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Comment Re:WTF!!! (Score 1) 513

I guess it depends on whether or not the topic of weekend/after hours work came up during the interview process. If it did, and he said, 'sure no problem', only to change it later, then I'd side with the company. If the topic never came up, and he was mainly expected to work 9-5 hours, then I'd side with the employee.

Comment Re:And so it begins... (Score 1) 407

... or someone else is facing Murder 2 charges for deliberately unlocking it. Those are the only two possibilities.

Nope. She may have left something powered so that she could diagnose or work on some piece of equipment. On occasion, I've worked in areas with live automation, bypassing certain safety features, because I need to see it run up close to diagnose things. Bad on my part, but most of the stuff I work with isn't generally large enough to kill me. But still not a great idea.

Comment Re:And so it begins... (Score 1) 407

Given the two options of either:

1. A robot starts moving even though it's safety doors are open and/or lockout procedures were in place, or

2. A technician bypassed/ignored safety lockouts to be able to work on a functioning automation cell because it was quicker/easier,

I would say #2 is far more likely. #1 isn't impossible (things do fail), but what I've seen (and done myself) working around automation, #2 is the likely culprit.

Comment Re:Being a member of a union (Score 1) 594

Now it is true that unions have to be careful not to harm the parent companies, but we are no where near that.

Soooo... you didn't notice that this article is about Tesla Motor's production plant in Fremont.... which formerly housed the NUMMI production plant.... that was shut down due to high union costs? Really?

Comment Re:They changed the title (Score 2) 594

I seriously don't understand how people are so anti-union. I assume none of them have ever been part of a union...

Bad assumption. I am against unions, and I actually worked with the NUMMI union (and even briefly was forced to join their union). The workers were low skilled, but felt they deserved high pay. And don't even get me started on the 'leadership' of the union. The fliers that they wrote for their elections looked like they were written by 5th graders for a class president election.

Comment more or less? (Score 1) 359

UPS truck drivers don't take left turns, and despite this usually resulting in longer route,...after it found that drivers have to sit idly in the trucks while waiting to take the left turn to pass through traffic.... it created an algorithm that eliminated left turns from drivers' routes even if meant a longer journey.

Ah, I see, so they travel farther, but spend less time idling. Gotcha. Wait, wha...

the company said that the total distance covered by its 96,000 trucks was reduced by 747,000km, and 190,000 litres of fuel had been saved.

Soooo... are they traveling MORE miles or LESS miles?

Comment "possessory interest"??? (Score 1) 91

...did not qualify as a seizure...because there was "no meaningful interference" with the account holder's "possessory interest" in the data sought.

I think this judge is sort of missing the point of why people fight against having their personal data seized. It's not that we don't have access to the seized data, it's that other parties have access to something that I want kept private.

I'd like to see this same argument used when I demand a bunch of classified documents from the government:

"No, no, it's OK, I just want a COPY of the classified stuff. You guys will still have your 'possessory interest'"

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