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Comment: One more reason why admission tests == bad idea (Score 1) 114

Mandatory testing specifically for university placement is the bigger problem. It forces people to take paths that are unsuitable for them, just because "the test said so". For that, I applaud the person filing the FoI and hope that none of the snark, redaction, or delays gets in the way.

The Abitur is simply a part of a flawed system where a few mandatory test scores divine out the rest of your life. On the other hand, the US system doesn't have these flaws - it allows more people to receive higher levels of education.

Comment: It's not about [sports term]. (Score 1) 442

Not when law firms like Cohen & Grigsby would rather stack the deck against citizens.

There are plenty of smart US citizens, who hail from many cultures and walks of life, that are qualified for such work. Their only problem is that they're US citizens, which throws your sports terminology out the window.

Guest workers are a problem by their own existence - as they attempt to claim a shortage while creating a larger surplus.

Comment: Wouldn't be a problem for Shuttle or DreamChaser.. (Score 1) 78

by sethstorm (#49450473) Attached to: SpaceX To Try a First Stage Recovery Again On April 13

Instead of trying to use Apollo-era designs, how about using something that is designed specifically to fly itself down? The Shuttle and DreamChaser addressed this problem quite well. Piloting a can doesn't work too well when you're going downwards.

When sanity prevails and Shuttle-like designs come back, perhaps space travel will improve. Until then, it's 1960's rehashes all around.

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 1) 442

That's disingenuous in the very least - these companies are familiar names in the guest worker "body shop" space - which is the actual use of guest workers.

When guest workers aren't used as an endrun around conventional markets, you might have a point. Until then, it does matter where the person is born.

Comment: Filming police in Texas may soon be illegal (Score 2, Informative) 489

by MillionthMonkey (#49441279) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"
Speaking of Texas, a bill has just been introduced there (HB 2918) that prohibits filming the police within a radius of 25 feet, unless the person filming is a member of the "news media"- defined as an employee of 1) a newspaper that publishes at least once a week, 2) a magazine that publishes on a regular interval, or 3) a TV or radio station that is licensed by the FCC. Filming the incident yourself and forwarding the video to a newspaper, magazine, or TV station would make you guilty of a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a 180 day jail term and a $2000 fine.

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 1) 442

(Yes there are companies that do nothing but scam the system, but they aren't the big names in TFS.)

So Satyam, Infosys, and the like aren't "big names" in guest worker fraud?

And, besides all that, would you rather compete with the same guy living in the US, with US cost of living, or compete with him with the cost of living of his home country?

Given the rampant fraud, how about none of the above - where the least-qualifiable citizen is put ahead of every international? The large amount of long-term unemployed would be a better and more honest source of labor.

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 1) 442

Generally, employers have less rights over the employees, and they are more restricted in what their contracts can stipulate, compared to the US and the UK.

Unfortunately, it is also rife with permatemping and abuse of zero-hour contracts(even if less so than the UK).

If third-party representation were a strict choice of the applicant (where they could take any job without any requirement to be represented by an agency), that might fix things.

Comment: Re:Curiously (Score 4, Insightful) 49

The government isn't simply "too big" or "too little", as if it's either one or the other. Some parts of the government have atrophied while others have expanded and become tumorous. Dealing with health care and commerce is usually a government's job anyway, unless you want to live in Somalia.

"It's ten o'clock... Do you know where your AI programs are?" -- Peter Oakley