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The Bus That Rides Above Traffic

xirusmom Re:Since when... (371 comments)

You are right, of course. I was just commenting on the part of the story:

This one has been boggling my brain. I can't see how this is a good idea or safe. But it sure is awesome

...and thinking in more modern times,technology stealing (which is not a China invention, I am sure someone will point out) and the crappy things we buy from them. It backfired, but my intention was not being a troll.

more than 4 years ago
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The Bus That Rides Above Traffic

xirusmom Since when... (371 comments)

...anything coming from China is a either a good idea or safe? (Not even trying to be get both).

more than 4 years ago
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Fatty Foods May Cause Cocaine-Like Addiction

xirusmom Not sure why... (507 comments)

But I am suddenly hungry.

more than 4 years ago
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Fatty Foods May Cause Cocaine-Like Addiction

xirusmom Re:Human food (507 comments)

I have news for you...
The least thing you will find in an hot dog is actual meat.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Asks You To Test Your Broadband Speeds

xirusmom Re:Not really (454 comments)

better yet, restart the server before and after the test. So they will have on Ip completely different from what you have been using as well.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Asks You To Test Your Broadband Speeds

xirusmom Not really (454 comments)

Unless you have a commercial connection, they won't give you a static address anyway. So do the test, then restart your server...new IP for you.

more than 4 years ago
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Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

xirusmom Re:Just forget paying (1197 comments)

One emergency room visit will change that.. I recently spent a few hours at the ER and the bills summed up to $6000. I expect the insurance actually pays a third of that price, but even if you are able to negotiate that deal yourself, it is still a burden. And if you get admitted to the hospital... you are screwed. Any major surgery will cost you 15-30k.

more than 4 years ago
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Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

xirusmom Re:Kaiser Permanente (1197 comments)

Agree. We get Kaiser here in Colorado, through employer, so not sure of the prices for individuals, but I can vouch for the services. Would not change it for anything.

more than 4 years ago
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Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

xirusmom Re:Move to Canada (1197 comments)

Just found the numbers:
NHE (National Health Expenditure) $7,681 per person (for 2008).

Source: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalHealthExpendData/25_NHE_Fact_Sheet.asp#TopOfPage

And...
In 2007, the latest year for which data is available, among 26 countries with similar accounting systems in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), per capita spending on health care remained highest in the United States (US$7,290). The U.S. was followed by Norway (US$4,763), Switzerland (US$4,417) and Luxembourg (US$4,162). At around US$3,895 per capita, health care spending in Canada was similar to six other OECD countries, including the Netherlands, Austria, France and Germany.
http://www.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=media_20091119_e

more than 4 years ago
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Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

xirusmom Re:Move to Canada (1197 comments)

The right way to compare it is how much it is spend in health care per person, no matter were the money comes from. If it is cheaper to pay taxes and get the health care via the government, so be it. If not, so be it too. Let's see:

If your numbers are correct, then $160 billion/ 33 million = 4800 /year/person

We have health care plan through my husband's insurance, we pay 448 but his employer pays 700. this is for the 3 of us. We have copays of $30 for doctors visits (preventive once a year is $15), $100 for emergency room, $100 for MRIs, $700 for hospital admission. So lets assume 1 doctor visit, plus preventive, and one emergency room visit.
((448+700)x12+30x3+15x3+100)/3=4670/year/person - we are healthy our max copays/ person is $1000 so it could go up to $5500/person/year with one hospital admission and a few procedures.

If you consider variables, it is about the same in total cost /year. The difference in this math is that I am using the best case scenario for the US. I doubt that anyone can get this deal without the employer group. Plus, you have to consider that insurance companies cover the cost for people who are younger and not yet eligible for medicare. To truly evaluate the costs we would have to weight medicare spending to the equation and I expect that costs to treat older folks are way higher. While for the same cost/person of the best case scenario, EVERYONE is covered in CANADA.

more than 4 years ago
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Two Scoops of Buzz

xirusmom Re:might turn out to have been smart (178 comments)

Yes. I do . Google wave is great for writing papers and for collaborative projects.
Simple enough that you can get projects started quickly with a bunch of people who never used it before.

more than 4 years ago
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Star Wars TV Show Tainted By Memories of Jar Jar

xirusmom Re:yes, but... (474 comments)

I sure I watched star wars when I was a kid, but it did not make such a big impression on me. Sure it was cool, but it was not a life changing event, as it was for my husband.
Than I married a geek and started watching them again( and again, and again...). An even without the "stop raping my childhood" feeling, I can say the originals are much, much better than the prequels. Why?
(1) The originals are indeed darker, like everything else that was done in a time when we did not use to protect children from every single fact of life.
(2) The romance,... I will take Han over Anakin any time. The stupid love story combined with incredibly bad acting is too central tho the prequel's story, and it turns me off completely. Han and Leia have more of a sexual tension that works a lot better, plus, it is funnier.
(3) Abuse of CGIs. By all means, use it, but please, use it when you need it, not just because it is there. All in all, I think the lack of resources in the first movies lead to more creativity in general.
(4) Han shot first.

