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Comment Re:Ehm, he is the executive producer of the new mo (Score 3, Informative) 272

Executive Producer credit is often given out as as an honorary title for some less-defined role in the film production; often that role is only to be "famous name on credits." I suspect that Patrick Jean (and the others involved in the original short) got the credit as part of selling the rights to make the adaptation.

Comment Re:A story of how women were (Score 1) 191

I used to think the stereotype of SJWs being self hating beta CIS males was likewise bullshit until we had article after article like this one where a white male liberal professor calls for the extermination of all white males. BTW notice how he doesn't say white females, that is because to bigoted fucks like him white females are to be given as prizes to black males for "historical oppression". He even says "At least a white woman can have sex with a black man and make a brown baby but what can a white male do? He's good for nothing. " So...yeah, sometimes stereotypes are true . . .

Did you miss the caveat the journalist added at the bottom of the story, noting that he picked the story up from a satirical news blog?

Comment Re:Talk to a lawyer (Score 1) 99

Not to argue, but if you ever clicked an "I agree to the terms and conditions" box, you'll find that your non-negotiable agreement has a clause that specifies a jurisdiction whose laws govern the non-negotiable "contract"

The state of Delaware is very common in these acceptance agreements. Presumably because their laws recognize a checkbox click as acceptance of a binding contract.

Perhaps this is not exactly doing business in the USA, but the overarching greed of American corporations affects us all.

Delaware has had corporation-friendly laws and taxes for a long time, so many US companies are incorporated there. This makes Delaware their "home" state, even if their only presence is a mail drop at a law firm.

Comment Re:Fusion vs fission (Score 1) 242

It's a fusion-fission hybrid system: the lasers initiates a small fusion blast; part of the blast is directed to provide thrust, but the neutrons radiate in all directions; a shell of U238 surrounds the blast chamber and captures the neutrons, resulting in fission; the heat from the fission is used to power the lasers.

Comment Re:They were actually unhappy with Pearson. (Score 1) 325

According to last year's committee report ( the cost breakdown was:

Mr. Hill addressed the Committee’s concern from a prior meeting about whether LAUSD got a good deal on the Apple-Pearson purchase. He reviewed a slide that was previously shown to the Board, which broke down the retail costs of the device and the bundle of ancillary products and services, and indicated the discount received by LAUSD. The $768 per seat price paid by LAUSD included the following extras in addition to the 32 gigabyte iPad 4 with Retina display:

  Special Case ($80);
  3-year Apple Care warranty ($150);
  Pre-loaded apps ($13-$21);
  Pearson curriculum ($150-$300);
  PD ($20); and
  Buffer Pool ($20).

Mr. Hill stated that the total estimated retail cost was $1,000-$1,200.

Comment Re:They were actually unhappy with Pearson. (Score 2) 325

They were actually unhappy with Pearson.

The article makes this very clear. It wouldn't matter if the Pearson Curriculum were on an iPad or an Android device, they'd still be unhappy with it.

The contract was with Apple, with Pearson as a subcontractor, so even if the fault is all with Pearson, it's Apple that's responsible to the school district; beyond that it's between Apple and Pearson. And as primary, Apple should have been on top of Pearson to deliver their vaunted total user experience.

As an aside, all three of the final bidders used Pearson, so yes, it was doomed regardless of the underlying hardware.

Comment Re:Good Luck (Score 2) 331

In theory, yes. If they are in a jurisdiction that allows non-competes, and the new employer knowingly induces the employee to break the non-compete terms, then Amazon could claim tortious interference. But hard to see them using that against low-level workers - they are easy to replace, and the courts will probably deem the non-compete unconscionable. If Amazon fights, and loses, that may reduce their ability to threaten higher-level employees with those terms.

Hotels are tired of getting ripped off. I checked into a hotel and they had towels from my house. -- Mark Guido