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Comment Re:Back to the old model (Score 1) 70

I'd be surprised if Amazon would give a shit if Clarkson did punch someone else

Amazon's lawyers give a huge shit about Clarkson's capacity for future violence in the workplace. Hiring someone who is known to have a propensity for physically abusing co-workers produces a huge legal liability for the employer. If he punches someone on the set of the new show, that person will sue Amazon and in court, there will be a huge claim paid by Amazon for criminal negligence.

That's really why he got fired from BBC. It's not about being PC. When he punched the first person at work, that victim could only win a suit against Clarskon. A second attack would bring the employer into liability for knowingly maintaining a dangerous workplace. If they didn't fire Clarkson at BBC and someone else punched another co-worker, the BBC could be liable because of the inaction against Clarkson sending a message to other employees that punching your co-worker is tolerated by the BBC.

I would not be surprised if Amazon's risk-management department has assigned some kind of bodyguard or conflict resolution expert(s) who are on set for each filming. Amazon is a public company and this is a typical sort of precaution that would be insisted upon by the risk management department.

Comment Re:Back to the old model (Score 0) 70

Seems like Amazon is going back to the old TV model of releasing a new episode every week

When you've got a host who during production of the season might punch a producer and you have to cancel the show, you want to immediately air the shows you've produced ASAP. Too big of a liability to sit on those episodes and hope Clarkson doesn't punch anyone while filming the rest.

Comment Re:A different position (Score 5, Informative) 469

...a candidates spouse taking hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign interests, which Trump was accused of but Bill Clinton actually did.

I suppose that depends on your definition of 'actually.' Checking Politifact, this claim does not hold true.

Per an article in Fortune magazine in October 2015 that traced both the Clintons' tax returns to estimate their net worth:

On the low end, the Clintons reported assets of $11.3 million. On the high end, they might have as much as $52.7 million. The couple listed no liabilities.

How is it that Bill Clinton 'actually' accepted HUNDREDS of millions of dollars from foreign interests, yet he only has assets totaling as much as $53 million?

This is a classic example of the disruption that Trump has brought to the political process.

Unrestrained fiction presented as facts to smear opponents requires an update or replacement to the term "truthiness."

Comment Re:Self Reporting is not accurate (Score 1) 57

Alternatively, employees appear to already be doing that to try to get salaries raise.

I am aware of anecdotal information where people on a team at a tech company did not get a raise that even covered cost-of-living increases for their community. They each went on Glassdoor and submitted salary surveys inflated by $50k or more for their roles in the hopes that it would make it difficult for their employer to recruit others at a lesser salary.

Poison pill.

Comment internal memo from Satya Nadella... (Score 1) 245

My friend works as a developer within Microsoft and he just texted me saying he and his coworkers have all received a memo from the CEO using a metaphor of being on a 'burning platform' and asking if anyone knows of another company that can buy Microsoft and then after spending more billions of dollars just close the whole thing down out of frustration.

Any ideas?

Comment Re:Best attempted on Earth first! (Score 1) 222

I think automated mining is more viable than remote-controlled mining.

Terrastrial mining incorporates humans to optimize the energy / yield ratio. Since the target materials are not very valuable, energy efficiency is critical to the equation- earth mining operations can't afford to process a million cubic yards of material to extract a couple pounds of gold.

In a space / Mars mining operation, the input energy will have to be solar. The target materials will be as valuable as the cost of sending them from Earth to Mars, so very valuable- an ounce of water on Mars is far more valuable than an ounce of gold on Earth. These target materials (elements like iron or molecules like water) will likely also be easier to efficiently process out of the surrounding material. These dynamics make automated mining an attractive proposition in space (or on Mars).

Comment fellow F150 Lariat Owner Here... (Score 1) 292

I'm enjoying a used 2007 F150 Lariat I bought a few months ago. I intentionally shopped trucks without a touchscreen because I didn't want to haggle with a seller asking higher prices because of 'premium audio.'

