EA Real Racing 3 for iOS

Ever since EA released this application, I’ve been spammed left and right with friend requests. Some have even entered into the GameCenter message box that the application is pairing me up to race with them. I find this last part interesting as I’ve never bought/downloaded the game and have no intention to do so.

What this tells me is EA took a page out of Facebook’s playbook for games and believes spamming people is a great business model. Now in Facebook’s defense, they at least made an effort to reduce this spam. For GameCenter though, it wont be as easy. I’ve disabled me showing up in random searches as well as hid my profile. I made it so that the only way to add me is via email yet it doesn’t seam to solve anything. If anything, it’s only INCREASED the number of requests I get.

This is an issue in GameCenter, however, for every other game I have that supports multiplayer, NONE have gone to this length to get me to play.

EA, do us all a favor and fix your fucking game.

PS: Yes I’ll report this bug to Apple as well.

Gun Control: Do We Really Need More?

Is gun control really needed? That’s a good question. You look at all the shootings and think “We need to take these guns away”, “need to tighten requirements so it’s harder to get guns”, “we don’t wont people to carry them anywhere”, etc.

Truth of the matter is, if you want to reduce these tragic incidents, the best thing to do is encourage the American people to get a gun, learn to use it, and take responsibility for one. The more responsible people we have out there with guns, the fewer incidents we’ll have. After all, if I’m a psycho wanting to shoot up a place, I’m less likely to go to a place that has people packing because I want to accomplish my goal before I get taken out.

There are neighborhoods in this country that people walk around and sleep with doors unlocked, kids play in the streets, and has no crime. Those same neighborhoods have signs out side saying that gun is on the premise and they know how to use it.

Putting more laws on the book to prevent US Citizens from getting the guns they are legally allowed to have just makes it easier for those that don’t obey the laws to commit some grave atrocities.

Bottom line, if you want to reduce these crazy incidents around the US, you need to encourage the people to take up arms and protect their families.

A Case Against Obamacare

We’re among the families that don’t have health insurance, but by choice. We’ve run the numbers. It just doesn’t make sense for us. The most affordable plan we can get has a $10k deductible and runs $240/mo for a family of 3. That’s $2880 per year.

We recently had an ER visit for our daughter due to a broken arm: 2013 01 21 15.30.42 260x300 A Case Against Obamacare

 

Yea, pretty bad. Total cost after the ER Bill, ER Doc Bill, X-Ray Tech, 5 Visits to Cook’s came to ~ $4200.

Now how is this a case against Obamacare? It’s still cheaper to pay out of pocket and the new annual FINE for not having insurance than it is to pay for insurance AND the deductible AND co-payment. In order for it to be a break even situation, our medical bills have to be in excess of about $15k annually.

When Obamacare goes into full effect next year, the annual premiums will most likely go up to about $6k annually thanks to the pre-existing conditions clause.

The best thing out of Obamacare IS the pre-existing conditions, however, the rest of it does more harm than good. There is a clause restricting the difference between the highest amount insurers can charge and the least amount. What does that mean? If an elder person (60) in good health would currently be charged $300/mo for decent coverage and a young person (also in good health), would be charged $60/mo now, that would be a violation. The law dictates that the most an insurer can charge the oldest person is no more than double that of the youngest. So either they are going to lower the elder person to $120/mo (yea right) or they are raising the rate on the younger person to $150/mo for no other reason than Obamacare.

There is also a provision for funding that charges medical device companies 2.9% of sales annually. Some would say that’s great, get the big rich medical companies to pay out more! Well, from what I’ve seen thus far, those medical companies have shelved R&D projects, laid off staff, and cut investment spending. There are R&D projects out there right now that would have massive positive effects and save people millions of dollars, that have now been shelved or killed because of Obamacare.

Or how about the mandatory health insurance for full time employees for employers with more than 50 full time employees? There is a Denny’s Franchise owner that owns 10 locations. He’s had to cut his front line staff to below 30 hours a week and impose a 5% surcharge to all tickets to cover the costs. He’s just being greedy right? Well, had he kept the front line staff at 30+ hours he would of had to pay out an extra $75k/annually PER LOCATION AND increase all menu prices by at least 25% to cover the costs. With the increase in costs his business would suffer thus he’d have to lay off employees thus creating a loop that could eventually lead to having to close down locations.

