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Comment Re:What if LinkedIn did this without asking you? (Score 1) 319

I can kind of see that argument, but remember that there are also headshots on the site, so it's unlikely that someone will pick a 40 year old to play a teenager, or some similar age mix-up. At most, I think that it should be left to each actor whether to display their age or not, or perhaps even give a range of ages they can play. I'm not sure why imdb dragged their heels on this.

It's not really pointless if you think about the process. A producer is considering a bunch of unknown actors that they've seen on imdb. They see the headshots, credits, etc and determine that the actors seem suitable for the part. Do they have the time to go digging around google to find the age of each actor? Especially if they're unknown, the information is probably even harder to find. They will most likely just forget about real age, move along to the next phase and invite them for an audition, or whatever.

Comment What if LinkedIn did this without asking you? (Score 1) 319

To everyone slamming California and "Hollywood" for this, how would you feel if your profile on LinkedIn or any other employment site posted your age without you having any choice about it? And what if those profiles were created without any participation on your part? I see people on Slashdot complaining about ageism in the IT industry all the time, and they don't even have to deal with something like this. IMDB is basically an employment profile site for people in the entertainment industry, and it's the dominant site in this regard, much more so than LinkedIn for other professions.

Comment Isn't that all the videos that are worth watching? (Score 4, Insightful) 193

Sexually suggestive content, including partial nudity and sexual humor; Violence, including display of serious injury and events related to violent extremism; Inappropriate language, including harassment, profanity and vulgar language; Promotion of drugs and regulated substances, including selling, use and abuse of such items; Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown."

Isn't that just about all that is worth watching on Youtube? What's going to be left if these creators move away or stop creating new stuff? Cat videos? Unboxing videos?
Sounds to me like another case of a corporation killing the goose that lays golden eggs.

Comment Re:Vote for Jill Stein and Gary. (Score 1) 528

Right, the same media that used every opportunity to slam Bernie Sanders should be trusted in what they say about Jill Stein and Gary Johnson?

I have not yet seen anything about either Jill Stein or Gary Johnson that makes them a worse choice for president than a lying, corrupt, blood-thirsty warmonger and an out-of-control, impulsive, blowhard liar.

Comment Outrageously short service life for updates (Score 4, Insightful) 190

I still think that two years of updates is outrageous forced obsolescence that is prematurely adding electronic garbage to landfills. They should be forced to provide updates for 5 years. I'm seriously considering going back to an iPhone on my next phone upgrade, despite all the concerns I have about them too. They at least support their hardware for around 5 years.

Comment Regarding using cards in Rio (Score 1) 71

I visit Rio frequently. My cards have been hacked twice there, I believe both times from swiping the magnetic stripe at the handheld terminals used in restaurants, shops, etc.

My rule now when I visit is to NEVER use a magnetic stripe at one of those portable terminals down there. ATMs are generally ok, especially if you check for skimmers, cover your PIN, use ATMs in bank lobbies, etc. Using a chip card at a portable terminal should also be ok, but I generally try to just use cash there whenever I can.

Comment They are trying to scam YOU, so hit them back (Score 2) 347

I have returned small counterfeit or complete no-name imitations that were sold as the real item before. But then I realized that when a seller does that, they are basically trying to scam you and hoping that you won't do anything about it.

After realizing that, I just hit them where it hurts - give them a one-star rating of the vendor/transaction (not the product - remember that there are two different ratings on Amazon), and make clear on the review what the problem was. This will affect their ability to sell on Amazon, eventually.

The only time so far that I've had to do this for a small item the vendor refunded my purchase price and shipping without asking for the apparent counterfeit (and/or used) item back.

So remember, they're trying to scam you and get away with it - act accordingly!

Comment Re:read the polls (Score 1) 644

He has already moved Hillary to his positions on free college and universal health care.

Uh, no he hasn't. He wanted free public college/university for all, she is suggesting means-testing for this benefit. He wanted Medicare for all, i.e. single-payer universal healthcare, she is suggesting a "public option". He moved her slightly toward his positions. Very slightly - just enough to try to appease his supporters.

Comment Re:Appeasement (Score 1) 1718

Understood. As with many things today, idiocy grows and runs rampant through many (most? all?) larger organizations. I figure that it's related to the increasing fear of losing one's livelihood that American workers live in today. Why rock the boat by applying common sense to things?

It made me think of this quote:
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." -Upton Sinclair

Comment Re:Appeasement (Score 1) 1718

I'm really sorry to hear that you had this bad experience. Unfortunately as with everything else nowadays it seems, FedEx can afford the lawyers to word their applications just right so as to toe the line and not violate the letter of the law, and/or they can afford the lawyers to fight off any lawsuits if they go past that line. If the questions related to being able to perform physical duties like you would presume jobs with FedEx would involve, I would imagine that they were legit.

It might be interesting to try to apply again just to see if they still ask the same questions and perhaps sneak a photo of the questions. If they are doing illegal stuff or just on the edge, social (and traditional) media are the most powerful weapons that common people have against corporations anymore.

Comment Re:Appeasement (Score 1) 1718

Interesting, that link refers to a "disability discrimination act", which appears to possibly be a superseded UK law:

It's strange because that appears to be a US website, but who knows where they pulled that information from. Apparently the US ADA does allow health questions, but only once an offer is made and if the information is specifically needed with regard to performing that particular job. However, I'm not an employment lawyer, so perhaps I'm oversimplifying it.

I still stand by what I said before though. Most jobs should not ask these questions, and this should not discourage anyone from seeking treatment.

I accept that improper questions are likely asked all the time, but it's important for people to be informed and stand their ground if they believe it is the right thing to do and they can afford to do so.

Comment Re:Appeasement (Score 1) 1718

I see, I had never heard of that being asked before. I searched again and everything that I find so far seems to say that employers are not allowed to ask your health, with a few very job-specific exceptions (ex: if the job requires lifting 50lbs every day, they can ask if you are capable of doing that). Apparently the law that limits these kinds of questions is actually the ADA:

If I were asked this on an interview, I would try to politely decline to answer. Especially if they asked for mental health history. I wouldn't want to work at a place that asked that anyway. So going back to your original point, people should not avoid mental health treatment for fear of questions from potential employers. Employers that ask these types of questions are opening themselves up to a lawsuit.

Comment Re:Appeasement (Score 1) 1718

Had to reply to this, because it is inaccurate. The US has a law called HIPAA which severely restricts access to any medical information:

Also, see what findlaw says about what health information an employer can request from you:

Medical Records: When relevant to the job, employers may require a physical examination. Otherwise, medical records are confidential.

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