And as for everything else (cartoons, xmas specials, etc...), running the risk of joining the trenches : - George, please STOP it already! Haven't you have enough money? Can't you do anything else with your life? Don't you have any new ideas? Stoooooooooooop!

more than 4 years ago
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Truth Or Dare — What Is the Best US Cell Company?

xirusmom Re:Related question (395 comments)

I was happy with my pre-paid t-mobile when I visited Canada. I had no problems with coverage at all.

more than 4 years ago
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Digital Fundraising Booms For Haiti Relief

xirusmom Re:let's follow the money (124 comments)

So do I. And that is the reason I am happy to donate money as long as the organization use it wisely.
There are a lot of NGOs who do a great job even, if they are paying some of their people. And working for one of them is usually a big pay cut from what one would get on private companies, so you will get committed people even if you are paying them a salary.
Of course, there are the ones with 50% overhead as well as scammers, but that is our job as donors, to do a decent research before giving any money.

more than 4 years ago
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Digital Fundraising Booms For Haiti Relief

xirusmom Re:let's follow the money (124 comments)

So, my question to you is: Can you volunteer full time, half time? Specially right know, who can afford to leave their jobs for weeks to go to Haiti to volunteer full time?
10% overhead is a very reasonable figure if we cannot bother to get our butts out of the couch and go there ourselves.

more than 4 years ago
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WHO To Investigate Handling of Swine Flu Information, Vaccine Orders

xirusmom Ye, but.... (372 comments)

I agree that the media does this all the time and it was not different for the H1N1

That said... Maybe in the US we did not see a difference in the death numbers, but my dad and step mom are doctors in Brazil and it was a lot different there.

We do not really have a flu season. We do not even get vaccines for it. It would make no sense (and we do have a pretty comprehensive vaccine program, all free, btw). Not that we don not have flu, it is just not as dramatic as it it here. And you never hear of people dying from it, unless they are very debilitated already.

The H1N1 killed people there that nobody expected to be a victim of the flu. Young people, pregnant women. That was the difference. Plus, many of my friends here in the US got it, and although it was not fatal for any of them, it was so painful that I would not have wanted to go through that myself or worse, have my 3 year old in horrible pain for a week. I got him vaccinated with the mist (individual doses do not have as may preservatives) and now that it is widely available I got one for myself.

more than 4 years ago
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Human Males Evolve At a Faster Pace Than Females

xirusmom Re:That's because women keep changing their mind (454 comments)

I would say we are pretty consistent:
in our teens, we want the bad-cool-cute boy
in our 20s, we want the hip-probably-gay guy
finally, in our 30s we come to our senses and discover the geeks....

more than 4 years ago
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US DOJ Says Kindle In Classroom Hurts Blind Students

xirusmom really? (492 comments)

As long as they provide an alternative access to the same info, what is the problem?
Or are they going to close stairways because some people cannot use them?

more than 4 years ago

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In Finland, Broadband is now a legal right

xirusmom xirusmom writes  |  more than 4 years ago

xirusmom (815129) writes "Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right for all citizens.
Starting Thursday, telecom operators will be obligated to provide a reasonably priced broadband connection with a downstream rate of at least 1 Mbs, to every permanent residence and office, CNN reports"

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Liberalism, atheism and higher IQs

xirusmom xirusmom writes  |  more than 4 years ago

xirusmom (815129) writes "A new study finds that political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence. The study correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not on women."
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The G-spot 'doesn't appear to exist', say research

xirusmom xirusmom writes  |  more than 4 years ago

xirusmom (815129) writes "The elusive erogenous zone said to exist in some women may be a myth, say researchers who have hunted for it. Their study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine is the biggest yet, involving 1,800 women, and it found no proof. The King's College London team believe the G-spot may be a figment of women's imagination, encouraged by magazines and sex therapists. , BBC reports"
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ABC president can't get her kids to wacth tv

xirusmom xirusmom writes  |  more than 4 years ago

xirusmom (815129) writes "The quote, by ANNE SWEENEY, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, really says it all: "You're going to have a television if I have to nail it to your wall." ... recalling a remark to her college-bound daughter, who insisted she only needed a computer to watch television. (TIME Magazine)"
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Legal Status for Climate change Belief

xirusmom xirusmom writes  |  about 5 years ago

xirusmom (815129) writes "In the UK, climate change belief was given same legal status as religion.
The London Telegraph reports that an executive has won the right to sue his employer, on the basis that he was unfairly dismissed for his green views. A judge ruled that environmentalism had the same weight in law as religious and philosophical beliefs."

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Ballmer egged in Hungary

xirusmom xirusmom writes  |  more than 6 years ago

xirusmom writes "Radar online has a video of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer getting egged in Hungary. AP has also an article on it. Ballmer was delivering a speech entitled "You can change the world" when a young men demanded that Microsoft return money it had stolen from the Hungarian people, then threw three eggs at Ballmer. The video can also be found on you tube, of course."
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Why do you contribute to slashdot?

xirusmom xirusmom writes  |  more than 7 years ago

xirusmom writes "I am working on my Ph.D research that will involve user generated content for water quality data. I would like to better understand what motivates people to contribute. If you would like to help, please let me know why do you contribute to slashdot, open source projects or similar communities? What do you expect to get back from it (fame, money, women? — or just the warm feeling of being helpful?)? Why do you think it is worth your time to contribute? Why have you decided to write an answer for these questions? I also know there is some frustration about not getting your submissions posted. What do you think are the pros and cons of a moderated forum? I would appreciate your insights. Thanks"
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xirusmom xirusmom writes  |  more than 7 years ago

xirusmom writes "What does the word Lexus make you think of? Fancy cars? Stepford wives cruising to Pottery Barn? Amateur porn? To ensure the word stays clear of this last connotation, Toyota's testing the limits of trademark law.

from radaronline.com"

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xirusmom xirusmom writes  |  more than 7 years ago

xirusmom writes "From reuters: A Brazilian judge reversed his order to ban the YouTube site in Brazil. MTV Brasil, where the model in the center of the controversy, Daniela Cicarelli, hosts a show, has received thousands of emails of protest. A website urging people to boycott the modelwas set up, and a blogger had an online petition signed by around 7500 people. The ban on the sex video itself is still valid."

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