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Comment Re:About that 911 thing.... (Score 4, Insightful) 284

Pretty much.

I read the article. It's all about feelers feeling feels. There's not a bit of objective wrongdoing even hinted at on Amazon's part. They provide a facility that can employ 8% of the unemployed people in the town, and HuffPo acts like they're awful for it. It's strenuous physical labor, and some people can't handle it, especially when you're obese (6'3", 300lbs = 37.5 BMI; for his height, 200lbs is his healthy weight).

HuffPo is just trying to ride a wave of anti-Amazon sentiment to get ad-views.

All the feelers at HuffPo can rest easy though: when the robots replace all of these people, there will be no need to bitch about the working conditions any more!

Comment Re:Strange Arguments (Score 4, Insightful) 385

Taxi's can't offer guaranteed service at certain locations and times precisely because they do not use the author's dreaded "surge/congestion pricing schemes."

When your professional society conference lets out at the same time that the local sportsball team's game gets over, and everyone is headed downtown to eat, the taxi company runs out of cabs because they're all cheap and everyone takes one. Uber surges the price to match the market demand, more drivers come out, and everyone who wants a ride can get one.

Under the pure cartel taxi system, if you need to get to the hospital because your wife called and she's gone into labor early, too bad! All the cabs are taken because they're so cheap and the demand is so high. Under Uber's system, the price rises to match the demand and you can pay for a ride.

It's no different than when people decry "price gauging" after a natural disaster. Go ahead and keep gas at pre-disaster prices, and 100% of it will sell out. Then, if you MUST have it, say to run your generator to power grandma's oxygen machine, too bad! It was all sold for $2/gal to a bunch of people who panicked and drank it all up even though they really didn't need it. If the gas stations had surged pricing to match demand, they'd be more likely to have some left, and while it would be very expensive, at least it would be available for people who really needed it, instead of being consumed by people who merely panic-purchased because it was still cheap.

Uber's surge pricing system is a virtue of their business model, not a vice.

Submission + - NASA could use a Mars base built with robots, 3D printers, and inflatables (

MarkWhittington writes: When the first NASA astronauts depart on the voyage to Mars, currently scheduled for the 2030s, they will need a place to live while exploring the Red Planet. NASA planning currently imagines that the Mars habitat would be brought all the way from Earth and landed on Mars in advance of the astronauts. However, according to a story in Wired UK, a design firm called Foster + Partners has a better idea, involving 3D printing using local materials and inflatables. The firm’s plan for a manufactured Mars base is similar to the study it performed for the European Space Agency for the “lunar village” concept.

Submission + - AskSlashdot: Resources for creating a new Software QA Plan - Existing Project

DarkHorseman writes: I'm looking into a new position with my employer and have the opportunity to take the team further with the creation of a Quality Assurance framework that will be used into the foreseeable future.

This is software that's been being developed for >10 years and is used company-wide but now is the time for the QA process to be formalized.

I'm curious what slashdotters would consider the best resources to prepare me to provide invaluable contributions in this area?

Submission + - Government finds new emails Clinton did not hand over (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: The U.S. Defense Department has found an email chain that Hillary Clinton did not give to the State Department, the State Department said on Friday, despite her saying she had provided all work emails from her time as secretary of state.

The correspondence with General David Petraeus, who was commander of U.S. Central Command at the time, started shortly before she entered office and continued during her first days as the top U.S. diplomat in January and February of 2009.

News of the previously undisclosed email thread only adds to a steady stream of revelations about the emails in the past six months, which have forced Clinton to revise her account of the setup which she first gave in March. Nearly a third of all Democrats and 58 percent of all voters think Clinton is lying about her handling of her emails, according to a Fox News poll released this week.

Clinton apologized this month for her email setup, saying it was unwise. But as recently as Sunday, she told CBS when asked about her emails that she provided "all of them."

The emails with Petraeus also appear to contradict the claim by Clinton's campaign that she used a private BlackBerry email account for her first two months at the department before setting up her account in March 2009. This was the reason her campaign gave for not handing over any emails from those two months to the State Department. The Petraeus exchange shows she started using the account by January 2009, according to the State Department.

