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Comment: Get a trade (Score 1) 509

by mauriceh (#47462075) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Skilled construction trades will always pay top dollar.
Yes, they are usually hard work, often in harsh environments.
Plumbers, Electricians, Glaziers, Carpenters, drywallers, floor installers, roofers, etc..
Get a trade, you will always be able to get a job that pays at least reasonably well.
If you do not mind moving, then it should pay quite well.

Comment: Re:Just the cost of doing business. (Score 3, Interesting) 311

by mauriceh (#46909085) Attached to: Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

Why does everyone respond to these situations with such simplistic bullshit "answers"
Yes, you are right, given a "solution" of ONLY penalizing executives, scapegoats shall be appointed.
Also, a "solution" of only fines means some small amount will be paid while the perpetrators walk away scot-free.
The obvious solution is for BOTH to be enforced, along with a real company value devaluing penalty.
Stock forfeiture in public companies to start with..
Suspension of trading for a significant interval for another additional penalty.

If an individual is convicted of committing a crime they risk both forfeiture of assets, AND jail time.
Why is a company or corporation immune to these measures?

Comment: Hello, they are douchebags, what is the problem? (Score 3, Informative) 259

by mauriceh (#46845275) Attached to: Hulu Blocks VPN Users

To quote from Wikipedia:
"Hulu is a joint venture of NBCUniversal Television Group (Comcast),[5] Fox Broadcasting Company (21st Century Fox) and Disney–ABC Television Group (The Walt Disney Company),[6] with funding by Providence Equity Partners, the owner of Newport Television, which made a US$100 million equity investment and received a 10% stake.[7] In October 2012, Providence sold its 10% stake in Hulu.[8]"

So why exactly are you surprised?

+ - Target scams masses to promote a new trade-in program 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, Engadget published that article about how Target is offering a promo deal, for a few days, to trade in ipads. To announce to the world that, like Best Buy, they are now accepting devices at sub-ebay prices.

The whole thing turned out to be a complete scam.

From 100+ posters, my own experience and talking to people in my area:

Target has run out of their "special" gift cards on day 1 in NYC area. And started turning people away under any and all excuses.
Including "email, they will surely take care of you and honor the deal", just to get people out of the door.

Several of us emailed them and got a "go away"-email with the following insult (quote): "While this may not benefit you today, your feedback helps us make our stores, merchandise and services better for every guest."

Small mobs formed at several of the stores on several occasions and THEY got the stores to do the right thing and got a trade-in or simply a discount on new purchases.

Most of the stores were also out of ipads and couldn't even do an upgrade, as a compromise.

Engadget has not commented on it or updated the story. One could probably look and see if Target is one of the sponsors. But Engadget has never been a NEWS company, so it's not a surprise.

Manager told me that while USUALLY Target Mobile is a separate entity, this promotion was run by the Target itself (and showed me an email with instructions).

Quite an epic fail that the largest retail chain uses scam tactics to promote a new service that they refuse to support. Not helped by the matter that they failed to stock sufficient inventory of the items they are ultimately trying to promote."

+ - Sweden is closing many prisons due to lack of prisoners.->

Submitted by rtoz
rtoz (2530056) writes "Sweden is taking steps to close many prisons due to lack of prisoners.

This year alone, four prisons and a detention center got closed in Sweden.

The percentage of the population in Sweden prison is significantly lower than in most other countries.

And,the Swedish prison system is not generally severe. For example, the top-of-the-line prison in Sollentuna, Sweden includes cells with comfortable mattresses and private bathrooms. After prisoners hit the weight room, they can cook up a meal in the state of the art kitchen before kicking back and watching TV on the couch. Sweden’s prison authorities are quick to point out that every square inch of the prison can be seen on a security camera.

Though the Sweden Government is taking steps to close the prisons, crime rate in sweden is not reduced. Actually Crime rate it getting increased in Sweden. It seems they are planning to take steps for preventing the crimes than focusing on sentencing the people involve in criminal activities."

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+ - U.S. Postal Service to Make Sunday Deliveries for Amazon

Submitted by guttentag
guttentag (313541) writes "The New York Times is reporting The USPS has struck a deal to deliver Amazon’s packages on Sundays — a first for both. The Postal Service, which lost nearly $16 billion last year, often loses money on first-class mail delivery, but package delivery is profitable. The Postal Service said it expected to make more such deals with other merchants, seeking a larger role in the $186 billion e-commerce market. For this holiday shopping season, Sunday delivery of Amazon products will be limited to the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas. In 2014 it is expected to expand to other cities including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix."

+ - SwiftKey serves up an Android keyboard your way->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes ""Your hands are big. My hands are small," writes Melissa Perenson. That's why the new Layouts for Living feature introduced by Swiftkey is so awesome — it helps tailor my Android device to your personal use patterns. The reviewer calls it one of the few Android apps that makes her demonstrably more productive on a daily basis."
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