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Comment Re:Droning justification [Re:I'm just surprised... (Score 1) 315

No, he is no hero, as his actions over the past few months have plainly shown. Just a tool, willing or otherwise. I just hope he realizes that Putin doesn't have a great track record of protecting tools that have outlived their usefulness and not to drink tea he hasn't prepared himself.

Comment Re:Passing the buck? (Score 1) 140

If a computer is temporarily storing data in order to make responses faster, exactly where is the delineation that makes the cached data something illegal?

Perhaps where the computer in question is owned by an entity that is paid by the infringer to cache said content? I'm no lawyer, but I don't see CloudFlare's arguments holding up real well in front of a judge. Perhaps they are doing this to show that they just won't rollover over takedown requests and that they will require court orders to do so. They may need that to legitimately void the contracts without prejudice.

Comment Re:No, they don't (Score 1) 618

First: The AMA is not a labor union. Also, as the years have gone by it has been gradually morphing into a political group. Most doctors are smart enough not to form/join a labor union and are smart enough to know that political goals can be achieved better by political organizations.

Second: Contrary to popular opinion, most doctors do not belong to the AMA.

Particularly if you create the organizations yourselves to give yourself meaningless credentials! Right Dr. Paul?

Comment Re:Normally I'm pro regulation (Score 1) 146

I wonder how you react when it's a poor black man getting walk instead of a Job Creator, Peace Be Upon Them? At one point in its history, the FDA routinely jailed CEOs for violations by their firms. After all, that's why they make the big bucks, right? They have so much more to risk than an average worker!

Comment Re:Sign 'I don't agree' on all HR paperwork (Score 1) 223

Allow me to repeat: trying to play lawyer without a law degree rarely ends well. And I think I am correct in assuming you don't have one, as 90% of the attorneys I know would not be nearly so flip and the other ten percent could probably successfully get their clients sentenced to death for a parking offense.

Comment Re:Sign 'I don't agree' on all HR paperwork (Score 1) 223

That's all well and good, but how are you going to do when you are served with a summons? Are you going to try to represent yourself? Remember, if you just ignore it, they're going to get a default judgement against you and at that point all of the various forms of collection, up to and including wage garnishment are on the table. Trying to play lawyer without a law degree rarely ends well.

Comment Strange swarm behavior (Score 2) 220

We've seen strange swarm behavior here in Southern California the past two years. Anecdotes follow:

Last year, we had a swarm that probably lost its Queen (or didn't have one to begin with). They maintained a big ball in the tree for nearly four months, gradually all dying off. They made no honeycomb, just a few weird strands of propolis. In the past, when swarms failed to form a new hive, they didn't continue to go and harvest pollen and function like a hive, but all died off much more rapidly.

This year, we had a swarm ball up in a tree mid-afternoon. They hadn't found a hive by the next morning. By the next evening, they were all falling to the ground and writhing as if poisoned or something. By the second day, there were just heaps of dead bees all around the garden.

I don't claim to be any expert (although my Dad kept several hives when I was a kid). Still, I haven't seen this before. I don't know the cause of either phenomenon.

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