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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

linuxguy Re:WHy would he do it? (193 comments)

More money and a wider audience.

5 days ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

linuxguy I have this "problem" (224 comments)

I have been doing this since usenet days. I got hooked to newsgroups early. I was about 18 years old and this was 1990. I have not been able to read ordinary books since then. I can read technical books just fine. The kind that pack a lot of information. I have tried several times, but have utterly failed to read fiction. Something inside me tells me that I am wasting my time. Not that I don't waste time. I do that a lot. I watch plenty of movies, TV, hang out with friends and family etc. etc. and I "skim the Internet" a tonne. I have a good job, wife and two kids. It is not entirely clear to me how this "problem" is hurting me.

about a week ago
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Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

linuxguy Not the first time for her to be in hot waters (162 comments)

Several whistle-blowers came forward and said that this lady, Carolyn Lawson, was "abusing and misusing state resources". Oregon's OHA director Bruce Goldberg thought that these were personality conflicts.

Also, she was accused of and investigated for mismanaging contracts when she worked for the state of California. In one instance she tried to award a no-bid contract to her previous boss.

I don't think she has a leg to stand on.

about a month ago
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Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

linuxguy $130 million question (162 comments)

I live in Oregon. I have been trying to buy health insurance for myself and my family of 4. Because of my income, I am ineligible for any subsidies. My case is a very simple one. I am paying full price for a health insurance plan. However I cannot register on the damn website or buy insurance. The only way for me to register an account on the website is by mailing in a paper application. I have done that. They called me to confirm that they have received the application and are processing it. They have hired 500 people to process paper applications. These people have yet to enter my paper application into the computer.

How did Oracle receive $130 million for developing this website when I cannot even register a damn account on this website, much less select and buy insurance?

about a month ago
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Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

linuxguy The better solution is to buy Nikon (88 comments)

I was a Canon man. But they have seriously dropped the ball in the image sensor department. They continue to use ancient sensors that simply cannot compete in today's market. I sold all my Canon cameras and lenses and moved to Nikon and could not be happier. I do not have to resort to hacks to get an image that is close to a Nikon image.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Charging OEMs Licensing Fees For Play Store

linuxguy What is the big deal? (225 comments)

I am trying to understand what the big deal about any of it is? If I am a phone manufacturer or a hobbyist, I have the option to use Android as-is without Google Play.

With Android you get a lot for free. With Apple, RIM and MS, not so much. The poster is complaining that with Android *everything is not free*. Horror of horrors! It is an extremely stupid post!!!

I'd take a mostly open mobile OS where you have to pay for some things over a mostly closed mobile OS where you have to pay for most things.

about 3 months ago
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Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million

linuxguy Re:Oregonoinans who _need_ obamacare... (586 comments)

I live in Oregon. And I plan to sign up for Obamacare. I am self employed and make enough money to not qualify for any subsidies. I have a fiber internet connection.

I am having some difficulty trying to understand the point you are trying to make.

about 4 months ago
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Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million

linuxguy Re:Paying the fine makes more sense (586 comments)

> Well, the Obamacare compliant plans cost literally over four times as much per month to get comparable insurance.

Please provide information about the policy you had. Policy name and the provider. This would allow us to verify the claim you are making. If you cannot, then we'll assume you were making it up.

about 4 months ago
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China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

linuxguy Please no links to Washington Times (519 comments)

When you link to Washington Times (crackpots), you undermine anything you have to say.

about 5 months ago
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Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

linuxguy Re:2 Words (810 comments)

> My three cars, together, barely cost me $30k

The EVs cost more. No doubt. But lets not get carried away by comparing the prices on the cars you bought used. For a direct comparison, lets stick with MSRP.

about 5 months ago
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How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

linuxguy Re:Doesn't show my current plan (499 comments)

> I haven't heard that anywhere though.

You might want to reconsider where you get your information from.

> Sure, they can't "deny" you coverage but that doesn't mean they can't charge you extra if you smoke or have a family history of cancer or something.

