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Comment Re:Renumeration (Score 1) 124

Is it any different from Netflix showing you recommendations based on your past viewings and ratings?

  • * Google learned about the movie and that is targeted at kids. This is probably the subtle Disney ad ("be our guest") mentioning letting partners provide data, but they could also just have scanned movie listings like everyone else.
  • * They probably sussed out that you have kids.
  • * They recommended it based on these facts.

It sure would be nice if you could turn these recommendations off, though. It's more bothersome because it's audible, delays the content you really want, and can't be easily ignored like an image off in the corner of a browser.

Comment Same in the U.S. (Score 1) 513

Up here in Canuckistan we're generally not allowed to probe too deeply into prospective employees' personal lives, but when I'm doing an interview, I ask the question "Is there anything that would interfere with you performing the duties detailed in the job description?"

It's the same in the U.S. You can't ask even simple things like "Are you married?" or "Do you own a car?" as these could be used to discriminate. You might assume their answer would interfere with their work performance. And that question you posted is exactly what's recommended here as well. All employees must be able to perform their duties. It's up to them to deal with their specific circumstances to do so. When they cannot (as in your example), it's their responsibility to speak up.

Comment Re: WTF!!! (Score 3, Informative) 513

But to the original point, given that it's illegal for companies to ask about such issues and BAE didn't in this case (good!), was it disrespectful for the guy to wait until his first day to bring it up?

I would definitely have discussed it with my supervisor once I had accepted the position and signed the paperwork, but that's usually handled on the first day in the office.

Comment Both (Score 1) 457

It's a reservoir to hold water long-term and supply it as-needed. During heavy rains, it fills to avoid flooding downstream since the rain will supply the water necessary. During the dry season, water is released downstream for supply.

There is a separate mechanism that releases water when the reservoir gets full. There's only so much flood protection you can provide with a fixed-size reservoir and massive rainfall.

Comment Re: "captured" (Score 1) 197

Holy shit, baking soda (trona ore) really is mined! Yes, in that case, it would offset some of the energy used to mine the ore. And as that PDF lays out, there are many other uses for baking soda. I knew of some (deodorizing, leavening, buffer) but not as a grease/electrical fire retardant. Pretty cool stuff!

Now if only we could turn it into solid rocket fuel! Just add vinegar?

Comment Re: "captured" (Score 1) 197

So, if the bank robber is eventually released from jail after serving their sentence, then they weren't ever captured.

We've already thrown logic out the door by comparing CO2's effect on the atmosphere to a bank robber. But yes, if that bank robber immediately began robbing banks, I would consider him to have been only temporarily captured.

How temporarily equates to never in your mind . . . I guess, education fail?

Comment Re: "captured" (Score 2, Informative) 197

When the cops announce they've nabbed a bank-robber, do you only consider him captured if they killed him in the process? Your standards seem either not well thought out or simply unrealistic.

If the cops nab a bank robber and then release him, I don't consider him captured. Jail would suffice; I don't see that execution is necessary.

Are you inhaling the baking soda? Is it floating in the atmosphere helping insulate the planet?

Carbon from fossil fuels is captured only if it is prevented from entering the atmosphere. If the baking soda is used for, y'know, baking—and then those baked goods are eaten—the carbon will end up in the atmosphere. In other words, not captured.

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