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British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

toadlife Re:My spider sense in tingling.... (634 comments)

Sure, small-scale micro transactions can occur, but anything on a mass scale requires a certain level of central management.

Nobody is going to build a sneaker factory without a reasonable expectation of security and stability around the locale.

about a year ago
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Obamacare Exchanges Months Behind In Testing IT Data Security

toadlife Re:What a clusterf**k. (398 comments)

I didn't go on a rant. I explained where you are misinformed.

If I have no taxable income, or even better, no income at all, am I still liable for the penalty 'tax'?

No.

From the ACA Wiki article:

Under the mandatory coverage provision, individuals who are not covered by an acceptable insurance policy will be charged an annual penalty of $95, or up to 1% of income over the filing minimum,[115] whichever is greater; this will rise to a minimum of $695 ($2,085 for families),[116] or 2.5% of income over the filing minimum,[115] by 2016.[18][117] The penalty is prorated, meaning that if a person or family have coverage for part of the year they won't be liable if they lack coverage for less than a three-month period during the year.[118] Exemptions are permitted for religious reasons, members of health care sharing ministries, or for those for whom the least expensive policy would exceed 8% of their income.

about a year ago
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Obamacare Exchanges Months Behind In Testing IT Data Security

toadlife Re:Even supporters should want to kill this thing (398 comments)

"B" is an insurance company funded ploy to strip the states ability to regulate their own health insurance markets. What would happen is that health insurance companies would all operate from one or a handful of states with the least regulation.

Maybe in the long run it would force states to implement their own state based socialized medicine, but in the short run it would do nothing to help consumers.

about a year ago
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Obamacare Exchanges Months Behind In Testing IT Data Security

toadlife Re:Social security numbers? (398 comments)

don't have to pay the fine/tax/fine/tax?

Hey...It's a fine tax if you ask me!

about a year ago
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Obamacare Exchanges Months Behind In Testing IT Data Security

toadlife Re:What a clusterf**k. (398 comments)

How in the hell did this post end up at +5? It is a pile of uninformed nonsense.

Government at the state level have been forcing citizens to make certain purchases in the commercial market in order to participate in the economy decades. This includes things like auto insurance, disability insurance, pollution control devices. Massachusetts in particular has required individual citizens to purchase health insurance for years now.

The only novelty here was that the law was at the federal level, and contrary to your assertion, there is no threat of a fine or arrest. The Supreme Court's ruling specifically stated that the "fine" imposed by the Affordable Care Act was not a fine because it was a tax, and congress has the power to tax for any reason. Congress has a long history of imposing discriminatory taxes in order to encourage certain economic behavior. The penalty in the ACA is just one more example.

Just as you can opt out of many of the state level requirements by not participating in the economic activity that the various regulation affect, you also opt out of the federal requirements by choosing not to participate in the economy, or by simply choosing to pay the "fine".

about a year ago
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GMO Wheat Found Growing Wild In Oregon, Japan Suspends Import From U.S.

toadlife Re:The Futility of Narrow Enforcement (679 comments)

The government's long-running attempts to mitigate the social problem of violence by regulating the supply of firearms is about to evaporate.

The goal of limiting access to guns is to curb gun violence, not violence in general. Non-gun-violence in general is unfortunate, but leads to death a fraction of the time gun violence does.

So I guess we'll get to see if the government responds by finally trying to deal with the actual cause of the social problem in question

I'm curious as to what you think that cause is.

about a year and a half ago
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Getting a Literature Ph.D. Will Make You Into a Horrible Person

toadlife Re:"you academic self" (489 comments)

Administrative salaries and unnecessary technology.

about a year and a half ago
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Can You Really Hear the Difference Between Lossless, Lossy Audio?

toadlife Re:Depends on the source (749 comments)

You just described the placebo effect.

about a year and a half ago
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SXSW: Nate Silver Discusses Data Bias, the Strangeness of Fame

toadlife Re:silver is honest (136 comments)

What? George W. Bush's last budget wasn't reasonable?

about a year and a half ago
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SXSW: Nate Silver Discusses Data Bias, the Strangeness of Fame

toadlife Re:silver is honest (136 comments)

A continuing resolution is not a budget.

Yes, it is. It is a continuation of the budget that was already passed. You should be happy about it too, since it has effectively cut spending when you take into account inflation. The federal budget has grown less under Obama that is has under any other president since the end of WWII.

Especially if they are spending entirely differently

What does that mean? Care to elaborate?

about a year and a half ago
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SXSW: Nate Silver Discusses Data Bias, the Strangeness of Fame

toadlife Re:silver is honest (136 comments)

Between Ted Kennedy dying and the Coleman/Franken Senate race recount, the D's actually had a filibuster proof majority for ~24 working days during those two year. The rest of the time, they required Republican vote(s) to get anything through. With what little time they had, they chose to pursue health care reform instead of passing a new budget.

That aside, they *did* pass a budget. They passed a continuing resolution which extended Bush's last budget; so we've been operating on George W. Bush's last budget since FY2009.

about a year and a half ago
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UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers Neither Best Nor Brightest

toadlife Re:schadenfreude (353 comments)

Actually I'm in Arizona, and yes the word "dole" very much applies due to what we term anchor baby syndrome. Parent(s) here illegally, kid is here legally and is entitled to medicaid (here we call it AHCCCS - which provides comprehensive care by the way, and is better than the health care that 90% of americans have with zero premiums, zero deductable, and copays no higher than $5.) which also makes one or both parents automatically eligible for that program as well as food stamps and cash assistance. Used to be that we deported them, but Obama signed an executive order saying that we can't.

