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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: Billing

The billing inefficiency and overhead is stunning.

I worked for an IVY league university with a fantastic insurance plan, I went for a medical at the university hospital and for the next two years received bills for $0.00, demands to pay $0.00, refunds of $0.00, statements for $0.00 and so on. A colleague broke a wrist went to the same place and received a bill for $200 because a 2nd doctor not covered by the plan had also looked at the x-ray.

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Re: So remind me again

>why don't we also tax those who exercise to cover physio and sports injuries too.

Did BUPA coverage for our small company once.

I mentioned we should be a cheap good risk, all young fit hunks.

On the contrary we were the highest payment band the rep explained rather frankly - we have to cover expensive physio for all your rugby and skiing accidents while we dump middle aged managers with heart attacks on the NHS

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Re: Absurd

And does the technology require the advert to include the space the technology uses as part of the sale pitch?

Selling a range of products differentiated only on storage space and including space the user can't use is fraudulent. It's like selling a 40" TV with a 32" screen and a 4" bezel then telling customers that if they want a 40" screen they should buy the 56" model.

But Microsoft is worse, my 64Gb Surface tablet includes a hidden 12Gb re-install partition containing windows and office installers and only about 34Gb of usable space.

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UK.gov: Sod SIGINT, let's turn GCHQ into a TECH CRECHE

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Re: Cut the payroll

But presumably didn't collect his pension

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Re: Cut the payroll

I thought most of the people at MI5 worked for the KGB so that should have reduced the wages bill quite a lot

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Prez Obama slaps sanctions on Norks in payback for Sony hack

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Re: Obama, you cunt*.

I think that is unfair, many of us are quite warmly attracted to the specific female anatomy in question.

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Re: [Sigh]

>File this one in with Iraq's WMD, I'm afraid.

So we blame 9/11 on North Korea this year

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Want to shoot FIREBALLS from your wrists, SPIDER-MAN style?

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Re: Not something to wear at the airport then?

Doesn't contain 2oz of fluid and doesn't have a picture of a transformer on it so you should be fine

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Magic streaming beans? Sure, have my cow - music biz

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Buy CDs

I can buy used albums for $5, I can get most of the 60s/70s/80s classic albums for $5 or 3/$20 on sale somewhere.

For this I get an album of songs. I get full quality that I can re-rip on the next device.

I get files that I can keep even if I don't keep up my account at xyz services or if xyz get bought by xyz2 and change the terms.

Of course I am an old fart who doesn't know who won X factor so what do I know

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: The love of money is the root of all evil

And yet the same shit workers operate Europe's most efficient car plant in Sunderland.

All it needed was Japanese designs, Japanese management and Japanese accountants.

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SpaceX six days from historic rocket landing attempt

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Re: In world where news is mostly Celebs..

>If you compare Elon Musk's goals in life to Nigel Farage,

So you have met a nice South African and that is bloody surprising man .....

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Re: Fingers crossed!

> namely aerodynamics.

And the aerodynamics of hypersonic vehicles was well understood in the 1970s ?

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Re: What a team!

What is really impressive is that SpaceX was founded with only $100M

A Google or an Apple could found one a week from the tea money

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El Reg's Giant Mobile Industry Roundup of 2014: Part Deux

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Re: So Micrsosoft will not be leveraging Nokia's imaging expertise

The problem is that post Gates there is no Microsoft, there are lots of battling chieftains.

Mobile is under the X-box group so it had better do something for x-box sales this quarter.

It will lose money for a while so it needs subsidy, the only group that makes money is Office so a phone has to convince the Office bosses that it will make money for them in the long run.

Imagine where the iPhone would be if every initial iPhone sale had cost the boss of the iPod division some of his bonus? And that same iPod boss had been in charge of allowing iPhone onto the iTunes store!

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Survey: Tech has FREED modern workers – to work longer hours

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Many think technology has changed the way they work ?

What the hell do the others do ?

Sit around flinging dung and wondering how to bang rocks together ?

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Netflix: Sacre vache! French resistance from the vestibuleurs de consommation

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So why be in France?

Unless France has erected a Maginot line around the country then why does Netflix have to be in .fr ?

It can just bill French subscribers to Netflix.co.uk / .de or .dutchy-of-grand-fenwick

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Really, govt tech profit cash grab is a PRIZE-WINNING idea?

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Re: @Tim Worstal - " I find there's a gaping hole or two in her arguments..."

But to an economist Hurricane Sandy was a massive boost to GDP, all that rebuilding work and all those increased insurance premiums.

It's rather surprising that the government relies on unpredictable natural disasters and doesn't, for example, merely nuke the eastern seaboard periodically.

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HP breaks for Xmas week - aka 'staff hols' - source

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Re: Nothing to see here

>Must live in the UK.

Where people understand irony

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Re: Audit time?

I don't know which is funnier, the idea that HP have any staff that would know how to cook the books, or that they might have anyone competent to catch them

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Re: Nothing to see here

It's easy for middle managers - they just have to pressure their employees into never taking any vacation. The result is that people take "vacation" by leaving and taking a break for a few weeks before they take the next job.

But that's ok because having key technical staff leave and trying to replace them in this market is a great cost saving.

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Re: Exactly, makes sense

And demanding that your employees use half their annual vacation to accomodate it ?

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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Re: Cheques

There is always cash - I believe the US govt has been printing quite a lot of that recently

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75% of servers were destroyed

That's because they used those special movie servers where the hacker can log in and cause them to start belching clouds of dry ice and make alarms go off before they finally explode into a shower of sparks.

Presumably Sony's email system also had about 12 characters per screen and made teletype noises as it printed the characters one at a time.

