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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: p-value research is misleading almost always (Score 5, Interesting) 208 208

I studied and tutored experimental design and this use of inferential statistics. I even came up with a formula for 1/5 the calculator keystrokes when learning to calculate the p-value manually. Take the standard deviation and mean for each group, then calculate the standard deviation of these means (how different the groups are) divided by the mean of these standard deviations (how wide the groups of data are) and multiply by the square root of n (sample size for each group). But that's off the point. We had 5 papers in our class for psychology majors (I almost graduated in that instead of engineering) that discussed why controlled experiments (using the p-value) should not be published. In each case my knee-jerk reaction was that they didn't like math or didn't understand math and just wanted to 'suppose' answers. But each article attacked the math abuse, by proficient academics at universities who did this sort of research. I came around too. The math is established for random environments but the scientists control every bit of the environment, not to get better results but to detect thing so tiny that they really don't matter. The math lets them misuse the word 'significant' as though there is a strong connection between cause and effect. Yet every environmental restriction (same living arrangements, same diets, same genetic strain of rats, etc) invalidates the result. It's called intrinsic validity (finding it in the experiment) vs. extrinsic validity (applying in real life). You can also find things that are weaker (by the square root of n) by using larger groups. A study can be set up in a way so as to likely find 'something' tiny and get the research prestige, but another study can be set up with different controls that turn out an opposite result. And none apply to real life like reading the results of an entire population living normal lives. You have to study and think quite a while, as I did (even walking the streets around Berkeley to find books on the subject up to 40 years prior) to see that the words "99 percentage significance level" means not a strong effect but more likely one that is so tiny, maybe a part in a million, that you'd never see it in real life.

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.

"Conversion, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will." -- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"