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Comment Re:All the more reason to avoid protests... (Score 1) 153

And it's a perfectly sound conclusion to reach if you're actually familiar with the protest scene. I call it a "scene" because that's exactly what it is. Just like you have ravers, goths, punks, emo kids, hippies, and whatnot, you have protesters. And it doesn't matter if he protest is to free Mumia, no blood for oil, food not bombs, or whatever Noam Chomsky's latest book is about; it's always the same people. That's because it's their social circle. The weekend's protest is where they go to hang out with their friends, to have fun, to see free concerts, to get dates, and so on. (Yes, when I first moved to San Francisco; I used to hang out with some of these people myself.)

So yes, when a bunch of strangers show up, nobody knows who they are, and they start causing trouble; it's pretty damn obvious... if you've paid a whit of attention at the protests every weekend previously... that what you're dealing with there is not protestors, but that the cause of the week has touched the nerve of someone powerful and they sent in the agents provocateur.

Comment Re:The Fallen (Score 1) 153

Are you kidding? The police in the US regularly get their jollies gunning down unarmed citizens... not just adults mind you, but children as well; and the only "punishment" they receive is paid vacation (administrative leave) and *maybe* some negative media attention. Anything they can plausibly spin as an accident of any kind won't even be noticed.

Comment Re:The way of the Dodo (Score 1) 222

Youâ(TM)re quite right about the Alamo. Ever since they opened a location in my city, itâ(TM)s the only one I goto. No babies, no phones, and ZOMG, those boozy milkshakesâ¦

Even so though; the GP is right in that thereâ(TM)s progressively less reason to goto a theater anymore. My TV and stereo are good enough⦠and Iâ(TM)ve learned to replicate enough of the boozy milkshakes⦠that it really takes a highly visual movie that makes full use of the big screen to get me even to the Alamo. Basically, unless Jedi Knights, the USS Enterprise, Iron Man, or Groot are on that screen; Iâ(TM)m waiting for Netflix or Blu Ray.

Comment Re:AKA: Google Destroys local business (Score 1) 76

Except Google, unlike a communist state or Walmart, pays better than restaurants do... including as part of the compensation package stock options that have made multimillionaires out of their chefs. People who make more money also pay more income tax. I'm not going to guess at the numbers, but that would at least partially mitigate the "ZOMG they're not paying sales tax at the restaurants" hit; especially considering that income tax is mandatory where the sales tax could be averted by bringing lunch (prepared from untaxed groceries) from home and whatnot.

Also, if the GP is referring to the Google offices I think he is; the food options in the vicinity were pretty grim before they moved in anyway. A Gordon Biersch Brewery restaurant was the highlight of the area. And that's hardly something you'd want to eat on a regular basis.

Comment Re: Rough edges visible miles away (Score 1) 92

I would venture a guess that 99.9% is a low estimate for the number of people who have a phone. Regardless of what the actual number is though, I'd also guess that it is dwarfed by the number of people who live in the states that have refused to implement the REAL ID act and whose citizens are going o suddenly find themselves unable to fly at all next year.

Comment Re:The Discrimination is about wages, not age (Score 2) 207

In my experience, most "team building exercises", do involve drinking... quite a lot of it sometimes... following the preliminaries. Sometimes the preliminaries aren't so preliminary, for that matter. We have an office beer fridge for a reason, after all. And you're right. It does build camaraderie and exchange of ideas.

And really... when you're there for a third of your day 5 out of 7 anyway; it's definitely worth finding a job where you like your coworkers enough to socialize with them. I have. (And actually, a few of us were already friends before becoming coworkers.) So I don't mind at all sticking around (or popping down to the pub) for a while to do so.

Comment Re:Moz No Longer a Leader for Good Reason (Score 0) 74

On top of being a PR liability, Eich was a non-discrimination/hostile-work-environment disaster waiting to happen. He had to go for the good of the company. And if it had been any lower-level employee, HR would have unceremoniously shown him the door far sooner. And it would have been a with-cause termination, not a "voluntary resignation"

Comment Re:They rely on Google because they want to and ca (Score 2) 74

You seem to have forgotten the time when MySpace was the 800 pound social network gorilla that Facebook is now. Then the fickle winds of what's cool changed direction and it went from being the dominating player to a whithered husk in about a year. The only real advantage that Facebook offered was blocking the stupid CSS tricks people used to "pimp their MySpace". And that would have been trivial for MySpace to offer themselves. Otherwise, Facebook's entire position is based on being where the cool people hang out. And that can change in an instant and for no apparent reason.

