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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 23, 2015, 07:44:17 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 22, 2015, 06:10:27 PM

Unfortunately, I don't think that will be a viable configuration in a Lakon T9.  I've never piloted one, but if the T7 was like flying a stack of shipping containers, this will be more like a soaring warehouse.  I'm proceeding on the assumption that it'll be too unwieldy to evade interdiction, too slow to keep distance in realspace, and too large for even the greenest of newbies to miss.  That means turtling.  Thick shields, thicker armor, point defense and chaff launchers, with enough automated turrets to make sure every hostile in a two kilometer radius is having a real rough ride -- I'm aiming to make the Skinypupy an absolute flying fortress. Truthiness!

Man, I can just imagine having a trading company of friends making armed transport runs in a formation of T7s w/ auto turrets. I wonder how viable that would be?
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 23, 2015, 07:41:37 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 22, 2015, 06:43:25 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 22, 2015, 12:57:16 AM

EDIT #2:  Three more "give me your cargo" interdictions tonight when my cargo hold was empty.  One of which killed me, along with my map data that I'd spent the last 90 minutes collecting.   finger  I'd be happy to drop some cargo so they'd get off my ass...if I had even a single thing to drop.  Maybe this is just a Solo play thing, does that happen often with NPC's in Open Play as well?

Based on the design documents, at least, pirates or enemy explorers will hunt down ships with map data to obtain it from you, or hinder you from selling it in order to increase the value of their own data.

Interesting. I'm just wondering - how would they know my ship has map data as opposed to mp3s of Taylor Swift?
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 20, 2015, 02:07:40 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 20, 2015, 04:53:09 AM

I did have an issue with the joystick coming out of calibration after about an hour though.  It started constantly rolling to the left when in the center position, which made it really hard to do that last dock before logging out.  A quick unplug/replug into the USB port seemed to fix it, so I'm hoping it was just a one-time fluke.  Will be keeping an eye on it.

I actually consistently have that problem with my Saitek X45s (the rolling to the left thing). It seems to happen after I leave a game menu screen and go back to the piloting view. For me the fix is going back to a menu screen, jiggling the joystick, then exiting the menu. I was thinking that perhaps the problem is with my X45s (since they are several years old now) and I was hoping the X52s would not have this issue.

Please let us know if you see the issue again - I've been keeping my eye on the X52s and perhaps might ask for it as a birthday present.
44  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 07, 2014, 01:24:33 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 06, 2014, 11:12:01 PM

Quote from: Rip on November 06, 2014, 11:06:08 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 06, 2014, 10:56:16 PM

Anyone who believes Obama initiated any of the things ATB mentions is showing a level of naiveté I consider very depressing.  I'm fine with saying they continued it when they shouldn't have, but the insinuation that this hasn't been going on across multiple presidents and without the tacit approval of both parties at various times is shockingly ignorant.

So it is finally time to admit that "hope and change" was really nothing more than a catchy slogan?

Aren't all political slogans nothing more than marketing? Anyway, you aren't arguing the point.

Actually not all. I would argue that the Republican "fear and loathing" campaign went quite well this past election.
45  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 06, 2014, 02:36:27 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 05, 2014, 11:35:42 PM

It's pretty clear that Republicans didn't win so much as Democrats lost, and they lost primarily because people deeply dislike Obama. So this Republican wave has a mandate be Obama? Or something like that.

This fellow's take on it is interesting: It was a victory for the Left.

Running on those issues is one thing. Actually following through and implementing is another thing entirely. I'll believe it when I see bills created and voted on.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 23, 2014, 01:14:01 AM

Quote from: Graham on September 22, 2014, 07:15:06 PM

I will be upgrading my phone, but I'm not sure about getting the 6 Plus since it seems so big.  I currently have a 4S, so anything would be an improvement for me.  Has anyone handled the 6 Plus and thought it was too big?

