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Comment Re:move it back to usa where you can make each act (Score 1) 81

This is true in a literal sense. But completely false in practical terms.

Worker's comp is a trade off. They must cover you if you are injured, but generally you cannot sue for additional damages even if the employer is at serious fault. Damages are capped to medical bills and a paycheck. Without worker's comp limit of liability, there is no cap. A significant number of insurance providers demand employers ask for proof of workman's comp insurance for their contractors or pay for their workman's comp just as if they were a normal employee. Elsewise, said insurance provider leave themselves potentially open for significant uncapped liability.

Workman's comp insurance is pretty cheap for occupations that aren't statistically dangerous. Electricians, chainsaw jugglers and commercial fishermen might have a much harder job.

Comment Re:$$$ Workstations (Score 1) 310

There are times where it makes sense. If you have existing tools or scripts that are not cloud/cluster compatible, $33k is chump change compared to development costs. Sometimes it indeed makes sense to throw money at the hardware. Not to mention sometimes you CAN'T cloud things for security, liability or just plain licensing reasons.

I get what you're saying, but a decade or so tells you sometimes there are really really really good reasons for seemingly extremely inefficient procedures.

Comment Kinda feel guilty (Score 3, Informative) 47

I moved over to ODROID to get around certain Pi limitations. Specifically to include easy to implement Android. Pi has a lot of physical limitations and I've had stability issues. But they have an insanely large user base as well as tons of accessories.

ODROID-C1+ is cheaper at $32, includes quad core, 1GE, 1GB RAM and a better GPU. I normally buy the ODROID-C2 because it plays XBMC/Kodi better with the extra gig of RAM, and can actually output 4K.

Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 1) 222

We tried Smart TVs for video players. Unreliable and we had lag between video clips. Didn't power on as smoothly as we'd like for recovery from power outage. Failed pretty much every "seamless solution" criteria we tried. They do actually make digital signage TVs, but they tend to be more specialized than generally desired.

A consumer TV and a dedicated video unit are cheaper, and we "toss" the TVs every year or so.

Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 1) 222

Did a fashion display a bit ago on Madison Ave for Fashion Week. PCs and Smart TVs do a crap job. Best solution for absolutely no fail, 24/7/365 displays is a dedicated video unit. We went with VideoTel unit for $300. Cheap, SD card for media and dumb as a brick, which is exactly what we wanted. BrightSign always more scripting and niftier features but costs more.

No updates, no way to hack without physical access, no nothing except playing a video on a loop. They automatically power up after power loss. Our units typically run for months without hiccups.

Comment Re: Let's get physical (Score 1) 97

On board NAND is indeed always going to be faster. Because well, it's on the friggin board. MicroSD however is good enough for sequential reads. Like music, photos, video, etc. Which tends to be what people store on MicroSD cards. So, yes, sometimes I indeed DO want cheap slow storage. That's why folks often back up to NAS's instead of backing up to SAN's with twenty times the cost.

Comment Re:Yay for regressive taxes! (Score 1) 271

That's why the tax bill also included significant tobacco hikes. And in case people just decide to quit, they included a huge hike on vaping products. Along with shutting down a significant number of vaping stores by a one time 40% inventory tax, payable within 90 days. And licensing, which doesn't exist yet.

You are correct that Netflix, et al are not essentials. However, they're economic alternatives to a high cable bill. The poor are (hopefully) more likely to pick one or two services like Netflix or Hulu rather than pay $100+ for a full cable package. They're budget luxuries. While the poor don't NEED them, it makes life better. On the plus side, this might get folks going to libraries more. Tis what I do, my library has hundreds of TV shows on DVD and Blu-Rays. I'm not poor, just prefer spending my money on other stuff.

Comment Re:I assume collection will be self reported (Score 1) 271

"Use tax". My first after school job when I was a kid was helping prep tax returns for a local CPA. I also fixed their computers. Correct, virtually no one complies and reports their Use Tax. It's on any non-exempt purchase from outside the state. Per PA Department of Revenue: "The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate: 6 percent state tax, plus an additional 1 percent local tax for items purchased in delivered to or used in Allegheny County and 2 percent local tax for Philadelphia."

