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  • Obama ignored embassy’s warnings on climate change speech

    11/21/2014 4:15:57 PM PST · 24 of 25
    Strident to naturalman1975

    I don’t think it had anything to do with insulting the host nation. I doubt the Pres. would give any thought to anything/anyone outside of his sphere of concentration, which is himself. I believe this was motivated by a “look at me and what I just did in China” self-aggrandizement motive. All too common, I’d say.

  • Get Bosses Out of Health Insurance Altogether: This Will Make Hobby Lobby a Non-Issue

    07/09/2014 7:44:43 AM PDT · 22 of 30
    Strident to SeekAndFind

    “Boss” sheeshhhhh. Is that like Boss Tweed? or a Mob Boss?

    It’s not “your boss” (who for most is not the CEO, but rather their manager.) I guess he means “the Big Boss.”

    How about your . . . Employer? Company? Organization? Union?

    They all have health plans, right?

  • MD Healthcare Website Asks Weird, Personal Questions: ‘Where were you when you had your first kiss?’

    12/14/2013 6:51:36 PM PST · 50 of 72
    Strident to DogByte6RER

    I suppose it’s fun to gin up alarm and outrage at this.
    but that’s being disingenuous.

    This is a SECURITY Q&A. The system doesn’t CARE what the answer is. and NOBODY’s checking.

    Put down MINNIE MOUSE or KIM JUNG IL for your first kiss!

    Put down “LIBERAL-SHOOFLY”

    Anything.

    Just pick something you can remember and that would be unlikely to be guessed or “social engineered” by reading your FaceBook or possibly known by an acquaintance that would try to access your account.

    Sigh

  • The left is now eating its own: MoveOn.org not happy ObamaCare has become a "political nightmare'

    11/20/2013 8:22:16 AM PST · 16 of 26
    Strident to tet68

    Under the ACA, each added dependent over the age of 21 added to the parent’s policy will increase the monthly premium due. No more one-amount-fits-all family premium.

    Another “improvement” to the health care financing ecosystem.

  • Need help with laptop - Won't load any OS

    11/18/2013 5:37:53 AM PST · 12 of 63
    Strident to raybbr

    you might look at the RAM
    I had a 2003 HP XP laptop that kept rebooting
    so old it has serial, parallel (!) and 3.5” floppy, IR, etc, i wanted to keep it alive as a relic for those old school interfaces. maybe use as an air-gapped device

    but it kept rebooting. or locking up in BIOS (before “Windows” load screen bmp appeared.)

    No POST beeps, by the way.

    HDD checked out
    swapped slots on the 2 dimms
    was ok at first, then problem recurred
    pulled the dimms one at a time.
    ran full mem tests
    One dimm was intermittently throwing errors
    I just stopped using it but had decided that I could get get replacement dimms at Newegg for about $50.
    might try a ham /pc fest if one’s near you to pick up some out-style dimms

  • Ted Cruz to Jay Leno: 'What I'm Trying to Do is Do My Job'

    11/09/2013 2:41:59 PM PST · 19 of 37
    Strident to SeekAndFind

    I know this is slighty off topic because it’s not about the Leno interview, but I have been struck by the masterful strateegery of Cruz.

    He got the assembled Democratic powers to double-down on Obamacare. They intransigently refused any modifications or delays. This was one month ago and days after the portal launch.

    There’s now videos and quotes of Obamacare defenders, affirming the absolute untouchable perfect brilliance of Obamacare. In October, 2013. A whole lot of those defenders are at risk in Nov 2014.

    Hard to disown stuff that even the low/mis info voter can remember as happening so recently, amidst the lights and cameras of the horrible government shutdown. /sarc.

    Obamcare is a slow-motion train wreck. Because of Cruz, its stalwart defenders missed the flashing red signals and instead they gleefully poured on more coal as the train charged onward, toward the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Rope-a-dope, I call it.

  • IBX cancels 24,000 plans that don't meet Affordable Care Act rules

    10/23/2013 7:57:34 AM PDT · 36 of 42
    Strident to pepsionice

    Don’t be too sure about high-deductible plans reaping huge profits, although there is a tendency for people to skip getting treatment until their problem is really severe. Usually by going to the ER

    This will bend the cost curve in the wrong direction. Up.

    Also the ACA has required since 2011 that insurers rebate their gains if claims expenses are less expected.

    So . . profits are mailed back to the customers. Losses are eaten by stockholders. It’s what’s called asymmetric risk.

  • George Zimmerman: A Pointless Trial [the Peruvian Hispanic "Not Guilty"]

    07/10/2013 3:11:59 AM PDT · 19 of 56
    Strident to nathanbedford

    Dreyfus
    Spot on
    Who will write the letter?
    Where is Zola when we need him?

