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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

jopsen Re:It took this long? (212 comments)

When I say, "It took this long?" I mean that a completely unregulated livery (taxi) service went this long without some Uber driver or other comitting a major crime upon one of their 'customers'?

In many countries regulation consists of mandatory training, extra drivers tests, advanced first aid courses, etc. Most companies requires a clean criminal record (well they review the record, in case of severe crimes). But in many countries entries on a criminal record also expires... These are not guarantees.

Either way, I feel more safe using Uber because there is an electronic record on everything linked to credit cards, car registrations, etc. So if a driver robs me tries something funny, filing criminal charges against the driver is easy. A random cap driver on the other hand is hard unless you're quick to memorize a license number.

yesterday
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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

jopsen Re: Only a matter of time... (212 comments)

The principle of "innocent until proven guilty" means that there should be quite a few dangerous people out there.

And if you refuse to hire people because of supposedly baseless accusations made against them, you can get sued for that too!

Why should it be okay for employers to consider applicants guilty until proven otherwise?

yesterday
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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

jopsen Re:Only a matter of time... (212 comments)

Do proper background checks to ensure criminals and rapists are not being hired?

Because criminals doesn't deserve a second chance... Note, in many countries it's illegal to ask for a criminal records when hiring, and if you're stupid enough to ask anyways many people have unions ready to sue on their behalf.

Either way, why doesn't this case belong in criminal court in India, I'm sure Uber would share: identity of the driver, timestamps, location data, etc. with authorities...


I suspect that this is more a case of frustration with how the Indian authorities handles rape cases.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

jopsen Transparency... (469 comments)

Unfortunately, the Internet service market in "socialist" Europe is actually more free market than in the U.S.

This might seem like a small thing, but transparent contracts is essential... In the use you see discounts, contracts that binds you for up to two years. in the EU you rarely see contracts beyond 6 months, all contacts must state the full minimum price for those 6 months...

Have you noticed how US telecoms always offers you a discount (sometimes 50%), but then over time the price goes up... Because the discount expires.
These kinds of shady deals don't happen in Europe. Telecoms may advice a price, and that what you pay. Occasionally there is discounts, but no where near to the same extent as in the US, where it's basically a default that people always want to be on a discount.

There is no free market with regulation to ensure transparent competition.

2 days ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

jopsen Industry can't trains scientists... (484 comments)

H1Bs are as far as I understand for people with at least a BSc (with higher quote for people with MSc). I dare say that one does become a scientist by being trained in the industry. Granted one doesn't need to understand automatons, grammars, push-down automatons, Turing machines and how these are used to prove membership of computability and complexity classes... But you will never learn these things, or how to read/write scientific papers, or how to formally prove theorems by working in the industry.

You can certainly replace some MSc positions with less qualified developers. But developing with inexperienced developers can be very expensive (even if the developers are cheap). Learning to code in the industry doesn't compare to an MSc; it different - not useless.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

jopsen Agree... (299 comments)

I'm pretty sure Uber will look into it if you rate a driver zero stars with the comment "creep tried to rape me" :)

And I'd bet that Uper is checking meticulously that you're not cutting into Ubers share by booking only the first half of your ride by Uber and pay the driver cash for the rest of the trip.

Also drivers are pretty happy not to have cash... it's a lot faster to deal with payment through Uber and you're not a target for robbery.
Furthermore Uber does provide some insurance (at least I heard they do in the US) when the driver is carrying a passenger...

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

jopsen Re:Wow... (703 comments)

There's a reason college costs have been rising faster than the rate of inflation and free government money has a lot to do with it.

Maybe you're doing it wrong... In Denmark all tuition is paid by the Government.
But the amount a money available for universities is fairly fixed, however, the fixed pool is distributed between universities based on the number of students they have.. Effectively this means that univerisities are competing amongst themselves for the same amount of money..
The system isn't perfect, because universities have less money when some years have more students than others.


Anyways, when the government pays for tuition it can also decide how much it is willing to pay, and on what terms it pays out.

about two weeks ago
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Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

jopsen Re:Our Money You Like, Us -- Not So Much (179 comments)

also, those at big expensive hotels are often corporate fucks and those can just 'expense it', and not care.

Expensing stuff is still work... these days it's just a picture with a smart phone... but having to pay and deal with it as taxing. I tend to always look for places that has free wifi...

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

jopsen "döms för hets mot folkgrupp" (319 comments)

I read Danish which is close to Swedish, and the summary says: Convicted for "character assassination"/"smear campaign" against a segment of the population.

Depending on circumstances and interpretation, this can certainly be a violation of the human rights.
Also note the source mentioned here doesn't say he was sentenced to prison...

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

jopsen Re:Fees and restrictions (484 comments)

However, some non-American hiring managers will want to hire only people from their own countries, because of feelings of patriotism for their countries. So we should have a law that states that "guest" hiring managers must hire at least 50% Americans.

So now immigrants can't become managers... That's not racist at all :)

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

jopsen Unemployment can be bad (484 comments)

Well, considering that I don't have a job, 65,000 seems like 65,000 too many.

Are you "competing" for a tech job. Do you have an MSc in CS from an internationally recognized institution?
I put "competing" in quotation marks, because my inbox has emails from a lot of recruiters who just wants to talk (they aren't all job offers).
Actually, if you happen know your way around open source projects and has some experience with js, linux, python, node, aws and release engineering, + a non-empty resume; feel free to drop me a line...

