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Comment: Re:Salesmen (Score 1) 144

by eth1 (#47719971) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

For me, having two phones makes sense only for two things:
- Keeping all the expense-related things clearly separated in regards with private/business usage.
- Having the ability to turn off business phone while off the clock and actually have some time off.

I find it's worth carrying two phones solely to avoid having to deal with Byzantine expense reporting systems once a month. :P

Comment: Re:Why would anyone go willingly to the stadium? (Score 1) 216

by eth1 (#47638981) Attached to: NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

Human beings are social creatures, and enjoy experiencing interesting and entertaining events while in the company of others. For a sports event, sharing the thrill of possible victory or defeat with thousands of other fans around you is also about sharing in a certain camaraderie. Unless you're a fan yourself and already enjoy the game, or if you really hate crowds in general, it's probably hard to understand the appeal.

Which is why I know where the good sports bars are. They're easier to get to, free parking, the food is better, the beer is better, and on game days, they're usually packed with other fans. You have multiple large screens with the better TV viewpoint, too, and they have cable, in case the game isn't on broadcast TV (which is all I have at home).

Comment: Re:WTF? Jailtime! Boycott violates Anti-Trust (Score 1) 268

Settlement? What settlement? This is a prima facie Clayton Act Anti-Trust violation. Multiple felonies, with jailtime due. Amazingly, this appearently exists on paper, so everyone who negotiated or signed it should go to jail.

The Clayton Act makes organizing supplier boycotts a prohibited activity. And that's just what they have done -- organized a boycott not to hire an employee, times the collective number.

That this has not gone to a Federal Grand Jury appears more like corruption than anything else.

By that argument, everyone in a union belongs in jail, too.

Comment: Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (Score 1) 166

by eth1 (#47574251) Attached to: The Problems With Drug Testing

From Big Pharma's perspective, with the involuntary testing of prison inmates off the table in most Western countries, the homeless population presents a viable alternative who are statistically unlikely to pursue litigation.

From a humanitarian perspective, the quandary is "Do we want to allow the weakest among us to make decisions they are unqualified to properly weigh?"

I will leave the ethics to others, but ultimately, as future consumers of these tested pharmaceuticals, do we want to rely on results that are likely skewed because the test subjects were also taking heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine?

It's not the companies sponsoring the test that somehow try to pick this demographic. It's the people themselves. Most of the tests pay the panelists, but it's not all that much. For someone with a stable job, the small amount usually isn't worth the hassle (have to be at the test location during business hours several times a week sometimes, keeping logs, or whatever). Not to mention not worth the possible health risks. For homeless/unemployed/etc., that's their electric bill for this month. It's enough money to them that they routinely lie about health conditions, drug use, etc. on the consent forms.

Only way to fix it is to offer substantially more money to panelists.

(Source: girlfriend who works as a clinical test manager)

Comment: 1 or 1 million (Score 1) 274

by eth1 (#47541347) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

It sounds like they're only doing this when the network is congested in a specific location. Like they're basically prioritizing slowing down the heavy users when things get busy, rather than everyone. I have a much harder time getting worked up about that, especially when they're waiting until people are out of contract and can easily switch carriers.

Comment: Re:Time to Legislate Data Mining (Score 1) 162

by eth1 (#47324215) Attached to: Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

I agree that what you describe makes "consent" useless, but you don't necessarily need to outlaw it.

Just require that:
- any commercial entity that stores information on individuals (with NO exceptions whatsoever) has to provide said individuals a full dump of the data once per some time period upon request, with no conditions or cost attached, along with a list of everyone they've given it to.
- the entity must correct any incorrect information, and can't distribute any information regarding an individual until the errors are corrected.

Not perfect, but it would be a start.

Comment: Re:Speculation... (Score 2) 455

by eth1 (#47271691) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Dealers serve a purpose. They need a reasonable profit.

If they serve a purpose, they deserve a reasonable profit. For the life of me, I cannot see what that purpose is. Perhaps you can enlighten us.

Overcharging for maintenance, and conveniently collecting large numbers of scummy sales droids into one location where they can normally be avoided.

Comment: Re:Read the Article! (Score 1) 363

by eth1 (#47171827) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

I think the best use might just be to eliminate range anxiety. Take your Tesla example - replace 100kg worth of Li-ion battery with 100kg of this new one. Now you have 4/5 the easily rechargeable range (which is still more than most people need on a daily basis), but, as long as the Al battery is stable long term, if you run down the Li-ion, or need to take a long trip, you can keep going. All without increasing the overall weight.

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre