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Comment: Re:2 weeks notice? Fuggedabouit (Score 1) 227

I'm probably older than you, my friend. I've had contracts end. Whatever, it's just business. I don't really care if I get notice or not. My rates are based on working only 9 months out of the year. If they want knowledge transfer sessions, they give me notice. If not, no skin off my back.

Comment: Re:2 weeks notice? Fuggedabouit (Score 2) 227

Comments like this leaving me wondering why anyone should bother giving two weeks notice. Just tell the company at the end of the day, "I'm leaving and not coming back."

I've been around the block a few times, and I have many times seen the situation where someone leaves a position and later comes back to work for the same employer. For better or for worse, not giving your 2 weeks is considered "burning the bridge".

Besides, what do you lose by giving 2 weeks? Worst that happens is you get 2 weeks' pay for doing no work.

Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 314

by Slashdot Parent (#49379003) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You

Maybe, it depends on how you define consumption. If you use a narrow definition that sort of tax would be incredibly regressive.

I'm not in favor of a straight up consumption tax, but I'll point out that there are ways around the regressivity of it.

For instance, you could exempt necessities like groceries and clothing items that cost less than a winter coat from the tax. Or you could just exempt the first $x of consumption tax by giving out a cash payment to everyone in the amount of $x.

Comment: Re:Worthless until they do something about reviews (Score 1) 116

If they restrict reviews to paying customers (customers who paid through Amazon's), I think that would make it too expensive to game the system on a large scale. How much would you be willing to pay for the privilege of writing a fake review?

Comment: Re:as a professional service provider... (Score 1) 116

i wouldn't subject my business to amazon's policies, pricing rules, commissions, or the very real possibility of having my business trashed in reviews by shady competitors.

You already have that risk with Yelp and similar services.

My guess is that with Amazon, they won't let non-customers review you. Why should they? So even if your competitors go to the trouble of actually hiring you for something and then giving you a bad review, how many bad reviews could they realistically generate compared to all of your good reviews from real customers?

I'm not saying that BS reviews are a nonissue, but I think that you are overestimating size of the issue.

Comment: Re:Not sure, if this is "news for nerds" (Score 1) 116

For one thing, standardized prices imply consistent quality. That might happen when you're making widgets. For labor with any degree of skill - I'm rather doubtful that this is the case.

I'm not even so concerned about consistent price as the fact that I think Amazon will increase quality.

A service provider who is dealing only with individuals doesn't lose much if he/she botches an assignment. I mean, how much do you really spend on a plumber or electrician in your lifetime? But an Amazon service provider who generates a lot of customer complaints is going to get booted from the program which presumably feeds them a lot of business, so there is a higher incentive to do each job right.

Comment: Re:Common sense (Score 1) 494

by Slashdot Parent (#49349393) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

Actually, this is not true.

Exercise is good for the body and all, but if you want to lose weight, you should not increase your exercise. This is because exercise will increase your appetite and you will, statistically speaking, wind up eating more in extra food than you would burn off through the increased exercise.

If you want to improve your physical fitness, then by all means exercise. But weight loss does not happen in the gym in the real world. It happens in the kitchen.

Comment: Re:It's simple. Eat less and eat less crap (Score 1) 494

by Slashdot Parent (#49349339) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

average person would be lucky to need maybe 1200-1300 calories as their TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure)

This is just not true. Not unless you're talking about the average sub-5'-tall postmenopausal woman.

As a sedentary middle aged dude, I need about 1900 calories, and will lose weight if I consume less. 1300 calories would be starvation-level for me.

Comment: Re:Or... (Score 1) 47

by Slashdot Parent (#49343907) Attached to: Dueling Home Automation Systems at SXSW (Video)

It adds some convenience and security

So I don't meant this confrontationally at all, the geek in me really wants to do some cool home automation, but what are some real life use cases where home automation does add convenience?

I mean beyond the simple stuff. I already have automated thermostats and universal remotes for my TVs. What else could I do that would make my life easier?

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