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Comment: Re: Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 265

There are more people living in and around Los Angeles alone than the population of at least half the states in the nation

The normal statistic for Undocumented workers is 1 in 10, so call the CSA a nice round 20 million.

If Los Angeles were a state it would be ranked somewhere between 3rd and 7th in population depending on how much of the outlying are you counted.

Comment: Re:Good Luck (Score 3, Insightful) 331

by alva_edison (#49357469) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

Yeah and that class action will cost Amazon a fraction of a percent of their yearly revenue while at the same time having scared plenty of their workers from trying to leave and work for anyone else for years while the court battle drags on.

If a contract has something like this in it, I'm guessing there's also language that mandates arbitration (vs lawsuit) and forbids class actions.
I can't play a modern video game from a major publisher without a clause that mandates arbitration.

Comment: Re:Soap Box time! (Score 1) 271

by alva_edison (#49050727) Attached to: Peak Google: The Company's Time At the Top May Be Nearing Its End

He would be right _IF_, and only _IF there was a qualifier next to the use of "exponential" (As I originally stated). Unqualified, it is a psychological trick because your mind will automatically associate the provided "annual" qualifier to the term.

That is not to say you can't stop and rationalize it correctly, but that you have to stop to rationalize it to correct it makes it classic brainwashing ala Bernays and his ilk.

Exponential is an absolute term. It doesn't need a qualifier, if the formula fits it's exponential.

Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 1) 430

by alva_edison (#48935463) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband


"97% of scientists believe man-made global warming is right."

"See, it's not unanimous!!!!"

"If 97% of doctors told you the mole on your cheek was malignant, wouldn't you get it removed?"

"You're a liberal elitist."

I know it's not actually completely necessary to your point, but I can't actually figure out which side you are advocating for or against on this.

Comment: Re: I'm going to... (Score 1) 282

by alva_edison (#48918661) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

There's a difference between email, where there is NO reasonable expectation of privacy

"Reasonable expectation of privacy" is a legal term. I can't find a case that went all the way to the SCOTUS that covers email. Further, it usually seems to be a side issue in most cases I've found. However, looking at cases it seems like email is thought to have the same expectation of privacy as a first class letter. With details about the email unrelated to its contents (such as email addresses, size, sites it was routed through, ip addresses, total volume email received) are not subject to a reasonable expectation of privacy. Also, once the email has been delivered, it's expectation of privacy diminishes, just like snail mail.

Comment: Re: Regulation? (Score 1) 339

by alva_edison (#48918079) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

The numbers are identical and the two articles also make the same point. The two major differences are that Pew says U.S. is #2 because they don't include Mexico or Turkey in their list of developed economies, and that the chart in Pew is sorted on pre-tax/transfer numbers even though the article makes the point that that is not the best way to look at things.
Basically Europe has better benefits/higher taxation, so the overall impact of inequality is less than it would otherwise be when compared to the U.S.

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 1) 225

by alva_edison (#48867161) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

Instead you'll get atheist or "the wrong religion(tm)" posts being flagged as false. Plus, not all political messages are such that "false will probably do". Which of the following political statements should be marked false?

"The economy was hit hard by the housing crisis"

"Unchecked human industry is negatively impacting the environment"

"Medical expenses are the number 1 cause of bankruptcy in America"

"The US constitution prohibits establishment of religion by congress"

I think all of them are true, but not everyone will agree.

I think as phrased the first statement would not have anyone mark it false. However, people disagree as to the solutions, so once you address those it would be.

The second statement is a widely acknowledged politically decisive issue, so it will be marked false by some.

The third statement is a matter of fact checking, and another response found evidence that it may be false

I don't think people would mark the fourth statement false, but there are always people that want to go into nuances.

Comment: Re: A weakness is a weakness is a weakness (Score 1) 562

by alva_edison (#48850233) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

You're aware of this, right?

The big spike is obvious -- and so is the long decline.

There's a similar trend in the U.S.. I'm not sure it's related to gun legislation.

Comment: Re:Caches, threading, SIMD/GPUs, and floating poin (Score 1) 180

by alva_edison (#48812579) Attached to: The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

And of course, ever since the 80486 (1989), all CPUs support floating point instructions.

486 SX chips had the FPU disabled or absent. So not all CPUs (or even all 80486 CPUs). As far as I'm aware Penitum (586) did not have a model without FPU support (although in the MMX models, you couldn't use MMX and the FPU at the same time).

Comment: Re:As long as it works (Score 1) 928

by alva_edison (#48281929) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Actually the Mas and Pas is a easy Linux market, just setup a desktop with a functioning copy of firefox or chromium, remote administration via ssh and you're set. Add open office for the random document and that pretty much covers the Mas and Pas requirements.

As long as it has functioning Java and Flash. Unfortunately, Java in Firefox on Linux tends to break a lot and my experience has been Flash only works correctly on 32-bit systems.

Comment: Re:as the birds go (Score 1) 610

by alva_edison (#48141619) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

FYI, that is an example of incorrect behavior. They raped him.

I don't have a bible in front of me to double check. As I remember it they tried to rape him, but he was able to pull out at the last second. He was punished by G*d for pulling out. I've never been able to determine the exact lesson that story was trying to teach. But it could be a case of poor reading comprehension over the years.

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.