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Senator Al Franken Accuses AT&T of "Skirting" Net Neutrality Rules

GoodNicksAreTaken Re:Al Franken? (81 comments)

Humor takes intelligence. I think he's done a far better job representing the people and their interests than Jesse Ventura, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Ronald Reagan.

about 3 months ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

GoodNicksAreTaken Re:Most "executives" are morons (325 comments)

This was modded flamebait but the parent was not? WTF! Parent complains about "whites" racism against Chinese with gross abuse of Caps Lock and then goes on a tirade against Muslims. It's okay to hate liberals and Muslims and use gross generalizations along with the epithet "stans" but simply stating that a person stopped reading when the parent started their irrelevant blaming is now flaimbait? As a decade plus lurker I'm well aware Slashdot hasn't been a serious news site in a long time but when did Slashdot get hijacked by idealogues? I thought we were all a little more open minded than that.

about 5 months ago
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California's Unspoken Health Problem: Brain Parasites

GoodNicksAreTaken Summary troll (313 comments)

Alvarez says she experienced debilitating headaches for 20 years before her diagnosis, but she probably consumed tapeworm eggs much earlier than that. When Alvarez immigrated to the United States in the late 1980s she complained to American doctors of a pain so absolute it blinded her and made her vomit.

The parasites apparently were contracted outside of the United States according to the article contrary to all of the other comments and contrary to what the Slashdot summary seems to imply.

about 2 years ago
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Man Protests TSA With Nudity

GoodNicksAreTaken Oregon has no obscenity law,charges likely dropped (434 comments)

I don't know what juris-dick-ion is on penis at Portland International or airports in general but Oregon has no obscenity laws due to the way the Oregon constitution is written. Since the arrest was made by Portland police it seems to indicate that this falls under local laws. The Oregon constitution's free speech language is why Portland has naked runs and naked bike rides every year without arrests. See State of Oregon v. Henry Unless they have evidence of "attempting to arouse sexual desire" this appears to be clearly protected under free speech under the Oregon constitution.

"Being naked in public in Portland is legal if it falls within the guidelines of ORS 163.465, which are included below. ORS 163.465. Public indecency
(1) A person commits the crime of public indecency if while in, or in view of, a public place the person performs:
(a) An act of sexual intercourse;
(b) An act of deviate sexual intercourse; or
(c) An act of exposing the genitals of the person with the intent of arousing the sexual desire of the person or another person."

more than 2 years ago
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Army Psy Ops Units Targeted American Senators

GoodNicksAreTaken Re:Too late (391 comments)

Chase took away credit score monitoring and then raised rates and fees on everything and then raised them some more. Free credit score report every month was the only reason to have a relatively high rate WaMu card in the first place. You're correct that there wasn't a bank run and no one lost all of their money. It is ignorant to say that people didn't get screwed when WaMu became Chase and that everyone didn't get screwed by less competition in the banking industry after every bank created new fees and ridiculously high interest rates on credit when the prime rate is the lowest is has been since the the mid 50's.

more than 3 years ago
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Driver Sued For Updating Facebook In Fatal Crash

GoodNicksAreTaken Re:Same time? (365 comments)

Perhaps in rendering aid you end up hurting them further (i.e. moving someone with a spinal injury).

Many states and countries already have a Good Samaraitan law that covers this situation. The other side, failing to render aid, is covered under duty to rescue laws.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Loses Street View Suit, Forced To Pay $1

GoodNicksAreTaken Re:laugh out loud (225 comments)

I don't know what the current exchange rate with Vietnam is, but my suggestion is soggy dong. Best if delivered by James May on a Honda Cub.

more than 3 years ago
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Tofu Activists Spoof Meat-Based Indie Game

GoodNicksAreTaken Disappointed KoL didn't get any attention (420 comments)

I was expecting this to be about the game Kingdom of Loathing where meat is a currency as well as an item used to build other items.

more than 2 years ago
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Boeing 747 Recycled Into a Private Residence

GoodNicksAreTaken Re:Another Variation (239 comments)

But the guy in Oregon is named Bruce Campbell and lives in Hillsboro. Not THE Bruce Campbell though. THE Bruce Campbell lives in Jacksonville, Oregon.

more than 3 years ago
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IT's Last Hope — a Job In the Boonies?

