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by ucim
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1830

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

I think all a basic level of all three should be universally available and taxpayer funded myself. But this becomes subject to the same creep that led to the welfare state and the healthcare mess. No matter what level "basic" is set at, there is pressure to move it up, and opposing that p...
by ucim
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue

elasto wrote:And it works the other way around of course: If you plump for the cheapest vendor for a product (which I invariably do), you could well be supplied by one of the higher-end vendors.
In theory. But I don't see the incentive.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1830

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

I think that's true to a certain extent, Jose, but if your treatment involves drugs--as almost all treatment does--there's a significant product cost involved. Yes, but a lot of the cost of that "product" is really the research that went into all the other drugs that didn't work out, and ...
by ucim
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 93
Views: 1899

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

So, does anyone else have any words that they (mentally) pronounced incorrectly because they read them long before they heard them spoken? Chimera. I've always pronounced it "SHIM-eh-rah", and wrote a play which used the word. The actor reading it was an architectural designer, ( it's use...
by ucim
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1830

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

...when someone is having to weigh t money against their or their loved one's lives... ...but that's what all health care is. Except single payer, which is having to weigh their money against a stranger's life. Doctors "profit from illness". Teachers "profit from ignorance". Ban...
by ucim
Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1830

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

It's not a cost-plus system at all. No, it's a market based system. They charge what the market will bear. It's hard to compare with cars, as each patient case is different but cars are pretty fungible. It's a bit more like pricing artwork, which is another example of "not a cost-plus" sy...
by ucim
Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1332129

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Not granted.
Oops.

I wish for the ability to click on links on the internet and be protected from all malware and all spying that those links would otherwise do (without blocking legitimate information that I would want those websites to have). (It's ok if this breaks Microsoft Windows)

Jose
by ucim
Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102952
Views: 23962535

Re: 1190: "Time"

(deep breath...)Here Goes! What cute boots! And I can see the fuzzy texture in the petunias! I think if I were a petunia in your garden, I'd also be a not-annual annual. [spoilered middle "image"] It's not an image; it's a link to the OTTscars post that contains the image, disguised as an...
by ucim
Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1332129

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You can't afford any of them.

I wish my screen were the same size but twice the resolution and color depth.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102952
Views: 23962535

Re: 1190: "Time"

ggh wrote:
ucim wrote:short dix
Heheh. :)
All the way from New Zealand. :)

Addams - where do you fall down posting a picture? Taking it on your phone? Finding it later? Attaching it?

Jose
by ucim
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1332129

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You exist only in comic books. You're also not as powerful as the badass supervillain you are teamed up against.

I wish for a new car.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102952
Views: 23962535

Re: 1190: "Time"

Must we wait for May? Waiting is what we do . :) For pennance, you must use the soft pillows. You may use them any way you like. You don't have to tell us what you do with them. Sensual is using a feather. Kinky is using the whole chicken. I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that i...
by ucim
Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102952
Views: 23962535

Re: 1190: "Time"

Today we went to a little beach festival. They had a "Big Dig" there. A rectangle of sand was marked off... I read this as 'They had a "Big Dog" there...' and was quite confused for the rest of the paragraph until I re-read it. The snow is slowly melting away. We're still covere...
by ucim
Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 32
Views: 1985

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

I hate it too, and I'm not sure I agree that it fills a needed niche. Don't we already have words like "orientation"? (Although then my teeth are at risk of grinding if someone uses "orientate" as the verb... I can't win.) We must all stand up against corporate-speak. People who...
by ucim
Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1332129

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. These robots do.

I wish it wouldn't rain, snow, hail, or sleet tomorrow (within fifty miles of where I am).

Jose
by ucim
Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 121
Views: 15724

Re: Let's Talk Money

I guess I should be more clear. I already own a home. This is in regards to owning a second home. A less common scenario. The biggest commonality is the irrational exuberance​ in the belief that home values will never fall. Oh, ok. Then it's just business outlook, tax incentives, dollars and cents,...
by ucim
Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 121
Views: 15724

Re: Let's Talk Money

You gotta live somewhere . The way to compare it strictly financially is to compare renting (straight out), vs buying real estate (and then renting it to yourself). But to do so you will need to make many assumptions about job stability, taxes (including income and deductions), stock market growth (...
by ucim
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 55
Views: 1354

Re: Free Will

In the context, you seemed to be arguing that "even if souls do/did exist, that doesn't/wouldn't allow people free will, because the soul would be controlling the person, not the person being a free-willed-thing itself". Correct. (At least for the version of souls that act as the "po...
by ucim
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102952
Views: 23962535

Re: 1190: "Time"

GnomeAnne wrote:Have you read this book?
I sure have - love it (and the sequels). There's another of similar meta-ilk: CDB. Published in the late 60s, its useless and fun abbreviations presaged texting by nearly half a century.

I tried to get my high school to buy a copy - they thought I was off my nut.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 55
Views: 1354

Re: Free Will

Err, Wouldn't the standard response to that be that the soul is what we are referring to as "Fred" when we say that "Fred has/doesn't-have 'free will' " ? Then we just examine the soul's mechanism. It's funny how susceptible the soul's decisionmaking process is to the external w...
by ucim
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 55
Views: 1354

Re: Free Will

"Free will" presupposes a thing to have this free will. Think about what this implies... whatever this thing is, you are thinking of it as a thing ; that is, holistically. To say "Fred has free will" or "an answering machine has free will" you are thinking of Fred or th...
by ucim
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102952
Views: 23962535

Re: 1190: "Time"

I think this may be a typo? Unless Fred is also known as TheFredHacker. Clearly there is another person out there who hacked Fred and is now posting as "not quite him". Yes, addams , all is well here. We had a foot or so of dense snow and I'm two thirds of the way through clearing it. At ...
by ucim
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102952
Views: 23962535

Re: 1190: "Time"

addams wrote:Poor Jose.
Are you ok, Jose?
Yeah, I'm fine. I'll just be... er... "getting some exercise". Probably for the next wip. :)

Jose
by ucim
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1332129

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You cannot remove the money however, and neither can anybody else.

