* Posts by JEDIDIAH

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PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)

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Re: Hard for hardware manufacturers - not so for the rest of us

It's just bubble economics mentality. We've reached the point where no one is satisfied unless we are in some kind of bubble. All corporate growth has to be constant and unsustainable or people think we are in some kind of recession.

Anything that isn't explosive growth is seen as a tragedy.

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Re: How many are waiting for Windows 8 to be "retired"? @Steve Knox

> I think that modern PCs are used for more than those from 1981.

Fine. Then move the goalpost to 2003 or even 2001.

I have Atom gear that's comparable to my laptop from 2001 but with a better GPU. This thing is a cheap trailing edge product but still runs circles around any ARM device when it comes to either pure computation or media decoding.

I have 3 generations of ARM streamer that have yet to catch up to that crufty old stuff. That's 3 cycles of "need to buy something new" with no end in sight really. Meanwhile the sad little Atoms chug along in the corner picking up the slack for the ARM devices.

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Re: And for 2015 I predict

This will be like HTPCs and servers. The rubes will flee for tablets leaving only the serious power users with PCs. That will cause a mass exodus of Windows users. Linux will gain more prominence in the PC market that remains.

You could call it the Disraeli Effect.

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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Re: To me its an obvious flaw...

> 1) As a sysadmin, i don't give a shit about its look, it has not tools to incentivies me to switch.

That "look" is the default user shell. It's not just window dressing. It actually does matter.

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Re: I tried Linux

Anyone that's got enough of a clue to even think about doing RAID on Windows should have no real problem with Linux. It's like that one competent NT admin in your company that sits for a Unix cert just for giggles.

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Re: if you had to migrate your business from Windows XP

> If you had to migrate from your outdated windows to a newer version would you upgrade to the newest or the the next one down?

As someone that actually does business computing, I would say whatever actually supports my applications. Despite the usual Lemming propaganda spouted here, it's not a forgone conclusion that the latest and greatest will even support your bespoke or 3rd party apps.

If it's really about those apps that aren't available for any other platform, then it really is all about the apps.

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Re: Not pleasant reading for Redmond

> What distribution offers 10+ years of support at a price lower than Windows?

You only need that support because you would be like a bound and gagged gimp left alone in the bad part of town otherwise.

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Wintel must welcome Androitel and Chromtel into cosy menage – Intel

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Re: Wintel irrelevance == x86 irrelevance

WinDOS legacy software allowed x86 to outlast all of it's other rivals. While it sucks when compared to Alpha or PPC, it really isn't that bad when compared to SPARC and that was the leader of the alternatives. Sun was like the Microsoft of the Unix world. They were the big player but they were mediocre themselves.

Now we're down to ARM vs x86 and ARM just doesn't have the horspower. It's nice for low power appliances but still kind of sucks for computation.

I'd much rather see a revial of SPARC then people try to shoehorn ARM into a compute bound server role.

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You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

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Re: Clenches jaw, takes deep breath . . .

Actual streamer appliances may need to keep track of what you are doing in order to tell you what you've already watched to to suggest something new. However, collecting this information in the course and scope of actually presenting you with content to watch is entirely different than what this LG TV is doing.

LG is engaging in pre-emptive data snooping not related to any end user requirement.

LG and anyone else that does this crap should be nailed to the wall by their family jewels.

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Schiller: 'Almost everyone' at Apple works on iPhones - not Macs or anything

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Re: And yet... @bob

> And since when has the average teenager been able to afford apple products anyway?

The idea that Android phones are "just the cheap option" is something that butthurt Apple fanboys tell themselves in order to sleep at night.

Android phones aren't any cheaper and Apple phones have the same kinds of subsidies where that kind of thing is relevant.

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Linux backdoor squirts code into SSH to keep its badness buried

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Re: Should've used *BSD

> Doesn't matter where OpenSSH originated, it's the OS that's the problem.

Until the exploit vector is identified, you can't claim that.

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Classic telly FX tech: How the Tardis flew before the CGI era

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Faking CGI

In Escape from New York, the computer display of Plisken's combat glider was faked by putting glow-in-the-dark tape on their model of Manhattan and filming over it.

That sequence holds up a lot better than other contemporary attempts to do genuine computer graphics.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Re: So fix it!

I still use scripting tools reminiscent of BASIC in order to write simple programs to do things that aren't already pre-packaged for me in some higher level language with a nice shiny happy GUI. I also automate non-GUI tools in order to deal with tasks more effectively than I would be able to in a GUI.

