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Comment How does refusing work make you an employee? (Score 1) 130

If I work as a contractor through a management company and turn down projects, they're going to start paying someone else who actually wants to do the work.

And if I don't have the proper tools for the jobs, I don't get the jobs.

A 2 door car is not sufficient because the passenger is trapped until the driver lets them out.

A beat up junker isn't sufficient because passengers expect a car that will make it to the destination.

There's a very huge difference between not being available during certain hours and selectively saying "nope" to passengers.

Comment Ignorant (Score 0, Troll) 130

The whole point is that taxis operate at excessive costs and poor quality precisely because of a playing field that is stupid.

Uber is playing on an entirely different field.

And if you don't want to play on it, you can go be a taxi driver.

It's completely ignorant to demand companies play on the "same playing field" when the whole point is to escape the existing one.

You're not an employee of Uber. You're a contractor. You set your own hours. If you don't like the terms, find another job.

If you like the terms of being a taxi driver better, be a taxi driver.

Comment Re:Oh, noes... (Score 1) 110

Frankly, I'd rather have police accountability than privacy from having people see my face while I'm in public.

You realize that this is not an either/or choice right? We can give police body cameras & get the associated enhanced accountability and put safeguards in to prevent it turning to ubiquitous surveillance,

'Oh noes', like people are being irrational suggesting we limit ubiquitous surveillance.

Comment Working Class Not Funding Your Vacation (Score -1) 720

Film at 11.

The only people who support this garbage are people who envision themselves as the beneficiaries.

How nice that someone else is working hard so that you don't have to.

Socialist fantasies are being rejected all over the place because the working class is who has to pay for that nonsense.

There is a huge difference between helping people get ahead in life (education and healthcare) and making their life easier at the expense of others.

It's bad enough we have to fund the leisure class we call government.

Comment Javascript (Score 1) 312

All you need is a text editor and a browser. It's a C style syntax so it will make transitioning to other languages easier.

Even crappy locked down computers in public schools generally have enough access rights for students to create Javascript programs.

With Google's advancements in JavaScript compiling it's plenty fast and the Canvas concept gives you the ability to make pretty much whatever interests you whether it's simple card games or more advanced graphical games.

Or if you have an actual problem you want to solve, you may need to research more particular solutions.

If you want to do IoT stuff, then the Arduino is very simple to get started with and just requires basic C knowledge to do plenty of things.

Learning is best when there's an immediate need. Picking a random language to start with is generally not the right approach. Pick a problem, then figure out what tools can solve that problem. Pick the ones that are most accessible to you.

People learned BASIC because it was free.

Now everything is free. So that's not an issue.

Comment If Jack Thompson and the Devil had a Child... (Score 3, Insightful) 760

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

He lost his law license over his stupidity.

Wu doesn't have anything of value to revoke she's so worthless.

The FBI probably looked at what was sent to Jack Thompson and what was sent to Wu, had a good laugh and then went home to play Call of Duty.

Comment An education costs a $200 laptop and free wifi (Score 1) 726

If you think the only education you can get to lift you out of a low paying job is a college degree then your worldview is the first thing that needs a correction through education.

Poor people like to demand that others walk a mile in their shoe because it'd be too much work to walk a mile in the shoes of those who lifted themselves out of poverty.

A $200 laptop and free wifi at McDonald's will give you all the education you need to work your way up to a livable wage.

Comment It's your choice (Score 0) 726

A business is not obligated to subsidize your choice to work a low paying job.

Uber is for college students who want to make extra money running people around.

If you're sinking all your time into a low paying job instead of an education then that's your problem.

This is why Uber is very interested in autonomous vehicles.

Those people working 40 hours a week being silly are going to find Uber force them to work only 20 hours a week or put them out of work completely.

Your pay is based on productivity per hour. Not simply showing up per hour.

Comment So? (Score 1) 110

Do we get to push our laws into foreign countries?

If so, can foreign countries start enforcing their laws in our country?

Their house, their business. Our house, our business.

Push products they do want and maybe they'll change the mind on products they don't.

And seriously, would you want your private information stored on a server in a foreign country? Seems like a no brainer for Russia.

Comment Re:Leave. (Score 1) 433

I don't know about law in any of the US, but in the UK: a private letter is considered to be "published", for libel purposes, the moment it is opened (by someone other than the party being libelled, or someone acting as their agent and with their express permission to open it)

Yes. It is roughly the same in the U.S. See HERE, in the section headed "Publication".

Comment Re:Leave. (Score 1) 433

With the intent to cause damage. Look it up. They damaged party has to prove intent. Which is why there are almost never successful; libel or slander cases in the US.

This is not true. At least in most states, intent to harm is not required.

What IS usually required is to show that the accused knew, or reasonably should have known, that the statement was false.

That is not quite the same thing.

Comment Re:This. Libel need not be public, but must be unt (Score 1) 433

It's amazing to me how many people don't get the difference between stating an opinion and stating something as fact. I am thinking of a certain Slashdot frequenter who fits that profile.

There is a great deal of legal precedent in that regard. For example, calling someone "an ass" or similar is pretty definitely an opinion, even if it's stated as though it were fact: "You're an ass."

In college law classes there is a rather famous case study from, I think, the 17th century.

A guest at an inn told the innkeeper: "My horse can pisse better ale than you serve here."

The innkeeper sued the customer for slander. The judge ruled: "The accused did not slander the innkeeper. He complimented his horse."

So, while there are lines as to what is acceptable speech and what is not, it pays to be cognizant of where those lines are. And many people have no clue.

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