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Aug 17, 2015 spaceapple commented on What You Need to Know About the New York Times' Amazon Story.
I worked for Amazon in 2000 as a seasonal customer support representative (Before they shipped all those jobs to India) It was one of the worst jobs I've ever had.

My experience was similar in many ways to the articles I've read recently-- even after you had the job, they made you feel like you had to work to keep the job ( which was weird, because it was only a 3 month contract) They constantly showed me metrics about how efficient I was and how I could do better. If you were late 3 times you were fired.

There was a bonus we would get (like $200) if we lasted the entire length of our contract. At the end of my contract, they told me and about 5 others that we had done such a great job that they were extending our contract. Then they fired me a few days before the end of my *new* contract and didn't give me the bonus, because I was terminated early.

Fuck Amazon. With a P/E ratio over 800, the company is ridiculously overvalued, and I dream of the day the stock tanks.
Aug 15, 2015 spaceapple commented on Reader Survey: Is Astrology Real?.
I've always enjoyed reading FWA and agree with the other commenters that this is a shitty way to dismiss a longtime and much-loved contributer to The Stranger.
Jul 23, 2015 spaceapple commented on Seattle Wants to Increase Affordable Housing, But Its Rules Are Hard on Tiny Houses Like This One.
I rented out a cardboard box to a homeless guy, and he's fine with it. All he has to do is pay me $100, I don't care where it comes from, and he has shelter. It's so lame the city tries to ensure that housing conforms to a standard.
Jun 15, 2015 spaceapple commented on On the Spectrum.
Instead of changing frequencies, maybe it would be cheaper for theaters to put up shielding to block signals from coming in and out of the theater?
May 11, 2015 spaceapple commented on As of Today, Washington Has Some of the Most Stringent Stingray Surveillance Restrictions in the Country.
I suspect the real purpose of stingray use at the local level has nothing whatsoever to do with actual law enforcement.

The Intercept wrote about how drone strikes rely on stingrays to intercept GPS info from the target's phone. The agreement between local law enforcement and the feds is probably something like this: Police get to use the equipment to aid in their investigations, and federal agencies get the data in return, which increases the targeting accuracy of the drones. But national security secrecy trumps local LE, which is why cops have to drop charges rather than reveal info about stingray use in court.

That's my conspiricy theory anyway :)
Apr 16, 2015 spaceapple commented on Drastic Changes Are Coming to Washington State's Medical Marijuana Industry.
Fortunately, there is a well established black market which is immune to this bullshit.
Mar 7, 2015 spaceapple commented on I Went To See Cheryl Strayed at Benaroya Hall and My Shoulder Chip Came with Me.
This review was absolutely brilliant and fun to read. Bravo!
Feb 25, 2015 spaceapple commented on Coming Soon: Space-Based Reality Snuff TV!.
Like you won't tune in
Jan 14, 2015 spaceapple commented on Elon Musk Says "Maybe a Thousand" Seattleites Will Help Him Colonize Mars.
@10 -- you naied it with this: "engineers tend to assume that problems involving incredibly complex, dynamic, open systems are as simple as the closed, human-made systems they are accustomed to building and debugging."

Especially in medicine, this ignorance/arrogance is astounding.

That said, and while I have no urge to live on Mars, I really hope this technology makes progress. I think it would bring real optimism to the world, and hopefully shift our efforts more towards exploration vs spying on and killing each other.
Jan 11, 2015 spaceapple commented on Prices Fall as Washington State Weed Growers Produce More Pot Than Can Be Sold.
All these awesome medical MJ shops, and I can't buy from any of them, even though weed is legal. Our state is just dumb, dumb, dumb.

Note the absence of a legal delivery service, even though for awhile Winterlife demonstated how successful this approach could be. Some corrupt politicians are probably raking it in from the black market.