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California Becomes First State In Nation To Regulate Ride-Sharing

joocemann Re:the taxi services have a right to be pissed (184 comments)

Personal XP here. SF cabs will skip you for the fare they just noticed on the street. Uber (a rideshare company) will be there waiting for you at least 2 minutes before you asked for them. No, I don't own stock in Uber -- but I wish I did. They just bought 2500 driverless cars from google (approved by DOT) for their fleet.

about 7 months ago
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California Becomes First State In Nation To Regulate Ride-Sharing

joocemann Re:The Third World was first (184 comments)

Welcome to reality. We've been getting screwed as 99%ers for a couple decades now.

Scan around the odd pics on the internet. You want a sign of the times? There are dozens of pictures of people that are driving on the street WITH NO TIRES AT ALL. They are driving on the metal rim. Deduce it. It's simple. The frequency of that kind of absurdity has gone up not because there are more ridiculous/insane people driving -- it has increased because the ability of people to afford their lives is being so heavily squeezed now that they simply cannot, and yet they still have to get to the store and to work. So they drive on metal rims.

I don't know anyone under 40 that isn't struggling. And that's because I don't have banker friends.

about 7 months ago
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California Becomes First State In Nation To Regulate Ride-Sharing

joocemann Re:Why is it called ride sharing? (184 comments)

So what you're saying is that they are using a loophole by relying on their drivers to lie about what they were doing. A lawyer might even argue that, of course, the driver was going in that direction because money was waiting for them when they arrive! How keen!

Pffft. Why not just deregulate taxi driving and be honest about it. I know Lyft drivers. They are *not* picking people up randomly. They treat it as a job and appreciate the income.

about 7 months ago
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How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

joocemann Re:Also... (617 comments)

What good and honorable people of the earth, that you know, measure success by money? If my band were to ever come upon a windfall of cash we would start a charity with it. We are the type of people who only wish for sustenance and stability. Money is for fools.

about 7 months ago
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How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

joocemann Re:Also... (617 comments)

I apologize if that was how I was taken. I've been vetted and validated personally by hundreds of listeners by CD/Radio/Live-Show, and, to be honest, it's not hard to be better than mainstream

about 7 months ago
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How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

joocemann Also... (617 comments)

... one might note that the mainstream industry has very little appeal to people that are intellectual or at least deeply interested in the actual content of their music.

The mainstream studios that are cracking out 'hit' after 'hit' (aka: highly advertised until people like it) are producing basic melodies in C Major with 'artists' that cannot honestly perform well on stage and likely can't do their music well in a true LIVE setting.

The mainstream studios are facing REAL ARTISTS and losing. What should they expect? They think they can churn out half-assed simpleton music and not be out-competed by bedroom producers with less than 5 years experience? Please... Mainstream music is awfully easy to make. 2 or 3 basic chords. Very little elaboration or demonstration of musical mastery. Major key. Generalized/Simplified/Non-confrontational/obvious/regurgitated lyrics. Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus. Except you call the 'chorus' a "HOOK" now because it's usually very simple and has a catchy jingle.

Yeah. Lame.

Full disclosure: I've been a bedroom producer for 18 years now. I have a successful conscious hip hop crew and produce more complex and better music than most mainstream labels - check my sig. My emcees are more skilled than most of the latest studio-emcess, and they have great stage presence, and we have actual artistic/intelligent lyrics that have value beyond simple entertainment. I've been making music since before it was easy. MS-DOS was the OS when I started.

about 7 months ago
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Could Technology Create Modern-Day 'Leper Colonies'?

joocemann Re: no ghettos pre-internet? (452 comments)

Didn't ZImmerman stand his ground by shooting Trayvon?

about 7 months ago
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What Marketers Think They Know About You and What They Really Do

joocemann Re:I'm not falling for that! (277 comments)

By the way, I used hyperbole to say 'they have none'. They have one, which is why I said to read it. But when you read it, you'll see it has no inkling of privacy in it at all.

about 7 months ago
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What Marketers Think They Know About You and What They Really Do

joocemann Re:I'm not falling for that! (277 comments)

Read their privacy policy. They have none. They share your data with partners and third parties for what seems like any reason at all.

The service actually looks like a front-end for the mass data business that allows you to give them even more to be even more accurate about you -- this is *not* what most people want, rather it is the exact opposite.

about 7 months ago
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We All May Have a Little Martian In Us

joocemann I ain't descended... (168 comments)

I ain't descended from no martian!

Jeebus.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?

joocemann Use reason.... (189 comments)

... take the bird in the hand (the job offered).... then work at the company making money and gaining reputable XP while trying to apply to blizzard and get in there....

