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  • China plans "Windows eradication"

    China is planning to "eradicate" Windows from government and industry critical systems.

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/China-Starts-Windows-Eradication-15-of-Govt-PCs-to-Switch-to-Linux-Every-Year-463393.shtml

  • Nexus 9 tablet released

    When it comes to tablet profits, everyone is just a bunch of guppies in Apple's ocean.

  • XBox One vs PS4, I would never have imagined this

    It's a pretty terrible result when you were on top by a large margin. It's kinda hard to spin the whole Xbone situation into a win. Microsoft failed really hard, and it will take a lot more then just backpeddling from E3 and firing a couple of executives to get back gamer's respect.

    Personally I think both Sony and Microsoft's console offerings this time around are a sad joke. When the Xbox 360/PS3 came out, they were really above and beyond what you can get on the PC. These next-gen potatoes don't hold a candle to even a low-end gaming PC today.

    Anyway.... Long live the PC Master Race!

  • A few interesting nuggets from MSFT earnings

    , KirbyFC wrote

    *snip*NFL football games.  Microsoft (allegedly) is paying the NFL $400 Million to use the Surface.  Once in a while during a game the camera will zoom in on a coach doing something on his Surface and one of the TV announcers will refer to it as an iPad.

    That's really moronic on the NFL's part when you think about it. They should be more careful with how they treat the people giving them that kind of money. Because it's doubtful Microsoft will renew that contract and I doubt they'll find anyone willing to give them $400 million for that kind of sponsorship.

  • Nexus 9 tablet released

    http://www.google.com/nexus/9/

    The whole keyboard detachment thing reminded me of the surface. :)

     

     

  • 10. BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES

    @TexasToast:

    I don't think that's normal. They should be billing your insurance company..  Even on more predictable standard insurance I get a statement from the insurance company tells me exactly what I should be paying for any medical thing. Did you get a statement from your insurance company saying you need to pay $190, or did you get it from the doctor's office?

    Your insurance company actually protects you.  That's why they are called insurance. :) They are like a shield between the clinic charging whatever they want for their services and yourself. You don't have the collective bargaining power that health insurance provides if you act on your own. I think it's important to have a good health insurance you can understand, preferably one with flat co-pays.

    HDHP is playing in hard-mode, you can come out ahead but you have to be more careful, doctor's office may treat the fact that you have HDHP as the same as having no insurance because the fees the patient is used to paying are far more variable anyway. :) If you can't be on top of that you should probably avoid HDHPs.

  • 10. BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES

    @kettch:

    I think that is TexasToast's insurance. HDHP are basically catastrophic insurances. But you still gain the collective bargaining advantage of the insurance company. I don't remember ever paying a doctor directly, my insurance would be the one that billed me for everything. Doctor visits were lot higher then with standard insurance, but you aren't going to be paying $300 for a doctor's visit with a HSA.

  • 10. BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES

    , TexasToast wrote

    I was seeing a doctor, but he called the nurse in to give me the shot while I was there.  Not included in the visit, the shot was $150 bucks extra on top of the 280 dollar office visit.  I did have office visit covered before in past insurances but the future is now having a high deductible HSA type plan.. I think obamacare is similar but I don't know.

    When I had a HSA, the doctor still billed the insurance. I only paid the price my insurance paid. Which was more like $50 for a doctor's visit. You are probably getting bamboozled by the doctor, or you are not going in-network.

  • 10. BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES

    , TexasToast wrote

    Also if prices were listed, and I knew of a clinic that was $10 bucks for tetanus (an app would be great too to get the price within 10 miles) I would leave and save some money.

    It's not common because its not in the clinic's interest to let you know what the price is beforehand. Plus, the truly expensive things don't work that way. When you are you unconscious, are you really going to be shopping around? In this case, without insurance there is literally nothing stopping a hospital charging you "whatever you are worth" as their price. And they do. It's not academic.

    A free market requires both parties to participate. It's not actually possible to have a free market in medicine. It's more absurd in my opinion to have a free education. Yet that's not as controversial.

  • 10. BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES

    , TexasToast wrote

    My insurance is in your future.  I hate nurse practitioner because my first visit was with one and the antibiotic did not work so then second visit with a doctor.



    Flat out, doctors don't give shots. That's a nurses job. There is little reason to go to a doctors office for a vaccination, unless you really like paying a whole lot more for nothing, especially if your crappy insurance doesn't cover doctor's visits.

    I don't think insurance that cover doctor's visits are going away any time soon. In fact in many countries the copay is a lot less, or nothing, and not just for doctor's visits. I had to be rushed to an ER in a foreign country. They were confused when I asked how much my bill would be afterwords. And this is as a foreigner which I assume usually has to pay for service? I was also really surprised with the level and speed of care I got, ERs in the USA are horrible in that they make you wait hours.