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Comment: Re:Why Apple? (Score 1) 193

by Maxo-Texas (#48631699) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Because apple may have problems selling their devices when the public is informed of the horrific abuses (deaths, suicide, maiming, cancer) involved in their pretty products.

When opens users of iphones up to comments from others about how evil their phones are and how could they buy a phone built with such evil methods. And when they are made to think about how evil the build process is- some of them feel uncomfortable.

And because apple builds enough of the devices that it can be identified by reporters unlike many other essentially anonymous unknown products that are less famous.

Comment: Re:Yeah, sure, any day now... (Score 1) 65

by Maxo-Texas (#48623871) Attached to: A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

I think you would agree that if a farmer is 20 miles from any other connection point that no company or municipality should be legally required to run that farmer a line and charge the same price as they do for a line in an urban neighborhood.

If we decide that we want to provide that as the federal government- cool. Tho it would be pretty damn irritating to find we are running subsidized internet out to some wealthy lady's wilderness estate because she put in 10 acres of hay.

There are alternative solutions (like satellite) but they are more expensive. And that's the trade off you get for living away from other people. You can't share services and costs. You don't pay city taxes.

Everything we decide to do is a trade off. Alaskan Fishermen who are maimed and even killed while fishing for us don't get inexpensive high speed internet either. Neither do game wardens living in remote lodges in national parks. And we don't provide any of them the same level of police, fire, and water service either.

It's not a question of saying they do or do not deserve it. It's prioritization of limited resources. Do you run high speed internet to Fred the Farmer for $20,000 or do you pave a street or buy a new fire engine or buy the new police cruiser?

Especially when changes in technology may allow Fred the farmer to have high speed internet for $120 a month in a couple years.

But if we had unlimited resources- sure. Give the farmer's high speed internet with no extra charge for the extra hardware they require.

Comment: Re:Does the job still get done? (Score 2) 658

by Maxo-Texas (#48616871) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

If you can't trade your labor for food and people feel it's immoral to give you food, things will get very bad for a period of time.

Then, like the luddites (who saw they were screwed- requested training on the new machines and didn't get it), most of the losers will starve to death homeless and then 20 years later everyone will refer to them the way we refer to luddites today.

It's a fundamental challenge to capitalism.

In the short term- fewer jobs will mean capital requires even more hours of those who do have jobs and that means even higher unemployment.

Comment: Re:Yeah, sure, any day now... (Score 3, Insightful) 65

by Maxo-Texas (#48615341) Attached to: A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

I.e. if Comcast uses excess profits from everywhere else to provide ridiculously low priced service (aka walmart breaking into a new market until the competition goes out of business).. then Tucows can't win.

I think the lines need to be built by and maintained by one company or by the municipality and the service provided by competition.

There are good and bad points to excluding customers. It's ridiculous to run a 20 mile fiber to one person's house or even a group of five or six houses and charge them the same as everyone else. If they want cable- they should live with the rest of civilization.

OTH, left to their own devices providers will cut "less" profitable customers over "highly profitable" customers. Which doesn't work with something that is basically a public utility.

Comment: Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (Score 1) 280

by Maxo-Texas (#48562683) Attached to: Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

The problem is that solar won't start off able to deal with 50 year events like utilities used to be capable of handling. I say used to be because these days they can't any more due to cost savings measures they've taken to increase profits.

For example- land lines used to stay on unless the line was cut down. After our last hurricane, the land lines went off after 6 to 24 hours when the batteries at the local substation ran dry--- these days any new lines are fiber optic (no copper- no power) and old lines are being replace.

Likewise- our electrical power used to be back up within a few days after a hurricane. I'm not sure what has changed but it was 2-3 weeks in many areas. I suspect cost cutting there too- less repair supplies kept on hand (don't want all that stuff sitting around causing inventory taxes), fewer staff retained (enough for normal times but no extra capacity), and less proactive tree cutting.

But hit solar with a 5 day storm- people die-- and a five or even seven day backup will come to be normal.

