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Comment Re: Increased automation will harm minorities (Score 1) 366

Do you know why most employment contracts say that? Because unions fought (and died) for that right. Do you know why you occasionally get to take a Saturday and Sunday off of work? Why you occasionally get a little vacation? Guess.

Not one thing you listed here was brought about by unions. I'm sick of this myth being repeated because it's a total load of shit.

Paid sick days is a concept that goes as far back as Ancient Egypt, and has been in use almost all throughout history.

Having Sunday off has been a thing since the industrial revolution, prior to which most people were farmers and didn't have a "work week" per se. Saturdays off, and indeed the 40 hour work week, began with Henry Ford, who wanted to attract workers who wouldn't just suddenly stop showing up one day to seek greener pastures. Unions had absolutely not a thing to do with that, nevermind dying for it.

Paid time off began as a similar industry trend, along with company sponsored health insurance, as a result of government wage ceilings during WWII. Why? Because companies needed something other than money to offer employees to retain them from going elsewhere.

Another concept that people like to attribute to unions, which isn't, is hazardous duty pay/benefits. Dupont started that before unions were even a thing to retain workers who wanted to switch jobs because they were afraid that their families would starve if they were to die while making black powder and other explosives like nitroglycerine.

So please, stop these lies (yes, they're blatant lies) about how good you think unions are, because they aren't responsible for ANY of the things that people think they're responsible for.

As for the lawn chair and umbrellas bit, that's not in the contract. What's in the contract is how long it will take for the job to be completed. The company I'm referring to, CenturyLink, figures that into the SLA guarantees, which are total crap compred to their main competitor, Cox. However we need a dual-home WAN link, which means we need both companies, even if one is totally shitty.

Comment Re:well.. (Score 1) 54

You can get a decent jolt with just a 3.3v battery and a transformer (like the kind found in radios, camera flash, etc.) It won't kill you, but if you aren't expecting it and are already in a tense state (like one might be while escaping after robbing somebody) it'll probably make you panic for a bit and make you drop what you're doing.

Comment Re: Privacy (Score 1) 54

IANAL but I don't think you need to even get to the "right to privacy" legal theory. It's your device, and you can give it permission to capture and store biometric data and upload it to the cloud. If somebody picks up and uses your device, any information they give it, biometric or otherwise, becomes your information provided it isn't trademarked or copyrighted, and even if they somehow manage to do those things for their biometric data and likeness of their face, capturing it for your own personal use (submitting it as evidence, for example) would easily fall under fair use.

Submission + - SPAM: Poll: Favourite use of Pi

boaworm writes: Options:
* As a basis for calculus
* Multiply any estimate before submitting to management
* As dessert

Comment Re: Pot, meet kettle (Score 1) 154

No, usually it's a matter of they give you a EULA, but instead of doing the sensible thing and making the software enforce the limits of your license, they just expect every single one of your employees to read it. If you do even something small like install it on a server with one too many cores, have one too many users, etc, they'll basically name their own price for an upgrade, which is usually an unreasonable price because you are in no position to negotiate, and if you don't agree to the price they'll sue you for copyright infringement.

Submission + - Why are GitHub and WordPress.com censoring content? (networkworld.com)

Miche67 writes: The internet is known for the free and rapid dissemination of uncensored information, but lately sites and services have been censoring content--including GitHub and WordPress.com.

Bryan Lunduke says: "GitHub, a service primarily used for open source and free culture projects, recently censored a repository that contained information proving the NSA developed malware targeting numerous systems." And WordPress.com "censored content posted by “Guccifer 2” that was potentially damaging to the reputation of the Democratic party."

Neither organizations have responded to requests by Lunduke to find out why they took those actions.

This comes after Twitter and Facebook came under fire for their censorship actions.

Lunduke poses the question:

When something that many people feel is important to their lives occurs and the major online platforms for disseminating that information censor them, what does that say about those platforms?


Submission + - The Pipe for Santa Monica Pier desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of water (inhabitat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: As energy and water generation become increasingly intertwined, particularly in drought-stricken states like California, the Land Art Generator Initiative has set the stage for a new generation of infrastructure that beautifies the landscape. The Pier, one of the finalists of the LAGI 2016: Santa Monica design competition, uses solar panels to power electromagnetic desalination, producing 1.5 gallons of clean water a year, while also providing leisure activities for visitors.

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