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Comment Re:No, it shouldn't (Score 1) 307

storming of Bastille ... resulted in creation of modern democracy

America was already a democracy when the Bastille was stormed. It would make more sense for the French to celebrate July 4th.

modern Western power structures

Is that a good thing?

and Napoleon Code.

Except for Louisiana, American law isn't based on the Napoleonic Code, and Louisiana has long been the worst governed and most corrupt state in the country.

Comment Re:Why not ... (Score 1) 307

And yes, growing up in Texas, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo

Nitpick: Cinco de Mayo is not a Mexican holiday. It commemorates a rather obscure event in Mexico's history, and most Mexicans do not celebrate it, and have probably never even heard of it. It is celebrated in the USA much more so than in Mexico, and is really more of an American "Chicano Pride" holiday than a Mexican one.

Comment Re:It's because of the police abuse (Score 2, Funny) 188

Just because wherever you live isn't as bad as Egypt doesnt' mean critique isn't warranted.

Critique is always warranted, because improvement is always possible. But it is important to keep some perspective. It is silly to compare any modern western democracy to the Nazi's, to call every transgression an "historic low." As an America, I have to honestly admit that Things are Pretty Okay.

Comment Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (Score 1) 513

Advertising is a 25% hidden sales tax on everything

Advertising in the US is about 2% of GDP. In most other OECD countries it is even lower. In developing countries it is generally less than 1%. Would care to explain where you got the "25%" figure?

I hope to see it extinct soon and live 25% wealthier.

The money spent on advertising would only turn into "wealth" if you consider the things it supports (newspapers, sports, radio/TV broadcasts, reporters, free email, search engines, etc.) to be worthless.

Comment Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (Score 1) 513

No one said anything about Google not being able to use advertising to offset the cost of providing a free service.

Please learn to read. The GPP said exactly that.

What the grown ups are talking about is Google's need to scan your email to create targeted ads.

Do you understand how computers work? Google needs to read your email in order to generate the webpage that displays it. If you don't want Google to read your email, then don't use their service . Google is providing a free service, and they are quite open about why they offer it and what the conditions are. So it is indeed childish to whine about it, especially since there are plenty of alternatives where you can pay the cost directly in cash.

Comment Re:Ok (Score 2) 365

Why all the hate for the first group that could actually put all the pieces together and make it work?

No one here hates them for "doing it," but some hate them for "patenting it." I don't even hate them for that. I don't hate Amazon at all. Amazon is just doing what any big company in a similar situation would do: try to patent everything and see what goes through. My "hate" is reserved for the USPTO. They supposed to be acting in the interest of the citizens. By allowing garbage patents like this, they are stifling competition and making our economy less efficient.

Comment Re:It's official (Score 4, Interesting) 365

Apparently, you can take any patent in the database, copy-pasta in a word processing document, go to the end of the document and add these characters:


And you have a new patent, ready for filing.

In a 2007 ruling the Supreme Court said these sorts of "combination patents" are not valid. So I can't see how the USPTO can justify continuing to issue them.

Comment Re:Ok (Score 4, Informative) 365

How nobody else implemented this almost justifies that amazon should get the patent...

Newspapers implemented it a few centuries ago. If you subscribe to a newspaper, it is delivered to your door, and you get a discount off the newsstand price. You can also vary the schedule. For instance you can get it delivered everyday, or just on Sunday.

Comment Re:Pay the penalty where it is cheap. (Score 1) 330

Embed it, and create your page to work with it & let google handle the translation for you.

Google Translate is better than nothing, and much better than it was a few years ago, but is still no where near the level of a human translator. Go to a website written in Russian or Chinese, and translate it into English. You will likely be able to get the gist of it, but the grammar will be atrocious, and there will be some glaring (and often hilarious) errors.

Comment Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (Score 5, Insightful) 513

Why would you want ads when reading your email at all?

I don't want, them, but I am willing to accept them because I am an adult, and I know that there is no Santa Claus. Corporations don't provide services out of the goodness of their heart. The ads pay for the "free" email, and also help pay for Google's research into autonomous vehicles, improved search technology, etc. So I accept them, occasionally click on them, and sometimes even buy something.

This seems to be horrible mental gymnastics to try to maintain "Google good!" fanboism.

Expecting something for nothing is being childish. Grow up.

Comment Re:Existing non-electronic variant (Score 0) 145

it would even allow the shipping company to find out if some particular employee is dinging their packages

Why do you think the shipping company cares? The security cameras on our loading dock recorded a UPS driver tossing boxes out of the back of his truck, and dropping about eight feet onto concrete. The contents were severely damaged. When we showed the video to a UPS manager, the driver was just shifted to a different route. Apparently they can't just fire unionized employees, especially Teamsters.

Comment Re:does it work? (Score 1) 113

Background checks using databases are an instant thing. Whatever you do past that is IMHO a waste of time.

Indeed. Background checks take five minutes, and an interview can take an hour or more. So you do that background check before you waste time scheduling an interview. I would never interview someone without googling them first. I also like to check Linkedin, and see if they already know someone in our company, or someone I may know in another company.

Comment Re:does it work? (Score 5, Interesting) 113

As someone who's been involved in various stages of the hiring process, my question is, does it work?

I have been involved in hiring hundreds of people, at several different companies, and I have found that idiosyncratic hiring practices rarely help. It is much better to follow the KISS principle:

1. Screen the resumes and pick the top 10%
2. Email them and set up a phone call.
3. Chat for a few minutes, and if you like them, set up a face-to-face interview.
4. If you like them at the interview, and they can demonstrate competence, then offer them a job at the end of the interview.

I have worked for companies that did much more elaborate interviewing, including multiple interviews, lunch meetings, etc. We seldom changed our opinions after the first interview, it was time consuming, and the candidate pool was shrinking as the best people were accepting jobs elsewhere.

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