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Comment The balance of value.. (Score 1) 128

So, to put this in perspective, let's think about the cost to hire a TSA worker to replace one you fire, vs. the cost to keep a bad one and "counsel" them, and print letters to send/give them to help them straighten up their act and flight right...so to speak.

I'm guessing it's "easier" to just "counsel" the employee, opposed to firing them and going about hiring someone else.

Any HR folks who can check my fuzzy math on this?

Bottom Line: The TSA may have a "values" issue, because in a "normal" security job, misconduct would likely get you fired on the first offense.

Comment Google giving the Business.. (Score 5, Informative) 105

One of my small clients was able to get Small Business Google Fiber installed this last year. After the struggles of getting the physical installation going, things have been very nice. They like it very much, the way they expected it. However...

Recently Google has contacted us to say our "introductory rates" will be ending the middle of 2017. They're moving to a 3-tier model for their fiber speeds. For $250 you can keep your 1 gigabit speed, for $150 (I think), you an go down to 250 megabits, and for $75 (or $100 maybe), you can go down to 100 megabits. If we don't update our choice by the end of July, 2017, they'll kick us down to 250 Mbps automatically.

So, with the price change, that means we'll have to pay, basically, double to maintain our 1 Gbps, otherwise we lose 75% of our speed to pay the same price.

Welcome to the "business."

Comment Let's not be fooled... (Score 5, Insightful) 1023

Let's not fool ourselves, replacing the minimum wage worker at McDonald's with a robot isn't a new idea. They've been working on that since the early 2000's. The increased minimum wage has been a slight, if not small, acceleration to the plan to do so.

Even when they were paying less than $8/hour, they were thinking they wanted to have a one-time-cost robot to do the work for them.

Comment All well and good... (Score 1) 125

Adding CS to the US K-12 system sounds all well and good, but I might suggest that they step up their game. The US K-12 system exists because manufacturers needed folks to work in the Industrial Age, manufacturing, who had more wanted people to work for them with more than an 8th Grade education.

Today's Knowledge Age employers need to not merely be asking for CS, they need to be asking for a Pre-K through Bachelors system to get the sort of workers they really want.

Comment A better solution.. (Score 2) 198

Since Lucasfilm/Disney would be better served by not having lawyers running after a good-will event like this, it seems like everyone might be better served if Lucanfilm/Disney would require them to collect a $1 entry fee, all of which is required to go to a charity. Now, no on looks like the bad guy, everyone has fun, and people get some help.

Comment It's funny...but.. (Score 1) 70

I joke about Liam having a cousin Mail who'll be assembling iPhones in the next building over, but if you can use Liam to dismantle the phones, anywhere in the world, why couldn't you soon use something very similar, to assemble the iPhone/iPad/iPod, anywhere in the world. (And suddenly, Apple was assembling iDevices in the United States.)

Yes, yes...I know, I know. It's far less complicated and easier to disassemble the devices than build them. You're not nearly as worried about damaged parts. However, I'm guessing that Liam isn't a dumb-robot, I suspect there's some programming in there for him to learn how to deal with devices in slightly different ways as it encounters something new.

Comment Re:Saber Rattling. (Score 1) 296

Not unlimited powers, but powers that are within their domain. For example a judge couldn't order Tim Cook to fire Ives, or require him to move the Apple HQ to Timbuktu. But, the judge can order the company to cooperate with a search warrant, which is within their rights under the All Writs Act, (when broadly read).

Comment Re:Saber Rattling. (Score 1) 296

Actually, a judge can compel US citizens to do things that are within their purview. This is effectively a search warrant, which puts it in the judges power. However, the law it's based on, the All Writs Act, is what's in contest for Apple. Broadly interpreted, the judge does have the power to compel this assistance, in the same way that a judge can compel someone to give testimony even if they want to plead the 5th, because they are guaranteeing immunity from self-incrimination. Failure to comply, means the judge can hold you on charges of contempt indefinitely.

Comment Re:Saber Rattling. (Score 1) 296

You are absolutely right. However, as long as their corporate leadership reside in the boundaries of the jurisdiction of the courts, they're subject to their court orders.

I think this would be something that Apple might take to crazy levels in its defense. Imagine if Apple has to stop selling products that have the type of encryption that's being perused here. Would they have to stop sell Mac's that have iMessage on them, as it too is encrypted?

Comment Making a statement... (Score 5, Insightful) 400

This might be the Olympic Year for countries, big and small, to make a statement to the IOC and the world. It's not just an issue for Rio, but other countries as well. And while it would suck for Olympic Athletes to skip this year, it would draw attention to an issue that even the US faces at home because of greed. Asking for clean drinking water isn't some special request that only the privileged should get, we need to consider it a human right.

The Olympics will only be there for a year, the change that the Olympics can have might have a chance to linger way, way longer. So, just how much is a Gold Medal worth compared to generations of clean drinking water?

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