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Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score -1) 437

by RightSaidFred99 (#47948183) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

That's because people are dumb and we live in an era where everyone is baselessly afraid of the social network zeitgeist. It's fucking pathetic, really.

Ray Rice's crime was between him and his wife and especially the cops. To the extent that he is s representative of the NFL a punishment is appropriate, 2 games was fine, 6 games would have been fine too.

What's not fine is a bunch of pathetic busybodies making it out like he murdered someone and stuffed her in his trunk. I get it, people are against domestic violence - do you want a fucking cookie? He should pay for his crime but "making an example" is rarely sound policy, and "listening to the rabble" is an even less sound policy.

I also like how the actual victim in this, his wife, is over it and married him afterwards but to "protect" her people want her husband to lose his source of income forever. Pretty sweet fucking logic, right there.

Comment: Whiny bullshit. (Score -1) 161

by RightSaidFred99 (#47722435) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

If you don't want to use your personal phone for work, don't. Easy peasy. You could even tell a white lie and say you don't have one.

I think the solution here is for companies to provide ca. 1995 brick cell phones to employees. "Oh, you want reimbursed? Turns out we'll provide you a phone, here you go big guy" (proceeds to hand employee a 9 oz phone with no screen). They could even not go that crazy and give out the lamest feature phones they can find. I guarantee you the whiners will be all "Oh, uhh, nevermind."

Comment: Re:Good riddance (Score -1) 790

Most humorous to me is that you think you could possibly trust someone else anyway. It would be security theater. Your data is going over the Internet and to someone else's server, then over the Internet to someone _else's_ computer. It's going to backups, possibly at both ends.

You are a fool if you think it can be secured, and an even bigger fool if you think you can trust companies or employees not to search or read it regardless of the law.

Comment: Re:Good riddance (Score -1) 790

Oh toss off. You and everyone else are too lazy to worry about using encryption that you want to run crying to the government to protect you.

Fuck off. If you don't like what Google does with the free email service they provide you, don't fucking use it you entitled wanker.

Government

Identity Dominance: the US Military's Biometric War In Afghanistan 83

Posted by timothy
from the just-want-to-borrow-your-eyeball dept.
Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "For years the U.S. military has been waging a biometric war in Afghanistan, working to unravel the insurgent networks operating throughout the country by collecting the personal identifiers of large portions of the population. A restricted U.S. Army guide on the use of biometrics in Afghanistan obtained by Public Intelligence provides an inside look at this ongoing battle to identify the Afghan people."

Comment: Re:Real problem was law letting the networks charg (Score -1) 342

by RightSaidFred99 (#46826299) Attached to: Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

"Let them"? It's amusing you think you are "letting" someone do with their content as they wish. It's almost like you think you are entitled to their work in some bizarre way because you like to watch content they product.

You won't win. Period. Sorry, content costs money to produce and distribute and doesn't "want to be free".

Businesses

California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers 220

Posted by Soulskill
from the if-california-falls-into-the-ocean-would-that-count-as-offshoring dept.
dcblogs writes: "Southern California Edison is preparing to offshore IT jobs, the second major U.S. utility in the last year to do so. It will be cutting its staff, but it hasn't said by how much. The utility is using at least two offshore outsourcing firms, according to government records. SCE's management culture may be particularly primed for firing its IT workers. Following a workplace shooting in SCE's IT offices in 2011, the utility conducted an independent audit of its organizational and management culture. One observation in this report, which was completed a year later, was that 'employees perceive managers to be more concerned about how they 'look' from above, and less concerned about how they are viewed by their subordinates. This fosters an unhealthy culture and climate by sending a message to employees that it is more important to focus on how things look from the top than how they actually are down below.'"

Comment: Nice for rural areas.. (Score -1) 41

by RightSaidFred99 (#46750509) Attached to: Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

But wireless is fundamentally inferior to wired, I'd much rather have fiber in metro areas in terms of home internet. Mobile internet? Hells yeah, this could do an end-run around the big carriers. If Google truly wanted to "do no evil" they'd build a kickass flying infrastructure system and then lease it out to providers to sell.

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