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IIRC, it was a similar accounting change that outed all the retirement liabilities corps had buried in their footnotes.

Water Cooler / Wave of states look to pass $15 minimum wage laws in 2019
« on: February 16, 2019, 07:44:05 PM »

But wait, the dismal science weighs in....

After Winning a $15 Minimum Wage, Fast Food Workers Now Battle Unfair Firings - The New York Times

"The Times discusses several examples of people who were dismissed for what look like small offenses. These firings aren't inexplicable or arbitrary. They are the predictable consequence of a binding minimum wage in a competitive labor market."

TL;DR: Employers are culling the herd.

Water Cooler / Graph: 30 yrs of US federal public corruption convictions
« on: February 16, 2019, 02:53:06 PM »
Interesting, but needs adjusting for population, imo.

Confronting the Approaching Demographic Explosion in Africa - SPIEGEL ONLINE

To see the A/B tests running on any given website you visit, you can download a Chrome browser extension called Pessimizely that will reveal everything that Optimizely is facilitating, from advertisers experimenting with which ads to show you to the New York Times testing out different headlines.

A/B testing rules the web. That could be a serious problem


Rats, Public Defecation And Open Drug Use: Our Major Western Cities Are Becoming Uninhabitable Hellholes

Monetization / Redefines Pay-to-play
« on: February 11, 2019, 03:37:36 PM »
Bumble now lets users pay to bring their profile to the top of the match stack - The Verge

Water Cooler / Welp, my house has become sentient.
« on: February 11, 2019, 02:22:30 PM »
It was a slippery slope....

(1) Installed the Alexa network.

(2) Installed Ecobee smart thermostats because they had remote sensors. Alexa was on board, but it was a nuisance and not used.  I did name the thermostats by their location; upstairs and downstairs.  Wife controls them by phone app or manually.

(3) Installed Hubitat for smarthome lighting & water control. Later, I activated the Alexa program module which extended voice control to the smart devices.

I knew that Alexa was threaded through all of these systems, but never tried to establish control of the thermostats outside the phone app. (As mentioned elsewhere, the WAF is *high* on these Ecobees and I don't have to do jack with them, so I purposely don't get involved.)

This morning, the upstairs hvac was set on air conditioning from last night.  The temperatures dropped overnight and we needed to switch to heat.  Wife didn't want to get out of bed and was too groggy to open her phone to the app.  I don't have an app see above don't have to do jack  So I just told the bedroom Alexa "Set the upstairs thermostat to heat."  And it did.

That was both awesome and creepy.

The battery cell cost is apparently the biggest factor that pushes the cost of the platform higher and Tesla claims to be leading the industry on that front.

According to the report, Audi and Porsche could delay the PPE in order to improve the cost and be competitive with Tesla.

This is a reality check for legacy vehicle manufacturers. About 2 months ago, I saw a statement by VW's chairman-- nevermind, found it.
VW's chairman says even small electric cars aren't going to be cheap Quartz

Water Cooler / 288 million sq ft
« on: February 10, 2019, 12:59:35 PM »

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