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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

TClevenger Re:Wow (134 comments)

California requires guards, alarm company employees and private investigators to be licensed and to submit to regular background checks. Google has about 200 guards just at its Mountain View headquarters, which is plenty to warrant the extra work needed to run that in house.

about two weeks ago
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3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

TClevenger Re:Innovation (90 comments)

I wonder if any of the "innovations" from the last three years were his anyway. I would presume that Jobs would have 3-5 years of projects and products in the pipeline, and maybe more if he knew he would be leaving the company soon. So are we still working out of Jobs' notebook, or has Cook started actually calling the shots creatively?

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

TClevenger Re:Are there any reasons... (174 comments)

I don't know about current engines, but for the longest time Hondas also required valve adjustments every 15k miles and timing belt replacements every 90k.

about 2 months ago
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Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

TClevenger Re:Split (85 comments)

I am such a customer. I have "basic local channels" from Time Warner because Internet would be more expensive without them. Of course, since they've switched to digital, I can no longer watch them without a box, which I refuse to pay for.

about 2 months ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

TClevenger Re:not likely (200 comments)

They are dreaming. We are thinking about throttling them here right now. Why should we let all those other sites suffer due to one service using nearly 75% of our bandwidth.

Customers are DEMANDING those bits. If you can't afford to keep those bits flowing, start charging your customers more.

about 3 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

TClevenger Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

Unlike Verizon, which hasn't upgraded the 3Mbps/750kbps (on a good day) DSL service it installed in my area in 1997?

about 3 months ago
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New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

TClevenger Re:Just think of what you can do with this! (122 comments)

Yes, THANK YOU. Wake me when there's a low-powered $35 RasPi-like board with an x86 chip on it.

about 3 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

TClevenger Re:What choice do we have? (710 comments)

Most of all of this is entirely workers driven. It's not blaming the workers per se, except maybe blaming workers for not suing employers when they break the law.

Yeah, that's the problem. If you confront them at hire time, you won't get hired, so instead you end up working 50+ hour weeks, keeping secretive timecards, then trying to sue after you leave. If you succeed, you get a lump sum that puts you into a higher tax bracket that year, meaning you've lost more of it to taxes. If you fail, you get nothing and maybe have to pay lawyers for their time. Either way, you've now damaged relations with your new employer by taking time off during your first month of employment and eliminated any chance of reemployment with your old employer.

The real solution is specific plain-English rules sent to every employer by the labor board about who is really exempt and who isn't, followed by regular audits and massive fines for non-compliance.

about 4 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

TClevenger Re:What choice do we have? (710 comments)

The job market sucks, and it's never going to get any better. Off-shoring and abundant work Visas guarantee that.

...and the fact that Americans are doing the work of two or three people now. Why hire four IT workers to cover 24 hour days when we can hire one guy and just make him on call 24 hours a day?

about 4 months ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

TClevenger Re:Change is coming for car dealers (455 comments)

If you don't mind spending thousands of dollars on a generator that can keep up with the car's power drain, and the snickers of everyone around you when you pull into a gas station with your $100K EV to fill up the tank. :-)

Hey, if it's just occasional cross-country use, there's always a pusher trailer.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

TClevenger Re:Classify net access as a utility? (343 comments)

No, not unless you would like your Internet access technologies refreshed and upgraded about as often as your water pipes or electric lines are. Which is to say approximately never.

Verizon hasn't seen fit to upgrade the maximum speed of the DSL in my old neighborhood from the 3Mbps that it installed sometime in the last century. How can it be any worse than that?

about 5 months ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

TClevenger Re:taxes will lead to kludges (238 comments)

Except that the Prius costs more energy to make than many vehicles with a higher fuel consumption.

I'm willing to bet that it doesn't take much more energy than other cars its weight.

about 5 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

TClevenger Re:An...accident..? (564 comments)

Win.

about 5 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

TClevenger Re:So a bicyclist is safer..... (490 comments)

Your vehicle registration fee doesn't even remotely cover the cost of maintaining roads.

Yup. In California, vehicle registration is a form of use tax and is based mostly on the value of the vehicle. Thus, a 2014 Smart ForTwo has a much higher registration renewal cost than a 1984 Ford F-250.

about 5 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

TClevenger Re:stopping vs yielding (490 comments)

Also, I think a lot of my opinion springs from the gal I hit last summer who slowed for a stop sign and decided (in her words to the cop) "I thought I could make it." Fortunately I slammed my brakes and the impact was at a relatively slow speed, so no injuries.

Somebody with such poor judgment would have pulled out in front of you whether they stopped first or not.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

TClevenger Re:Recruiting policy (589 comments)

No, instead you have the end of support for even LTS releases, and then you're hooped if the upgrade doesn't work.

As opposed to Windows 8 where upgrading isn't even an option?

about 5 months ago
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Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Solution

TClevenger Re:There is this button. (184 comments)

1) Put the phone in airplane mode while driving.
2) Turn the sound AND vibration off. Put the phone face down so you can't see it.

3) Install a cigarette lighter plug in the trunk. Before getting in the car, turn the phone off and plug it in in the trunk. When you get to work, you're alive and as a bonus, your phone is fully charged.

about 6 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

TClevenger Re:missing the fat flavor (466 comments)

Or we've been demonizing fat for so long that they're afraid to put any in.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

TClevenger Re:You don't hear about the failures (390 comments)

A country the size of the US should not have any shortage of highly talented, skilled and educated people. Yet it has.

No it hasn't. Employers just aren't willing to pay market rates for talent and not work them into the ground, so they found a loophole in the system that allows them to hire foreign workers for less than market rate and work them into the ground.

Let's eliminate the various loopholes in overtime laws and H1-B laws and put some teeth into enforcement and see how many jobs open up overnight.

about 6 months ago

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