top Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
It's important to note that this is a clear violation of the exempt employee rule.
With some exceptions, the base pay of a salary basis employee may not be reduced based on the "quality or quantity" of work performed (provided that the employee does "some" work in the work period). This usually means that the base pay of a salary basis employee may not be reduced if s/he performs less work than normal, if the reason for that is determined by the employer. For example, a salary basis pay employee's base pay may not be reduced if there is "no work" to be performed (such as for a plant closing or slow period), and a salary basis employee's base pay may not be reduced for partial day absences. However, employers may "dock" the base pay of salary basis employees in full day increments, for disciplinary suspensions, or for personal leave, or for sickness under a bona fide sick leave plan (as for example if the employee has run out of accrued sick leave).
If the company is regularly doing this, employees classified as exempt could turn around and sue for unpaid overtime wages.
top Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout
The Republicans controlled congress until 2007.
In case you missed that, let me say it again.
THE REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED CONGRESS UNTIL FUCKING 2007!!!
It takes some kind of serious disconnect to blame things that happened in Congress on members of the party that were OUT OF POWER WHEN IT HAPPENED.
Scientific American In Blog Removal Controversy
...it is too late for the pebbles to vote.
top NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself
Actually, most of this stuff, the basis for it anyway, goes back to Eisenhower.
You can blame Bush for the PATRIOT act, but that was just another step down the road we've been on for a long long time.
about a year and a half ago
top 'This Is Your Second and Final Notice' Robocallers Revealed
I'd be happier with the dollar.
top Lawmakers Say CFAA Is Too Hard On Hackers
If you punch someone in the face and put them in the hospital, you don't get to say,"Oh, one punch to the face put you in the hospital? You really need to toughen up!" and get out of it. You still get arrested and go to jail.
top Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience Or Cyber Crime?
I think you're a little confused about who was in charge during the mortgage crisis, unless you think that everything was hunky dory until January 2007.
top Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience Or Cyber Crime?
He was offered a plea deal with a four month stay in a Federal Minimum Security prison. That's a reasonable deal any way you slice it.
top Empty Times Square Building Generates $23 Million a Year From Digital Ads
The building would need extensive renovation for it to be suitable for use.
Chief among these would be the addition of central air conditioning, but I would assume that a building that old would also need a good deal of electrical and structural work, asbestos removal, etc.
At this time, the ads bring in more revenue than rent would, so there's no reason to invest the money.
top Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns
...on a criminal f-cking conspiracy?
top $1 Billion Mission To Reach the Earth's Mantle
Because The Core is a fun, silly movie meant to be enjoyed with your brain in the off position.
I particularly liked the part when they got stuck in a giant geode. The only way it could have been better would have been if there were dinosaurs in the geode.
top Solar Power Is Booming — Why Do We Want To Kill It?
...their PV panels for less than it costs to make them forever?
Once they drive our domestic PV manufacturers out of business they'll be free to charge what the market will bear.
top Virginia High Court Rejects Case Against Climatologist Michael Mann
Temperatures did not stop rising 14 years ago.
top Tetris In 140 Bytes
When I was young, we had to code an entire web browser in 8 12 bit words using only the three switches on the front panel.
And we were grateful to have it.
top The End of the Gas Guzzler
If they make 100 MPG cars that I can buy and sell enough of them to offset the gas guzzlers they sell, then why should I care? Let the rich jerks buy their Hummers or whatever. They'll be subsidizing my purchase of a nice, gas-sipping econobox.
top The End of Paper Books
Modern books aren't designed to last hundreds of years. Within decades, most of that archive will begin deteriorating. The inks will fade. The pages will turn to dust.
Where's the value in that?
top New Chili Is World's Hottest
"It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you’ve done, or think you can do. There’s a confrontation with destiny awaiting you. Somewhere, there is a chilli you cannot eat."
-- Daniel Pinkwater, A Hot Time in Nairobi
top Intelsat To Start Refueling Satellites In Orbit
I want to go to the moon, salvage all the junk that's up there, bring it back, sell it.
top George RR Martin Finishes A Dance With Dragons
I'm a paying customer and I have the right to bitch, complain and moan all I want. I spent money, not to mention time and mental energy, on Martin's books and I certainly wouldn't have done so if I didn't feel that there was at least an implicit promise that he would make a reasonable effort to finish the series and not leave me hanging out to dry with a thousand cliffhangers.
I understand about missing deadlines and writers block and all that. But if you can't write, then at least shut up about it, for Ghu's sake. Don't tease me with updates about writing and the possible finish of the book and then go, "Oh well, didn't finish. Off to Spain for a month".
It's not like I've been hanging around, doing nothing, waiting for the next book to come out. In the time since Feast Of Crows came out I've managed to get married, have a daughter, buy a house and do a lot of other cool and interesting things. Still, I check in on the GRRM site every couple months and I am happy to bitch about the subject when it comes up in conversation or online.
top Last.Fm Founder Criticizes Apple Over Music Subscription Fees
They're just figuring this out now?
Developing for IOS has been a crap shoot from jump street. Apple has always retained the right to deny an app access to or remove it from the App Store for any reason...or for no reason at all. You could easily put a ton of time, money and energy into developing an iDevice app just to have Apple slam the door in your face without apology or explanation.
There's a lot of money to be made by working in Apple's walled garden, but the risk that you piss off the beast and get eaten has always been there.
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