Comment: Re:Abuse of overtime is resulting in unemployment (Score 1) 545

by Maxo-Texas (#48558795) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

I see the mistake I was making.

Lol. It sort of made me feel better as I've been comparing my income to household income.

There is still a minor gap between our figures and then one issue with the data..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

$27,500 to $29,999 52.16 Median income.appears about $29000.

The 80% level
$57,500 to $59,999 80.90 agrees with your figures

$100,000 or more 93.39 The top 6.4% make over 100k

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Okay the problem.
This data which agrees with your figures includes "Of those individuals with income who were older than 15 years of age,"

So it has about 8 years worth of millions of young people who really not representative of people working for a living but rather working for a little extra spending money. It also includes millions of retired seniors with any income besides social security. Like the retired guy who works at my kroger two days a week.

If you look at actual prime working year people, you have two major groups
Overall median wage: 39,509 This is $10,000 higher than the figure above.
College Grad median wage: $56,027.

So it seems reasonable that among the "real" working population the 80% level is closer to $70,000.

Comment: Re:Abuse of overtime is resulting in unemployment (Score 1) 545

by Maxo-Texas (#48558465) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

This discussion has been pretty helpful for me.

I'm in a high income crowd and had crossed household income with personal income because we individually all make as much as households.

Personal income here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

Shows median personal income is somewhere between $27500 and $29999.
$25,000 to $27,499 48.01 make less.
$27,500 to $29,999 52.16 make less.

And more to the point, in a greement with your figures...

$57,500 to $59,999 1,876 0.89 80.90% make less.

Of course, that's not correcting for age and includes a lot of 18-26 year olds who haven't started their first "real" job yet. But point taken.

Comment: Re:They can go bite a donkey (Score 1) 698

by Maxo-Texas (#48558365) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

He he. To those of us older folks, many today's ads feel like that.

At least they are not FIVE TIMES THE VOLUME any more. That was a pretty terrible 20 year period before that was mostly outlawed. They even sold sets that would specifically lower the volume if the signal coming in was too loud because of it (sort of an adblock of it's day).

Comment: Re:They can go bite a donkey (Score 1) 698

by Maxo-Texas (#48548945) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

I'm sure they can argue that you chose to open the web site (just like you chose the tv channel or opened the magazine).

However- unlike a magazine, the ads can be very abusive of bandwidth. It shouldn't be fair that because you go to a page that they send you a gigabyte of data.

I use adblock and noscript myself and prefer giving small ($5, $10) donations to sites myself.

Comment: Re:Abuse of overtime is resulting in unemployment (Score 1) 545

by Maxo-Texas (#48539553) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

I got them from the Congressional Budget Office.

Here is a 2009 document that shows the top quintile then was 218,800
http://www.cbo.gov/sites/defau...

Okay- I see that while it's not as low as you are saying, I did make a mistake using the average. Here is a breakdown by smaller pieces from the same document.
81st to 90th Percentiles 125,800
91st to 95th Percentiles 169,800
96th to 99th Percentiles 266,200
Top 1 Percent 1,219,600

But keep in mind these figures are from 5 years ago. On the same 2013 version of the document, the average was 234k instead of 219k The 81th to 90th percentiles was higher in 2012 (I vaguely recall that it was 131k) and so on.

Comment: Re:Agenda? (Score 4, Interesting) 184

Anyone can send an email. I'm not sure how they know for certain gop sent the email and not some random 13 year old with bad english skills.

It would certainly be a great way to discredit gop too. Just have someone send an over the line email claiming to be gop. The fbi, a private contractor, etc.

Comment: Re:You do set your own hours (Score 2) 545

by Maxo-Texas (#48537313) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Not really.

Coders are expected to perform in a dynamic deadline oriented environment while maintaining a positive, can do attitude.

They need to be self-starters who also comply well with bureaucratic documentation requirements of up to 6-8 signed off documents and meeting schedules of 4-6 meetings before they can do the project.

They need to be good and completing projects in a week doing "what ever it takes" after the executives sat on a project for 6 weeks after the requests were submitted early because "it is what it is."

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