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Comment Re:We need UNIONS in IT (Score 1) 636

With out them we can be replaced by contractors and it's the contract firm that is the one useing the H1B's

At the end of the day the customer always decides the demand. Not the other way around. In this case the customer is the employer and if he can find a way to find someone just as qualified for cheaper he should be rewarded for this. Are you really saying you do not have the skillsets as someone with no plumbing and language barrier issues who is fresh out of school?? If so the problem is you.

Companies hire Americans because we know more and are right there with better business processes and the employer is willing to pay extra for this. It is capitalism.

No, it is neo-liberalism.

The notion of "the market" as an impartial arbiter of price rests on the concept of "perfect competition"; that is where all players are essentially equal and none can unduly influence price. What neo-liberalism has given us is situation where a minority of wealthy players can distort the market to their own advantage. This is particularly true in the labour market, where outsourcing/off-shoring is being used (in countries like the UK, as well as the US) to create a cheap (and compliant) workforce. Quality is an afterthought, if it's considered at all.

Comment Re:Too late (Score 1) 156

That may be true with a small session, or a minimal number of open tabs. Yet, with a large session|many tabs, FF becomes unresponsive regularly (CPU Spikes) and there's almost nothing you can do to make it release RAM, except for closing the browser. FF's CPU usage also spikes on launch 30-50% on a quad core with a large session, even when only a single tab of a given window is loaded on launch. The CPU usage also spikes whenever you manage tabs (move|close).

Compared to almost any other Browser FF lags badly in terms of resource management, including IE11, and Blink-based browsers (Chrome, Opera, etc). It also doesn't seem to matter what branch of FF you use, they all are horrible at resource management (FF Nightly 32bit or 64, WaterFox/64bit, FF Dev 32bit (previously Aurora).

And yet there are lots of Firefox users, like me, who never experience the issues you describe. Firefox is my main browser. I use it heavily all day, every day, and haven't had memory or CPU problems in years. I suspect that a lot of the reported Firefox resource issues have more to do with the combination of extensions/plugins that people have installed than Firefox itself.

Comment Re:This ex-Swatch guy doesn't have a clue (Score 1) 389

The Apple watch presents no threat to such Swiss watches, any more than a Tesla car presents a threat to Porsche.

And back in 2007 you'd be telling us the iPhone would present no threat to BlackBerry. And before that you'd have told us that the iPod would pose no threat to other mp3 players. The sheer amount of fault predictions that Slashdot nerds have made about Apple are hilarious.

And back in 2007 few people had even heard of Android phones, which now outsell iPhones 5-to-1 worldwide. Who knew?

Comment Re:Everywhere (Score 3, Insightful) 247

I live in Luxembourg, Europe and last month we jailed a guy for 9 months for a Facebook rant. ---

(CS/mth) Two Luxembourg nationals on Thursday were found guilty of sending death threats to immigrant rights activists Serge Kollwelter and Laura Zuccoli, with one of the men sentenced to nine months in prison.

Well ranting and threatening to kill somebody are two different things. The former is not normally illegal. The latter is illegal pretty much everywhere, regardless of whether you do it on the Internet or not.

Comment Re:This is not a mindshare all (Score 1) 319

Agreed. Having read a fair bit on node.js I've struggled to find anything more than a lot of hype (mainly based on the flawed assumption that what works in the browser will work equally well on the server).

I found this article - The emperor’s new clothes were built with Node.js - an informative (and entertaining) read.

Comment Re:My lists (Score 3, Interesting) 353

A couple more for Firefox:

BetterPrivacy - Deals with "super cookies"
HTTPS-Everywhere - Transparently turns HTTP requests into HTTPS requests for sites that support it

TableTools2 - Sort, filter, copy, etc. table data, even if the web site doesn't support it
Vimperator - Not for everybody, but if you use vi as your editor this adds a lot of keyboard goodness to your browsing experience.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 47

Reading comprehension.

They have made updates to the spec. Those updates make devices following that spec harder to hack and allow internet access.

Except that nothing is "harder to hack" than a device with no network connectivity; something that gets forgotten in the Internet of Things hype. Your toaster really doesn't need to be online, no matter how good the spec is.

Comment Re:The real question is (Score 4, Interesting) 52

besides the obvious filtering of content, will Google also be limiting advertisements and tracking of kids searches?

I would imagine it will be targeting adverts at kids, and tracking just as much.

A more interesting question is "how will Google determine who is a kid?". Will adults have to login to get the grown-up version, and prove that their login really belongs to an adult by providing, for example, credit card details?

Now you have tracking that's worth big money to marketeers.

Comment Re:I agree (Score 1) 111

Money Laundering Laws... pretty much EVERYWHERE

Mod parent up! In fact, in many jurisdictions payment processors are required by law to monitor for and report "suspicious" payments. Individual staff can be held liable, and go to jail, for not doing it.

And cash is no answer. Large cash withdrawals count as "suspicious".

Comment Re:we ARE different (Score 1) 355

The "Race and Intelligence" article has the following cautions at the top:

This article's factual accuracy is disputed.
The neutrality of this article is disputed.
This article may be unbalanced towards certain viewpoints.

Not exactly a convincing support for your argument

Comment Re:512-bit self-signed certs (e.g. DD-WRT) (Score 5, Insightful) 237

Not only that, but they fucking maintain their own DB of certs instead of relying on the OS. So I can install and trust a cert on my machine (or everyone's machine by policy) but Firefox won't fucking play by the rules. You have to find and use an obscure tool just to manage certs for Firefox. No thanks, assholes.

IMO Firefox are doing this right. Having known good copies of the major root certs bundled with the browser is a strong defense against MITM attacks. I've worked in more than one organisation that was doing MITM on their staff's SSL sessions (unknown to the staff) by silently pushing "trusted" DIY certs to the workstations by policy. Chrome and IE swallowed this without complaint. Only Firefox complained that I didn't in fact have a secure session with, for example,

Comment Re:Keys to the kingdom ... (Score 5, Interesting) 183

The scary thing is these guys either don't understand, or don't care, about how much they're undermining the rest of the law and society.

Sure they care. They care a lot. They just don't care in the way that you care. They care about whether their efforts to maintain the status quo succeed. That's it. But undermining the law is very much part and parcel of that maintenance. The people running our countries are career criminals and if the law were to catch up with them, they would be in trouble. They must continually erode the law, or they will be labeled as what they are. Thieves, crooks, con artists, frauds.

This article tells you all you need you know about the establishment's reaction. From TFA:

"The report also reveals that the two killers had been investigated seven times by different agencies and that MI5 cancelled surveillance of one of the murderers, Michael Adebolajo, just a month before the attack."

But the report then concludes that MI5 (and the other security services) are blameless and it's all the fault of some Internet company. Simultaneously whitewashing the security services failure and justifying (in their minds) further cranking up of mass surveillance.

Comment Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (Score 1) 197

Capitalism (private ownership and operation of property) in a free market system (system free of government intervention) has proven to be the best system for generating profits while improving the overall economy for all people involved. People tossed out the free market and they are trying really hard to toss out capitalism as well, they saw all the wealth generated in a free market capitalist system and believe that that wealth is gained somehow immorally, however I argue that making profits in a capitalist free market system is the most moral way to run an economy.

Except that isn't the case at all. As eloquently demonstrated by Ha-Joon Chang (economics professor at Cambridge University), the "free market" is a myth. Every market has its rules, it just depends which set you are playing by.

There is ample evidence that the rule set favoured by "free market" proponents enriches a small minority at the expense of everybody else. That doesn't make for a healthy (or moral) society.

All great discoveries are made by mistake. -- Young