They can charge you more, if you smoke. Smoking is a choice. However under Obamacare they cannot charge you more if you have family history of cancer or actually have cancer yourself.

about 5 months ago
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How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

linuxguy Re:Just price? (499 comments)

> And remember, if you need telephone assistance with Healthcare.gov, call the help line at 1-800-F1UCKYO. That's really the number - they're not even hiding how much they care.

Sounds like someone desperately trying to find something negative about the phone number. And not govt. intentionally trying to offer an offensive phone number to people for healthcare assistance.

ACA has issues of its own. You do not need to make up stuff to make it look bad.

about 5 months ago
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Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

linuxguy Re:What is the issue with creating a Google+ accou (251 comments)

> You should do what Google wants. What's the big deal? What's wrong with you?

In exchange for creating a G+ profile, Google offers many services. Some of us think that is a fair transaction. We don't put anything in the G+ profile we don't want shared with the rest of the world. Many of us are willing to live with this compromise.

Nobody can guarantee your privacy online. Not Facebook, not Apple, not Microsoft and not Google. If you don't want something shared with the world. Do not put it up there. Once you start treating all of these as equally insecure places, then you'll start to wonder why people are bitching about one in particular.

about 5 months ago
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Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

linuxguy Re:What is the issue with creating a Google+ accou (251 comments)

> Has the privacy disaster that is Facebook not once entered your brain after all these years?

For the eleventh time, nobody is forcing you to add any information you do not want to share. If you have G+ account with no information in it, that is pretty close to not having an account. Do not add any information to it that you do not want to be public. Is that really hard?

about 5 months ago
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Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

linuxguy Re:What is the issue with creating a Google+ accou (251 comments)

What is in it for you? You get to use a Google service for free. That's what. Obviously nobody is forcing you. So there is little room to complain.

about 5 months ago
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Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

linuxguy What is the issue with creating a Google+ account? (251 comments)

So you don't want to give your information to the man. Then don't! Nobody puts a gun to your head to do that. Just create an account in any name you want, could be John Doe, could be your real name. What precisely is the issue with this?

Are you afraid that you'll "accidentally" add friends to your Google+ account and then add more information about yourself to your account when nobody is forcing you to?

I keep seeing the seeing these paranoid critters screaming bloody murder about being forced to use Google+. What exactly is the issue with creating a Google+ account and not adding any information you do not want to share? Please enlighten me!

about 5 months ago
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Mobile Devices Banned From UK Cabinet Meetings Over Surveillance Fears

linuxguy Re:Worried about the wrong country? (116 comments)

> The British nuclear weapons have been bought from America, and contain secret self destruct codes that Uncle Sam can turn on anytime it wants to blow the UK up.

So true. I had the exact same dream. And people claim that we are making this stuff up!

about 5 months ago
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Project Seeks To Build Inexpensive 9-inch Monitor For Raspberry Pi

linuxguy Re:Already done. (176 comments)

1. You assume that everybody has an LVDS panel lying around that they can use with the HDMI-LVDS converter you linked to.
2. The HDMI-LVDS converter you linked to costs $53. $35 + $18 shipping. I am not sure why 50 gram package costs $18 to ship. Shady. USPS can ship a small flat rate box anywhere in the country for about $5. And that is for 2-day delivery.

For some of us a package that includes panel, case and a converter is a better way to go than an overpriced converter alone.

about 5 months ago
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Project Seeks To Build Inexpensive 9-inch Monitor For Raspberry Pi

linuxguy Not just for Raspberry Pi (176 comments)

I shoot videos with my DSLR. And I have often wanted a portable HDMI monitor for my rig. When I looked, I was quite surprised to find out that no reasonable options exist. Most portable HDMI monitors utterly suck. They are bulky and max out the resolution at 800x480 or 1024x768. The ones that do not suck are uber expensive. Since this is just a hobby for me, I did not want to shell out the big bucks.

I have been quite surprised that I can buy a $200 Nexus 7 tablet with 1080P display, but cannot get a 1080p or even a 720p portable monitor for anything even close to that.

about 5 months ago

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