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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

Ksevio Re:Striking air traffic controllers fired (221 comments)

Which corporation were the air-traffic controllers bargaining with, when Reagan crushed them? Hint: public employees (be they air controllers or policemen) aren't struggling against any corporations — their employers are the taxpayers. They should not be allowed to unionize — and certainly, not strike:

The FAA is the "corporation" in this case. Just because it gets its money from tax payers doesn't mean it can't abuse its employees and doesn't mean the employees don't get human rights.

Really? So, if we get the current abysmal union-membership to, say, above 80%, we'll only have to work one day a week? For 2 hours? Wouldn't that be great!!

Probably so - American workers are much more efficient than in the past which is part of why unemployment is so high. If businesses hired two employees for 30 hours a week rather than one for 60, it'd be much more beneficial to society. Of course there are issues with employee overhead such as health care, but that's just more reason the US needs to meet the level of the rest of the first world countries and provide it.

People — workers — choose to sell their labor on the free market to the willing buyers. Any attempts to make that market not free should be met with the same energetic response Standard Oil and AT&T have encountered, when they tried to become a monopoly.

There are still difference between humans, unions, and corporations. If you think a union is a monopoly on the supply side of labor, then the corporation is a monopoly on the demand side. You also have to remember that monopolies aren't illegal. We have laws against abusive monopolies to protect consumers (people) from abusive corporations. Unions do the same.

Any smart employer addresses basic needs of the workers — in order to keep them happy and thus more productive. No employer is allowed to violate human rights — unions or not...

Unfortunately, short term gains often come first, so many don't even pay employees a livable wage.

yesterday
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

Ksevio Re:Striking air traffic controllers fired (221 comments)

By that logic, the FAA has a monopoly on hiring air traffic controllers, but no one would say that because it's ridiculous. Unions exist because a single employee does not have bargaining power against a corporation. Without them, we'd be working 10 hours a day, 6 days a week with no benefits. People aren't the same as products. They have basic needs and human rights that we prefer them to have.

yesterday
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

Ksevio Re:Striking air traffic controllers fired (221 comments)

You mean, when they conspired to cripple the nation's air-transportation — holding the rest of us hostage? Imagine, Verizon turning off all telephones to demand lower taxes — a public employee has an even stronger monopoly power...

That's how strikes work - they cripple their industry as an extreme resort for bargaining purposes. You can make it sound very scary for other situations too, like the time the fast-food workers conspired to cripple the nation's fast-food industry - holding the rest of us hostage!

A comparable situation with phones would be when manual patching was needed if the switchboard operators went on strike to demand better working conditions/pay. Strikes are done by employees against the company, not by companies against the government.

Now the air traffic controllers work on obsolete equipment, get paid very little, have a stressful job with long hours

That must all be Reagan's fault, right, 30 years later.

You are correct. A union would have been able to negotiate better pay and working conditions.

2 days ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

Ksevio Re:Thus the problem with the TEA party (405 comments)

They aren't hiding it in their mattresses, but they are keeping it in banks and other investments where the money will take a long time to trickle down. It's not getting spent like it would for poorer people.

about a week ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

Ksevio Re:Corporate taxes (405 comments)

The nation is also bigger than any time in history. It's not a good method to use the raw numbers, much better to use GDP or some per capita method. The deficit has been shrinking, we're cutting all our most valuable programs mostly because health care costs are rising and eating up the extra income. Defense obviously plays a big role, but recent cuts have reigned that in.

We basically have two options - get medical costs under control (something the GOP won't touch) or collect more (also something the GOP won't touch).

When the amount collected is less than the amount spent, it's a collecting/spending problem. As much as Republicans want you to think it's only one side that matters, it's basic economics that collecting more will help fix the issue better than collecting less.

about a week ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

Ksevio Re:Thanks for the fraud, Turbotax (405 comments)

I paid my taxes online (Federal and state), though I did have to type in a few numbers. Looks like they're fairly close to being able to make it automatic, but I found it pretty weird I had to reference a lookup table in a PDF to get a value based on another value on the form.

about a week ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

Ksevio Re:ObBillGates (252 comments)

Interestingly, the trend has been moving back that way with laptops that have no buttons (though you can get a context menu with two fingers). Most people don't need the extra complexity.

about a week ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

Ksevio Re:Jokes aside (240 comments)

My samsung s5 is allegedly water proof - I've seen people use them under water, just don't feel like drowning mine. It has a little cap that goes over the charging ports that makes it that way.

about a week ago
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My resting heart rate:

Ksevio Re:100bpm 90bpm? (168 comments)

It's all the people that browse slashdot while running sprints

about two weeks ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Ksevio Re:Perspective (324 comments)

Corporations aren't usually afraid of guns and I'm pretty sure none of them have been arrested.

about two weeks ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Ksevio Re:Perspective (324 comments)

When was the last time a corporation was VIOLENTLY tossed in jail?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Ksevio Re:Solution lies with users, not Apple (311 comments)

You can use any phone with SMS support which seems pretty standard. Since people are typically syncing from their iPhones to the iCloud they usually have an iPhone, but it's possible to use a freebie 10 year old brick phone if you wanted.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Challenges Blue Origin Patents Over Sea-Landing Rocket Tech

Ksevio Re:Would it really be worse without patents? (75 comments)

You're saying patents are useful because they prevent people from patents? I think I can see a solution that could fix this issue - better patent it right away!

about a month ago
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How the World's Fastest Electric Car Is Pushing Wireless Charging Tech

Ksevio Re:Just stop it with the 'zero emissons' claims (49 comments)

But that's pointless and misleading. I don't say my kitchen blender has emissions or my cellphone.

Gasoline has emissions because when you burn it, it releases CO2 (and others). There are also emissions when the gasoline is produced at the refinery.

Electric vehicles produce no emissions when the electricity is used. In some cases, generating electricity does produce emissions.

The advantage is large powerplants can control emissions much easier than a car and even better - they can be replaced by a cleaner source. Cars usually produce more emissions as they get less efficient with age.

Obviously we're not going to replace everyone's car overnight so we have time to improve our infrastructure.

about 1 month ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

Ksevio Re:CODEC (126 comments)

Here in the real world, when players collaborate on something for everyone to use, we call that a "Standard"

about a month ago
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VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

Ksevio Re:No more "Cloud", please (60 comments)

You're probably not the target demographic for this product - it's aimed at "Chromebooks" which are ~3lb cheap laptops. Similar to terminals connecting to mainframes in the past except smaller and with WiFi.

If it helps, you can replace "Cloud" with "Server cluster".

about a month ago
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

Ksevio Re:Why? (120 comments)

I think your very last point is one of the biggest ones - the inability to cheat is a big reason why lots of games are pushing parts online. It has the downside of requiring a more powerful server (and puts full trust in the server), but it can prevent many cheats right off the bat and makes it easier to block others. Players like this because cheating sucks.

about a month ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Ksevio Re:Here's an idea! (595 comments)

millions of people that suffer with convulsions and insomnia

Would those people have a problem with their drugs being blue or having some koolaid powder mixed in?

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

Ksevio Re:Not at all (191 comments)

I have a crank radio/flashlight thing that just as a button on the side to make an annoying noise. Probably the same deal since it's an easy add on that uses little power

about a month ago

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