That's why certain sections of the tax bill (vaping and tobacco products) have fines of up to $5,000 or up to five years in prison for evading paying the sales tax.

Comment Re:Religious Exemption (Score 1) 271

No, this is clickbait and incorrect information. It's a tax on all digital services or material. Textbooks and purchases by non-profits are exempt. A church buying digital bibles (?) would be tax free. Buying a digital bible from a college bookstore would be tax free. Buying a Bible on your Kindle isn't. Same with any other type of ebook, digital movie, etc.

Comment Re: any proxy sales soar (Score 2) 271

This was a 'compromise' between Republicans (specifically the House Republicans) and Governor Wolf (Dem). So, yay for bipartisanship.

Same tax bill also includes a substantial hike on tobacco products (except for cigars). And a 40% on all vaping products. Plus a 40% inventory tax on all vaping products in vaping stores. Payable within 90 days, or fines/prison. Which is scheduled to drive at least 300 small businesses out of business. Criminal fines and up to 30 days or 5 years in prison if you buy out of state or off the internet, and then don't pay the 40% tax.

Comment Re:Concert Venues? (Score 1) 312

Those theater grade fog machines use multiple gallons of propylene glycol. And it's not toxic, just an eye and respiratory tract irritation. Enough irritation for long enough duration will cause you problems. Sand in your eye isn't toxic. Enough sand in your eye enough times will cause scarring and other problems.

Vaping folks use around 5ml a day of a combination of PG, VG, nicotine and flavorings. So, call it a maximum of around 4ml of PG, per day. Some people use less in volume, or PG ratio. There's 3785.41 ml in a US gallon. So call it around somewhere between 2 and 10 years worth of vaping to reach one gallon of fog machine. Theater fog machines use a lot more than a gallon.

Comment Re:Sigh, this again (Score 1) 312

Tried to read the study, which is paywalled. I love it when folks make substantial claims and then refuse to hand over the proof unless you pay for it. The abstract is fairly light but the claimed glycidol is below NIOSH limits unless you take enough that nicotine poisoning is virtually certain. Some of the other toxins I recognize as being a characteristic of lower quality or badly made liquids. I would advise making sure one obtains liquids that have been checked by a lab. They're expensive. And worth it. Buying cheap stuff likely does have significantly higher carcinogens.

Studies without bias or an ideological axe to grind would be very helpful to folks wanting an alternative to smoking that is significantly less unhealthy. Very little in this life is completely healthy with no downsides. Personally I don't live my life to eliminate all unhealthy activities in my life. I however do appreciate calculated risk and good science.

Comment Sigh, this again (Score 4, Interesting) 312

It's already covered in the UK govt report:

Flip to page 75. The report is fairly well written, and surprisingly not someone trying to prove pre-defined results via poorly conducted experiments.

This is only applicable to mechanized vaping tests. Essentially, you need to burn the vaping chemicals rather than atomize them. As someone that quit vaping, I can testify that you know when your vaping unit get cranked to the max while being in your pocket and fried the coils, along with some of the nicotine liquid. It is extremely unpleasant. Theoretically a person could continue to try to inhale the results, but it would be a spectacularly unpleasant experience. It's extremely noticeable

. It's called a 'dry hit' and it's pretty rare under normal circumstances. I've had... three, maybe? It's certainly not good for you, but probably not as bad for me as my old pack a day of cigarettes would be if I continued smoking.

Submission + - Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History ( 17

An anonymous reader writes: From CNN:

"Fifty people were killed inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and other officials said Sunday morning, just hours after a shooter opened fire in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. At least 53 more people were injured, Mina said. Police have shot and killed the gunman, he told reporters.

The shooter is not from the Orlando area, Mina said. He has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando, two law enforcement officials tell CNN.
Orlando authorities said they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is involved. While investigators are exploring all angles, they "have suggestions the individual has leanings towards (Islamic terrorism), but right now we can't say definitely," said Ron Hopper, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Orlando bureau."

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