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Comment Re:Implement a 90% rule (Score 1) 514 514

H1-Bs are already supposed to be paid at least prevailing wages, but that's easy enough to get around when you can give them whatever job title you want and run wage surveys pretty much however you want. That employee that's essential to our basic functioning and oversees the technical development of our entire company? He's a PC Maintenance Technician I.

Comment Re:A Simple Retort (Score 1) 556 556

You have that a little wrong. God *can* (in principle) be proven. If the sky breaks open, choirs of angels break forth, a 10km-long arm reaches down from the skies and an 8km golden-haired, bearded face looks down upon humanity and utters words of unshakable truth...then God is proven.

Then again, that could just be very powerful aliens playing a practical joke on Earth. You know, sufficiently advanced technology and all.

Comment Re:The ACLU would have more credibility... (Score 1) 107 107

Yeah, when was the last time they took up a case about quartering troops in people's houses or made damn sure that suits at common law for $20 would be tried by juries? Oh, wait, you probably mean the second amendment. The one that already has the NRA standing up for it with twice the total budget of the ACLU. But if it makes you feel better, the ACLU has actually defended gun owners before: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04...

Comment Re:Wages as share of GDP dropping since 1972 (Score 1) 754 754

Is that before or after companies just can't happen to find an American candidate with 10 years experience in Rust and 15 years experience in Windows Server 2013 and fluent in 3 different foreign languages and willing work 80 hour weeks for $40,000 a year? But they can sure find some H1b visa candidate who's a perfect fit and a candidate in Elbonia who's even willing to undercut that. But the American worker is bad for wanting to put food on their table.

Comment Re:Healthcare.gov problems are real (Score 1) 516 516

If it were just the 4-5 times the number of unique visitors expected, then I'd say that it's probably just curious people trying to understand the mechanics for themselves. But if there's a 100,000 visitor spike for no good reason, yeah, that doesn't pass the sniff test.

Comment Re:I'm confused (Score 1) 516 516

Do you keep full insurance on a 20-year-old Buick? Especially insurance that covers every mechanical and electrical system in the car?

If a 20 year old Buick were dying on you, would you take it to the closest mechanic you could find as soon as humanly possible and not ask the price of fixing it or even if there was a realistic chance of fixing it? No, but that's because a 20 year old Buick going kaput isn't the end of the world. A 40 year old body going kaput very much is the end of someone's world.

No, that's the whole idea behind Obamacare. The idea behind insurance is that it is a personal choice to have it or not. Now it's just a tax that unfairly impacts young healthy people.

Young people get sick. Young people get injured. Young people do not have enough assets to pay for any kind of hospital bills. It can easily cost thousands of dollars just to get diagnosed with something, even if it ends up being a relatively minor thing. Do you know a lot of 20 somethings that can absorb that kind of hospital bill?

Then again, I'd much prefer single payer, because I'm not fucking insane.

Comment Re:Lots of tech addicts posted (Score 1) 534 534

Whether or not turning my phone (and presumably all such communication tech) off for a week would bother me depends on what's happening. If I'm specifically away on vacation, then whatever, doesn't bother me at all (other than maybe not having music to listen to). If it's a normal week where I might expect calls or text messages from friends, then yeah, it'd kinda suck to not have any idea what's going on. For better or worse, most people don't live within walking distance of all their friends, nor do most people want to just stop by unannounced.

Comment Re:My goodness (Score 1) 417 417

I'd say it's way more like a suspected bookie that's writing down bets in code. Maybe you've cracked some of the code to figure out that there's a bet on one page of a book. Using that, you're trying to get the bookie to divulge his method of encrypting all the books found in his office. The question is whether the bookie has to give you a) the code b) decoded versions of the books or c) nothing at all.

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)

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