Nobody is going to think less of you for working in your field. If anything, the xp will only help validate your friends' skillset and give more power to the application to blizzard.

Also, who the hell considers turning down a job offer in this economy? I had to win a grant to get my job.

about 8 months ago
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New Zealand Court Orders Facebook Disclosure To Employer

joocemann Re:Guilty Until Proven Innocent. (243 comments)

Good point. And one further... If you don't like your employee, you're not married to them. Its not hard in most cases to figure out a way to let someone go. I'm not from New Zealand though... Maybe they can't be:
- fired from job without reason (like At Will employ)
- let go (layoff for vague reasons about not needing them)
- scheduled for very few hours until they quit because they need more income
- see pay cuts for under performance (sounds like they could probably validate that)
- told they cannot take leave without significant prior notice
- made to have unpleasant, but legal, work conditions like a crappy office near noisy/smelly things, etc.

These things happen to people a lot here in the US. FAIK they are legal-enough (aka arguable if challenged).

about 8 months ago
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Teenage League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke

joocemann Re: Ugh, this is disgusting. (743 comments)

are you aiding this guy in his terrorIzIng? ...knock knock...

about 10 months ago
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Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

joocemann Why? (564 comments)

... because they will grow up to be ill-informed pseudo-libertarians that are highly educated, but not on topics that influence political and social decision-making.

You have to understand the lives of others if you will make decisions that impact them.

about 10 months ago
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Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

joocemann Re:Why be 'embarrassed'? (814 comments)

Quick Comment -- I don't mean to imply that a desire to change one's gender is absolutely a 'personal choice'. People have all kinds of motivations that often come from the natural expression of their genes and experiences in life. I'm not trying to sound ignorant or insensitive to people's motivations or causes for this kind of issue. My point -- if it's how you feel and it's what you wanted, be strong in it. Hold strong. No embarrassment.

about 10 months ago
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Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

joocemann Why be 'embarrassed'? (814 comments)

... If it was a personal choice, one should not be embarrassed. And if others look at you strange, have confidence in your choice and yourself, and know that you're right and they're goofy...

And then, fully on the topic -- welcome to reality. Change anything, and things get complicated. Try moving. It's as if every single business you ever dealt with needs an update. Change your partner? That's a complicated matter called 'divorce' and for some reason the law and judges are involved. Crazy...

Things are tough all over.

about 10 months ago
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In France, a Showcase of What Can Go Wrong With Online Voting

joocemann The US eVoting is just as bad... (177 comments)

It's funny... Diebold/Evergreen make many of the ATMs you probably use. The ATM will never give you an extra $20, and yet the voting machines they design are shown to be 1-3% off....

And this is in-person electronic voting.... why would the internet, a wild-west pool of hackers and government agencies, seem like a safe place for clean democracy?

For me, counting the hand cast ballots with witnesses, no matter how laborious (exaggerated claim, btw) is the most superior and reliable way to ensure that democracy is indeed what is happening.

Remember this question..... what is the point of saving money if you're letting democracy slip away? Chances are, the people that will manipulate the electronic voting will strip money from you anyway...

about 10 months ago
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I am fairly prepared for a storm outage of ...

joocemann UPS? (398 comments)

Please... you don't need a UPS (which is for computers) in a major storm outage. If you had a whole home-oriented power backup, that might be something worth mentioning because you could use that energy (much more than a UPS has) for useful things like lighting and cooking raw foods or sanitizing water.

The only way I see a UPS really making sense is if it was used strictly to power and recharge a cellphone in the event that some form of emergency local towers were still in place.

My main point.. you don't need computer technology to get through bad situations -- you need things that have major impacts on survival. Food, water, shelter.

about a year ago

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Keith Olbermann and MSNBC Part Ways

joocemann joocemann writes  |  more than 3 years ago

joocemann (1273720) writes "In a direct business sense, MSNBC is making for poor business by axing their most popular anchor Keith Olbermann. "Cable host Keith Olbermann and news channel MSNBC abruptly parted ways on Friday night, as the network announced that his contract had ended and the last installment of his show would air that evening." Many have speculated as to why MSNBC would make this move. I am curious if raising too many questions and not spewing the pro-corporate memes that the mainstream media is purposed for is what took Keith the same way as Lou Dobbs."
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Slashdot Needs more 'positive post' word options.

joocemann joocemann writes  |  about 5 years ago

joocemann writes "I love slashdot, and I really enjoy reading the intelligent posts — even those that I do not agree with. I think it might be nice to have a few other nice +1 words like "Beautiful" or "Poetic" or "Daring"... Something that might inspire a new range of response to meet those monikers.

What do you think would be a good other choice?"

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