I wish all the snow in my driveway was gently removed over the course of the next half hour, and gently deposited where it does no harm (such as my backyard), without any more snow arriving.

Jose
by ucim
Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102952
Views: 23962535

Re: 1190: "Time"

Here's hoping that ucim, macraw83, and any other OTTers in the path of Stella are staying safe. Thanks. I'm not dead yet! However, the zanclea we were dealt up here is all solid. Nice, gentle, pretty... and ch*rpin' m*stardy in seaish quantities. It took me almost two newpix to make a path to the c...
by ucim
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0074: "Binary Sudoku"
Replies: 35
Views: 12252

Re: 0074: "Binary Sudoku"

Noting something with amusement is not the same as bitching about it.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102952
Views: 23962535

Re: 1190: "Time"

GnomeAnne wrote:I'm going to keep editing this until someone else posts.
Somebody's trying to wait for it. I'm going to post so they can't.

I'm naughty. :twisted:

I'm going to the comfy chair and eating chocolate. Solid Zanclean weather is coming. Ch*rp.

Jose
by ucim
Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102952
Views: 23962535

Re: 1190: "Time"

ggh wrote:Whoa. Did anyone else see all those GNU Terry Pratchetts? I thought the Madness was on already.
We've been doing it ourselves even before he died. Only we spell it UNG.

Jose
by ucim
Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Whetstones and Sharp Knives
Replies: 12
Views: 580

Re: Whetstones and Sharp Knives

The difference between "cheap steel" and "high-quality steel" Sounds like Swiss army knives are cheap steel. Unexpected, but is in line from what I've heard. (The knife is about $50 and does other things, "top quality" knives are $300 and do nothing else). Are you honi...
by ucim
Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Whetstones and Sharp Knives
Replies: 12
Views: 580

Re: Whetstones and Sharp Knives

I can certainly appreciate the fervor of getting a really sharp knife but my interest is more in keeping them sharp than in making them sharp. I have a(n ordinary) Swiss army knife (Victorinox), and it was great at first but dulled rather quickly. What I use now for shapening is a set of ceramic rod...
by ucim
Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102952
Views: 23962535

Re: 1190: "Time"

I decided to precisely retrace my steps [...] Just half a block away from the tram stop, I noticed an odd dark object stuck in a fence [...] It was my cap. A seaish number of yips ago I went to Yugoslavia on a concert tour. (I used to sing in choir - very molpish for me, perhaps a bit less so for t...
by ucim
Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 49
Views: 4290

Re: An essay against competition

So, purely to organize my thinking: A human "is an" instance of a thought process. A human "has an" idea. But an idea "is a" thought process. It is an instance of a thought process in its most pure sense. That is what thoughts are : ideas, and the relationships between...
by ucim
Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

This isn't a problem with the concept of insurance, merely the implementation. In many countries other than the US, insurance companies are strictly limited in the ways they are allowed to discriminate. That was my point. Unfettered, insurance (by dint of being able to identify risks) eats itself. ...
by ucim
Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

One fundamental problem is that of the very concept of insurance in this day and age of data. The idea is that we don't know who will be the one (out of {large number}) that will suffer {expensive bad thing}, so we all put a little bit of money into a pool, and the unfortunate one that gets the shor...
by ucim
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets
Replies: 21
Views: 1801

Re: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

Civilization is based on trust. More than anything else, and more than ever, trust is what binds the fabric of communities (of people and of machines) together. But there is a difference between "trusted" and "trustworthy". At its core, you cannot decide who should be trusted wit...
by ucim
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102952
Views: 23962535

Re: 1190: "Time"

addams wrote:A child might ask, "When will the Heavens run out of water?"
An OTTer might respond "when the sea is small", and then make xis way to the comfy chair.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 102952
Views: 23962535

Re: 1190: "Time"

Does anyone else ever just feel...burnt out on everything? Yes. It's actually not uncommon. Often the cure is a long pint. Well, not "cure", as being burnt out is not a disease, it's just something that happens sometimes. After a long pint, one might find different things that are interes...
by ucim
Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1332129

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You are used as a human subject for disease research. It does not go well. You linger on for six hundred years experiencing one disease after another, and then die. The experimental data that results is then destroyed, in your honor. I wish browsers all implemented CSS correctly, completely...
by ucim
Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 74
Views: 15205

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

Why not derive "good" from survival? For reasons that are evident in the rest of the paragraph. "Survival" has no moral value attached to it; "Good" is pretty much entirely morally based. It also brings up the question of survival of whom, good for whom? Is it good to ...
by ucim
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 74
Views: 15205

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

if I receive benefit in the form of a pleasant feeling from having contributed? am I not then only seeking to benefit myself? Emphasis mine. If you are, in fact, only seeking to benefit yourself, then no, that isn't really charity. It's pleasure-seeking that happens to have a side benefit for other...

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