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#1 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (153 posts) -

Sign me up. I'm really excited to see what they fuck up this time.

They've turned the Netflix interface into a complete shit show, but they haven't made it entirely unusable yet. Their efforts to that end have been admirable, but I doubt they're going to rest on their laurels. I bet we're going to see some really interesting stuff in the coming months. I'm hoping they introduce a new control system that causes the screen to go blank and forces you to browse titles via a series of abstract musical cues.

Maybe they could change the default font across the entire dashboard to Wingdings! That would go a long way toward turning the whole system into an unusable clusterfuck, which seems to be their end goal. But we'll probably have to wait for the next generation of hardware to see their nightmare vision fully realized.

I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait!

#2 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (153 posts) -

Just bring it up (in a private setting, obviously) as politely as you possibly can. Best not to drag it out - just rip the band-aid right off.

And remind yourself that you aren't doing him any favors by not telling him. But don't be surprised if he gets really defensive anyway.

#3 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (153 posts) -

4 years of undergrad, 3 years of law school

I've been out of school for a few years now, and I've just recently (within the last month) gotten a job that (1) requires a law degree (though not a license to practice law), and (2) pays the bills.

Given the average law school grad's debt load and dismal career prospects, it's a path that I'd generally advise against.

#4 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (153 posts) -

A sub-tenant in the office I work in has a very sweet black lab.

The dog is incredibly mellow, and sleeps most of the time, so she doesn't really get in anybody's way. But having her around seems to improve the mood of the place.

#5 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (153 posts) -

So where do I check the box for Half-Life 3, or some new information about Half-Life 3? I'll also settle for the vaguest hint that Half-Life 3 is still a thing that exists.

I love you, Valve, but seriously. That's the only box I want to check.

#6 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (153 posts) -

He's a great actor. But he also made me feel completely inadequate while watching Shame with my girlfriend.

#7 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (153 posts) -

You going to be visiting San Francisco soon? If so, what kind of food are you into?

If you like Mexican, go to pretty much any dingy hole-in-the-wall taqueria in the Mission District. My favorite is El Farolito on 24th and Mission (particularly their al pastor), but there are a wide range of opinions on this.

For seafood, I'd check out Swan Oyster Depot in Nob Hill. Great sushi places are also a dime a dozen in this town. Really, name a type of food, and you'll probably find at least one place in San Francisco that does it amazingly well.

#8 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (153 posts) -

I'm aware that the law has its problems, and the concerns you raised are valid. It's not secret that this plan does a decent job of expanding coverage, but doesn't do much to control costs. There's also the possibility that insurers will simply jack up their deductibles and copays to the point that everybody is covered by insurance that they can't afford to use. That would make the numbers look good on paper. Politicians could say "Look - 95% (or whatever) of Americans now have health insurance! The law is a success!" - conveniently forgetting that health insurance and healthcare are not the same thing.

#9 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (153 posts) -

@BoFooQ said:

@Dad_Is_A_Zombie: this is a great point. I was just thinking, if you are poor and don't have health insurance than you are going to get taxed. well how do you tax someone who has nothing? Most of my life when I made very little money I was always given a tax refund. So the big question is how are you going to generate the money need to pay for the whole program? taxing people without healthcare will get you nothing.

1. The law provides subsidies - on an income-based sliding scale - to pay at least a portion of the insurance premiums for people who wouldn't be able to afford them otherwise.

2. The very, very poor should qualify for Medicaid, which I would assume counts as having insurance for the purposes of this law.

3. For the (relatively few) people who wouldn't be able to afford insurance OR the tax penalty, there's a financial hardship exemption. I think it's pretty difficult to qualify for, but if you're truly destitute, don't qualify for Medicaid for some reason, and can't afford even the subsidized insurance premiums or the financial penalty, you're exempt. The idea, however, is that by expanding the risk pool to cover a large number of relatively healthy people, insurance costs will go down for everyone, thereby lowering the number of people who actually need the hardship exemption. Who knows how well that will work out, but that's the plan.

#10 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (153 posts) -

@SathingtonWaltz said:

@Kazona said:


@Kazona said:

Anyone who is against universal health care is either rich enough to pay for whatever ailment they might get, or they're morons.

I'm against universal health care and I currently can't afford insurance. There are legitimate and logical arguments (mostly on an ideological level) for both a single payer system and a private system. I would have preferred some form of voluntary public option myself.

So even though this will ensure you coverage despite not being able to afford it on your own, you are still against it? I guess you don't really value your health much

Sorry but I don't like the idea of being forced to buy something from a private corporation, that's the opposite of a single payer system. This whole fucking bill was just a massive handout to the private insurance industry and I'm not okay with that.

It's pretty similar to the system that Switzerland set up in the early 90s to create universal coverage (though their law went a lot farther to control costs, by barring private insurers from making a profit on covering medically-necessary treatments, while allowing them to profit on elective treatments). While their healthcare is more expensive than many other countries that have obtained universal coverage by other means, it's cheaper than in the U.S., the quality is very good, and there's still a large, competitive private insurance market.

Is the ACA a perfect solution? No, definitely not. But guess what: there is no perfect solution to the healthcare issue. Any healthcare system or funding model you can imagine is going to have pros and cons.