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Comment: Re: FTA (Score 1) 302

by Crewdawg (#43886547) Attached to: Oculus VR Co-founder Andrew Reisse Killed In Auto Collision

I stand corrected. Either way, this was not a running a stop sign car chase. It started with a physical alteration, leading to someone ring fatally shot. The car being chased was known to be full of criminals at the time it was being chased.

The point still stands that the police could have stopped the chase. The outcome may not have changed.

Comment: Re:Shit Happens (Score 1) 428

by Crewdawg (#38878359) Attached to: Mechanic's Mistake Trashes $244 Million Aircraft

When ever a large aircraft is being moved, the tug driver cannot see or judge distances to/from the wingtips or tail adequately. An individual called a wing (or tail) walker is assigned to each wingtip / tail to watch and make sure the wing will not strike anything. This way the driver is only responsible for looking at the three walkers for thumbs up or other affirmative indication, and stopping if any of them indicate. The tow supervisor acts as another set of eyes, and can direct the tug driver as needed.

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Comment: Re:FCC approved this? (Score 1) 118

by Crewdawg (#35153414) Attached to: 4G Broadband May Jam GPS

IFR does not, in any airplane, rely solely on GPS. In fact, in many situations the information from GPS is weighted well below the information from other sources which can be much more accurate. This is especially the case in situations where IFR is the most important, namely approach and departure.

Well this isn't entirely true and neither is the GP. There are more published Instrument Landing System (ILS) runways using Localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) than there are traditional CAT I systems. These rely solely on GPS with WAAS. While WAAS are ground based references they require no equipment or changes to the particular airport.

Comment: Re:It's probably cheaper than the alternatives (Score 4, Informative) 222

by Crewdawg (#32071222) Attached to: Should the Gov't Pay For Injured Man's Wii?

My wife works in Occupational Therapy and they utilize the Wii for hand eye coordination with people recovering from strokes, as well as other injuries. It provides immediate feedback of both fine and gross motor skills.

If there were more specific "games" designed around therapy I think there it would be a valid mechanism for treatment. I'm not sure Wii Fit and Super Mario Party are maximizing the potential.

Comment: Re:What about the expected after hours... (Score 1) 582

by Crewdawg (#29019137) Attached to: Working Off the Clock, How Much Is Too Much?

I should note you are partially correct if an employee is paid on hourly basis, they must be at $27 an hour and are still exempt from overtime pay. However they would still be paid straight time for hours worked over.

From: http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/regs/compliance/fairpay/fs17e_computer.htm

To qualify for the computer employee exemption, the following tests must be met:

        * The employee must be compensated either on a salary or fee basis at a rate not less than $455 per week or, if compensated on an hourly basis, at a rate not less than $27.63 an hour;
        * The employee must be employed as a computer systems analyst, computer programmer, software engineer or other similarly skilled worker in the computer field performing the duties described below;
        * The employeeâ(TM)s primary duty must consist of:
                  1. The application of systems analysis techniques and procedures, including consulting with users, to determine hardware, software or system functional specifications;
                  2. The design, development, documentation, analysis, creation, testing or modification of computer systems or programs, including prototypes, based on and related to user or system design specifications;
                  3. The design, documentation, testing, creation or modification of computer programs related to machine operating systems; or
                  4. A combination of the aforementioned duties, the performance of which requires the same level of skills.

Comment: Re:What about the expected after hours... (Score 1) 582

by Crewdawg (#29018487) Attached to: Working Off the Clock, How Much Is Too Much?
Your post is correct with the exception of the 80k part, salary exemption by law starts at 24k. That's the easy part to meet, the other stuff is harder for employee to prove. That being said there is an exemption for highly technical individuals that employers sometimes try to hide behind.

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