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Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 521

What progress? It's a gimmick.

If you want progress, go with a simple rotary switch that doesn't take up the whole center console or fool people into operating it incorrectly.. If you want all electronic but maintaining a familiar look and feel, go with a multi-position switch actuated by a gear lever with stiff dentents.

Comment Ought to be Illegal (Score 3, Informative) 219

Look, I like capitalism as much as the next fella...however....

I find it really hard to believe that with all the universities in this country annually graduating hundreds of thousands (millions?) in disciplines ranging from engineering to mathematics, comp sci, physics, etc. that it is necessary to import tech labor. When you consider all the additional inefficiency introduced in the form of language difficulties and what I've often found to be poor training (every problem isn't one that can be solved by consultants by the pound excreting bad java code), I find it hard to believe that it's even worth the effort to game the system in the first place. Yet here we are with legions of billion dollar companies that exist solely to exploit loopholes in the US immigration system while taking advantage of citizen workers and taking fat chunks of income ostensibly paid to the poor saps that are being pimped out to line their pockets.

Frankly, I don't believe that a tech labor shortage exists. What exists is a market distortion that's perpetuated by a corrupt group of companies that line the pockets of politicians in order to siphon their share of guest worker salaries. Just say no.

Submission + - Sen. Blumenthal demands lifting of IT 'gag' order (

dcblogs writes: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the layoff and replacement of IT workers by foreign workers at a state energy utility. But he is also demanding that the utility, Eversource Energy, drop a particularly restrictive non-disparagement clause that laid off employees had to sign to receive their severance. This clause bars discussion "that would tend to disparage or discredit" the utility. [emphasis added] He wants the employees, who had to train foreign replacements, to be able to state "honestly what happened to them."

Comment Re:What about LGPL dynamic linking compliance?! (Score 2) 151

It isn't a problem, and the installer need take no special measures. The system's loader restricts the search path for dynamic libraries when it's running with elevated privileges so you don't accidentally run an infected library in some random location (for example, the download directory).

There are also techniques available to load libraries from a specific path after the program starts rather than at load time. You can use that to choose a specific full path to the exact library you want to load and it still counts as dynamic linking.

Submission + - How the Cloud Has Changed (Since Last You Looked)

snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a look at the new services and pricing models that are making cloud computing more powerful, complex, and cheaper than it was a few short years ago. 'We get more, but using it isn’t always as simple as it could be. Sure, you still end up on root on some box that’s probably running Linux, but getting the right performance out of that machine is more complex,' Wayner writes. 'But the real fun comes when you try to figure out how to pay for your planned cloud deployment because there are more options than ever. ... In some cases, the cost engineering can be more complex than the software engineering.'

Comment Re:Man, I hate... (Score 1) 110

One should wake when one wakes. One should spend at least the 1st half hour wordlessly. Then, only after sitting in the sun for a few minutes should they begin purposeful activities such as preparing for work.

If you're using an alarm clock and/or lights in the morning to start your day at an unseemly hour, you too are using technology to warp the natural order of life.

Submission + - Another Cop Treats Sexting Teens Like Child Pornographers (

An anonymous reader writes: More sexting stupidity, this time in Michigan.

        A Three Rivers, Michigan, teenager is both the victim and perpetrator of a sex crime. He might land on the sex offender registry, and face criminal charges, all because he took an inappropriate photo—of himself.

        The boy is unnamed in local news reporters, which note that he is under 15 years of age. He allegedly took a nude photo of himself on a girl’s cell phone. That girl sent the picture to another girl, who sent it to another. Preliminary charges are pending for all three—the boy was charged with manufacturing child porn, and the girls with distributing it. A prosecutor is still weighing whether to pursue the charges.

Hopefully, the prosecutor will realize that pursuing the suggested charges could ruin a few teens' lives. The police detective working the case seems to want to destroy these kids' lives for the good of other teens, or something.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 3, Interesting) 251

I'm on the do-not-call list, so the call is illegal. If the 'product' or 'service' is fraudulent, then the call is illegal. If the call is a robocall, then it is illegal (with few exceptions).

If you want to learn the true character of the people calling you, make a click on the line so it sounds like you hung up. After they have heaped abuse upon you (thinking you can't hear them), ask them to repeat it and listen to them swallowing their own tongue as they hang up.

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