Re: Without Compression and DeDuplication....
I had trouble just getting past the price tag...
2393 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
I had trouble just getting past the price tag...
> Which search replacement do you use?
What happened to "It's Unix"?
> Nature documentaries.
The most striking parts of Prometheus were those helicopter shots of Iceland in the beginning of the film.
Duncan presented as a flu patient. NO ONE gets a blood test for the flu over here. People like to talk about US doctors going crazy with the testing but I've never heard of anyone ever getting a blood test for the flu. X-ray perhaps. Strep culture perhaps. But no bloody blood test.
Not that they would have been looking for the Ebola to begin with. (That was kind of the problem)
It's easy to second guess with the perfect knowledge of hindsight. Not quite so easy in real time.
...and fluid replacement is a key part of Ebola treatment.
The HMO option typically has a significantly smaller network due to lower reimbursement rates.
The better doctors are likely not available on the HMO option.
There are "cash-only" medical clinics popping up in the US too. Their cash prices are more in line with the "insurance discount" prices or sometimes even lower. Taking insurance and "medical billing" out of the equation greatly simplifies things.
THIS is why Americans are skeptical of Big Government run healthcare. We have Medicare and Medicaid which are both kind of disasters already.
I will happily take a treatment that keeps me alive. Perhaps someone else that is more altruistic will develop a permanent treatment while I am waiting.
Without an actual number your kinds of claims are meaningless. You (and everyone else) are taxed at some rate that's not disclosed. That has to compare against what we pay out of pocket. With no data whatsoever, it's pretty hard to actually make that comparison.
Americans probably have more to spend either way. They just choose to ignore the possibility of a future calamity (of any sort).
Someone mentioned the idea of non-free health services needing to compete with fine dining (and other luxuries). People would rather pay for a pedicure than a doctor. If you think this would be a problem in the UK. Magnify it by 10x across the pond.
I don't like saying nice things about Obamacare but it did eliminate that "pre-existing condition" problem.
Based on what some people have said regarding referrals to specialists, I am not sure we have it so bad on this side of the pond. (even with the warts)
A place called "emergency room" is just as the name implies. It's for emergencies. If you weren't really having an emergency, you really didn't belong there. Hospitals are a big part of the problem in American healthcare .They are robber barons posing as non-profits. ER visits are a cash cow and you and your insurance are going to get milked.
There are drop in clinics in the US that are much more appropriate for non-emergencies.
Still, a lot of people go to the ER when it's really not at all appropriate.
Sometimes a patient already has a relationship with a particular hospital. That hospital might also be closer to your GP or one of your specialists. Although EMTs should have good feel for "what's best for the patient" in the absence of any stated preference.
What you are complaining about is numeracy fail. Unless you are planning on milking the system, get a plan with a higher deductible. Then take the premium savings and put it into a savings a count. Put it into Health Savings Account if you can. Then not worry about how high your deductible is.
If you don't have some sort of expensive chronic condition, there's no reason for a low deductible.
> So how is this any different to PC makers selling you a machine with a drive that is partitioned down from its stated size to accommodate the cab files to reinstall the OS?
One of those does not take up a double digit portion of the available storage. The other one does.
Californians. That's who. They have some pretty demanding consumer protection laws.
it's odd that those people sitting in northern California never considered this problem. Perhaps the droning of the fanboys drowned out anyone who could have suggested that Apple was making a mistake.
Apple products alread aren't exactly speed demons. So your excuses about lack of external storage really don't hold any water at all.
The whole "we're not so shallow" act is oh so stupid. You have to be into someone if you are in a long term relationship. You can't ignore your inner animal forever. Sooner or later your revulsion of your partner will rear it's ugly head. Then the marriage will implode.
You can't ignore your inner animal. You need something to keep yourself from strangling the other person when things get difficult. Genuinely fancying them helps in this regard quite a bit.
Many ideas sound good or "enlightened" when you first hear them but are ultimately completely impractical or ultimately highly destructive.
Eternity will likely include a few dark days and you need ever advantage you can get.
> Still waiting for an easy and free way to play legit Bluray disks on Linux.
That's not even a given under Windows really. BluRay is a really a user hostile format.
> Fascinating insight into the mind of a serial copyright abuser, thanks.
No. You're just a corporate apologist eager to strip real people of all property rights in favor of corporate overlords.
> Um, no. A company exercising their legitimate option to territorialise its rights. An
There is nothing "legitimate" about that what so ever.
> It is that thing they fool you into thinking you can buy like a DVD but is in fact a DRMed crap like UV.
I can crack it open just like a DVD and store it in any format I like. Where are the tools to do that with UV?
> Couldn't agree more. How many beige PCs do you see in the shops these days?