In some ways, the allegedly new and better suffers from the same old problems. Except now there's shiny graphics to distract you from the problem. We try to convince ourselves that things a "different and better" when quite often they are mostly just prettier.

Also, GUIs are often not recognized as such just because they aren't pretty enough.

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Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

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Re: Dropbox?

> Just like you need a Google account to use Android or a Microsoft account to use Skydrive.

No. I can side load an Android. It's very trivial actually.

I can also acquire applications from someone besides Google. I don't even have to jailbreak the device.

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Re: IT Managers (in a windows world) dream of

The problem with large IT environments is that they are filled with idiots. You get companies to scale up by employing a bunch of trained monkeys who follow a processes designed for trained monkeys. This leads to an office full of trained monkeys that you simply can't trust with root.

I despise what Fortune 500 IT policies do to a desktop machine. I can also kind of relate to why it's done that way.

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HELIUM-FILLED disks lift off: You can't keep these 6TB BEASTS down

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...another completely inexperienced poster.

> Why fool with mechanical drives? SSD's are 1000 times faster.

What's 1000x 150MB/s? What SSD has that kind of performance? What bus does? How many of those do you have to string together to get 4TB?

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Dead PC market? In the UK? NEVER

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Re: PCs now quite good

> My wife has a much newer Macbook Air and as much as I'd like it* I have not noticed it being much snappier.

A MBA is a latter day netbook. It's no surprise that it doesn't seem any faster than your older Macbook. It's simply not a performance machine. That's not what it's sold for.

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Re: Just pray you are not in Blighty

> I would hate to think what your leccy bill

It's not 2003 anymore. Powerful desktop CPUs aren't nearly as bad as they used to be when it comes to power management. The marginal improvement represented by a PI is probably not nearly as good as you think.

Not that the electrical bill would be that bad anyways.

Plus you can actually do some computing on your CPU rather than needing some other real PC shoved away somewhere to help you get over the lameness of ARM.

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

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pppppffffffft

> hooked up to my Linux server using CUPS software. Now that was clunky.

Yet I have a strange time relating to any of these rants. Even before CUPS, printing in Unix didn't seem to be nearly as bad as all of these horror stories seem to imply. Is this just a Windows thing or something. Is this all just Windows users venting? Or are there some Mac users that want to cry in their beer too?

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'Tablet' no longer means 'iPad': Apple share PLUMMETS below 30%

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Re: And still Apple owns 70-80% of the whole market profits...

The fact that your favorite corporation can thrive while abusing you more is really nothing to brag about.

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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

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Re: Psychology is a nice, easy subject

> Is that really what most psychology graduates do? Most of the ones I knew at college seem to work in HR now.

And would they actually achieve anything if they were actual therapist or would they just suck the life out of your bank account for a result you could have gotten from a hooker or a priest?

Pretending you're helping the client and actually helping the client are two entirely different things.

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Re: Social work

Social workers get paid crap. Clearly this one feels like a chump and needs to make up some nonsense to make himself feel better about it. The whole enterprise was carried out in a manner that tends to confirm everyone's biases against the social sciences.

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

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Re: Look everyone

> We've redesigned the desktop. Again. Applications? Nah someone else will do those...

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> This is why Linux has never and will never catch on for the desktop.

You think you're really witty but you're just an idiot. This is EXACTLY the same kind of nonsense that Microsoft is subjecting people to with the interface that's no longer called Metro. The Ribbon was the same thing too.

So the idea that only Linux subjects you to UI churn is highly bogus nonsense.

And truly, if anything MATE and Cinnamon are LEGACY interfaces. They are a refuge from the people that don't want to be subjected to Unity or Metro. They are actually an example of good HID principles in action.

They're interfaces consistent with what you already know.

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Re: CUT to the CHASE - leave "ubu" join MINT

That last version of Mint I tried clearly seemed to be still an Ubuntu derivative. So it hardly seems to be a compelling refuge from Ubuntu. Seems like you have to go clear back to Debian for that.

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

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Raise the other boats, don't sink them.

If you want to have compatibility across a broad range of hardware, then the solution is to make the inferior platforms less inferior rather than gutting the ones that are better. The idea that MacOS must be gutted to accomodate tablets is precisely the kind of nonsense that non-rube users worry about.

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

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Re: How to fix a MacBook

> Why do I give a crap how hard it is to do anything inside the case?

Social responsibility.

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It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

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Blithering Fanboy nonsense

> The services and requirements of all technology users, be they conglomerates or the domestic housewife simply cant be compared between then and now.

