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Comment: Reforms... are they positive? (Score 2) 464

The Huffington Post was live updating the proceedings, and said this:

USA Freedom Act advances 77-17

In a stunning reversal from last week’s drama, the USA Freedom Act was passed by a vote of 77-17. The bill, which passed the House overwhelmingly several weeks ago will now move forward and is likely to receive a final vote on Tuesday.

The bill fell three votes short of the needed supermajority to advance last week but with the clock ticking on controversial provisions of the Patriot Act, supporters of NSA surveillance thought that the proposed reforms were better than letting the program expire entirely.

Rand Paul stated that the Freedom Act will likely get passed on Tuesday.

Wait... did we win or not? Isn't this just a 2-day repreive?

Please note this [1] is one of the bills being proposed (by the sitting Senate Intelligence Chair, no less):

The bill Senate Intelligence Chair Richard Burr released last Friday is bad enough for the way it expanded the existing illegal dragnet. I argued here Burr’s bill would give the Intelligence Community everything they lost in 2009 and 2011. [...]

So think about it - is this just a 2 day reprieve or 2 days so they can rollback more restrictions and make things worse than they are now?

[1] https://www.emptywheel.net/201...

Businesses

Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States 324

Posted by timothy
from the when-monopolists-attack dept.
New submitter jeffengel writes: The push to regulate services like Uber and Lyft has spread through state legislatures nationwide. At least 15 states have passed ridesharing laws in 2015, joining Colorado, California, and Illinois from last year. More could follow, with bills pending in Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, and others. All this activity has led to new clashes with companies, city leaders, and consumers. Ridesharing bills have stalled or been killed off in Texas, Florida, New Mexico, and Mississippi. Meanwhile, Uber has exited Kansas and is threatening to leave New Jersey and Oregon, while Lyft has ceased operations in Houston, Columbus, and Tacoma. How this plays out could affect the companies' expansion plans, as well as the future of transportation systems worldwide.

Comment: Re:What if I want the ad fueled web to die? (Score 1) 618

by rsborg (#49715963) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

There is no right to make a profit. http protocol is displayed by a backend interpretation. I can do what I want with the data I fetch.

In addition I want the concept of ad revenue generated content to die.

Well then you better be concerned because according to TFA, they're going after ad networks but not ads within social networks. How logical is that? All this means is that Google's monopoly will be diverted to Facebook, and the same shit continues, except Zuck gets all the $$.

Comment: It's not a failure, this WOsD (Score 2) 143

The War on (some non-patentable, not pushed by Big Pharma) Drugs is a failure.

Ah, but I disagree. Its purpose is manifold, but the two biggies are the erosion of the constitution to keep the prison/security state growing and fed, and the profits of Big Pharma.

This sad state of affairs has been slowly engineered over decades by some very wealthy and influential people as a goal to increase their power and wealth.

It's not a failure - it's a wild success. Sucks that you and I aren't on that list of winners though.

Comment: Re:So how does this work? (Score 1) 152

by rsborg (#49674687) Attached to: The Best Way To Protect Real Passwords: Create Fake Ones

Possibly - but then the best way is just to let any password open the vault.

This is highly undesirable. Even knowing which services I find worthy enough to include in my vault is important. If the attacker knows my gmail, linkedin, or more niche account username, and doesn't see it in the vault, then they will get suspicious.

Comment: Sure, defend the asshole (Score 4, Insightful) 776

by rsborg (#49668531) Attached to: Worker Fired For Disabling GPS App That Tracked Her 24 Hours a Day

She probably lied about it.

That's no justification for the employer's action. If your employee doesn't behave properly, you talk with them, maybe put them on performance plan, or maybe terminate their employment.

To talk with another employer to get her fired there is pretty unethical and evidence of douchebaggery.

