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Comment: Re:I'd like to see a permanet disney 'evil counter (Score 3, Interesting) 229 229

I work for another company that has been doing this sort of thing for a long time. But instead of laying off employees and bringing on H1B's, they are bringing on recent college graduates that are also only H!B's and then making working conditions unbearable until the old timers here just leave out of frustration. There is such a high turn over rate here that we have all but stopped acknowledging when people leave. I am currently training 2 people and an expecting a third and I have to do this in addition to all other tasks that are assigned to me.

I miss the days when I could go to a first round in-person interview and get the job before walking out of the door. I am looking, but I am not having so much luck.

I think the problem is that many silicon Valley companies are employing these same sorts of strategies. Driving down wages by bringing in H1B's. Its like the management team reads in a business journal how all their competitors are doing this and they think that they have to do it too to keep up with the jones'. I think this is unethical and at worst, probably of questionable legality. theH1b program was designed to provide workers to supplement the workforce here because there weren't enough engineers to fill available positions. Now, the system is being used to replace engineers here with cheaper labor. This is not consistent with the intent of the provisions of H1b.

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 1) 204 204

When you say that PC gamers don't have higher quality hardware, I have to assume you are talking about children.

What do you think is the primary driver for new PC hardware purchases? The answer is games as it has been for at least a decade.
People don't buy the newest most expensive hardware to run their word processors on or to watch youtube videos. They don't buy it to run their spreadsheets on or to browse the web. People who are serious PC gamers are the ones that drive the demand for newer and better hardware. Unless you are running some serious server infrastructure out of your home, if you are buying the best and newest hardware, there is a very good chance that it is for gaming.

People that complain that PC gamers don't have better hardware than the current flock of consoles really don't know what they are talking about. It may be that their friends are not as serious about gaming or maybe their friends aren't old enough to have jobs that allow them to be able to afford hardware upgrades. That being said, the last PC I had ran more than 5 years without any hardware changes at all and there was not a moment in time during those 5 years when any available console at the time could keep up with it. I ended up upgrading my system when my GTX280 finally game out.

Not a hater here. For a while I also bought every console that came out. Recently, I decided that since I was hardly playing any console games. My PS3 is mostly a dvd/blueray player and my wife and I played dr mario on the wii-u until we got bored of it. The xbox 360 gets powered one maybe twice a year because one of our friends kids want to play on it. That, in addition to the fiasco around the camera/always on listening devices nonsense that happened at release time solidified the idea that I didn't need the newer generation of consoles.

Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 686 686

Russia collapsed under its own weight.

When i was growing up, it was always referred to as the paradigm of guns vs. butter. Russia was not able to both feed its nation and maintain the increasing size of the military and the military arsenal.

It isn't that we didn't put on a good show. We kept the competition fierce for a while on the amount of nuclear weapons. But Russia basically fell apart from the inside and not really from something that we did.

Comment: Re:So let me get this straight (Score 1) 686 686

No, He actually read each one and only took documents which showed that the NSA and the intelligence community was doing things which were illegal, unethical or unconstitutional. He didn't just grab a bunch of random classified secrets and hand them off to a civilian organization with no thought or care at all.

You are thinking of Bradley/Chelsey Manning.

I don't want any of our people to get hurt or die in the process of doing their jobs. What's more important to me is that our people aren't asked to do illegal or unethical things in the first place. This way, we don't run into situations where we have to choose between a bad thing and a worse thing.

Comment: Re:So let me get this straight (Score 4, Insightful) 686 686

He did go through the proper channels. He did bring this to his supervisors.
This fact is left out a lot of the discussions.

It is only when he was ignored that he took it a step further. Maybe if more people knew that he actually did try to go through the proper channels first without success, they might have a better understanding of the situation and a better opinion of Snowden.

Comment: Re:So let me get this straight (Score 1) 686 686

I don't recall voting for National Security Director.
I don't recall voting for domestic spying programs.
If you way these systems were put in place by people we elected to represent us in the government, then they are clearly failing to represent us and need to be removed. Since at least 7 or the last 8 presidents we have had have presided over governments where questionable spying has occurred, I'd say the fact that we actually vote for president has only a marginal effect on whether we can be blamed for unethical and unconstitutional domestic surveillance that is going on or has been going on for more than 40 years.

Also, not a millennial. Snowden is a hero to this country. I think when people actually understand what he did and why and the actions he took to get there, they usually agree. Its the people that believe the force fed propaganda from the intelligence agencies are the ones that tend to have an less that stellar view of Snowden.

Comment: Re:Here's a better idea (Score 1) 678 678

Agriculture in California happens primarily in the central valley. That is an arid part of the state would pretty much be desert if the water wasn't piped in there. So yea, if they want to claim the groundwater before any other water is piped in then I expect that the central valley will dry up in the next few months and no one will have any water. The reason they have water now is that they are allotted water rights over a certain amount that is piped in from other places.

Free markets would mean that they would get no water and they would have been stupid to create a agricultural business in the desert.
Free market is not the answer to every business question.

Comment: Re:the real traitors (Score 1) 200 200

It could be reasonably said that these are symptoms and signs of an encroaching government which in many many cases historically has been the beginnings of a movement of government to an authoritarian government. Do you want until the military is marching in the streets mandating a curfew before saying that maybe whats going on right now is starting to look like we are headed toward that. It may not end there but it can certainly and reasonably be argued that it might be headed in that direction.

Comment: Re:the real traitors (Score 1) 200 200

You can argue all you want about whether it is a police state or not. I tend to think these are things that are indicative of a police state but not necessarily the definition of one. But the problem here really is that the NSA's charter explicitly forbids them from domestic surveillance. Explicitly. They are using loopholes, questionable workarounds and network routing tricks in order to bypass those explicit restrictions. If that isn't against the law, it is most certainly against the intent and the spirit of the law.

Comment: Re:Overrated (Score 4, Insightful) 200 200

Wrong. His audience is everyone. The intellectual minority and the nerd ragegasm that has been going on since this first happened has had little to no affect on actual policy. The only way these things are going to change is if the public at large understands what is going on. A few intellectuals and a basket of pseudo-intellectuals can easily be ignored and/or silenced. People need to be able to identify with what is going on and understand in a personal way how it affects them personally.

For those of us who do get what is going on, we have already known most of this for the past year and half. In order to get others on board, you need to speak to them in a way they can understand.


Comment: Re: Educating Snowden (Score 5, Insightful) 200 200

Here is where I disagree:

If they don't understand what Snowden is telling them well... their fault. Let them face the consequences of their choices. Call it Darwinism or whatever you prefer.

If not enouh people understand this and get on board, then we ALL suffer the consequences. This nonsense isnt going to change from just bit of nerd rage that we have in the community. As any public speaker will tell you, you have to speak to people in a way that they can understand. The point of disseminating information to the public isnt to show them that you know the intricacies of it. It is to get them to understand what it is so they can make educated decisions about it.

You forget that the majority of the population and/or workforce is not involved in IT, computers or information security. they have little if nay understanding of surveillance and governing laws. They probably do not have much reason to ever think about what facebook is doing with their quips and baby pictures. But if you speak to them in a way that they can understand you, then they will more likely share your concern.

Comment: Re:How is bigotry a good thing? (Score 1) 1168 1168

A hate crime doesn't prevent you from thinking anything. It prevents you from acting on it and hurting someone based on your own stupidity.
A hate crime isn't when you dont like someone and dont open the door for them going into a building. A hate crime is when you hate someone so much that you go and beat the crap out of them or kill them not because of something they did to you but because of things about themselves that they cannot control. like who their parents are, where they were born, or who they choose to love or associate with.

Its really sad when bigots play the victim. Attacking someone over race, sex, orientation only says something bad about you and not about them.

Comment: Re:Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 1168 1168

The difference in racial bigotry & homosexual bigotry is the former is forbidden by a matter of law, something the later does not enjoy.

So what you are saying is that you think it is ok to discriminate against someone based on their ethnicity, race, sex, whatever but you dont do it because those are protected groups and it's against the law? Are you one of those people that thinks that anyone who is not religious and does not have gods law to protect them from going out and murdering and raping people at random?

Seriously? The only reason that you don't discriminate is because it's against the law. And then you wonder why we need these laws.

Businesses have the right to refuse service. Is it discrimination if the bank refuses to give a loan to someone who walks in wearing smelly rags pushing a shopping cart?

There are these things called fairness in lending laws. If that smelly dirty bum looking person can prove that they have the financial means to repay that loan, then the bank should and would make a loan to that person. If you are afraid of someone a little smelly, you probably have never come home after working a blue collar job.

Comment: Re:WWJD? (Score 1) 1168 1168

You think KKK members would purposely choose to go to a bakery owned by a group they hate and ask them to make a cake depicting that hate?
I think your scenarios is pretty ridiculous.

Once again though. a business that serves the public must serve the public.
The only exception i can think of here might have to do with being asked to create something that depicts something illegal. an illegal act or an illegal organization.

Torque is cheap.