I installed an Alpine ILX-007 bought off eBay for $480 along with a Camera Source backup camera purchased directly from the manufacturer for $268.

The Alpine is a CarPlay head unit that works great. It's a wired connection - NO BLUETOOTH. You can still do hands-free phonecalls. I have had several problems with bluetooth unexpectedly stealing my phone calls when my wife shows up with one of our cars in the driveway. So far, I am very happy with the Alpine CarPlay experience in the F150.

We also own a 2013 Ford Flex w/ the myTouch and I have literally punched that screen a few times. Consumer Reports initially gave the 2013 Flex a very enthusiastic review, then later retracted it due to the flawed myTouch system. I hope Ford gets a kick in the nuts over this garbage head unit.

Comment more and more consolidation (Score 1) 136

There are as many, if not more, businesses than there have ever been before.

I would like to see your source for that observation. Not as a challenge, but because it would provide a welcomed counterbalance to the consolidation I'm seeing in finance as of the past few decades.

Look at Gibson Guitar Corporation. Per this wikipedia article, the global sales of guitars began to decline, so they marshalled their resources and diversified by acquiring a bunch of other companies.

Gibson purchased Garrison Guitars in 2007.[21] In mid 2009 Gibson reduced its work force to adjust for a decline in guitar industry sales in the United States.[22] In 2011, Gibson acquired the Stanton Group, including Cerwin Vega, KRK Systems and Stanton DJ. Gibson then formed a new division, Gibson Pro Audio, which will deliver professional grade audio items, including headphones, loudspeakers and DJ equipment.[23] Gibson announced a partnership with the Japanese-based Onkyo Corporation in 2012. Onkyo, known for audio equipment and home theater systems, became part of the Gibson Pro Audio division.[24]

Every year, I see fewer and fewer independent companies out there. Especially in auto manufacturers. Other than Tesla, not a lot of new companies bringing cars to market. Instead, all the smaller companies are bought out by bigger companies. Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat / Chrysler, which owns a bunch of smaller car brands, is always trying to get more consolidation going in the auto industry.

Another example happened back in the late 2000s when Porsche attempted a hostile buyout of VW, and got too strung out in debt in the attempt and then VW turned around and ate Porsche.

Comment Re:So a guy that runs a ride sharing company. (Score 1) 274

....maybe it is time to get the "public" out of transportation.

Cost competitive with public buses? This weekend I dropped my truck off at a stereo shop in the south end of town (Austin, TX). Paid $2.50 for an all-day bus pass and came home. Did chores all day and rode the bus back down to the stereo shop to pick up my truck. That would've cost me over $20 with a ride hailing company.

Looking around at the other passengers on the bus with me, I got a sense many weren't really positioned financially for becoming ride hailing customers. At least one was in a wheelchair that required a lift that wouldn't be equipped on many privately-owned vehicles. Advocating for ride hailing to replace mass transit does not consider the needs of those for whom the bus is the only transportation 'option'.

Additionally, if a ride hailing car travelled to my house (empty) took me to the stereo shop, then returned to the driver's house (empty), that would add two unoccupied trips on the public street that wouldn't have occurred had I ridden the bus or driven myself. If you multiply those empty trips times the number of people on the bus, suddenly there would be a lot more cars on the street not carrying passengers and slowing everyone else down with greater congestion.

Comment Re:So a guy that runs a ride sharing company. (Score 1) 274

Taxi availability thus far has been constrained by city regulations designed to protect the commons from congestion. The philosophy behind limiting the number of taxis on the road at any given time is also intended to motivate people to use mass transit instead of inefficient taxi services.

Ride hailing companies have successfully flaunted these regulations due to widespread political support among people who are only thinking of their own convenience over the bigger picture. Ride hailing puts more cars on the road performing empty trips creating congestion and pollution. Instead of voting in support of bond elections to implement planned mass transit systems, people are placated by "I want it now. Me!" provided by ride hailing.

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