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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

kenh Re: Here we go again (482 comments)

Do you think that phrase had never been uttered before 1986? That the Wizards in the marketing department invented it out of whole cloth?

Perhaps, just perhaps the marketers took an infrequently used phrase and repurposed it...

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

kenh Re: Here we go again (482 comments)

Are there equal proportions of men and women in EVERY profession in Seattle? I suspect not, yet the wage disparity cited by the actual article is about the disparity between the two GENDER averages, it does not take into consideration things like similar job, similar education or experience, etc.

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

kenh I just read the article (I know, novel idea here o (482 comments)

It isn't about 'lower pay for women working the same job as men', I quote:

Census reports show that Seattle is the fifth whitest big city and getting whiter. It also says that pay equity has declined as Amazonâ(TM)s grown; says Politico, âoeWomen in Seattleâ¦make just 78 cents for every dollar earned by menâ¦down from 86 cents in 2012.â

'Women' versus 'Men' - no mention of positions held or even I dustry worked in, just gender average vs. gender average...

Can we all just take a deep breath and realize men and women SOMETIMES have different career priorities and make different choices, and that does NOT qualify as gender discrimination, it's simply an easily quantifiable manifestation of their different choices...

2 days ago
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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

kenh Re: Who knew? (61 comments)

And what if EVERYBODY follows Google's travel advice?

3 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

kenh If the generating cost is... (498 comments)

... Equal to the retail price of conventionally generated electricity ('economic parity'), then why are utilities being forced to buy excess electricity from customers with solar panels at a premium price (cost plus)?

3 days ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

kenh Re:More Smoke and Mirrors (104 comments)

The gas taxes should cover the cost of required infrastructure, no more.

Think about the taxes on cigarettes that also pay for children's health care... if they worked and everyone stopped smoking, where would the money come from for children healthcare?

4 days ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

kenh Fidndishly simple, really... (104 comments)

The current e-rate system is not needs-based, they lavish funds on every applicant that can navigate the application process - the answer isn't MORE money, it is in targeting the money to districts with real needs.

Additionally, there needs to be comprehensive auditing of current expenditures... wasn't it e-rate that paid for carrier-class routers for a rural school district a couple years ago?

They are treating education like it is a cow you are trying to medicate - to medicate a cow you need to pour a crazy amount of medicine into the cows mouth, because it is not the first, second, or third stomach that absorbs the medicine, it is the fourth or fifth - the massive dose is needed so that adequate medicine makes it to the proper stomach.

I'd rather see wealthy districts be cut off from erate, expenses get a closer review, and then, if needed, increase funding. I'm not aware of the government refusing requests because of a lack of funding, the real question is why aren't 2/3rds of schools requesting the funds in the first place?

4 days ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

kenh Re: Compromise combos don't work (219 comments)

"In fact a good laptop and a good tablet will cost less than a surface."

A Surface 2 (running Windows RT) costs $449 - I question the quality of a 'good' laptop and 'good' tablet you can get for less than $449...

A Surface Pro 3 starts at $749 - list price, less in qty. - that gets you close to 'good' laptops and tablets.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

kenh Re: Nonsense (219 comments)

School under Education License agreements pay about $34/year per desktop for the current OS, current edition of Office, and CALs to access Exchange & SQL Server (both also current edition)... And all that goes with it (Active Directory). The only 'gotcha' is that the computers need to have some form of current Windows OS (as low as Win 7 Starter if buying new hardware).

about two weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

kenh Re: News For Nerds? (401 comments)

the bill would have to make it past Harry Reid's desk for any Senator to be able to stop it - but it is Harry Reid alone that decides what falls off his desk into the Senate.

And no, the other 369 bills are not to repeal Obamacare, some are, the vast majority are not... Like the three bills that attempted to end the Democrat shutdown of the US gov't that Harry Reid wouldn't let be debated in the Senate... But remember, it's the GOP that is the 'do noothing' party, because, well Harry Reid says it is...

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

kenh Re: Yeah, right... (458 comments)

By that same logic, so are Canadians - assuming everyone is cool with equating nationality to their continent, not their nation of origin...

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

kenh Re: Yeah, right... (458 comments)

Guyana - isn't that where Papillion escaped from?

Isn't that where Jim Jones took all his followers when they left San Francisco?

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

kenh Re: Yeah, right... (458 comments)

Companies can only hire those minorities that apply, and no one thinks companies should hire unqualified applicants, do they? Of course not.

So the datapoint I want to have is this - for every minority critics argue is 'under-represented' in IT I'd like to know what percentage of that minority have graduated with college degrees in the fields they are being 'under-represented' in. While blacks, as an example, may represent 20% of the population, do we know that there are sufficient black college graduates to staff 20% of all existing IT positions?

about two weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi A+ Details Leaked

kenh FTFY (141 comments)

"One downside of the A+ is that it still has only a single USB 2 connector."

