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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

PrimaryConsult Re:Wow - technology continues to advance! (190 comments)

Two year old cars could be coming off a lease, or former rentals. If anything the lemons will have had a lot of kinks worked out by then under the original warranty. If you live in a state with used car lemon laws, you'll just get a lot of free service in the event of any "surprises". And perhaps that's why those used cars are only 90% MSRP at the dealer - they are accounting for the need to service a used car with a like new warranty.

2 days ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

PrimaryConsult Re:Betteridge says (184 comments)

Unless both are large enough cities for decent public transit options, flying is more expensive than just the cost of the ticket.
You forgot:
Cost of long term parking at home airport (or taxi)
Cost of car rental at destination airport (or surrender your freedom to travel at will upon arrival)

Either way, there's also the stress of the entire flying process. Unless it's around a major holiday, a 2 day road trip can actually be relaxing.

That said, what this country could benefit from is either high speed rail, or more slow speed auto carrying rail like Amtrak's Auto Train. I'm surprised that idea hasn't taken off for coast to coast travel, the only reason we even have that route is because it was a novel idea a legacy railroad had long before Amtrak was formed...

about a week ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

PrimaryConsult Re:Yes. (545 comments)

Memorial Day and Labor day are major shopping days though - a triple overtime requirement would pretty much kill that. The retail employees working that day are often students who want the extra pay, and those shopping are people who appreciate the extra day off to go shopping. Neither of those are particularly "family days".

And for those who are unable (or unwilling) to spend time with family, it's nice that some places are open on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

At *most*, require holiday work give a 25% bonus or an equivalent amount of time off to be used on any arbitrary day in the future. It's enough that there is incentive to let people have the day off, but not so much that entire towns become ghost towns, with only a handful of places being open but so swamped that shopping is a miserable experience.

Walmart would *love* a 3x overtime rule, they'd have no problem staffing stores to the bare minimum knowing full well that they would have to beat customers away with a stick vying for the "privilege" of waiting 3 hours in line to check out... since they'd be the only ones open.

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

PrimaryConsult Re:No (545 comments)

If I worked 16 hours, the client was billed for 16 hours, and I was paid for 8 hours.

I met a contractor who had that same deal. Since it cost him nothing to do so, he would instead bill only for the 8 hours and continue to work the 16. With the money saved, the client were able to play a few games and get him switched to a different subcontractor, one which actually paid overtime.

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

PrimaryConsult Re: Lost!? (375 comments)

It wasn't intentional - the doors are supposed to be left unlocked to allow exit, however the doors are very old and were designed such that a key could lock each side of the door independently. Sometimes, an overzealous guard or janitor might lock the wrong side. I only found a "no exit room" once. More often than not, it wasn't usually an inability to exit that concerned me; sometimes I would pass a "point of no return" where I would then have to find way out and walk outside for a while to get back to the other side of a one way door I mistakenly let close.

There was a far more pressing problem anyway: some of the stairwells would get buried in snow. If you weren't paying attention, you might exit a building on the basement level into an enclosed courtyard, realize the stairwell was impassable, but then be unable to re-enter the building to exit via an interior staircase. *that* issue was very dangerous because most people would usually choose to try and navigate the treacherous staircase rather than call security for help. *Those* doors needed to be locked from the inside to prevent exit, but of course, they were the first ones to be replaced with ones that couldn't *sigh*.

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

PrimaryConsult Re:More than cash and cc (375 comments)

Some airlines (and Amtrak) email you a PDF of your ticket - if they all did it, this problem would be as simple as saving the PDF to your device.

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

PrimaryConsult Re: Lost!? (375 comments)

Tangentally related, but I've learned to never close a door unless I was sure I could go back through it... I worked in a facility that had rather bizzare one-side-locked doors, and it was actually possible to end up in a room or hallway junction with no exit unless you had a key. Escorting contractors to unfamiliar areas was fun, they were curious as to why I was trying all my keys on the doors we had already passed...

about two weeks ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

PrimaryConsult Re:Part of the Solution (262 comments)

"Stop resisting" is too often the codeword for "we will beat the shit out of you regardless of what you do".

