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Comment Re:You can't blame them. (Score 1) 279

I am sure that the majority of people who yells 'fuck you to all scumbag companies' are just as willing to participate in the rac to the bottom by buying things directly from China, because it is 20 cents cheaper.

It is their way to say "fuck you to all the scumbag companies" I guess. And with that, they told others that moving overseas is actualy a good idea.

Comment Re:It's also instability (Score 1) 279

That must be communist Washington, because I live in socialist Belgium and the process to fire somebody who does not show up goes as follows:
First time, oral warning
Second time, written warning
Thrid time,second final warning
Fourth time, your are fired.

And they do not even need to do step two and three.
It also means you are fired for ugent reasons, so no farewell check and no unemployment benefits. So you get away with nothing.

The same will happen if you are late for work, although they might add a step or 2 where they talk with the person and see why it happens.

Now if they want to fire you because you do not do your job, they will add extra steps again to see what the reason is. They can then still fire you, but they will have to pay a severance pay. I have seen companies not fire people because they were unwilling to pay the severance pay.

In once case the person was unhappy, told this to anybody and they said 'so leav' and he did not want to do that. He wanted to get fired, wo he would get a severnce pay and unemployment benefits. He made a stupid mistace that would have cost him 5EUR or less, but I saw it happen. It was seen as fraude and he could leave right away.

I have been on both sides of the table. If they want to fire somebody, they will. Oh and it does not matter if they are in a Union (unless they are a voted for Union rep, then the rules are a bit different), The same rules will apply and if you are stupid, the Union will not protect you.

Comment Re:Free time (Score 1) 279

Where people in the past had some reasonable security when they had a job, that is now gone. And starting for yourself has never been so cheap. A website and you are in business. And most likely the website is cheaper than business cards.

And if it fails, you also have not lost that much and you can start the next website with whatever you intend to sell or nmake. If they are lucky, they are the next Uber or Facebook or whatever. If not, all they did was vote against solcial values in case they become the 1% that lives the American dream. And all that they lost is some sleep and time with friends and family.

Comment Re:Easy (Score 1) 314

Back room? Where I went, they just take a swipe of your hand when you stand at the scanner. They do the same with lugage if they so desire. No need to separate me from my phone or from my wallet or whatever they want to swipe.

Because that could lead to the fact that I would say they planted it. A lot easier to use proof if that is off the table.

And as far as I can tell in Brussels they do it pretty random. I have been swiped and not been swiped. Similar clothing and also I have see old people seen swiped as well as not seen swiped. Same for people of other ethnicities. I have not seen any trigger or light or counter, so perhaps they just check every Xth person.

Comment Re:Encryption (Score 1) 314

I do the opposite. I leave it unencrypted and I have no passwrords enabled when I cross the border. All data is removed from any device.

That way when they want to take a look, they see a blank system. Then when I am in country, I will restore my system over network and add the passwords again.
They can seize my phone, but there is no data to decrypt, so no resaon to try to preasure it out of me.

I do this both with my phone and my PC. First try this at home to see how this works. See that the restore is done over a secure connection. I use my own server at home, not anything in the cloud.

Comment Re:Globalization is GREAT! (Score 1) 607

You mean the state government or the country should handle it? And I asume you will not buy anything from outside your own state/country because that is how those people are being brought out of extreme poverty.

So if you don't like it. Do not shop at Wallmart and Amazon, do not buy electronics made in Asia and only buy local grown food.

Comment Re:John Deere is evil. (Score 1) 637

There are several ways of "owning".
The ones we use most are rent, lease and own. There are some lesser know ones and they basically mean owning till a certain time or situation arrises.

e.g. you can own a piece of land for 99 years or till e;g; in the case of HongKong till 1999.
You can also "own" property till you die. Or more specific becoe the owner when sombody dies. That means I am the owner, but I can not move in till the other person dies. The other person can live there till they die, but are not the owners. Payment then can be done up front or for each year you live, you get money.

And if your lawyer does not find these things in a contract of $800K, it means the law is not clear enough or your lawyer was a shitty one. Because you bet I will go over each and every letter in such a contract and if it is not clear I ask "what does this mean". Sure it will take all day. I will make time for that.
If the people who deal with contracts day in and day out think that takes too long, simplify them.

