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Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1077

by sls1j (#49735517) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
I think you have this backward. If you believe that taking a job that pays minimum wage is suppose to pay a living wage then your already in trouble. There are too many people that can do those jobs to justify a higher wage, and the service that they provide is not invaluable enough. A person will only pay so much for a burger before they just decide to buy a loaf a bread and cold cuts at the grocery store and make their own sandwich. Flipping burgers was never meant to be a life long career choice.

If you're so stuck in a rut then seek help! There are many programs both provided by the government, non-profits, communities, and churches that can help you qualify for better employment.

Comment: Re: how long until the internet dies? (Score 4, Insightful) 133

by sls1j (#49663799) Attached to: FCC Tosses Petition Challenging Its New Internet Regulations
Not all Republicans. This one has been sick at the corporate welfare pushed by my own party. I've been cheering the FCC director and marveling at his backbone to push this non-partisan for the people measure through. I starting to think he'd be a good candidate for president someone that would serve the people.

I wish that the American people would wake up and stop treating politics as a sporting event and villianize everything from the other party. I wish we would start to seek and promote those that actually seek a better USA and that understand the principles that founded this country in the first place. These kind of individual are members of both the major parties and many of the minor parties. As the american people participate early we can avoid having to vote for the lessor evil and instead start voting for the greater good. If you only start to think about who to vote for in the general election it is too late.

Comment: Re:Cash-for-clunkers Redux (Score 0) 395

by sls1j (#49646611) Attached to: 25 Percent of Cars Cause 90 Percent of Air Pollution
I doubt it, I had an tiny Geo Metro that was pieced together from two totaled cars. When it was put back together the person didn't bother putting back most of the emissions hardware -- at the time I had no idea this was the case. I moved to California to work for a few years. The first emissions test this car received it failed miserably ( passing was something like 10 ppm and it was spewing 500 ppm) as you can imagine. I took it into the shop, and they just put on a new catalytic converter without fixing the actual problem. It fixed the emissions problem for long enough for it to pass emissions. The next year it was tested again with the same problem. The same fix was applied for the next few years. When we moved away from CA we sold the car to my brother in law who discovered what the real problem was. Really the mandatory checks only guarantee that it's clean for a few minutes, just long enough to pass.

Comment: Re:How a project is maintained (Score 1) 177

by sls1j (#49577077) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly
I don't think it's a bad thing either. Multiple projects means that different features and approaches can be tried without getting bogged down in bureaucracy or ideological battles. It keeps one person from having too much say in what should or should not be. If you want to try something but the organization doesn't want to -- no problem -- just fork the project and give it a try.

Since it's open source there isn't anything stopping the different projects from borrowing good idea's from each other. It really is a win-win situation!

Comment: There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. (Score 1) 686

by sls1j (#49537075) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
Personally I have **ZERO** trust in these sorts of surveys. The people that answer these surveys are self selecting, not a random selection. It only includes people that don't have caller ID, or that are willing to answer the phone from an unknown number, then those that are willing to take the 10 minutes to take the survey. Since this it is not a random selection of the general US public no inferences on the general US public can be made.

Comment: Re:Repeal the Fourth Amendment (Score 1) 409

Your correct. They put the *form* of government in the Constitution and all the personal rights in the Bill of Rights after the constitution was ratified. So the constitution defines the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government and what they have power to do. The bill of rights defines the rights of the citizens and some of what the government cannot do.

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 591

No that's not right you should say: we kill people who murder people. There is a big difference. We don't have the death penalty for accidental killings, or usually even deaths from negligence. Murder is punished by death because those that purposely disregard the sanctity of life of their fellow citizens are dangerous and deemed unfit for society and perhaps even deemed unhuman thus they are put to death (yes killed).

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.