For the most part, PCs come in one color and that's whatever color happens to be the current color choice du jour.
The wood grain classic radio chassis is something you'll have to beat the bushes for and then build yourself.
Engineers for the most part don't cause the problem. Salesmen do. Artificial churn is needed in consumer products so that their gravy train keeps moving. Career minded managers also need to be seen "doing something". Things can't just stay still. Someone somewhere needs to change things in order to justify their existence.
Although Unity and SystemD demonstrate how this affects everything, even stuff without sales departments.
I tolerated the stock OS install on my Chromebox for all of 5 minutes before I felt compelled to put a area Linux distribution on it. It still adequately manages those 90% of those light duty tasks. It just plays nicer with the rest of my network.
Idiots will always force you to be "condemned to tech support". The OS really doesn't matter. The idea that it ever was was just a myth perpetrated by liars trying to sell you something.
As far as being "condemned", you're already there with the Chromebook.
It's already Linux. It's just a very crippled variety of Linux that you have less control over. Running a proper Linux allows you to avoid iPhone style stupidity like "cloud printing".
20 years? I already have 20 year old data that has survived the test of time by being always online.
Things don't need to be stuffed on a shelf somewhere. Tech has moved beyond that already. It's an irrelevant, unnecessary, and bogus limiting requirement.
Plus offline media still degrades. You can drone on about what are essentially just averages but you will never know if your stuff is safe unless you actually check it. You may be unlucky. At least online copies of your data can be checked for bit rot.
1TB thumb drives will be cheap and widely usable before any tape technology is.
Of course Bill would deny saying something like that. It makes him look like a real big idiot in hindsight. Although his products do that well enough anyways.
Some people still like owning things. If you don't want to fiddle with lots of little bits of physical media all of the time, then a big hard drive is the obvious option. Not everyone trusts the cloud or even has a decent connection to it.
What do people store? Anything they still own.
Blurays are 35G a pop.
Turning an Android Tablet into a franken-desktop is really far too much bother. It makes more sense for data to be in the "local cloud" like some 80s Sun network and to not "fiddle" with devices to force them into some other form factor.
Perfectly serviceable light duty PCs are already cheap and small. They are almost as small as some tablet devices (by volume). It's better to just fire one of those up that's always connected to the usual PC desktop inputs rather than trying to force a phone or tablet into that mold.
Interaction between different types of devices should be more seamless rather than forcing everyone to put up with the likes of Android.
> Opening a reference to a file from an application build for one environment to another one? No go.You might as well run two VMs next to each other....
I am not even sure what that's supposed to mean. It sounds like gibberish.
Meanwhile, I have always ignored the naysayers to great effect.
Silverlight runs on Linux through a layer of WINE. Crossover office did this years ago with the Quicktime plugin when Apple had it's little short lived (Sorenson) codec monopoly.
If your machine is beefy enough and you can't quite get yourself to erase Windows, then turn it into a VM and run it in Virtualbox or VMware.
Some of the upscale luxury cars are already equipped with HUDs.
I drove a Beemer like that in Germany. It's too bad the map data was laughably out of date.
If you have to look at the interface, then it's already a big fat fail. The interface for anything on a car should be like a fighter jet. You shouldn't have to take your eyes off the action for even a split second. This sort of stuff just instituionalizes distracted driving.
> It's a much better idea than requiring your printer manufacturer to provide a Chrome OS print driver for every one of their printers!
It's just x86 Linux. They could probably just ship their Linux driver assuming they have one or just let the community handle it. That's even assuming that what CUPS needs to support your particular printer even counts as a "driver" in the conventional sense.
The same "driver" source could handle Linux, MacOS, iPhones, Android, Chrome, Solaris and AIX.
My color printer also doubles as a scanner and copier. While it true it's not often used, it's handy to have when a color printing task comes up. I just bought the cheapest available HP from the corner store. It works fine including being supported in Linux.
There's nothing saying that you only have to have one printer. My "default" printer is a cheap mono laser of course.
This nonsense is why I put Ubuntu on my Chromebook. Throwing things out the the cloud is completely unnecessary as CUPS is perfectly adequate for the task and can run on any Unix variant including the ones from Google and Apple.
Nonsense. The moment I got my first ISP account ever, I managed to see people trying to get into my Linux box. This was ancient dlalup. I'm not even sure if my modem was up to snuff in terms of speed. Still didn't stop people from the other side of the planet to probe my box.
If the "consumer Internet" was dangerous pretty much day one, then the "academic Internet" must have been similarly dangerous.
My last "pre-Internet" employer certainly took their security seriously. A bug of this kind would not have been exposed to dog+world even then.
