, student loan, mortgage, lease, rental agreement, rent a car, buy a car, lease a car, or in most situations get a job without Experian and the two other credit agencies being used. This has as much relevance to the ACA as it does a Toyota Corolla or Home Owners Associations.

about a year ago

DHHS Preparing 'Tech Surge' To Fix Remaining Issues

Woundweavr Re:How about they just scrap it entirely? (429 comments)

Are you seriously arguing that people are wrong thinking while misusing the term "costs" in capital letters three times?

Consumers don't pay "COSTS". Consumers pay "PRICES." This is a fundamental concept in economics and lacking comprehension of it means no discussion of economics is worthwhile. If consumers didn't pay prices that included profit, then the entire system wouldn't function.

The insurance company negotiates "PRICES" with the hospital/hospital network, set where the hospital can make a profit (even if its non-profit, since they can then use it to expand, increase pay, etc). Or the uninsured individual pays a considerably higher "PRICE" for the same treatment both because of the laws of economy of scale, because hospitals can write off losses at higher rates for non-payers in those cases for tax benefit and because collecting from self-pay accounts requires additional man hours and almost always results with a higher Accounts Receivable average.

Individuals and employers pay insurance PRICES, set by the insurance companies for various plans. Those prices do include profits. They have to pay for advertising, lobbying, claim processing, price negotiation and maintenance of price lists, bill collection from employers/purchasers of insurance, legal fees, executive pay and yes profit for shareholders as well as paying for healthcare itself.

This is why Medicare/Medicaid has much lower costs. First, they set prices, rather than truly negotiating them. A single procedure will cost two different amounts at different hospitals even with the same insurance, but not under government coverage. Second, they don't advertise, they don't negotiate, they don't have shareholders or profit, they don't have bill collection. Medicare overhead is 1-2%. Private insurance varies from 11% to 30% depending on what you include.

about a year ago

DHHS Preparing 'Tech Surge' To Fix Remaining Issues

Woundweavr Re:How about they just scrap it entirely? (429 comments)

(Current HCIS Developer in a Billing Application) Considering Medicare/Medicaid already has considerably lower overhead and the NHS in the UK have much less Administrative costs, I think you perhaps are not well informed on overhead costs.

about a year ago

Class Teaches Nerds Social Skills

Woundweavr Hosted by Ryan Seacrest (639 comments)

PeterAitch writes

"According to Reuters, Potsdam University in Germany is now teaching social skills as part of their IT courses. This is intended to 'ease entry into the world of work'. The 440 students enrolled in the master's degree course will learn how to write flirtatious text messages and emails, impress people at parties and cope with rejection(s)."

The class is taught by a superficial model, who will fall in love with the nerdiest student at the end of the semester after realizing that he is beautiful on the inside.

Each week the nerds will be tested on a combination of technical ability and geek trivia to win immunity to the social challenge. The loser of the challenge will have to leave the show to the bellow of Ogre from "Revenge of the Nerds."

more than 5 years ago

Stallman Unsure Whether Firefox Is Truly Free

Woundweavr Re:I have a dream too (905 comments)

You realize that Bell Labs was a profit-seeking entity right? And that Unix was provided for a fee as early as 1973? That in fact Bell Labs required a (small) fee per license in its agreement with AT&T? The only reason it hadn't been done from the start was a) lack of market and b) AT&T was operating under a consent decree regarding the Bell monopoly that prohibited it from non-telephone commercial activity. Since Bell Labs insisted, it required a very small fee. It was free (speech) because distributing binaries when there wasn't even a universal architecture and the only users were professionals would have been silly. It was not free (beer) at any stage.

Open Source? Yes, as irrelevant a comparison as that is to today's world. Free Software? No. Software's practical foundations are rooted in commercial (Bell Labs, Xerox PARC) or military. Neither of those are "free software"... at least not in any way resembling what that means now. When computers cost a years salary and were only owned by a few hundred institutions in the world, it is unsurprising that there was no "many eyes" interactions driving innovation.

Those large institutions and closed source might now produce inferior products, but that is irrelevant to earlier realities, regardless of what ideology might make you want to believe

more than 5 years ago

House Dems Turn Out the Lights On the GOP

Woundweavr Unsubstantiated Claims (1143 comments)

You've a great deal of unfounded claims there.

The Dems abused the rules (and yes the Republicans do this too, but not nearly as much) in an attempt to prevent those folks from speaking. ...
When it comes to gaming the system, the donkeys in both House and Senate have shown far less restraint than the elephants.

This was not an abuse of rules, nor would any reasonable observer claim the Democratic Party members have "abused" the rules as aggressively (nor broken as many) as the Republicans who control the House for the previous 12 years. Simply adjourning - which cuts off formal floor debate inherently - is not comparable to changing bills after they had been passed, holding votes open longer than permissible or the abusive use of holds (in the Senate). Your claims to the contrary are transparently partisan.

What you do is ask how often does the Speaker order the lights, microphones, and cameras shut down when the House adjourns? (C-SPAN is contracturally required to carry whatever is being said in the House regardless of whether or not it is in session).

I know Congress has a deserved reputation for wasting money, but somehow I don't think they keep all the microphones, cameras and lights on in the months they spend adjourned. And C-Span is not contractually required to carry what is being said in the House regardless of whether or not its in session; you invented that out of whole cloth. They frequently don't show House debate - for instance if there is a major political story or an important House committee meeting. To make such a suggestion implies an almost total lack of familiarity with the channel.

The Ds adjourned. They didn't let the Republicans control the agenda. Boo-hoo. The House is designed for majority rule and the Republicans should get used to it since few 'experts' think they'll have more than 200 members next term.

more than 6 years ago

Woundweavr Re:"Gag the Internet" ( comments)

I think you might think that because you are a Mormon. Hate to tell you... The Church of LDS is weird. Portraying NA as a lost tribe of Israel, the Garden of Eden and the new Jerusalem in Jackson County Missouri, history of polygamy in Western society as a central tenet of faith (followed by denouncing that practice), the tiering of the "Celestial Kingdom" and the structure and demands of the church is weird.

Weird is not inherently good or bad. This isn't an attack on Mormonism. But realistically LDS is a church that formed as what was considered then (and would be now) a cult with frankly bizarre practices and beliefs that retreated from developed areas of America and formed its own isolated community. The fact that some of the stranger pieces of theology have been disavowed or deemphasized and that the membership has increased greatly doesn't change that its a weird church.

more than 6 years ago


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