That said, I think both sides will be on better behavior if they know the encounter is being recorded...

about two weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

PrimaryConsult Re:It's more of a statement about NYC (481 comments)

I grew up in NYC and was there during the blackout... I overall have to disagree with your sentiment. If there is distrust among strangers is simply due to sheer number rather than diversity. If you're constantly surrounded by 20-30 people you will find a quality in at least one of them untrustworthy.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

PrimaryConsult Re:I'll take that bait (613 comments)

Too bad Indiana recently started...

about a month and a half ago
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Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

PrimaryConsult Re:Wake up America ... (95 comments)

There's *always* work to be done. Employing additional cleaners / landscapers to keep facilities looking tidy is one that immediately comes to mind, and one that cannot be easily automated. "Peace officers" (unarmed cops) in neighborhoods to help keep crime down and give people directions. Additional secretaries in offices. Additional window people at post offices and the DMV to help speed lines. I would very much like unemployment insurance to be replaced with (intended to be temporary) low-skill government jobs.

about 2 months ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

PrimaryConsult Re:Really? This is a problem! (398 comments)

Not necessarily. If 10 people are regular smokers, and the increased cost inspires 5 to quit, you are getting revenue from the other 5 while still reducing smoking.

about 2 months ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

PrimaryConsult Re:This is good (398 comments)

Clearly you have never driven in a real city. If you leave enough space for someone to slam on the brakes suddenly, another car will move into the space you are leaving, and you'll have to slow down to drop back further, prompting people to pass you and take that newly vacated space. Eventually, you'll be getting a ticket for impeding the flow of traffic.

about 2 months ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

PrimaryConsult Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

I am guessing where you live, either no one makes left turns at traffic lights, or they gun it the moment the light turns green before the opposite direction traffic has a chance to enter the intersection.

about 2 months ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

PrimaryConsult Re:In Japan (331 comments)

Since Japan is one of the most public transit connected / bike friendly countries in the world, the number of people who would need to use a personal motorized vehicle to get home from a bar is rather low.

about 2 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

PrimaryConsult Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

Pretty much this. Though, I wouldn't say avenged so much as, the sheriff would do something about a well liked individual being murdered, and people would be cooperative in the investigation. But the guy who regularly takes a piss in the horse trough, spanks women as they walk by, and randomly shoots his gun spooking the horses in front of the saloon? Must've been hit by a stray bullet.

about 2 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

PrimaryConsult Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

Actually yes. When being an asshole means sooner or later someone will shoot you (and no one will rat on the shooter), there's a lot fewer assholes around.

about 2 months ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

PrimaryConsult Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

For a more modern example look at abortion laws. In my great state the politicians are too afraid to go one way or the other so they come up with bullshit like waiting times. In order for a woman to get an abortion she has to wait three days. No reason. She just has to. This is because someone couldn't get an anti abortion law passed so they settled for attempting to shame the woman into keeping the child with arbitrary regulations and rules.

Not to jump into the hornet's nest, but a three day wait is actually pretty reasonable. Some people might be pressured (by parents or the guy) and need a few days to realize they also have the right to choose life, and that there are groups out there that will help alleviate that pressure. There is also a not small number of women who feel they rushed into the decision and regretted it (either for moral reasons or for medical ones resulting from unexpected complications). If the woman is the type to be shamed out of it in three days, imagine if the shame came after it was too late to undo?

They have five day waits for firearms, a three day wait for something more controversial than the 2nd amendment shouldn't be too much to ask...

about 2 months ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

PrimaryConsult Re:Contact tracing the second nurse (381 comments)

The only options would be Canada and Mexico followed by a land crossing, and I think we could get Canada to agree to a similar quarantine. At a US airport it doesn't matter how many countries you pass through beforehand, unless you've (illegally) ripped out the page from your passport that has the stamp for the country in question, or gotten some other country's immigration officer to cover it with a sticker, the evidence would easily spotted.

about 2 months ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

PrimaryConsult Re:Contact tracing the second nurse (381 comments)

You cannot prevent an American citizen from returning home. However, a mandatory, no exceptions 60 day quarantine would have worked (60 days from departure of affected country).

about 2 months ago

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