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Comment The early bird gets the worm, (Score 1) 112

but the second mouse gets the cheese. Uber may survive being one of the early distributed ride hailing services, but the danger is that the spend so much money in the process that they go bankrupt and only the name will carry on after someone buys it in a fire sale when the company assets are liquidated.

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Submission + - Something "Unexpected" Happened When Seattle Raised The Minimum Wage

schwit1 writes: The latest research comes from the University of Washington which researched the impact of Seattle's recent minimum wage hike on employment in that city (as background, Seattle recently passed legislation that increased it's minimum wage to $11 per hour on April 1, 2015, $13 on January 1, 2016 and $15 on January 1, 2017). "Shockingly", the University of Washington found that Seattle's higher minimum wages "lowered employment rates of low-wage workers" (the report is attached in its entirety at the end of this post).

Yet, our best estimates find that the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance appears to have lowered employment rates of low-wage workers. This negative unintended consequence (which are predicted by some of the existing economic literature) is concerning and needs to be followed closely in future years, because the long-run effects are likely to be greater as businesses and workers have more time to adapt to the ordinance. Finally, we find only modest impacts on earnings. The effects of disemployment appear to be roughly offsetting the gain in hourly wage rates, leaving the earnings for the average low-wage worker unchanged. Of course, we are talking about the average result.

More specifically, we find that median wages for low-wage workers (those earning less than $11 per hour during the 2nd quarter of 2014) rose by $1.18 per hour, and we estimate that the impact of the Ordinance was to increase these workers’ median wage by $0.73 per hour. Further, while these low-wage workers increased their likelihood of being employed relative to prior years, this increase was less than in comparison regions. We estimate that the impact of the Ordinance was a 1.1 percentage point decrease in likelihood of low-wage Seattle workers remaining employed. While these low-wage workers increased their quarterly earnings relative to prior years, the estimated impact of the Ordinance on earnings is small and sensitive to the choice of comparison region. Finally, for those who kept their job, the Ordinance appears to have improved wages and earnings, but decreased their likelihood of being employed in Seattle relative other parts of the state of Washington.

Still not convinced? How about a recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco that finds that "higher minimum wage results in some job loss for the least-skilled workers—with possibly larger adverse effects than earlier research suggested."

Comment Re:How hard is it to find emails? (Score 0) 518

It's not a disqualification when there's no real alternative. She's the most qualified candidate ever and the other alternative is a paranoid narcissist who doesn't understand why we can't use our nukes.

There was no real malfeasance here. She's been harangued by republicans and the press for thirty years. Of course she's going to want to have tighter control over unclassified email. She knows people will draw all sorts of crazy inferences and take email out of context to "prove" she's some sort of evil genius. How can anyone blame her for that?

Hell, people are so crazy with hate for her that they use her husband's sexual indiscretions against her. How fucked up is that?

I'm quite happy she's going to be president. I'm happy she has helped the millions of people she's helped over the years and I'm happy that she's still willing to do this very difficult job in the face of the insanity of the opposing party and the press.

I'm really tired of the making of mountains out of molehills.

And while I'm at it, let's talk about "lies". Making a false statement does not make you a liar. People whole live complex lives with a large amount of responsibility forget a lot of extraneous details. The human mind has a strange way of filling in gaps and reorganizing memories and sometimes creating false memories. I have experienced this false memory phenomenon personally. It is real and it happens a lot more than you might think. So when someone says, "My daughter was out jogging due X time frame" and she's wrong it's probably more because it was an otherwise irrelevant detail that got stored with the relevant details. How many times have you had to correct your parents about their recollection of some event? But when this happens to Hillary it's OMG! she's SOOO dishonest. Oh for fuck's sake. Have some perspective. The lies we need to worry about from politicians are not broken campaign promises or minutiae about some other event, but lies are things like cherry picking evidence to make a case for war, or covering up a break in, or covering up selling arms to our enemies. These are relevant and material deceptions.

Also when you know you have a prosecutor interviewing you who is trying his best to corner you into a contradiction, it is a very good idea to not allow questioning without a lawyer. If you are a lawyer and you decide to be interviewed, it is definitely in your best interest to restate questions to be more precise with your answers so your answers can't be twisted into contradictions. It's not a sign of dishonesty, it is a matter of being precise so someone doesn't try to fuck you over with your own words.

When asked if Hillary had lied to him or congress Comey said, "No" .

So when you start in with the Hillary is not trustworthy trope. Ask yourself are you repeating the media mantra from the last thirty years where the press kept saying "People don't really trust her"? Because that is exactly what they did. They pushed this idea(mainly because they were pissed at being iced out in 1993). Are you filtering every stupid little thing through a "she's untrustworthy" filter? Because the more I really look into her record and the things she's done for people quietly, without tooting her own horn, the more impressed I am with her. I really think she's deeply concerned with the country's well being and is busting her ass for us.

I'm no christian but she is and she's very serious about her faith and good works. I just wish we could have a democratic congress to go along with her as president and a democratic senate. The current republican party has lost its mind.

Comment Re:so much for that then (Score 0) 442

> When you say 'that the people actually want' you mean 'what people like me actually want'.

Of course I don;t. I mean people who pay. The comapny wants to make money so will do wahtever it takes to do what people will pay for. WTF does any of that have to do with what I personally wnat?

> Don't worry, you may be selfish and unable to put yourself in a position of those less able than you,

Wtf are you talking about? you don't even know me, let alone my actual depepndency on taxis. fucking moron.

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