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Comment Re:Creation proven? (Score 2) 244

My first thought was that yes, it would throw off pining down a date for the Big Bang.

As for Biblical creation, do keep in mind that the story starts with "the face of God moving over the deep". The earth, formless and void though it be, existed before day 1. The universe was created, and was in place for an undetermined period of time before the 7 days of creation.

If you consider the frame of reference, the surface of the earth, the 7 days of creation play out logically. You can't see the sun or moon until the atmosphere is cleaned up and put to into a usable-for-life state, for example.

$0.02. Opinions on the topic are many and varied.

Comment Sinking: from the top, or ground? (Score 2) 241

I'm sure the experts have thought of this, but don't see an answer: is the 16 inch sinking measured from the top of the tower, or from ground level?

In other words, does that measurement include settling within the 58 above-ground stories? I would think that a building that large would have some internal compaction over time, independent of the ground beneath it.

I presume that the ground surrounding the building is deformed downward with the building, otherwise the entrance threshold would have moved markedly compared to the street level. Road crews could probably identify pavement cracks in vaguely concentric rings around the building.

Submission + - Major shift in Indian outsourcing and offshoring coming (

MrLogic17 writes: A long standing complaint of the US tech industry may finally get addressed: with Trump now president-elect, we can look forward to a major overhaul of the highly abused H1B system and egregious outsourcing like was seen at the University of California.

Submission + - What happens to Obama's @POTUS Twitter account when he's no longer POTUS? (

Okian Warrior writes: The White House actually released a digital transition plan last month to lay out what will happen. When Trump is inaugurated, the @POTUS Twitter account will be handed over to him with its nearly 12 million followers, but without any tweets on its timeline. All of Obama’s tweets will be preserved in the National Archives and Records Administration. Additionally, all his @POTUS tweets will be transferred to a new handle, @POTUS44.

Obama was the first president to use Twitter. He also has his @BarackObama account, which is run by his political operation and will remain in his control. Presumably Trump will also still have the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account he used so effectively during his campaign.

Submission + - Grubhub CEO orders pro-Trump employees to resign ( 8

mi writes: If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here,” — wrote Matt Maloney, Co-Founder of Grubhub. “We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team."

Hating (on) haters is Ok. Who is deplorable now?

Submission + - Press begins to apologize for mistreating Trump's supporters ( 1

mi writes: Journalists love mocking Trump supporters. We insult their appearances. We dismiss them as racists and sexists. We emote on Twitter about how this or that comment or policy makes us feel one way or the other, and yet we reject their feelings as invalid.

We diagnose them as racists in the way Dark Age clerics confused medical problems with demonic possession. Journalists, at our worst, see ourselves as a priestly caste. We believe we not only have access to the indisputable facts, but also a greater truth, a system of beliefs divined from an advanced understanding of justice.

Maybe, there is still hope for the Fourth Estate...

Comment Re:Why is this a controversy at all? (Score 1) 248

I like this system. A lot. I'd amend it with:
* Make voting day an official federal holiday. (Then we can keep the 2nd Tuesday in November date)
* Use paper ballots with an electronic scanner for tallying. (best of both worlds)
* Longer hours for voting. Maybe 7am to 6pm.
* No absentee or mail-in votes, at all.

Comment Re:The job titles are often the "catch" .... (Score 2) 57

An official inflated job title is a good thing - on your resume.
You may think that the company is giving you something worthless, but on a resume, it's official documentation that you're doing a higher job than you were hired in for. Use that acknowledgement as part of your resume to make the next hop easier.

That's why in your work history section, you list the last job title you had with an employer, not the first. When you hop, get more pay at the new job than what you should have been making at the previous job.

Comment Re:Self Reporting is not accurate (Score 2) 57

Where do you get that idea? You can share your pay stub data with anyone you want, as can your employer.
Most employers highly discourage you talking about it - mostly because you'd get jealous when you hear the new guy gets more than you. Some companies will even fire over this.

How do you think companies know what to offer people coming in? They do research. just like Realtors. You compare what everyone else is doing, and copy them. To get data, you have to submit data.

But illegal? Go cite me a law. No such thing.

Comment Re:The job titles are often the "catch" .... (Score 1) 57

Easy fix - search (or self report) on the industry standard title of your job. Forget your actual internal title it, when you're shopping for a new job or doing research.
Sites like those in TFA are very valuable when moving to a new job role, or applying for a different job than you've been doing. You have to know if that hop is a move up or a move down.

tl;dr: NAT your title for improved results.

Comment Re:of course it isnt' a race (Score 1) 98

That theory doesn't line up with the $4.2 billion in NASA contracts they have lined up. Plus tons (pardon the pun) of other launches lined up from non-NASA sources.

Nuts, a quick google shows that most financial experts say that SpaceX isn't just making money - they are likely making a whole lotta money. And will be likely raking in a 40% profit margin on future launches.

If Elon wants, Earth orbit launches could fund past Earth launches - until those start making a profit. Tell me that NASA wouldn't love to pay for payloads to Mars that get there faster & cheaper than in-house rockets.

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