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Comment: Left unmentioned about smart guns (Score 3, Insightful) 576

by MikeRT (#47901669) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Is that none of the politicians demanding them, most of whom are big city liberal politicians, are saying "well if we had smart guns, of course we'd let all law-abiding citizens carry in public." It's just a measure intended to further lock down legal gun ownership disguised as a way to keep criminals from using stolen weapons. Even though theoretically smart guns should make it easier for police to account for gun crime, the people pushing this aren't going to let up because their goal isn't even really to balance freedom and security.

Comment: I have a more effective method (Score 1) 124

Tell them that the leadership has had it with this culture and will start directing the Inspector General to arrest employees who behave in this fashion and charge them with defrauding the federal government. Throw their ass in prison, don't fire them. Contractors get charged with defrauding the federal government and it's no better when a federal employee does it, especially when overtime is involved.

Everyone bitches about fraud, waste and abuse, but the majority of the people who'd unleash the various OIGs and FBI on the civil service are on the right. The moment that, say, a President Rand Paul ordered the OIG to decimate the workforce of the USPTO via prosecutions, you'd have every moderate and left-wing leader howling about how he's "anti-government" and this or that. How the poor civil service is under fire from those evil right wing, corporation-loving conservatives and libertarians.

Look at the VA. The only people who want to bust the VA hard on the right.

Comment: The dealership model is broken (Score 1) 149

by MikeRT (#47889461) Attached to: Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

What dealerships should be demanding is that all car add-ons can be quickly assembled on the fly by their service people. That way, all the car company sends them is a vanilla model and the dealership can quickly upgrade the vehicle to customer taste. There should be only one fully loaded vehicle on the lot any time: the demonstration model. If dealerships could get that worked out and improve their reputation for treating customers, they might have some relevance in the future.

Comment: It would be less of an issue (Score 3, Insightful) 249

by MikeRT (#47840249) Attached to: IT Job Hiring Slumps

If companies were greatly limited in how they can hire foreign workers and even outsource. With the news that all net job growth since 2000 went to immigrants the real question is how many H1Bs are actually doing exceptional work versus simply being cheaper? I bet if we outright eliminated the H1B visa and added some padding to the O visa (exceptionally talented, rare skill sets) we could free up several hundred thousand jobs that should be going to Americans.

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit noted that when his local government in Tennessee cracked down on immigration violations, suddenly businesses that relied on low and unskilled workers had to find ways to entice young black workers at legal wages to take them. Guess what? Black unemployment dropped even though not a whole lot of jobs were actually created--if any. It was simply a political matter of forcing businesses to obey the law (imagine that).

The solution is aggressive immigration control, especially deportation of most immigrants at this point. Legal or illegal, doesn't matter. We don't need them. Our country is demonstrably not better off with them, especially the lower skilled ones (in fact anyone who supports mass immigration of lower skilled/unskilled immigrants implicitly hates the black and lower class white communities).

Comment: I don't know if misogeny is entirely a lie (Score 1) 1262

But I do know that the way most SJWs wield it would, in a civilized society, result in civil and criminal action for defamation. Most of it is just a way of saying "you disagree with me, therefore you are a bigot." That isn't harmless speech. You are attempting to destroy someone's stance for the non-crime of a disagreement.

Comment: Did the fall of the Soviet Union (Score 1) 375

by MikeRT (#47727329) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Mean Russia gave up its nuclear arsenal? This title is a very stupid question. The rest of the UK is not going to give up the nukes because Scotland wants to secede, and Scotland will turn them over if it wants to ever have military cooperation from the rest of the UK, let alone the Five Eyes countries and probably NATO.

Comment: Learn the tools (Score 1) 548

by MikeRT (#47722333) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

The best tools in a language's ecosystem will free you to actually use the language as intended. With Maven that's certainly the case. Once I committed myself to spending a few days really learning how Maven worked and trying various scenarios with it, I almost cried at how much opportunity cost I'd incurred from sticking with Java IDEs in the past before Maven was built in everywhere. By freeing me from Jar hell, making testing as easy as following a convention and "mvn test" and stuff like that, it got 75% of the drudge work out of the way immediately, leaving me to actually learn Java.

Comment: Oh it'll happen... (Score 3, Interesting) 727

by MikeRT (#47714887) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

The day that the various desktop environments decide to cut out the middlemen. When I can go grab an official KDE install disk that gives me a polished KDE experience with the latest kernel and Wayland from, that's the day Windows will start really hurting. Then I can say to my relatives "Linux? Just go get KDE" and there'll be no confusion anymore. If it's KDE compatible, it's KDE compatible. Load the binary, off you go. Just like OS X and Windows.

Comment: Bears repeating (Score 1, Insightful) 126

by MikeRT (#47614021) Attached to: Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

For those inclined to make moral equivocations between the NSA and the Russian government, both do what the NSA got caught doing. The difference is that the US Government would have the FBI kicking in this gang's door with a SWAT raid if they were Americans, whereas Putin is probably chuckling right now if he's reading about this.

Comment: Want more profit? Just do right by the customer (Score 1) 234

by MikeRT (#47564865) Attached to: Comcast Confessions

I don't know any Comcast customer who has had a positive experience with their customer service. I also know some who've had Comcast blatantly disregard the details of their contract with respect to price and features a few months into a 12-24 month contract. Frankly, what Comcast needs besides competition from more companies and municipal broadband (via utilities) is a few strategic arrests of employees and executives for fraud. Put a few of their guys in prison for fraudulent business practices, and I'll wager their billing and sales people will wake the f#$% up and do right.

Comment: The saddest part (Score 1) 75

by MikeRT (#47519727) Attached to: Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

Is that Verizon probably knows there's a market for this from market research...

After what's come out about corporations having to feed the surveillance beast, anyone who opts in should be subjected to having their house and cars wiretapped in perpetuity by the NSA with a direct feed to the FBI as the price for their nonchalance toward surveillance.

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