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Comment Re:That's not good law (Score 1) 518

This amounts to "We know you're guilty even though we can't prove it so we're not going to bother with proof", and worse, they're using that to apply a potentially unlimited sentence.

Well, the forensic analysis of his laptop (whose encryption the authorities managed to break themselves) showed that he visited known child exploitation sites and downloaded "thousands of files with the same hash values as known child pornography files." (quote from TFA). The downloaded files weren't on the laptop, so they're assumed to be on the encrypted external drives. Also from TFA: "Authorities in Delaware investigating the case already had a sense of the contents of the drives because, according to court documents, the defendant's sister had told police investigators "that Doe had shown her hundreds of images of child pornography on the encrypted external hard drives." So apparently he was able to recall the passwords when he showed the files to his sister.

Then again -- he may prefer a long stretch in prison for contempt of court, to a long term in general population with a child porn conviction stuck to his back like a "beat the shit out of me every day" sign.

Comment Re:feature phones? (Score 1) 24

"Feature phone" is a retronym for the type of cell phone that pre-dated the smartphone. Common features are calendars, simple games, and limited, slow internet access. And, no, "retronym" was not coined just to distinguish old-style phones from smart ones. Some other examples of retronyms are "analog clock", "acoustic guitar", and "cloth diaper".

Comment Re:Jimmy Carter? (Score 1) 529

The Jimmy Carter who was shot dead while in office, therefore could not manage to get a full term of work done by being dead for a fair bit of it?

No, he definitely didn't mean that one. I think he meant the one who's still alive. You know, the one who is the oldest living president to attend a Presidential inauguration.

Comment Re:if it were cheaper, yes. (Score 2) 331

Stop giving the wealthy so many tax breaks and you would be able toafford welfare systems that address the 45m Americansbelow the poverty line.

The bottom 50% paid 2.8% of all US Income tax paid in 2015; the top 50% paid 97.2%. While it's commonplace to see stories of very rich individuals paying absurdly low marginal tax rates, those are by and large members of the fabled 0.01%, whose numbers are so few (138,000 tax returns in 2013) that raising their taxes wouldn't have much effect on the bottom line. The fact is that the average tax rate paid by the top 1% is over 27%. That's average, not marginal. Raising it back up to the 34% it was at in 1980 wouldn't solve the problems of the 45 million Americans below the poverty line.


Comment Re:A bit of history (Score 1) 213

A woman running a small business in NYC making dresses invented the Brazier so her dresses would look better on her customers.

The word you're looking for is "brassiere". A "brazier" is a cooking device. And yeah, I know what you meant; context and all that. I'm just one of the shrinking number of literates that find this sort of thing jarring and distracting. Not as annoying as someone using a smartphone in a theatre, but see below. Don't fret though; eventually we'll all die out.

Personally I enjoy going to see the occasional film in a movie theatre. We have a very nice television and comfortable couches, but it's nice to get out of the house once in a while for something other than "must do" errands and dinners out. Our local place has reserved seating in a nice, clean auditorium with very comfortable reclining chairs equipped with cupholders. And we haven't been disturbed by inconsiderate moviegoers in a long, long time.

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

True that we don't have the complete picture, but if the statement about the supervisor saying he was OK with the situation is true, then the company is on thin ice for firing him. Aside from all that -- given the short time his wife was expected to live, it probably took BAE far longer to recruit a new prospect meeting all their requirements, than it would have taken to just wait out the situation with this guy.

Comment Re:WTF!!! (Score 3, Insightful) 513

I believe that this is the more likely scenario: They are interviewing for a specific job. They tell him the job involves doing work that can't be done at home. They tell him the job will involve working after hours from time to time on things that cannot be done at home. He accepts the job offer and then on the first day of employment says he cannot do the job for which he was hired, rather he would like to do the job for which he would have liked to have been hired. The company says no, he cries to the media.

TFS: "Davis explained that his wife had late-stage cancer. He would work his full work day in the office, but if he was needed nights or weekends, he'd want to work from home. His supervisor was fine with it, but the human resources department fired him on the spot after four hours of employment."

What part of that leads you to believe that his work couldn't be performed from home? HR departments in large corporations are typically not intimately familiar with the detailed requirements of a particular position, while the employee's supervisor certainly is.

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