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Comment: Re:Fox News? (Score 1) 682

by IcyWolfy (#47273747) Attached to: IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

Most of the large companies I've worked at; and the few government offices I've been at have all had very restrictive email policies.
Usually, 100-300mb of email space total.
3 month retention, before automatic deletion.

So, on day 91, emails just go away.
It's the best interest of the company normally, especially since they don't want to be liable for maintaining and keeping these archives to legal mandates, especially if one just goes missing. (Exchange does sometimes just, well, lose emails seemingly at random)

It doesn't stop the user to copy the email to a local folder on their desktop, but then, it's now a) against policy; b) not backed up, and c) subject to just vanishing as it's on a non-suported envirnomnet that's prone to being reimaged / upgraded.

Comment: Re:As a Canadian... (Score 1) 47

by IcyWolfy (#47273689) Attached to: 'Selfie' Helps Doctors Diagnose Mini-Stroke

Because MRIs and CT Scans are expensive, and aren't done for every crazy walk-in.
Most of the time, given an hour or two, everything resolves itself as transient.

As opposed to the US where everyone gets every damned test, and procedure because otherwise the patient may sue, it's how the rest of the world keeps medical costs in check. Don't perform unnecessary tests (as determined by the doctor, NOT an insurance company)

It probably didn't help that she was unable to convey her symptoms to the original doctor; as that probably would have caused them to suspect TIA; or it could be that the doctor she saw wasn't versed in it. Doctor's don't know everything, and tend to come to diagnosis related to their experience. Dietician: diet problem; Urologist: Sex-Hormone issue; Endocrinologist: General Hormone Issue GP: stress/lifestyle issue; Oncologist: possibly cancer.

This is why people need to always get second opinions if they are brushed off. If you get two "it's nothing" opinions, you either have something very rare that will cost lots of money to determine what it is, for minimal benefit -- or, it's actually nothing.

Comment: Re:Overreach as a bug, not a feature (Score 1) 248

The better situation is -- as a multinational company, they will have to obey all the laws of all the countries they operate within.

They can avoid this by closing the international centres and being located fully within the US.

But then, they would have to pay taxes. As they can't offshore their taxes from country to country; subsidiary to subsidiary to reduce liability to 0$.

So. Is less taxes worth more legal obligations -- for them, the answer is probably yes.

Comment: Re: next it will be illegal (Score 1) 314

by IcyWolfy (#47230439) Attached to: California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

I live a reasonable distance from the airport, so when anyone comes to town, they just call me / twitter me before their flight, and I drive them from the Airport to their location.
They give me money.
I probably do this 5 days a week; and make 1-2 trips a day.

Why is this legal for me to do? Becasue I personally "know" (twitter-know) the passenger?
If this is legal, then why can't Uber do something the same way -- post a twitter and
If this is not legal, then why can't I pick up friends coming in to town and have them compensate me for the cost of California Gas$$
THey're starting to paint themselves into a "because taxi" type of argument that can't be seperated out from private individuals doing the same thing.

Comment: Re:Too Late Microsoft (Score 1) 516

by IcyWolfy (#47158313) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

I personally like the changes, and most people at work (age group 35-50, non-tech people) agree that Windows 8 is a lot easier to use.
They did their research and people like the changes.
Just the vocal minority, of those against change don't.

I am glab to see the start menu go; it serves no purpose in the current UI and user experience flow, and returning it would be pointless.

Comment: Re:Comments based on experience? (Score 1) 516

by IcyWolfy (#47154887) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

I use it at home and work, and there is fundamentally no need for the start menu.
Of all the software that's installed on my computer, I just press the Windows key, and start typing the application name. Press enter.
It's all most people need.
As a regular user of the computer, I know what software is installed, and what I want to use. And I just start typing it away. There's no need to have a start menu so that you can browse installed software in the majority of the cases.

And, the main metro start screen (windows key landing page) is the "Pinned to start menu" where I just put all the applications I regularly use, in case I don't feel like typing 2 or 3 letters to bring it up. (And for other people using the computer as a guest). And I have Firefox and Twittr client pinned to my task bar.

I -can not- think of a single use case where I would -want- the start menu back.

Comment: Re: A useful case study because it's not catastrop (Score 1) 306

by IcyWolfy (#46825241) Attached to: ARIN Is Down To the Last<nobr> <wbr></nobr>/8 of IPv4 Addresses

That is wrong, first thing we learnt in class was (and from my textbook):
Slashdot doesn't support unicode, so, I'll be using romanization
@ = er golyam
j = i kratko

"In both e- and i- verbs, there is a lack of correspondance between pronunciation and spelling in the "I" and "they" forms:

cheta', cheta't are pronounced as if written chet@', chet@'t;
pi'ya, pi'yat are pronounced as if written pi'jo, pi'jot
In addition to other irregularities: s@bota, nominally /subota/, is often pronounced /supta/ (u in these examples are IPA (ram-horn)

Comment: Re:Grabs popcorn (Score 1) 518

by IcyWolfy (#46631491) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

And the Insurance companies love it (they are astill lobbying to get lane-splitting approved in other states, as it does decrease accident rates; most common being rear-ended by cars)

And the California Highway Patrol also released their "guideline" about lane splitting; with which they decide whether or not it's considered "unsafe driving" or not.

