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Comment Re: Very sad - but let's get legislation in place (Score 1) 705

"Why not make it really simple? If your system gets broken into, it's your fault. "

So your home gets burgled, and its *all* your fault? Not the burglar's? Regardless of the precautions you took?

Though in this case, it was not an innocent home burgled , but an Alibaba's cave full of stolen goods.

Comment Re:Now that's just evil (Score 1) 515

At least Google offers up both open-source Chromium and Chrome. And free alternatives exist - from Lynx to Opera to Ice Weasel.

But its the *Operating System* keeping tabs on you now; and that, closed-source, so you're not sure exactly what "telemetry" it publishes back to the mothership.

Comment Re:Life imitating art? (Score 1) 480

> Needless to say, it did not work out well.

Thanks - but that's a story.

Here's how real life 'worked out' for the author -- she who collected social security cheques as one who “regards it as restitution and opposes all forms of welfare statism”.


Rand underwent surgery for lung cancer in 1974 after decades of heavy smoking.[95] In 1976, she retired from writing her newsletter and, despite her initial objections, allowed Evva Pryor, a social worker from her attorney's office, to enroll her in Social Security and Medicare.[96][97] During the late 1970s her activities within the Objectivist movement declined, especially after the death of her husband on November 9, 1979.[98] One of her final projects was work on a never-completed television adaptation of Atlas Shrugged.[99]

But to your main point - 'to each according to his needs' (Rand's story) is very different from 'set minimum wage' (Gravity Payments).

In fact, the story it should remind you of is this one (at least that's what Gravity's CEO states was his inspiration behind his move):

Comment Re:Guess they haven't been reading the news (Score 1) 418

Hahah.. how did you get this so wrong? Netflix is pretty much the diametric opposite of Gravity Payments in employee treatment.

Netflix's leave policies may *look* like an 'eat what you want' buffet. However the manager at this diner has been known to grab diners he don't like and turf them out. Something that may encourage moderate eating.

Returning to Gravity - I'm pretty sure it'll be doing better than its industry peers within the year.

Comment Re:Netflix already had that policy for holidays (Score 1) 418

Ah, *that* famous slide deck. Here's a ground report on how it works in practise.

High pay, high stress, no job security
Sr. Manager (Current Employee), Los Gatos, CA – July 28, 2015
Pros: High salaryCons: Culture is cut-throat, not collaborative
They live their Culture Deck and people are disposable. The smallest mistake could cost you your job, particularly if the overly-powerful HR business partners take issue with it. There are some good people there, but by and large the complete lack of job security (they don't hesitate to fire people) creates a CYA culture whereby senior management (directors and above) line their organizations with potential "fall guys" that they can lay the blame on (and fire) in the event that anything goes wrong. At least they pay good severance (4-9 months of salary, depending on level).

Pay is high, but other benefits are pretty weak. Healthcare is particularly expensive if you have a family.

Comment Re:Is he in the right? (Score 2) 1197

Gizmodo had an article a while back on this topic.

Is It OK to Shoot Down Your Neighbor's Drone?

Basically, under the law, the drone is the same as a full-fledged aircraft. Now, the other side of the equation is that you only own ~100 feet above your property. If it was flying higher, then it is legal.

If it was lower, then it's a different story. In any event, the most prudent course is to call the cops - anything else would just be an overkill, and even if you were in the right, it's just a pain.

You could probably still be subjected to civil suits and what not.

Comment Re:If there was a criteria for safe unlocking (Score 2) 83

As a pilot, I cannot agree more. Some of the cockpit controls out there are downright obnoxious, especially for rotary wing.

I have a friend who is a Harrier jet pilot, and I have heard some horror stories on landing those on aircraft carriers.

Usually, we are told what *not* to do, and so unless explicitly forbidden (e.g., do not do X before this time), we will assume it will be alright. This is clearly an engineering and a documentation/training failure.

It's easy to blame the pilot, but if anything, he's a tragic victim of poor design.

Comment Re:Unregulated speech, must stop at all costs! (Score 1) 298

For me, "performance," is where the act meets the audience as much as where the act is carried-out...

Well, then. We should all adopt your definition of the term. There's a reason art is subjective - as long as the consumer and the producer agree that it's a performance, it doesn't matter what you or the dictionary call it.

I see a lot of people getting very passionate when they're probably not terribly knowledgeable about the situation.

Evidently, that includes you.

I don't know what the man's warrants are for, though given the culture surrounding rap and hip-hop I'm guessing that they're not for the same kinds of things that Edward Snowden is wanted for.

His warrants are for missing child support payments. And btw, that's the whole idea behind free speech -- all speech, good, bad, and ugly, is worth protecting.

You are now conflating freedom with intent and quality, which is a slippery slope.

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll