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Comment Re:Multilayer WTF? (Score 2, Interesting) 926

One problem with this whole thing is that if the luggage owner doesn't know there is contraband in it, they will act differently than someone who knows what they're carrying.

Observing "suspicious behavior" is a big part of picking this stuff out.

I think this should be enough to invalidate their test unless they were intentionally isolating the behavior observation methods out.

Comment Re:Innovation! (Score 1) 525

BBV8s will likely be replaced by supercharged small block v8s in sports cars and diesel engines in trucks. At least until battery technology is developed to get 300 miles per 5 minute charge time with a $30k price point and a 100k mile lifespan. Electric motors are superior technology to the internal combustion engine - it's powering them that's the problem.

Look at the electric sports cars that are coming out - the Karma and Roadster have some decent performance characteristics. On the other side, there are a lot of industrial machines that use electric already for large amounts of power such as fork lifts, locomotives - even the Navy's ships. In all cases, the delivery of electricity to the motor is the difficult part.

Comment And as usual...... (Score 1) 268

Who is representing the consumer's interests? Does any of these people have a grasp on topics such as "fair use" - you know, that thing that the DMCA wasn't supposed to hinder (DMCA sec 1201(C)(1)). Well, I guess some do, but they're the ones trying to destroy that concept.

Reference: http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap12.html#1201

Comment Re:All admins (Score 1) 502

I don't have a perfect understanding of law, but I thought that police had to charge you with an actual crime to keep you in the cage - not violation of employer's policy - as much as some employers think their word is law, it's just not so. Now, having said that, I have to believe that there is a credible accusation of a crime in order to keep him there - otherwise he's a political prisoner and the city should be under state/federal investigation on civil rights charges.

If this proves to be as much of a farce as it appears, I hope he bankrupts the city.

Comment Re:Google (Score 1) 131

It looks more like "market shaping" to me - streaming is a contradictory market strategy to the "pay per download" model that Itunes uses. If they can keep control of the market leader in that arena, driving out other startups until the business model goes belly up, they have not only eliminated a competitor, but any potential competitor of that type.

Comment Re:Nurses Do (Score 1) 735

The point I was trying to make on the LoD issues is that they really can't wait. Most IT questions really can wait until business hours, the caller is just impatient or they have lost perspective.

Patient's new heart failing is not equivalent to the user's password failing. While the user wants to get some work done, the patient needs to have a working heart.

The only point I can see to be had on salaries is that physicians are typically closer to what we think of as "FLSA Exempt" than IT is. I wasn't intending to imply that the handling of LoD issues shouldn't be compensated, but I do see how you could draw that from what I said. I'll have to think about my logic on that. I definitely think that impatient people should be zinged for demanding service on petty issues though.

Comment Re:A contractor? (Score 1) 735

The Fair Labor Standards Act (In the USA) defines what is a salaried job and what is an hourly job. I have always wondered how IT folks can be considered salaried when the act defines any job that is measured by man-hours to be hourly. That's a really boiled-down interpretation, so YMMV.

If you're working for $20/hour and you're working 160 hour weeks without overtime pay, you may consider a position in fast-food. They typically pay better than minimum wage, so you may come out ahead by the time you consider that you're paid for all of your overtime.

Sorry, but I do have to put a slap in here for the original post - I've said it once and I'll say it again: never underestimate the arrogance of a lawyer.

Comment Re:Nurses Do (Score 1) 735

I always imagined that doctors being called off-hours were being called for honest-to-goodness life-and-death issues. I can think of few IT personnel that can say that they are being called for issues so serious. I can think of even fewer that make a physician's salary.

Am I off base here?

Comment Re:*First post.. (Score 1) 590

I was taught that if you didn't like the money, don't do the job. I'm tired of hearing so many people drone on and on about how little teachers make.

$50k is a good living - that's a little over $24/hour if they worked all year, which they don't. It takes a lot of 10 hour days and training sessions to make up for all of the time off they get.

I'm not even going to go into unionization, government job security and the lack of uniform performance requirements.

Whenever I hear this kind of droning - it just brings to mind a picture of Sally Strothers saying "think of the children".

Go ahead, mark me a troll - I'm just calling out nonsense where I see it.

Comment Re:Bide your time (Score 1) 1006

What you would have to offset is the value gained by employing people with little or no credentials in their area of expertise.

The whole argument supporting H1B visas is that there aren't enough qualified people for the jobs - and that's counting the meaningless credentials as actual qualifications. The addition of a professional society that will undoubtedly set the bar higher than it is now will only shrink the pool of "qualified" (and I mean that in the most liberal sense) persons.

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