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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

jerpyro Re:Weapons Race (353 comments)

Except that then they'd get you for Insurance Fraud or whatever.

about three weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

jerpyro Re:I live in Canada (190 comments)

Oh yeah, he's Canadian as fuck.

about a month ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

jerpyro Re:Samsung UD590 is nice... (207 comments)

I bought one of these for my office:
http://www.amazon.com/Seiki-SE...

The pixel density is perfect for the opposite side of my desk, and since it's the office, being restricted to 30Hz doesn't hurt anything. At $400 it's a great place to get started with 4k computing. I agree that programming in 4k changes your entire way of working.

about a month ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

jerpyro D2X-XL (251 comments)

For those of us who still have the binaries around, the D2X-XL project (http://www.descent2.de/d2x.html) has ported the game engine to OpenGL and has added a number of great things to the project. It supports more players, TCP/IP, and tons of additional features. As with any community project (or commercial project recently) there are bugs, but some of the builds have been quite good. I encourage fans to check out and contribute to the project :)

I would absolutely play it more if there were a community of descent players ready to go online against (a matchmaking system, for example).

about 2 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

jerpyro Re:Lawrence Kasdan... (457 comments)

{Ep 1-3} to {Ep. 7-9} isn't going to be any different with Disney bankrolling them. They're still going from suck to blow. //sorry, I had to :P

about 3 months ago
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Skepticism Grows Over Claims That MH370 Lies In the Bay of Bengal

jerpyro Re:Where's Waldo? (126 comments)

I disagree that it's newsworthy. It has nothing to do with being a sheep -- turn your energy to the education, disease (due to anti-vaxxers) or net neutrality issues we're having domestically. We have such larger problems to fix that a missing airplane halfway across the world shouldn't even register on the scale. But it's a convenient distraction from our own problems so it's good 'infotainment'.

If you think I'm a sheep because I don't give a shit about an electrical fire in an airplane, you're amazingly misguided.

about 3 months ago
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Skepticism Grows Over Claims That MH370 Lies In the Bay of Bengal

jerpyro Re:Where's Waldo? (126 comments)

Yeah I don't really understand what the big deal is. I realize that there are a lot of families that may be suffering but because they were on an airplane it is somehow more newsworthy than a cruise ship with 10 times as many people, or genocide in Malaysia or doctors being killed giving polio vaccines in Afghanistan? Oh it's an airplane, let's tap into the 9/11 terrorist fear mongering so that we can get ratings!

*sigh*

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?

jerpyro Feynman's Lectures on Computation (247 comments)

I suggest Richard Feynman's Lectures on Computation. People in the physics world will know the name, but the topics covered are great for CS/CE topics, and probably not things that were considered and/or covered in regular classes.

http://www.amazon.com/Feynman-...

about 3 months ago
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What Would You Do With the World's Most Powerful Laser?

jerpyro Re:Easy... (143 comments)

You can't point it anywhere, it's in a sphere and the lasers face inward. :P

But to your point (being some organization), if I had the world's most powerful laser, I would take the politics out of it so that the scientists could make progress. So, technically, you're not too far off.

about 5 months ago
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Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve

jerpyro Freakin' Riders. (767 comments)

I'm not sure whether to be happy about this or not. We need energy efficiency, but I still hate CFLs :)

about 6 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

jerpyro Re:The Seiki 39" 4K under 500 (520 comments)

I bought one too, and I love it. The trick with the ghosting is to set the sharpness to '1' instead of '0' -- there's some weird divide by zero bug that makes it MUCH smoother at 1. I highly recommend the panel. Not good for colors but great for text.

about 7 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

jerpyro Re:I call Bullshit (520 comments)

Sorry, you're wrong. I have it hooked up to my Y500 via HDMI and it works flawlessly (well, except for the 30Hz input lag)

about 7 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

jerpyro Re:Character size? (520 comments)

Plus, as I said in another post, arranging windows is easier on multiple monitors.

