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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

An Ominous Coward Re:No (545 comments)

France isn't insolvent, that's ridiculous. Their borrowing costs are barely above Germany's. Get your economic facts from actual factual sources like the Federal Reserve, not from nutso right-wing opinion mongers.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

An Ominous Coward Re:No (545 comments)

No, that is how (one metric for) UNemployment is measured. The FRED data I referenced is the comprehensive employment (_not_ UNemployment) of all persons aged 25 - 54 in France and in the US. No issues about measuring who's looking for a job and who isn't. You should actually look at the data source I posted instead of making these inaccurate statements.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

An Ominous Coward Re:No (545 comments)

I am getting my data from the Federal Reserve's domestic and foreign data: http://research.stlouisfed.org...

Tons of data you can view there. Pull up France's 25 - 54 employment, and the US's. My statement is true.

You, and Business Insider, are pushing a narrative that relies on apples-to-oranges. You and BI are relying on unemployment data covering all 18+ year olds. But that's a ridiculous metric for a country with strong educational social programs for the younger generation and strong retirement social programs for the older generation. The young take the time to learn more skills, the old are able to retire at a much younger age than the wage slaves in the US.

But of course the free market fundamentalists are going to seize on faulty reasoning if it can be used as an argument to dismantle social programs and worker protections.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

An Ominous Coward Re:No (545 comments)

Just prior to the 2008 economic collapse, France's employment for those aged 25 - 54 was around 83%, compared to 80% in the US. Lately, after the collapse and some recovery, the rate in France is 81%, compared to 76% in the US.

France has good educational opportunities, skewing comparisons for those under 25, and good retirement benefits, skewing comparisons for those over 54. But apples-to-apples for the core years of productivity show France has the right idea.

about two weeks ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

An Ominous Coward So ends a fad (238 comments)

And thus the beginning of the end of the RESTful fad. Not that there's anything wrong with RESTful architecture per se, but as a fad it has been shoe-horned by ideologues into so many inappropriate domains lately: embedded P2P, M2M spaces, etc. Sure, it makes sense for one-to-many patterns involving human-readable, human-discoverable resources, particularly of semi-static resources that can be cached and proxied by middle agents. But of course that later part only works for unsecured transactions. So now the exemplar of RESTful design itself, the WWW, is abandoning one of the key supposed benefits of being RESTful.

about two weeks ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

An Ominous Coward Re:second picture (188 comments)

Ah, the "Whoosh". Because when your poor attempt at humor is indistinguishable from idiocy, clearly it's the audience's fault.

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

An Ominous Coward Re:Yay! (242 comments)

Eh, it'll fit in with the Hober Mallow storylines. He was hanging out basically nude in his tanning room even with other politicians visiting.

about a month ago
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Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

An Ominous Coward Re:Political science (265 comments)

The law, justly and equally, forbids a man from panhandling in the street or sleeping under a bridge, regardless of whether than man is rich or poor.

Not saying your sentiment is wrong, just that it's never that straight-forward.

about a month and a half ago
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John Carmack's Oculus Connect Keynote Probably Had Samsung Cringing

An Ominous Coward Click bait headline (88 comments)

Samsung cringing? Because Carmack referenced hardware limitations of the current display technology that anyone who could follow his speech either already knows or could have gleened from reviewing the basic specs? And the display technology is still is (or is equal too) the best available in industrial quantities?

It's not like he said "Company X's displays are so much better, it's stupid we didn't go with them." That might have induced some cringes. The actual speech? Not so much. It was interesting enough for the technical material, don't try to spoil it with melodramatics.

about 3 months ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

An Ominous Coward Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

No, because if that is what the poster was referencing, "going on a tear" was actually saying "guys, don't do that", with the context being: sexual propositioning a stranger in an enclosed space in a foreign country at 4 AM after having just listened to the person you're propositioning give a presentation that included discussion on how the constant sexual propositions she received at these conferences made her uncomfortable.

THAT in turn led to her receiving a never-ending wave of abuse, including rape and death threats, and including having one of the most prominent male voices in the movement insultingly state that women in the west shouldn't complain about sexism because women in Islamic countries have it a lot worse.