  • AP: Get Ready, Suckers… You’re Going to Lose Your Health Insurance

    05/29/2013 7:13:32 PM PDT · 29 of 41
    Strident to Qwackertoo
    Unfortunately, Qwackertoo, what you have described is akin to the "tragedy of the commons." If most people think and act like you, there will be no affordable insurance when you DO decide to go get it after you have contracted an expensive disease or have a premie or experience another catastrophic risk. It's called an actuarial death spiral.

    Rates will shoot higher, faster, as more and more "qwackertoos" drop out to avoid paying now-outrageous prices, banking their "savings" and hoping that enough other idiots will actually buy insurance that don't need it right at that moment so there will be something left when the "smart ones" decide to tap into it.

    Glad it's only you that would drop out of the risk pool. Meanwhile, my employer and I will keep buying insurance so it still exists when you need it. Regards.

  • Need a job?

    06/01/2012 5:41:11 PM PDT · 13 of 35
    Strident to Morgana

    Reading some of the comments at the original site is interesting.

    Seems that some miss the point of the original author that having tattoos lessens one’s probability of being hired. This is a pragmatic or empiric observation.

    They seemed to reason that the point was that it’s morally defensible to discriminate and not hire a tattooed applicant, or that the existence of one employed person with a tattoo overturns the author’s observation.

    Kind of suggests to me a possible (weak) correlation of critical thinking issues with a predilection for defending one’ tattoos.

    OK, I said weak! I didn’t mean you.

  • Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War

    12/25/2011 8:50:37 PM PST · 61 of 72
    Strident to afraidfortherepublic

    Things I can’t do with a Kindle:

    1. Spread several volumes open on my work desk to compare related content when doing research. Yes I could jump about from bookmarked ereader page to page; but first I have to find the relevant pages in each source - and sometimes there’s an “aha” moment when I see different sources all open to related content.

    2. Do a speed scan of just the LH or RH page in the approximate zone of pages to find a section I recall. Yes, I can do a e-search with a carefully crafted search string, hoping for neither too few hits (what if I don’t recall an efficiently-size list of the exact words ? do I use wild cards?) nor too many hits . . . but for me, it’s easier to recognize the ‘graf or phrases when I see them in hardcopy. I kind of recognize/process whole chunks of sentences, quickly, without closely reading them, looking for a particular section. It’s like super-fast skimming. Not sure that translates to the e-reader experience.

    3. Easily highlight the way I like to. Use pencils, inks, and markers, apply exclamation points, draw lines to connect sections, add enumerated notes with numbered call outs. I am sure I could learn enough e-reader annotation mechanics to replace all these things. I can do them now, without any focus on new mechanics for adding a note, they are just “gestures” — I don’t have to think about “how to make a note”.

    4. Get a physical sense of the heft of the tome, and of my progress through it, by the weight and height of the page stack that grows on the “read-it” side. It’s an analog experience. Sure, the ereader can tell me how may pages are left, probably even how many characters, too, but I don’t want to be “told” it, I want to experience/sense it.

    I guess it boils down to fitness for a purpose. Casual reading, the consumption of mind-fodder, or great literature, e-reading seems efficient and a great way to find and carry around lots of books.

    I understand straphangers on the subways and trains find them especially useful since they only require one hand.

    And nobody’s mentioned what happens when I drip the cereal milk onto the Kindle.

    :-)

  • World’s First 3D Chocolate Printer Presented By EPSRC

    07/09/2011 9:10:38 AM PDT · 5 of 32
    Strident to smokingfrog

    Awful waste of time to watch the video
    Four minutes of self-congratulatory blather and puffery. Zero seconds of 3D printer in operation.

  • In the LAPD, the Cream Rarely Rises to the Top

    04/30/2011 8:06:55 AM PDT · 6 of 13
    Strident to Kaslin

    ” [Jerry] Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. . . . The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.”

  • Ditch the landline? (vanity)

    02/25/2011 10:03:24 AM PST · 33 of 117
    Strident to teenyelliott

    Reasons to keep wireline:

    Over against cellular:
    Far better full-duplex sound processing when hosting conference calls in my home office.
    Better, cheaper, wireline speaker phones.
    Better voice quality.
    Uniformity of sound/signal quality.

    Over against VoIP:
    Mitigating the risk impact of losing either power or internet connectivity.

    QoS (Quality of Service) issue:
    Using the same residential internet pipe for voice and data while handling conference calls and hosting web-based meetings may degrade voice quality.
    Bandwidth upgrade would eat into supposed cost savings.

