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Comment Re:Literally in the Summary (Score 1) 260

There is an expectation that the parent will return.

No. That they are required to take them back doesn't lead to the conclusion that they expect the return. Most maternity-fill I see is by temp-to-hire. They expect to fill the position permanently, but have to be able to clear it out, if the employee returns.

Your premise is that employers are dumb. They know the employees don't return. They plan on the employees returning. That's dumb.

Comment Re:Literally in the Summary (Score 1) 260

It's a form of "terminal leave". You have leave due you. You take it, then don't come back. That's how organizations like the US military pay out leave owed, rather than the lump-sum most private corporations do. There's nothing "unethical" in taking a leave you've earned. The few places I've seen it offered, you had to have been there a few years to earn that perk. Why hand the employer a handout? Take your leave payout as terminal leave. Then leave.

The only thing "dishonest" is the employers who wouldn't pay it if you told them you weren't coming back. The dishonest employers drive the employees to lie.

Comment Re:big businesses asking for special favors (Score 1) 281

Netflix screwed themselves. They built a Tier-1 ISP (that isn't an ISP and isn't Tier-1) and called it a CDN, then tried to peer with everyone for $0 to cut their costs.

Netflix's bad CDN isn't even the question here. There are no "pipes to Netflix" if Netflix bought "real" T1 Internet from multiple providers. Comcast not wanting to peer with a Tier-1 wannabe is again unrelated to Net Neutrality, and I think Netflix made a number of bad decisions trying to cut costs that have hurt them, and their entire industry.

Netflix used a side-channel to try to cut costs, and it worked poorly. But there are real and documented cases of DNS hijacks, and QoS penalties for competing voice services. If you are a telco that sells voice, you should block Skype and throttle SIP down to unusable levels. That will increase your profits as the people in your area have no other choice, and the other options for voice are unusable over your ISP.

If Netflix buys bandwidth from ATT and Level3, what would Comcast do? Fail to peer with them? Then their customers would get even worse service. That's how it ends up working, and generally worked well until Netflix broke the standard first.

Comment Re: (Score 1) 281

The cities should all lay dark fiber to every house (no not crappy GPON, but dark fiber from the CO to every residence and business). Then rent that fiber to the ISP. They can run 1Mb, or 1 Tb across it, for the same price. A price just high enough to cover the costs of install and maintenance.Your phone company doesn't more to call Dominos vs Pizza Hut, so why should we expect that from our ISP? Net Neutrality shouldn't be necessary. But the companies committing the fraud of unequal access also lie about it. The market can only correct itself with informed consumers.

Comment Re:Hall of Fame worthy (Score 1) 50

The most enthusiastic recommendation came from her current employer. Found out later that it was all a lie, hoping someone would hire her away, as she was a violent alcoholic. She got fired when she showed up to a sales meeting with a customer 4 hours late, slightly drunk, and very hungover. I'm the one that got her fired. She played the "I'm 5 minutes away" game for hours.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 50

If you don't know what you are paying for, you shouldn't authorize it. In Google sized companies, it was likely approved by at least 2 people, then seen by at least 2 more before being paid. Does the payment system not flag unusual terms for a standard vendor? Does the authorizing manager not know the services ordered in that time period?

It takes systemic incompetence to fall for these well known and old billing frauds.

Comment Re:WOW (Score 1) 50

I remember hearing about this in the '90s, where (non) toner companies in my area were sending out bills for toner to lots of mid-sized companies, and many bills were paid. This form of fraud has been around a long time. Maybe it didn't make international news because $100k isn't the same as $100M.

Comment Re:Correcting myself (Score 1) 726

In Texas, the speed limit must be set by engineering standards. If a private person wanted to pay for an actual traffic study on their road, and the results differed from the speed limit set by the city (who posts the signs), then the private study would be valid, and the posted signs would be "illegal" (as in not legally binding, but fully legal to post invalid signs).

There was a big stink about this in Dallas in the '90s. The limits on the interstates were set too low, so all tickets were "invalid" as the speed limit not being properly set and displayed, the burden of proof for every ticket was that the government needed to prove the speed was unsafe for the conditions. I looked, but couldn't find a reference to it. It was before all the articles were stored forever online, so lost to time, it seems.

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