Or how about the reduced Medicare/Medicaid paybacks to doctors and increased paperwork and restrictions that go along with it? Doctors have stopped accepting patients with Medicare/Medicaid because they can no longer afford to take care of them. Others have decided to close down completely while a few have sold to hospitals to let them deal with it. Few have decided to keep accepting them.

Bottom line, if Obama truly wanted to cut health care costs, he should of went after the real problem instead of creating one that will help bring about the next recession. For example, does it really cost a hospital $140 for a urine based pregnancy test when I can get a 2 pack of the leading brand for $15.00? Or $6,000 for 5 hours in an ER Room?

The Doctor Saved Us

That’s right folks. The apocalypse didn’t happen so that means only one thing, The Doctor saved us!!!.

Wouldn’t that be a decent episode? Mayan’s predict the end of the world but some means, then in traditional Doctor fashion, he saves us last minute? Which reminds me, he’s saved us so many times, at what point do we save him from his own methods of self destruction?

Looking forward to the Christmas special.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Free Stuff

A friend sent this to me last week and it was too good not to share.

I have never heard this said as simply. Class war at its best.

The folks who are getting the free stuff don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

And, the folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop.

And the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now… the people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So… the people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason?

The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776236 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff.  We have one chance to change that in 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.

ELECTION 2012 IS COMING

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!

I’M 100% for PASSING THIS ON !!!

For all our sake PLEASE Take a Stand!!!

  • Borders: Closed!
  • Language: English only
  • Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!
  • Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!
  • No freebies to: Non-Citizens!

MacHeist 4 Bundle

I’ve been a fan of the MacHeist series of bundles since MacHeist 3. (I missed the first few). This one was fun with multiple iOS missions and nanoMissions as well as the bundle itself. Lots of apps and games.

I want to point out a few this time around.

  • DiskTools Pro – Worthless in my opinion. It took over 30 minutes to do initial setup and get to a screen. Multiple times it when non-responsive. The general maintenance can be done with other utilities that are free and do a better job. If you want defragmentation, I recommend iDefrag. Clean interface, quick, and easier to use.
  • BioShock 2 – Haven’t really played it yet but runs smoothly. Only grip, the key/activation system is bullshit. I understand a developers need to protect their products, but that stuff makes it harder for people to play. It doesn’t stop people from pirating.
  • Bartender – I’ve only used it for about 30 mins now but works as advertised. My menu bar hasn’t looked this good in ages.
  • STEAM Apps – Was surprised to see these pop up, but still a decent bunch of games.
  • Gratuitous Space Battles – A bit addicting. Played for an hour the other night and didn’t realize the time going by. Enjoyed watching all the ships blow up.
  • Bellhop – Looked through it. Not sure I trust it over Hotels.com though. Might give it a try on my next trip.
  • CallendarPlus – Prefer Fantastical over this one. Requires less of an install and a better interface
  • Printopia – Nice addition. I have several printers on my machine from different networks. Nice addition to also be able to “Print To Evernote” and “Print To Dropbox”
  • TuneUp – Was added while I was typing this. Wish it had iTunes Match support. Looks interesting though. UPDATE: Worthless. Continually looses connection to iTunes, doesn’t find many songs that are widely available, and support basically blames the user for any issues.
  • Moneybags – Was also added while I was writing this. May be better than MoneyWell, not sure yet. Gonna run both of them side by side for a while and see which one I like better. Only issue, it’s not signed with an Apple certificate so have to manually approve it to run. An annoyance for sure but one that can be quickly fixed by the developers.

Fantastical is Fantastic!

Yea, I did that. I bought Fantastical from the Mac App Store yesterday and have enjoyed it. It really is a great app for those that are always working on their calendars or are needing quick access.

The ONLY issues I’ve had with it thus far was right after I installed it, the “Getting Started” stuff froze the app for no visible reason. After forcible killing it in Activity Monitor and reloading the app, everything was as smooth as butter.

Things I like:

  • Month at a glance (The actual month, not events)
  • Variable event list (None to 31 days out).
  • Stays out of the way until I need it.
  • Event creation is a dream.

Speaking of event creation, tried out my first one earlier today (which prompted this post) for a weekly lunch with my family. It auto filled each field correctly and quickly. Better than iCal ever has.

If you’ve been wanting an app to help with scheduling, this one is worth the money.