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Comment Attention whipslash! (Score 1) 62

This is a great example of a story which will never yield any meaningful discussion. One one side we have people ignoring the tool in question and making rants about 'SJW' culture or jokes about racism and sexism. On the other side we have those trying to actually discuss the tool, but being undermined by people who can't get past the languages being used, and how they are 'hipster'-ish. The number of comments actually pertaining to this tool will be woefully small, especially compared to the off-topic comments.

This is a great demonstration on how hot-button topics will derail any discussion. It sure was easier to discuss technology on Slashdot when new languages were not overtly popular and equality and tolerance were not discussed. I guess those days have past.

Comment I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 38

Bush and Christie hitting one-time Senator Rubio out on lack of experience when Bush's Texas governor brother took the white house in peacetime with a balanced budget and in a boom and left with two wars, the worst economy since the Great Depression, and history's largest deficit. Then a one term Illinois Senator took that and is leaving office with low unemployment, a lower deficit, and a good economy. They're nuts.

Not that Rubio is any more sane.

Comment It's pretty obvious what happened to them (Score 4, Insightful) 198

The company forced them to train their replacements, who are non-citizens brought in to the do the same job cheaper because the utility is run by people who apparently feel it's fine to sell out their own countrymen to make a buck.

I don't know what's so mysterious about this. It is what it is. The only question is what are you going to do about it?

I have a really simple solution. Abolish corporate taxes in their current form and replace them with a head count tax. Every US citizen is, say, $1000/year. Every legal immigrant is $2500. Every foreign national abroad, including contract workers on outsourced work, gets a fee of $5,000. If at any time, more than 25% of your work is either performed by subsidiaries or outsourcing firms based overseas that has a sales or some other nexus into the US, you pay FICA on your global workforce including contracted employees.

So carrot and stick. A big, incredibly sweet looking carrot and a stick that has nails driven into it because we want to make the choice obvious.

Comment Re:News for Nerds (Score 1) 246

The problem with generalisations like yours is that it only takes one nerd who uses Windows 10 to prove you wrong. Just one. One single Windows 10-using nerd and you are incorrect. As it is, there are plenty, so you might want to think about not using such basic, childish logical arguments in future.

Comment stars (Score 1) 88

Probably massively distorted by stars who accept all friend requests and serve as hubs.

Basically, when you make such a rule, you should have some kind of minimum standard for what qualifies as a "connection". If you bring it down to FB standards, which basically is "I once saw you from afar on the street", the distance is minimal. In real-world terms, if you actually would use "once saw you on the street", I'm fairly sure even for large cities the average would be something like 1.8

Comment Re:Does it affect functionality at all? (Score 1) 566

Most of us work in situations where data is either privileged from a business perspective or legally protected. Even if actual private data is not being collected, patterns and routines can steal lead to actionable leaks. In as much as we expect to remain competitive and work within the law, potentially this does effect functionality.

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