Submission + - Uber raises $1.2bn in China, following $3bn investment in rival Didi Kuaidi (

An anonymous reader writes: U.S. taxi-hailing giant Uber has confirmed [] that it has raised a further $1.2bn in its latest Chinese funding round, backed by Beijing-based web services company Baidu. The round remains open and marks Uber’s latest attempt to fight back against domestic rivals as it seeks to maintain and expand operations in Asia. Exact figures are yet to be disclosed, but Uber is expected to officially announce the financial details later today.

Submission + - US and EU finalise data sharing policy (

An anonymous reader writes: The United States and the European Union are preparing a deal which would see the two share data for matters related to security and terrorism, a leaked document has revealed []. The ‘umbrella agreement’ has been under negotiation since 2011. The policy will oversee the exchange of data between companies and by criminal and judicial authorities during investigations.

Comment Re:Because its not just a NASA facility (Score 4, Insightful) 59

Pay no attention to the 130 years of Democrat rule of the city leading up to Katrina. All the fault for the city's unpreparedness lies with a single Republican who had no authority to intervene.

If I rolled my eyes sufficiently for the amount of derp packed into your comment, I'd probably get dizzy and fall over.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 698

Are you saying those things are not protected by the 2nd, or that they're illegal, or both? The only things on your list that you can't actually make/buy/own/use as a private citizen in the US are nerve gas, chemical weapons and nuclear weapons. The rest are legal with varying degrees of paperwork.

(Mines may have some restrictions on usage in some states since it's generally illegal to set a trap meant for a human.)

Comment Re: Yes (Score 1) 698

Can you site a source for that, because I've never seen it? Private citizens owned fleets of warships each armed with dozens of cannons during and after the revolution, and were given free reign to hunt British shipping.

Even if you agree with the more restrictive interpretation of the second amendment, that it only covers "bearable" arms (ie, weapons one person can transport alone), an interpretation that I've never seen any founder's writings suggesting, you must still grant grenades and some other forms of explosive weapons. They are man-portable, and they were available and used in the framers' time.

Grenades are still legal to make, possess, and use today:

Comment Re:I dern't believe it! (Score 1) 732

Then start buying LMT. The spice must flow: there will be 3000+ F-35s produced, and they'll be flying for the next 50 years. That requires a never ending river of spare parts, training, maintenance, country-specific upgrades, and fleet-wide vehicle upgrades. Those things cost money, which Lockheed will be the prime receiver of.

LMT pays a solid dividend, which has increased 500% in the last 10 years. The stock price itself is up over 9% per year in the same time period. In other words, it's beating the pants off of the DJIA.

Comment Re:Blunting (Score 1) 132

It is also interesting to note that the majority of mass shooters in the last 25 years have been under the influence of - or withdrawing from - SSRI based anti-depressents.

The problem is that because of the difficulty of getting this information, and the poor quality of journalism in America, this information is usually just a footnote in a state report, or a small detail in the thousands of pages of documents entered into evidence at trial.

James Holmes (Aurora theater shooter), Adam Lanza (Newtown), the Navy Yard shooter, the second Fort Hood shooter, Anders Breivik (Norway shooter), Seung Hui Cho (Virginia Tech shooter), and Eric Harris (Columbine) were all on SSRIs when they went on their rampages.

But, yeah, it's a lot easier to just lazily blame guns.

Comment Taxation too. (Score 4, Insightful) 266

As anti-business and anti-success as the American tax code is, the tax codes of most European countries, in general, are worse. When Hollande put France under a 75% top marginal income tax rate, even Sarkozy started making plans to leave the country. Think about that for a second. The ex-president was going to leave to avoid the taxes.

You're not going to lure top talent to your country to try and make a billion dollar business when you promise to tax most of their income at 75%. With proper planning, in the US you'll be paying about 50% tops in California, and 40% in some other states.

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga