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Comment: Probability of being shot (Score 1) 203

The guy that works in the local corner store also has a non-zero probability of getting shot when he goes to work in the morning. Yes, it's terrible when bad things happen to cops, but it doesn't mean that we should ignore that a not insignificant number of bad things are committed by cops. Keep in mind that 1.4% is just reported incidents, and that there are probably plenty of "better keep quiet or you'll get a worse beating" situations out there.

Comment: Projected keyboard (Score 1) 142

I saw one mock-up where a phone-type screen was projected onto the wrist of the wearer. That might be a bit much, but perhaps something like this with a basic keyboard - projected onto the wrist/arm - might be doable.

Not sure how well it will work for us guys with hairy arms though.

Comment: Re:I agree. (Score 1) 631

by phorm (#49588443) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

With that, there comes statements like this
"He trained his replacement"

IF you're hiring contractors from a respectable/knowledgeable company, why the F*** would you need to train them. This is what happens when they bring in a company that is *cheap* to clean out existing staff.

I didn't see any note in the article as to what company was supplying the H1-B workers. I wouldn't be surprised if it's a shell created specifically for/by Disney.

Comment: Workarounds (Score 1) 631

by phorm (#49588413) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

Yeah, so these probably did some quasi-legal manoeuvring to get around this
a) Created a new position with a different skillset for the H1-B, whose duties happen to overlap (oh, but the old guy/gal wasn't qualified to do X,Y,Z he/she only knew X)
b) Created/hired a third-party/shell company, filled with H1B, and subcontracted the work to it

The latter seems to be popular, these days, then they can say "well, we didn't hire foreign workers, we're just contracting the work to EvilCorp which happens to have mostly H1-B's as employees"

Comment: Re:P.S. (Score 1) 355

by phorm (#49579157) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

Yeah, so basically because the administration wouldn't give him a pass to drop the bad students, he said "fuck it, I'm taking my ball home" and tried to fail and screw over everyone (including the good students) so that he didn't have to teach the class anymore.

Such high-quality faculty and administration we have.

Comment: Saturation (Score 1) 170

by phorm (#49577309) Attached to: Verizon Tells Customer He Needs 75Mbps For Smoother Netflix Video

It also depends on how saturated the existing connection is.
IF in the unlikely scenario the guy is already near tapping out his existing 50mbps connection, then adding another 20mbps could improve netflix streaming. For all we know the guy likes to stream netflix while downloading 10 torrents, Steam updates and large ISO files.

Comment: Pay scales (Score 1) 634

by phorm (#49570687) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

So what's the pay scale on "societally meaningful" engineering jobs, because if it's not the same (and quite likely it isn't) we'll just be back to the whole "but it's not equal pay" argument.

The fact is that many "better feeling" jobs tend to come at a cost in regards to monetary compensation.
So if Marshall Eriksen is going to work at a soulless lawyer firm as a shark for hire, he's going to make more money.
But if Marshall Eriksen is going to work in the legal department of an environmental protection company, the pay may not be quite as good.

Similarly, if Jane Doe wants to work at a firm that does the engineering for creating oil rigs, good pay. But if she's building aquifers in Africa or something similar, the pay might be good but not "as good".

But... I bet a lot of comparisons will say "look at how Jane Doe, is making less money as an engineer (at eco-engineering inc) than John Smith, also an engineer (at drill-baby-driill inc)"

Comment: High School (Score 1) 355

by phorm (#49570567) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

This is pretty much a university level prof acting like a High School teacher. A good portion (but not all) of the class was misbehaving, so he failed the lot of them.

That's like "Billy did X so you're all staying in at lunch." That shit wasn't fair in Elementary/Secondary school, and it's sure as hell not acceptable in a venue where students have paid to take the course. Fail the bad students, but don't shit on the ones that were there to learn and not causing issues.

Comment: Fatburger (Score 1) 629

by phorm (#49561493) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Yes, or as my server friend commented on after a late night shift:

A fairly large lady comes in with a friend after a night at the bar. She orders the double-decker cheeseburger, poutined fries with gravy, and a side of apple pie. Then she asks for a "diet coke" and comments "I'm trying to lose weight"

We cannot command nature except by obeying her. -- Sir Francis Bacon