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Comment: Re:nice try but waste of legal fees (Score 2) 311

by Kierthos (#49356989) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

And the silly thing is supposed to apply to seasonal workers as well, so 3-4 months of employment creates an 18-month non-compete clause?

Yeah, not only should this not be enforceable, but whoever at Amazon thought this was a good idea should have their head removed from their arse.

Comment: So, dumb question(s)... (Score 4, Interesting) 342

by NecroPuppy (#49283929) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

But is the 25% tax lower than what they'd pay if they hadn't diverted profits? Equal? More?

To actually discourage diversion of profit, wouldn't the penalty have to be higher, or at least equal to, what they're avoiding?

And does anyone not think that this will lead to tech companies having field trips to Hollywood to learn their style of creative accounting?

Comment: Re:All the more reason... (Score 1) 248

by Kierthos (#49087957) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers

To be completely safe from any unwanted software on the laptop, strike the laptop repeatedly with a 10-pound sledgehammer.

Once the laptop has been reduced to a pile of plastic and metal shards, it is now safe to use. (Provided you wear safety gloves when handling the shards.)

Comment: Re:Oops! (Score 1) 255

by Kierthos (#49031281) Attached to: Jeb Bush Publishes Thousands of Citizens' Email Addresses

I'm curious how the Albigensian Crusade was against a Muslim war of conquest.

Also, consider this. When the Muslims invaded and largely controlled the Iberian peninsula, they still allowed Christians and Jews to keep their faith (they were not required to convert). They did have to pay an additional tax if they did not convert.

After the Reconquista (when the various Spanish kings kicked the Muslims armies out of the Iberian peninsula), Muslims and Jews were given the "choice" of convert or be expelled. I mean, you could argue that for the Muslims who had moved in, it was somewhat to be expected, but for the Jews?

Oh, and of course, the Reconquista also led to the Spanish Inquisition, but that hardly matters, right?

Comment: Re:Oops! (Score 2) 255

by Kierthos (#49029173) Attached to: Jeb Bush Publishes Thousands of Citizens' Email Addresses

He's not blaming current Christians. He's saying that if we're going to make the fallacy of blaming the Islam religion for all sorts of shit, we have to admit that the history of Christianity isn't exactly all warm fuzzy bunnies either.

And let's face it, when you have idiots like Eric Bolling saying that followers of every other religion (besides Islam) have never killed anyone in the name of religion, well, yeah, apparently we need to be reminded that they have.

Comment: Re:Don't forget weight (mass) (Score 2) 239

by Kierthos (#48952883) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate

The claim is that 11 out of the 12 footballs provided by New England were deflated AFTER they had been checked by the NFL officials.

A few hours before the game starts, the officials check the footballs provided by both teams to make sure they are properly inflated. (Proper inflation is between 12.5 and 13.5 PSI.)

The footballs are then held by the officials until prior to the game, where they are handed over to the equipment managers for each team to take to that team's sideline area.

Now, at halftime, the officials checked the pressure on the Patriot's footballs again. (This is not standard procedure, as in this is not done in every game.) 11 out of the 12 footballs were found to be under the required minimum pressure of 12.5 PSI. Depending on which report/news article you read, they were under-inflated by 1 to 2 PSI.

Weather conditions (lower temperature on the field compared to the room where the initial pressure check occurred) could lower the pressure of the footballs, but it apparently did not do so (at least to the same extend) for the Colts' footballs. Hence, the charge that someone (or more than one) in the Patriots' organization deliberately deflated the footballs.

Comment: Re:So what was the result?? (Score 1) 497

by Kierthos (#48875021) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Most Congressional districts are, thanks to gerrymandering and the advantage of incumbency, safe districts. It pretty much requires a Congresscritter being caught in a scandal, choosing to retire, dying in office, or really cheesing off your electorate for the position to change hands. (Yes, I'm simplifying it.)

Comment: Re:Not "like Slashdot" (Score 2) 225

by Kierthos (#48865565) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

As an atheist, I typically just ignore the religion posts on FB, unless they're by certain friends, who tend to post interesting stuff (i.e. not dogmatic "DIE UNBELIEVER") on the topic. I mean, just because I'm an atheist doesn't mean I don't occasionally want to read more on what, for example, the Pope is saying on a topic.

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