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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 25, 2017, 19:12 Mr. Tact
 
Surprisingly the biology around gender is not quite that "black and white". Although I'll grant you, it is a majority of the time.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Year Five
76. Re: Star Citizen Year Five Mar 25, 2017, 18:44 Mr. Tact
 
Yes. Is there a better place?  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Year Five
74. Re: Star Citizen Year Five Mar 25, 2017, 18:40 Mr. Tact
 
The bigger problem is someone like my sister. My sister is a healthcare contradiction. She is my exact opposite. She exercises every day. She watches what she eats, take vitamins, and maintains a normal weight (most would call her thin). She does all the things you are supposed to do. Yet, her body is constantly failing her. One example, she had to have Morton's neuromas removed from both of her feet in her 30s. The doctor who did the surgery said the tissue he removed was the size of his thumb and he had only seen neuromas of this size in people in the 60s or 70s who had the neuromas their entire lives.

Right now she is okay because she has good healthcare coverage through a major US corporation. But she still spends her full $3k deductible most years. However, imagine if that was you and you were having to spend $9k a year...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 25, 2017, 18:28 Mr. Tact
 
Well, not that surprising since English unlike so many other languages does not have genders for all nouns -- like say German and Spanish do. Windows, doors, etc. don't have gender...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 25, 2017, 16:44 Mr. Tact
 
I don't have a problem with that -- but I'd be willing to change my mind if it means I can come see you and get some chill and Manstovia action.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Year Five
72. Re: Star Citizen Year Five Mar 25, 2017, 16:39 Mr. Tact
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 16:22:
Here is the only thing I didn't like with ObamaCare if it truly was even related, there are signs it was well on its way regardless... High deductibles. Business was gearing this way in articles you can reference, as they know that first nut on the individual if high enough, people would really consider if they need to go to the Doc's office or not. Many now refrain where they used to just go, I raise my hand.

We try extra hard to stay healthy, but if we start having a rash and if we bust through the deductible, then we start going in for all the little things adding up over a few years, like my deviated septum.

The main main reason to have insurance for us is the catastrophic scenario. Worst case per year cost for me is 9k, so cancer, terrible accident can't bankrupt me. I think Obama will tell you, it is still overall not ideal, some dems could not vote for a single payer system back then and keep their seat, I think they would have gone that way. So we just have a mix of the same variables in some odd fashion. No doubt covering all, age 26 family coverage, per-existing conditions, no lifetime max were huge home runs though and to back off on any of those can't be looked at as for the small guy.
Yep. ACA or not, this is a major problem. The median US household income is around $55k. If you are single, you could probably save enough (depending on where you live) on that to survive a bad year $9k deductible. If you are a family of four, forget it. You aren't saving that much -- and half the country has less money than that.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Mar 25, 2017, 16:09 Mr. Tact
 
It will be interesting to see how it affects their sales, assuming Amazon tells us. I never bought anything there simply to avoid tax, but it was always a nice bonus. This change will not affect my purchase habits.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Year Five
66. Re: Star Citizen Year Five Mar 25, 2017, 13:27 Mr. Tact
 
WaltC wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 11:58:
The ACA was good enough for you and me, but not for Obama, Pelosi, Schumer and their families, etc. ad infinitum. Amazing stupidity, actually.
Nothing new there. Congress has been getting better health and retirement benefits than we could get for decades. It is non-partisan, both Ds and Rs have been lining their own pockets for a LONG time.
The Congressional Republicans killed the Obamacare replacement simply because it was not a straight-up repeal, followed by a new plan that was clear, unambiguous, and fiscally responsible. It's just that simple.
So, the GOP really wants to just straight up kick 24 million people off their healthcare? Really? And you think that makes sense?
Watch for a straight-up repeal of the ACA coming soon, followed by a plan that doesn't lie to America simply to get it passed and a plan that strips the IRS and all involuntary mandates out. (The IRS has already instructed taxpayers to *ignore* the previous Obamacare $1k penalties, etc. It did that several weeks ago, IIRC.)
The GOP had seven years to develop an ACA replacement plan while they were doing their 50+ practice votes for repealing the ACA. But they didn't. They waited until they had the control of the House, Senate and Presidency, and then proceed to throw together a plan none of them would ever have accepted for themselves. I mean, holy cow, at the end they were pulling out coverage for pregnancy and paediatrics in an attempt to get the Freedom Caucus on board. When the ACA was in process, the GOP was complaining in September the Ds were rushing to push the bill though without enough time for careful consideration. They put theirs up in February...
I'd like to see the ACA repealed in the a.m. and that very same day see a decent plan [...] and is good enough for Congress, too pass that afternoon!...;) Hope springs eternal, eh?....;)
Well, the last part will never happen. As I said earlier, Congress gets healthcare and retirement benefits the general population will never see. Period. As for a possible repeal and replace, to me it is all dependent on the replacement. And truthfully, I doubt the GOP would ever vote for something I, or most of the nation, would find acceptable.


