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The Billion-Dollar Website

hurfy *COUGH* (194 comments)

Mine says, "Lifewise"

It also says, "Essential Silver 2500 HSA" which defines it as one selected from the website. The network name probably identifies it also. Not to mention the 4 other id numbers on the card.

Not sure why a doctor would care as they seem to be rather normal insurance plans but they could tell if they wish.

Medicare/Medicaid are a whole other story. Often patients don't have the copay and that is profit for many procedures/items due to low payments on SOME things. (and some are still overpaid) Often the additional paperwork and the threat of an audit put many off accepting those. Or, as in my case, All of the above plus the fact I can't afford the bookkeeper JUST for 3rd party billings.

I currently sell medical supplies and did the books for a medical supplier for almost 20 years.
Survived a Medicare audit and a Sales Tax audit with no penalties ...don't try this at home!

5 days ago

A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

hurfy Re:plot from Crichton novel (56 comments)

lol, I think you'll still be ok for bit. It took them 11 hours to make the letter K. It would take them days just to cuss at you. To make something threatening would take... way longer than anyone is going hang around and keep them charged.

On the other hand...I'll take a set as cat toys. See how long they can hold the shape of a mouse :)

6-12 hours per formation....there is probably a good reason everyone uses virtual ones.

about a week ago

Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part Two of Two)

hurfy Just in case (66 comments)

Just in case we all get our flying cars soon, I am going to buy up all the car washes. Have you ever had to wash a small plane? They get very big very quick ;)

Any. Day. Now. Just a couple more physical problems to work out. Then we will easily solve the issues of who can fly em, and where, and when. The issue of cost will solve itself with volume, once everyone has one, everyone will be able to afford them ;) Breeding enough of the Rainbow farting unicorns to power them may take a little longer so be patient.

Mental masturbation at it's finest. We have been humbled by the pros!

about a week ago

Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

hurfy Re:Good Idea (179 comments)

Build a new computer. The instructions are right there on the CD that comes with the motherboard.....

about a week ago

Gmail Now Rejects Emails With Misleading Combinations of Unicode Characters

hurfy all of them then? (79 comments)

This looks like fun, I probably wouldn't catch that bank example and family certainly wouldn't. Looks like pretty much any word could substitute one letter.

No idea exactly what these "combinations" are. The example used one letter substitution. Using this example and the little display of new letters there would appear to be billions of potentially misleading combinations.

about a week ago

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

hurfy Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

When I was a kid I spent the summer in drum corps. Lots of work and exercise but I got to see places I never* would have otherwise. By the time I was 21 I had been to like 45 states even if only passing thru. This was how I got to the Smithsonian for one being 3000 miles from home, it's not like we were gonna make a day trip there. We tried to hit an amusement park and a cultural site each year. 6000+ mile bus trips show you a lot of America ;)

For various degrees of 'never'. I may have got to some of these places with family eventually but I know many of the others would not ever get there otherwise.

I don't see how this could be done with year-round school. We basically practiced school hours in June and July to prepare for August.

PS. I could have done without seeing downtown Houston in August just fine however :O 30 years later I still want to slap whoever thought that parade was a good idea....

about two weeks ago

Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

hurfy only time I actually had a use for Google image (790 comments)

Aye, Google's is also matching part(s) of the image and not the whole pic.
I tried to find a larger version of an old poster I have. It was from a fair or something so seemed reasonable there might still be copies around. It was actually done as a manipulated photo. Anyways, Google found a zillion matches where someone recreated(and a thousand people copied) that photo in photoshop for iPhone screensavers, impressive and correct. It also found a bunch of photos like the main subject but the entire photo/context is very different and that subject is only 10% of my photo.

It never did find info on the actual photo partly because the free screensavers buried everything else. I had to take it out and search with the photographers name, etc to find out it's not as common as I thought. I seem to have a lot of things Google doesn't have a clue about. Too bad rare doesn't always mean Insanely Expensively :(

about two weeks ago

Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

hurfy Too busy picking on superhuman (125 comments)

They also mention it still has problems with twisting, sounds like one has to twist themselves PLUS the suit. Seems to defeat the pick this up and put it over there aspect for a LOT of values of 'there'. Not to mention 'there' can't really be up or down a slope either.

