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Comment: Re:Why force her to do something she doesn't want (Score 0, Troll) 246 246

I think the maternity leave period duration is because of their location: Spain(Europe...)

This graphic shows the breakdown by country
As we can see, Americans prefer a social darwinism form of maternity leave.

Comment: Map of F-35 Economic Impact (Score 1) 817 817

Someone may have already posted this...

From this map you can see how widespread the $$$ is, and that there are so many congressional districts in the US benefitting from this program, to cancel or make changes to it now would be political suicide for the scumbag congressmen who initiated it.

60 Minutes did a decent job on the F-35 a while back, where the vibe from the Marine general, after being asked if he was going to get the F-35 operational in time was like that of one of Hitlers generals saying he would stop the Soviets after the disaster at Kursk...

Also, take a look at how many countries are already "in the pipe" on ordering for these. A lot.

The US and its allies better hope that when China finally decides to make their own high end fighter jets(which are currently based on Russian-made Sukhoi jets), based on all they have learned after waltzing into the US DOD databases, that it is as much of a CF as the F-35 is.

Comment: TwIO (Score 1) 33 33

things with internet optional.

Yes, that would be a brilliant coup of common sense, but alas, marketing dipshits world wide will be rewarded yet again by mandating idiotic default settings of no security on IoT devices, inviting an avalanche of security issues as more of these devices are connected to the internet.

Comment: This ruling saved the Republicans (Score 1) 591 591

Imagine the fallout from all those who would have lost insurance?
Imagine states scrambling to set Exchanges, vet software/platforms, etc;
The media coverage would have skewered the Republicans over a hot flame.

This decision actually helps the Republicans in 2016. The SCOTUS gave them a pass.

The people who would lose their insurance are more likely to be white, employed, from the South and high school graduates.

Comment: Re:Prime Scalia (Score 2) 591 591

Bush gets a congressional authorization for his war, even goes to the UN. Obama just does whatever they hell he wants in Libya.

Wow, did you really just compare the Iraq War to what Obama did in Libya? Really?
Get a historical clue before you post here or face your ignorance being exposed.

Comment: Re:Distressingly easy? Not yet. BUT... (Score 1) 165 165

Yes, that day will come. However the outcome from that event won't be what you may think.

If we take 9/11 as a template of idiotic reactions to terrorist events, here will be the likely outcome:
1. The true perp, the decision makers(marketing management, etc; not coders) who enable cars to be the toys of hackers, will avoid any blame. They will be swiftly whisked off to team building sessions in Aspen, Cancun or Jackson Hole, where they will be presented with awards for their forward thinking and accommodation to user comfort and convenience.

2. The proxy perp, who actually drives the cars to the left, will be swiftly arrested, convicted and jailed, and become a scapegoat for those receiving awards for forward thinking and accommodation to user comfort and convenience.

3. Users and "car owners" will be the real losers here. Even more restrictive rules and engineering will be placed on modern cars, whereby the bank you got your car loan through will be able to deduct funds directly from your bank account if any number of intellectual property violations are committed such as humming the Star Spangled Banner on the way to a 4th of July picnic. Any modifications, however subtle(including but not limited to "support our troops bumper stickers"), to the vehicle will be met with a swift kick in the ass from your local dealer, and more funds being deducted from your account. More "security" measures will be implemented, as per a Congressional Oversight Committee, that will, in essence, hogtie users/drivers even more and allow even more vectors for attack by hackers in Bulgaria, Boston and Beijing, but you already knew all that...

Comment: Re:Japanese Paradox (Score 1) 38 38

Yes, great analysis.

I assume the driving of labor "coming from below" and "knocking higher up the food chain" along with more and more labor from anywhere in the world will increasingly drive down labor costs(wages).

Would that mean that those in IT will have to work harder for less, with more competition?

The real questions(expertly avoided in the media) are these:
How will society "deal with"(manage) the millions of unemployed as these changes wrought by robots and expert systems happen?
How will "the market" deal with millions of consumers that no longer have the income to maintain the consumer spending driven economy?
How will governments(especially in the First World) maintain control when millions of their citizens are idle, with little or no prospects for employment and little or no disposable income.

Sure, we can assume the solutions such as a minimum income could alleviate such problems, but in a country like the USofA, with a polarized political scene, will anything like that ever happen?

Comment: Holy Crap! (Score 1) 193 193

So the other day I had to erase a ton of old voice mails on a phone in a part of the company where that particular phone/extension/did is hardly ever used.

I logged into the voice mail to discover that it had been receiving tons of phone spam. Somehow this outside number had been listed in the phone spammers database and there were loads of different phone spam/scams on there. At first I listed to a few, then I just deleted and went to the next message.

It took me about 15 minutes to delete all the messages in the inbox.

Comment: Suck It Palpatine! (Score 2) 413 413

"Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute. Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo. While the Congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict..."

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