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Forum: General Talk 07-03-2012, 05:54 AM  
BBC: Barclays 'attempted to manipulate interest rates'
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 60
Views: 3,410
Forum: General Talk 07-03-2012, 05:04 AM  
Healthcare Reform Quiz!
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 11
Views: 925
related, a summary of ACA provisions: http://www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/8061.pdf

ETA: also a FAQ: http://healthreform.kff.org/faq.aspx
Forum: General Talk 07-03-2012, 04:47 AM  
BBC: Barclays 'attempted to manipulate interest rates'
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 60
Views: 3,410
Forum: General Talk 07-03-2012, 02:43 AM  
Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 249
Views: 9,839
http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/24/8/49084488.pdf slides 44 and 45 (from Health at a Glance 2011). eta: the data: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/52/42/49188719.xls (Excel), the entire report can be had here: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/6/28/49105858.pdf, "Health expenditure and financing" from page 148 onwards.

Slides 44 and 45 from the first .pdf:
Forum: General Talk 07-02-2012, 04:35 AM  
George Soros says three months to save the euro
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 47
Views: 2,787
Forum: General Talk 07-02-2012, 03:57 AM  
George Soros says three months to save the euro
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 47
Views: 2,787
Forum: General Talk 07-02-2012, 03:40 AM  
BBC: Barclays 'attempted to manipulate interest rates'
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 60
Views: 3,410
Forum: General Talk 07-02-2012, 02:20 AM  
Why I Don't Want A Kindle....
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 31
Views: 2,696
I think privacy is a valid concern when your data is stored in the 'cloud'. That is, how the data is used down the line (besides providing a backup and a sharing facility between devices) is a concern. Also, it would seem that both Amazon and Google insist on collecting a profile of their users, the latter being more extensive. Currently these are (openly) used for fairly innocuous ad targeting, but the thing is that they could be used for other purposes and/or by other parties (via sale or other contract with a 3rd party, subpoena or legislation).

Amazon knows (and has to know) about your purchases and some aspects of your ebook reading. It would seem that a major part of the motivation of routing Kindle browsing trough their servers is collecting a more or less extensive profile on a customer's browsing habits: the expense of putting the system in place and the its upkeep, including the considerable bandwidth it consumes can hardly be justified by a modest speed gain in browsing. With Amazon, a saving grace might be that you are actually a paying customer so they have to mind that; with Google, though, it is worth noting that the actual paying customers (as far as we know) are the advertisers (i.e. "You are not the customer you* are the product." *your data / profile), also Google's profile on you can be far more extensive, if you allow them to tie all searches, webpages visited, emails, your data stored in the cloud and whatnot together for profiling by being logged into a Google account.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-02-2012, 01:48 AM  
What determines AF speed? body or lens
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 6
Views: 1,444
Speed depends on both, camera's algorithm is probably the most important single factor, then there are physical factors, focus motor torque and the mass it moves. The latter depends on the lens, the former on the body for lenses that don't have their own.
Forum: General Talk 07-01-2012, 03:56 AM  
BBC: Barclays 'attempted to manipulate interest rates'
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 60
Views: 3,410
related:





QuoteQuote:

Shareholders "must get a stronger grip" to prevent corruption in banks, Business Secretary Vince Cable says.

Writing in the Observer after Barclays was fined for trying to rig the Libor inter-bank lending rate, he condemns the "incompetence, corruption and greed... endemic in British banking".
...
He suggests four steps for sorting out the banking "mess":
  • Making banks safe so there is no further risk of collapse and rewarding "sensible banking" rather than "hoarding" and "speculative trading"

  • Carrying out the Vickers reforms, which are designed to segregate retail and business banking

  • Shareholders taking more responsibility

  • Changing the culture of the sector and encouraging the introduction of new business models.

...



