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Comment Overturned - Courtesy of $ilicon Valley $$$ (Score 1) 346 346


If the courts can deem Uber drivers NOT to be contractors. Then first off, that calls into question ALL taxi services since most drivers lease their cars/taxi permit from the owner.

But more so, what does this decision say for ALL of us IT folks? Hundreds of thousands of whom are hired as contractors.

This decision will pretty much shake up all the Silicon Valley corps if left to stand. Once the courts realize how much big $$$ money they jeopardized, they'll recant this decision.

And frankly, I think Uber more than almost all contractors, is clearly a contracting service.

Comment Re:But...wait.... (Score 1) 851 851

There are very few facts in my elementary science book that stand true today. And I'm not that old.

My point is, claiming a "consensus" is actually a violation of one of the rules of logic. And if science held to all of it's consensuses simply because there was a consensus at the time, then we would still believe the sun orbited the Earth.

I'm not wanting to hide in a cave. Rather, I just want an logical fallacy used as a claim of science.

Comment Kind of 9 year old laptop purchase. (Score 1) 558 558

Dell 1745 17" Laptop w/battery
Intel T6600
8GB RAM (after market)
240GB SSD (after market)
320GB HD

I originally purchased a Dell laptop in 2006 just prior to my wedding. As this was going to be my primary workstation, I purchased Dell's 4-year extended warranty. 6 months before the warranty was up, the motherboard began to fail. Dell replaced it with the 1745 above (back in January 2010). When it began to show it's age 3 years ago. I popped an SSD drive, re-installed the OS. And moved the old drive to the secondary drive bay.

It has since been 5 years since. I am now divorced. So my purchase of a Dell laptop and warranty in 2006 has lasted for 9 years - longer than my marriage. LOLZ

Comment Decent selections... (Score 2) 277 277

WoW was not the first, but it did something in the modern era that nothing else really did.

It pushed it's presence into a household name. It's marketing was huge. People who didn't know the game, knew of the addiction.

DOOM wasn't the first. I mean Wolfenstein 3D was really more original. But DOOM had a far broader acceptance and influence long term.


I could see some others ...

For this era, I think Angry Birds might be a good candidate. Needs a few more years to see. But it went far beyond video game and became a fad.


Halo Series

Comment Radio Cartel has a simple way of stopping this... (Score 2) 218 218

All they have to do is pick one of the big 5 labels, one of the smaller two. And say....

Oops....NONE OF YOUR ARTISTS are getting any airplay.

That label will tank, as none of their artists will get sales. Meanwhile, those artists will riot, because they will be locked into contracts unable to move to another company, and unable to make profits. The result - RIAA will backpedal.

Comment YOU ARE WRONG (Score 1) 218 218

LICENSES are merely the means to collect the fees to pay the royalties. They are, in fact one and the same. One is merely the means of securing the other.

BMI and ASCAP pay the writers of the music.
RIAA is payment merely for the use of a recording.

Frankly, any such law, should state that 75% of the royalties should go directly to the artists. Otherwise, there should be no collection. Presently, most artists rarely see any of their royalties. It used to be because artists were indebted to the recording studios. But these days, many artists self-produce professional quality musicin home studios - often of better quality than the recording label studios. (As the latter rush the production of the recording, where as home studio artists spend hundreds and thousands of hours tweaking things to perfection.)

Comment Huh.,.wait... (Score 1) 229 229

I think all of the chips I've bought from Intel have been made in Malaysia or China. This is probably one of those, hey the chips are fabricated in China. But don't you dare sell the units to them. So China just operates a midnight shift, presses their own, and America loses out on revenue.

Comment #FAIL 30 days later... (Score 1) 267 267

The system requires you to change your password. That complicated passphrase is now useless.

In fact, mandatory password resets often are the cause of weak passwords. Humans can't constantly change and remember their passwords. So they go to simpler passwords and patterned passwords.

Comment Droughts = Cold (Score 5, Interesting) 279 279

Some insights....I grew up in San Diego, droughts were fairly common.

I returned to southern California for school, and was there for the last half of the nineties, you know...those uber-hot years. Guess what, we were getting more rain those hot years. People were talking about the decades old drought finally coming to an end.

Than it began to get cooler again, and the droughts returned. For your info, droughts, deserts, etc are often tied to global cooling. Cooler global temperatures lock up moisture as ice. Resulting in increased ice caps, but also increased equatorial deserts.

Higher temperatures result in a much more humid global climate. Greener, greater moisture content. So when I see all the references to droughts. I think global cooling, not global warming.

While that is climate change. It's Earth, the climate is always changing - I'd be more afraid if it wasn't. The earth has experienced far cooler periods, and periods that were twenty degrees hotter than today. Life continued and thrived.

Comment Miraculous yes, scientific no.,, (Score 0) 94 94

"We were looking for it — and by miraculous chance we happened to find it."

Than you probably didn't find it. You created the result you desired. If you're conducting research science, and you got the result you want. You probably did "science" wrong!

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll