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Comment: Re:Secret? (Score 4, Interesting) 175

I think that the only thing that was ever really "secret" about it was that its agents didn't wear uniforms.

The US Secret Service historically has carried 2 primary mandates. To protect heads of state and to protect the reputation of US currency.

Tells you where priorities lie.

Comment: Re:The Canadian middle class is dying out. (Score 1) 194

by RabidReindeer (#49363253) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

The American economy is predicated on the idea that your home, your food, and your clothing should be made of cheap garbage so that you can spend all your available income on fuel-guzzling oversized vehicles and glamour electronics.

All of which become obsolete and/or wear out fairly quickly, as traditional wealth measures go.

Comment: Re:Perhaps you are not entitled? (Score 4, Insightful) 400

by RabidReindeer (#49352925) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

"Pay us well" Meaning that Fair Market value shouldn't be based on what you can pay people in a third-world country where the cost of living is 1/8 what it is here.

"Treat us well". Not equally, Working everyone to death equally is like Communism - everyone equally poor.

"Give us job security". Once upon a time, your knowledge of the company and how it runs and how best to make it run was considered as important as actual technical skills and not something to be lightly discarded just because this quarter ran under than management wants to keep their bonuses up/prop up stock prices by laying off people en-masse.

Just because you have a cushy job where they still behave companies did pre-1980 doesn't mean that that's how the majority of today's corporations work. If they should happen to change - and companies do change - I worked at one where doing a good job was guarantee of employment until one day - literally one day - their new owners threw that policy away, dumped whole departments on the street. It was such a big cultural shift that the local news agencies reported on it.

And when that day comes, you'll find that all those job offers you've been getting aren't so shiny as they appeared.

Finally, one last bit of advice. Before you go quacking out that Nobody owes anyone a job, remember that nobody owes a company any business either. If you're going to go by third-world market rates and lay off the greedy locals, don't be surprised if the unemployed locals can no longer afford your products and the third-world potential customers don't want to pay first-world prices.

Comment: Re:Paypal better pick what it wants to be... (Score 1) 68

by RabidReindeer (#49352839) Attached to: PayPal To Pay $7.7 Million For Sanctions Violations

My bank lets me send money to anyone I want... You give me your account and routing number (which are printed on your checks) and I fill out a form on my bank's website to tell them to send you the money.

No it doesn't.

The US Government has a list of "entities" that all employees, transactions, vendors, etc., etc., etc. have to be vetted against. These "entities" are people, corporations, the names of ocean-going vessels and so forth.

If the name of one of these entities comes, up, the Feds have to be notified.

Ironically, "Osama bin Ladin" was never on the list - they spelled it Fox News style ("Usama"). But God Help You if your name is Guadalupe Ortiz. Every so often someone with that name shows up on the news for having been outed by the Government's list after trying to buy a car or something.

And the sad thing about it is that the actual offending "Guadalupe Ortiz" wasn't a person, it was a travel agency that had been laundering money.

Comment: Re:Very smart! (Score 3, Insightful) 733

by RabidReindeer (#49344651) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Sorry, but having two people in the cockpit is a safety measure, not a security measure. It helps if one pilot has a heart attack, but it does pretty much nothing if one pilot is a suicidal, murderous maniac.

I wouldn't say "nothing". It's hard to concentrate on suicide if you're busy trying to murder someone.

Comment: Re:Not always true... (Score 4, Interesting) 733

by RabidReindeer (#49344609) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Before we got so efficient, a cockpit would have 3 or 4 personnel. Pilot, co-pilot, engineer, possibly radio officer. If there were always at least 2 people in the cockpit at all times, then it would be much harder for a single berserker to crash.

Unless of course, you arm the pilots and they shoot everyone else first.

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