Sure they can. Your hardware requires 3rd party software. It doesn't matter if it's a PC from 1984 or a game console from 2013. The same principles apply today. We just give these things different names. You use terms like "ecosystem" but it's really the same thing.

Anything that can turn Apple into a minority player again will threaten it's "ecosystem".

Although Apple benefits from being an established player. Although they could be relegated to niche status again just like they were in the 90s.

That's why all of the Microsoft attempts at non-x86 platforms have been pants: no "ecosystem".

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Re: Yes yes...

> The problem appears to be that analysts only understand one business model, the one where you have the most "market share".

If they are selling computing devices that depend on mind share with 3rd party software developers, then that's the right model to fixate on. Without 3rd party content producers, your platform will go nowhere. Microsoft is currently experiencing this problem.

When it comes to platforms built on vendor lock based on an "ecosystem", then market share matters.

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Re: @ Wibble - iPads are expensive?

I bought a "cheapo" tablet on a whim because it was cheap enough to be an impulse buy.

The local iPad fan promptly DUMPED that iPad and her iPhone soon after.

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Seagate: Fibre Channel? RAID? SATA? File System? All RUBBISH

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Re: Object stores are the future

> Scientists and engineers care about their DATA.

Engineers have enough sense to let IT types do their thing.

> They do not care a jot about IT types rattling on about LUNs and SANs and choice of RAID levels

They will when their DATA goes bye bye.

Scientists are arrogant gits that treat non-scientists like sh*t. They will be the ones to whine when their data becomes a casualty of ignoring "irrelevant technical details".

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A $17.3bn fine, you say? Samsung begs for five-year patent war truce

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It wasn't a lie, it was salesmanship.

The problem is that you have to define "reasonable". I am sure that there are plenty of companies that don't want to pay what everyone else has. Trying to take advantage and get away with something is kind of how these people naturally operate. So corporations whining about unfairness need to be taken with a grain of salt.

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Re: Sad Situation

> Spoken like a person who has NEVER built a company from the ground up.

99% of CEOs are no different really. They are all just a bunch of MBAs acting as caretaker's for someone else's creation. Most of the time they can't even get that right. The lot of them probably couldn't build a successful lemonade stand on their own.

Don't confuse executive equivalent of janitors with real capitalists.

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Do not adjust your set: TV market slows, 'connected TV' grows

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Re: Just want big dumb panels

> Perhaps your experience "I tried it once" is no longer reflective

Considering that to try ANY of these devices in any meaningful way, you are going to have to spend THOUSANDS in order do it, that should not be terribly surprising. If anything that just highlights the essential stupidity of the entire concept of a "smart tv".

Interesting features are tied to the manufacturer of your TV. They may or may not be able to deliver. Chances are that experiences will vary widely. Thus a consistent experience will require creating a sort of walled garden.

It makes much more sense to plug in a cheap disposable puck that can be easily and cheaply updated as needed and represent an easy way to enforce a common interface without locking yourself to a single display manufacturer.

This "enforce a consistent experience" idea is one of the main reasons I started using HTPCs.

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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>> "And there we have it, a bad analogy. A bad car analogy even. All sensible debate is now over."

> Eh? What's so bad about this analogy?

An analogy is supposed to be something like a simile or metaphor where one item relates to another in some way or is similar to the other in some way. It's not just some random rambling that happens to suit your pet political agenda.

Sand in an engine will not slow it down (like a governor or extra cargo), it will destroy it.

The sand remark was pretty retarded really.

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WikiLeaker-in-chief Assange refuses to meet Benedict Cumberbatch

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Re: Cumberbatch as Kahn

Ricardo Montalban sophisticated? You must be joking. If anything, watching the two Khans side by side makes Ricardo look like a cartoon villan. All he needed was a mustache to twirl.

He's a genetically engineered superhuman. He doesn't need a chest that looks faked. Everything can be understated rather than overdone.

...and yes I did watch the two of them back to back.

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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

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Re: @AC

> Sub-prime mortgages were forced upon them by liberal regulators

The only thing that was forced on them by liberal regulators was the principle of treating people equally. The same rules apply to everyone. You don't get to apply different rules to the "wrong kind of people".

The ease of reselling loans is what fueled the process. This was helped along by fraudulent ratings. None of that has anything to do with "liberal regulators".

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Re: Steve Jobs

> People buying taking out loans / mortgages / credit cards that they couldn't afford,

It's the job of bankers with some skin in the game to prevent that kind of thing.

Eliminate consequences and all sorts of interesting nonsense will happen.

