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Comment Re:Shysters all (Score 1) 355

I suspect the reason they sign them is 1) excited about the opportunity to sign a recording deal regardless of the risks and being told, "don't worry, we'll take care of you, 2) not having the money to hire a competent contract attorney in the first place.

Given the rise of alternative means of connecting with an audience you can see why we so often hear about artists forgoing relationships with major labels.

In the "old days" labels used to develop talent. Not so much anymore. Before you can even get the notice of a major label you have to be able to show that you can attract people to your shows, move your own merch, and sell your own CDs/audio tracks. Given this shift in the music industry I am moderately surprised that artists still sign deals with major record labels.

Comment Re:But.... (Score 1) 405

That is correct. The utility is looking for people to participate in time of use pricing to encourage a move to off-peak charging. They don't care about an individual consumer, they care about the aggregate demand that can be planned on. They want base load generation to be used and to avoid paying for peak load generation which is more costly. They don't care about John at 123 Elm Street, even if he is growing pot, as long as he pays his bill.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 405

It actually takes about 15 years for a coal plant to come online from the time a certificate of need is filed (a journey of a thousand miles begins once the paperwork is completed) to when it is actually fired up. It takes about 5 years just to do the paperwork, filings, testimony before a state public utility commission, etc., etc.

Comment Re:Experienced only? (Score 1) 948

Even if you don't have a job you can code an Android app in your spare time. Sure I went to college and learned a couple of programming languages, but I also taught myself every language I have learned since then. If I wanted to learn a new language I would create a project to do in my spare time. When I interview new hires fresh out of school this is what I look for (innate curiosity), because even young kids that have had an internship may not have had an opportunity to program in a real world setting while in that internship. So I ask, "how have you improved yourself", "what kind of coding have you done outside of the school environment?". If the answer is "I haven't done any", well, that kind of response puts in the bottom of the pile. People that are innately curious, like to build things, or who love to program, will tell me about the app they built for themselves, for their church, or the web site they built for themselves. Those are the kind of new hires that I look for.

Comment Re:As much as I hate... (Score 1) 142

The Fair Debt Collections Act (http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre27.pdf) specifies the rules for practices that are allowed. The challenge is that say a company violates this practice, the person whose rights have been impinged upon then has to decide if it is worth the cost to pursue action.

While I haven't had to deal with this very often I have had a couple instances where I disputed a debt claim. The challenge is that even if you dispute the claim the collection agency doesn't care. Once they've had the account transferred to them it just goes in the harassment hopper. In my experience if you email or snail mail them, even if you cite the Fair Debt Collections Act you will be ignored. However, I have found that if you send your response by registered mail (someone has to sign for it), the collection agency cannot pretend they didn't receive it. I don't know if getting the registered mail flags the account as someone that is serious about taking action, but the two times that I have disputed a debt, sending the registered letter and noting violating actions put an end to the harassment .

The irony in the case of this story (company that is washing their hands of the problem) and the company handling the washing is just too sweet.

Comment Re:What's funny is (Score 1) 428

Let me be the first to say though, 9 tons of processed plant matter should not be worth $250 million. Isn't that $14k/lb? Who the heck is snorting it at that price?

I think the formula for street value takes into account that the 9 tons of cocaine will be cut with other material after it reaches its intended market and then sold.

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