It was after all THAT, that she, quite rightly, started going on a tear.

about 3 months ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

An Ominous Coward Re:Whelp. (139 comments)

You can always take the So Long and Thanks for All the Fish view:

Mrs E. Kapelsen of Boston, Massachusetts was an elderly lady, indeed, she felt her life was nearly at an end. She had seen a lot of it, been puzzled by some, but, she was a little uneasy to feel at this late stage, bored by too much. It had all been very pleasant, but perhaps a little too explicable, a little too routine.

With a sigh she flipped up the little plastic window shutter and looked out over the wing.

At first she thought she ought to call the stewardess, but then she thought no, damn it, definitely not, this was for her, and her alone.

By the time her two inexplicable people finally slipped back off the wing and tumbled into the slipstream she had cheered up an awful lot.

She was mostly immensely relieved to think that virtually everything that anybody had ever told her was wrong.

Or the obligatory: http://xkcd.com/1104/

about 5 months ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

An Ominous Coward Whelp. (139 comments)

Time to remake Jurassic Park. And while he's at it, Speilberg can change all the guns to flashlights!

about 5 months ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

An Ominous Coward Re:Go Greenlight (200 comments)

How are the two major parties equally scummy when by your own statement the Republicans made things ten times worse than the Democrats?

about 5 months ago
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Interviews: Juan Gilbert Answers Your Questions

An Ominous Coward 360 degree eye-roll (18 comments)

"Now, this would require the manufacturers to agree on certain controls, but itâ(TM)s certainly doable."

Manufacturers opening up the vehicle bus, the network responsible for the actual core operation of the car, to cell phone apps? Laughable.

about 5 months ago
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Mysterious X-ray Signal Hints At Dark Matter

An Ominous Coward Re:Doesn't jive for me (100 comments)

It's the ambiguity of language that's at fault here. The key to the sentence you mentioned is "like normal matter". Normal matter absorbs electromagnetic radiation, increasing its energy level, and drops back to lower energy levels by emitting electromagnetic radiation. Thus, normal matter interacts with light. This is a different physical process than the emission of light due to decay of the particle itself.

And while we haven't pinned down dark matter by any means, it's much more than a stab in the dark. For one, there are known particles--neutrinos--that do not interact via the electromagnetic force, so the idea of unknown particles with the same property isn't unrealistic.

Then, there are clues from many different directions that point to something consistent with matter that interacts gravitationally but not electromagnetically. These include calculations concerning the total matter in the universe, galaxy cluster formation, the rotational speed of stars on the out edge of galaxies, etc.

about 6 months ago
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Mysterious X-ray Signal Hints At Dark Matter

An Ominous Coward Re:Doesn't jive for me (100 comments)

The hypothesis is not that the X-Rays are interacting with this type of dark matter. It is that the decay of this type of dark matter generates X-Rays.

about 6 months ago
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Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings

An Ominous Coward Re:Surprise, anyone? (300 comments)

Commercial search engies must skate a fine line between fair use and copyright violation. There is at least some potential that ignoring robots.txt could land them in legal trouble.

At the moment, lacking contrary legislation, user-identifiying information that is transmitted to a server is considered property of that server owner. If there was legislation defining that information as property of the user, much like Canada (among others) defines metered electricity usage information as belonging not to the utilites but to the resident, then Do-Not-Track might have some teeth.

Even then, though, it's probably a lot harder to legally demonstrate a violation of that setting than showing a search engine has cached a page it wasn't given permission to cache.

about 8 months ago
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New Home Automation?

An Ominous Coward Zigbee (336 comments)

Zigbee's the best option for home automation ecosystem. Zero-conf mesh networking for great range even through walls/floors, and lower power so all these devices don't bust your electricity bill. And if your utility installs a smart meter with home-area networking, it'll probably be Zigbee, so smart appliances can get usage and price data from there.

about a year ago
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Android KitKat Released

An Ominous Coward Re:KitKat? (358 comments)

An agreement with both Hershey, for the US, and Nestle, for everywhere else.

about a year ago
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Obama Praises Amazon At One of Its Controversial Warehouses

An Ominous Coward Re:Keep up the selfishness.. (435 comments)

Exactly!

Customer: All your power supply units are no-name, inefficient Chinese or Vietnamese crap with high failure rates. Can't you stock some decent equipment?

Local Computer Store: I've got mine. Fuck you.

or

Customer: All you have here is NYT best seller list schlock, New Age Oprah garbage, and Christian testimonals. Can't you stock some decent science fiction or popular science books?

Local Book Store: I've got mine. Fuck you.

about a year ago

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