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I support the ACA. But the SCOTUS got it wrong

I like the ACA. I wish it went farther to actually be a single payer plan.

But the SCOTUS was wrong.

The text in the ACA was clear. Income-based subsidies were to be provided to citizens using exchanges established by the states. I'm guessing they expected every state would create its own exchange, but only 16 states did. If the writers of the law realized that most states wouldn't establish their own exchange, would they have changed that language? Probably. The intent was to provide subsidies to all who needed them. But that's not the wording.

Roberts called the phrase at issue "ambiguous". It's not. It's very clear. He says himself, the "most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase" would only give subsidies to those using state establed exchanges. It's only ambiguous if you believe the only acceptable outcome is to keep the ACA going and so you have to work backwards from there.

Judges are to rule based on the text of the laws, only go to intent if the text is unclear or contradictory. This set a precedent that allows judges to rewrite legislation to "fix" it. And that's a VERY dangerous precedent.

I'm glad the ACA lives. I think we're going to regret this decision in the future.

Posted on June 25, 2015, 8:56 am

Donald Brown

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SDCC is only a couple weeks to go.

I'm both excited and more than a little scared. I'm hopeful that my enjoyment of a celebration of geekiness will overcome my fear of crowds.

I've got most of the things I need for it. A few last minute things - sun screen, water bottles, etc.

Posted on June 23, 2015, 1:33 am

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What I'd do with Twitter

Everyone's putting in their two cents on what they'd do if they were chosen as CEO for Twitter. Well, the first thing I'd do is decline (I'm not CEO material) but here are the changes I'd make.

First the "Do this immediately" list:

  • Double maximum tweet length to 280. Yes, that number is just as arbitrary as 140, but it's a first easy step to loose the bounds without changing the nature of Twitter.
  • Change the video landing page. If you get a link from third party software or something to a video uploaded to Twitter, you get a very stark page, no text, no links, just the video. Make that page part of the Twitter experience.

Longer term:

  • Allow third party clients again. Set requirements for how tweets are to be displayed, require them to also display sponsored tweets. But allow mixing with other services. Don't be the one left out.
  • Have a way to add "long-form" text to a tweet, the way pictures are attached to a tweet.
  • Make links attributes to the link, rather than part of the link (and so part of the 280 characters)
  • Have a way to "follow" hashtags or search terms so they automatically appear in the timeline.

Posted on June 19, 2015, 9:15 pm

Donald Brown

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Going to SDCC, getting ready

Going to San Diego Comic Con for the first time this year. Looking forward to it, but with some trepedation - not a big fan of crowds or lines and I know I'm going to encounter both. But should be interesting.

Been gearing up for the convention, first general convention I've been to in a long time (have attended Strategicon, want to again in the future).

Had to get some batteries to recharge the iPhone and iPad, got a nice big bag for both my necessities and the swag I'll pick up along the way. Gonna get a folding stool for some of the longer waits.

Was considering going in costume, but decided against it. I just can't do anything that would be anything but embarassing compared to what others are making.

Posted on May 16, 2015, 7:43 pm

Donald Brown

What I want for my iPhone case

I got an iPhone 6 a few months ago, and I like it. I've got a Benuo case (link with affiliate code) and on the whole I like it. I want protection for the screen as well as the back. But I want more.

Here's the case I'd want to buy, if someone made it:

  • Flap or similar that protects the screen while in my pocket
  • Battery backup integrated into the case in case I need to go two or three days without recharging
  • A spot to hold my earbuds, so if I've got my phone, I've got my earbuds

Yes, these would make the phone a bit bigger and thicker, but that's not a big concern of mine (so long as it doesn't get crazy). 

Posted on May 15, 2015, 7:45 am

Donald Brown

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