    Overall Risk Management:
    Why have”all eggs in one basket” if the phone is used for more than ordering a pizza and the daily chit-chat with my buddies?

    So it becomes a QoS and Service Disruption risk-based cost/benefit calculation.

    Just my thoughts.

  • VA Judge Affirms the Constitution

    12/13/2010 2:31:36 PM PST · 10 of 12
    Strident to jazminerose

    If this provision, as objectionable / unconsitutional as it is, is severed from the rest of HCR, and private insurers cannot exclude coverage (usually it was for the first 12 months only) for a pre-exisiting condition on newly enrolled insureds, then two things will happen.

    Many who are reasonably healthy will not purchase insurance until they need it.

    Prices will go up faster and faster as more people come down on the side of “wait ‘til I get sick”

    . . . There’s a reason that risk pooling works, and a reason why it fails when the pool shrinks to an unsustainably small size. Actuaries call this set of circumstances a “death spiral.”

    I think that this was a long-game master stroke of strategery by the statists. They raised this unconstitutional individual mandate. We all fixated on it and worked to upset it. It was a simple issue when viewed in isolation.

    If this alone succeeds, the demise of privately funded healthcare is just a matter of time. In fact, as prices skyrocket, the populist voices will shout for “something to be done!” Two guesses what that “something” wil be.

    I am not advocating the retention of the mandate. The poison pill was the elimination of reasonable risk pool protection when the demagogery started in on the “pre existing exclusion” issue.

    I fear that unless a wider swath of HCR is unwound, this mandate defeat will, in a few years time, be seen as a symbolic, even Pyrrhic victory.

    It ought to be viewed as positive signal, but also as a ticking time bomb of spiraling prices for private insurance. This *will* be used by the statists to advance / accelerate the government’s grasp over more and more of our lives, liberty and well-being.

  • The End of Marriage - A Sign That We Are In The Last Days!

    12/05/2010 5:41:55 AM PST · 10 of 44
    Strident to mdmathis6

    Biblically speaking, He Brews

  • State workers feeling pain of implementing health-care law

    09/22/2010 6:42:10 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    Strident to DeaconBenjamin

    C’mon. “...allowing many ***children*** up to the age of 26 to remain “ Children? Yes, I know I call my married offspring “the kids” - but this use of “children” is Orwellian-speak. It’ll be meme’d out of context and all we’ll hear is “allowing...children...” conjuring up visions of gap-toothed kindergartners and pony-tailed moppets now saved from health care perdition by our wonderful new laws.

    give me a break.

  • McDonald’s Hamburgers: Almost Entirely Indestructible (even after 137 days)

    08/27/2010 4:27:14 AM PDT · 6 of 44
    Strident to dennisw

    How about a control sample? haven’t these people taken 5th-grade science class?

  • Obama grabs “The Big Stinky Chicken”: A Parable

    08/17/2010 8:01:20 PM PDT · 2 of 13
    Strident to Mongeaux

    Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
    (KJV)

  • Problems in the Gulf: Oil Spill Containment Box Unusable While Icy Blockage Remains

    05/08/2010 3:00:49 PM PDT · 7 of 20
    Strident to worst-case scenario
    thought blow up was for fires as it deprived the fire of O2 - (see Red Adair?)
  • Poll: Americans See Economic Collapse as Real Possibility

    03/23/2010 6:01:15 PM PDT · 15 of 31
    Strident to SalAOR

    Not to worry. We can take more of the rich people’s money to bail us out.

    Quite a tell, that so many responded in that survey that way.

    Sure is a good thing now that they can fall back on their free healthcare.

  • Glenn Beck: I Used to Be a Social Liberal Before I Discovered Alcoholics Anonymous and Sobered Up

    02/28/2010 5:11:53 AM PST · 34 of 115
    Strident to cbkaty

    FYI the purpose of AA is not to advance conservatism, but to provide a way for drunks to recover (and all that entails, which is *mostly* about serving God and helping and not hurting OTHER PEOPLE).

    The reason for Tradition 11 is this: Suppose you were a drunk and saw some famous person on TYV say “I owe it all to AA” — then you read in the tabloids that the person fell off the wagon. You might give up on AA. Or, you might think “Yikes, am I going to have to tell everybody I am a drunk, too?” or you might think “AA has a tradition of anonymity, if person X can break that rule, are those people in the AA meeting I went to going to blab about me?”

    It is just so wrong on so many levels to blab about AA and not consider how things we do AFFECT THE NEXT PERSON who hasn’t recovedred and still needs help...

