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Comment: Re:well then it's a bad contract (Score 1) 278

by penix1 (#49563057) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

Yes it is when the choice is all or none. They have the end providers over a barrel in that regard. Just look what happened here in WV when Suddenlink got in a spat over the contract with Viacom. All the Viacom channels were removed hurting the business of that provider.

A contract by coercion is by definition a bad one.

Comment: Re: Stupid (Score 2) 590

The problem States are having is that companies refuse to sell the drugs to the States because of sanctions imposed on them by the EU.

Oh come on now. That isn't even bullshit. It is horse shit.

The drug companies that produce the drugs used for execution realized that their drugs, which were originally designed to save lives, was being used to take lives. Every statement made by those companies state that. In other words, they made a moral judgement that they didn't want to be seen as providing death on one hand and life on the other. Sure, the EU pharmacies were the first to refuse but your statement doesn't take into account the American companies refusals.

Comment: Re:Doug Williams - Polygraph Countermeasures? BS! (Score 1) 114

by penix1 (#49505469) Attached to: DIA Polygraph Countermeasure Case Files Leaked

The problem is people DO believe a polygraph is "accurate" or it wouldn't be used to "weed out" suspects like it is. I watch Investigation Discovery all the time and I find it disturbing that a test that is invalid in a court is still use by police for this purpose. Things get worse if you refuse to take the test or, God forbid, request an attorney be present during questioning. Guilt is then further reinforced with a suspect that invokes those rights.

Comment: Re:But not to Nestle. (Score 1) 332

by penix1 (#49460285) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

Who said anything about salinity change as the only thing doing the damage? The whole process ignores microscopic organisms from the intake to the filters to the osmosis process.

You might be able to push it up a little locally if you dump the salt in a harbor or something... soooo... don't do that. duh.

And that is exactly what they will do because it is the cheapest option that the lowest bid waste contractor has. It wouldn't be the first time humans created a toxic waste dump...

Comment: Re:But not to Nestle. (Score 4, Insightful) 332

by penix1 (#49457655) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

I can see another aspect besides the waste in electricity... The microscopic life in the ocean that is the foundation of the food chain that will eventually lead to us is not considered in the environmental assessments. They are only worried about the higher multi-cellular life. The ocean is one of the most diverse places on Earth. I can see us fucking up that diversity much like we fucked up everything else we touched in nature.

Comment: Re:About time. (Score 1) 407

Five hundred IT workers at SCE were cut, and many had to train their replacements.

It is at this point that I would tell them to piss up a rope and suck on the dry end until it was wet...

It just adds insult to injury to expect a person you tell you are firing that they have to train their replacement. If forced by contract I would do the bare minimum required by the contract. Nothing compels me to divulge everything. They are, after all, supposed to be qualified for the job right?

Comment: Re:Jail? (Score 1) 39

Fines don't work at all. It is built into the price as a "cost of doing business".

Hit the corporation where it really does hurt. Suspend their corporate charter. That removes the legal protections the corporation has allowing the shareholders as well as the executives to be held liable for illegal misdoings. You will quickly see a change in their behavior once the shareholders can be sued for enabling the bad conduct...

Comment: Re:WAHT TEH FUCK` (Score 1) 201

Cheating on tests is not criminal.

It is when money is tied to it like it was in this case. You are acting as if it was the students that were cheating. It was the teachers changing wrong answers on the tests after the students were done. They did it for the money plain and simple since they got bonuses based on those test results.

Comment: Re:Well they wanted the results (Score 3, Funny) 201

There was a joke on NPR the other day it went like this:

3 economics statisticians went deer hunting. The first just missed the back end of the deer while the second just missed the front. The third yelled, "We got him!"

What this shows is there is always a margin of error and as long as the numbers are within that range they got it.

Comment: Re:WAHT TEH FUCK` (Score 1) 201

How on earth does cheating on some tests in any way compare to racketeering?

Because their salaries, bonuses and the school's reputation (hence more funding for being a "good school") were based on the test results and they all colluded to change the scores to achieve the higher salaries and bonuses. In short, they colluded to illegally enriched themselves.

Comment: Re:How are these related? (Score 4, Insightful) 201

We've been obsessing over test scores for a while now and it doesn't seem to improve the quality of education.

That is the fault of the No Child Left Behind Act. The act that tied teacher / administrator salaries to the test results. Public schools across the nation stopped worrying about a kids learning and worried about their bottom line. That leads to doing whatever it takes to make sure the test results are positive.

Comment: Re:The future is here (Score 1) 197

Only by people like me who are constituents....

Earl Ray IMO is a "company man" from Logan County (the county where the most mountain top removal is happening). He was the president of the Senate here for ages before taking over for Manchin. It needs to be stated that this year was the first in over 3 decades that both houses went Republican in WV and they have done nothing but passing idiotic laws to include getting rid of the conceal-carry laws and gutting the above ground storage tank law that was passed after the Freedom spill that affected 300,000 residents and businesses for weeks.

The problem is that even though the governor has line item veto all it takes is a simple majority to override that veto.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.