I agree on the the headlines. Save em for when they actually apply. I plan for my car to be really fast someday, but I can't write the world record headline quite yet...unless maybe I can be an editor at Slashdot too ;)

It MIGHT give you superhuman strength SOMEDAY. Today it sounds closer to a nice back support. They seem to have found a use anyway, that's rather impressive, and not detailed of course.

about two weeks ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

hurfy ditto (570 comments)

Presumably mine has fallen off everything finally. Sprint* chased after an ETF fee on a month to month account for 10 years from the 90's.

*Only people to ever actually ask for it OR report it were the collection agencies NOT Sprint as they probably knew they were unlikely to get it. They should all be dismantled. Make one prove you owe the debt per the rules and they just sell to another when they can't. Rinse and repeat until you eventually miss the 30-day or whatever window for something :/

I'd have actually felt sorry for the 1st collection company as Sprint didn't disclose the dispute status if they hadn't sold it on to someone else. They admitted they weren't having much luck on some of their latest collections...mine wasn't they only bad one by far.

about three weeks ago

FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

hurfy 50% call reduction (125 comments)

Cage match between Rachel from Cardholder Services and Sharron my Google Specialist, Only one gets out of the cage alive!

Sorry if I actually know anyone named Sharon...I rarely get past "This is Sharron " anymore :/

The MS scammers are sure getting lazy lately. Can't even check the area codes they are calling...even Grandma would find it unlikely MS would call at 6:45am!

about a month ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

hurfy LOL timing is everything (277 comments)

I went to a training session for our new $50k accounting system. They had forgotten to renew their own license for the training classroom. Took an extra hour to get their tech in there to get it fixed. Yup, should have got up and went home at that point.


We bought it cause it was industry specific (well focused at least) and by a small company that only did this for 20 years. Next year they are bought by a national company and instead of being 1 of 200 customers now we were 1 of 20000 on a minor product. Not exactly the same experience :/ Naturally, followed a couple years later by a purchase from a multinational software company :(

about a month ago

William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

hurfy Re:LoL... (278 comments)

Try attacking it the other way.

If they AREN'T recording everything then why such big data centers? Metadata on every US call for the year would fit on a few dozen HDs max probably much less.

Raw data takes very little space with no media components involved. We ran 10 years worth of billing info on one 14MB drive platter in the 80-90's.

about a month ago

30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

hurfy 70% of science writers are... (191 comments)

I'll let you fill in your own descriptions.

WTF, How are those two descriptions combined into one group of people to count ?

about a month and a half ago

Is Time Moving Forward Or Backward? Computers Learn To Spot the Difference

hurfy ok (78 comments)

If I close my eyes and say "forward" what percentage do I get right?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

hurfy tough one (427 comments)

Probably not good I had to think so hard to come up with just one answer.

Universal remote control

I can't find a pro that would overcome the cons. The only thing I'll use a smartphone (when I get around to one) is a better camera, it could do remote Credit Card transactions for 10 days a year(meh), and it could monitor the office security system. I can't see anything about a smartwatch to compensate for the losses.

The poor call quality and battery life have so far kept me from even getting the smartphone yet. No way is a watch going to help either of those, so really, none.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

hurfy Re:224 miles round trip (365 comments)

lol, looks like that is one way for me. Good luck with that one MS.

about 2 months ago

Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

hurfy Re:You're not thinking like a CEO... (289 comments)

Something like this would be cool. I was just talking to someone about buying a washing machine and many have a 1 year warranty. Not much faith in the product is what I see :( I have a 40 year old washer to replace, seriously considering repair and cleaning even tho it isn't any cheaper to do so and is less efficient UNLESS the new one ends up at the recycler in a few years. That seems a lot worse than a few extra gallons of water here and there.

about 2 months ago

Shawn Raymond's Tandem Bike is Shorter Than Yours (Video)

hurfy Re:Wow! I'm impressed... (85 comments)

At least until one hits a pothole with those little wheels and he discovers that extended handlebar post :O

Cute idea. Him saying 1st utility patent on a bike in 100 years or however he phrased sounded cheeky and turned me off.
$850 makes it very uncute tho, no wonder no one was interested in 'investing' last time.

about 2 months ago

Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

hurfy Re:IRS Rules (169 comments)

I think the newspaper article said $6500 out of about $20k for 2 year degree so that would be less. Not sure why the linked article says all, too lazy to search for a tie-breaker.

about 2 months ago

US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

hurfy Re:Can this apply to billboards too? (216 comments)

LOL, Salvation Army sign is full-color animated display consisting of Name, Time, and Temp. Didn't know they really needed to drum up new business and a totally unneeded use of color/motion not to mention money. Maybe it is there to create a few more poor disabled people :/

about 2 months ago


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