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 25, 2017, 09:38 Mr. Tact
 
I'm not saying it's right, but just another day in Putin's Russia.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Year Five
56. Re: Star Citizen Year Five Mar 25, 2017, 09:35 Mr. Tact
 
Saboth wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 08:52:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 00:19:
Speaking of Trump, the ACA lives.
Thank goodness. If the GOP had just tweaked it for the past 6 years instead of trying to symbolically repeal it 50+ times it would probably be some pretty darn good legislation right now. It was never meant to be a "one and done" deal. Who thinks you can change the healthcare system for an entire nation of 320 million people and get it right in one shot? The GOP's great at whining about the work everyone else is doing, but when it came time to do work of their own, they crashed and burned. Which was a huge relief to the nation in this instance.
It is a preliminary victory at best. The legislation does need fixing. Unfortunately, what is more likely to happen is the GOP will tweak the law the other way -- actually causing the law to do what some of GOP are claiming it will do now, collapse in on itself.

Amazingly, it was the Freedom Caucus saved the ACA, for now. If you had told me prior to this past week I'd ever be thankful for the Freedom Caucus I would have laughed out loud. However, my appreciation is tempered by knowing why they were against the bill. They want even LESS health coverage. They don't think the government should be in the health care business. If the Freedom Caucus had gotten what they want, it would have made the Trumpcare replacement look grandiose.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Year Five
43. Re: Star Citizen Year Five Mar 25, 2017, 00:02 Mr. Tact
 
Only time will tell if Star Citizen or the Trump presidency were the largest con jobs of our generation...

(sorry, I couldn't resist -- feel free to ignore me)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 24, 2017, 16:01 Mr. Tact
 
yonder wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 13:56:
When it comes to basketball, you aren't missing much by ignoring college hoops.
I am totally on the other end of the scale. College basketball is fun for me to watch, at least the tournament where you see good teams. I find professional basketball pretty boring most of the time. The amount of allowed contact at all levels needs to be fixed, but at the pro level it is obscene. Basketball is intended to be a non-contact sport.

Oh yeah, and the inability (or unwillingness) of referees to calling traveling fouls in the NBA drives me insane.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 24, 2017, 14:13 Mr. Tact
 
Did I miss it or did the article not say what they were proposing happened just under 14 billion years ago instead of the Big Bang? They aren't denying the universe was smaller and is expanding, right?  
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
80. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 24, 2017, 11:32 Mr. Tact
 
Verno wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 11:18:
I'm much more annoyed at them for forcing Windows Updates on users or the obfuscation related to privacy settings.

Anyways this is off the front page and I'm reclaiming this browser tab, good discussion and I appreciate everyones viewpoints here, I will think about them further
Totally agree the forced updates (and automatic reboots) are complete BS. I also agree it was a good discussion, thanks for your contributions. Have a good one.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 24, 2017, 09:35 Mr. Tact
 
1badmf wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 01:50:
so you still do 80, it's just slightly more legal XD
When the limit was 55 I did 70, 65 I did 80. But on city streets I did the limit. The higher speed was especially handy when I was in the USAF, home was about 600 miles away. So when I took leave it was a "quick" 10 hour jaunt home.

