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Comment Re: YES (Score 1) 313

It is how America West went bankrupt.

In '98, I took contract in San Francisco, continued to live in Austin. I bought a couple of round trip tickets for the first weekends I was coming home, and they were the last ones I paid for. I got nearly 18 months of free travel (except for my time in airports), because I was willing to be bumped at least once on pretty much any leg of any flight. The gate people thought I was great to work with. They could never pay for a hotel, but I had a laptop and they would let me run a power strip so that I could keep working. My family and boss knew that I was going to eventually get home or back at the office.

Comment Re:Lower Taxes & Cut Regulations. Poison the E (Score 5, Informative) 358

So how do I parse these "liberal guys" from CATO, published in Forbes, saying that oil and gas firms get special tax breaks?

"Another significant tax break allows companies to accelerate the deductions of the costs of labor and various other inputs associated with drilling oil or gas wells. Now, there's nothing wrong with deducting the cost of doing business from one's tax bill. In other industries these expenses would be capitalized and deducted over time as income is earned. But in the oil and gas sector, the tax code allows oil and gas firms to deduct 70% of these expenses in the very first year of a well's operation and the remainder over the next five years."

Or this guy over at The Volokh Conspiracy claiming that:

"The best example is the percentage depletion allowance which, as applied in some cases, enables oil companies greater depreciation than the value of the initial investment."

Because, I wouldn't want to look dumb and uneducated, thereby hurting my claim.

Comment We were soldiers once... (Score 2, Insightful) 483

The service was made a little less decent when marketing REMFs sold the brass on the "warrior" terminology.

One of the highlights of my career was pulling a trick out of my geek toolbox to keep a combat unit mobile one sunny afternoon. When the Top commented "That is how you soldier," it meant more to me than any of the fruit salad ever pinned on my greens.

Comment What is the appropriate management response? (Score 1) 853

My understanding is that Apple makes some bonuses contingent on no leaks having occurred for a product rollout. Someone talks, no one involved with the project gets the bonus. If that happens in this case, he may need police protection.

Assuming that this guy is an otherwise valued employee, as a manager or co-worker, I would make the case to keep him: Fire him and the product release story will be about the guy who got fired. Keep him and he gets mentioned, but he will never lose anything of any value ever again.

He doesn't get a bonus, he does get every other shit detail until Scotland plays the U.S. in the World Cup finals (your teams may vary), and the standard for "met expectations" gets moved up a notch to "makes his manager and co-workers look insanely great every single moment of every single day."

But, I don't run a multi-$Billion corporation.

Comment Re:You just defined smartass (Score 5, Informative) 1232

Declining the encounter is telling the officer that you are not consenting or agreeing to participating in the contact with them voluntarily, and directly informing them of your intention to leave without further consensual interaction.

The reason to decline explicitly is to avoid implying consensual (voluntary) participation after they didn't clearly answer your question.

You may end up being detained or arrested (the second and third categories of interactions, along with consensual), but it forces an answer to the original question "Am I free to go?" And it establishes the latest moment that those events could have occurred.

The sequence of events can be very important. If you have "volunteered" something in consensual conversation, there was no need to inform you of your post-arrest Miranda rights.

Comment Re:Whew, no problem then (Score 1) 505

Global Warming theory has met neither of those requirements. The main statement of Global Warming is something like this: "small changes in the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere cause large changes in global temperature".

My background is more in rhetoric than science, and that there is what we rhetoricians like to call a straw man. You got the small and large all swapped around, then beat up on an argument that wasn't being made. The argument I have heard made, that concerns me, is that large changes in CO2 concentration result in small temperature changes that can have dramatic impacts.

To summarize,

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