  • Use a Flash Drive to Rescue a Malware-Infested PC ( Antivirus Live )

    01/30/2010 10:35:01 AM PST · 14 of 65
    Strident to dr_lew

    Had quite a time booting into safe mode with my wireless kbd.

  • Dems 'Hysterical' as Obama Retreats on Health

    01/21/2010 4:14:23 AM PST · 58 of 154
    Strident to arista

    there’s another word for that “vicious cycle” - — when this happens to a risk pool, actuaries call it a “death spiral” . It can’t be stopped. As sick enter and healthy leave, the rates increase, which causes the more price-insensitive healthy people to chnage their minds and leave, too, which causes the rates to increase faster. The price spirals up, and the pool clears itself of all but those who are are near-certain to make claims.

    Thanks for getting it.

    I wish I could buy auto insurance after I had the accident.

  • GOP's Brown wins Mass. Senate seat in epic upset

    01/19/2010 6:46:18 PM PST · 25 of 280
    Strident to NormsRevenge

    Since the contest was nationalized, we in the rest of the nation need to be relentless about reminding everyone of that. This was about the tyranny of the super-majority.

    Importantly, more than being just nationalized in terms of the issues raised in Mass, it was a nationalized support effort, with money bombs, remote phone banking, and $$ and shout-outs (grin) from across the coutry flooding into the Brown campaign.

    Let’s all welcome Scott to DC, how about a few thousand from lots of states coming to the capital to show that we all across America are excited about what the whistle-past-the-graveyard gangs will deprecate as a “local” aberration in Mass.

    I’m half-inclined to paste a Scott Brown bumper sticker on my car here in MD. Last week, the local liberals would have said “Scott Who?” - but not after today.

  • Good Riddance to Decade That Began With Theft of the Presidency

    12/31/2009 5:34:45 AM PST · 74 of 115
    Strident to Oldeconomybuyer
    I've been thinking about how much damage Al Gore did to the nation. He was unable to accept the 2000 election night results with any grace or consideration of the greater damage he was doing. He threw the country into a weeks-long controversy as he litigated the election. Thus (1) providing a “legend” that Bush's win was illegitimate - emboldening the partisan attacks like this article, and (2) giving more energy to the efforts to kill the Electoral College - witness the states that have passed laws that try to force their electors to cast votes in accordance with the national popular vote tally. And if that weren't enough....Global Warming Scam-Dogma has and will do more vast amounts of damage to our sovereignty, economy, and liberties. If only he had stuck with just inventing the Internet.
  • FOX News Poll: 60 Percent Disapprove of Congress (only 60%????)

    07/27/2009 7:00:45 PM PDT · 21 of 23
    Strident to Red in Blue PA

    The other 40% respond “What’s a Congress?”

  • Senate Republicans brake rush to tax AIG bonuses

    03/21/2009 11:35:32 AM PDT · 14 of 26
    Strident to Maelstorm

    BTW,

    I have yet to see very many point out the glaring begged assumption...that (putatively all) recipients of the AIG bonus are “the executives that caused this mess”.

    Now if we want to paint them all with the same brush, if we were honest, we’d say, “We don’t know who they are, but they make a lot of money (we think maybe even more than we do) so let’s fry ‘em all! Somebody has to pay!””

    It is in the best interests of the Administration and Congressional democrats to *not* reveal the actual names and amounts and circumstances.

    Sure the pols take a few hits for “screwing up and allowing the bonuses” — but, at the end of it all, the populace remains stirred up and the populist agenda moves forward.

    Now if we found out that mixed in with this are middle-level back office people that are unlucky enough to have a high-earning spouse and a $250K household income in GREATER NYC, — and that should have left AIG high and dry and gone to work somewhere else, but that decided to stick it out and help right the company that OUR tax dollars are sunk into ... Why then we wouldn’t be all whomped up in petty envy/rage at the demon Wall Street Piggies, would we?

  • Time Bomb

    04/18/2008 5:42:52 PM PDT · 3 of 15
    Strident to Kaslin; All

    Of course. Trees don’t shoot back. Let’s pat ourselves on the back for doing something “really big” with no risk. I finally get it. The Me generation has their “war” so they don’t have to feel so small compared to the greatest generation.

  • Sun on Fire, Unleashes 3 More Major Flares

    11/03/2003 1:46:49 PM PST · 12 of 70
    Strident to alloysteel
    any chance this flare-up is evidence of a pattern of sun activity over the last cycle (we're nearing the nadir now) that impacts the supposed global warming hypotheses? Anyone know if variation/trend in solar radiation (atmospheric absorption, re-radiation from earth's surface, changes to tropo- and other -spheres) ever gets into the modelling of the global warming proponents?

