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Comment: Lack of feeder routes + get people out of cars (Score 1) 333


California has no feeder routes. Even in areas where a train seems to be available, by the time a passenger manages the connections at both ends and adds in the wait time for even the most on-schedule service, train is MUCH slower than driving. If someone is to spend an hour (or two) getting from their origin to downtown LA and another hour (or two) getting from downtown SF to their destination and pay for parking and car rental, the train has to beat a car by at least 4 hours to get used much.
The Courts

+ - EFF To Ask Judge To Rule Universal Abused DMCA

Submitted by xSander
xSander (1227106) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge a federal judge in San Jose, CA to rule that Universal abused the DMCA to take down a video of a toddler dancing to a Prince song.

The case in question, whose oral argument will be Tuesday, October 16, is Stephanie Lenz vs. Universal, a case that began back in 2007. Lenz shared a video on YouTube of her son dancing to "Let's Go Crazy" on a stereo in the background. After Universal took the video down, Lenz filed a suit with help of the EFF to hold Universal accountable for taking down her fair use. The court had already decided that content owners must consider fair use before sending copyright takedown notices."

Comment: Basic applied math questions work well (Score 1) 672

by originalhack (#38609854) Attached to: Are Brain Teasers Good Hiring Criteria?

I hire embedded programmers. If they graduate from a university and can't apply basic algebra principles, that is a pretty good indicator that they cut and paste and memorize. I don't ask them puzzles, but I do ask them to take a real-world phenomenon and turn it into an equation. If, knowing its (constant) speed, starting time, and starting position, you can't express the position of a train as a function of time, you can't program either.

Some people call those "puzzles"

Comment: They don't have those problems AT THE MOMENT (Score 4, Interesting) 328

by originalhack (#38482484) Attached to: Why the Occupy Movement Skipped Silicon Valley
they will

Young people (most of Google's employees) think they are indestructible.

I daresay that I am in better financial shape than 80% of Mr Schmidt's employees including those my age and I fully expect to keep innovating and being paid well for it until I am in my 60s and due to retire.

I cannot be certain that I will be OK financially at that point.

* Medicare may be a shadow if what it was
* The social security I paid into on the majority of my income for the last several decades (while the "investor class" paid on little of their income) may be gone
* The major corporations that committed to a pension may have shoveled the liability onto a disposable successor
* Medical insurance may become unattainable
* I could get disabled by the negligent act of a corporation with little or no compensation (Tort "reform") and get wiped out financially

It is time to realize that us 99%-ers are really in this together even if most of us are too busy working to join the protests.

Comment: Mosso - Rackspace's VPS (Score 1) 375

by originalhack (#38478314) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Inexpensive VPS Provider?
You set up an account, then use their control panel to choose a base distribution and create VPS instances. You configure the machine and pay for only what you configure. You can create a machine, log in as root and manage it. If you try a machine and blow it away a few days later, you just pay for the days it was running.

I've used them for several years and they are very reliable.

Comment: It was originally a default judgment (Score 1) 156

by originalhack (#37302432) Attached to: Court Renders $3 Judgment Against Spamhaus
In the original trial, Spamhaus skipped defending themselves in court and the original court entered a default judgement. Non-appellate courts, even with non-default judgments, don't make precedent.

This appeals process was not based on the existence of the award but on the amount of it.

Comment: For a surprising reason, I almost hope he loses (Score 1) 775

by originalhack (#37161732) Attached to: Teacher Cannot Be Sued For Denying Creationism
For every AP High School teacher at risk of being accused of being hostile to religion, there are hundreds of elementary school teachers actively pushing their own religion on all of their students regardless of that student's own religion or that of their family, holding it up as the one true religion, and inviting the class to ridicule and torment any student whose religious beliefs diverge from the teachers' own majority religion.

Perhaps in ruling against Corbett, the courts would "put the fear of god" in these can't-tell-the-difference-between-public-school-and-sunday-school teachers. If so, I could live with making the AP High School teachers guard their words a bit more carefully while they try to make their slacker students think.