You have been misinformed. Those here illegally do not qualify for medicaid and other social services as a result of having a child here. The children do qualify for various forms of assistance, but the parents are only entitled to emergency care, of which every human being on our soil does regardless of legal or financial status.

I hope don't think the meager assistance afforded to a child is enough for an entire family to live off of.

I live in Central California and grew up around families of mixed legality and based on my experience, your narrative of the lazy welfare sucking migrants is pure fantasy.

Leaving all of the disputed details aside, it is still true that low skilled immigrants place a lower burden on the welfare state than citizens of the same socioeconomic class.

There is absolutely no data to support the "anchor baby" narrative that scares nativists so much, while there is in fact data that disputes it.

about a year and a half ago
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UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers Neither Best Nor Brightest

toadlife Re:schadenfreude (353 comments)

. This is ignoring the fact that illegal immigrants are far far FAR more likely to depend on the dole system and become a liability rather than an asset.

I don't know what country you're from (judging by your use of the term "dole", I would guess Britain), but here in the U.S. "illegal immigrants" do not qualify most major social services, though studies have shown that 60% of them pay into them through payroll taxes. Studies have also shown that low skilled immigrants in the U.S. are less of a burden on the welfare state than citizens of the same socio-economic class.

about a year and a half ago
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'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

toadlife Re:Just what we need right now... (582 comments)

In what context do you see the supreme court ruling on whether or not is acceptable to commit violence against our own government?

about a year and a half ago
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'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

toadlife Re:Just what we need right now... (582 comments)

Don't forget shooting up old cars. That's what my gun nut coworker friend gave as an example when the topic of the purpose machine guns came up!

We should be able to have machine guns because shooting up old cars is fun.

This is what we are dealing with.

It makes me sad.

about a year and a half ago
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'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

toadlife Re:Just what we need right now... (582 comments)

Setting aside any judgement of whether or not it can be ultimately viewed as morally right, committing violence against the government will never be ruled legal, period.

about a year and a half ago
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'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

toadlife Re:Just what we need right now... (582 comments)

You are correct. I was being to narrow there.

about a year and a half ago
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'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

toadlife Re:Just what we need right now... (582 comments)

Natural right? I have a natural right to bash someone's skull in with a rock if I want their coconut.

Doesn't mean that right should exist should exist in a civilized society.

about a year and a half ago

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Book: Fox News PR Used Sockpuppet Accounts To Rebut Critical Blog Posts

toadlife toadlife writes  |  about a year ago

toadlife (301863) writes "NPR media reporter David Folkenflik writes in his forthcoming book Murdoch's World that Fox News' public relations staffers used an elaborate series of dummy accounts to fill the comments sections of critical blog posts with pro-Fox arguments. A former staffer told Folkenflik that they had personally used "one hundred" fake accounts to plant Fox-friendly commentary. Fox PR staffers were expected to counter not just negative and even neutral blog postings but the anti-Fox comments beneath them. One former staffer recalled using twenty different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp account."
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toadlife toadlife writes  |  more than 8 years ago

toadlife (301863) writes "PC-BSD, an operating system based upon FreeBSD 6 which is targeted at the desktop is now being "acquired" by privately held San Jose, Calif.-based enterprise hardware solution provider iXystems for an undisclosed sum. The new parent company for PC-BSD is expected to help further drive and support the adoption of PC-BSD.

"Well, we acquired Intellectual Property and Copyrights related to the development of PC-BSD and associated domains as well as the brains behind the operation," Matt Olander of CTO iXystems told internetnews.com.

"You can't really "acquire an open source project", but you can fund development, provide equipment and testing, etc."

Kris Moore, founder of the PC-BSD project explained that technically PC-BSD also had a business side to it (PC-BSD Software), which owned the name and trademarks.

"However, critical aspects such as source and such will still stay BSD licensed," Moore told internetnews.com.

IXystems expects to recognize a return on investment from its acquisition of PC-BSD by helping to increase BSD adoption, distribution, and development of both PC-BSD and FreeBSD. Olander figures more adoption should eventually increase demand for certified and tested server and storage hardware platforms.

Here is the official press release from iXystems."

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"I'm going outside honey."

toadlife toadlife writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I have two 40 foot tall Modesto Ash trees in my front yard. Many people I've talked to don't like Modesto Ash trees, with their shallow sidewalk-eating octopus roots and their large, dry, frail branches that tend to fall off at the most random of times, but I love them. They provide a ton of shade, and if pruned properly are very aesthetically pleasing.

Every year these two trees drop about a trillion (give or take a hundred billion) leaves on my yard. The trees stock up on enough ammunition over the summer to blanket my entire front yard with six inches of leaves...a few times over.

A couple of weeks ago, I got out the mower and sucked up all of the leaves on the lawn. I had to empty the mower bag about eight times and completely filled up my green waste container. It took me about three or four hours. One day later, my lawn was covered with leaves again.

I broke down and bought an electric blower at the local Sears outlet store. The price tag said $69.99 which seemed very reasonable. When the sales person rang it up the total was just over $50.00. It must have been one of those "guess what's on sale" sales...or something.

That Sunday, while all of the NFL games that I could care less about were on TV, I went out side and blew all of the leaves in my yard into the street.

Today, I noticed that the street sweeper had come by and sucked up all of the leaves I had blown into the street. I also noticed that my lawn is covered with leaves again.

Next weekend while all of the NFL games that I don't care about are on TV, I'm going to get out my blower...

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I must be doing something right

toadlife toadlife writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lately, I've noticed that somebody has been following me around and using all of their mods points to mod all of my posts down. As the down-mods always come five at a time, I'm pretty sure one person is responsible.

I'm going to take the formation of my one-man fan club as a sign that I'm doing something right.

Hi there Mr. Fan!

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