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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Xeno man Re:good (364 comments)

That is an option but not my guess.

My money is on "studio offered much less than they were making last season and wouldn't budge" The three decided it was better to move on to something else either as a group or individually then to settle for less money. They are relatively young and fairly popular right now so it's a good time to move on to something else as Mythbusters won't last forever.

Jamie and Adam are both older and will NOT be seeking work after Mythbusters is done so even if they were offered less money for another season, they would be content to accept as it still would be decent money. I'm guessing Mythbusters gets one or two more seasons until it's canceled all together, nothing lasts forever on tv.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Xeno man Re:Behind the curve (1040 comments)

This, everyone just place your wager and shut up. Every reason that raising the minimum wage will fuck up everything has been given, every reason why it won't and will be good has been given. This is a large scale experiment that will prove who is right one way or another. Just place your bets and shut up about it already.

about 5 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Xeno man Re:Behind the curve (1040 comments)

Why would Walmart pay extra money to it's employees when the Government will pay them? Walmart gets to keep millions and the Government hands out food stamps. It only really works if everyone does it, hence the need for minimum wage.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

Xeno man Down time can be a goal. (343 comments)

When work comes in spurts and bunches you can look forward to the downtime in between. It can be a reward for getting stuff done. You can think that if I get this work done, I get a small break after or, if I work harder and faster to get it done sooner, I can have a big break. Think of roofers shingling a roof on a Friday. You don't see anyone standing around, they are on each others asses and by 2:00pm or so they are done the roof, packing up and starting their weekend early.

When you have a constant workflow that never ends there is no real incentive to work harder. You look around and see one guy doing the bare minimum and another guy doing 3 times the work load. Both get payed the same amount and the work never ends. The hard worker might think he is more likely to get a promotion but management thinks if we promote that guy, we would need to hire 3 guys to replace what he does. Lets keep him right there so we can keep our production numbers up.

The worst thing management can do though is fill an employees down time with more work. Basically you have punished a hard working person with more responsibility and work with zero pay increase. Unless you are trying to kill productivity.

about 6 months ago
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

Xeno man Re:Microsoft Has These Patches (345 comments)

My god, it's barely been a frigging month since support ended and now they have set a president? I don't think so. It's no different than any other company that makes exceptions for just out of warranty.

It's like having a car with 100,000km warranty and at 100,500km the gas tank falls out. They have every right to tell you its not covered but most decent dealers will cover you because it's either a know issue or because they want to treat you right as a customer.

This is no different, the patch was being made regardless and the seriousness of the problem warranted a release. It just happen to fall just on the other side of an arbitrary date. Nothing special has occurred here.

about 6 months ago
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How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

Xeno man Re:This is common. (206 comments)

Monopoly, duopoly, Oligopoly. It's about the same. You might have some choice but it's not really much of a choice. The thing is that it's not just a profitable business, it's fucking ridiculously profitable business. Here in Canada we have Rogers and Bell. You can threaten to leave Rogers and they will give deep discounts to keep you because something is better than nothing, but if you do actually leave it's not the end of the world. Someone pissed at Bell just left and joined Rogers. Customers go back and forth. There is no real incentive to actually drop prices because not competing with each other is better for their bottom lines and not using their services is not an option for most of the population.

about 8 months ago
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Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

Xeno man Re:So why is this here? (387 comments)

Not at all, he agreed to the terms, he could have easily not agreed to them or even countered their offer with his own terms that exclude NDA. He could have let the courts decide the outcome which would have been very public.

about 8 months ago
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Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

Xeno man Re:So why is this here? (387 comments)

Don't talk about this means don't talk about this. While telling his daughter about what is going on is not unreasonable, not hammering home that fact that she shouldn't say anything about it is his fault. Regardless of how the information became public, his daughter, his wife, himself, the source of the information came directly from him and that violates the agreement.

about 8 months ago
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How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

Xeno man This is common. (206 comments)

The reality is that expenses are not linked to individual customers to provide service. If a cable company is servicing a neighborhood of 1000 houses, it cost the exact same if 10% are customers or 100% are customers. They will charge you up the ass because most people will pay for it but if you threaten to go elsewhere they will give deep discounts to keep you. It's called customer retention. It's better for them to cut a bill from $100 to $50 because $50 a month is better than the $0 a month.

