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Comment Re:Unionize (Score 1) 350

The only thing worse than having unions is not having them.

The only thing worse would be never having had them. But now they're holding back progress because they are a specially protected class and their wages tend to be whole-number multiples of the minimum wage. Yes, that promotes campaigning for the minimum wage, but it also prevents campaigning for it to be a living wage, because they're not going to get their wages raised that high, thus they're not going to get the minimum wage raised that high. In education in particular it has led to executive salaries which rob money needed for education, and I personally have witnessed both educators (though only a couple) and support personnel (more of those) who desperately needed to be replaced for the good of the institution but who could not be removed because of their union status.

Unions were a wholly necessary step in securing rights for workers, but now they are interested primarily in padding their own pockets and the rest of us can go fuck ourselves. Their answer is "why haven't you unionized yet" but not only is that not realistic for many disciplines but creating more bureaucracy only creates more waste and corruption. We shouldn't need more unions, we need rights for all workers. It's time to move beyond them, not backwards, but forwards.

As it is with management, it is not that unions are bad, it is when you get some asshole in charge that is only interested in their own gain rather than the welfare of the workers.

Get rid of the sociopathic assholes in charge (both corporations AND unions) and you will see a much better workplace.

Comment Re:Doors (Score 1) 323

Those falcon wing doors looks cool, but what about winter? Will the motors be powerful enough to overcome ice? Where will the snow on roof go when you open them?

What a about a ski rack? Where do you put your canoe or your kayak? Your bikes?

Or a luggage rack? Because it's cool to have a 7 passenger SUV, but where do you put the luggage?

When we go camping as a family, we're 6. The only space left for luggage is the tiny space left in the trunk and the big luggage box on the roof.

Generally you would remove said snow from the top before trying to open them. I can't say how the X would deal with ice. I know if I were to own one (fat chance of that) I would have it parked in a heated garage (if I could afford the Model X I could afford the garage).

If you go to the first link they have a video of the launch event, where they show off the cargo capability. No top rack obviously, but you have a good amount of storage in the front, back, and underseats. They also show the X towing an Airstream camper (5000 lb tow capacity).

Comment Re:I don't think it's enough, but I have doubts to (Score 1) 331

Correct, but the militarization of SWAT and police in general SHOULD be the focus of the story. These little assholes wouldn't be swatting if it didn't evoke such a massive response from police.

Did you read the list of offenses this kid did? If you think he did all than just because SWAT teams react, and he is not the one that is primarily accountable.,., .well, I'll just have to assume you are the kid's mother.

Hmm... *re-reads post* nope, at no time did I excuse this kid's actions. The point I was making (since you appear to fail at reading comprehension) is that swatting wouldn't exist if not for a relatively easy to exploit system. Sure, this little psychopath found other ways to inflict misery on others (hence the use of "little assholes") but the fact remains that something needs to be changed WRT griefing by police.

I suspect that it won't be the police that reform it, either. Swatting gives them a good excuse to use all that military equipment.

Comment Re:I don't think it's enough, but I have doubts to (Score 2) 331

I do think that there are other side conversations about the militarization of SWAT teams that can be had as well, but that's not the focus of this story.

Correct, but the militarization of SWAT and police in general SHOULD be the focus of the story. These little assholes wouldn't be swatting if it didn't evoke such a massive response from police.

Comment Re:It seems like we need grave threats to humanity (Score 1) 637

I'm 50 years old and looming catastrophe has been hanging over our heads my whole life

1. Various Nuclear disaster scenarios
2. Global Economic collapse
3. Climate Change
4. Various religion based end-times
5. Y2K
6. etc

Honestly, it is like we can't function without having some sort of doomsday scenario in the picture

Y2K was averted precisely because we did something about it. We can do something about the other things you list as well. The exact answers to those problems are not apparent to me, but one thing I do know is that none of them will be solved by sticking our heads in the sand.

Comment Re:How about ... (Score 1) 531

Like it or not advertising shapes the world we are in. Where do you think the million dollar super-star athlete salaries come from? Advertising. Free programming? Advertising. I can go on. It's incredibly unlikely you don't own at least one thing you either got for free due to advertising or was subsidized by advertising.

No one likes advertising, but everyone wants free stuff. Why do you think advertising is attached to free stuff? Who do you think is paying for the free stuff?

That's the problem: Ads are so damned pervasive that it is nearly impossible to get a moment's peace from them.

I run adblocker unapologetically. I refuse to sit through pre-content ads if I can help it. I don't care if the content is "free". That 30 second ad playing in front of the content I want to watch is 30 seconds of my life that I cannot get reimbursed for (never mind that it is the SAME DAMNED AD for the next 20 bits of content). If there was a way to pay a nominal fee for ad-free I'll gladly pay it.

Companies that pay advertisers want a return on their money spent. That's what all the tracking is about - to justify the money spent. I can understand them wanting to get that data, but I also understand not wanting to be tracked and targeted. Even if by an impersonal computer, it's creepy.

Full disclosure here - I work for an advertiser. And here's hilarity for you - nearly every computer in this department runs ad-block to stop viruses or who knows what else from getting into the system. There's a lot of abuse out there by the unscrupulous to the downright criminal "one simple trick scam" idiots.

All very good reasons I don't want to see ads. Let me repeat: I am willing to pay to avoid them. I don't listen to AM or FM radio anymore, Sirius XM is much better with NO ADS. I pay for Hulu Plus which does have ads, but not like one would see on a cable channel. If they ever come up with a paid tier where I see NO ADS I will gladly pay it. If your content service has no options to reduce or eliminate ads for me it is unlikely that I will continue to use it.

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