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Comment: The federal government has no jurisdiction (Score 0) 482

by MikeRT (#48632503) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

What Colorado does inside their borders is their business unless it violates an enumerated power. The Supreme Court can, and will, say whatever it wants on the matter, but the fact is that interstate commerce doesn't apply to marijuana that is bought, sold and used within a state's borders. If Texas wants to authorize the manufacture and sale to Texas residents fully automatic weapons with grenade launchers, the ATF cannot constitutionally stop them either. If California wants to legalize ritual mutilation of unborn kids at abortion clinics, that's their right as well. Interstate commerce does not apply.

Comment: There's no peaceful and tolerant way out of this (Score 1) 579

by MikeRT (#48625711) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

The only way to end the "better safe than sorry" stupidity that results in all sorts of cowardice and mayhem from cops shooting on the slightest hint of "I was afeered for muh life" to this is to brutally punish that mentality in court in a very public way. Let the Sony shareholders financially rape the executives who reacted hysterically to such a non-threat. Start putting cops in prison for decades or death row left and right the way ordinary people would. Heck, when one someone starts advocating fundamentally subversive to the Bill of Rights legal changes, charge their ass with sedition and lock them up.

People tend to rediscover common sense when the penalty for choosing to not use it is swift and severe.

Comment: Radical thought here (Score 4, Insightful) 307

by MikeRT (#48593573) Attached to: Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

How about you just let these "seasoned programmers" test out of the introduction classes and jump directly into the non-intro classes? Can't have that, though, as that would promote inequality further by giving them a chance to take sophomore level classes as freshman. Oh the humanity...

Comment: Of course... (Score 1) 699

by MikeRT (#48548675) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

It has apparently never occurred to publishers to band together and fund the creation of a system for buying content at dirt cheap prices using something like ACH transfers to keep the transaction costs low. How about a one-click purchase model where you pay $0.50/article or $3 for all content published that day? Nah, couldn't do that. That would require someone to say "this isn't working, let's try finding a new way to sell this stuff."

The reality, though, is that you'd never get them to realize that opening it up to all publishers, even prominent blogs, is a great idea. They'd never be able to fight their political biases and elitist views on new media and blogs to make a content sale system capable of replacing advertising.

Comment: Leave the employers alone (Score 2) 398

by MikeRT (#48546853) Attached to: Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Put the heads of Google, Facebook, Apple, etc. in prison for violating 15USC:

Every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, is declared to be illegal. Every person who shall make any contract or engage in any combination or conspiracy hereby declared to be illegal shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $100,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $1,000,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.

Send a few dozen Silicon Valley darlings to prison for a decade over the wage price fixing scandal and I bet H1B interest will collapse.

Comment: No, you're not barred (Score 4, Informative) 720

by MikeRT (#48542833) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

A felony can only delay a security clearance because the only relevance a felony has to a security clearance is whether it shows a fundamental character issue making one insufficiently trustworthy. That's fundamentally what they want to find out in a background investigation. Can we trust you? That's why a guy who's 40 with a felony charge for selling drugs but can show he's been a cleaned up citizen for 15 years can probably get a clearance but a guy with no criminal past who's had an affair on his wife or two in the recent past cannot hold one.

Comment: What's wrong with them? (Score 2) 254

by MikeRT (#48531877) Attached to: Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

So what's wrong? It's one thing to accidentally have (things that can be seen as) sexist texts in a product but the idea that correcting that is somehow wrong is unbelievable idiotic.

Are you stupid or just pretending to be stupid? The issue is that there was an established technical reason why commits like that shouldn't go in. He enforced the rule and then called an asshole among other things demonizing his character. If you think this is acceptable, especially from a Vice President of a company (Cantrill is a Vice President according to Wikipedia) then I don't know what to say except that your social skills make Linus Torvalds look like he's ready to ghost write an etiquette book for managing teams.

Comment: Joyent unfit to lead them? (Score 5, Informative) 254

by MikeRT (#48530629) Attached to: Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

You think? You treat a core contributor like this and then wonder why he steps down and leaves? The best part is that when they announced his departure they're like "yeah, uh we totally respect him and his amazing contributions now please respect our wishes and stop bringing up the fact that we are a bunch of SJW tools who treated a major contributor with less respect than Linus Torvalds treats people who intentionally crap all over his code base."

I've shown this crap to coworkers who were interested in learning Node and their reaction was "W...T...F..." that's how they treat their community?

Comment: Because infrastructure "doesn't matter" (Score 1) 516

by MikeRT (#48465555) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Because our elected officials love to talk about public infrastructure, but as long as the decline isn't so bad that it's killing people left and right and causing a riot as a result, they don't care. Witness the complete lack of interest in Newt Gingrich's SHIELD Act which would have spent $100B on anti-EMP measures. EMP bursts could kill more people than a nuclear blast due to starvation and exposure in winter. Did anyone care? Nope.

Comment: Occam's Razor (Score 1) 454

by MikeRT (#48457079) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

If they really were looking for the high skilled, highly productive people they claim they need by the battalion, they'd be beating the drum to expand the O1 visa program and they'd be lying, cheating and stealing their way into monopolizing its pipeline. That they are going H1B is proof that their needs are, well, mundane. Facebook might love to have a labor force that's all good enough to work on HHVM and other cool, skunkworksy projects. Truth is, they don't. Most seasoned American web developers could easily jump in and work on their core products.

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759