I'm also upgrading from a 4S. I was jonesying for a 6+ because of the optical image stabilization of the camera but was concerned about the bigness of it. I decided a hands-on test would be the best thing so I went to the ATT store and played around with both. I can safely say that for my hands I feel more comfortable with the 6. And after reading reviews of both cameras I feel more confident that I'm not losing out much by getting the 6's camera.
47  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 24, 2014, 12:17:38 AM

Quote from: Fireball on July 23, 2014, 05:08:51 AM

I also fail to see how this has anything to do with religion.

But I do get the part about not liking it when people are creepily overly polite or enthusiastic. I walked into a McDonalds once and everyone behind the counter turned at once and yelled out "Welcome!" and "Hello!", etc. It really upset me because I felt like I was suddenly being thrust into the center of attention. I turned and walked out.

Never had that experience at a Chick Fil A, though. Admittedly, I don't go there very often.

That reminds me, I remember when the sushi chefs at most sushi restaurants would call out "Irasshaimase!" every time a customer walked in. In fact, my wife and I giggled at the sushi restaurant scene in Monsters Inc. when the octopus chef would say that, because we knew the reference. But nowadays I don't hear that anymore when entering a sushi restaurant. And it makes me feel a bit sad.
48  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 07:43:41 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 21, 2014, 03:50:25 AM

The location by me is so freaking bizarre and they are getting to me. Everytime I say thanks, they say, "my pleasure". Like over and over and over again. I go through the drivethru one day and see a person outside taking orders. So I say oh the microphone or something must be broke, just making small talk. Her response was that they want to serve me better to make sure that I'm pleased. Overboard. I just want my sandwich!

In this example, weren't you the one who prolonged the conversation by asking whether the microphone was broken? You could have just not said anything and gotten your sandwich sooner smile

There's always local church members in there for what I believe is hrs talking to the managers etc. Most of the time it's just comical, but sometimes it's way too much. When they ask what I'm doing on said day and I say just running errands or what have you, please don't further nag me for details! I want a sandwich, give me that sandwich! Rant over.

So if the church members were not in there would it not be overly religious?

This kind of reminds me of the time my wife and I and her sister and my brother-in-law took a trip to Hong Kong. We ate dinner at a nice restaurant and as we were leaving the employee at the door smiled and said "Thank you for coming.". My brother in law remarked that she probably didn't mean it. I thought to myself, perhaps she didn't, but would you have liked it better if she said "'Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out" ?

Don't get me wrong, I hate chatty Kathy customer service but if someone says "thank you" and offers me polite service I wouldn't wish it were otherwise.
49  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 07, 2014, 06:57:57 PM
The "after" lunch looks a lot like what we packed my daughter for lunch at summer camp today. With the exception of the refried beans, she doesn't like that - and she doesn't like the mayo and mustard. And I have no idea what jicama is, so that's not in there.

Then again, she wouldn't have touched the burrito in the "before" lunch either.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had a pretty sad encounter today at Rite Aid on: July 03, 2014, 03:15:31 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 03, 2014, 03:46:29 AM

I've seen it on both sides when I worked retail.  I rang a guy up for some stuff (under $20) and when I gave him the total, he asked me if I knew about reparations.  I responded that I had and that I was waiting for mine from the Russian government for losses suffered during the revolution, then asked him if he wanted to pay by cash or credit.  I got an odd look for that but he paid and left.

Oh man, I have got to remember that. Not that I have ever gotten asked about reparations but it's a nice line to come back with smile
51  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: July 02, 2014, 01:01:36 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 02, 2014, 01:14:18 AM

My god, is there ANYTHING better than a Zeke post?  Especially when he's not quite sure what's going on?  I love the internet!  This almost makes up for the US loss against Belgium earlier.

I admit, I got a chuckle out of it. While I miss verbose Zeke I actually find laconic Zeke still pretty funny.
52  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: July 01, 2014, 02:43:26 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 01, 2014, 12:41:40 PM

Seriously, Hep, the only thing I'm angling for is consistency.

