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Comment Re:I really wonder how other employers/employees.. (Score 1) 117

In the cases I have seen "contractors" have all been W-2s I should move to your part of the country, I hate being a W-2

The easiest way to accomplish this is to start your own contracting agency, and then employ yourself, and any friends who are in the same boat, as a 1099 worker. The bonus is that this will let you deduct most of your taxes as either "operating expense" or "capital outlay" on the part of the agency, you can run an expense account for most of the day to day expenses, including a car if you want, you can incorporate retirement fund operating company for the contracting agency to reallocate income into for the principals in the contracting agency, and you still get your 1099 job on top of it.

BTW: This is how most massage studios, day spas, nail salons, hair salons, and so on operate. Everyone who does the actual work is a 1099, with the exception of the owner, and maybe a hourly receptionist, if the business is big enough to merit one for bookings.

Comment Re:Two words (Score 1) 346

I'm normally not this rude, but I'm feeling a little put off by you, so I will take my gloves off this time to set you straight.

A few facts for you idiot.

Sure, fucktard. I'm listening.

1) Californias water problems are house made and not solveable by desalination plants, I doubt they would ever be economical in relation to just start with 'saving water'.

Adding together all the water savings every year since the conservation programs began over 20 years ago, you get slightly less than the 5 *billion* gallons a day which are used in the Sacramento Valley *alone* for growing rice for export, to cover evaporative losses from the paddies.

Or, you know: you assholes could grow your own food, since almost all that rice is grown for export.

Or you could build some reservoirs, but well, that would involve the government, needs tax money, god forbid the government actually doing something for the people.

Reservoirs interfere with the mating cycles of fish, and in particular, Pacific Salmon, but also with a number of endangered species.

While I think it would be great for the people in Los Angeles to get off their collective Hollywood asses, and build some cisterns, instead of directing all their rainwater runoff into the ocean, that would only make a small dent in the problem, since the primary problem is that California grows about 1/5th the food eaten in, and *exported from*, the U.S., and uses a lot of agricultural water to do it.

By the way: it's the same people who care so much about the fish that they are actually tearing down reservoirs and dams to save their habitat, who are violently anti-nuclear power.

2) Germany is a net exporter of energy, allways was and likely allways will be. That includes for most of the time France, there are only a few months in a row in 2013 or 2014 where we where a net importer versus France. Germany is exporting 30% - 50% of its energy production to the EU, you idiot.

See, that used to be true when you were running nuclear plants, but according to this Bloomberg article, that stopped right after you idiots shut things down after the Fukushima disaster because, you know, all your plants are in coastal areas subject to tsunamis, and you stupidly did what TEPCO did, and failed to upgrade sea walls and safety systems.

Oh wait. Your plants aren't actually in any danger from this.

Why did you idiots shut them down again? It's hard to believe that a country that birthed nuclear physicists of the like of Einstein and Heisenberg would be quaking in their boots over a problem in Japan caused by greedy middle management.

3) look on a damn map. How retarded can one be and claim that Parkistan is using 'thermal waste to desalinate water' ... and why should they? Again, look on a damn map where Parkistan actually lies.

"Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre (650 mi) coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the south"

I thought Germans were supposed to be good engineers. You are also aware that desalination is a generic term for water purification from various impurities, and can be applied not only to sea water, but also to well water, and waste water from other sources, right? Not that Karachi isn't on the freaking Arabian Sea anyway, as opposed to being land-locked, like you are trying to imply.

P.S.: Yes, that desalination plant was subsequently built at the Karachi nuclear facility.

4) The efficiency of pumped storage and lithium ion batteries is more or less the same, no idea why you disagree about stuff you simply can read up on wikipedia (pumped storage a bit above 89% and lithium ion batteries a bit above 90%, both depending on all the components involved, oops, you assumed lithium ion would be less efficien? Why? On what physical fact could that be based? )

Energy density of the storage, and the preexisting hydroelectric facilities having already had the land area committed to the water storage. It's call a parasitic use for an existing sunk cost. Like when Pakistan's Karachi nuclear facility takes its waste heat and desalinates water with it, instead of just directly using the atmosphere as a heat sink.

However there are countries/places where nuclear plants are used for dessalination, not really because of the lack of fresh water, but more because of savings if you build one combined plant instead of a water plant treating fresh water and a power plant. Parkistan is not sucha country ... with nuckear power below 5% of the contries power consumption and one of the countries with absolutely no fresh water problem ... that would be more than nonsense.

Here's a picture of the Karachi nuclear desalination plant for you. You can understand pictures, right?

I think that about covers disassembling your posting.

Comment Re:Levels of Security (Score 1) 89

I'm quite tired of the hi-tech this-security-is-hackable discussion. Of course it's hackable. Everything is.

If you think so and can prove it, then you can earn $1000 and eternal fame by hacking DJB's qmail. Over 15 years and still hasn't been hacked.

Actually, it has been hacked, and it's relatively easy to do.

Functional decomposition is a really poor way of abstracting complexity, when it's being used in isolation, and does not include mandatory boundary layer order and direction of operations over said boundary.

I really don't need to spend $1,000 worth of my time to argue with DJB, when he'll happily argue with anyone for free.

