Tech Support

Filed under:Technology — posted by 3wire on 10/17/2010 @ 1:47 pm

From: xkcd

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Economics of Health Care

Filed under:Our Money — posted by Q Ball on 10/8/2010 @ 12:41 pm

From Reason.com:

Health insurers Wellpoint, Cigna, Aetna, Humana, and CoventryOne will stop writing policies for all children. Why? Because Obamacare requires that they insure already sick children for the same price as well children.

That sounds compassionate, but—in case Obamacare fanatics haven’t noticed—sick children need more medical care. Insurance is about risk, and already sick children are 100 percent certain to be sick when their coverage begins. So if the government mandates that insurance companies cover sick children at the lower well-children price, insurers will quit the market rather than sandbag their shareholders. This is not callousness—it’s fiduciary responsibility. Insurance companies are not charities. So, thanks to the compassionate Congress and president, parents of sick children will be saved from expensive insurance—by being unable to obtain any insurance! That’s how government compassion works.

It’s all about economics.

Full Article

Convicted of Failing to Disclose Encryption Key

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Technology — posted by 3wire on 10/7/2010 @ 5:45 am

From: Slashdot
“Oliver Drage, 19, of Liverpool has been convicted of ‘failing to disclose an encryption key,’ which is an offense under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and as a result has been jailed for 16 weeks. Police seized his computer but could not get past the 50-character encrypted password that he refused to give up.

“http://it.slashdot.org/story/10/10/05/2038219/British-Teen-Jailed-Over-Encryption-Password”

Man faces $30,000 in fines for growing too many vegetables in his yard

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 10/5/2010 @ 2:24 am

“Nanny of the Month turns one-year-old this month, and it seems that public officials’ obsession with minding other people’s business has only intensified over the past 12 months.

We’ve exposed meddlers who want to squash other people’s right to do everything from sing karaoke, to drink raw milk, and bust a move at ladies night.

What could possibly top all that?

How about the “Greenest County in America” suing a man for growing too many vegetables in his garden?

Presenting Reason.tv’s Nanny of the Month for September 2010: DeKalb County, Georgia CEO Burrell Ellis!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP0hUH–t90&feature=player_embedded



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