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Comment Re:Not the only criticism (Score 1) 89

You are on the money about hiring trends with teachers. Just look at this: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/doc... The raises are barely enough to keep up with inflation, at least during normal economic times, and you can't raise a family of four and pay the mortgage on that. I have a B.S. in pure math, and would be eligible to teach lateral entry (initially without certification). Who would actually want to teach for that kind of money, though? They will not consider relevant experience outside of the teaching profession, either. After 25 years of experience, you'd still make less than the starting salary of any job worthy of a math degree in industry.

Comment No. (Score 4, Insightful) 598

I have access to UTC whenever I need it, of course, but local time is an invaluable tool. It tells you something about the temporal state of your surroundings, which UTC just doesn't do. I'd much rather set my phone alarm for 7:00 AM local time, and when I fly to the west coast, not have to remember to adjust it back 3 hours... It's easy to remember that Western Europe is about 5 hours ahead and California is 3 hours behind. The cost of adjustment is simply not worth whatever benefits it affords.

Comment Re:No reason to upgrade (Score 1) 127

Agreed. I did the Apple development stuff for my company for a while and had a ton of devices. My favorite is the iPad mini. You cannot beat it for indoor reading - it's just the right size. That said, it did not make the leap to iOS 10, so it will probably end up being in pwn3d soon. Security updates won't be there much longer - which is a shame. I hope someone finds a way to put a third party OS on it (maybe they have already - I just haven't looked yet).

Comment They did cheat on taxkes (Score 1) 410

They didn't cheat on taxes, you unbelievable nitwit. Ireland is a sovereign country and they decided what Apple paid. As Ireland itself has said, if Apple owes tax, it is not owed to Ireland.

A better analogy would be the US retroactively eliminating deductions (standard or itemized) retroactively and asking you for back taxes and interest. Even more accurately, it's like the US ruling your state's deduction was illegal and claiming you owed your state back taxes and interest, even though your state agrees with you. But I guess that seems totally fair and happens all the time, right?

Nincompoop.

They made this deal with Ireland to book the revenue there at a preferential rate. However, part of why the EU determined that they had to pay up is because they didn't really have the office they claimed to have in Ireland. It was a corporation-on-paper-that-didn't-really-exist. I don't really have much patience with that.

You shouldn't be able to have your cake and eat it, too. Some people seriously believe that there should be no corporate tax at all, but if you want corporations to have the rights of persons, then they must also have the responsibilities of persons (e.g. paying taxes).

Apple's CEO is stuck in a regrettable place, though. His responsibility is to lead the company to be as valuable to the shareholders as is legally possible, which in part means minimizing liabilities, including taxes. I have little doubt that they thought this structure was legal.

Comment Re:Security (Score 1) 239

I doubt that IT costs are a burdensome percentage of fares. I bet it's mostly fuel, equipment and labor. A 737 costs about $50 million, and I'm guessing another million a year to maintain over a 20-yearish lifespan. Assuming 1000-ish flights a year with 150 paying seats on the flight, you're talking about $25 per ticket to pay for the plane. Fuel is about $5/gal, with average per seat mpg of 80-ish. So we're talking $50 per seat for fuel... up to $75. Add in labor, airport costs, taxes, etc... I'm just willing to bet that IT costs are less than 2% of a plane ticket. I bet adding proper redundancy would just be a drop in the bucket.

Comment Security (Score 1) 239

Delta has demonstrated that it, one of the world's largest airlines, doesn't co-locate it's critical infrastructure in redundant data centers with fail-over mechanisms. Delta's inability to operate has ripple effects in the operations of other airlines as well. Now criminals know that Atlanta is an Achilles' heel, and to cripple the world's air transportation systems, they need only attack it's power grid. Obviously, market incentives are not sufficient to make them have a more robust infrastructure. I think the FAA needs to step in here and regulate a little sanity into the system.

Comment Re:Emergency phone (Score 1) 537

If the proprietor provides an emergency telephone and clearly posts for all to see where this telephone is, then nobody has had their ability to make an emergency call "interfered" with. What's next? Would you suggest that soundproofing a building to keep bar noise in or street noise out should be illegal, because someone inside might not hear someone outside calling for help?

Maybe curtains, blinds and window treatments should be illegal, too. The privacy they afford might stop a law enforcement officer from witnessing a crime, which probably outweighs the benefit of filtering out too much sunlight.

If the owner wants to shield his premises from some sort of radiation, so be it. As long as adequate provision for the safety of the customers (see my earlier post), then I'm satisfied. In my state, towns are allowed to make ordinances for the health and welfare of the public. Making laws to make SMS and data junkies happy doesn't meet the standard in my opinion.

Comment Emergency phone (Score 3, Insightful) 537

I direct a Boy Scouts of America-accredited Cub Scout Day Camp. We operate our camp in an area with no cellular phone coverage. There are POTS phones, however, and we post a list of emergency phone numbers and directions to the nearest emergency phone in each program area.

I suspect this guy has a POTS or VOIP telephone somewhere in the bar. The prudent thing to do in a place of public accommodation where cellular telephone service is not available is to post a notice that a telephone is available for emergencies and state where it is. It's that simple. He probably already has a posted map to the fire exits in the main dining room/bar already, if fire safety regulations there are anything like what they are here.

I think if the guy were to post "EMERGENCY TELEPHONE BEHIND BAR - DIAL 911" (substitute whatever the dispatcher number is in the UK is) on the door underneath his business hours, he'd be doing his due.

Comment Re:Great! (Score 0) 266

B does not solve the problem. Analyzing the video stream for the do-not-film IR signal is non-trivial; it will require CPU cycles (thus, energy) to do this, and that means that this "feature" will make your battery last not as long as it otherwise would when you are using your camera. This is a real shame, because the actual solution to the problem is people not taking their cameras into the movie theater, or those Yonder things... see https://www.washingtonpost.com... . Now, get off my lawn...

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