  • Weird Amazon Stats For Hillary's Book (Little Or NO Ratings In Individual States)

    06/18/2003 10:14:30 AM PDT · 375 of 387
    Strident to PJ-Comix
    Unless generally the same books are all ahead of it in every state, it is possible that across-the-board state-by-state rankings of, say between #20 and #5, can add up to a national ranking of #3.
  • ***Operation Iraqi Freedom - Situation Room - Day 19 - LIVE THREAD***

    04/07/2003 10:50:44 AM PDT · 3,470 of 5,821
    Strident to Poser
    aren't you going for 5-member set of sequences - 1234,2345,3456,4567,5678) all in the same thread?
  • ***Operation Iraqi Freedom - Situation Room - Day 3-LIVE THREAD***

    03/22/2003 4:33:30 PM PST · 3,355 of 4,752
    Strident to woodyinscc
    You can also use a leaf blower and whoosh it all out the back door
  • Troubling Nissan racism sexist commercial.

    03/02/2003 7:31:36 PM PST · 7 of 60
    Strident to longtermmemmory
    hmmh.. I didn't get that from the commercial. I owned lots of Nissans, starting with a 1977 280Z. They all had standard shift, manual transmissions. Until recently, Nissan made about the only 4-dr sedan with a manual tranny, the esteemed Maxima. Some of us watch car ads and when we see the word "shift" we think of rowing the gears ourselves, which we like to do. Nissan's been somewhat known as a driver's car, note the Max SE and the various flavors of SE-Rs, and now of course the 350-Z - marketed to people who like to shift.
  • I.Q. TEST: A MIND READING TRICK

    02/22/2003 2:56:37 PM PST · 19 of 47
    Strident to Porterville
    Any two-digit number can be represented as 10x + y where x,y are in the set 0-9. So instructions say to subtract their sum, so this is 10x + y - (x+y) = 10x + y - x - y = 9x
    so only possible solutions are multiples of 9. Each time the symbol list refreshes, the 0,9,18,27 ... 99 symbols are identical, which is what displays in the answer.
    each refresh shuffles the symbols so as to obscure.
    I guess is what is called "casting out Nines"?

    Frank
  • THE END OF THE CLIMATE DEBATE?

    09/26/2002 11:26:29 AM PDT · 20 of 26
    Strident to Willie Green
    look for this whole tired global warming stuff to be recycled back around in about 8 years when Solar Sunspot Cycle 24 starts to heat things up again.
    Sheeesh
  • I Think I Broke The Internet!!!!

    10/18/2001 4:59:39 PM PDT · 54 of 110
    Strident to Focault's Pendulum
    It's extremely unlikely that you broke the internet. Far more likely is that you are having internet connection probelems. You may actually have broken your ISP connection - no doubt due to your using broadband services that are notoriously fragile. I recommend you stick with the old tried and true dialup modem se ~~ .^((*(&*)00 NO CARRIER
  • Attention Delaware Area Freepers: "Peace" Vigil Scheduled for 10/23 in Newark, DE

    10/17/2001 3:40:30 PM PDT · 18 of 32
    Strident to Gabz
    Blue Hen alum, native Delawarean BUMP! Will try to sneak down from Lancaster 10/23!
  • Military Recruitment

    09/21/2001 3:45:13 PM PDT · 21 of 40
    Strident to rockfish59
    Carlos passed away (from MS?) a few years ago - but if we could only have him now, in position a couple thousand meters away from the bad guys.....
  • ANN COULTER: WHERE'S JANET RENO WHEN WE NEED HER?

    09/19/2001 6:41:32 PM PDT · 26 of 74
    Strident to HiTech RedNeck
    Yep. We do show photo IDs now. State-issued driver license or non-license ID card for those with suspended driving privileges, or student ID for youngsters, or ? for the little 'uns.

    But passports? -- just trying to make sense out of that part of her piece. So...I guess Ann's thought on the passport thing is just not clear to me. Loved her comments though. Truth that makes you laugh, wince, and rage all at the same time

    Security hassles don't seem the answer anyway. Arming the flight crew, tho...

  • ANN COULTER: WHERE'S JANET RENO WHEN WE NEED HER?

    09/19/2001 6:27:26 PM PDT · 11 of 74
    Strident to goodnesswins
    I interpret her suggestion to mean that foreign nationals who have gained access to the US by means of their country of origins's passport must carry THAT passport to travel in our planes.

    I dunno, tho' Maybe that is already now required? I'll have to ask the next FN I run into.

    To require US citizens to obtain and carry a US passport in order to travel (fly) domestically IS a federal domestic "travel" ID card mandate