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Comment Re:First Union? (Score 1) 576

That said, I am in Canada, and I work for a company that's been around for 130 years. We have much stronger employee protection laws in this country than they do in the states, and have had them for a lot longer.

Labor laws in the US came out of union pushing for the laws directly or from setting a standard for work that was later adopted in to law. I suspect it is the same in Canada and the US has fallen behind in labor law because of the decline of unions in this country. Currently Canada has almost 30% union density where the US has less than 10% union density. So it isn't surprising that Canada has far better labor laws. In industries that are in highly competitive labor markets union wins benefit everyone. FedEx is not union organized but has good pay and benefits generally because UPS union workers have created a standard in the industry. We have had a number of Canadians work at the organization I work for who have moved back to Canada because working conditions were terrible. I receive excellent benefits and horrible pay. My total compensation is about average but the workload and working conditions are often abysmal. Ironically I work for an organization that fights unjust, unfair, and illegal labor practices while practicing those same things with their own staff.

Comment Re:That's All? (Score 1) 191

They should use their own union labor and quit wasting money by using contractors in the private sector that take the money and run. Whats that? You oppose union labor and paying living wages to keep quality people employed rather than leaving to be contractors? Keeping some dead weight employed at the bottom protected by a bargaining agreement is worse than the dead weight at the top that got there by being the nephew of the boss? Who will then hire his nephew and create dead weight to the bottom of the stack. Of course unions have to report regularly on LM-2 (LM-3, etc) every time they blow their nose to be in compliance with the LMRDA so every bit of corruption leads people to believe unions are totally corrupt. Corruption in the private sector isn't found until an entire industry collapses prompting thorough investigation and after the SCOTUS ruling regarding the honest-services law just made, prosecuting private sector corruption probably becomes more difficult.

Comment Re:E911 Phase 2 Already Requires Location (Score 1) 54

Several times we have had police show up at our building saying someone in the building dialed 911 and have to do a full scan of the building before leaving because someone set a notebook on their phone or somehow had the 9 button jammed down. Our company issued Nokia's for some reason were set so that if you hold down 9 it dials 911.

Comment Re:That's a shame. (Score 1) 415

I realize it's time to move on, but I'm still happily running several prosumer audio cards that will probably see their end with my next hardware cycle. Gina, Layla, Darla... farewell. -- Using "Fail" as a one-word rejection of something is unoriginal and idiotic. Real douchebags add "Epic" to it.

Epic Fail D00d.

Comment Re:Other Platforms (Score 1) 213

I have XBMC running on an Acer Aspire Revo nettop as well as on an original Xbox with a Windows MCE remote. The interface looks pretty and the hardware has HDMI output. I've got the HD cables for my Xbox though and we use the Xbox more often because it does everything I need it to without extra complications. Sure, I could use a different remote and change somethings to simplify it. The Xbox though appears to load XBMC more quickly although I've never actually timed it. It is also really nice to be able to play the old Xbox games and things through an emulator occasionally. My nettop will soon be repurposed as I am content with my Xbox XBMC and have no need for all the fancy new features other than keeping the Google Video and other plugins updated to work.

Comment Re:Environmentalism (Score 1) 593

The insurance companies in a car accident can fight over fault endlessly because the accident has already happened. If you're comparing to car accidents this is more like a bridge failing causing a car accident; traffic then continues to plunge in to a ravine while everyone argues over who is at fault and how to fix the problem. It started as an accident but the finger pointing and arguments over the amount of oil are not.

Comment Re:Pretty .. (Score 1) 526

People knowing a new model is about to be released may not purchase a current model which means loss of sales to Apple.

My 2 years is up on the 18th. I wasn't going to get a 3GS knowing that Apple will release a new phone in June because everyone "knows" that and I was waiting to see what the latest Android phones were. Seeing the prototype made me definitely want one. I hate the stupid rocker back on my 3G. I initially was happy to see some info and the news made me incredibly excited about the new product. I have tickets purchased for a trip to San Francisco the first week of June and was hoping that, even though a slim chance, they'd release it in early June and I could pick one up at the SF Apple store.

I'm no Apple fanboi but brand loyalty can be important to me. I've got an ancient Creative Zen Xtra and a 2 foot plastic lawn penguin with OSUOSL.org stickers on it at my desk.

But after all of this I've decided that Apple is a bunch of evil "appholes" even though I love (*LOVE*) my 3G and agree that Hogan and Chen's acts were definitely unethical and likely criminal. I even agree with Apple's stance on Flash and wish Flash would Die Die Die.. but Apple's heavy handedness in this case and the morality police attitude regarding Apps makes me sick and I'll be switching to Android. I think other people are feeling the same way but all of this will only be a small forgettable blip of Apple history to the general public. The 4G will be successful as Apple is a master of branding and creating an image of themselves that even as they become the next Microsoft they become the evil of Hello Kitty or Barney not the Gates Borg.

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