From then to now, the number of attacks per day isn't even all that different.
The headline is certainly misleading. It seems specifically engineered to give one a more dire impression. For a minute there I thought that the UK had managed to be even crappier in terms of broadband than the US.
An intentionally false impression though. Sensationalist headline...
Nah. With all of the crap that gets included on modern webpages these days, you need more speed just to deal with the bloat. I remember when I thought a whole 1meg down was the bee's knees. Wouldn't want to be stuck with that now. Modern web pages are far too bloated. Some sites include scripts from so many different hosts that they can't all fit on my no-script pop up menu.
Then there are things like Debian repositories, Steam, and other assorted sources of software updates.
I would rather not fixate on the poor because people are ultimately responsible for themselves. They still have some ability to control their own destiny even if they are on the lower end of things. The things they choose to do and the things they choose to value impact their lives greatly. To say that they are in control of nothing ultimately strips them of their humanity and any hope that they might someday do better for themselves.
No amount of throwing money at the problem will compensate for a pathalogical culture that actively discourages assimilating the habits of successful members of society.
> Including the cost of the US healthcare system in welfare spending is not unlike including the price of billionaire mansions in the money spent to fight homelessness.
So what you are saying is that some of us in America are paying for "billionaire mansions" when it comes to healthcare? In other words, we are at liberty to pay more to get more. That doesn't sound altogether bad really. It sucks to be poor but then again it always sucks to be poor. It's nice that there's at least the option to do better and get better.
That's the key difference between what we have in the US and European Communism.
Although, it does make sense to compare total expenditures for both public and private payments for healthcare and taxes in general. I am in a much better position than a European counterpart to handle my own medical expenses. I have more money for housing and food and health insurance and vacations and my medical rainy day fund (HSA).
I just have to choose to prepare for that sort of thing rather than wasting every last cent I earn on consumption of consumer products. The same goes to a lesser degree for "working class stiffs". We simply choose as a nation to be irresponsible. "Saving" is a dirty word. We all must feed the economic beast. You even see propaganda about this in math textbooks (I kid you not).
In a nation without debtors prisons, bankruptcy should not matter. It should not be a thing for people to get hysterical over. It may suck for awhile but it's very recoverable. Or rather it should be.
Going broke in a civilized society shouldn't matter any more than getting sick in one.
You have to keep in mind that it's not "Protestants" but rather a small subset of Protestants. A lot of Protestants are just as stuffy and conservative as Catholics. It's only a particular minority of Protestants that advocate extreme anti-intellectualism and theocracy.
"Protestant" is not a terribly useful term. It pretty much just means "not Catholic" which is as useful as "not Baptist". There are 1001 flavors to contend with and a term that encompasses 1000 of them isn't terribly meaningful.
Although people that use the term "Xian" like they own it usually are part of the wingnut crowd.
It shouldn't matter either way. Certainly HARDWARE should not be shipped in a broken state. The idea that a consumer should ever have to do a firmware update just shows how bad things have gotten. The sound engineering once expected out of hardware has fallen prey to the same sort of "ship it broken, we can patch it later" that once primarily dominated only computer games.
It's a disgrace.
> Libreoffice is just a bit bloated for an SSD install.
It has no problems fitting on my jailbroken chromebox.
Affordable SSDs aren't quite THAT small.
Windows continues to be a festering malware infested pile even today in 2014. Nothing really changes because Microsoft still has the same bad approach to engineering it's always had. You can't take the organization that gave us DOS and Win 3.1 and expect it to create something decent. The beast simply doesn't operate that way.
At least Apple has some interest in making a product. It may not be the kind of product that some of us want but at least they give lip service to the idea of a good product rather than just being cheap Ponzi wannabes.
Some people have this strange fixation with Kings and Robber Barons and their products as if any of that success has any relevance for the common man beyond removing any sort of liberty. They just can't tolerate the idea that someone might deviate from the crowd and use something that suits them better.
> If you want to use a gui to write a letter, watch a video or manage you media then get Windows
None of that requires monopolyware. That's all pretty pedestrian stuff that you could do in just about any desktop OS and probably on all of the tablets too.
If you are going to mindlessly push the monopoly, at least include some interesting requirements.
Also, this sounds like something that's perfectly tolerated under corporate conditions. If he were selling this software to some corporations, so that they could abuse their employees there would be not so much as a whimper about this kind of software.
The problem with this guard is that it's a double sided razor facing down towards your own fingers. It's nothing like a conventional hilt. That sword would make much more sense with a conventional hilt beneath the lasery bits.
Someone has already come out with a parody of that shot where Jesus is standing opposite with a similar lightsabre that's oriented in the other direction so that it's a cross.