"Greedy bankers" are supposed to be the adults in the room.

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Meg Whitman asks HPers to drag their asses into the office

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Re: More than just doing the job

Unfortunately, sitting at the office may not have any impact on any of the problems some people are whining about. Being present at one of the company owned facilities doesn't mean that you will be anywhere near any of your teammates.

As a simple matter of auditing, most any communication of any importance needs to be done in a manner that allows the parties in question to be on opposite corners of the planet.

Forcing people to come to the office will solve none of the problems inherent in a large company that has scaled poorly because human groups scale poorly in general.

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The LUN must DIE. Are you with me, storage bods?

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Re: Not Storagebods, DBbods

> Many I have encountered, even recently, still don't get the virtualisation that a LUN brought 10+ yrs ago nevermind the virtualisation that automated storage tiering, etc, brings to the game now.

Unacceptably high latency?

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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Re: When will these idiots realise

> So you'll steal the content rather than buy it.

It's all the same on the balance sheet.

I am certainly not going to BUY something I can't crack. Media is only worth something to me if I can do what I want with it. It's no different than physical personal property in this regard.

DRM just makes the product lamer and more annoying.

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Re: My message to the movie industry

> No, it won't. They'll see the drop in demand an no rise in theft; so they may begin to ask more pertinent questions about their sales strategy.

I bet you believe in the tooth fairy too.

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Re: Learn the lessons lumpheads

> Netflix, Hulu etc not enough?

These services are a big part of the reason that even BDs are selling for $5 a pop.

Both serve to gravely devalue the market price of movies and media in general. You don't even need to pirate anymore. You can just wait for the latest blockbuster to get to the top of your queue and arrive in your mailbox (or be available to stream).

Netflix pretty much single handedly did in the $5 per rental B&M store.

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Re: To be honest

> Remember that when you have a 20ft screen and massive pixels on 1080p - even 8k probably won't be enough.

Where would you fit yours? I have a room pretty much dedicated to this sort of thing and anything much beyond 10ft is pushing it. Furthermore, I've yet to see a McMansion with a space suitable for a larger screen (sadly enough).

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Re: To be honest

It takes quite a bit to just perceive the benefit of 1080p. Going beyond that is a matter of greatly diminishing returns for most people. Screen size and the viewing environment is paramount here. Many people just don't care and/or don't bother with a setup where these larger resolutions manifest well.

Industry simply got fat and happy off of the digital transition and want the party to continue.

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Re: Charity

> Why do you armchair lawyers feel the need to try and find any excuse for your thievery?

Who cares about the law? We're talking ethics here. Remember ethics?

That also includes things like not lying or distorting the facts or the definitions of common words or legal terms.

As far as the law goes, you don't need to be a Harvard Law Professor to peruse a copy of Blacks Law. That is enough to refute some of the nonsense common on the web.

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Make them do hard time just for breathing the air.

> So what - it's still no excuse for theft

What theft? Nothing is being "stolen" based on any remotely moral point of view. This is stuff that's already being freely distributed.

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Utter nonsense, obvious industry shill.

> Paying users won't notice.

That's a total lie. They notice already.

That is why I prefer my own rips to using a sanctioned decoder.

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You put up with CRAPPY iOS 7. You can put up with Obamacare too, says prez

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Re: I haven't put up with Apple's OS's for decades, Obama.

>> If anything they abuse emergency services and are a disproportunate drain on the system.

> Spurious malpractice litigation is, by orders of magnitude, a bigger abuse of the system than 'the poorest' draining the emergency services.

A single ER visit is likely to run 10K without even getting into treatment.

Med-Mal premiums for an ER doctor are 70K.

Your tort-reform astroturfing is just poorly informed nonsense.

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Re: Eh?

> They should have seen this coming, perhaps, but then again it's not like everybody applying for health care every day of the year.

Not an uncommon problem in IT. There are many businesses that experience predictable extreme spikes in usage. Also, it is very common place for there to be "open enrollment" periods for insurance in particular.

...all of it was obviously forseeable.

Civil servants and government contractors will likely just get a free pass.

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Re: NHS part 2

> Of course, because those who have more money deserve to live longer, right?

Yes, but not for the most obvious reason.

The poor deserve to die sooner because they are idiots. They don't live shorter lives because they are poor. They live shorter lives because they are idiots. Their poverty and their shorter lives are both effects of their stupidity.

Longevity and quality of life are a combination of good genetics and sensible lifestyle choices.

Free consumer giveaways are really a red herring here.

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