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Comment Fruit Uber? (Score 1) 524

Wait a second.... Aren't these 'unlicensed fruit vendors' just an earlier version (or perhaps the latest) of Uber or perhaps food trucks? And everyone loves what Uber is doing to the taxi economy, right?

1) Displace standard selling practices (stores)
2) Provide goods at strategic locations, mobile
3) Fill a demand (people are buying fruit, else the carts would not be there)
4) Allow people to use their own resources to generate an income (fruit vs. cars).

Lots of hypocrisy in both the CEO's rant and in these Slashdot replies regarding zoning.....

I would wager that if there was an 'app' to call the fruit vendors, folks would be all over this, handing them truckloads of money......

Comment Create a "Cry Room" (Score 1) 321

Just like at church, create a "Cry Room" for these folks. Make the windows one-way and the walls soundproof. Heck, why not even let them smoke, too.

This just seems like a very, very bad idea. If you can't be without your phone for two hours, I bet you are already pirating films. Leave the rest of us alone and go watch your downloaded copy.... and you can text all you want.... from your house (or your office, dorm, basement, etc....).

If the MPAA ever wanted to INCREASE piracy, AMC just gave them the perfect justification.

Comment Not Just Parking.... (Score 1) 427

Actually, a form of this has been going on in San Diego for some time, but with golf tee times. Torrey Pines is a public golf course that the PUBLIC gets to use. Each and every damn morning, two or three groups (with a dozen or so low-income/shelter 'contractors') phone in and grab ALL of the daily tee times. These folks then turn around and sell them for 3x to 5x the normal public price.

The city can't do a damn thing about them, since each reservation is under a different name......

Comment Re:So, how much does it cost? (Score 4, Informative) 269

ROUGH numbers (and yes, I know GPH not MPG).

Typical Cessna 172 flown by a decent pilot, not a speed-demon, will see a burn of about 10-12 gallons per hour in calm skies. 100LL (avgas) is running here at Montgomery Field in San Diego (Gibbs FBO) $6.19/gallon. Assume a full 56-gallon fill ($346), you are are looking at 5-hours runtime @ 105kts, or about 500 miles before refueling.

Not the cheapest way to get there, your plane/burnrate/mileage WILL vary.

Comment At least there is no cameras (Score 4, Interesting) 664

True story: My CEO (US company, California) tasked me to install 3 motion-detection CCTV cameras at all of our remote staff locations (3 part timers, in their homes, in eastern Europe), and then review the footage daily to determine if they 'were at their posts' during working hours (and did not take 'too many' breaks during the day). Of course, the reason for this was to 'make sure we are getting what we paid for.' I'm glad this device was not around last year (or will be very expensive THIS year).

No, I did not install the cameras, I just let the issue die. (still have a job, too).


AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer 1034

An anonymous reader writes "A Google Glass user was interrogated without legal counsel for a couple of hours under suspicion that he may have been recording a film in the AMC movie theater. Although the matter could have been cleared in minutes, federal agents insisted on interrogating the user for hours. So long for our constitutional freedoms." Hours of being detained that could have been avoided if they had just searched his devices (which he repeatedly suggested they do): "Eventually, after a long time somebody came with a laptop and an USB cable at which point he told me it was my last chance to come clean. I repeated for the hundredth time there is nothing to come clean about and this is a big misunderstanding so the FBI guy finally connected my Glass to the computer, downloaded all my personal photos and started going though them one by one (although they are dated and it was obvious there was nothing on my Glass that was from the time period they accused me of recording). Then they went through my phone, and 5 minutes later they concluded I had done nothing wrong." Update: 01/21 21:41 GMT by U L : The Columbus Dispatch confirmed the story with the Department of Homeland Security. The ICE and not the FBI detained the Glass wearer, and there happened to be an MPAA task force at the theater that night, who then escalated the incident.

Comment No way to change (Score 4, Interesting) 232

(this is NOT a troll)

As a person (senior management) who has been told by his CEO "I don't care about what happens to the employees, I care about my company making money," I don't see there is anything you can do to get 'companies' to recognize the value of vacations... other than quitting and making them scramble to find someone else they can screw over. Sadly, the perception of vacations, much like IT and paid training in general, is that it is a drain on the company (doesn't produce IMMEDIATE revenue but DOES result in IMMEDIATE costs), and if it was possible to run the company without it, most companies would do so in a heart beat. Of course, those companies are often hell-holes to work in and fail on a regular basis.

Comment You have a chance, of course (Score 1, Troll) 314

There is always a chance. if....
      you never get hit with the non-existent age bias in the tech industry
      you like the smell of curry and noodles
      you don't mind ramping up on a skill set and then seeing your job get outsourced
      you hit the lottery
      you work AT the office
      you can hide your grey hair (or if you have no hair, keep the dome waxed)

Life may suck, but if you enjoy what you do, you will always have something to fall back on, even if that something doesn't pay the bills.

Comment Really? (Score 1) 18

Wait a second. You mean that despite this company's security and operational protocols and supposed firewalls, they found that they had a server compromised by a SQL injection in 2012, took it offline, and then BROUGHT IT BACK ONLINE in 2013 w/o wiping it???


They had a SQL injection on a server in 2012, never saw it but turned off the system anyway, and then brought the SAME system back up in 2013?


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