Comment: Perspective is what you need (Score 1) 403

by rsborg (#49590223) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

For the tiny percent of people who have tattoos that cover all the way down, why would they waste money or resources trying to figure out that last barely 1 percent or less? That makes no sense from a business stand point, on the other hand I totally agree with you on they should have a warning for those people with tattoo. For most, there is still time to return the watch, stop being major cry babies, thats how you let companies know there product has problems, RETURN IT.

So, GM shouldn't have fixed the ignition key problem because it affects even less than your "barely 1%"? And if a laptop design has barely 1% of cpus fail out of the box, that's okay? Or drugs or contaminated food shouldn't be recalled because it only affects barely 1%? Can you change your name from Anonymous Coward to Corporate Shill?

So is the Apple Watch not working with wrist tattoos equivalent to a malfunctioning car, failing laptop, or or contaminated drugs/food? You call the GP commenter a shill. You sounds silly and shrill.

If you have wrist tattoos (my guess is you don't) and the watch doesn't work for you return it. Get some perspective, and buy a Google Wear instead.

Comment: Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 171

by rsborg (#49537753) Attached to: USGS: Oil and Gas Operations Could Trigger Large Earthquakes

So I've read that what's happening is the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back". Meaning all this activity only hastened the inevitable; an earthquake. Some geologists have stated that in hindsight, this may actually be a good thing in that it releases stress that would otherwise buildup and cause an even bigger quake at a much later date. Much MUCH later I would think. So I dunno, if a mag 7 goes off, could you really prove who or what caused it though??

Do you have a cite for this? I haven't heard anything like that.

Comment: Re:Legislate instead of educate (Score 1) 616

by rsborg (#49533991) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

I hate that we have to legislate instead of educate people about vaccinations.

I hate that legislation is allowed to force people into something the state mandates.

There's no mandate. Just a removal of bullshit exceptions to an rule preventing unvaccinated children from attending schools.
Kind of like anti-dumping laws - you don't get to drain your sewer into the streets, just because you don't believe in "government mandated" plumbing.

Comment: Companies are full of people (Score 1) 279

by rsborg (#49392821) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?

companies in the US no longer DESEVE 2 weeks notice. the rules are no longer valid; they won't give YOU notice. don't give them any courtesy they won't give you.

Fact is, while I sure don't have personal relationships with companies, they are full of people that a) I have a working history with, b) can be references for future employment and c) may hire me again (or I may seek to hire them). It's not for the company that you give 2 weeks, it's for your coworkers. And you can, theoretically, just notice the folks who will be impacted by your departure and not your employer, but that's not really workable.

Pretending like you walking out on your coworkers is anything but antisocial is naive. Sure, some coworkers and managers are not going to care because your bridges are already burned, but personally, I've found most of my jobs through people I know and I've helped quite a few folks I know get gigs through connections.

In fact, I really prefer, when I depart, to try to find a replacement for myself - usually someone I know is looking for a gig, and my former employer is glad to get a recommendation from someone they trust.

Comment: Google Shopping Express to the rescue (Score 2) 187

by rsborg (#49389869) Attached to: Amazon Moves "Buy Now" Into the Physical World, With the Dash Button

The only problem is, most of this stuff is cheaper at Costco — when they are having a sale, one can load-up until next year's sale of the same commodity.

But this seems like it would be darn convenient. So much so, I'm prepared to revisit the price difference. Everyone here is busy and if a single button-press can really replace a trip to the store, it just might be worth it...

Not everyone has room for costco's usual super-sized product packages, I really have no room to store a 6 pack of ketchup, #10 cans of corn, or a 24 pack of paper towels, and many items would expire before I can use them. While I might save money by buying in bulk, without unlimited storage space, I appreciate using Amazon for just-in-time delivery even if I spend a little more money. Plus, as you say, there's the convenience factor -- going to Costco ends up taking at least a few hours from start to finish.

I regularly order 50lb bags of rice, jugs of juice, fruit 10lbs, all using my phone and the delivery person happily hefts it up the walkway to my door, along with a bevy of other items. I don't even have to talk to the guy - he leaves it in my safebox behind my side yard.

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