My conservative friends go buck on Obama left and right for doing the same things bush did and my lib friends give him a pass for doing the same things bush did.

If something should cause outrage with a repub in office, it should cause outrage when a dem is in the office.  That's all man.  THAT'S ALL!

Of course maybe the lack of threads in R&P is due to the drop in participants in the forum and not just having a dem in the WH.

Something that may be confusing you is that "conservative" and "liberal" mean different things for some people and do not fully encompass or describe a specific individual's political beliefs. I'm sure that on some issues you, and hepcat, and I will disagree - yet that still doesn't mean that we can't agree on the WTFness of some SCOTUS decisions. Also - people change. Some do anyway. A vocal few profess to never ever change - because that would be compromise, and that's french for surrendering.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Probably buying a house! on: July 01, 2014, 11:49:26 AM
Hoooooooray! Probably congratulations!  slywink But seriously, that's awesome!
54  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: July 01, 2014, 11:31:15 AM
I think Rip is disappointed that we aren't exhibiting 'the outrage  mad' like a few people do when reading true (or untrue) things that they don't agree with.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: June 19, 2014, 01:11:00 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on June 19, 2014, 12:14:39 AM

Quote from: Rip on June 18, 2014, 11:20:31 PM

I always wondered who it was that bought all those cheesy shirts that only someone on vacation should dare wear.

Now I know.
One man's cheesy is another man's freedom of expression slywink

Or yet another man's attire on "Aloha Fridays" at the Catholic HS in Hawaii. Sooo much better than wearing a shirt and tie.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 05, 2014, 02:03:33 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 05, 2014, 01:39:25 PM

Amazon's promotional video is so bad, what were they thinking? As someone on Twitter said, it's as if the people in it just discovered their genitalia.

Saw the video after reading this and it was hilarious!
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 15, 2014, 02:01:35 PM
Playing undisturbed on my 24" monitor, headphones on and volume up, while the kids and the wife take an afternoon nap on the weekends....priceless.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: April 12, 2014, 01:47:49 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 10, 2014, 05:02:13 PM

A complaint I've heard is there isn't enough stuff to unlock but I think it's more that you unlock everything relatively fast.  A lot of modern games are built with the treadmill/carrot mindset where you need to play 40+ hours to see all the weapon unlocks and mods.  As such, many modern gamers have been conditioned to consider chasing the reward to be the fun of the game instead of the actual gameplay.  Titanfall has a more old-school approach.  You may not get everything unlocked from the start but you can unlock everything or almost everything in about a casual week of play.  If all you care about is chasing a carrot then the game doesn't offer much for you to do.

Interesting. Ironically a friend of mine was bemoaning the fact that all we get nowadays are games where you have to play and increase in level to unlock all the weapons instead of getting everything at the start. His argument is that everyone should have a level playing field so that one knows they were beaten by a more skillful player, not one who played longer and had no life and therefore unlocked all the weapons.

I told him that gamers these days play the "lets play for better stuff" game because that's all they know. It never occurred to me that gamers would actually find the "play to unlock" process part of the fun.
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee at home on: April 11, 2014, 06:09:50 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 11, 2014, 12:40:37 AM

As for grinding, if you're fine with the cost then a conical burr grinder is super nifty.  The big advantage is that it ensures all your coffee gets ground down to the same size bits, with no risk of overgrinding.  You can also usually adjust the coarseness to suit different brewing methods.

That said, a cheapo spinning blade grinder really does work just fine.  Source: my coffee fanatic brother-in-law who owns at least $5000 worth of coffee brewing equipment.  If you don't want to spend a ton on a fancy grinder, just get a cheap one.  You do get the best taste the closer to brewing you grind your beans, and a cheapo grinder will get you that.

