×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Jaysyn Re:How factual is the article? (707 comments)

It's legit. let's not shoot the messenger.

http://triblive.com/news/alleg...

Every single adult involved in this case, from the teacher to the judge, needs to be fired. The cop needs to be arrested for destruction of evidence.

yesterday
top

Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Jaysyn Re:What society really needs to do (518 comments)

It also doesn't take into consideration the differences between the various autos on the road.

Case in point, I failed the driving test twice because in car I was taking the test in (my mother's Lumina) it was physically impossible to do a three-point turn in the manner it was taught on the narrow road they tested you on. Mom was livid after the 2nd one so I drove the car back to the road & bet her $25 she couldn't do it either. Not only did she fail, she did a worse job of it than I did. I passed the 3rd time, same car. Had to do a reverse three-point turn, we had figured out that the car had a much tighter turning radius when you started the turn in reverse instead of drive. This wasn't an issue in any of the vehicles I had driven up to this point.

~20 years & around 400,000 miles later, I've never been in any kind of auto accident & haven't even had a ticket in over a decade.

about two weeks ago
top

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Jaysyn Re:Walmart employees, rejoice! (455 comments)

Unfortunately, I think you have this backwards.

http://newmediajournal.us/indx...

But at the same time I'm sure Wal-Mart has to have more than 50 full-time employees nation wide. So they have to offer insurance. The part I'm not sure about is if they only have to offer insurance to the full-time employees or not. If they don't have to offer part-time employees insurance they will just push them off to the state ACA exchanges which is fine since that is what they are for & said employees will still have medical coverage, even on their poverty wages.

I still will only be shopping there as a last resort however.

about three weeks ago
top

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Jaysyn Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

Increasing the minimum wage will do a few things:

1) Drive the economics of automation and productivity increases which will create more unemployment of unskilled workers, not less. Although this might be good for the economy broadly but its not good for the group minimum wage increase advocates claim to seek to help.

2) It will raise costs which will be reflected in consumer prices, effectively raising the cost of living. Lowering the quality of life the slightly more successful enjoy. In otherwords its an attack on the middle class.

Nice try, except there is no evidence for either of those things happening when reviewing past minimum wage increases. Try using facts & real math instead of right-wing talking points.

http://www.cepr.net/documents/...

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

"The studies find minimum-wage increases even provide an economic boost, albeit a small one, as strapped workers immediately spend their raises. A 2011 paper by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago found that a $1 minimum-wage increase lifts household income by about $250 and increases spending by about $700 a quarter in the following year. The spending increase is driven by a small number of households that primarily buy vehicles. "

http://www.americanprogress.or...

"There is no evidence to support the claim that a higher minimum wage will lead to less employment. Businesses can easily absorb a higher minimum wage—with a small price increase or a small reduction in already very high profits, for example. The argument that a higher minimum wage will be a job killer simply doesn’t pass the sniff test of basic economic arithmetic, and is contradicted by reams of serious economic research."

about three weeks ago
top

The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine

Jaysyn Re:About to break a world record! (143 comments)

Is the ISS flying? Nope. It's not lighter than air either. Apples & Oranges.

about three weeks ago
top

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Jaysyn Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

That is some really specious logic there. The odds are those people aren't getting $10 an hour.

"Walmart jobs are poverty-level jobs.
Walmart’s average sale Associate makes $8.81 per hour, according to IBISWorld, an independent market research group. This translates to annual pay of $15,576, based upon Walmart’s full-time status of 34 hours per week. This is significantly below the 2010 Federal Poverty Level of $22,050 for a family of four."

http://makingchangeatwalmart.o...

Also, any company can get a tax break for hiring disabled folks. The Publix down the street from me has at least two people working there with Downs & I'd bet dollars to donuts they are getting paid a living wage.

about three weeks ago
top

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Jaysyn Re:Walmart employees, rejoice! (455 comments)

So? Are they getting enough hours to make a living wage? Wanna make a bet of what percentage of those cashiers are on some form of assistance?

"Walmart workers make, on average, $8.81 per hour, which, according to MIT’s “Living Wage Calculator,” does not qualify as a living wage for a single person in much of the country, and is not a living wage for a single parent with one child anywhere, including Bentonville, Arkansas, the home of Walmart."

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2...

"Walmart jobs are poverty-level jobs.
Walmart’s average sale Associate makes $8.81 per hour, according to IBISWorld, an independent market research group. This translates to annual pay of $15,576, based upon Walmart’s full-time status of 34 hours per week. This is significantly below the 2010 Federal Poverty Level of $22,050 for a family of four."

http://makingchangeatwalmart.o...

