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Comment Re:Weddings? (Score 1) 552

Oh, and by the way, they ASK nicely for me to not take photos, I won't, and my cell phone is on mute anyway. Ask me to lock it up? That means you don't trust me enough to not use the phone when you asked me to. I really don't stay friends with people who don't trust me to honor their wishes. I'll look at whomever is saying I need to lock up the phone and say "no" - they insist, like I said, I walk out, and at this age, my gift, which is usually in the high 3 to low 4 figure check gets ripped up, and I go home. I will also tell them exactly what I felt in a nice letter, and like I said, tell their parent (who is probably the reason I'm being invited) exactly how I felt. Like I said, ask me not to take out the cell phone, no issue - tell me to lock it up means you don't trust me, fuck off

Really, as I said, it is more likely that I'll be ASKED to bring my camera, and if I know the bride/groom well enough I will. There is more than one bride out there who, in addition to the check, got my bill, and a "Paid in Full" written across it, and they have MY album displayed, not some other photographers

Comment Re:IT in schools? (Score 1) 103

I know very very few schools that even OFFER shop even as an elective (My son's school does - one section, and it is mostly an engineering design class - they spend a lot of time on FEA etc - more computer time than tool time). Offering Computers? Sure!! Mandating it? Nope.
Seriously, I also know of no school that offers Home Ec, Cheerleading, Marching Band as CLASSES - After school activities? Yes. Gym ? Yeah NYC requires it, but you'll find more than 50% of the kids don't take the required amount the law requires

Comment Re:Worth it (Score 1) 52

Back in the 70s (Before I was in the field professionally, but knew 'enough') I was brought by my dad to Bunker Remo, who did all the stock market data. (My dad worked on their HVAC)
At the one site, they had TWO mainframes (yes, this was pre IBM PC era) with DRUM memory (Yes, I've seen operational drum memory!! - an I have one word of memory from the computer - discrete transistors!!!)
Anyway, it was a cluster! One computer could take over for the other. Guy said "Oh, that's nothing, there are 2 more in Midtown (we were in the Wall St area), then 2 more in Chicago, London, Tokyo, Paris, and the last pair? Alice Springs - Just in case of Nuclear War"
Yes folks, there are companies out there that DO invest in DR plans that include "Global Nuclear War"

Comment What countries are the located in? (Score 1) 236

I see comments RE the FTC. There is a good chance the call centers are not in the US, and therefor NOT subject to US law. Ah the fun of the borderless internet

Of course, the US really could solve it, and 100 years ago, countries that had citizens of other countries violating their wars did regularly

38 JDAMs would solve the problem, and send a warning at the same time

Comment The true minimum wage (Score 1) 921

"âoeUnfortunately, the real minimum wage is always zero, regardless of the laws, and that is the wage that many workers receive in the wake of the creation or escalation of a government-mandated minimum wage, because they lose their jobs or fail to find jobs when they enter the labor force."

â Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy

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