GoodNicksAreTaken Re:Can be nice (470 comments)

Montana is horrible. You don't want to live there. It's all cows. Seriously though, would Californians please quit f-ing up the Montana economy!

more than 3 years ago
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Unions Urging Actors Not To Work On Hobbit Movie

GoodNicksAreTaken Re:First Union? (576 comments)

That said, I am in Canada, and I work for a company that's been around for 130 years. We have much stronger employee protection laws in this country than they do in the states, and have had them for a lot longer.

Labor laws in the US came out of union pushing for the laws directly or from setting a standard for work that was later adopted in to law. I suspect it is the same in Canada and the US has fallen behind in labor law because of the decline of unions in this country. Currently Canada has almost 30% union density where the US has less than 10% union density. So it isn't surprising that Canada has far better labor laws. In industries that are in highly competitive labor markets union wins benefit everyone. FedEx is not union organized but has good pay and benefits generally because UPS union workers have created a standard in the industry. We have had a number of Canadians work at the organization I work for who have moved back to Canada because working conditions were terrible. I receive excellent benefits and horrible pay. My total compensation is about average but the workload and working conditions are often abysmal. Ironically I work for an organization that fights unjust, unfair, and illegal labor practices while practicing those same things with their own staff.

about 4 years ago
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Pentagon Selects Companies To Build Flying Humvees

GoodNicksAreTaken Transforming flying military vehicles make sense (302 comments)

It makes sense when you remember that these contracts exist to funnel tax payer money to corporations not to actually produce anything useful.

more than 4 years ago
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Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies

GoodNicksAreTaken Death with Dignity Acts (456 comments)

He could move to Oregon. IANAL but I believe what he wants to do would be legal under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. IIRC Washington has a similar law and Montana has legalized assisted suicide.

more than 4 years ago
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Arlington National Cemetery's Many IT Flaws

GoodNicksAreTaken Re:That's All? (191 comments)

They should use their own union labor and quit wasting money by using contractors in the private sector that take the money and run. Whats that? You oppose union labor and paying living wages to keep quality people employed rather than leaving to be contractors? Keeping some dead weight employed at the bottom protected by a bargaining agreement is worse than the dead weight at the top that got there by being the nephew of the boss? Who will then hire his nephew and create dead weight to the bottom of the stack. Of course unions have to report regularly on LM-2 (LM-3, etc) every time they blow their nose to be in compliance with the LMRDA so every bit of corruption leads people to believe unions are totally corrupt. Corruption in the private sector isn't found until an entire industry collapses prompting thorough investigation and after the SCOTUS ruling regarding the honest-services law just made, prosecuting private sector corruption probably becomes more difficult.

more than 4 years ago
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Experts Say Wiretap Law Needs Digital Era Update

GoodNicksAreTaken Re:E911 Phase 2 Already Requires Location (54 comments)

Several times we have had police show up at our building saying someone in the building dialed 911 and have to do a full scan of the building before leaving because someone set a notebook on their phone or somehow had the 9 button jammed down. Our company issued Nokia's for some reason were set so that if you hold down 9 it dials 911.

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Says Farewell To PCI Bus

GoodNicksAreTaken Re:That's a shame. (415 comments)

I realize it's time to move on, but I'm still happily running several prosumer audio cards that will probably see their end with my next hardware cycle. Gina, Layla, Darla... farewell. -- Using "Fail" as a one-word rejection of something is unoriginal and idiotic. Real douchebags add "Epic" to it.

Epic Fail D00d.

more than 4 years ago
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XBMC Discontinues Xbox Support

GoodNicksAreTaken Re:Other Platforms (213 comments)

I have XBMC running on an Acer Aspire Revo nettop as well as on an original Xbox with a Windows MCE remote. The interface looks pretty and the hardware has HDMI output. I've got the HD cables for my Xbox though and we use the Xbox more often because it does everything I need it to without extra complications. Sure, I could use a different remote and change somethings to simplify it. The Xbox though appears to load XBMC more quickly although I've never actually timed it. It is also really nice to be able to play the old Xbox games and things through an emulator occasionally. My nettop will soon be repurposed as I am content with my Xbox XBMC and have no need for all the fancy new features other than keeping the Google Video and other plugins updated to work.

more than 4 years ago
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BP's Final "Top Kill" Procedure For Gulf Oil Spill

GoodNicksAreTaken Re:Environmentalism (593 comments)

The insurance companies in a car accident can fight over fault endlessly because the accident has already happened. If you're comparing to car accidents this is more like a bridge failing causing a car accident; traffic then continues to plunge in to a ravine while everyone argues over who is at fault and how to fix the problem. It started as an accident but the finger pointing and arguments over the amount of oil are not.

more than 4 years ago

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