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Comment $9 of Manpower? (Score 1) 87

Wait, so he's assuming firefighters are paid by the hours they are actually at a fire? That the time they are sitting in the firehouse on watch is not time they get paid for? That they get paid different rates if they respond to a false alarm, or an actual fire? If I were a firefighter, I'd take that up with my union!

Comment Agreed? (Score 1) 727

She's a self proclaimed Godzilla of feminists. All you need to do is offer her a soap box to get on and complain to an larger audience. She won't say no. She craves attention, and like people like Jesse Jackson, her 'career' hinges on there being some injustice or slight to complain about, no matter how small. The worst thing for their careers is a lack of something to get fired up about.

Comment Not I (Score 1) 654

I would not. I live in San Francisco, which has a public transportation system (MUNI) that is much better than other cities I've lived in. I currently DO get it for free (work subsidizes public transport costs) but I ride it maybe 10% of the time. Why? Well:
  1. There is no guarantee that the bus or train you want to take will actually be there on time.
  2. There is no guarantee that the bus or train will not be at capacity, forcing you to wait 15 - 30 minutes for the next one, which in turn may also be full from all of the people who had to queue up to get on it
  3. There is no guarantee that the bus will not stop 1 - 3 kilometers before your stop, and announce that is the end of the line
  4. There are never people policing the quality of life issues on the bus. From people smoking joints, to vandalizing the bus, to playing boom boxes, to getting aggressive when you ask them to move in to the conveyance so other can get on. I don't want to start my morning with some dude playing music at loud volumes that go above my own headphones, or with a homeless person literally pissing in his seat on the bus
  5. In more distance areas, all of these issues are exacerbated. Being forced to sit on a train from 45th and Ocean Ave, for 1.15 hours downtown, while all of the aforementioned is going on? No thanks.

The times I do take the bus, it's usually because I am walking and it happens to be there, but most of the time I either ride a bike, or pay to take a ride share service like lyft. It's not worth it to spend $2.25 and take 1 hour to go 5 kilometers, when I can pay $11 and get there in 20. I am lucky that SF is relatively small in size and its prohibitively expensive to use a car here. I'd hate to see how much a cab ride from the suburbs of Chicago to downtown would cost.

Comment Are we talking about New Orleans or Seattle? (Score 1) 410

Lack of diversity? Rising house costs? Sounds like New Orleans, where 67% are black, and a post-katrina environment has seen housing costs rise from out of town hipsters buying property, which triggers a real estate feeding frenzy, which gentrifies neighborhoods and attracts more hipsters, driving housing costs up. What's so special about Seattle's "Lack of Diversity" where 69% are White? That's right. In America, when its a non white dominated area, it's quaintly referred to as names like "Chinatown" or "Little Gaza" or "Arabian Village", but when it's a White dominated area, it's a social justice bully / diversity police's wet dream.

Comment New Positions (Score 1) 892

More femitechnonazi bait , but I'll bite: At my last job, I was told the salary cap for my position was X and there was nothing that could be done to circumvent it. When I threatened to leave, they made a new position for me, with a cap that was suspiciously around what I was asking for. Aside from how easy it is to get around the cap, shouldn't you award people based on their skills, not on the penis or vagina? And aren't negotiation and salesmanship highly valued skills?

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 326

If a woman or man wants to perform that role for money, how dare you try to stop them? Do you take equal pleasure in denigrating the men and women who perform in pornographic films? How about for restaurants where people with no job skills dress up in a furry costume to attract visitors? If you don't like booth babes, don't be a booth babe. Otherwise, let adults decide for themselves if the job they are doing is sexist and inappropriate, otherwise you are coddling them and acting like they are unable to make their own decisions because they are just a (girl/boy), which is at the very least patronizing and at the worse is sexist in itself.

Comment A test for everything (Score 1) 522

I'd love to have a test that determines if an article is fembaiting drivel, and then promptly discourages me from clicking on it. Who cares if a function is written by a woman, or by a man, or a transgender, or by the application itself in a meta sort of way? Is this what they talk about at the Woman only tech conferences (like this one, which for the first time ever, is allowing men to attend the 'celebration of Women' tech conference!), in addition to ironically talking about equality and being included in the "male dominated tech club" ?

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