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Comment Re:Unionize (Score 4, Interesting) 630

The OSHA rules for bathroom breaks are that the employer cannot deny reasonable access to the bathroom and can't REFUSE an employee's ability to take a bathroom break unless the employees absence would put other people on jeopardy (such as requiring a certain number of people to run a piece of machinery, which would require somebody else to fill in for the employee while on bathroom break).

There are no laws that prohibit or restrict the employer from tracking bathroom breaks but the employee must be paid for all breaks less than 20 minutes. Also, from what I've read, there is nothing to prevent an employer from letting an employee go for excessive time away from their work area.

As far as 'when does time tracking go too far?' An employer should definitely be able to track when employees are NOT actually working, I don't see a problem here unless the employer is restricting bathroom usage.

Comment Re:As soon as you have anything to take (Score 1) 293

It's not so much about assets as it is about income. If your new business is making money and you have expenses you're much better off forming a corporation right from the start. Based on what my accountant (both past and present) have told me as well as my tax attorney, it's much easier to claim expenses when you have a valid legal entity for your company. Also, if something were to happen to your business, you want to have the liability protection that a corporation offers (you're still responsible for loans or lines of credit personally guaranteed by you). While there are many similarities between an LLC and say, an S-Corp, when the shit hits the fan, some types of LLCs can be classified as either partnerships or sole-proprietors and the owners can be held fiscally responsible.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 144

And if the app were go abroad and ever passed on information to foreigners which was under government quarantine that would be espionage. They would need to be insane to provide that app outside the United States under almost any circumstance.

Seriously? The application that was banned was relaying information from the U.K.'s Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The source data is ALREADY coming from outside the United States.

Comment Re:Yikes (Score 1) 145

Square seems to be going for the paypal market - being a middle-man between the credit card companies and the merchants.

Just like with paypal, I cannoth fathom why the credit card companies would allow this to go on without offering a similar service themselves, and I also cannot understand how it could possibly be anything but more expensive per transaction for the merchant.

The difference is that Square is actually a Merchant Service Provider, for all intents and purposes, they ARE the credit card company. Paypal is more like an escrow service. I own a small business and have a merchant service account through a decent provider, the rates are pretty good and the money shows up in my bank pretty quickly. After reviewing services like Square and Intuit's GoPayment I realized that once I factor in the monthly fee I'm currently paying my provider, any fees associated with my POS terminal as well as yearly compliance fees I can get a MUCH better rate by using Square or GoPayment (I decided to go with GoPayment because of the integration with QuickBooks).

Comment Re:Three Laws (Score 1) 305

Wow, Troll?

Have you guys even READ any Asimov? This is the story line for 'The Evitable Conflict' and also the movie 'I, Robot'. The laws are misinterpreted to mean mankind or humanity instead of the individual person, so limited harm could be inflicted on the individual to prevent harming humanity as a whole.

Even the posts below either didn't read the very first sentence in my post or they aren't familiar with the I, Robot stories.

Comment Re:Three Laws (Score 1, Troll) 305

As in I, Robot. The robot was able to differentiate between the well being of the one against the well being of the many and caused harm to the one.

Similarly, our 'robots' harm the one (the owner) for the benefit of the many (the corporate overlords and the minions that thrive off the aggregated data supplied to them by our little robots).

Comment Why karaoke? (Score 2) 349

Almost every karaoke machine I've ever seen, the music is NOT the original artists recording. Why then are the original recording artists entitled to a per performance fee. I would think that the mechanicals have been paid when the karaoke company licensed the song to be included in whatever package they purchased.

Also, in the states, bars are already required to pay fees for music performed in the venue which includes karaoke.

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