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  1. Quote:Original post by Eelco Why would you want to couple either your insurance or savings to your employer? Americans who have insurance are most likely insured through their employer (paying up to half of the premium in most cases), using the insurance company of their employers choice. If you lose employment, or switch jobs, you lose this insurance, and have to use whatever insurance your new employer has. You can go out and buy an individual plan, but the cost of these plans are fairly expensive, and if for some reason you miss a payment (loss of job, etc), you lose it. Also, let's say you are wealthy, and can afford an individual plan. If you move, you will most likely lose this coverage, since most insurance companies only work with hospitals in their region. Quote:Original post by Eelco Why youd want to added volatility of tying your insurance contract to your job contract, is beyond me. Again, this is how the our current system works, which is why we're (I believe the majority of Americans anyway) are looking to improve it. You've basically pointed out the major flaws we have in the system.
  2. Quote:Original post by Mithrandir And the fact that I pay for insurance for years and then get rejected for coverage the minute anything serious to me, and the money gets funneled into some executives pocket as profit, isn't taking it out of someone elses pocket? This is what bothers me the most. Even if the gov't insurance costs the same, and we have some silly bureaucracy, at least we won't have to worry about getting blatantly cheated. I have a friend whose husband worked at the same place for 20 years, paying private insurance for their family. He lost his job, and couldn't afford COBRA. While laid off, she was diagnosed with cancer. Her husband got another job after some time, and his new insurance wouldn't cover her cancer treatments, because it was a "pre-existing condition". They're now hundreds of thousands in debt, and are going to have to sell their house, and change their retirement plans. It doesn't seem fair (legal?), since they paid in for all those years, and basically got nothing in return. This is very concerning for me, (family of 4, health insurance cost of ~$15,000 / year), since coverage is based on my being employed constantly, which I don't necessarily have alot of control over. From what I understand, if you opt into this new gov't plan, these situations will be mitigated, which seems like it would make it worth any of the other headaches it might introduce.
  3. I found this article to be very helpful.
  4. Quote:Original post by LessBread I saw a few minutes of it while surfing during the commercials of another show I was watching. I don't think ABC news is very good either. Their coverage of the recent floods in North Dakota was horrible. They went for the human interest stories first to the detriment of the fact based stories. That is, before reporting on the situation with the flood waters and the efforts of the people there to hold them back, they started off with people in a church praying for deliverance. NBC covered the church angle too, but only after covering the facts of the flood and the sand bagging efforts. I'm comparing Sunday evening newscasts from two (or three) weeks back. And at any rate, this is all off topic. I don't want to derail the thread, but I think I caught that too. Living the whole thing first hand and only catching small bits of national news here and there during that time, from what I could tell, ABC didn't really tell the whole story (I believe I saw the story you're mentioning). I thought NBC did an OK job, and I think CBS just wanted to see us all under 20 feet of water and covered in blood. I also think alot of the reporters that were here got really bored once we had our flood protection built, and had to fill time with something until the river crested, or we had a major dike breach (which luckily we didn't).
  5. Quote:Original post by M2tM We'd have to institutionalize schools for better mannered American Canadians. I mean you have to learn how to pronounce aboot, when to employ the all-important eh, to value and appreciate plaid shirts and how to spell words like colour and neighbour properly. After that I think we'll get along fine. We'll make lumberjacks, mounties, log riders, and syrup harvesters out of you Yankees yet! Can you replace "The Hills" with the "Red and Green Show" while you're at it, EH?
  6. The map in that article is absolutely hilarious. For being a KGB expert on the US, he is completely clueless. Texas and Georgia going to Mexico? Completely laughable. States will stop sending the Federal government money? That's interesting given that money pretty much flows the other direction. However, if he is correct, I will be very happy to welcome my new Canadian overlords. Pass me a Molson, EH?
  7. Quote:Original post by Andrew Russell - In-game advertising. But would the advertisers come? Could you use a service like Mochiads, or one of the similar services that find advertisers for you? I know that most of them are for flash, but I know at least Ad4Play is available for other platforms and programming languages as well. It seems like in game ads for the flash world are really taking off getting money into the hands of independent developers, maybe that model would work on other platforms as well.
  8. To be fair, I watched a bit of CNN last night, and the way they were reporting the story made it seem like Russia just decided to invade Georgia out of nowhere. This could be my limited exposure to the report (I do after all have a family, a job, games to make, etc), but in the 5 to 10 mins I watched CNN, they didn't mention the Georgians military operations in South Ossetia. I could have missed it however, but this was my interpretation of what they were reporting.