No it isn't. http://www.displayfusion.com/

I have one of the Seiki displays in question. I basically Minority Report my windows all over the place like a big game of Mahjong. It's awesome.

about 7 months ago
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How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

jerpyro Re:Government Involvement (499 comments)

Yeah that'll just be a huge pile of joy :-/ I'm crossing my fingers that my health plan doesn't go up -- I get it through my company, and I have a feeling that insurance companies are going to "equalize" the rates for everyone, which means even the corporate renewal prices are going to go up.

Honesly I don't believe the ACA is the end goal. I think it's just priming the pump for what their real agenda is -- a single payer system. At that point you may as well just call it a "tax" and a "social service" and be done with it, no matter what the labels are. I just hope we don't get to that point, because who is going to make the decisions on what reasonable care is then? How are we going to cover second opinions? How do we not force treatment on people in the name of being "preventative"? There are a lot of questions that lead me to very uncomfortable conclusions. I already hate my oligopoly power company and cable provider -- what makes me think healthcare would be handled any better? It's a slippery slope, and it starts with creating a tax for people who don't shell out for the "acceptable plan" in the first place.

about 9 months ago
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How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

jerpyro Re:Government Involvement (499 comments)

I'm not saying it should be a social service -- reread my previous post. Canadians have health care as a social service included in their taxes, and their system is broken for entirely different reasons. I'm not here to debate whether healthcare should or shouldn't be a service -- but one thing that we agree on is that the current system is wasteful and needs to be fixed.

All I'm saying is that the law mandated a certain level of coverage to qualify as an insurance plan. Anything below that line doesn't qualify, and the law specifically mentioned a few types of coverage that need to be included, so that's why some plans are getting cancelled (because they didn't meet the spec).

about 9 months ago
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How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

jerpyro Re:Government Involvement (499 comments)

No, that's not what I'm saying at all. What people seem to think I'm arguing (and I'm not) is that medical care needs to be a social service rather than insurance. I love how people are jumping to conclusions :P

I was simply trying to point out the reasons that the line-item-veto for pediatric care and birth control won't work -- because if you get to line-item-veto those, I should get to line-item-veto cancer care, dialysis, and diabetes treatment -- and then it becomes individualized coverage where you may as well just pay for what you use. If everyone line-item-vetoed the things they didn't need to buy, then the collective insurance model would break down. That's exactly WHY the ACA mandated certain things be covered.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

jerpyro Re:You have needless conversations. (361 comments)

Like you I am mildly autistic and introverted, and my comments and thoughts are based on my experiences in the environments which created them. Perhaps the message that I was trying to convey was that it's worth it to be socially active, but it came out looking like it was all about the dollars. I don't think it can be overstated that you need personal marketing (as smooth as it may be) or you need politics when it comes to advancement at larger organizations though.

Obviously that's not the ideal, but it is the way that I've seen things go -- those who are more socially forward and better at highlighting their achievements tend to do better in large companies than those of us that struggle with it.

about 9 months ago
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How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

jerpyro Re:Government Involvement (499 comments)

It's cool that me explaining how insurance works means that you can jump to conclusions about "People like you" and my political views (which were not mentioned AT ALL).

Whether you want to call bullshit or not, you're incorrect. When is the last time car insurance made you pay for the damages in your own auto accident? It didn't. When is the last time someone had to pay replacement value put of pocket on their home because of a fire? They don't. When is the last time you paid the entire hospital bill yourself because you had a baby? You didn't. So whether you like to admit it or not, you belong to a pool of insured people who all collectively pay for 'things that happen'. That means, by definition, that an individual's problem is everyone's problem. If you can't see that, you should talk to an actuary.

So, here's an idea: let's start a health plan where we kick out the fatties, the smokers, the reckless people, and people who engage in sex without birth control, and anyone who has a mental health issue? Medically, all of that stuff means higher costs for our insurance members. But that's the heart of the issue -- now it's illegal to not offer coverage for that stuff, so that type of plan would be NOT CALLED HEALTH INSURANCE. Which is why the plans are getting cancelled. Whether you personally like it or not (and I don't) all of that stuff is EVERYONE's problem now.

about 9 months ago

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