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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

gumbi west Re:Social network not enforcing real names.... (252 comments)

I felt that way until my child's teacher decided FB was the right way to disseminate information about classroom activities.

yesterday
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

gumbi west Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (283 comments)

I walk my children to school past a "When Children Are Present" sing. I've never seen a single driver obey the lower speed limit. So if that's appropriate action, then yes, I'll bet it can do that. I'd take just obeying the posted normal limit.

2 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

gumbi west Re:Politics (382 comments)

Cold, I don't consider part c plans (your first link) to be fraudulent but I'm amazed to see a Republican back plans that have these characteristics:

* Part C plans cost 15% more than Medicare
* There is no evidence that Part C plans are better than Medicare

Part C could have been interesting if the first line was different. What if they cost 10% less and there wasn't evidence that medicare was better? Hmm, maybe? But the Republicans didn't set them up that way. They set them up to cost more. The best thing that can be said about them is that they offered free health club memberships. But then we'd have a Republican claiming that the government should be spending $1,500 / year to get seniors health club memberships. Are you seriously going to say that?

The fraud prevention has to do with Medicare fraud being rampant. The law was setup, by congress, so that providers had a right to participate in the programs. So Medicare would shutdown a fraudulent biller and they could apply to be covered the next day. Then, by law, Medicare would have to accept them into the program (it was a right). Now, Medicare has more power to prevent this type of fraud. This is a good thing. Don't you agree?

I'm unaware of the right abandoning Obamacare. It's a great idea. It used to be that if you wanted to start a business or continue to run a small business, you would have to go find health insurance on a market that would discriminate harshly against you. Now, you go to one big market and get good rates. So small businesses are easier to open and more affordable to open. It's really just trying to prevent a Democrat from getting credit for something good that is making the right hate Obamacare, not the policy, which is great.

2 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

gumbi west Re:(Re:The Children!) Why? I'm not a pedophile! (284 comments)

I'm talking about these items as weapon systems. I also doubt that they jet is at all recent (or if it is, that it could fly in US airspace).

2 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

gumbi west Re:(Re:The Children!) Why? I'm not a pedophile! (284 comments)

I don't think that heavily armored vehicle without a functioning gun on the front qualifies as a tank. I also can find nothing about privately owned air-ready F-16s, but even then, it would have no weapon systems. And I was talking about these systems as weapons, not expensive toys.

2 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

gumbi west Re:Politics (382 comments)

Blame: I'll take it. The vast majority of the bill is intended to reduce fraud in medicare (and has done so). The parts that you think of as Obamacare are working out very well too.

But, I do admit that the intellectual conception of Obamacare came from the right wing think tanks. And that makes sense, it's ultimately very libertarian / free market oriented. They just couldn't get it implemented.

2 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

gumbi west Re:Politics (382 comments)

I agree. CDC advises health professionals who are free to not give a fuck what they say and do their own thing. Regulations on doctors in the US are essentially zero and will stay that way. In the end our health system depends on doctors to do the right thing and while most do, some don't.

2 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

gumbi west Re:Politics (382 comments)

Dude, fucking Nigeria was able to contain an outbreak with... let's just say less resources than US hospitals and CDC. The real problem is that our "best health system" is actually an otherwise shitty health system with many very good doctors and nurses in it.

2 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

gumbi west Re:Politics (382 comments)

People don't like some ways of dyeing more than others. Example: airline crash is a real least favorite. We spend far more per death preventing that one than ones like flu.

2 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

gumbi west Re:Windows 8 (303 comments)

I've met one too, in person. They worked for MS.

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

gumbi west Re:wow (566 comments)

So, what do you think makes the core of the earth so hot? Hint: it isn't the sun and a few MW per person per month doesn't compare to it.

about a week ago
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US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

gumbi west Re:Until... (142 comments)

Thank you for explaining.

about two weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

gumbi west Re:when the president does it (208 comments)

I'm sorry, but how is slavery not a terrible thing before you realize rape was a regular part of it?

about two weeks ago
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US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

gumbi west Re:Until... (142 comments)

Who said anyone has the ability to shoot down satellites? I thought star wars was a bust.

about two weeks ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

gumbi west Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (392 comments)

1. there is no fast and furious gun running blame on anything but lax gun laws. Were there laws that allowed one to jail suspected gun runners, they would have been enforced, but law enforcement don't waste their time when they know they can't get a conviction. The real fast and furious debacle is on the gun lobby that keeps those laws lax.

2. The notion that the President of the United States (and I mean any President) would appoint an ambassador to another nation and then intentionally bring harm upon them is insane. You would, at a minimum, need some sort of motive here to get me interested enough to research this.

3. I didn't see any indication that Obama or even the WH had anything to do with this, instructed this to happen, or that it wasn't a rogue employee / office. Plus, in the end here, you're talking about tax exempt status being on the line. How could that possibly raise to the level of Watergate?

As for watergate, you are correct, it was far from the worst thing Nixon did--but it is still 100 times worse than the worst Obama has done.

Don't get me wrong, Nixon did some great things (creating of the EPA among them). But he and Johnson really abused the power of the presidency and both continued a war purely for political gain at an enormous cost in lives. I mean, you're worried about a delayed tax exempt status while Johnson / Nixon had the NSA spying on MLK.

about a month ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

gumbi west Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (392 comments)

Setting aside that the Republicans controlled all three branches of government from 2001 - 2006, this narrative assumes that the federally backed loan buyers (Fannie and Freddie) were the drivers of the speculative bubble, but they weren't--the wall street firms were way out in the lead on this and Fannie and Freddie were just following along after the party was most of the way over.

about a month ago

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wall street predicts merge of OS X, iOS

gumbi west gumbi west writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gumbi west (610122) writes "One Wall Street analyst predicts what slashdot commenters have predicted for years, that iOS and OS X will merge into a single OS. However the analyst sees this happening because the iOS devices receive a substantial CPU boost from the quad core A6 which can power MBA and smaller devices while following 64-bit ARM processors can bring the remainder of the Apple lineup back to ARM under a single architecture."
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Note for those I marked friends

gumbi west gumbi west writes  |  more than 10 years ago Since Slashdot's moderation is broken, I have decided to take maters into my own hands.

I have started looking for people who make consistently good remarks and then making them friends and giving friends +6 moderation points... This system is taking more effort than I had thought it would... I need more friends. But the results, if sparse, are encouraging. If I find a friend or friend of a friend comment it is about 98% likely that I enjoyed reading in. Compare that to about 20% for a comment that is rated a 4 or a 5 and I'm doing pretty good.

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