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Comment: Re:can it get me home from the bar? (Score 1) 187

by mark-t (#47791443) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

So you won't, in other words.

I mean sure... they'll eventually get to that point, but the number of years of statistics they are going to have to collect on millions of driverless cars driving, collectively travelling billions or even trillions of miles to determine exactly how much safer they are than cars that utilize human drivers is going to be enough that most people alive today probably won't see it happen.

Comment: Re:why submit a project without knowing the price (Score 1) 52

by mark-t (#47791239) Attached to: MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

Consider that without a price, a person doesn't even have the OPTION of buying one...

And of course, price *IS* important in the real world... most people don't pay more money for something if they do not genuinely believe that it carries a value that is worth the amount of time and energy that it took to earn that amount of money. That's all very well and good if you have infinite amounts of cash, but most of us do not, and have to do menial things like budget. That involves knowing what your expenses are likely to be, and what kind of time frame it would take to pay for things that you do get.

Comment: Re:no price? (Score 1) 52

by mark-t (#47791141) Attached to: MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

There's no price yet because they're giving away the first production run to people who are going to do interesting things with them...

If that were actually the real reason that they don't have a price on it, then that would also imply that they do not want anyone to have one who doesn't already know what they want to do with it, and has an idea that *THEY* approve of.

Comment: Re:OK Another one (Score 3, Interesting) 86

by mark-t (#47785379) Attached to: Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far
As a larger planet, however, since force of gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance, the surface gravity of a world otherwise equivalent in density to another ends up rises linearly with the diameter of the planet. If it is of similar composition to earth, then 5.4 earth masses would make it cbrt(5.4) times the size of earth, or roughly 1.75g at the planet's surface. Assuming that the atmospheric density is comparable to earth's (possible, even with greater gravity if the atmosphere itself is proportionally thinner), then this is theoretically survivable by human beings for short periods, or even prolonged ones if they were able to acclimate to the increased gravitation pull gradually, over a span of several years, giving time for skeletal tissue to build up and strengthen the body's structure to survive the increased tension.

Comment: Re:9 to 5 is a myth (Score 1) 146

by mark-t (#47784971) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession

That's entirely true... my point is that there is no actual legislation that requires the employee to take a break... and that the employee must still be paid for all time worked unless there was an explicit agreement to the contrary in the employment contract which would have been signed by the employee when they started working for that employer. Even then, certain rights to being fully paid for time worked cannot be legally forfeited, regardless of what kinds of agreements were made.

But certainly, yes... an employer is at liberty to discipline an employee who works unauthorized hours, in whatever fashion is commensurate with that company's disciplinary policies. Even if the hours were not authorized, barring any employment contract which explicitly indicates otherwise, as I mentioned above, the employee is still legally required to be paid for the time they worked, and cannot legally deduct time for a lunch break from the employee's pay if it was not actually taken.

Comment: Re:what could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 256

by mark-t (#47784445) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications
Of course, but I'm not going to go out of my way to try and avoid an accident with a car behind me, since the actualy responsibility for that goes to the driver that is behind me. If I feel I need to stop or slow down to assess an unexpected situation, I will do so, because I have a responsibility to not cause an accident ahead of me with my own vehicle.

Comment: Re:9 to 5 is a myth (Score 1) 146

by mark-t (#47778771) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession
The Colorado laws regarding meal breaks govern the activities of the employer, not the employee. The employer is entirely free to discipline an employee who has worked more time than was authorized under the company's normal disciplinary policies, but the employee must still be paid for all time that they worked.

Comment: Re:9 to 5 is a myth (Score 2) 146

by mark-t (#47778689) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession
"The employer is required to provide" is not actually the same thing as "the employee is required to take". An employer cannot deduct time for a lunch break that was not taken. The employer can, however, discipline an employee for failing to take a lunch break when they were supposed to, and can refuse to honor the time worked during the expected lunch break if this is stipulated in the employment contract. In absence of any such contract, the employee is still required to be paid for all time worked.

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