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Comment Re:Literally in the Summary (Score 1) 271

There is an expectation that the parent will return.

No. That they are required to take them back doesn't lead to the conclusion that they expect the return. Most maternity-fill I see is by temp-to-hire. They expect to fill the position permanently, but have to be able to clear it out, if the employee returns.

Your premise is that employers are dumb. They know the employees don't return. They plan on the employees returning. That's dumb.

Comment Re:Literally in the Summary (Score 1) 271

It's a form of "terminal leave". You have leave due you. You take it, then don't come back. That's how organizations like the US military pay out leave owed, rather than the lump-sum most private corporations do. There's nothing "unethical" in taking a leave you've earned. The few places I've seen it offered, you had to have been there a few years to earn that perk. Why hand the employer a handout? Take your leave payout as terminal leave. Then leave.

The only thing "dishonest" is the employers who wouldn't pay it if you told them you weren't coming back. The dishonest employers drive the employees to lie.

Comment Re:big businesses asking for special favors (Score 1) 288

Netflix screwed themselves. They built a Tier-1 ISP (that isn't an ISP and isn't Tier-1) and called it a CDN, then tried to peer with everyone for $0 to cut their costs.

Netflix's bad CDN isn't even the question here. There are no "pipes to Netflix" if Netflix bought "real" T1 Internet from multiple providers. Comcast not wanting to peer with a Tier-1 wannabe is again unrelated to Net Neutrality, and I think Netflix made a number of bad decisions trying to cut costs that have hurt them, and their entire industry.

Netflix used a side-channel to try to cut costs, and it worked poorly. But there are real and documented cases of DNS hijacks, and QoS penalties for competing voice services. If you are a telco that sells voice, you should block Skype and throttle SIP down to unusable levels. That will increase your profits as the people in your area have no other choice, and the other options for voice are unusable over your ISP.

If Netflix buys bandwidth from ATT and Level3, what would Comcast do? Fail to peer with them? Then their customers would get even worse service. That's how it ends up working, and generally worked well until Netflix broke the standard first.

Comment Re: (Score 1) 288

The cities should all lay dark fiber to every house (no not crappy GPON, but dark fiber from the CO to every residence and business). Then rent that fiber to the ISP. They can run 1Mb, or 1 Tb across it, for the same price. A price just high enough to cover the costs of install and maintenance.Your phone company doesn't more to call Dominos vs Pizza Hut, so why should we expect that from our ISP? Net Neutrality shouldn't be necessary. But the companies committing the fraud of unequal access also lie about it. The market can only correct itself with informed consumers.

Comment Re:Well, sadly, probably.... (Score 1) 372

Many if not most employment contracts/agreements for software engineers and the like have verbiage that states that anything you come up with on company or personal time, belongs to the company.

I was a developer for more than a decade. Never saw this once. I'd laugh if I did.

Comment Re:Abolish NASA, and deregulate aerospace. (Score 1) 156

not quite the average toddler's level of understanding.

Project much?

Spoken like one with no clue at all of NASA's decades of hostility to private enterprise in space. Google for "OTRAG" for one example of a potential competitor that they pulled out all the stops to kill off.

-jcr

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