Your San Antonio example, if true, is a huge exception to the rule. Imagine what the national average for Wal-Mart would be without it.

about three weeks ago
top

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Jaysyn Re:Walmart employees, rejoice! (455 comments)

More Jobs?

You mean 100 associates per store working 8 hours per week while the taxpayer makes up the difference? I may have slightly exaggerated the numbers, but they are doing this shit as we speak.

Fuck more jobs, these associates need more money.

about three weeks ago
top

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Jaysyn Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

And because Wal-Mart's a horrible corporate "citizen", *we* get to make up the wage difference for their employees in the form of food stamps & other government assistance.

about three weeks ago
top

Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

Jaysyn Re:No (824 comments)

Recall chic-fil-a who actually saw record revenues from backlash during that incident.

For two months. Then the zombies were led by the nose to the next crisis & forgot about old Dan. Now Mr. Cathy is saying he wishes he kept his bigotry to himself.

http://www.al.com/living/index...

As usual, dollars eventually take precedent over bigotry.

about three weeks ago
top

Crytek Ports CRYENGINE To Linux Support Ahead of Steam Machines Launch

Jaysyn Re:Cryopreservation? (132 comments)

I just want some of whatever he's smoking.

about a month ago
top

Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

Jaysyn Re:You keep using that word (479 comments)

That term always makes me think of the Chantry's god in Dragon Age.

"Thank the Maker!"

about a month ago
top

Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

Jaysyn Re:You keep using that word (479 comments)

We need people to build things far more than we need people to break them. Building things is cool. Breaking them isn't.

Gandalf isn't always right. Sometimes, you *do* have to break things in order to know how to build them better.

about a month ago
top

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

Jaysyn Re:Shill (545 comments)

Not all farm land is suitable for growing vegetables, but it may be suitable for grazing. The big problem we have is that the herds are larger than what the growth on a certain land area can sustain and therefore carbohydrate supplements have to be purchased.

This handy infographic puts that in perspective.

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/la...

about a month ago
top

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

Jaysyn Re:Shill (545 comments)

That linked article also states that most of these laws (& of them are over 100 years old) are in the process of being repealed because they are stupid & have scientifically been proven to do not a damn thing in regards to how much water returns to the water table. Sounds like a non-issue & the system is working as designed.

about a month ago
top

PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

Jaysyn Re:It's not free (212 comments)

Hawken & Path of Exile are pretty damn good too.

about a month and a half ago
top

Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

Jaysyn Awesome! (158 comments)

Anyone want to take bets on how soon someone figures out how to disable every cell phone in their office?

about a month and a half ago
top

Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

Jaysyn Re:Wouldn't work (313 comments)

Just because you take a few classes that help you to understand logic and how computers work doesn't mean you have to be a computer scientist.

They should skip the whole computer programming thing & just bring back "Logic & Critical Thinking" as a class. This would be much more useful & would still benefit anyone who was interested in programming.

about a month and a half ago

Submissions

top

Best Security & Privacy Add-ons for Firefox

Jaysyn Jaysyn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Jaysyn writes "In his security blog, Cryptogasm, Cambridge researcher Adrian Hayter lists his top picks for keeping Firefox safe & secure on the web. Along with each add-on, Hayter lets you know why you need it & what is going on "under the hood"."
Link to Original Source
top

Fiorina for Senate?

Jaysyn Jaysyn writes  |  about 4 years ago

Jaysyn writes "Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice has given Carly Fiorina the nod for US Senate. You all may remember Fiorina as being the CEO responsible for wrecking HP's credibility in the home & small office PC world."
Link to Original Source

Journals

top

Sig Saver

Jaysyn Jaysyn writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Tell me something I don't know. Show me something I can't use. Push the buttons, connect the Goddamn dots!

Blaster, Slammer, Nimda, Code Red [Next security risk here]... There's a lot we can do to help -Microsoft Ad

top

Converting Joe SixPack

Jaysyn Jaysyn writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I just converted another friend (and his g/f) of mine from IE + Outlook to Firebird & Thunderbird. Usually they're hooked right about the time you show them the tabbed browsing. You just have to remember to install Flash for them while you're setting it up. That brings my total up to 7 people I've switched away from IE and/or Outlook. I think my Office is going to Thunderbird from Outlook soon, we don't uses Exchange so their really isn't a reason to use the MS virus propagation platform.

Jaysyn

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...