Comment: Re:Lifers? (Score 2) 597

by IcyWolfy (#46247939) Attached to: Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

This is handled in most other countries.
Yes, the cost is no longer an object to the student, however it doesn't mean the costs are paid in full arbitrarily.
The absolute costs repaid to the institutions are capped and based on attendance, pass-rates, student-count, etc.
And, it's also a fixed $/head count as well.

In Canada, this issue happened in the 90s when they were still phasing out Private Health Insurance for the Government Subsistance.
Basically came down to:

We'll pay you $100. BUT -- If you charge any co-pays, co-insurance, or any other administrative fees. Those will be taken out of your payment. (And finances sometimes dictated that their future payments are basically $0 untill everything they charged was cancelled out).

The net effect was they cut costs, and increased efficiencies -- more importantly, they cut salaries of the doctors, getting them in line with other professions. (10 years experience as an Electrical Engineer? You make 65k**. 10 years experience as a doctor? You make 75k**, etc.) It stopped wage inflation, which is good for the person, bad for society.

If they do the same for the College system here, it will have the levelling effect lowering salaries, and thus reducing the income gap. And keeping the costs under control. Some colleges will transistion poorly, others better; and there will be years of painful transition. But, in the end, the net result will be positive.

Though I'd say that the system should basically be:
Income is taxed at 3% while you're taking classes.
Income is taxed at 3% for 20 years of being a non-student.
You can go back, but then that 20 year time-frame resets itself.
With the average US salary of people over 25 being $35,000
That would mean on average, people would be paying about ~20,000 into the system.
Which is about the out-of-pocket cost for a degree in Canada at a 4-year university.

It's a good idea, the politicians just need a damned backbone to say :
That's all you get, lower salaries for the professors if you need to make ends meet.

If the health-care system was able to do that, the rising cost problem wouldn't be an issue.
But becasue insurance companies don't all band together to say "fuck you." doctors continue to get paid exhorborant amounts compared to doctors in most every other western country. Doctors in the US make on average 150-380k/yr depending on being GP or specialist. Doctors in Germany, Canada, Japan all make a (still very well off) 80-100k a year.
If you were able to take off $50,000-250,000 per doctor per year in this country, the health-care costs would quickly fall in line.
But people are too fucking greedy.

Comment: Re:...and everyone is above-average (Score 1) 229

The thing is, by making pay public, it basically forces companies to use a quality-of-work metric.

If someone makes more, but obviously doesn't pull weight, everyone else will be offended, and ask for raise to match, or have slackers pay reduced.

If someone makes less, but is quite valuable, he'll demand more money, or leave; rather this be content in his position/compensation blissfully unaware he's making less than people less important/productive than he.

The net effect is more merit pay, and leveling of wages.
Which in the end is better for everyone (except perhaps for companies wanting to be cheap)

Comment: Re:It's more like a stunt to me (Score 3, Interesting) 229

Back at a company I worked for in So Cal (2009)
We switched to publically maing available everyone's salary.

It basically quickly turned the tide on everyone there.
Those where were hard workers but paid less got raises,
And those making more but were obviously (to other developers) not pulling their weight, were either given a hefty salary cut, or let go.

The net effect, was everyone was happier, and wage equalization among the general seniority levels.

I personally thing this information should be made publically available across the country.
Wage equalization and stopping the money from poolings up the social ladder is worth it.
Large income disparities for "Silver tongued" and charismatic people shouldn't be allowed.

And net benefit: wages across geographic areas owuld balance out, as companies won't be able to
  : pay H1B people less/more
  : under/over pay people as co-workers would quickly be able to tell if someone is under-performing
  : ability to easily switch companies with knowledge of their pay-grades
  : ability for companies to lure talented people by simply paying more making it more attractive
        - but not be able to do so on one-off bases, as existing staff would be offended
        - so wage leveling. Pay everyone more, or offer new person less.

This would be awesome to implement.

Comment: Re:Cop was "in his car"? (Score 1) 1010

by IcyWolfy (#45600353) Attached to: EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

It became illegal here to have a car unlocked like 10 years ago.
Sales of remote car starters increased.
I think it was mainly due to the rare car-thefts of people going outside, starting the car, and then letting it warm up outside while they get ready in the cold winter mornings.

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. -- Bill Vaughn