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Comment: Re:Gee Catholic judges (Score 1) 1308

by jopsen (#47357453) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

By the time the dust of WW2 had settled, the current system of employer-provided health insurance was firmly established. Leading us inevitably to today....

It sadness me that American politicians can't see that this inhibits competitions as employers use healthcare benefits to retain employees... It's very close to a lock-in, which hinders the powers of the free markets. Seriously, when you read ads for employers to provide healthcare, the ad is all about how the employer can retain his employees... Tsk tsk...

Compared to other countries, this is also a major blocker for start-ups, etc... Long term these things are going to keep the US behind.

Comment: Re:R's support lower H1B caps? (Score 1) 341

by jopsen (#47337109) Attached to: If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

Exactly - there are plenty of workers here in America that can fill that void - employers are just reluctant to pay the proper price for it.

I'm an H1B worker here... and I get paid enough - just don't tell my manager :)
But a fact is that without H1B I would be working from Toronto, London or home somewhere else in Europe... For the same company, doing the same thing.


All you're going to change is the location of the worlds largest tech cluster... without immigration silicon valley is nothing.

Comment: Re:Competition Sucks (Score 1) 507

by jopsen (#47243905) Attached to: Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

My non-expert opinion: Uber has a strong case that the drivers are independent contractors, not employees.

I don't dispute that this is the case under US law... My problem is with this practice of doing this... In the US the same happens to taxi drivers and pizza delivery drivers.
I find it distasteful to cut costs on people who have very little income. Sometimes these people makes below minimum wage. It seems to me like they are trying to exploit the little man. Because people do drive taxies, uber and deliver pizzas for a living, making them contractors is a distasteful way to cut money from people who make very little.

Comment: Re:Backup? (Score 1) 396

by jopsen (#47237131) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

You need a file system which uses checksums on all data block so that it can detect a corrupted block after reading it, flag the file as corrupted so that you can restore it from a good backup.

When I decide to archive a lot of files I put them in a tarball and generate par2 files... That way a single bitflip or two will be okay :)

Comment: Re:"Safety Requirements"? (Score 1) 314

by jopsen (#47227201) Attached to: California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

I have only been in one CA cab, but the driver was very relaxed and not at all assholish. Could be we got lucky.

SF cab drivers aren't the worst IMO... But uber drivers are much better, not speeding up like crazy, etc...
The shared shuttle rides from SFO though is the most crazy thing I've every tried, constantly speeding like crazy and going hard on the breaks at every stop sign, as if every single stop sign as a surprise :)

Comment: Re:Competition Sucks (Score 1) 507

by jopsen (#47214051) Attached to: Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

If Uber were really offering legitimate competition, I would be more sympathetic. But they're partly undercutting existing taxis through ridiculous things like using drivers who lack commercial vehicle insurance, which is rather irresponsible.

True, and calling the drivers self-employed, which is also a lie that moves more liability to the drivers and in the US frees uber of having to pay benefits etc...
That said, I'm pretty sure uber requires drivers to be insured, also uber does have insurances that covers the passenger, etc. google it for details.

Another, big cost saving that uber does is letting people use their private vehicles, which does make sense from a cost cutting perspective. And enables drivers to offer better service. For example by keeping their car clean.

Note, cost cutting is not the only reason uber is nice. Ordering and paying through an app is really nice too. So is the rating system, which holds drivers accountable.

Comment: Re:What"s A Criminal To Do? (Score 2) 143

by jopsen (#47199077) Attached to: Chicago Robber Caught By Facial Recognition Sentenced To 22 Years

Crime is no longer a career choice.

Armed robbery of people on a train haven't been a profitable profession for at least 150 years :)
And I'm basing that fact that it ever as profitable on movies :)

Crime has long been the employment of quite a few members of society but now they will be caught.

s/employment/desperate measure/

By the way, criminals being caught is not a new thing... close to 1 percent of the prison service eligible US population is behind bars.

Comment: Re: people ruin everything (Score 5, Insightful) 475

by jopsen (#47143091) Attached to: The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

Your arrogance is your assumption that you have anything to say worth recording, let alone even listening to you. What makes your personal life so relevant?

So because my private life is utterly uninteresting, you suggest that I shouldn't care about giving up my human rights?

The right to privacy is a human right...

One might as well ask, why you should care about fair trails or torture, if you're not a criminal then why should you care? After all why should anybody want to torture a confession out of you?
This is not about being personally targeted or affected, it's about basic human rights.

Comment: Re:Speculation (Score 2, Insightful) 475

by jopsen (#47142741) Attached to: The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

There is no concrete information that the NSA or a national security letter was involved.

Before Snowden we used to say the same thing about NSA messing with encryption standard bodies, or NSA conductive widespread warrant-less surveillance of everybody.

We used to think people wasn't subjected to secret trails in the US. That's no longer the case, we now know by fact that the US doesn't honor basic human rights, not for it's citizens or anybody else.

Do we really need more proof. This isn't the worst thing the NSA have attempted yet.

Comment: Re:Amazon "lose $ on each book, make it up on volu (Score 1) 462

by jopsen (#47081935) Attached to: Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

How can the state of California guarantee that without price controls, then.

The things sounds more like a political goal.. Not something they plan to enforce by law... And if they plan to do so, it'll probably be through added taxes to conventional cars..

Either way, this smells of a CEO who didn't invest electric car development now wants to stop politicians from promoting electric cars...

Comment: Re:I propose a test ... (Score 1) 167

by jopsen (#47071329) Attached to: California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

I call it the aggressive, psychotic driver who makes random, unsafe lane changes, fails to signal, and swoops across several lanes of traffic while doing well over the speed limit.

Lemme see your driverless car handle that, then we'll see.

I personally look forward to driverless cars... no more looking before crossing the street..
If you want to cross the street just jump out in front of a car...


I saw one of the cars when I visited Mountain View a few weeks ago, and I was so tempted to jump out infront of it to see what happens :)

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