Comment Re:I really wonder how other employers/employees.. (Score 1) 117

The contractors they use are corporations which provide workers who are W-2 employees of those corporations. A true contractor is an independent 1099 worker who set rates, covers their own healthcare, retirement, etc. Don't confuse the two.

I don't. The contracts we dealt with at IBM and Apple, and the contractors I've personally dealt with in the context of Microsoft and HP, were all 1099 workers.

While I've dealt with contracting corporations in the service industry as well, most of the people who fulfilled the contracts were doing piecework as 1099 contractors, and not full time employees of the contracting corporation. In this context, I'm referring to "temp reps" (for sales), and traditional temp agencies for seasonal work, or to bolster e.g. accounting or HR departments during "flash mob" situations (accountants brought on as 1099 contractors for audits are a good example of this).

Most things like forensic accounting or private investigation for law firms are run on billable hours. Most law firms which do not operate on a retainer or contingency fee basis, are also contractors. Generally, in Silicon Valley, you'll see a lot of outside law firms brought in to prosecute patents (for example) after vetting by in house counsel to ensure that the boiler plate on the application, and the claims, are more or less correct.

When I was tech lead for the UNIX Conformance project at Apple, we had four contractors, all 1099 workers: one for man pages, one for some of the user space work, one to run the tests, and one to do the compiler conformance work on gcc. We ended up hiring two of them full time, later on, which is something which we couldn't have done, if they were employees of a contracting agency.

In fact, I have to say I've personally only interacted with an agency at one point in time, and that was at IBM. The agency was contracting a worker to IBM that was in the U.S. on an H1-B visa, and the contractor whose services were being provided to us had to have a placeholder to act as the sponsor for the visa as a means of (eventually) getting a green card. Generally, I've only seen contracting agencies use either 1099 workers themselves, or they employ H1-B workers who have to have a business sponsor them, without actually having a job at one business long enough to deal with the Green Card process (although you can get a Green Card in about six months, if you do the things, like medical, in parallel with all the other steps that can be done at the same time).

Comment Re:Two words (Score 1) 346

No idea where you live that you obviously need desalination plants.

California. Not an island nation. Irrigation for food takes a lot of fresh water. So does industrial processing for a lot of things. So do people.

A lot of countries run desalination. Pakistan uses thermal waste from their nuclear plants to run several desalination plants.

Since Germany was one of the countries mentioned, you should not that they are a net power importer, primarily from French nuclear plants, due to having shut down their own nuclear plants.

I don't think it matters if you just waste the electricity -- although if you have a hydroelectric infrastructure, you can use hydroelectric dams as storage batteries by using the otherwise unused nuclear generated electricity at night to pump water from low storage dams, back into the higher level storage dams that were used during the day to handle peak load.

Use of hydroelectric dams as storage for electricity this way has a significantly better KWh efficiency than, say, Lithium batteries, and balances out the demand load very nicely.

Comment Re:Two words (Score 1) 346

Two words: Desalination plant.
Extremely useful in Germany, or the Netherlands, or *cough* *cough* Switzerland.

If only those countries had neighboring countries into which to sell excess power, or to which to sell water. Sadly, they are island nations, right?

Comment Re:I thought the secondary payload (Score 1) 53

And of course, no one is inspired by the idea of building autonomous robots to explore an alien world. That stuff is just mundane.

Once the robot is built, your job is done.

You don't build autonomous robots in order that you may explore an alien world, you build autonomous robots in order that the autonomous robots may explore an alien world.

Once you launch the things into space, you might as well be watching "Duck Dynasty" or some other form of reality television.

Comment I really wonder how other employers/employees... (Score 1) 117

I really wonder how other employers/employees are going to take this.

The Seattle areas top ten employers all make heavy use of contractors:

1. Boeing
2. Microsoft
3. University of Washington
4. Amazon
5. Weyerhaueser
6. Group Health Cooperative
7. Fred Meyer
8. Bank of America
9. Qwest Communications
10. Nordstrom

Good luck with the lawsuits guys! You're going to be getting it from both side, if this passes!

Side A: The employers who provide all your jobs, and don't want to have to give up contract workers
Side B: The contract workers for those employers, who wonder why Uber contractors deserve your intervention, but they don't

Comment You *do* realize, right... (Score 1) 117

And Workman's compensation suffers an economic loss when employees are falsely called independent contractors.

You *do* realize, right... Workman's Comp is not supposed to be a profit center for the state, and that because contractors who do not pay into it can not make claims against it, you're only counting a lack of revenue from taxes as them suffering a loss, and they aren't suffering an actual loss in terms of having to pay out funds that they did not collect in the first place?

I know that many states treat it as a slush fund they can borrow against, and (effectively) never pay back what they;ve borrowed out of it, in the same way the federal government borrows from the social security trust fund. But it's not actually *supposed* to work that way.

Comment Re:I thought the secondary payload (Score 1) 53

What inspired engineers before space?

Science fiction for some of it. The rest was patriotism and the existence of the Cold War with Russia fueling a need for better tech than the Russians had, so that we could kill them before they killed us.

You probably do not remember Nikita Khrushchev pounding his shoe on the table at the U.N. in 1960, shouting "We will bury you!".

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