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Comment: Re:Innovation (Score 1) 90

by TClevenger (#47745663) Attached to: 3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple
I wonder if any of the "innovations" from the last three years were his anyway. I would presume that Jobs would have 3-5 years of projects and products in the pipeline, and maybe more if he knew he would be leaving the company soon. So are we still working out of Jobs' notebook, or has Cook started actually calling the shots creatively?

Comment: Re:not likely (Score 4, Insightful) 200

They are dreaming. We are thinking about throttling them here right now. Why should we let all those other sites suffer due to one service using nearly 75% of our bandwidth.

Customers are DEMANDING those bits. If you can't afford to keep those bits flowing, start charging your customers more.

Comment: Re:What choice do we have? (Score 1) 710

by TClevenger (#47313235) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Most of all of this is entirely workers driven. It's not blaming the workers per se, except maybe blaming workers for not suing employers when they break the law.

Yeah, that's the problem. If you confront them at hire time, you won't get hired, so instead you end up working 50+ hour weeks, keeping secretive timecards, then trying to sue after you leave. If you succeed, you get a lump sum that puts you into a higher tax bracket that year, meaning you've lost more of it to taxes. If you fail, you get nothing and maybe have to pay lawyers for their time. Either way, you've now damaged relations with your new employer by taking time off during your first month of employment and eliminated any chance of reemployment with your old employer.

The real solution is specific plain-English rules sent to every employer by the labor board about who is really exempt and who isn't, followed by regular audits and massive fines for non-compliance.

Comment: Re:What choice do we have? (Score 1) 710

by TClevenger (#47313185) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

The job market sucks, and it's never going to get any better. Off-shoring and abundant work Visas guarantee that.

...and the fact that Americans are doing the work of two or three people now. Why hire four IT workers to cover 24 hour days when we can hire one guy and just make him on call 24 hours a day?

Comment: Re:Change is coming for car dealers (Score 1) 455

by TClevenger (#47269539) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

If you don't mind spending thousands of dollars on a generator that can keep up with the car's power drain, and the snickers of everyone around you when you pull into a gas station with your $100K EV to fill up the tank. :-)

Hey, if it's just occasional cross-country use, there's always a pusher trailer.

Comment: Re:Classify net access as a utility? (Score 2) 343

by TClevenger (#47138839) Attached to: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

No, not unless you would like your Internet access technologies refreshed and upgraded about as often as your water pipes or electric lines are. Which is to say approximately never.

Verizon hasn't seen fit to upgrade the maximum speed of the DSL in my old neighborhood from the 3Mbps that it installed sometime in the last century. How can it be any worse than that?

Comment: Re:So a bicyclist is safer..... (Score 1) 490

Your vehicle registration fee doesn't even remotely cover the cost of maintaining roads.

Yup. In California, vehicle registration is a form of use tax and is based mostly on the value of the vehicle. Thus, a 2014 Smart ForTwo has a much higher registration renewal cost than a 1984 Ford F-250.

Comment: Re:stopping vs yielding (Score 1) 490

Also, I think a lot of my opinion springs from the gal I hit last summer who slowed for a stop sign and decided (in her words to the cop) "I thought I could make it." Fortunately I slammed my brakes and the impact was at a relatively slow speed, so no injuries.

Somebody with such poor judgment would have pulled out in front of you whether they stopped first or not.

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