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Comment Re:I dobut it was NSA (Score 3, Informative) 89

USA is a bully for a very long time.

Says the Russian troll from St. Petersburg, whose country has been attacking and invading its neighbors.

Funny how the U.S. is the bully when Russia repeatedly interferes in the internal affairs of its neighbors, sends its troops to invade and attack its neighbors and funds and supplies terrorist organizations on its neighbors soil to destabilize them.

It's even more funny when Russia complains it's being bullied while at the same time announcing how it might use nuclear weapons on its neighbors or how it's ramping up its military spending as well as increasing its cyber operations against its neighbors.

Comment Uber punishes drivers not using Uberpool (Score 1) 67

In an effort to extract more money from its drivers, the Uber cab company has been pushing them to use Uberpool where riders traveling to similar destinations are grouped together in the same vehicle.

This sounds great in theory, the Uber cab driver can carry more riders, but the downsides are several. First, the cab driver has to go out of their way to pick up the second (or third) rider, this leads to the second issue where the rider "experience" is degraded because the other riders might be undesirable in one way or another or their trip delayed because of picking up the other riders. This can lead to lower ratings for the cab driver, not to mention the cab driver gets fewer tips this way.

However, if an Uber cab driver refuses to accept rides using Uberpool they are penalized by the Uber cab company via "timeouts". The company prevents the cab driver from obtaining any other rides for up to 15 minutes.

As one researcher into how the Uber cab company operates via this method said, "You're saying to someone -- you're your own boss, but also go into the penalty box because you didn't behave in the way that we suggested you should."

Comment Anything to steal someone else's work (Score -1, Flamebait) 110

It's always fun to watch people justify why they can steal someone's work and not have to pay for it.

"I'm so poor I can't afford to pay $1 per song", says the person with a $600, or more, PC.

"Meh, I wouldn't have bought it anyway," says the person who now has the very product they wouldn't have bought.

"Greedy capitalists. I'm sticking it to you by stealing because you make too much!" says the person who demands they be paid what they think they're worth.

And on and on. Excuse after excuse, even trotting out, "People who steal software/music/movies buy more" despite the obvious contradiction of the statement.

Even the fallacy, "it's not stealing, it's sharing" as if the person intends to return the product.

But whatever. There's always excuse for everything. So long as you can justify it in your own mind, that's all that matters, right?

I guess when I steal something you've created and don't pay you for it I can justify it however I like, right?

Comment Re:So in other words... (Score 1, Informative) 304

Maybe if you had read the Constitution you wouldn't be spouting such crap. The power starts in the Preamble:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Then there's Article 1, Section 1:

All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

In other words, Congress has been granted the power to pass legislation of any kind, which includes regulating things.

Then there's Section 7:

Every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a law, be presented to the President of the United States; if he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it.

Again, Congress passes legislation and the President approves or vetoes it. This includes regulating things.

Article 1, Section 8:

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

The general welfare. In other words, the power to use taxes to inform people of the crap their ingesting or smoking to let them make an informed decision. It's also called regulation.

The last sentence of Section 8:

To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

Can you read and understand what those words mean? Congress has the power to make any law it deems necessary for any department to carry out its duties. That includes regulation.

Want more? I can keep going. There's an entire document I can go through to keep showing how you're ill-informed and just plain wrong.

Comment Re:So in other words... (Score 1, Flamebait) 304

Seriously, making any sort of health claims about e-cigs was already illegal

Bullshit. The federal government has both the power and duty regulate such devices. If people choose to ignore the evidence that is their right as well. This has nothing to do with free market and everything to do with getting facts out to the people.

Further, if you want to go down the "control" path, that's fine. Don't control these things. At the same time I shouldn't have to pay for injuries or damages caused by people using these things by raising my insurance rates. They should be solely responsible for everything, free market and all that.

The same with my mandated health insurance tax. If smokers and vapers want to ignore the scientific evidence of how harmful both items are to their health that is their right but again, I shouldn't, nor should the government, have to pay for their medical bills.

Fair enough?

Comment More crap to turn off (Score 4, Funny) 98

Word rarely does what I want it to do so I've turned off most of the "help". Once we're forced to upgrade to this crap this will be more cruft to disable.

I can't wait to hear from our users when they whine about not being able to get their work done because Word is trying to be "helpful".

Word for Office 365: Revenge of Clippy

Comment Re:The basest, vilest (Score 1) 1005

Richard Armitage was not the source of the leak, Dick Cheney was. We know this because Libby's own notes stated he, Libby, learned Plame was an undercover CIA agent from Dick Cheney.

The reason Libby was convicted was because he lied under oath, not because he was the one who outed Plame.

Further, no one, despite what Bush said, was ever held accountable for outing an undercover CIA agent. None.

How many other agents had their covers blown because of their association with Plame? How many may have died because of Cheney's political vindictiveness? Talk about a breach of national security.

Comment Re:Does this surprise anyone? (Score 1, Informative) 1005

University thing? You mean Trump University where he defrauded people to the tune of tens of millions of dollars? The University where employees were told to extract as much money as possible from people via high pressure sales tactics?

That's the University you're talking about, correct? The one run by the shyster.

Comment Re:So that makes it OK then (Score 2) 694


Nope, it's not. Specifically, there is no intent to deprive a person of their legal right and the person was in no worse position than when they started. Simply saying, "Bernie is better" does not a true statement make. That is an opinion.

So nope, not fraud. If it was fraud then pretty much every political organization and member therein would be guilty of it at some point.

Submission + - SPAM: CEOs whining about having to pay employees more money

smooth wombat writes: For the longest time we have heard companies complain no one is qualified for their available jobs. Now it seems that mantra is coming back to bite them as they can't find people to fill their available jobs. As a result, they are having to raise wages to attract people to these jobs. This in turn has lead to their latest whinings: we have to pay people more!

Why are they complaining about having to pay more money to attract and retain people? Because investors and Wall Street firms see higher wages as a drag on profit and growth rather than a raising up of people's living standards.

There used to be multiple people applying for every job. Not any longer. Now, there's barely more than one job seeker for every job opening. Keeping good employees around is harder, and businesses from Silicon Valley tech hubs down to coffee shops are increasing pay to attract and retain workers.

As a side note, as Marissa Mayer prepares to depart Yahoo! after four years of marching in place, she stands to reap a $219 million golden parachute yet no one on Wall Street is complaining about that drag on profits.

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