BBC News - Bank shareholders must get stronger grip, Cable says
Forum: General Talk 07-01-2012, 03:45 AM  
BBC: Egypt starts presidential election run-off
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 5
Views: 736
Forum: General Talk 06-30-2012, 04:21 AM  
Katie is leaving the CULT
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 8
Views: 911
The trouble is, it seems, that coming up with objective standards as to what constitutes a religion is rather hard; besides, changes are that a group wanting to pose as one could still (nominally) meet them.
Forum: General Talk 06-29-2012, 06:12 AM  
BBC: Barclays 'attempted to manipulate interest rates'
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 60
Views: 3,410
Forum: General Talk 06-28-2012, 01:08 AM  
BBC: Barclays 'attempted to manipulate interest rates'
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 60
Views: 3,410
Forum: General Talk 06-27-2012, 12:41 AM  
Mitt Romney Visits Subsidized Farms, Knocks Big Government Spending
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 6
Views: 690
I (vaguely :)) seem to recall experiments where the general idea was akin to: "Ok. Here is $100. You and are going to have it, but we need you to agree on our proposal of how it split up between you two or else neither of you won't get any. ... ". It was found that if the other person was getting an 'unfair' share, say $80, people would tend to walk away from the $20.
Forum: General Talk 06-25-2012, 04:41 AM  
George Soros says three months to save the euro
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 47
Views: 2,787
Forum: General Talk 06-25-2012, 01:04 AM  
Obamacare - do Americans even know what they want.......?
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 16
Views: 1,571
This would indeed seem like the most pragmatic way of implementing a single payer system; basing it on an existing system which apparenty works pretty well as such for 'basic care' (?) would seem like the most rational thing to do (?) in its own right. Also, merely widening the eligibility criteria of Medicare (to everyone) should also defuse the (tenuous) counter-arguments of a single payer system being socialism, rationing (death panels) and such (?); something you have been doing for decades on a wide scale can hardly be un-American or otherwise unacceptable (?).
Forum: General Talk 06-24-2012, 03:26 PM  
Daily Fail
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 81
Views: 19,017
"... Beware of crumbs and mystification." :)
Forum: General Talk 06-24-2012, 02:40 PM  
Daily Fail
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 81
Views: 19,017
Forum: General Talk 06-24-2012, 12:29 PM  
BBC: Turkey calls Nato meeting on warplane downed by Syria
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 0
Views: 587
Forum: General Talk 06-24-2012, 09:51 AM  
Daily Fail
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 81
Views: 19,017
Forum: General Talk 06-24-2012, 09:25 AM  
BBC: Egypt starts presidential election run-off
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 5
Views: 736
Forum: General Talk 06-24-2012, 04:59 AM  
Socialism and State Forced Abortion
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 84
Views: 3,438
Winder, I'm afraid I'm going to be inclined to ignore you from now: meaningful discussion is - among other things - predicated on an agreement of what the terms and concepts used mean.
Forum: General Talk 06-24-2012, 04:04 AM  
NYT: Getting Lost in the Labyrinth of Medical Bills
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 6
Views: 831





QuoteQuote:

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With so little pricing information available, expecting people to shop around for quality care at the lowest cost — something that’s not always possible in emergency situations — is also asking a lot of consumers. “I have always found a bit cruel the much-mouthed suggestion that patients should have ‘more skin in the game’ and ‘shop around for cost-effective health care’ in the health care market,” said Uwe E. Reinhardt, a health policy expert and professor at Princeton University, “when patients have so little information easily available on prices and quality to those things.”
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Then, when the $132,000 hospital bill came, the patient was told he owed $9,200 and it had to be paid in 10 days. As it turns out, only one of the insurers had paid its share, which was hard to decipher from the bill. Ultimately, the patient only owed $164.99. “There were three explanation of benefits from Blue Cross Blue Shield, each with an different amount due,” she said, ranging from about $164 to $81,900. “How’s that for confusion?”

All told, Ms. Poole spent about 96 hours dissecting each bill, line by line, comparing it with the providers’ medical records and keeping track of it all in a complex spreadsheet.

“It’s a broken system,” she said.



http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/23/your-money/health-insurance/navigating-the...our-money.html
Forum: General Talk 06-23-2012, 12:58 PM  
Socialism and State Forced Abortion
Posted By jolepp
Replies: 84
Views: 3,438
(Socialist - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

(Socialism - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

By the above definition(s) "Nazi's were in fact socialists" is simply a blatant falsehood; Nazis didn't advocate or practice socialism in any sense of the latter definition where the key is state (or more generally collective) ownership of 'the means of production'.
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