This. In fact I highly recommend getting the spinning blade grinder regardless because you can also use that to grind your own spices. If you truly want to see if you are missing out by not buying a burr grinder then do the following experiment: Go to your grocery store's coffee section and grab 2 bags of whole coffee beans. Use the store's burr grinder to grind one. Take the other bag home and grind one cup using the blade grinder. Make coffee from both. See if you can taste the difference. If you can't then you're not missing out.

And finally as for beans, just go ahead and start out with your local Starbucks since you already like them.  If you decide to get more fancy, find a local coffee place that roasts their own beans so you can get really freshly roasted beans.

I feel that choosing beans that you like is the same as choosing wine that you like. You just have to try different ones because one person's bean of choice is another one's "cup of roasted dirt". That said, if you like strong coffee, then give Peets Major Dickason's blend a try. I thought Kona was my favorite then I had the Major and never looked back.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 16, 2014, 01:39:59 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 16, 2014, 12:18:00 AM

After spending a couple hours with Titanfall, I've come back around to the notion that no matter how polished they are, MP shooters simply aren't my thing.  Everything is far too hectic, and I can't even begin to wrap my brain around what the hell is going on.  All I know is that if I meet up against another player, I'll be dead within 5 seconds.  With enough practice, I'm sure I could probably gain enough skill to improve on my current "get killed within 10-15 seconds after spawning" situation, but I'm not sure I really enjoy the core gameplay enough to actually put in that time...especially with other games that are much more my slow-and-steady pace waiting in the wings (i.e. Thief).

 I'm going to try and play to at least the 8 hour mark (it's the same time commitment I give to RPG's), but I can't really see myself warming up to it a whole lot.  Hopefully I'm wrong.

Domination maps are good for playing defensively - which also slows down the pace of the game (for the person playing defense). I've found that, once you control a point, friendly AI will come by and help guard it. On defense I go into a corner somewhere and use the AI defenders as audio "tripwire". As soon as I hear them firing I know an enemy is nearby, so I hit "cloak" and check it out. Or even better, wait until the hardpoint location is being captured then hit "cloak" and head out. The cloak is good enough that it can buy you the few seconds you need to kill the person capping the point. Go back to hiding spot and repeat. Plus you get points for guarding the location.  I actually finished first in points that way by holding a location for most of the game.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall - loadout question on: March 15, 2014, 05:56:53 PM
Question for the PC version:

How does one select the preferred loadout for pilot and titan? In the campaign matches I played last night I am frantically clicking on "Assassin" and "Tank" loadouts before the match starts yet I always spawn with the carbine instead of smart pistol and Atlas instead of the other one.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 15, 2014, 05:54:01 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 15, 2014, 03:08:51 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 15, 2014, 01:47:26 PM

Is there a way to play against fellow low-level folks?  I just jumped into the campaign last night (figured that's as good a place as any to start) and when I got to the end of my last match, I noticed that I was the lowest level player by at least 15 levels.  I was 4, everyone else was at least 19.  Or do you just have to endure being target practice (me, doubly so) through the low levels until you gain some XP?
If you are playing in attrition mode don’t worry about being the lowest ranked person on the team.  Just do your best to avoid enemy pilots and go hunting for the enemy NPCS.  Killing a bunch of them is actually more valuable for your team than going only for pilots.  Playing to avoid is a valuable skill to learn so this is good practice anyway.  In this game more than any other FPS, if you stop moving you are dead.

Also, some people have already flipped their rank over and started again (after rank 50 you go back to 1 with a fancy icon).

