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Comment: Re:From Jack Brennan's response (Score 1) 772

by Major Blud (#48559591) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

"No, but that's not the point"

So we should just ignore them and let them get on with it? I'd love to hear your non-violent solutions.

Look at how many innocent civilian casualties there were in Dresden, Rotterdam, Warsaw, Tokyo, London, Coventry, etc etc. The U.S. could easily do the same thing to Mecca, Riyadh, Kabul, etc etc. I think we've moved on from that.

Comment: Re:From Jack Brennan's response (Score 1) 772

by Major Blud (#48559123) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Please mod this up.

Some people seem to have the idea that all of this is the fault of U.S. policies. Sure, maybe...but if we were suddenly stopped recognizing Israel, bombing Yemen/Iraq/Syria/Afganhistan, and left middle-east affairs completely, would ISIS/Al-Qaeda/Taliban call off their aggression? If you believe they would, then I have a bridge to sell you. These three organizations don't just hate America, they hate the entire western way of life, and has pretty much been their M.O. from the beginning. Look up their policies on women, religious tolerance, and free speech for more info. But hey, I guess we're supposed to tolerate intolerance.

I don't think torture should be a U.S. policy, but please don't try to make out ISIS/Al-Qaeda/Taliban out to be good guys fighting for a good cause. You know, those SS guys were just trying to spread their way of life through Europe because of the unjust Versailles treaty (Oh My Godwin!).

+ - Should IT professionals be exempt from overtime?-> 1

Submitted by Paul Fernhout
Paul Fernhout (109597) writes "Nick Hanauer's a billionaire who made his fortune as one of the original investors in Amazon. He suggests President Obama should restore US overtime regulations to the 1970s to boost the economy (quoted by PBS NewsHour):
"In 1975, more than 65 percent of salaried American workers earned time-and-a-half pay for every hour worked over 40 hours a week. Not because capitalists back then were more generous, but because it was the law. It still is the law, except that the value of the threshold for overtime pay--the salary level at which employers are required to pay overtime--has been allowed to erode to less than the poverty line for a family of four today. Only workers earning an annual income of under $23,660 qualify for mandatory overtime. You know many people like that? Probably not. By 2013, just 11 percent of salaried workers qualified for overtime pay, according to a report published by the Economic Policy Institute. And so business owners like me have been able to make the other 89 percent of you work unlimited overtime hours for no additional pay at all.
    The Obama administration could, on its own, go even further. Many millions of Americans are currently exempt from the overtime rules--teachers, federal employees, doctors, computer professionals, etc.--and corporate leaders are lobbying hard to expand "computer professional" to mean just about anybody who uses a computer. Which is almost everybody. But were the Labor Department instead to narrow these exemptions, millions more Americans would receive the overtime pay they deserve. Why, you might ask, are so many workers exempted from overtime? That's a fair question. To be truthful, I have no earthly idea why. What I can tell you is that these exemptions work out very well for your employers. ...
    In the information economy of the 21st century, it is not capital accumulation that creates growth and prosperity, but, rather, the virtuous cycle of innovation and demand. The more innovators and entrepreneurs we have converting ideas into products and services, the higher our standard of living, and the more people who can afford to consume these products and services, the greater the incentive to innovate. Thus, the key to growth and prosperity is to fully include as many Americans as possible in our economy, both as innovators and consumers.
    In plain English, the real economy is you: Raise wages, and one increases demand. Increase demand and one increases jobs, wages and innovation. The real economy is simply the interplay between consumers and businesses. On the other hand, as we've learned from the past 40 years of slow growth and record stock buybacks, not even an infinite supply of capital can persuade a CEO to hire more workers absent demand for the products and services they produce.
    The twisted irony is, when you work more hours for less pay, you hurt not only yourself, you hurt the real economy by depressing wages, increasing unemployment and reducing demand and innovation. Ironically, when you earn less, and unemployment is high, it even hurts capitalists like me. ..."

If overtime pay is generally good for the economy, should most IT professionals really be exempt from overtime regulations?"

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Comment: Re:What's the Difference? (Score 1) 102

by Major Blud (#48373175) Attached to: Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

"What's the difference between Oracle and MySQL"

Well now that Oracle owns both, not much really :-)

I've always felt that the biggest threat to Oracle has almost always been MS SQL Server, especially in the past few years. Unfortunately for MS, when they changed their licensing model with SQL 2012, the threat has waned to a certain degree.

Comment: Is there hope? (Score 1) 140

This isn't a "cure" per say, as you'd still have to take verapamil on a daily basis. You'd just be replacing one drug (insulin) with another (verapamil). You'd need less insulin though, and the verapamil will probably help regulate glucose levels more closely. I'm sure verapamil comes with a nice list of side effects of it's own though.

As someone with Type 1, I really want to be hopeful about this.....but it seems like we've been 5 years away from a cure for the last 30 years now.

Comment: Danger (Score 2) 40

by Major Blud (#48328309) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Robert Ballard About Ocean Exploration

I know that quite a bit of the exploration that you've done has been with ROV's, but you've also been down in the deep yourself in the Alvin submersible. Was there ever a time during one of your expeditions where you feared for your life?

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, and for helping to inspire my interest in science. I was a young when the Titanic and Bismarck were found, and I can still remember the excitement and wonder I felt during those two events.

Comment: Re:happens anywhere... (Score 1) 284

by Major Blud (#48260573) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

"yeah, the jobs WE DON'T WANT TO DO..."

How does this relate to H1B's? There are plenty of people in the U.S. that WANT to work in the information technology field. The examples you gave don't make sense either....I'm pretty sure your friends convenience store and the bus company don't sponsor H1B's.

+ - Barometers in iPhones: Crowdsourcing weather forecasts 1

Submitted by cryptoz
cryptoz (878581) writes "Apple is now adding barometers to its mobile devices: both new iPhones have valuable atmospheric pressure sensors being used for HealthKit (step counting). Since many Android devices have been carrying barometers for years, scientists like Cliff Mass have been using the sensor data to improve weather forecasts. Open source data collection projects like PressureNet on Android automatically collect and send the atmospheric sensor data to researchers."

Comment: Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (Score 1) 367

Being a Type 1 myself, these things interest me as well. The FDA has a nice write-up on it:

"The manufacturing of beef insulin for human use in the U.S. was discontinued in 1998. In 2006, the manufacturing of pork insulin (Iletin II) for human use was discontinued."

We don't know who it was that discovered water, but we're pretty sure that it wasn't a fish. -- Marshall McLuhan