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Comment: Re:Sound Familiar Anyone?? (Score 1) 875

SWA has a right to say who can and cannot occupy their airplanes, and they may place conditions upon that occupancy as they see fit.

Their plane, their rules. Property rights unquestionably trump free speech rights. If someone walks onto my property and holds up a sign, I can kick them off my property and it is not a violation of their free speech rights.

Comment: Re:Illegal! (Score 1) 875

Trespassing is illegal. Without a valid boarding pass, it is illegal for them to be in the secure area of an airport.

If SWA canceled their boarding pass, they would not only be guilty of simple trespass upon airport property, but also in violation of DHS regulations for being in the secure area without a boarding pass.

I doubt the gate attendant was actually rude to him, too, in which case he would probably be found liable for slander and/or defamation as well.

All that happened here was that he got pissed because he didn't get to break the rules. I have no sympathy for him at all, whatsoever.

Comment: Re:HMOs (Score 1) 59

by EmagGeek (#47556173) Attached to: UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test

The reason the federal government is making recommendations for reduced testing is to decrease the cost of care it lays out for Medicare, Medicaid, and PPACA patients. The cost studies prior to the passing of PPACA revealed that not only would the cost of "standard" diagnostic testing add billions/year to the cost of the program, but also that there simply are not enough resources available for everyone over 40 to have an annual mammogram.

It looks as if the relaxed prostate, mammogram, and colonoscopy recommendations didn't really do much to stop the cost of PPACA from spiraling completely out of control, though. It will be interesting to see what happens to cancer rates as a result of reducing diagnostic coverage as well. I somehow doubt they will go down.

Comment: Empirical study!?!? (Score 1) 59

by EmagGeek (#47556127) Attached to: UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test

Don't these people know that those aren't allowed anymore? A proper study is done by massing a large amount of meta-statistics taken from other studies of large amounts of meta-statistics to create an entirely new conclusion based on the new population data.

Who the hell actually studies the relationships of cause and effect between actual variables in a real experiment anymore?

Comment: To answer the question directly (Score 5, Informative) 105

by EmagGeek (#47552309) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

"If you were feeling especially paranoid, but wanted to keep the hardware intact for the next user, what would you do?"

To me these are mutually exclusive. If I was feeling especially paranoid, I would probably hurl the thing into a cauldron of molten lava, because, you know, the definition of being especially paranoid is an intense fear of others invading our privacy or being out to get you.

Disposing of my tablet by giving it to another person is wholly incompatible with your premise of me feeling especially paranoid.


Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale? 105

Posted by timothy
from the link-free-cloth-and-a-.45 dept.
UrsaMajor987 (3604759) writes I have a Asus Transformer tablet that I dropped on the floor. There is no obvious sign of damage but It will no longer boot. Good excuse to get a newer model. I intend to sell it for parts (it comes with an undamaged keyboard) or maybe just toss it. I want to remove all my personal data. I removed the flash memory card but what about the other storage? I know how to wipe a hard drive, but how do you wipe a tablet? If you were feeling especially paranoid, but wanted to keep the hardware intact for the next user, what would you do?

Comment: Rely on Reputation? (Score 1) 273

Seriously, please.

There is no need to believe in a phone-slowing conspiracy, just like there was no need to believe that Google or Apple was tracking users and saving location data, and there was no need to believe that Google was sniffing and storing unencrypted wifi traffic wherever its street view cars went, and there was no need to believe that government was saving all of our emails...

Sure. Tell me another good one.

Comment: Re:One small way I try to help. (Score 1) 312

I do the same thing. I let whatever wants to grow, grow, so long as it doesn't mind being no taller than about 4 inches. We have all kinds of strange things living in our yard that I am positive would not be there if we had your typical toxic waste pit of an American yard.

We're also in the woods, and I make no effort to remove felled trees (except to remove trees that are threatening falling on the house), allowing them instead to decompose on the floor of the woods like they are supposed to.

What is alarming to me is the presence of several invasive species. We have asian giant hornets, land planariums (which are ***seriously*** bad things to have), and other asian insects that presumably hopped rides in shipping containers from the far east.

These invasive species have no natural predators and their populations are soaring. We had a tree fall this summer in a period of heavy rain, and the root ball was just infested with planariums. These things compete with earthworms for resources, but do not excrete anything useful into the soil, so areas that get infested with them cannot grow flora very well, and trees can die.


Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later 536

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the waiting-for-the-laser-vision-option dept.
gunner_von_diamond (3461783) happened upon Ask Slashdot: Experiences with Laser Eye Surgery from ten years ago, and asks: I was just reading a story on /. from 10 years ago about Lasik Eye Surgery. Personally, I've had Lasik done and loved every single part of the surgery. I went from wearing contacts/glasses every day to having 20/15 vision! In the older post, everyone seemed to be cautious about it, waiting for technical advances before having the surgery. Today, the surgery is fairly inexpensive [even for a programmer :) ], takes about 10-15 minutes, and I recovered from the surgery that same day. So my question is: what is holding everyone else back from freeing themselves from contacts and glasses?

Comment: Re:Thank Government, not Microsoft (Score 1) 282

It's really all about appearances. If an employee leaves and then wants to come back as a contractor right away, it creates the appearance of impropriety. For example, let's say you are being audited and you tell the IRS that you cannot participate in the Audit because your computer crashed two days after receiving the audit letter. The appearance there is that you received the letter and then destroyed incriminating evidence.

The IRS does not like this one bit, and takes such maneuvers seriously. Anything that an entity or person does that seems suspicious will be assumed to be criminal, especially the "convenient" loss or destruction of evidence.

Comment: Thank Government, not Microsoft (Score 2) 282

This has only to do with labor laws and how contractors can be reclassified as regular employees under certain circumstances. For example, an employee cannot "quit" and then come back right away as a contractor to make more money. The IRS does not like this, because most of the time it is done by employees with extraordinarily long commutes or other ways to take huge deductions from their gross.

It also prevents companies firing employees only to hire them back as contractors to avoid paying benefits and FICA taxes.

Microsoft is only making sure they do not run afoul of labor laws. Because, you know, in its zeal to "protect" workers, the government would be all too happy to fine Microsoft millions of dollars and then not give a dime of the fine money to affected workers.

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