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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

unixcorn Yes, they are (477 comments)

I want the flexibility to make my own rules with my employer. Sure, I am on call but I make $40K more than my peers so, to me, it's worth it. I also expect to go home at night and order from 24/7 websites so I am guessing other employers require some of their workers to be on call like me. It's not perfect but I own it, not some government douche who thinks he is doing me a favor.

about a week ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

unixcorn Look out cable and satellite providers. (323 comments)

While I admit that Netflix and the like aren't perfect, I can easily justify three or four of them at $8-$10 per month instead of the $150 I current pay for my satellite service. My current service has 300 channels of shit and the movie channels run the same movies over and over. At my house we constantly joke about Dantes Peak being on at least 5 times per month. So yeah, there is much to be desired and when the studios get beyond their greed and figure it out, we will have a better system.

about three weeks ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

unixcorn Campaign Promises (234 comments)

As a candidate for a local school board, I decided not to accept any money for my campaign. Easy to do in a local election, I get enough exposure in the paper and at candidate forums, but not so easy to do on a state or national level. We have created a system where, it seems, the more dollars a candidate can raise the better their chances of getting elected. Let's stop the madness and make it illegal to take any (or spend any) money for a campaign. Rely on media coverage as they must give equal time and allow a personal website and whatever other social media that is free. That would certainly eliminate the temptation to do what Yee did and might help to bring in new blood.

about three weeks ago
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

unixcorn Candidate (392 comments)

I am running for a school board seat in my local community. I am a vocational school graduate with around 25 years of experience in the IT/Programming field. I have been a network guy and a DBA and I can code. I am running against college graduates who continuously tout what this article is trying to refute so it was a refreshing read. After reading the comments as well, I am left wondering why, as the article states, would there be a cycle of over training in the first place? Also, how would I use this in my campaign effectively? STEM is the rage, along with the achievement gap, so how best to articulate this without coming off as a loon?

about a month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

unixcorn We do this already (914 comments)

A convicted felon, even once they serve their sentence, is still a pariah in the US. Their record follows them so they can't get jobs, they are shunned by society and in some cases they are put on lists so neighbors can keep their kids away from them. I think we do a pretty good job of torturing criminals for their entire lives, while we wonder why the recidivism rate is so high. As a caveat, I have to say that our "correctional" institutions probably don't do much real correction so the guys on the lists probably need a watchful eye on them.

about a month ago
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Study: Happiness Improves Developers' Problem Solving Skills

unixcorn They got it wrong... (91 comments)

It's not happiness that helps problem solving skills, it's using their penis (for sex) that helps.

about a month ago
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White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

unixcorn Why pay more? (578 comments)

We get that you love your government funded health care. That's great. Unfortunately, as a citizen of the US, my opinion is that I favor private medical care with zero government intrusion. As a free man, I am able to make my own way and make my own decisions relative to my body and health. Why should I have to pay for someone who doesn't give a shit about their body? Smokers, heavy drinkers, drug addicts, all would be covered under a government sponsored policy. So all my hard work; going to the gym, eating healthy, moderating means nothing to my bottom line because I am stuck funding some asshole who simply wants to take. So who is the greedy one here, me or the jerk I have to subsidize? As an aside, let's analyze Social Security. I am 51 years old and all I have heard for the last 20 years of my working life is that I probably won't see a dime. If our government can't run a simple retirement program without fucking it up, how are we supposed to trust them with trillions in medical care dollars? Can you imagine the expense of managing that? I shudder every time I think about it.

about a month ago
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Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

unixcorn Not me (341 comments)

"Everybody" won't be wearing Google glasses because I never will.

about a month ago
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California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

unixcorn flow = pressure/resistance (362 comments)

Why not simply lower the water pressure by 10% to curb water usage?

about a month ago
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California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

unixcorn Contest (362 comments)

I might take the water use comparison as a challenge and try to use the most water. Isn't more better?

about a month ago
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US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

unixcorn Bullshit (357 comments)

This isn't funny. The US is still free despite our speeding toward socialism as our current regime completely ignores rules of law. Your tired rhetoric about CEO's or the rich shows just how ignorant you are in your understanding of the real world. The only thing separating rich from poor today is confidence in the system. The fact that both rich and poor are still investing, working and going about their daily business shows that we still believe in the system. The alternative isn't pretty and probably means a collapse of our infrastructure. At that point suddenly a food cache becomes wealth and all the walls and expensive shit won't be worth a damn if you're hungry.

about 2 months ago
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Feds Grab 163 Web Sites, Snatch $21.6 Million In NFL Counterfeit Gear

unixcorn Who is it really costing? (133 comments)

From the article: "Counterfeit goods cost the global economy an estimated $250 billion each year. More than 1.2 million jobs in New Jersey, 900,000 jobs in Colorado and 1.2 million in the state of Washington depend on IP intensive industries meaning counterfeits have a direct impact on the economy in the home states of both teams and the host of the Super Bowl."
How, exactly, do people purchasing a good cost the world economy anything? Someone makes a product and another person buys it, viola, you have an economy where none was before. What they really need to say is that counterfeit goods are costing some rich sports agent and their marketing team who prey on the simpletons who elevate athletes to superstar status. That would be the truth.

about 3 months ago
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Midwestern Fault Zones Are Still Alive

unixcorn Re:So obvious (115 comments)

We are all shills for something. It seems you are a shill for some sort of environmental group. Do YOU get paid to post your opinions? Face it, nobody really knows what fracking is doing if anything at all.

about 3 months ago
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Regulations Could Delay or Prevent Space Tourism

unixcorn Article Translation (186 comments)

This has nothing to do with safety, the government hasn't yet figured out how to tax these excursions so they are delaying their approval.

about 3 months ago
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Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High

unixcorn Ignore It.... (846 comments)

I am sick of hearing about global warming or climate change. It's like worrying about the sun rising tomorrow. Since there isn't a damn thing I can do about it, I choose to ignore it and hope it goes away.

about 3 months ago
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Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

unixcorn Voyeurism (510 comments)

Sometimes I wonder, when I am having sex or pooping, if my relatives in heaven can see what I am doing. I mean if there is an after life and we really do go to heaven to watch over our loved ones, what's to stop them from seeing me doing the nasty? Would that be considered metadata? Between the NSA and my dead relatives, all of this watching is really disturbing.

about 3 months ago
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Heat Waves In Australia Are Getting More Frequent, and Hotter

unixcorn The sun is the cause! (279 comments)

I can see the fingerprint of global warming in the sky every day.

about 3 months ago
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Building an Open Source Nest

unixcorn Cold zones (195 comments)

I just bought a new thermostat. I really wanted a Nest because of it's cool factor however, I ended up buying a Honeywell. First, the Nest isn't as advanced; for example, the Honeywell has some features that allow me to run the fan periodically throughout the cycles. It also allows me to add an additional "slave" thermostat and average the temperature between my upper and lower levels. While the Nest allows you to view multiple thermostats in a single interface each stat required separate HVAC systems. The Honeywell also comes with a remote control that sense the temperature where you are sitting and will adjust the set point to make you comfortable. The bottom line is that sometimes new and cool isn't as good as tried and true when you actually do some research.

about 3 months ago
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How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

unixcorn Blow up doll. (150 comments)

So they have a device to mimic the sea in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland which is next to the sea. It seems to me they could be better served by simply taking a boat out and training with the real thing. This is like having sex with a blow up doll while your wife is in the bed next to you.

about 3 months ago
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Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

unixcorn Citizenship? (409 comments)

According to my employer, workers from overseas that are in the US and want to become citizens require lawyer time which isn't cheap. The article didn't mention whether the person from India was coming permanently or if the position was temporary. If it wasn't an H-1B (temporary) position then the lower wage might have been justified based on the cost of bringing the person over and the subsequent costs associated with sponsorship.

about 3 months ago

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Coffee Pot

unixcorn unixcorn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

unixcorn (120825) writes "About six months ago I bought a new Mr Coffee drip coffee maker with a timer, a thermos style carafe and auto shut-off. The timer was broken right out of the box and it takes forever to brew. Besides growing a beard while waiting better than 30 minutes for my morning java, the carafe doesn't keep the brew hot enough. I have finally had enough and am going to buy a new, top of the line drip coffee pot. I couldn't think of a better place to ask for advice in this endeavor than here at /. where we all need a pot of go-go juice in us just to look at our monitors. Does anyone know what the best home brew system is? Thanks!"

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