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Comment Re:Pretty easy, based on criminal records... (Score 4, Insightful) 244

A lot of parolees are placed at a serioius disadvantage though.
- Have trouble getting a job due to a record.
- Often have to pay ridiculously high fines and "fees" related to their processing and incarceration
- Rarely get good medical treatment for addictions.
- Were often forced into the system by a plea deal

If we are serious about preventing recidivism, we would lay better foundations for helping these people become productive members of society.

Sadly, the reality is that our society prays upon those least able to defend themselves. No one wants to stand up for a convicted ______.

Here's a link about the "fees"

Comment Re:Wow Finland! (Score 1) 330

In Finland?

You know that's the price for a corporate medallion too, right? That's what outs him. It's a particular segment of a completely unrelated market. You think that applies? Check out his other posts on uber, he drops that shit in everywhere. His info is not out of date, he is just lying. That $1 million number is a favorite talking point of the pro-uber zealots, because it's big and lacks context.

Comment Re:Oh look (Score 1) 213

Listen, sonny, you lived through that world. Slashdot once did well for itself. And given your uid, you should remember that.

"Buzzfeedification" of content is killing the net. Notice all those outbrain, taboola, and other shit all over news sites? This article is the same thing. Corporations astroturfing "advertorial" clickbait is bad for everyone -- especially on a site the is supposedly still "driven by user submissions".

So fuck any fatalistic or indignant defense of this turd masquerading as news.

Maybe it's fantasy to imagine it'll ever change, but don't be a tool.

Submission + - Paralyzed Man Hits the Streets of NYC in a New Exoskeleton (

the_newsbeagle writes: Robert Woo was paralyzed in 2007 when a construction crane dropped a load of steel on him. Yesterday, he put on the newest "exoskeleton," essentially a pair of smart robotic legs, and strolled out into a busy Manhattan sidewalk. He was demoing the ReWalk 6.0, a $77,000 device that he plans to buy for home use.

Comment Re:Additionally "computer professionals" are exemp (Score 2) 381

Well, sure, but what's your point? Do you think they put the exemption there for companies to differentiate themselves with their altruistic overtime policy?

Another thing to note is that many computer professionals make above the old max, *and* the new max -- but as was mentioned above these rates are ridiculously low, near minimum wage. So again, why the exemption?

Previously, computer professionals had been considered exempt under section 13(a)(1), along with the exemption for executives, administrators, and professionals, but under Section 13(a)(17) a specific exemption was provided for any “computer systems analyst, computer programmer, software engineer, or other similarly skilled worker”

(from the same site I linked to).

To me it's strange they call-out computer professionals explicitly, and that they added it in 1996 when programmers were really starting to cost money for companies.

But you have to wonder about all the other exemption stuff too. There are also "learned professionals" and "creative professionals" exemptions. They might as well said "anyone that could cost big business a lot of money".

The "reasoning" behind the act is described as making it so that the FLSA would not apply to anyone who is capable of "exercising judgment" in their job. Because ostensibly, these people can negotiate for themselves. Have you found that to be the case with young/low level "professionals"? I know I haven't. I have seen lots of companies try to work the 20-something crowd 50-70hrs a week.

Also, at a time when states are passing laws against collective bargaining, it seems there are few places for these workers to turn. These rates need to be higher, and pegged to cost of living based on location. As it stands almost no one who works in SF or NYC would qualify.

Comment Additionally "computer professionals" are exempt (Score 4, Interesting) 381

In 1996, ...Congress amended the FLSA to include a specific exemption, at Section 13(a)(17), for “Computer Professionals.”

1. The application of systems analysis techniques and procedures, including consulting with users, to determine hardware, software or system functional specifications;
2. The design, development, documentation, analysis, creation, testing or modification of computer systems or programs, including prototypes, based on and related to user or system design specifications; [or]
3. The design, documentation, testing, creation or modification of computer programs related to machine operating systems;