I started the campaign at level 1 last night and saw that next lowest rank was 3. The other team had a few that were 20+. Our team still won. In the second game I was still the lowest rank person and ended up first in points. Oh, and our side won. Playing with your team - or picking someone and being his "shadow" helps both of you survive and gain points.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: March 01, 2014, 03:37:10 AM
Hey Turtle,

Just wanted you to know I enjoy reading your posts even though I may not comment much. Hang in there. At least you know what you have to do and it sounds like you'll make an honest effort to do it.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 21, 2014, 04:38:40 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 20, 2014, 12:43:37 PM

My last two clips from beta, including a triple kill with a nuke and a bunch of wall hanging defending in hardpoint.  fun stuff

Were the nuke kills just a function of how close they were to the blast? I've noticed in some videos that the titan explosion doesn't seem to faze other titans near it.
65  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 18, 2014, 03:27:25 PM

Quote from: Rip on February 18, 2014, 03:20:54 AM

So basically they are mad for exposing the truth to the people that vote for them. If the voters want that then it shouldn't be a problem, nothing to be mad about. If they feel that they should allow the Democrats to spend as much as they want if they have 51 votes all they need to do is stand up and own up to it, no reason to be mad about it.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong but raising the debt ceiling is akin to promising one will pay the credit card bill when it comes due. The racking up of charges itself is done in the approval of the budget, the most recent example of which seems to have passed with both the Republicans and Democrats blessing (at least in the House):

"the budget plan easily passed the House on a 332-94 vote, with solid majorities of both parties supporting it."

So it seems to me the Republicans are also to blame for racking up the credit card bill. They're just mad that they have to pay it when it comes due.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: February 12, 2014, 07:59:57 PM
I am IN, but as a humble Wanderer. I did spend $25 for the paper diorama though. That looks pretty cool.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: January 26, 2014, 01:27:11 AM
Add one more who's interested in an MMX giveaway and doesn't have the game.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: January 10, 2014, 12:41:29 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 08, 2014, 09:48:13 PM

It was very noob friendly (as far as community) when I last played, but I've heard it has since started the transition towards being a bit more caustic(due to being more popular).

Keep in mind though that literally EVERY team based online game will be this way sadly.

Well, yes and no. I don't notice it at all in PC team based FPS games and it seems gaming sites don't seem to mention FPS abuse from other players as much as they mention abuse for MOBAs. Perhaps it is because of the small team size in a MOBA - so if one player out of four is clueless it makes a bigger difference than if one player out of 16 is clueless.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: January 10, 2014, 12:37:03 PM
I played the tutorial late last night and was impressed enough that I bought the godpack. I was expecting the gods to be instantly unlocked after purchasing the pack but it seems the gods were still locked in-game. It was getting late so I went to bed and won't be able to check until I get home from work this evening.

Is there something else I need to do to enable the godpack? I'm hoping it was just a delay in Hi-Rez receiving my payment and updating my account, since it seems they use a third-party to handle store payments.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: January 08, 2014, 08:39:26 PM
Game looks interesting. I'll have to try this out. Would you say it is newbie friendly? Or friendlier at least than other MOBAs? I could never get into them out of fear that my soul would be scarred forever by people yelling terms at me I could never figure out.
71  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: iPad 2 Wi-Fi, 16GB, for sale--$225 shipped on: December 07, 2013, 11:55:04 AM

JAn, no.   Z. Ex.         Oiddcll c

72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] 300: Rise of an Empire on: December 06, 2013, 02:08:46 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 13, 2013, 02:28:06 PM

First movie was ass. This looks like more ass.

Probably more asses even smile
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Need for Speed Rivals on: November 22, 2013, 02:42:46 PM
Thinking of picking this up on Amazon's DD Black Friday deal. Anyone else getting this for PC?
74  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bachmann Considers Suing Obama Over Canceled Plans Fix on: November 22, 2013, 01:29:58 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on November 22, 2013, 12:35:05 AM

And we should just then forget his 'fix' was something completely against the law?