Comment: Hiring Manager Here... (Score 3, Interesting) 651

by originalhack (#36449536) Attached to: Obama: 'We Don't Have Enough Engineers'
I've recently had openings for well-paid EE/CS interns at a top-tier company. These are INTERN positions that pay in the "$37000-$47000" range and frequently lead to permanent positions that start at twice that and rise rapidly from there. I rarely see a single candidate who is, as you classify, a "native born anglo-saxon american". When I do, I rarely see one who can follow basic logic and apply algebra to a simple problem. The interview is usually essentially over in the first 20 minutes.

Of the last 2 interns I hired, one happens to be a product of the US education system and the other falls in the "Indian/Asian" category. I can give one a permanent position. The pay is the same regardless of which one I choose. If I choose the non-citizen, I am in for a whole pile of extra paperwork to get his labor certification done.

There is no comparison on the performance level. (The hours are identical -- interns work exactly 40 hours per week) Even though I will wind up with a whole pile of paperwork, I am hiring the non-citizen. I'd rather have to do the paperwork than have to teach the kid who grew up here all of the things that his parents and teachers should have taught him over the years.

Face it. I need to hire people who know how to do stuff. In the last 20 years or so, we started to produce kids that don't know how to do anything. Personally, I think it was around the time that parents started to buy kids nice cars rather than helping them get a heap of junk out of the classifieds and lending them a set of tools.

There is a part of me that would rather hire my fellow Americans. Too bad I can very rarely find qualified ones. That pains me.

Comment: Actually, It is that complicated (Score 1) 198

by originalhack (#35377086) Attached to: Timezone Maintainer Retiring
It tracks all of the changes. If a train left Paris at 12:06pm on Jan 12, 1936 and averaged 60mph all the way to Moscow, you can't tell when it arrives in Moscow just by knowing the timezones now and the length of the track. You need to know what the timezones were at the time. And, you need to know exactly when they changed -- especially if they changed during the journey.

Comment: RTFR (RTF Ruling) (Score 1) 438

by originalhack (#34754040) Attached to: Police Can Search Cell Phones Without Warrants

The court (outside the dissenting opinion) clearly made no distinction based on the amount of information stored on a smartphone and did not address the use of the phone to break in to systems outside of the phone itself. I hope, possibly in vain, that the latter would require a warrant. Read the ruling at http://sfgate.com/ZKUI

Comment: Unwise to prepend "updates" to original report (Score 1) 145

by originalhack (#34709398) Attached to: Court Rules Website Doesn't Have To Remove Defamatory Comments

After reading the court's decision, which emphasized the absence of any activity by ROR after the injunction, they were probably unwise to edit the original posting by pre-pending updates about the progress of the case. Now, the plaintiff could argue, they took actual action (editing and re-posting) after the injunction.

They would have been wiser to move the original (intact) to another URL and redirect the original to the new statement with links to the original at its new URL, possibly even adding some JS to the new statement to help go get the original article.

Comment: Easy to do and fair (Score 1) 276

by originalhack (#32785094) Attached to: Internet Sales Tax Gets a New Champion

One of the reasons that out of state merchants haven't always had to collect sales tax is to prevent a small shop from having to find the rates and file a return in every distant state where they do a single transaction.

The problem, now, is that your local businesses (if you have any left) have to pay taxes in your state even if they only sell a few hundred dollars of merchandise a year while online merchants don't have to pay taxes even if they ship millions of dollars of product into that state.

This is easily solved so long as the following conditions are met....

* Every state has a single tax rate for out-of-state merchants no higher than the lowest rate inside the state (no county-by-county rates)
* Simple categories. If a state makes groceries exempt but taxes ready to eat food, then all out-of-state food is exempt
* Either a national clearinghouse (upload month, total, and first 3 digits of zipcode) or a consistent mechanism (visit salestax.XX.gov)
* In not using a national clearinghouse, either exempt anyone shipping less than a certain amoung ($5000/year?) to a state or have carriers (usps, ups, etc..) handle the tax process as part of the shipping process for little guys who ship one or two small things to some state and shouldn't be bothered with filing even online.
* Require carriers on imports to assure that the tax is paid. (They already do this with import duties)

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