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Comment Re:bullshit (Score 1) 142

it's not legal for a previous employer to say what they were paying you in many countries (though not all). If they do, it is grounds for a privacy violation suit. Most companies to avoid suits for having said "too much" will usually only confirm employment history, not anything else.

If it isn't, usually there are non-disclosure accords in your work contract (you cannot disclose your salary to anyone outside family and legal consultation), and it is trivial to say you want that to flow both ways (I've worked in areas where it was legally grey on that issue and adding that one line was trivial).

Comment Re:Pay negotiations still have to happen (Score 1) 142

funny... I've only worked for very large companies that would be on top employer lists and every single time I've been able to negotiate salaries, both changing shops and internal transfers to new companies I negotiated salary. And it's not like I was senior in any of these roles.

granted, if you aren't willing to say no to a company (or at least look like you are willing to say no), then you won't have any negotiating power.

Comment Re:Illegal Speech (Score 1) 555

UC Berkeley was never sued. They never went to court. They seem to have broadly agreed with the USDOJ and decided to just remove the content. The case hinges on the public accommodation part of the ADA. It has not been decided in any court whether or not the public accommodation clause pertains to freely distributed content by a University with no economic incentives.

Things like netflix have been ruled to be public accommodation (as you might expect, it is a company offering a service to the public). And two universities are fighting this right now (harvard and MIT) in court. You can look it up. The latest I have seen is it was ruled the case could go forward because MIT and Harvard did not give good reason to dismiss the case (it seems that ruling hinged on the fact that you can't dismiss a complaint because the defendant has a great defense, only because the plaintiff has no standing). I'm not sure where those cases sit now as that last ruling was a year ago.

It could easily be ruled that freely distributed content by a university in an unstructured way (here are all the videos, the best we have done is organize them by course) does NOT need to be ADA compliant but things like MOOCs where a person can get some sort of certificate does.

To answer your question, the photo can't be banned. A disabled person can bring a lawsuit against a museum or display hall for not including some kind of access (I think).

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 301

you may not remember, but I recall there was a time in the 80s when leaving and returning to the US, and going through airport security was fast, painless, and non-invasive. We actually expected the bad treatment in places like India, but never a western country. And you basically had the exact same rate of "problems". Security efficiency has not markedly improved in any way since then, but the amount of time we spend and the invasiveness has gone up incredibly. When the US is now a much bigger hassle than India, the UAE, or Singapore, maybe we have a more fundamental problem with imagined threats? In fact of all the countries I regularly find myself traveling to, the one that is the most painful is easily the US (the UK is worse, but I don't have any business that takes me there).

Submission + - Why Don't Mobile OSs offer a Kill Code? 1

gordo3000 writes: Given all the recent headlines about border patrol getting up close and personal with phones, I've been wondering why phone manufacturers don't offer a second emergency pin that you can enter and it wipes all private information on the phone?

In theory, it should be pretty easy to just input a different pin (or unlock pattern) that opens up a factory reset screen on the phone and in the background begins deleting all personal information. I'd expect that same code could also lock out the USB port until it is finished deleting the data, to help prevent many of the tools they now have to copy out everything on your phone.

This nicely prevents you from having to back up and wipe your phone before every trip but leaves you with a safety measure if you get harassed at the border.

So slashdot, what say you?

Comment Re:Kid's best interest. (Score 1) 328

this is the key to it. I have a friend who started a business. A little play area for kids. He was just stunned that the number 1 money maker ended up being upper class (think not 15% of the area he did it) showing up for birthday parties that were way overboard. People who have money want to spend it. And there will always be goods and services they like. It just may not be obvious till someone hits you on the head with the stack of money they made.

Most folks I know with money spend it, and in fact spend way more than prudent saving says they "should". But then all that means is more opportunity to start businesses. I've seen a lot of interest in personally planned vacations, bringing back travel agents after they all but disappeared a decade ago. I know folks who will pay 10 grand to just have a tour guide fill a 1 week vacation for a family with activities. If you have done the ground work, and can even just fill 12 weeks a year, you are making pretty comfortable money since the family foots all the costs as well.

Comment Re: Lack of perspective (Score 1) 85

Where did you get these numbers? About 80% of stocks and mutual funds are held by the top 10% of the United States. The vast majority are not even close to "working class". Certainly people in the middle class may hold a very small amount of stock, but by and large, it is an irrelevant amount.

Given that 90% of all non-primary residence wealth is held by the top 10%, it's ridiculous to imagine much of the financial wealth (stocks and mutual funds specifically) would be held outside the top 10%. Of course, a significant amount of money ends up in trusts by these same wealthy families, and maybe those trusts are classified as retirement accounts in your metrics?

Comment Re: This doesn't surprise me at all (Score 1) 149

Well chess is giant in India, Europe, NA, and generally more popular in SA.

And at least in Japan, while Go is popular, in all my years living there I've only ever met shogi players (and the Chinese I have interacted with quite regularly don't play at all).

But oddly every Chinese person I know has played chess.

Without a doubt, both in absolute and computer professional relative terms, chess is more popular.

Really it's more likely brute force is easy to program compared to neural networks and in general, the advancement in chess was from position evaluation which is markedly easier than Go (because you can simulate chess to a deep enough level to see if a sacrifice of piece or position is worth it as long as you prune your tree even marginally intelligently). As a player, I find both games awesome (though I am terrible at Go), but I think it is pretty obvious position evaluation is easier in chess.

Comment Re:Yeah yeah **spoilers** (Score 1) 562

the film is already north of 1 billion and there are people who want to see it who haven't?

I went because it was star wars but JJ Abrams let me down, in all the ways I expected. This is the second movie where he has directed it incredibly poorly, just expecting the audience to relate to characters he spends no effort developing (except while beating you over the head with amateur characterization). But it was filled with great CGI and action scenes. He is turning into michael bay.

Lucas was right. with the prequels he tried to do something incredibly different than the original trilogy. It failed on many levels, but at least the entire plot wasn't predictable 30 minutes into the movie. worse, because so little time was spent developing characters and so much time dedicated to CGI, Abrams created a completely unbelievable ending battle, where a sith who in the beginning shows strength in the force unheard of in the previous 6 movies loses in a light saber duel to a complete novice simply because he says "let me teach you to use the force". completely unbelievable story telling, unless in the next movie we will actually see her use the force to destroy entire star systems after shaking Luke's hand.

Comment Re: Tax Inversion (Score 1) 456

your tax brackets already generally creep with inflation across the board (except the AMT traditionally, I'm not sure if that is completely fixed). If you will creep down income brackets already if inflation is high, why also allow a reduction in the amount declared. Do you want to go back to a time when tax brackets didn't shift at all (you know, when 50k of income put you in the top bracket vs paying almost 0 in federal income tax?)

anyways, I think complaints about double taxation are a lot of complaining. You pay the second line of taxes because you get limited liability through the corporation. If you don't want double taxation, take on the full liability of the company. Else realize it isn't in society's interest to give you a free get out of jail card. You have to pay for it somewhere.

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