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Comment Re:Yes, but it won't happen any time soon (Score 1) 81

Streep is an exception (and good for her if she can still pull in that kind of money.) Most actors don't pull in anything like that amount of money, and even those that are able to pull in six digits or, occasionally, seven, digits per movie do so usually knowing they have a shelf life, and that Hollywood will discard them when they get into their 30s. At that point, many know they'll be difficult to hire in any other professions, as they just devoted much of their lives to a single profession, and have no skills outside of that, and have fame as an added handicap.

20 million, incidentally, is dirt cheap for a modern movie (to put it into perspective, the pilot episode of the 2000 TV series Dark Angel cost that much), and the right star can be the difference between a $60-250M movie (which is more the ballpark) either making a loss, or making an outrageous profit. The ticket price, which seems to have held steady at around $10 per adult for the last 20 years now, is what the market has determined is what people will pay, so that's not going to come down if studios were to cut actors salaries. So... why complain about this, specifically? If they're the ones making the movies profitable, and if the money's there, why not let them have a cut?

Comment Re: FINALLY! (Score 1) 280

An AT&T 6300 (made by Olivetti)? That's the only 8086 based PC clone I can think of off-the-cuff. There were relatively few PC clones made that used the 8086 instead of the 8088. Having to incorporate the BIOS rom in a 16 bit wide data path, for one thing, was more costly than it was worth. 16 bit ROMs are exotic and expensive; two 8 bit ROMs was also expensive. It just wasn't worth it for the slight benefit of the 16 bit data bus at the time, and the first gen ISA bus meant there was no advantage for add on cards.

Comment Apples and Oranges (Score 4, Insightful) 81

It seems 2 different things to me. The content producers and the content distributors are different groups with different specialties. The top producers and physical studios can rent themselves out to Netflix if the deal is right, for example. Neither is stapled to each other.

The fact that Netflix and Amazon have produced a hit or two doesn't mean they will take over most content production. If they find a nice niche, competitors will copy that niche.

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:Grossly misled how much they could make? (Score 1) 204

Not necessarily... even an independent contractor can be expected to do a job for the client at a rate the client has specified or else not get the job for that client at all. You can argue that an independent contractor could still negotiate their price, but if the client doesn't want to negotiate, then that's still exactly the same story.

If Uber workers were independent contractors, then Uber, in this case, would be the driver's client, not the passengers, and Uber, as it happens, has specified the rate they are willing to pay. Dissatisfaction with how much one is making by no means any kind of pre-requisite for being an employee.

If, however, Uber workers were truly independent contractors, they could freely subcontract other drivers to drive multiple passengers at the same time and get paid for all of them (and presumably pay their own drivers a percentage of the rate that Uber offers per ride). Uber disallows this however, thereby exercising too much control over the work that their drivers do, and clearly placing them in the category of employee.

How much the workers make and how they cannot negotiate the price with the passengers is as far removed from what makes them employees as is imaginable, because actual independent contractors could easily be in the exact same situation. If an independent contractor can't find work at a rate that is satisfactory to them, then that is not the fault of those who might otherwise hire them, and does not make them employees when they happen to accept a job they are only taking because nobody else has jobs for them.

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