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Comment Re:That sounds like employees to me (Score 1) 165

If the allegations are true then it's pretty cut and dry.

"You are not an independent contractor if you perform services that can be controlled by an employer (what will be done and how it will be done). This applies even if you are given freedom of action. What matters is that the employer has the legal right to control the details of how the services are performed."

Comment Re:Works for me... (Score 1) 98

Actually it's worse than that. They had a lot of contributors and then moved to their insane cash grab model and basically locked out contributors who didn't answer as much as they used to, no grandfathering in long standing members, F-you pay me.

That EE is alexa ranked 5,000+ and SO is 50+ warms my heart.

Comment omg we're losing our skillz (Score 5, Insightful) 242

I can't speak for everyone but I have these type features in my car (adaptive cruise, lane assist, proximity warnings, blind spot detection, etc) and I can say without a doubt for me it surely hasn't made me a better driver. I get into my other car without all of that and find myself making noob driving mistakes (not checking blind spots, not keeping consistent speed, much longer parallel parking, etc). It's actually kind of unnerving at how fast I came to rely on the car to do these tasks for me.

I haven't seen any studies so maybe I'm just a goof but I consciously try not to rely on those things because I don't want to forget how to actually drive.

Comment Re:2015... (Score 1) 182

Yes, the easy way is to just penalize usage: It reduces the need to upgrade infrastructure and increases profits. OR unload your issue onto wireless networks so effectively people are paying you to switch the data onto the other connection they also pay for.

I know mobile data providers are under the gun, but they put themselves there.

I'd bet a good amount that the future of telecom will be 'untethered' devices that operate completely from wireless(etc) providers and VOIP because the monopolies are simply to big to change. Of course, like Cable they will fight this tooth and nail, of course through legislation not innovation.

Comment Re:2015... (Score 1) 182

There *is* more than enough to go around in most places, the only issue for like forever is how to properly monetize it. Since the 500$ monthly bill AOL days everyone who should does know the insatiable thirst for bandwidth, this stuff was charted out in board rooms to 2030 in 1990.

Unfortunately, the installed brass at most of the big telcos/cablecos only know how to twist the knobs a bit right or left to reach peak profit for this fiscal year. Yet another byproduct of monopolies: Innovation suppression for profit.

Comment Re:If you're so altruistic, why pick Delaware? (Score 1) 40

"The Delaware General Corporation Law is the most advanced and flexible business formation statute in the nation. The Delaware Court of Chancery is a unique 215 year old business court that has written most of the modern U.S. corporation case law. Delaware’s State Government is business-friendly and accessible. The state’s Division of Corporation is a model state-of-the-art efficiency and the staff provides prompt, friendly and professional service to clients, attorneys, registered agents and others. These factors have all contributed to making Delaware a premier legal home to companies around the world."

Sure, there are tax benefits but a small start up is thinking ease of entry more than 'how do we hide our profits'.

In other words: I like to support my local grocer but if I have to wait in line for ten minutes I'll just go to the big box.

Comment Re:No doubt about it Tor is broken (Score 2) 122

Would you consider a nation that spies on it's entire population oppressive? Do you never think there will be a time in which our government overreach will land us in another McCarthy era and use this kind of monitoring to have witch hunts?

In my opinion the inability to securely communicate is as much of a suppression of free speech as direct suppression.

Comment Re:Drug dogs (Score 1) 409

But it's not in the handler's best interests to claim that their dog alerted them to the presence of drugs when they don't actually find any because that just makes them look stupid.

And you know this how?

All they need to say is that there *were* drugs in the car or that wad of cash has drug residue on it. There's no formal review process for use of the dogs and a lot of times they are used as a threat to people who refuse a voluntary search of their car without any real cause.

If you think a K9 is going to be called out and they are just going to walk away when he doesn't hit you are seriously deluding yourself.

No one here is questing the ability of the dogs, they are questioning the integrity of their handlers.

All power corrupts, but we need electricity.