Comment Mossberg should know better. (Score 5, Insightful) 74

Seriously, he's been around long enough to know that every single one of his "gang of five" got where they are by starting up out of nowhere, blindsiding a dominator of a key industry, and knocking the fromer king of the hill off his perch. Apple and Microsoft have even been blindsided themselves, knocked down before (Apple almost to bankruptcy), and shifted gears to become dominant again.

If Mossberg's notions were correct, none of the five would exist now in the first place. They'd all just be sub-divisions of IBM.

Comment Re:But lets raise minimum wage! (Score 1) 440

Well, it does make sense for the minimum wage to be a regional thing. The cost of living is hardly uniform nation-wide. In San Francisco, it's higher than the state minimum, well above the national minimum, and scheduled to go up in steps to $15 by sometime in 2018, with the rest of the state following a few years later. But someone in the middle of Mississippi hardly has the same expenses as someone here.

I would also note that the high, and increasing, minimum wages have not hurt our economy though, as evidenced by our recently punching out France to become the 6th largest economy in the world. So anyone looking to recite the usual right-wing talking points on that score can go ahead and kiss off before getting started.

Comment Re:And who will you complain to (Score 1) 440

When I've had issues eating out, I've found that the kitchen is usually very reliable in preparing the order they're actually given. The error usually comes from it being entered into their system incorrectly; whether it's waiter/cashier for fat-fingering when entering it, or the customer not understanding what they're ordering in the first place (And then trying to blame the employees for their own error.). So if I had to venture a guess, I'd say that, once there's enough data, the numbers will show that self-ordering kiosks will cut down on the number of errors and complaints more than enough to counterbalance any increase in the effort needed to complain.

As for getting shit food, that's almost entirely a factor of where you choose to eat. You don't goto McDonalds in the first place if you expect to eat gourmet.

Comment Re:Prime is starting to suck (Score 1) 183

What I've noticed is that about two years ago the reliability and consistency of Amazon's 2-Day "Guaranteed" shipping dropped dramatically. I used to have maybe one order a year arrive late. (And I shop on Amazon a lot... I probably average an order a week.) But in the last couple of years, I've been given so many of those "complimentary one-month prime membership extensions" that I'm not even sure when or, indeed, if I'll be billed again. And I've had more lost shipments replaced than I remember.

I think they must have renegotiated their contracts with the shippers for lower rates, but also with lower quality of service. Maybe it's cheaper for them to give out all those free months and replacement packages than it was to pay for better shipping in the first place? I'm not sure what els could have changed, anyway.

One thing that I have noticed though, is that shipping to business addresses is a LOT more reliable now than residential. And I have significantly fewer issues having switched to having most of my stuff to my office instead of home. I guess UPS, Fedex, Et al, are less inclined to fuck around wth businesses than with plebes.

Comment Re:And there won't be any accountability (Score 1) 68

The alternative is to ban "cost plus" contracts. Screw up and overrun the costs specified in you bid? Tough cookies. Eat it on your P&L leader, and do a better job bidding next time.

Another, at least as good and maybe better, option is antitrust. Break up the globs back into Northrop, Hughes, General Dynamics, Lockheed, Marietta, Glenn Martin Co, Grumman, McDonnell Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft, Convair, North American, Republic, Boeing, Rockwell, and so on... so that there are a dozen manufacturers actually bidding competitively for contracts with incentives to keep costs under control, lest the contract goto a more reliable competitor.

After all, when there are only two choices, why *Should* Lockheed Martin (from their perspective) deliver a fully-functional air or space craft as promised, and on-time and on-budget. What's the government going to do after all, go to Northrop "2 billion dollar stealth bomber" Grumman?

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