Either of 11.5M unemployed Americans I suspect most people don't compete for the tech jobs.. Oh, and btw, I know that my employer will hire anywhere in the world, and have people working remotely. In fact I'm an H1B, and paying taxes in the US; but if I weren't H1B I would just be working remotely from Denmark. To be honest, the uncertainty of being on an H1B, does often make me consider if I should continue to work out of the US (especially when 4 people are gunned down 20 blocks from my crappy over-priced San Francisco apartment - which is in the nice part of town).

To sum up, yes some companies are trying to get cheap workers; but the bay area wouldn't be a tech hub if it weren't for immigrants (they would just go somewhere else - say London or Toronto); and most of the unemployed Americans aren't looking/qualified for tech jobs...

Since the current unemployment rate is about 6%

Being unemployed, you probably don't want to here this, but the unemployment rate can also be too low.
Keep in mind that the unemployment rate counts people in-between jobs, and that an extremely low unemployment rate means that it's hard to hire, and, hence, hard to grow the economy. This is likely no the case in the US, as many people are under-employed (and/or under-paid); partly due to the very low minimum wage.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

jopsen Honest Pricing +1 (417 comments)

3 - FORCE HONEST PRICING make Service Contracts ILLEGAL.. you can not find anywhere on comcasts website the real prices of internet, only their special sale prices that go up from 100 to 600% at a later date. No more of this bullshit, honest prices prominently displayed. no Contracts allowed in any way for any reason.

Agree, the free market cannot work under circumstances such as these.
Service contracts makes sense, if the company is putting something in the ground and, hence, wants to make sure you remain a customer for a while before they undertake the investment of connecting you. But once connected and no physical work is involved it makes no sense.
Either way, special sale prices never makes any sense, and wouldn't be allowed in many other countries, because it's dishonest and doesn't facilitate competition.

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

jopsen Re:uhhh.... (319 comments)

I do believe that Sweden is on a dangerous path when they prosecute artists for hate speech (who draws the line).

Courts draws the line...

But to be honest, freedom of speech is somewhat more limited in Europe than in the USA.

Mostly it's only corner cases... Like special laws about special events.
By the way, under the human rights article 12: "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary ... attacks upon his honour and reputation."
That is I have right not to have false accusations made against me.

I'm pretty sure the US doesn't tolerate people inciting violence and terrorism, which is likely what this is all about.

about three weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

jopsen This is twisted!!! (319 comments)

Of course, we have to take away freedom of speech in order to protect freedom of speech, don't you get it? Duh....

They are not talking about censorship... Nor are they talking about people making bad cartoons...
They are talking about videos encouraging young extremists to up arms against innocent civilians.

This is perfectly reasonable, one is not allowed to encourage criminal activities. We often tolerate bloggers encouraging people to disregard speed limits, disregard copyright law, or participate in civil disobedience, etc... But if you encourage murder, terror, violence, it is perfectly reasonable to prosecute you.

Note, free speech, does not imply speech without consequences. It is not okay to incite violence, perpetrade fraud, spread false rumours about people (UDHR Article 12). Also speech crime does not equal censorship.

about three weeks ago
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Google Sees Biggest Search Traffic Drop Since 2009 As Yahoo Gains Ground

jopsen If you had selected something... (155 comments)

leave the existing people alone, mmm'kay?

If you had chosen a search engine it would have... Only the default changed.
IMO, I don't see a way to do this painlessly...

Either way, I've actually started using yahoo in Firefox, and barely notice the difference.

about three weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

jopsen Re:Why didn't they take them alive? (490 comments)

Actually, the reason to take them alive would be to gather information about their network.

Assuming there is one... Granted assault rifles and bullet proof vests aren't easy to come by (in Europe). This still isn't at a level of sophistication that indicates the support of a larger organization.

One question that is left on my mind is how much did French intelligence know up front; did they know about the assault rifles...
Not that I would expect them to catch every terrorist and stop every crazy person; that is not realistic.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

jopsen Re:"free" education costs too much (703 comments)

In my state they made preschool "free". Within the year the tuition costs tripled from previous levels that were flat the previous 5 years.

Why doesn't the state negotiation favorable terms.. Or if institutions refuse to do so, launch their own institutions.
Most preschools, boarding schools, universities, child care institutions in my country are self owned (not-for-profit) institutions. The government rarely/never works with institutions that has private financial interests (read investors, stockholders, owners).

Either way, aren't state schools not-for-profit self-owning institutions (or state owned)? I ask because I don't know.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

jopsen Hydrogen atoms can't pay... (703 comments)

That's the only definition of "free" that exists. Even the sunlight isn't "free" by your useless definition. How many innocent Hydrogen atoms died to light your day?

If you look down in the corner of the horizon you'll sometimes see a little note with the text: "Your daylight is brought to you by God Inc." :)

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

jopsen Wow... (703 comments)

As usual, it's poor people providing subsidies for the rich.

Rich people pay more in taxes... If not, maybe you should address that... But let it be a separate issue.

I'm constantly surprised at how Americans manage to see the bad in every government service provided. In most other modern countries services such as this is what enables poor people to climb. It's the thing that reduces negative social heritage (you have a lot of that in the US)..

Note, just because a government makes it easier to climb out of poverty does not make it trivial. I've never been poor, but because tuition and living expenses was covered for me during university, doesn't mean I didn't have to work hard to earn a degree.

about three weeks ago

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