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Comment Re:yes! (Score 4, Interesting) 137

Yes that Citizens United. How that decision became popularized as "corporations are evil because the system is corrupt" I can't figure. Protection of First Amendment freedoms is good, full stop.

What makes it evil is it equated money with speech as well as said corporations are entitled to the same rights as people in a much stronger stance than any other decision. By allowing anonymous donations to political campaigns, there is no saying where the money actually came from be it local or from a foreign nation seeking to upset our political arena.

Comment Re:I have zero problems with BU's patents (Score 4, Insightful) 129

Fine then... If this is the way it is supposed to work then there is no further reason to subsidize the university with tax dollars since they have the ability to develop these valuable patent portfolios. The knife should work both ways. Either they fund research using their patent portfolio or tax dollars but not both.

Comment Re:True quote (Score 1) 292

I use a dumb phone too because I need a phone, not a computer in my pocket. Besides, the dumb phone is far, far, far cheaper and much more reliable. I get a week on a charge. Try that with a smart phone.

Comment Re:It's more like a stunt to me (Score 1) 229

They are showing total cost of employment with what they post but the public is too busy trying to justify their hatred of government employees they read at as only salary then think that the travel and benefits are paid on top of what is shown.

I don't have to worry too much in my position about tax payer backlash. Even with the benefits I get added in I qualify for food stamps!

Operating Systems

PC Plus Packs Windows and Android Into Same Machine 319

jones_supa writes "At the mammoth Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early January, it is expected that multiple computer makers will unveil systems that simultaneously run two different operating systems, both Windows and Android, two different analysts said recently. The new devices will introduce a new marketing buzzword called PC Plus, explained Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies. 'A PC Plus machine will run Windows 8.1 but will also run Android apps as well', Bajarin wrote recently for Time. 'They are doing this through software emulation. I'm not sure what kind of performance you can expect, but this is their way to try and bring more touch-based apps to the Windows ecosystem.' Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, suggests that PC Plus could get millions of consumers more comfortable with Android on PCs. 'Just imagine for a second what happens when Android gets an improved large-screen experience. This should scare the heck out of Microsoft.'"

Comment Re:Southern racists (Score 2) 87

There are no UFOs / alien abductions / meteors in the civilized places of New York City, or Los Angelas.

And that's because the last time they tried to land in both New York and Los Angeles they were found in an alley naked and beaten with a garden hose up their ass and their spacecraft stripped on cinder blocks. So much for "civilized places"....

Comment Re:It's more like a stunt to me (Score 5, Informative) 229

Disclaimer: I am a state employee whose salary is publicly posted...

That out of the way, most if not all those salaries posted are very, very misleading. It is gross salary+travel+incentives+any other state money that employee has received including payments made for health coverage and retirement. It doesn't include any deductions such as taxes, co-payments for health and retirement, garnishments, etc...

Comment Re:No respect for employee privacy (Score 1) 229

If the job is shit to begin with, no amount of incentive will keep employees very long. Burn-out is one of the biggest problems in employment with the most "productive" individuals getting abused to the point where they either leave or have health issues related to burn-out like heart attacks.

So salary is a very little part of the equation to keeping employees. Treating them like people instead of expensive commodities to be disposed of is another.

Comment Re:Congress has already given consent (Score 1) 489

That was a fluke just lie the Virginia / West Virginia split at the same time. It was allowed to deny the South manufacturing and resources during the lead up to the insurrection known as the Civil War. I doubt a state could pull it off today just like I doubt they could pull off a succession from the union.

Comment Re: Hmm. (Score 1) 653

Anyway, one goal of civil disobedience is to get arrested and play the martyr and get on the evening news - expect and embrace that aspect if you engage in civil disobedience.

Or to challenge the law that got you arrested in the first place. No other way to challenge such unjust laws without being arrested for violating them. To create even more havoc the best thing for arrested protestors to do is demand a jury trial. Tie up the courts as well.

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