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Comment: US Military lets you retire at 38 (Score 1) 277

by davidwr (#49766323) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment


The US military and some US civilian jobs such as FBI agents let you retire with full benefits after 20 years of service. The US military allows you to retire at 100% of base pay plus benefits at 40 years of service (typically age 58 for those enlisting straight out of high school).

Comment: Greece can pull out Re:Soverign debt (Score 1) 277

by davidwr (#49766275) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

Treaty or no treaty, any Eurozone country can pull out just by declaring themselves no longer in the Eurozone and declaring that all existing sovereign debt owed by them is hereby converted into the new national currency and if the creditors don't like it tough on them.

Yes, there will be a price to pay. Technically, the other countries could declare war on Greece for breaking the treaty but that's not going to happen. Much more likely, they'll just stop doing business with Greece and its citizens and companies and possibly pass laws making it hard for their citizens and companies to do business with Greece or its citizens and companies.

The question for Greece is: What is your least-painful option?

Comment: Ex-offender-residency restrictions are bad (Score 1) 156

by davidwr (#49755095) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely

This is another reason restricting "ex offenders are not allowed to live in this neighborhood because it is too close to a church/school/park/bus-stop/bank/check-cashing-business/bar/adult-entertainment-venue/etc" rules are bad ideas.

I'm not saying it's a bad idea to tell a particular offender who is on parole or probation he can't live in a given area as a condition of release, or that a particular ex-offender has to stay away from his past victims, but it is a terrible idea to have entire neighborhoods "off limits" to all ex-offenders or all ex-offenders of a given class (e.g. ex-gangbangers, etc.).

+ - Jason Scott of Wants Your AOL & Shovelware CDs-> 1

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes: You've probably got a spindle in your close tor a drawer full of CD-ROM media mailed to you or delivered with some hardware that you put away "just in case" and now (ten years later) the case for actually using them is laughable. Well, a certain mentally ill individual named Jason Scott has a fever and the only cure is more AOL CDs. But his sickness doesn't stop there, "I also want all the CD-ROMs made by Walnut Creek CD-ROM. I want every shovelware disc that came out in the entire breadth of the CD-ROM era. I want every shareware floppy, while we’re talking. I want it all. The CD-ROM era is basically finite at this point. It’s over. The time when we’re going to use physical media as the primary transport for most data is done done done. Sure, there’s going to be distributions and use of CD-ROMs for some time to come, but the time when it all came that way and when it was in most cases the only method of distribution in the history books, now. And there were a specific amount of CD-ROMs made. There are directories and listings of many that were manufactured. I want to find those. I want to image them, and I want to put them up. I’m looking for stacks of CD-ROMs now. Stacks and stacks. AOL CDs and driver CDs and Shareware CDs and even hand-burned CDs of stuff you downloaded way back when. This is the time to strike." Who knows? His madness may end up being appreciated by younger generations!
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Comment: Re:DHI (Score 1) 11

by mcgrew (#49728813) Attached to: Dice Holdings Inc is now "DHI"

Ever since they changed it so I have a goddamned horizontal scroll (are they on crack?) I've only come by occasionally to look at journals.

Look, Dumbass Holdings Idiots, there's no reason whatever short of GROSS incompetence to introduce a horizontal scroll on a widescreen format notebook!! I'm all for hiring the handicapped, but you don't hire Ray Charles to be a bus driver and you don't hire the educationally handicapped to code...

Although I suspect it may be retarded PHBs than retarded coders. Someone is obviously VERY stupid. The idiotic mistakes I see should NOT happen at a so-called "nerd" site.

+ - Four quasars found clustered together defy current cosmological expectations

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang writes: Get a supermassive black hole feeding on matter, particularly on large amounts of cool, dense gas, and you're likely to get a quasar: a luminous, active galaxy emitting radiation from the radio all the way up through the X-ray. Our best understanding and observations indicate that these objects should be rare, transient, and isolated; no more than two have ever been found close together before. Until this discovery, that is, where we just found four within a million light years of one another, posing a problem for our current theories of structure formation in the Universe.

Comment: Don't forget chromatic abberation (Score 1) 123

by davidwr (#49719327) Attached to: Prenda's Old Copyright Trolls Are Suing People Again

Blue- and red-pixels adjacent or lined up on top of each other? Unless we are looking at them straight on, those get cross-ways and overlap or no longer line up for those of us wearing thick glasses. Not only can this cause distractions and headaches, but in some cases like a poorly-done bar chart it can actually lead to me reading the bar chart differently than a person with thinner glasses, contacts, or 20/20 vision.

+ - North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: In February, when the FCC rolled out its net neutrality rules, it also voted to override state laws that let Texas and North Carolina block ISPs created by local governments and public utilities. These laws frequently leave citizens facing a monopoly or duopoly with no recourse, so the FCC abolished them. Now, North Carolina has sued the FCC to get them back. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper claims, "the FCC unlawfully inserted itself between the State and the State’s political subdivisions." He adds that the new rule is "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion within the meaning of the Administrative Procedure Act; and is otherwise contrary to law."
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Comment: Even if they were, it would be different (Score 2) 123

by davidwr (#49719125) Attached to: Prenda's Old Copyright Trolls Are Suing People Again

In the case of the BSA, you can easily identify all legitimate plaintiffs - there is usually only 1 per possible violation - and it or they can authorize the BSA to act on its behalf.

Even if every ADA-advocacy-group signed on with Prenda, Prenda could still not speak for individuals who were not members of these groups, and it could not speak for those who were members of the groups unless the individuals had authorized the groups to act as their legal representatives in such cases.

In short, Prenda is saying "settle with us" without saying "but oh by the way there are millions of potential plaintiffs out there who can sue you over this same issue tomorrow."

If that isn't worthy of sanctions by the state bar associations, it should be.

Comment: Don't pay the dane-geld (Score 5, Interesting) 123

by davidwr (#49719081) Attached to: Prenda's Old Copyright Trolls Are Suing People Again

Unlike a copyright claim that only has one potential plaintiff, EVERY disabled person in America is a potential plaintiff, as well as your state's Attorney General and the US Attorney General.

Plus, once you've been sued, you can no longer claim ignorance if someone else sues you over the same issue later.

The only proper response is to say "thank you for informing us of the problem" and if there is an actual violation, fix it or find some legal work-around (You have excess bathrooms that aren't ADA-compliant? Close them down. Is there a way to apply for a waiver? Apply. Etc. etc.). But do not pay the dane-geld or you will never get rid of the "Dane".

Oh, and yes, these guys should be disbarred for offering to settle a claim when they know good and well they cannot speak for all potential plaintiffs AND they know good and well that if a settlement is reached, it will at least temporarily defeat the purpose and intent of the law.

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