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Comment Re:Don't you just lie? (Score 1) 142

Interesting point. HR due diligence usually involves a "background check", which is a euphemism for gathering data which is loosely related or sometimes unrelated to job requirements. Asking for a W-2 costs nothing so background checking services do it routinely.

I had a situation where I was applying for a job while self-employed. For complicated reasons, supplying a W-2 was not an option. In the end, the employer and I both agreed that my current income had nothing to do with the price of tea in China, so they made their offer based on what they were willing to pay. The offer made sense, so I accepted it. Alternatively, if they really wanted to use my current income as the baseline for salary negotiation, there was always the possibility that I would demand a salary commensurate with my best year as a self-employed consultant, or at least the average, at which point the deal falls apart.

I'm not a fan of lying about any part of the job application process. It can lead to all sorts of trouble and I have no reason to do it. So I tell the truth and let the process play out. Unfortunately, not everyone plays by these rules. I know of several people with various issues that would never pass a routine background check, and yet they end up working at some of the largest employers in America! If I use LinkedIn to look up people that I know, sometimes I find fake degrees, inflated job titles, fictional jobs at real companies, and fictional jobs at fictional companies. At first i thought it was hilarious, until I realized that honest job seekers are competing against these people. Even worse, I considered the "verifiability" of my own situation and found some problems. Long after my departure, several of my former employers have merged, downsized, sold, relocated, outsourced, or discontinued their operations. Any document that I produce could easily be drafted in Word or Photoshop -- nobody is in a position to prove or disprove anything. If I provide references, they could just as easily be friends with a script.

Thanks to modern technology, it is now easier to "verify" a fake background than a real one!

Comment Only works if the runway revolves (Score 1) 340

If you have multiple planes trying to land and any pilot can approach from any direction, only one can land at any given time unless somebody coordinates the touchdown point for each of them. Lotsa luck ensuring proper separation while trying to control how many degrees of the arc is allocated to each plane. A traditional airport will have several runways operating at any given time, so the circular runway does not seem to be much of an advantage. And then there is the side loading problem that comes from takeoff and landing on a curved runway.

One way to solve both problems is to make the entire runway revolve to match the speed of the current aircraft on final approach. As soon as the wheels touch down, the pilot hits the brakes and the runway decelarates to match. The aircraft lands in place, with very little space required. Then the plane taxis to the inner track of taxiways, while the runway accelerates to match the speed of the next approaching aircraft.

Although I think the idea of a circular runway is crazy, and the concept of a revolving runway is a monumental challenge, it might actually work.

Comment I wonder how many of these 0-days are really new (Score 2) 228

For all we know, the CIA might have written deliberate vulnerabilities to be patched into production code. Either that, or maybe they bullied software companies into ignoring certain vulnerabilities that would otherwise be fixed. Considering how many tech companies have been enlisted by big-government and how many cover stories have been busted, nothing can surprise me anymore.

Comment The panda eats shoots and leaves (Score 1) 331

The panda eats shoots and leaves.
The lack of a comma means that "and" is the conjunction between "shoots" and "leaves". What is the panda doing? Eating.

But consider this:
The panda eats, shoots, and leaves.
What is the [armed] panda doing? Eating, shooting, and leaving.

In the first example, there is no comma, and therefore the words are interpreted as a single action.
In the second example, 2 commas create a list with exactly 3 items.

How hard is it to disarm a panda? All you have to do is get rid the commas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Applying the panda scenario to today's crisis, it becomes obvious that commas determine the number of items on a list, and words in the absence of a comma are interpreted together when there is no punctuation to group them any other way.

Comment Re:Oakhurst Dairy is not correct (Score 1) 331

I agree. It seems bizarre to determine a truck driver's eligibility for overtime based on what is hauled in his truck. Would any legislature deliberately create a situation in which a truck driver is _sometimes_ eligible for overtime (hauling Atari "E.T." cartridges to the landfill) and sometimes not (hauling frozen chicken to a warehouse)? What if a trucker performs both activities in the same week?

The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of: (1) Agricultural produce; (2) Meat and fish products; and (3) Perishable foods.

I think the lack of punctuation explains what the legislature intended. The number of commas determines the number of items on the list. The last item is everything after the last comma. Notice the lack of punctuation in "shipment or distribution". Those terms belong together because there is no punctuation to indicate otherwise. In like manner, there is no punctuation after the "for" so we end up with "for shipment or distribution". What does the "for" clause apply to? packing. The last item on the list is "packing", qualified by the rest of the words. If the legislature had something else in mind, they would have written this differently.

Comment Re:I'll believe it when I see it (Score 3, Informative) 119

DIrect quote from the article:

But Cape Cod is a region famous for its pastoral ocean views, including the one visible from the Kennedy compound at Hyannisport. Once built, the wind-power plant would be faintly visible on the skyline of this tourist-dependent community, particularly during clear days.

"We wouldn't build a wind farm in the middle of Yosemite," Robert Kennedy Jr., son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, has argued. "People want to look out and see the same sight the Pilgrims saw."

I mentioned it because there have been numerous wind farm proposals near Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, and ALL of them have been defeated. The excuses change every so often, as the NIMBYs align themselves with whatever allies they can find.

Comment Re:Fingers crossed (Score 3, Interesting) 121

There is a free service called NoMoRobo that implements a massive cooperative blacklist on a grand scale. I use it on my Comcast phone (requires multiple ring). One of the few workarounds for tele-scammers is to falsify caller id with a random number in the victim's area code and exchange. Most telemarketers who call me are dumped by NoMoRobo after the first ring, but once in a while I see what appears to be a local call from an unrecognized number. Any number I don't recognize ends up in voice mail, which is where telemarketer calls go to die.

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 300

Apple needs to rediscover the wisdom of Frasier Crane: "If less is more, just think of how much more more would be."

They need to do a serious re-think about the missing ports, crappy Intel video, soldered RAM/SSD, glued batteries, etc. Apple has effectively discontinued the MacBook Pro and renamed a slightly beefed-up MacBook Air to take its place. If they're going to abandon the Pro market, they should at least be honest about it.

Comment Re:Exaggerate much? (Score 2) 168

Not an exaggeraion, IMHO. The impact of patent abuse is a lot worse than a few cases you hear about. It's the cases you DON'T hear about, where the mere threat of a bogus patent lawsuit is enough to suppress competition and prevent new products and services from reaching the market. This ruling in this case does not provide a universal solution to the problem, but it's a good start.

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