Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 634

by orgelspieler (#48884501) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?
Citation needed. Prove to me that recreation pot use on the weekend is somehow a "public safety" issue for the guy sweeping the floor at the Magic Kingdom. Now vaccinations, on the other hand, really are a public safety issue because the public is harmed by a lack of herd immunity. Just look at the current situation.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 634

by orgelspieler (#48884477) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

The entire guilty until proven innocent is for criminal and civil trials

Actually, it's only for criminal trials. Civil trials are decided on the basis of "the preponderance of evidence."

No, I'm pretty sure he had it right. These days you're guilty until proven innocent in both types of trials. Hell, you may not even see a courtroom, if your "crime" fits the narrative of the day. The press will make your life hell anyway. Terrorism, sexual assault, drugs.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 4, Interesting) 634

by orgelspieler (#48884439) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Nearly all companies worth working for have drug testing requirements. So it's not as easy as "you don't have to work for them." You effectively can't work for anybody in entire swaths of industry for doing something that is so harmless, several states have decided to legalize it. Do companies check to make sure you aren't violating other laws? Certainly. Do they make you prove your innocence on a quarterly basis? Of course not. That only happens with drug use.

Some employers even have you sign agreements not to drink in public, drive 5 mph under the speed limit, stay under a certain weight, or my personal favorite-- back in to all parking spots. Let's not forget some companies (e.g. church schools) still fire people for being gay. My employer doesn't allow me to post negative comments about my company on forums. Should this shit be legal?

Seems to me that if a person is doing their job well, that a company shouldn't have the right to fire them. I live in an "at will" state. We can fire somebody because the sky is cloudy, and they can't do anything about it. That seems pretty fucked up to me.

Comment: Re:His ties to the KKK? (Score 5, Insightful) 414

It's David fucking Duke. You can't be a politician from Louisiana and NOT know who he is. How do you go speak at a group and not do even a little bit of research on what they stand for? He may not be a neo-Nazi, but he's completely ignorant when it comes to political appearances. How does a guy like that make it to a leadership position in the Republican party?

Comment: And five minutes later... (Score 0) 237

by Samantha Wright (#48858215) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

...Someone from the back row shouts out "Because our AdSense profile has determined you were visiting websites about cigarettes recently, your health insurance premium has gone up by 5% and you will probably die slightly sooner. Remember, [i]f you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place!"

Is it cynicism if you're just using a Markov chain to predict what other Slashdotters will say?

(Although obviously this is auto insurance, so I'm sure someone can translate the threat appropriately.)

Comment: Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (Score 3) 417

by orgelspieler (#48812637) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US
Don't be naive, you know damn well that it doesn't stop at "talking to congressional representatives." The founding fathers never meant for the right to petition to translate into "The right for multibillion dollar international conglomerates to take congressmen on luxurious junkets where they can be educated on the need to propose and pass legislation that has been helpfully written by ALEC." Lobbying firms don't just petition. They bribe. They cajole. They threaten. If it was as simple as petitioning government, why would they need 8 or 9 figure annual budgets? And don't even get me started on SuperPACs.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 319

3. Those limits imposed by society. i.e. I'm not allowed to make wiener jokes around my wife's friends. But this isn't a legal limitation, it's a "I don't want to get hit with pots and pans" limitation.

Is that really so different from "I don't want to get get shot at or firebombed by fans of the prophet." Using violence or threats of violence to curb unwanted speech is an age-old phenomenon. I am surprised that people are just now getting rankled about it.

I'm a little befuddled by your conflation of European free speech curbing and the run-up to WWII. Keep in mind that most of the press during WWII was very right-wing and pro-fascist. And not just in Germany. There were several US and British newspapers that saw nothing wrong with Brownshirts destroying the godless communists and social democrats. In fact, it was common for the pro-fascists to hide behind free speech laws when "marching." They would claim it was just a legal protest against social democrats (and Jews). But that's a little off-topic and lot Godwin.

+ - Seismological Society of America Claims Fracking Reactivated Ohio Fault-> 1

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "There have been suspicions that fracking has caused minor earthquakes in Ohio but last year seismic data recorded by the Earthscope Transportable Array was analyzed by the Seismological Society of America using template matching and has resulted in a new publication and press release making the statement that Hilcorp Energy's fracking in Poland Township in March of 2014 "did not create a new fault, rather it activated one that we didn’t know about prior to the seismic activity." The earthquakes occurred in the Precambrian basement and lead the researchers to posit that further unknown faults may be activated by fracking. The press release ends with urging for "close cooperation among government, industry and the scientific community as hydraulic fracturing operations expand in areas where there’s the potential for unknown pre-existing faults.""
Link to Original Source

"Being against torture ought to be sort of a bipartisan thing." -- Karl Lehenbauer