And yet another example of how 'you can't win for losing'. Is there any particular scenario where Obama can do something about Obamacare where you won't get outraged? Short of repealing the thing entirely?
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has your life changed since the last "next gen"? on: November 21, 2013, 05:53:49 PM
I didn't get the Xbox360 until Christmas, 2007. I was holding out through sheer willpower, even through the imminent release of Halo3. Then RockBand happened. And I had to have it. So in one fell swoop I went all in on the xbox. It was glorious RockBand and Halo3 nirvana. Less than 10 months later my first daughter arrived. That put a serious dent in my console gaming until the kinect came out. Then both daughter and daddy could play together - until my second daughter arrived two years ago. Then, just after daughter #2 was able to walk, she became cognizant of the white xbox console with the inviting big button on the front.

She pushed it, and yet another gamer was added to our fold smile. It started innocently enough - she'd play with the wireless controller and press the giant X button, then smile as the console lit up and made noise. Then she watched as daughter #1 and I played Once Upon a Monster. And now, she's the one who hands me the controller whenever she wants to play Once Upon a Monster.

Along the way I've been lucky enough to been a part of the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, witness a NASA balloon launch, switched jobs to work for the Applied Physics Lab, and gain 13 pounds, of which I've been able to lose 10.

I'm going to wait out this next gen though. I'm saving up my pennies to spend on the Occulus Rift (if indeed it becomes ALL that). I hope it does, because Eve Valkyrie looks amazingly awesome.
76  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bachmann Considers Suing Obama Over Canceled Plans Fix on: November 21, 2013, 02:07:50 PM
Personally I think he should withdraw his proposal, citing 'intense Republican backlash' and put it all on them. Then he gets the benefit of looking like he tried to fix things AND the benefit of not looking like a usurper by withdrawing his attempted fix.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "No Next-Gen Console" Support Group on: November 20, 2013, 01:43:04 PM
OOOoooooO! Is this the bargain hunters PS3 group? Cause I can't wait to snag a PS3 now!  nod
78  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: November 08, 2013, 01:33:56 PM
I usually just scan to see if any of the sales interest me. If so, I'll go buy them. But let me just say that this thread is Teh WIN!!!!!!  nod

And thank you to all who work to provide the latest information on Steam Sales. Without you my credit card bill would be much smaller!  paranoid icon_biggrin

79  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: November 06, 2013, 05:04:19 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 05, 2013, 09:27:16 PM

I'm going to vote that we skip the next few plot points and get right to the climax: "Stop preventing insurance companies from competing across state lines!" is Conservative newspeak for "We demand the federal government eliminate the right of each state to determine its own healthcare policies."

Large insurance carriers like Anthem, Aetna, Cigna, and Humana are free to offer competing health insurance plans in all fifty states, and to the best of my knowledge, they all do.  The thing they *weren't* allowed to do was craft a health insurance plan that met regulatory requirements established by the state government in Tennessee and then sell that plan to residents of California where the requirements were more strict.  That would have allowed the largest insurance companies to adapt their plans to the lowest, most lax regulations in the country and sell them nationwide, circumventing state laws and easily undercutting smaller local competitors.  It's literally using the power of the federal government to take away existing state rights -- which Conservatives often claim makes them so mad! -- and reset the median quality of health coverage to the lowest possible level in the name of making everything better.
-Autistic Angel

Where I have I read something like this happening before? Oh Yeah, this is exactly what happened when credit card companies were allowed to export whatever interest rates were allowed in the state they were headquartered! That's why most credit card bills seem to get mailed to South Dakota, Nevada or Delaware, since they essentially let companies headquartered there charge whatever interest rates they want!

I forsee health insurance companies all moving to someplace like Louisiana or Texas if what AA is suggesting conservatives actually want comes to pass.
80  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: November 05, 2013, 08:13:11 PM

Quote from: Moliere on November 05, 2013, 05:52:09 PM

Quote from: raydude on November 05, 2013, 04:22:52 PM

Wait, so it's because of government regulations that we had companies pulling cheap policy shenanigans?  eek

Companies offer cheap premiums fake insurance and people are surprised when they don't get the same any coverage? Shocking! If only the government could come in and make it all "free".  legit health insurance Roll Eyes

Fixed that for you. Because you don't seem to have read the link.
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