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Comment: Begun, the Class Wars Have... (Score 5, Informative) 921

by Mad Bad Rabbit (#46357261) Attached to: Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

FTA: "You [i.e. rich hipster techies] are killing this city!"

It may have ostensibly been about privacy, but clearly it was also about resentment towards tech-industry aristos displacing everyone else,
with their private busses and their artisanal vodkas and fancy gadgets and most of all their ability to pay obscene rents and stay in The City
rather than commuting in from Gilroy.

Comment: Re:Overreach (Score 4, Insightful) 366

by Mad Bad Rabbit (#45870075) Attached to: The SEC Is About To Make Crowdfunding More Expensive

This is all about small time investors and the attitude that somebody with a spare hundred dollars is incapable of being able to make an informed decision about a potential investment opportunity.

Sounds more like the attitude that somebody with a spare hundred dollars should give the government $12 before they do anything else with it..

Comment: Re:Big Data (Score 1) 86

by Mad Bad Rabbit (#45653183) Attached to: AllSeen Alliance Wants To Open-Source the 'Internet of Things'

I can't believe I'm reading stuff like this from people on Slashdot of all places.

Why can't my washing machine/dryer/microwave send my cellphone an alert when it's done and I'm in another room?

Why can't I turn on the lights at home from the grocery store so I don't have to carry my groceries in while it's dark?

Why can't I turn on the jacuzzi during a rough day at work so it's ready when I get home?

... etc.

Why can't hackers turn my microwave/dryer/jacuzzi heater on when I'm not home and burn up the heating elements (and possibly my house)?
Why can't they open the blinds and windows while I am in my undergarments?
Why can't they set my fridge to 70 degrees and spoil all my food (then set it back down to normal before I get home, so I won't know until I eat the food) ?
Why can't they turn the sprinklers on and flood my backyard?
Why can't they make my lights randomly flash on and off at 2AM to annoy me (while the surround-sound blasts Barry Manilow and ignores my volume remote) ?

Comment: Re:At which point (Score 1) 504

by Mad Bad Rabbit (#45324949) Attached to: Feinstein and Rogers: No Clemency For Snowden

The reason why US politics is like this nowadays is because bribery is legal. ...To fix that and many other problems, we first need to get money out of politics

We can't get money out of politics when voters keep voting for whoever spends the most on television advertisements.
God forbid voters actually read about the candidates, from sources that don't just echo their current views back to them.

Comment: Re:H1B working as intended. (Score 1) 195

by Mad Bad Rabbit (#44978783) Attached to: Justice Department Slaps IBM Over H-1B Hiring Practices

A company's sole purpose is to increase shareholder value; as defined by the shareholders. Some companies include things beyond a financial return, or believe being socially responsible results in greater returns; but in any case they driver is still shareholder value and shareholders ultimately vote with their wallets.


A sane company's purpose should be to:

Provide a good or service that delights customers.
Make enough money doing it that they can fairly compensate their suppliers and employees.
Put most of the remaining profits back into long-term investments.
Borrow from (and repay) shareholders as little as possible.

We lost sight of that a few decades ago, which is why our economy remains in the crapper.
We won't be able to fix it until we realize that customers and employees are more important than short-term shareholders.

Comment: Re:Why is this news? (Score 4, Insightful) 156

SalesForce is a company. Their job is to make money for their share holders.

That attitude has been destroying the U.S. economy since the 1970's. The priorities of any sane company should be:

1. Provide a good or service that delights customers
2. Make enough money doing it to pay your vendors and employees fairly
3. Reinvest most of the profits in ways that will provide long-term benefit (capital upgrades, employee training, etc.)
4. If you are publicly traded, pay shareholders just enough that they don't dump your stock

If SalesForce were focused on the first three, then unless they're already at 100% market saturation, they could find profitable new tasks for those workers.
They have chosen not to, because "shareholder value" is more important to them.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.