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Comment Re:Bias from personal preference (Score 1) 183

That's how it was in the dorms in college. Never stopped me from using the bathroom or even the showers. I only made sure to avoid it when the maintenance guy was in there because it would take at least 30 minutes for the smell to clear out after he wrecked havoc on the toilets.

Submission + - Carrie Fisher passes away ( 1

wiggles writes: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,”

Submission + - How Corporations Became Obsessed with Fitness Tracking (

mirandakatz writes: Your Fitbit isn't always working in your favor: as Cathy O'Neil explains, while there's plenty of incentive for employers and employees alike to participate in fitness tracking and health programs, that data is shared not only with participating companies, but also with third-party companies administering the programs. “It is beyond creepy,” says one participant, “to think of anyone reconstructing my daily movements based on my own ‘self-tracking’ of my walking.”

Submission + - California man fights DUI charge for driving under influence of ... caffeine (

schwit1 writes: Caffeine may be the “nootropic” brain drug of choice in Silicon Valley, but an hour’s drive north in Solano County, California, the stimulant could get you charged with driving under the influence.

That is according to defense attorney Stacey Barrett, speaking on behalf of her client, Joseph Schwab.

After being pulled over on 5 August 2015, Schwab was charged by the Solano County district attorney with misdemeanor driving under the influence of a drug.

Almost 18 months later, Schwab is preparing to go to trial. The only evidence the DA has provided of his intoxication is a blood test showing the presence of caffeine.

Shcwab was driving home from work when he was pulled over by an agent from the California department of alcoholic beverage control, who was driving an unmarked vehicle. The agent said Schwab had cut her off and was driving erratically.

The 36-year-old union glazier was given a breathalyzer test which showed a 0.00% blood alcohol level, his attorney said. He was booked into county jail and had his blood drawn, but the resulting toxicology report came back negative for benzodiazepines, cocaine, opiates, THC, carisoprodol (a muscle relaxant), methamphetamine/MDMA, oxycodone, and zolpidem.

The sample was screened a second time by a laboratory in Pennsylvania, according to documents provided to the Guardian, where the sole positive result was for caffeine – a substance likely coursing through the veins of many drivers on the road at any given time.

Comment Re:H1B is deeply flawed (Score 1) 455

The H1B program was created as part of the WTO and US signing on. When India agreed to let US sell Coca Cola in India , US agreed to let India sell Software Services in the US . Now selling services needs people to be onsite hence the H1B. If you want to get rid of H1Bs leave the WTO and watch Caterpillar and Boeing factories close.

What does Coca Cola have to do with Caterpillar and Boeing?

Comment Re:Above post is absolutely correct (Score 1) 534

The other thing is, well, he's not in the US anymore. Nixon was pardoned but he was still in the US. All pardoning would do is allow a free return to the US, but other than that, he's really free to roam the globe at anywhere other than US.

Finally, what's the benefit to him? He's just winding down the couple of months he has left, and it's generally considered rude to screw the next guy to take over no matter how much you hate him. So let the guy who will have a few years decide the fate, rather than try to make a quick forced decision.

What difference does it make where Snowden is or how many days he has left in office? Presidents always issue pardons during their last days in office. Marc Rich had fled to Switzerland and Clinton still pardoned him on his last day in office.

Comment Re:He's already in a mess (Score 2) 119

Half of Trump's transition team has been fired. Chris Christie was fired because he was Governor when Trump's son-in-law's Jared's, father was prosecuted on fraud charges and didn't pardon the fraudster.

No, Christie was the US District Attorney who prosecuted Charles Kushner in 2004. He didn't become governor until 2010.

Submission + - Elon Musk under investigation for Solar Subsidies (

bricko writes: The Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee have launched a probe into tax incentives paid to solar companies, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Already grossly subsidized, Musk’s SolarCity has become an albatross of waste, fraud, and abuse of tax payer dollars. As legitimate earnings and cash become even scarcer for SolarCity, its entanglement in the Tesla empire suggests that a drastic reckoning not only is imminent, but in fact emboldening Musk to become more outlandish and reckless.

Notably, SolarCity is run by Musk’s cousins, Lyndon and Peter Rive. During his chairmanship at SolarCity, Musk’s family enterprise has taken in billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies from both the federal and local governments. But the subsidies and sweetheart deals were not enough, as losses and missed projections continued to mount.

Comment Re:Going by this logic (Score 1) 436

The MSM has reported both candidates' foibles fairly well. What made the latest FBI email story float better than the one before it was that, for once (and way too late) Trump finally learned how not to try to dominate an entire news cycle even when his opponent was floundering.

I don't think he learned so much as his campaign finally took away his twitter account. If they had only thought to do that before the Alicia Machado rant.

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