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OnePlus vs Micromax: Dream of Google-less Android now further away

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My little Google all grown up

And now even more evil than Microsoft

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German minister photo fingerprint 'theft' seemed far too EASY, wail securobods

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Re: Agreed

A fingerprint is a userid not a password.

If your account is hacked you don't change your name

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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Re: FFS, it's been the same code for decades !

Embrace, extend, Extinguish.

If their browsers stuck to the standard then users on other OSes could connect to Office365 and that would never do .

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Re: Anything to weed out the psychopaths

Especially if you are looking for somebody hot for a limited-term relationship

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'Google catches us in an invisible web of our personal data without telling us'

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Re: On the other hand

In a more subtle attack it is alleged Sony hackers broke into the servers of Touchstone and re-edited Pearl Harbor into such a crap movie that many American movie goers now feel the raid was totally justified.

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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Re: Burden

So don't collate it - just publish

You collect when councillors turn up for meetings, in order to pay them attendance allowance, you collect how they voted on issues, you already put it all in a spreadsheet.

At the moment you then spend money on protecting it, keeping it firewalled, having access controls to stop unauthrorized staff from seeing it - and then spend more money fighting FoI requests when somebody submits one.

So everything that there isn't a law demanding it be keep secret (like medical reports on the children being abused in your council's care homes) goes on a public sharepoint site.

The only reason to keep everything secret by default is to hide cockups or criminal conspiracies,

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Re: Burden

So why wasn't all that info public anyway?

Apart from the launch codes to their nuclear arsenal how much info does the local council have that is secret? Here even the salaries of all public employees are published, by name, on their website

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No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK

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When "Wee Spot o Rain Sandy" hit New York they were all very smug about their server rooms and backup generators being on the top floors.

All that was in the basement - as required by building regs - was the fuel tanks and pumps.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: the above problems point to one root cause

Zoning is what creates the problem.

It was a good idea 100years ago to stop slum landlords building houses against the walls of the United Asbestos, Arsenic and Cyanide factory - but it's crap when it doesn't let you build mixed office and apartment blocks in city centers or allow incubator office space in the suburbs.

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Xiaomi: It really ISN'T a biz-miracle idiot tax like Apple

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VW have managed almost perfect market segmentation.

I need a car !

Certainly sir, would you like to pay 10K, 20K or 30K for the same car?

And steer you to the Audi, VW or Skoda/Seat version

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Apple sold most of those devices in the USA and all of them to people who don't care about a $100/month cell phone contract and on carriers who have a margin to bundle phones.

It is going to be tricky selling to the next billion people who think $10/month is a lot of money. It's going to be very tricky doing it in a way which doesn't reduce the value to the $100/month crowd

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"Only Apple can be Apple"

Exactly, if there was an exact mircon-perfect Chinese named copy of a BMW for 10K nobody would buy it.

Although VW did prove that if you made a 1/2 price version of an Audi with a less desirable badge, some people would buy it

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Online armour: Duncan Campbell's tech chief on anonymity 101

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Re: From the...

And the terrorist looks suspiciously like David Blunkett.

We do know that TOR's development was largely funded by terrorists.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: Sometimes the reason OsX doesn't work

Mine had to have a new laptop when windows "had a moment" and lost her holiday pictures.

What she really needs is a Chromebook, what she insisted on was a Macbook Air (because they don't go wrong) but all it is used for is facebook.

The price difference is a small price to pay to be able to say "Sorry don't know anything about macs, can't help"

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Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft's email cloud servers

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Re: Will we (the US) now invade Ireland?

Microsoft Ireland is already a separate company in order to meet Eu data protection laws. The US court decided that since it was ultimately under Microsoft's control it could be ordered around by a US court.

It's like a court in Switzerland deciding that since a swiss bank is in ultimate control of the loans to the local bank that has your mortgage then Swiss police have a right to enter your home without a warrant.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: come on GCHQ, which is it...

Wasn't it GCQ that was turning a blind eye to the child prostitution running out of that boys home in Northern Ireland?

Even if it was being run by the army/special branch/RUC etc then the all-seeing GCHQ must have known about it before Private Eye - otherwise what's the point of them ?

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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Re: I for one.....

And goes to find somewhere to plug itself in and charge.

A car2go style rental fleet of self-driving cars is the answer to the plug in electric vehicle.

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Re: Car Insurance is a scam that can die with this device

So insurance on cars with ABS or power steering was exorbitant until those technologies proved themselves?

The biggest risk with self-driving cars is that it is going to be impossible to get insurance for regular cars within a few years because only people who like to drive "entertainingly" are going to drive manual cars

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Re: No just no

>Personal transport ownership has been entrenched in our psyche since we first jumped on horses.

Car2Go is taking it out for a lot of people here, especially those that live in downtown.

Car lease $500/month, parking in the city $300/month, Insurance $200/month - car2go 44c/min and can park anywhere.

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Re: The beginning of the end of driver as an occupation.

>And if this isn't a broadside against Uber's business idea, I don't know what is.

Except Google owns a large chunk of Uber.

So in a few years you get the option of clicking on Uber and having a car with a perfect driver who won't beat you up or rape you. You pay the same, Google doesn't pay a driver, Profit.

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But the Engine Management Unit doesn't decide which of the people in identical hi-vis jackets and white hard hats is the one waving you on through the roadworks or telling you to stop.

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Re: As today's Glasgow tragedy has shown

Or owning a Rover/Volvo

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Bring back big gov, right? If only the economics, STUPID, could tell us more

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Yes the secret plan known as "German Economic Miracle Version2"...

Declare war on DPRK, Bomb your own factories, Rebuild them - and then produce decent cars

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Hackers pop German steel mill, wreck furnace

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Invade Poland

With no evidence, the FBI have blamed Poland for the attack and intend to invade.

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