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Comment Re:So he asked? (Score 1) 904

There's an exception for advances that are out of line from the perspective of a reasonable person. Example:

Asking a new co-worker on a date the first day. May be unwanted (and bad form). You get turned down and never bother her again. Result: no lawsuit, no calls to HR, not a big deal.

You give your new subordinate intimate personal details about your love life and ask if she wants to screw you on her first day. Almost certainly unwanted, even if you stop bothering her after that. Result: extreme awkwardness, lawsuit, HR at best puts you on some kind of probationary watch with the understanding that you will be fired if you do it again, and the subordinate gets her choice of transfer to another group (at least, that's how it should have gone).

Can you really not see the difference?

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 904

The problem is that he was in a position of authority over her (organizationally). This creates a significant power imbalance and can interfere with ability to freely give consent. Even if there is no direct or implied threat in the advance (no quid pro quo that is) there can still be an inferred threat on the part of the recipient (whether the superior intended it or not) simply because of the positional authority the superior has over a subordinate. For this reason many companies have a policy against fraternization involving people subordinate to you or in your chain of command (some go so far as to prohibit fraternization among peers as well, though this is less common).

Bottom line there is no good way for a superior/subordinate to date or "hook up" in the workplace and it should be avoid for strictly ethical reasons if nothing else. Co-worker relationships at the peer level or say, with a supervisor in another department, require a high degree of maturity to manage but should not be considered off limits necessarily (from a legal and ethical perspective) but boundaries and rebuffs must be respected.

Comment Re:w00t (Score 1) 895

If Trump really wanted Petraeus on his cabinet he could just issue a pardon for the offense of leaking classified information. Then it's like it never happened (legally speaking). Yes there is a commission that vets presidential pardons and everything, but there's absolutely nothing stopping the president from exercising his discretion and issuing a pardon to whomever he wishes. That would make the most sense if he actually does pick Petraeus to replace Flynn.

Comment Re:Some numeric values and basic concepts (Score 1) 612

signed char c=127 +1; makes c=-128.

The range for any bit length b of a two's complement number is -2^(b-1) <= n < 2^(b-1). This differs from one's complement (which has a range -2^(b-1) < n < 2^(b-1)) because there is no double representation for zero in two's complement notation however negativity is still easily indicated by the most significant bit (where a 1 is negative and a 0 is positive). Converting from two's complement to the actual number r is given by (unsigned char)n & 0x80 == 1 ? int r = -(int)(((unsigned char)n^0xFF)+1) : r = n;

The reason two's complement notation is favored is because adding numbers together in two's complement allows for simple standard bitwise arithmetic without the need to do a special decoding step for negative numbers.

Comment Re:GigEconomyScam (Score 1) 726

Just wanted to point out that the federal mileage rate covers the cost of gas as well. So that $162 also covers the $70 you're figuring on gas. More to the point if you have even a reasonable gas mileage vehicle you're looking at around 25mpg city or about 12 gallons of gas a day which would be between $30-$50 depending on the city. Just saying you might need to revisit those estimates.

Comment Re:Clone (Score 3, Informative) 164

No. It would be more like if you combined the genetic material of two eggs from the same mother together. It's a mish-mash of genes with a high degree of of similarity. So for example your odds of getting two copies of the same gene are greatly increased. This leads to a higher degree of birth defects and recessive gene combining in unpleasant ways. A clone would actually be *less* genetically damaged.

That being said, it probably works out more-or-less okay for one generation but much beyond that it quickly becomes unsustainable.

Comment Re:Wireless headset with wired option? (Score 1) 252

My Sony XB950BT headphones do exactly that. Though I haven't tested what happens if the battery in them dies and I try just the wired connection. But they do work for wired/wireless as desired. Rechargeable from a micro USB connection like most Android phones, but strangely does not work wirelessly with a PS4.

Comment Re:Almost Pointless (Score 1) 218

The only reason you can get away with that in so much of software development is because a lot of really smart people who came before you wrote the library functions in an optimal fashion, thus removing the need for you to remember that quicksort is preferred over insertion sort for large datasets. Instead you just call a sort function from the library and you don't have to think about it.

Comment Re:Windows 10 Is In Permanent Develmoment (Score 1) 172

In all fairness, for the business folks out there they do make a LTS version of Windows 10 that is stable an supported for at least two years for businesses that are sensitive to that kind of thing. Of course you have to be on an EA agreement to get that, but if you're not big enough to warrant getting an EA agreement, then you're probably also not big enough to have a rigidly enforced change control process.

Comment Re:Better Idea (Score 1) 105

Actually, they do not have to get permission to distribute those discs. Once they buy a legitimate copy of it they can do whatever the heck they want with that physical disc short of actually copying it themselves. Redbox went through this a few years ago. Companies weren't happy with their business model and so stopped selling them the discs in bulk. Solution? They sent agents into stores in the area and bought the DVDs at retail, loaded them in the box and rented them anyway. When the MPAA tried to cry foul on that they got told to pound sand. Eventually they worked out a deal to sell them in bulk because it was better for all involved. But the First Sale Doctrine pretty well covers the rights you have to property you legally purpose.

TLDR: because a DVD from Netflix is their property, whereas streaming content is licensed and not owned by Netflix.

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