Posts Tagged ‘ask’

This “Ask Jeeves” Billboard Asks “Where Does the Bay Bridge Troll Live?” – The Answer Involves the Residence of Jaxon Van Derbeken

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Ya dig? ‘Cause dude’s been trolling that horribly-managed bridge project (just keep scrolling down – down, down, down) for a while now:

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(Hey, did you know that that troublesome cable-stayed tower is merely decorative? Pretty much. I’ll tell you, the original, lower-cost “freeway-on-stilts” proposal is looking better and better as the years roll by…)

OMG, the Official Frank Chu Reddit AMA is Set for Friday, Feb 7th at 2:30 PM – Ask Him Anything

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

See?

All the deets.

Fake Frank Chu meets real Frank Chu, Halloween in the Castro, 2006:

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Does CA Really Need a “Social Media Privacy Act?” No Matter, SB 1349, the Job Interview Facebook Password Law, is Here

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Uhhhhhhhhhhh, I’m not going to articulate myself on this one.

But you, you go right ahead, feel free to tell your buds what you think. (But first, please email me your FB account names / passwords, and your intimate photos and whatnot.)

All right, off you go:

“California Senate Approves Social Media Privacy Act - Yee’s SB 1349 will prohibit employers, colleges from seeking Facebook, Twitter passwords

SACRAMENTO – On a bipartisan 28-5 vote, the California Senate today approved legislation authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) to stop employers from formally requesting or demanding employees or job applicants provide their social media usernames and passwords.

Yee’s bill also prohibits public and private colleges and universities from requiring such information of students.

The bill comes after a growing number of businesses, public agencies, and colleges around the country are asking job seekers, workers, and students for their Facebook and Twitter account information.

“I am pleased by today’s overwhelming vote to end this unacceptable invasion of personal privacy,” said Yee. “The practice of employers or colleges demanding social media passwords is entirely unnecessary and completely unrelated to someone’s performance or abilities.”

In addition to the privacy of students and workers, accessing social media accounts may also invade the privacy of family members and friends who thought they only were sharing information with their own social media network.

“These social media outlets are often for the purpose of individuals to share private information – including age, marital status, religion, sexual orientation and personal photos – with their closest friends and family,” said Yee. “This information is illegal for employers and colleges to use in making employment and admission decisions and has absolutely no bearing on a person’s ability to do their job or be successful in the classroom.”

“SB 1349 is a significant step towards securing Californians’ constitutional right to privacy, both online and offline, in the workplace and in school,” said Jon Fox, Consumer Advocate for CALPIRG.

“If employers are permitted to access the private information of job applicants, unscrupulous hiring managers will be given greater leeway to circumvent anti-discrimination laws,” said Joe Ridout of Consumer Action.

Rather than formally requesting passwords and usernames, some employers have demanded applicants and employees to sit down with managers to review their social media content or fully print out their social media pages. SB 1349 will also prohibit this practice.

Shannon Minter, Legal Director for National Center for Lesbian Rights, said that the practice of requesting social media passwords is the equivalent to reading a personal diary, and also LGBT employees, job applicants, and students already face significant obstacles when applying for schools and jobs.

Minter said that SB 1349 helps ensures individuals are “judged by their qualifications and performance, rather than elements of their private life.”

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law professor Lori Andrews, who specializes in Internet privacy, told the Associated Press that these practices even when given voluntarily should not be allowed.

“Volunteering is coercion if you need a job,” Andrews told the AP.

Johnny Veloz, an unemployed photographer, told KCRA Sacramento that he was asked for his Facebook password during a recent job interview. Veloz was denied the job after refusing to provide the information.

“For me, that’s rude and it’s not respectful,” Veloz told KCRA. “Someone has privacy and you expect them to respect that.”

Yee’s bill would also prohibit employers and colleges from demanding personal email addresses and login information of employees, applicants, and students.

SB 1349 will now be considered by the State Assembly before heading to the Governor.”

And oh, if I ever crafted a “social media privacy act,” I can just about guarantee you that Facebook WOULD NOT LIKE IT. Not one bit.

Just saying.

Senator Leland Yee and Board President David Chiu Making National News in Mayoral Race: RCV for You and Me

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Bloomberg News reporter Alison Vekshin is all over our upcoming race for Mayor.

See?

“San Francisco Mayor Candidates Ask to Be Voters’ Second Pick in New Ballot: http://t.co/8eD33pU

Here’s the new approach, from your state Senator, Leland Yee:

“I will not just simply ask individuals, ‘Can I be your first choice?’ because they may have favorites,” Yee, 62, a Democrat and California state senator, said in an interview after the July 27 campaign stop. “This then gives me an opportunity to ask, ‘Well, what about second choice and third choice?’ The approach is a departure from conventional elections, where coming in first is what counts.”

And here’s how Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is doing it.

On It Goes…

Hey What Up, Chevron – Why Are You Still Asking Me For My Digits at the Pump? Isn’t That Illegal These Days?

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Apparently not.

Michael Finney explains it all.

Toyota recommends 91 octane for my unpimped ride, but 87 is allowed as well so that’s something to think about when you pump $101 of the precious juice at $4.09 per… (And actually, your car as well can handle 87 octane just fine. I know you might disagree but, unless you’re cruising around in an aging Porsche 912 or something, you’re wrong. You’re also a sucker as it costs just two cents more per gallon to make 91 octane. But the markup is what, 1000 percent? Something like that, sucker.)

So, all apologies, Chevron. I shouldn’t have ever suspected you all of doing something illegal or anything.

AskMen.com Ranks San Francisco a Top City for Men, Then Gives Bad Advice

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

AskMen.com, that advertising-choked, Internet laddie magazine home of Jessica Alba, BeyonceMegan Fox, and Scarlett Johansson, today announced the results of its “Top 29 Cities for Men to Live In“, ranking San Francisco third-best.

Well that’s par for the course for SF, CA, but what about their advice concerning where to go and what to do? It seems more appropriate for my grandmotherthan a swinging young AskMen man. But you judge for yourself, below.

A couple of drinks for thirty-something dollars at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel atop geriatric Nob Hill – is that any kind of date for a laddie?

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Anyway, here’s their advice:

Can’t Miss: Taking a date for martinis at Top of the Mark

To Avoid: Avoid the Tenderloin district like the plague, lest you actually catch some

Tipping: Gratuity is going to cost you; 20% is considered the bare minimum

San Francisco Bay also features Alcatraz prison, known as the inescapable “rock.” Take the ferry out to what is now a museum, which gives riders a picturesque view of San Francisco’s legendary Golden Gate Bridge.

For the record, the crowd at the Top of the Mark skews older [UNDERSTATEMENT MODE= OFF] to put it mildly, plague is associated with neighboring San Mateo County (not San Francisco’s Tenderloin, which youths would find much more entertaining than Snob Hill), and 20% is considered an average tip around town. 

All right, maybe Askmen’s advice would be good for your skinflint grandpa, the one who has never heard about Alcatraz. You know, the one who never tips more than 10% (of the pre-tax total, of course - he never would base his tax on the total bill, oh no).

Fine. But youthful laddie mag readers might not want to rely on Askmen.com.

Just saying.

Read all the gritty nitty and see which burg topped the list, after the jump.

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