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Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 252

by causality (#49498253) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Well, the constitution does say any American citizen has free travel between areas within the US. So if I was this guy, I'd sue the federal court. Fun fact, because it's a federal issue, he's constitutionally promised a jury of at least 6 people if the suit is for more than $20. At that point, it really doesn't matter what the federal judge says, it's the jury. And since the US is a country of "letter of the law", the federal government is going to have a hell of a time defending this action when the constitution explicitly prohibits it.

Sure thing. All it will cost him is his life savings plus whatever debt he incurs.

Comment: Are things back to normal now? (Score 1) 252

by squiggleslash (#49496347) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

This sounds like the kind of reaction our glorious overlords were having to people landing on the Capitol lawn on September 10th, 2001.

A little miffed, patronizing, an official "We have our eye on you", but not guns drawn, no disappearances into Cuban prison camps, no insane over-reactions.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 319

by MightyYar (#49493077) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

The problem is it shouldn't be impressive, it use to be called being a good parent.

Well, I think you went above and beyond a little by actually melting down rock :) I have some projects with the kids - those "science" kits from the teacher/parent store, Mindstorms, Hour of Code, that sort of thing... but melting rock in a forge is pretty hard core.

Add in that now with the internet you can quickly find out about things you have limited or no knowledge about and it is a lot easier than when I was little.

Indeed. The challenge now seems to be teaching the kids to vet information since it is now trivial to access. I'm struggling a bit with how to do this, but I think surfing the internet with them seems to be effective.

Another thing that has helped with exposing them to different thing is having my son in Cub Scouts.

I think this depends heavily on your local chapter. I was extremely unimpressed as a child, and my kids have not gotten into Girl Scouts/Cub Scouts - though there is of course still time.

Comment: Re:Long View (Score 1) 469

by Tom (#49491483) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

Compensation has been commensurate to your skills for hundreds of years.

Your argument smells.

Yes, more skilled people in general earn more. But (and in the words of Ben Goldacre: It's a big but) there are exactly two issues with this in our modern hypercapitalism, and they are related:

a) A class of very low skilled workers has moved to the top of the food chain and takes a massive part of the total wages for itself

b) The general level of pay is staggeringly low. If you compare the wealth of your western nations to the wealth of the average individuals within, you should be frightened. Most western countries can spend a few billions here and there without so much as shrugging. As nations, we have more, much much much more money available than ever in history. The most lavish spending of any king in history pales compared to everyday infrastructure, science or military projects of today. As people, we are richer than the average middle ages peasant, but in comparison to our nations wealth, we have less.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 319

by MightyYar (#49490303) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

The main issue is that no one seems to agree on what to measure. "Student performance" is too fuzzy. Does that mean "proficiency"? Well, that's straightforward. But then you have problems graduating students who never become proficient, and it points out just how unfair society is. No one likes that! No one has created a metric that gives all parties an artificial warm and fuzzy feeling for all parties, that is very true.

Comment: Re:and people say unions are bad this is what happ (Score 2) 291

by Registered Coward v2 (#49489495) Attached to: IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination

However, workers can undertake actions to increase their bargaining power and thus wages, as can any other supplier. [...] is no different than any economic transaction

It is different, because of the official governmental support worker-unions enjoy — instead of being treated with the anti-trust laws, like any other entity working to raise the prices of what its members are selling.

Except, unlike a group of producers acting in concert to exert market power; an employer still has many other options for labor. They can outsource, refuse to sign a contract and bring in replacements, move to another non-union location; unlike a monopoly where there is no other source of the product. Granted, those are not easy things to do but hey still are viable competitors to a union workforce. The government has intervened in the workplace in many ways, sometimes to the workers favor (unions, labor laws) and other times to the employers (non-competes, right to work laws,letting bankruptcy abrogate contracts and pension liabilities).

Put your best foot forward. Or just call in and say you're sick.