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Comment Re: FTFY (Score 1) 194

Other fun fact, both the Potomac and the Anacostia are to shallow for a battleship or really anything with any fire power. A small and unloaded destroyer can make it at high-high tide via towing. But then it would have no fuel or armament to actually you know fire.

The shallow draft is why the Navy Yard in DC never really built ships like the original intention for the yard.

Comment Re:Looks like a case of poor research (Score 1) 190

Trademark holder did a poor job researching his trademark and finds prior use in a domain name now attempts to abuse anti cyber squatting laws to grab domain.

I would argue that they did. Unfortunately the current law and case law give favor to a trademark holder, in this case Office Space Solutions, to get control of a domain name. They saw a domain name\trademark that wasn't being used filed the trademark, used it a bit, offered to buy it, and then went after the domain name using the tools created to break cybersquatters. It's a pretty standard method now a days to get control of a little used domain even if the owner doesn't want to sell at a reasonable* price.

I don't think it's right, but that's how the process works now a days.

*This is very subjective by the way. Reasonable for one isn't necessarily reasonable for another.

Comment Re:Password updating (Score 1) 150

If you leave the organization forced-password change means after a set time 60-90 days you cannot log in anymore if someone didn't properly close your accounts and same for the shared account passwords.

Yes, if companies had proper HR-to-IT checkout procedures and shared accounts went away this wouldn't be an issue and your passwords could stay the same, but sadly, the password change is the best approximation most places have to functioning procedures.

Comment Re: Good (Score 2) 302

Except you know they do lend.

If it was just a money transfer they might have a case they are not a bank, but even then there are regulations on money transfer systems that PayPal tried to say didn't apply to them.

Comment Re:Not forced... (Score 1) 302

It would require them to say that the drivers are employees and not independent contractors to self-insure. Once they say the drivers are employees in Kansas could then be used in all the other jurisdictions in the US that are pressing the issue.

Making them employees would shift the risk from the drivers onto Uber, which would be catastrophic to Uber's business model.

They could also form an insurance arm and sell insurance, but they couldn't force their drivers to buy it (since they are independent contractors) and it would open them up to a whole host of other regulatory issues.

Comment Re:Fast track (Score 4, Insightful) 355

The "coming entitlement generation" has been on its way since at least the late 1980s when it was supposedly my cohort...and probably much, much longer.

Those articles started to appear in the 1880's. Every upcoming generation has been described as some sort of variant of entitled, lazy or "me first". It's the "get off my lawn" version of a newspaper editorial.

Comment Re: No more bailout (Score 1) 690

They aren't running up more debt. They've had a primary surplus since 2013, the problem is in the ECB/Euro system they have no way of reducing the external debt (i.e. let the relative value of your currency drop) to bring thier flows in sync with where they should be.

The only thing that will relieve them is for Northern Europe to increase thier inflation or to have the debts forgiven. That isn't politically possible due to internal politics in Germany, France, etc. So they're forcing the issue to end the "beatings will continue until moral improves" that is currently foisted upon them.

Comment Re:No more bailout (Score 1) 690

No one nation will ever get ejected from the EU or the Euro. Most of the elites see the EU as the moderating force to prevent war in Europe from ever happening again. The prospect of nations warring rather than suing each other in The Hague is enough to keep everyone in, even if some members are anti social from time to time.

Comment Re:The Cuban Miracle (Score 4, Insightful) 690

Taiwan under Chang Kai-Shek, Indonesia under Suharto, Portugal under Salazar, Spain under Franco, most of South and Central America from the late 60's to the early 90's, the list goes on. Hell, even present day Russia and China would fall under that category depending on how you want to slice the apple.

Dictatorships don't really proclude any economic system.

Comment Re:Private Links != Paid Priority (Score 1) 258

If that was the case, why did Comcast and Verizon fight putting the OpenConnect Netflix system directly on their network avoiding the peering entirely?

It would of gotten rid of any of the peering issues and allowed faster service for everyone. Netflix offered to pay for the entire install and support as well so it would of cost Comcast and Verizon nothing, other than the right to shake down Netflix and the other peering services.

Also L3 offered to pay for the peering upgrades as needed, but both of them would rather try to shake down Netflix then you know actually solve the problem.


Comment Re:Time for Solidarity? (Score 1) 284

They kind of function like unions anyway. The ABA decides who will be a lawyer and on what terms in order to join the bar of your local state. Same with the doctor licensing boards and the CPA boards for accountants.

Unlike industrial unions though they've codified their positions in to the laws and as such can be "voluntary association" instead of a mandatory union shop, even though they function just the same.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau