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Comment Re:Who first used a Robot for Murder? (Score 1) 983

"I always thought it should be feasible to get "dead or alive" warrants by bench-trial-in-absentia"

Well, you'd have a point... except for the fact that one of the most important principles for a resemblance of justice is the right to be hear. A trial in absentia "just" because the judicial system (or worse yet, the executory arm) is in a hurry is only slightly better than not having justice at all (i.e.: negate the habeas corpus right).

The way for the SWAT to behave is not to give it a justice cover but to strictly tie it to the usual principles: you won't kill but in the most pressing menace to innocent lives. Not because you can't think of another resolution, not to protect third party goods, not to revenge your killed fellows.

"every time SWAT is brought in to neutralize a threat before bystanders get dead" ...the first thing to consider is if you wouldn't achieve your goal by just taking bystanders out of the way.

Comment Re:Who first used a Robot for Murder? (Score 1) 983

"They actually interviewed him for like four hours with a hostage negotiator, and knew who he was working with (alone) and his motives (he wanted to kill white cops to avenge the guys who got dead over the last two days, and everyone else who was "lynched.""

That's still no excuse for police to take the role of judge and jury to process him, find him guilty of capital penalty and execute the sentence.

Comment Re:Major Colvin (Score 1) 983

"False. No one held these people down and shot them full of heroin to make them an addict"

Even if we took your words to the letter you still would have not an argument within this context.

Logically, it could very well mean that while *becoming* an addict is not a medical problem, *being* and addict it is.

"That was their choice [...] A medical problem is cancer which no one chooses to get"

Please, think about it for a while and you'll see how stupid it results (mind you, I am not calling you stupid, just your line of reasoning) i.e. a miner suffering silicosis also chose to be a miner, therefore silicosis is not a medical condition? A reckless driver has an accident and breaks half of his bones; does this mean his injuries are not a medical condition?

Comment Re:War on poverty (Score 1) 983

"He declared "war on" poverty because that choice of words was resonating as something positive at the time he did it."

Yes, but I think there's also something a bit more subtle running there.

Some time along the eighties, "corporate view" somehow changed from being mainly "services or product based" to be "project based" as a way to achieve success. A war is kind of a project: a concerted effort to achieve a goal within a time constrain, therefore that approach is somehow to be preferred.

You could say, but this is about politics, not corporate world but then, look where do a lot of politicians get trained and you may see my point.

Comment Re:The only problem with this is (Score 1) 263

"Criminal attempts to run over guard with car. Guard fires and kills criminal. Guard not charged because of self-defense. His life was in danger."

Point being that the criminal usually doesn't attempt to run over the guard, but just to run towards the exit with a guard, that could very easily just take himself out of the way, stubbornly being in the way so he can use deadly force against a non-credible menace.

Third parties' money against a human life should *never* be considered "self defense".

Comment Re: So what does it do then? (Score 1) 485

"Your Mercedes is not typical"

So what? I already said "Maybe that's the case for your model. Mine doesn't control RPM".

On the other hand, millions of Mercedes sold (yes, they've sold a lot of cars in the last fifteen years, despite not being a favorite in USA) makes your "not typical" argument quite moot (others would even say "hey, it's a Mercedes: what they are doing today is what other cars will be doing in ten years").

Comment Re:20 lines of... (Score 1) 496

"From the sound of it, the actual problem was finding that set of skills in somebody with the clearance at the same time."

Which is still exactly the same problem.

If you are ready to pay market prices for the skillset, you are basically paying for the security clearance as -again, any non absolutely moron candidate can get into speed about "TCP/IP deep inspection" in few months at most. Heck! it they so dearly needed the expertise, they could probably sponsored the clearance and still get ahead.

The problem is "I want this and that, and all the effort I'm going to do about it is taking it out of the shelve, just as I'd do in the supermarket. If it's not in the supermarket shelf, it doesn't exist, Booo Hooo!"

"Then they might well decide they don't really need to get those skills"

Exactly that. But then don't come up to me saying "I needed desperately this and that qualifications but I couldn't find a suitable candidate", and then "Well, you could do this and that and then you'd end with what you are looking for" followed by "Well, well, well, not *so* desperately"

Comment Re: his policy of driving down wages (Score 1) 496

"I gave you already the real data from official sources in a post"

No, you didn't. You smacked down some quickly found entries from google, mixing years, laws, false claims and partial truths that doesn't work in reality because of the pesky details (i.e.: you "forgot" that up to the first six months permanent contracts have no severance, or that ill leaves are mostly payed by either the employee or the government, not the employer, or that you can have apprenticeship contracts well below minimal wages, or that 2013 reform gave instruments for basically any contract being terminated under "due conditions" rendering only 22 days/year of severance, limited to one year worth of wages, or that due to our incorporation laws is quite easy to fold up a company and pay no severances at all, since employees are the last honored debtors, or that while there are penalty fees for some employer behaviours they certainly can be contested in court, etc. etc.etc.).

You know shit about the Spanish labor conditions and no amount of trolling will change that fact.

Comment Re: his policy of driving down wages (Score 1) 496

Even worse than that:

For indefinite contracts the severance for "no reasons" firing is 33 days/year. Only 22 for a firing "within reasons" which the last labor reform has made very easy to come with. In the first case the employer won't pay anything over two years worth of salary; in the latter, only up to one year.

Temporary contracts, while legally have a limited severance, in practice tend to have zero severance, since within the first three to six months the employer can claim the contract being in probatory period. In case of "service" contracts, the employer can claim the service is not needed anymore and extinguish the contract with no severance at any time (but then he would face fines if hiring someone else for the same position within -I think to remember, the following six months).

The 200.000 eur/year doesn't look like either temporary or a work-for-hire so we should assume to be a permanent contract. That means that firing the employee six months minus one day down the road comes with exactly zero severance. Firing him for no reason after exactly one year, would cost the employer 33 days, though, roughly a 10% of his gross salary which is still less than the average contracting costs which are usually considered to be somewhere around 15-25% a year's wages (with "contracting costs" I am not referring to any "legal fee or tax" but just the time involved, fees to headhunters, lost productivity for having somebody new, etc.).

Comment Re: his policy of driving down wages (Score 1) 496

"But i live and work in spain and i dont have 44 days off"

Well, to be fair, you do (I don't know if the exact number is 44 but can't be far from that): you need to count your 21 or 22 days of vacation plus banking holidays (christmas day, new year, epiphany, etc.).

Spain still has a yearly hour count above EU average, though.

Whenever you hear something about the "Spanish competitivity problem" as something related to the employee, ask for the numbers: you'll find that in most cases if not all, there are countries *more* competitive than Spain, be it France, Germany, UK, or even Italy with "worse" numbers than Spain (less hours, higher salaries, better social support...) so don't hesitate on claim bullshit on such assertions. I.e: "one of the problems is minimal wages are to high" Why is it not a problem for France, then, with minimal wages that more than doubles Spanish's? "one of the problems is that we have too many holidays" Why is not a problem for Germany, then, which has a yearly hour-count lower than Spain? "one of the problems is that Spanish workers demand too a high salary" Why is not a problem for France, Germany, Italy or UK, all of them with higher wages?

The *real* Spanish problem is on the leadership side, not the employees': caciquism, cronyism, corporate fraud, corruption, plain leadership incompetence... those are the real problems, not wages or workers' rights.

Comment Re:20 lines of... (Score 2) 496

"I once hired for a job that required a security clearance and some deep TCP/IP packet skills. In a year I found -zero- qualified applicants"

You talk about "deep TCP/IP packet skills" as if it was some kind of arcane only the maesters of Antigua can deal with or something like that. Hint: any promisory IT freshman can do that.

So you lost a year worth of opportunity costs because you'd better not train anyone. And somehow that's the "talent pool" fault.

Comment Re: his policy of driving down wages (Score 1) 496

I already answered in a different thread. What do you pretend? Gaining reason through flooding?

I was almost sure you had no contact with the Spanish labor market. Your behaviour cleared any cast of doubt: you don't.

You are of course entitled to your views of the world: how it is and how it should be. What you are not entitled, though, is for the world to be the way you think or want it to be.

Just for others to know: no, the problem in Spain is not labor laws or costs being too harsh. It is the awful feeling of entitlement from our privileged class that can be easily routed to our dictatorship days, despite of the fact that Franco dead about 40 years ago.

You, in USA, mock out of the Pointy Haired Boss character or how you need to belong to the proper "boys club" to go up the corporate ladder. You should come here to really know what the closed circle is or what an absolutely incompetent executive or manager looks like.

Comment Re: his policy of driving down wages (Score 1) 496

"Now go ahead, tell me how I do not know things about hiring in Spain."

Ha, Ha! No, you don't. But your ego forced to look something out in the internet. How much time did you devote to this?

There's a difference between putting together some half-backed details gotten from Internet without paying details to dates and circumstances, and knowing what are you talking about.

There's a general aspect that shows how stupid your full argument is: if it's so difficult to fire someone, how is it that Spanish companies managed to fire above 15% of the labor population in the very moment they were in a harsh economic situation? Hint: reality doesn't go the way they are painting it.

And now, some points over the counter:
* Yes, the minimal wage *for a fully engaged employee* is about 6,22â/hour (which you find "high" while, at the same time, USA is about 12$/hour and pushing for 15$/hour). But whatever. That's for a fully engaged employee. Aprenticeship goes as low as 3 to 4â/hour.
* No, a salaried employee doesn't get 44 vacation days a year: just 22 (a month).
* No, the employer doesn't pay for illness leaving. The petty details depends on industry but only minimally and it usually goes like this: first two/four days are covered by the employee (that is, the employee gets no salary at all). From this point to the first two weeks, are covered by the employer (but only something around 75%). Starting there, the government covers it.
* Yes, the overall cost of wages for the employeer is something around 133% whatever the raw salary for the employee is. Now look what the modal salary is (around 25.000â) and compare it to the other countries on the EU (which also have real wages cost around the same percentage). Surprise, surprise: it's below average.
* "you have no choice but to have 2 people minimum for the job of one" That's simply the most idiotic concept someone can say. Please, think what you have just said -and shame.
* The point on the maternity leave is true, but it throws no cost for the employer. And yes, the employer has to rehire the person when the leave ends. Numbers vary from country to country, but they are similar to the rest of the EU. of course you can desire slaves and desire them in a way that it's counterproductive even for you in the long run (look at EU's population growth rates, to see what I mean) but others think labor doesn't equate slavery.
* "Labour authority, which is *not* a court," Labor authority is a public ministry, which, much like everywhere else can throw administrative sanctions that, of course, *can* be contested in courts. Mean it, that while you can not fire an employee for, say, religious discrimination, you can fire him for *no* reason, with a compensation of 33 days per worked year.
* No, for a valid reason is 22 days/year; no reason is 33 days/years. See? That's the difference between looking for the details on the Internet and knowing them.
* In case of merger/acquisition you can very easily find reasons for valid firing: you should show the redundancy in a convincing manner or show 3 months in a row of decreasing profits, that's all.

Comment Re: his policy of driving down wages (Score 1) 496

Even if you were the smartest person in the world, even if you had focused your superior intelligence into the understandment of economics, that wouldn't mean shit with regards to your knowledge about the Spanish labor law. Even a moderately intelligent person would know that, moreso a genius (intelligence and knowledge being two different things) still you went into a garden you can't get out of, so maybe you are not so smart after all.

I'm still waiting for your data on the real costs of hiring and firing in Spain.

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