  9. I'm always curious about these types of courses. Would you mind following up with your results?
  10. Quote:Original post by slayemin Statistics, shma-tistics. Check out this youtube video (6 min) of a two hillbillies who try to cause some trouble with a random stranger who, it turns out, was carrying a pistol. This guy was not defenseless because he had a gun. I like how the Texans in that video talk like Canadians.
  11. Quote:Original post by capn_midnight Quote:Original post by ukdeveloper Quote:Original post by capn_midnight I have to say these Sandwich Rolls are just about the best roll one can get for a hamburger. The "Big Marty's" are also really good, though different in flavor and not as common. I admit, I'm a little biased, they're made locally, my father works for the company, and I once worked for the company as well, but they really are very good. They only sell on the east coast, and not even full-penetration through the east coast, and they are the #1 selling specialty bread product in the entire country. Certainly a lot better than your generic, white bread mass-produced roll. Those rolls look plasticy and particularly unappetising. right, because you can tell that from a 150x150 pixel image. I can back Capn up on this, those rolls are pretty damn fantastic. Continue discussion.
  12. Quote:Original post by linternet Apparently, I am the only person here who does not write perfect code. I know, for a fact, that I have had coworkers (and others) sneer at code I wrote. It is completely unproductive and feels like absolute shit when someone has a problem with your work and they do nothing but go behind your back to laugh with or complain to other people (be it other coworkers or people on sites like The Daily WTF). The only purpose it seems to serve is to validate thier own programming skills and superiority over you. I can only speak for myself, but I am not afraid to admit when I'm wrong or to put in the work necessary to change my habits (I've spent the last year and a half undoing programming habits I had held for almost ten years). Confronting me about something in a courteous, professional manner, and presenting rational and logical reasons for why I should fix something is a much better approach. I apologize for the rant, but I tend to take these posts personally. My coworkers, of course, have no obilgation to help me improve my work (that's my responsiblity), but if I'm doing something that a coworker feels affects them, I'd much prefer a professional confrontation than silent or behind-my-back contempt. I agree with Brian on this. I've been coding professionally for almost a decade now. When I was just out of college, I treated code like it was something personal, like art. Now I see code as more of a means to an end. One of the least enjoyable aspects of being a programmer is dealing with other programmers' egos (this is mostly with people who are newer to the field). I think one thing that makes a really successful programmer is a lack of ego, and the willingness to learn from and improve from mistakes, as well as providing rational and useful feedback. I've also come to find that somtimes "Bad code" (both mine and others) is a result of design changes from the business driver behind a project, IE the project starts with limited scope, and grows and changes direction over time. Maybe this is just me working for inefficient companies. Also, I know alot of "Bad code" I've written has been during times when I needed to get something done, but my brain wasn't functioning 100% due to illness, personal problems, fatigue, etc. I have yet to meet a programmer who doesn't have bad days. Also to the OP, who said Quote: However, I accidently forgot that I hardcoded the text for messagebox In a way, aren't you admitting you wrote "bad code" by hard coding a value, and forgetting it was hard coded? Just some food for thought.
  13. Hello! I have worked with it, unfortunately it's been a couple of years now. Microsoft does have an SDK for it. If I remember correctly you could interface with all of the CRM data via webservices on the CRM server. Also, there's a file called ISV.Config that'll let you change the way the software looks, flows, etc. You could also write javascript on events on the out of the box CRM pages. (You can add custom pages that you program as well, using the webservice interfaces I mentioned above to work with CRM data). Also, as you mentioned, hitting CRM's SQL database directly is a big no no per MS, I think it's because if the underlying data structures change when MS goes to a new version, your code will break. Anyway, you can customize a lot of what the software does, it just all depends on how much work you want to do, as well as how many hoops you want to jump through. I think MSDN had some good examples on it for code, and there were some news groups out there that had invaluable information. PM me if you want more specific info, or have any questions!
  14. You know, I found out about this story from this thread. As I read through the responses I thought it was another case of paranoia. Then I saw this picture of what she was actually wearing: And was like "Hmm you know that actually looks like a bomb." I was in the Army for 6 years and worked with alot of explosives, and that definitely looks like the component of a bomb, especially since she was carrying play doh with her. Would we be having the same conversation if she had taken something that looked like a gun to the airport?
  15. Quote:Original post by VanKurt Is it asked to much that I just want to compile my code into a single .exe file that will run on every PC? I've found Borland's Delphi to be a great tool that allows you to do this. I haven't used it since version 6, but if it still works the way it did then, you could easily compile most applications into a single exe and not have to worry about distributing run times, etc.