It just goes to show what a monopoly they have because they could easily cut their prices in half, still be profitable and would have more customers as people would be more willing to keep cable tv as well as have phone and internet.

about 8 months ago
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Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

Xeno man This will be funny. (131 comments)

The MPAA doesn't care about right or wrong or looking stupid. They will stand in front of the exact same judge and argue the exact opposite of what they argued last time and do it with a straight face. There are no beliefs or moral guidance. No mission statement describing good things they want to do. The bottom line is making more money. They will campaign for laws that hurt competition or reduce their own taxes. They will destroy lives and anything that stands in their way to make more money.

about 8 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Xeno man Re:Not pro-business? (917 comments)

Yes, fuck the religious people. When states and laws try to cater to religious groups, you create several different rules for different people just by claiming something is against your religion. Muslims don't have to wear helmets when riding motorcycles because they wear their turbans for religious reasons. Christians want to be able to refuse serves to gays. I though we were all supposed to be equal? Laws apply to everyone. Religion comes second.

about 8 months ago
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US War Machine Downsizing?

Xeno man Re:What is it good for? Absolutely $$$! (506 comments)

Is that the sales pitch they use to keep selling Americans more tanks and missiles that they don't need?

"And here we have a gun with a knife taped to it.
We really have all the guns we need...
You don't want to appear weak do you?
I'll take 100,000 units."

I'm in the wrong business.

about 8 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Xeno man Re:So..... (445 comments)

Holy shit! You can use the internet for research?

Yes clearly you're being an ass, but that's just because you really want to be. I never said I couldn't find one, I said I haven't seen one. The fact I haven't seen one doesn't mean they don't exist, but highlights the lack of public education and not my inability to so an internet search. Look at the links the replies have provided. Dry data and safety related. Yea, people that point lasers at aircraft spend a lot of time on sites like that.

The fact I haven't seen a video casually up to that point mean public awareness is incredibly low. What is needed is more public education. Education in schools, more news stories, even some safety commercials. I don't mean the level of drinking and driving safety but more than the next to none that we have now.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Xeno man Bugs are not mistakes. (716 comments)

When a builder builds a wall, all the factors are known for what the wall needs to endure. Weight it must support, elements and temperature it will be exposed to. The builder should know how to mix mortar and the steps involved with building a wall as he has probably done it many time before. If bricks are falling out, he has made a mistake, too much water in the mortar, too cold to work, something a more experienced worker would not have done and known about.

When a developer writes software, all factors are not known. Each piece of software is unique and designed to meed the clients needs. When bugs are discovered, they are factors that were never originally considered possible. People with names longer than the character field, leap seconds, changing daylight savings hours, operating system changes, network growth, hardware upgrades. Regardless of the developers experience, no one will be able to account for these unknowns and how new code for new features will interact with older code. Bugs usually are not from screw ups but from changing factors beyond anyone's control.

about 9 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Xeno man Re:So..... (445 comments)

No, not quite. Education is a better tool than disproportional punishment. Despite all of the stories and warnings, I have still not seen a video on the effects of lasers from the pilots point of view. People learn from experiencing the consequences, either personal or seeing other people. Telling people not to do something without an explanation isn't going to stop people from doing things.

about 9 months ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

Xeno man OH NO! (240 comments)

A few dozen people are saving a few dollars! Better spend 10 million to stop it!

about 9 months ago
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EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

Xeno man Re:Disingenuous and manipulative summary, article (367 comments)

Except that it is not well intentioned. What they are doing is per-filtering people and anyone that says they would rate 5, they direct them to the rating site. Anyone that does not want to rate 5 they direct away from the rating site. Regardless what they may or may not do with user feed back, they are still artificially inflating their games score by hiding the rating site from anyone that doesn't want to give full ratings.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

Xeno man Re:What kind of idiot (822 comments)

Goes to show the lawyer mentality. All that matters is that Edward gets a guilty plea. He gets that and it shows that he was right. Another mark in the victory column. The reality is only a complete idiot would even consider the offer made for more than a moment. It's basically the equivalent of being held at gun point and telling the gunman, "If you give me your gun now, I'll consider not shooting you."

about 9 months ago
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Should Self-Driving Cars Chauffeur Shopping 'Whales' For Free?

Xeno man Re:Age discrimination (213 comments)

Age discrimination is legal for many instances. We discriminate based on age for when you can get a drivers license, when you can consume alcohol, when you can vote and when you can have sex. Many places offer senior discounts that the young are not eligible for and if I was selling an adult product, I want to be damn sure that only adults will see my offers.

about 9 months ago

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