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Comment Re: I don't want a fucking TV channel! (Score 3, Interesting) 190

They can get cancelled even if you *DO* contribute to their ratings...


I was in a Nielson household once... from about '99 to '04. When a show that I really *really* liked ended up getting cancelled after barely more than half a season, despite me and my wife and 4 kids watching it every single week starting with the pilot, I ended up cancelling our participation in January '04, and had them take their equipment back. I know that it's not Nielson's fault that the show got cancelled, of course.... but that experience with trying to participate in their ratings program, and *STILL* seeing a show that I really liked get cancelled before it could even get started was very discouraging, and I kind of stopped seeing the point.

Comment Help (Score 1) 662

With enough capital to retire off of, I'd probably use whatever was left to help people, to the extent that money can.

Maybe build an apartment building that wasn't being run for-profit to keep rent down for low-income families or something like that.... having come from one myself, I know how much of a difference the availability of stuff like that can make.

Comment Re:You keep using that word. I don't think it mean (Score 1) 263

I have no problem with metered usage in general.... I also have no problem with any so-called unlimited plans either, but I'm suggesting that such labelling would only be justified when any such "unlimited" plans are designed such that any metering that may occur on them is strictly for reporting purposes, and does not actually affect what services or levels of service they are entitled to receive, or how much they pay for that service.

Their services may still be limited by things such as network bandwidth or how many other people are using the service at the same time, but such limitations are physical ones that would exist for everyone anyways, even if their usage were not being metered at all. It is only when the *metering* of usage is used to impact the amount that must be paid, or the level or quality of service being offered for the fees that are being charged that the term "unlimited" cannot reasonably be construed to apply.

Comment Re:You keep using that word. I don't think it mean (Score 2) 263

I would think most users would be entirely happy with "unlimited" simply meaning that any metering of their usage that may occur would not be used to either limit usage, nor to determine how much additional fees to charge them beyond whatever level of service they paid for.

Any limits that might exist on their usage would be strictly a consequence of whatever the technology is capable of based on how the network is actually being used, not only by them, but by all subscribers at the same moment that they are using the service.

Of course, if too many subscribers are trying to do too much at once, the network can potentially become unusable for all of them.... much like if too many people are calling the same phone number at the same time then it can sometimes happen that none of them may end up getting through. That doesn't mean that their individual usage isn't unlimited, however.

Comment If a company wants to conduct business.... (Score 1) 678

... in a country, then by rights, they need to observe the laws of that country. If tolerance of holocaust denial is a crime in Germany, and since the US-based Facebook can't reasonably be expected to be following every foreign law, then they should be getting their business the fuck out of Germany... which means at the very least, closing the accounts of all users who are based in that country. Sucks for German facebook users, but if it's the law there, then really, what else can they do? Germany can have its own version of Facebook (Gesichtsbuch?) for its own users that follows its own laws if they want. if Germany should decide at some later point to become more tolerant of Facebook's own tolerance towards things that happen to currently be crimes in Germany, then Facebook could reopen their services to residents of that country.

Seems like a pretty simple problem to solve, if you ask me.

Comment Re:I don't actually have a problem with this.... (Score 1) 446

>p> There is absolutely *NO* evidence to substantiate that EM sensitivity is caused by anything external to the person claiming to have it.... numerous double-blind studies have been done, and the only factor that determines whether they are "sensing" any EM is simply when the person claiming to have EMS believes that such phenomena is present, whether or not it actually is.

That does not necessarily mean that their suffering is all in their mind because what a person believes or thinks can sometimes have real, measurable effects on their physiology. Although I think that what it does mean is that EM sensitivity needs to be treated as a psychological matter rather than physiological one.

Comment Re: the $15 minimum wage... (Score 1) 61

Not even slightly.... The number of people may be very large, but the amount of money they control and spend is still very small compared to overall consumer spending. The top 20% income earners account for 95% of the economy. Even doubling minimum wage wouldn't impact that number in any appreciable way because of the enormous income disparity between the rich and the poor.

Comment Re:Why no test (Score 1) 446

Numerous double blind studies have conclusively shown that such sensitivity ultimately depends on what the subject *believes* to be true, regardless of whether or not it actually is. Whether she would still "sense" anything inside of the Faraday cage actually depends on whether or not she genuinely believes the Faraday cage will truly stop the signals she believes are harming her, and whether or not she believes those signals to be present.

In other words, its all psychosomatic.... and should be treated as such. Psychosomatic disorders can still produce externally measurable changes in a person's body, so the suffering can still be legitimately real, and so I would not think that being simply dismissive of it is necessarily the best approach, but probably psychological help would be for the best so that she can learn how to recognize the false signals that her brain is telling her about, and perhaps eventually overcome the dysfunction.

Comment Re:So I guess CEO's don't get hit with non-compete (Score 1) 133

"Stealing" customers is a different matter... I've seen such agreements before and they are entirely legally enforceable. However, the person *is* still allowed to work for a competitor in the exact same industry, and solicit business from potential customers that did *NOT* have any imminent or active business dealings with the employee's former company while they were there. If the area is not large enough that there are no available customers, then that suggests the market is already saturated anyways, so a person *would* be out of luck in such a case just as if there were no available jobs in an area at all.

Comment I don't actually have a problem with this.... (Score 4, Interesting) 446

.... as long as the woman is getting mandatory psychological treatment.

All available evidence on Electromagnetic sensitivity suggests that is actually a purely psychosomatic disorder, but belief is tremendously powerful thing and can produce real and measurable physiological changes in a person, causing immune reactions without any externally visible cause, change in hormone levels that should otherwise only be explainable by other external phenomonena, etc.

Treating serious psychosomatic disorders requires the person to not just be aware that the problem is all in their own mind, but it also requires that a person be aware of some pathway to a solution to their apparent problem. I have heard it best described by one psychologist as (althouh I am paraphrasing here, this is not a direct quote) "there's nothing actually wrong with your hardware, but basically the software in your brain is misfiring and telling your body the wrong thing.". A person with a psychosomatic disorder needs to learn a skill that is not necessarily easy to come by, and that is to learn how to ignore those essentially false signals that their brain is telling their own body, and causing it to react in ways that might otherwise be attributed to some external phenomena. This is why the person needs psychiatric help.

Simply telling an EHS sufferer that it's just all in their own head and they should be able to simply think their way out of their problem is only going to get you ignored, because their body may still be producing a real reaction to something, even if that something is only imagined.

Comment Re:So I guess CEO's don't get hit with non-compete (Score 1) 133

In practice, an ex employer is not even going to know what a former employee is doing after he or she leaves, let alone who they are working for without having to spend time and resources following what that person is doing outside of company time. Non-competes really are, for all practical purposes, completely unenforceable, and not generally worth the paper they are printed on... at best they typically only serve as a cautionary warning to not violate any NDA's, which an employer *CAN* legally go after you for violating potentially even years after you leave the company, although the more time that elapses since employment ended, the more difficult (exponentially, even) it becomes to establish any plausible NDA violation, and so NDA's have a practical upper limit to their duration that is usually less than a decade.

If noncompetes were generally legally enforceable, they could be presented as a condition of employment by an employer, and effectively prohibit any employees from legally practising in whatever trade it is that they are trained in after they leave said employer (short of moving to a distant enough jurisdiction), when they have not actually done anything to warrant such treatment. Although a lawyer can be disbarred, and a medical practitioner can lose their license, for example, such people actually have to do something that was *WRONG* to warrant such a thing.

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