These days I don't do those long drives anymore. I only jump on the expressway when I need to go to the other side of town. So, I usually keep it at the limit (which is 70). And as I've aged, my urgency level to do anything has decreased.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
78. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 24, 2017, 09:23 Mr. Tact
 
Verno wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 08:35:
I mean I get what you're saying but Microsoft is a corporation, not a registered charity organization. They exist to make profit so I'm not sure why that's such a bad thing. Selling user analytics is definitely money but crash dumps and diagnostics? No one is buying that info anyway so I'm not sure how its profitable but ok, I give up. I tried to address the misconceptions one by one with facts but I think the reality is that there is nothing they could do to fully assuage some people. I hated the error reporting system in Windows XP/7 but if that's what you want then /shrug.
I suspect we really aren't that far apart in our position/opinion of the situation, you are just far more forgiving than I am willing to be. Yes, Microsoft is a corporation. Yes, they are trying to make a profit. This is why I don't mind paying them money for their product. Wow -- typing that made me realize something...

The whole give Win10 away thing... that really was their attempt at moral justification to do the data collection. Google gives you email and searches for "free" -- the deal being they sell ads and get the data in exchange. Giving Win10 away was an attempt to mimic the Google model. We'll give you this OS for free, and we get to place ads in it and get the data in exchange. Well done, Microsoft. I have said for many years -- if Google gave me an option to pay them for email and searches and not show me ads or collect my data I would certainly consider it. I've been giving Yahoo $20 a year for over a decade now. I use their disposable email address system which is amazingly useful and convenient.

I don't think Microsoft is or expect them to be a charity. But I really dislike their attempt to copy the Google model. And I'd happily pay a premium on my OS cost to avoid it. And yes, I'm probably in a small minority. The majority of the sheep will take the free OS and go on their merry ways. I don't mind admitting I'm not like most people.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 24, 2017, 00:12 Mr. Tact
 
1badmf wrote on Mar 23, 2017, 22:48:
the russia ones are way more entertaining
Give 'em a break -- if you lived in Russia you'd want to be drunk all the time too...

The running red, following a changed yellow is something I see WAY TOO often. People need to slow the fuck down. And this is from someone who used to, on Interstates, routinely drive 15 mph over the speed limit. Now the speed limit is 70, a little less...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 23, 2017, 14:05 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 23, 2017, 13:53:
Electronic retailers piss me off the most by charging $20 for a $5 cable.
My thought on it has always been, you are paying to satisfy an urgent need. If you can wait 2-5 days (depending) for the cable to arrive, yeah order it online. When I want/need it RIGHT NOW.. I accept I have to pay a penalty. They do have to maintain the building and such, so a higher price makes some sense. Now do they overcharge for this convenience? Yes. *shrug* Whatca' goin' do?
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
76. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 23, 2017, 13:58 Mr. Tact
 
Verno wrote on Mar 23, 2017, 13:11:
Collecting crash dumps and diagnostics is directly useful to you, that feedback goes into improving the software. It is really hypocritical to say that when all Google scanning is doing for you is advertisements.
Why would it be hypocritical? I never indicated Google's scanning was beneficial to me, just that I failed to see what they were gaining. As far as this theoretical assistance from crash dumps -- prompt me to up load them or not. In all the years I've used XP and Win7 the crashes have been few and far between. On those rare occasions I probably wouldn't have minded allowing a dump upload. There is no need for the constant data collection other than their desire to exploit it/me for profit. Just as Google is trying to do and failing as far as I can tell.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
74. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 23, 2017, 13:01 Mr. Tact
 
I guess it comes down to is this, I do what I can to limit my online profile.

And yeah, Google, Amazon, and any site I allow to setup a browser cookie probably knows more about me than I'd like them to know. But, probably less than many others who have Facebook, Linked-in and whatever other social media accounts -- who share so much more than I do online and are less diligent than I am. And yeah, if you know my address, or real name -- you can look me up on the county assessor's web-site and find out what I pay in real estate taxes.

But it really sticks in my craw to have such nonsense as an installed part of my OS. Especially since I'm certain nothing Microsoft will collect from me will be helpful to me.
 
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