"One downside of the A+ is that it still has fewer features than the B+ version."

about two weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

kenh Re: News For Nerds? (401 comments)

Republicans are in control because the Democrats in the Senate are afraid to even try passing a bill that MIGHT get filibustered? Sounds to me like the Democrats are letting Republicans be in charge out of fear. Back when I first started following politics one party would sweeten the bills until a few members of the opposition would vote in support of the bill, now the Democrats would have us believe that unless Democrats control the House, the Senate AND the Oval Office they are incapable of doing anything except through executive orders. (Don't argue that Obama has had fewer Executive Orders than Bush, it isn't the number that counts - if FDR only had ONE executive order his entire term in office, but it was the internment order that put Japanese, Italian, and German citizen in detention camps, it still would be an abuse of executive orders)

Reagan NEVER had control of both the House and Senate, yet he was able to accomplish a lot, as was Bush '43 and Clinton also learned to work with the opposing party - this President uses phrases like 'elections have consequences' and then watched as he lost the House in 2010 (and never got it back).

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

kenh Re: News For Nerds? (401 comments)

Well, originally the office of Vice President was separately elected - you can, and we often did, have a Vice President that ran against the President in the election.

Imagine if that were the case today, we could have Obama as President and Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney in the VP spot... That would be fun to watch...

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

kenh Re: News For Nerds? (401 comments)

The people that fund them don't expect "governance", only compliance.

Of course, that applies not only to 'fat cats' but also the 'millions and millions of individual donors' that helped Obama suck nearly a billion dollars out of a failing economy so HE could get a job that he (arguably) was ill-prepared for...

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

kenh Re: News For Nerds? (401 comments)

If the poor paid any taxes, they'd see their taxes cut also...

I would like to see one simple rule implemented at the federal level: no one can collect more from the IRS than they actually paid in - if politicians want to cut checks to low-income families, they should fund that out of the budget, rather than monkey with the tax code.

Many of the 47% that pay no federal income tax (despite having an income that causes them to file a return) actually profit from the tax code, getting refunds in excess of what they paid in during the year.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

kenh Re: News For Nerds? (401 comments)

Simple fact - you have to actually pay income taxes to get any benefit from so-called 'loopholes'.

47% of Americans pay net zero income taxes each year - that's a pretty big 'loop hole' - they pay nothing, and many profit from the tax code, collecting earned income credits for children, etc.

How many non-1%ers benefit from the home mortgage interest deduction? That's another big 'loophole' (which, by the way, is capped - only the interest on first million dollars of mortgage is deductible, and it covers not only your primary home, but also a vacation home, a motor home, and/or a boat you can sleep on. How many non-1%ers enjoy the 'loophole' on their boat or RV?

Every 'loop hole' was passed as a way to encourage/stimulate a particular activity - long-term interest income is taxed at a different rate than regular income to encourage investing - increasing the tax will, wait for it, suppress long-term investing.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

kenh Re: News For Nerds? (401 comments)

Which republicans want Obama to me harder on whistle-blowers and increase control of the press? On it's face it's a ludicrous claim.

In your world Republicans want this administration to go after whistle-blowers in the IRS scandal, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, etc?

about three weeks ago

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MPC can't process Warranty Claims

kenh kenh writes  |  about 6 years ago

kenh writes "Something has gone horribly, horribly wrong at Gateway/MPC. Here is the very short version of my experience: Dec. 2005 I bought a Gateway Convertible laptop with a 3-year warranty. Oct. 8, 2008 I call MPC, who has taken over warranty calls for Gateway systems (they apparently bought the professional services arm of the company) I'm told part will ship next day. Oct. 20, 2008 I call back, find out where my part is (I had said Ground was fine for shipping), found out the warehouse shipping system had "been down for a week, it just came up, and the part will ship by Wednesday". Oct. 24, 2008 I call back, am told the part is out of stock, call back Wednesday, we should have a better handle on the inventory/ETA. Oct. 29, 2008 I call in, only to find the warehouse hasn't shipped anything for almost two weeks, the part is in stock, and the call center staff has no idea when the part will ship (the system is still down), it could be another week or so. Now, this is bad, but since my average wait time for each of these calls is around two hours, I have to believe I'm not the only customer in this situation. I'm wondering if any here knows the answer to what's going on at MPC?"
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Trouble in iTunes Paradise

kenh kenh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kenh writes "Universal Music, responsible for one out of three new tunes released in the USA, has decided not to renew it's current 12 month contract — yet.[NYTimes Link] The dispute opens the possibility that Apple could lose the ability to offer Universal music for sale through iTunes, and that Universal could take it's music library to another seller. It is unclear what impact this possible change might have for iTunes customers that have bought Universal music from iTunes and need to re-load their iPod/computer if the deal is not renewed? Presumably Apple would have to keep any song ever sold on it's servers in perpetuity."
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kenh kenh writes  |  more than 8 years ago

kenh writes "For years my father has gotten along the Information Superhighway with just an i-Opener and an Earthlink account, but the internet has moved too far ahead of his burned-in-ROM browser to be useful tohim anymore (and dial-up is a bit slow these days). Anyway, while investigating various options (Apple Macintosh, Knoppix Linux/Ubuntu Linux with USB key file storage, WebTV) none are very appealing for various reasons. What, o fellow Slashdoter's are the real options today? The criterion are: Dial-up support, no update/anti-virus/etc pop-ups, and no software "update" downloads, support for PDFs, Flash, Javascript, etc. to accomodate modern websites. The i-Opener was 'foolproof", if things went wrong, you could just shut it off and try again, everything I see today lacks that ability (to varying extents)."

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