And yes, I have read legaleese and know why it has to be written like that in some cases. Because the law requires that exact wording.

That does not mean they are not abusing the DMCA. I think the DMCA is not being abused. It is used as it was intended. It was sold to the people that it was something else, but it is used as intended.

Well, that is what you get when you vote for companies. Next you have the choice to vote what companies make more money from the government. Will it be the more liberal companies or the more conservative companies and then you realiwe they are the same companies. Happy voting.

Comment Re:My PCP has a "scribe!" (Score 1) 325

My doctor types in what I am there fore, print outs the prescriptions (so they are readable) and papers for the insurance. If he would have a scribe, I would ask that scribe to leave.

Once every 2 years I need to sign a paper that the other doctors in the office are allowed to access my data. If not, they will not see it.

I do not need to wait that long as I make an appointment online. I calculate an hour when I go to the doctor. It is a doctors group that has 6 or 7 doctors. I choose that, so when the doctor is on a holiday or sick, I can go to another one. Happened already.

One time I had somebody else in the room. They were students and he asked first if it was ok, they did a diagnose and then were asked to leave again by him.

But a scribe? I would throw that person out as fast as my sick body can manage.

Comment Re:So... rather than not doing what pisses them of (Score 1) 72

Sure, they don't go after EU companies, right? Think again.
If they do not want to play by the EU rules, they can piss off.

Or do European companies not need to follow the US rules when they operate their? I am sure AB InBev would be delighted to follow the European standard and start selling beer to 16 year olds. Or perhaps you think that you are OK with some SAB Miller beers, think again, they are being bought by AB InBev.

Fun part of the AB part of the name. The Americans were so vein that they absolutely wanted to have the AB in their wording. InBev agreed, because they do not give a shit and rather paid less than care about the name. Most likely they thought: If these people care so much about the name, customers will as well, so we pay less AND get more customers. Double wammy!

Better at the competition? Not really. In places where there is competition, they come in second all the time.

Comment Re:Who controls the data and access? (Score 1) 56

What will happen in the EU will be (I hope)
1) Require all new cars by default
2) No discrimination if you have an older car and not have this. So no higher insurance because of this
3) A minimum reasonable time that the device should record (e.g. 15 minutes)
4) Only insurance companies are allowed to see them in case of need e.g. only if there was an accident AND if there is any doubt, unless there is a court order. (Law on privacy is already intact)
5) Non-payment of the insurance companies in if the device has been tampered with.
6) Readable with a standard

If you see we have a readable open source ID card in Belgium already and on who and how to use this data, this is not that out of touch.

But you can buy guns, so you are actually a really free country (that last part was sarcasm)

Comment Re:wth how is this legal? (Score 2) 84

Like computers, clothing and almost anything else? What if it is made in the US, but the company is based elsewhere?

And what about companies who deliver to American organizations, because it would be easy to set up a company that has only US workers, but buys everything abroad for an extremely small fee.

What if the goods are better then what you can buy? What if the workers are in the US, but are not Americans? What if there is only 1 person working who isn't American, but Samoan pr Puerto Rican who has served in the military?

At what moment should you say that capiltalism is not good anymore and the people are more important (dare I say socialism?) and what if that means that youneed to increase taxes to pay for the extra cost?

Comment Re:There is no smoking gun. It's an arsenal. (Score 1) 607

It is the automatisation that is costing most, I believe. It is also the cause of the wealth dept.

Imagine you have 11 people. That is 1 owner, 2 managers and 8 workers. Small village, so there are 4 couples.
The workers make 100, the managers make 200 and the owner makes 400.

They get a machine that can do the job of 2 workers for half the price. So the owner now gets 350. However he fires 2 workers, so that becomes 550. And 2 workers out of a job.
The managers will get a bonus if he gets more efficient, so he fires one worker. They gets 25 extra and now make 225 and the owner 600. Workers still 100. and 3 are out of a job.
For the workers the average income went from 200 per family to 140 per family.
Lets replace 2 more people with a machine and we can also fire one manager.

Now where does all this money go? To the owner. So there are now 3 workers, 1 manager and 1 owner at work.
So now there are people who have NO income as a family. They can be re-hired at 'market value' of 50, because 50 is better than nothing and 75 for a manager.

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