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Comment: Re:Figures (Score 3, Interesting) 48

by Teun (#46794507) Attached to: Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms
I would say there is a slight difference.

The Israelis would use a nuclear bomb as a last resort to keep what they have, a tiny strip of land.

Their adversaries and a few other rogue states and groups are not above using a nuclear bomb to get what they want, a tiny strip of land or even the whole western world.

Comment: Re:Unions (Score 1) 177

by Teun (#46792803) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers
So you feel a union's only tool is calling a strike?

Poor deluded you!

A union's goal is to improve working conditions and remuneration is one of them.
Increasing the number of jobs and their quality are fundamental to the success of the union, both in the eyes of their members and of the employers.

At times a union runs into an unresponsive employer who sabotages the balance between work and rewards, just like that employer they can sabotage the company until it sees the light.

Comment: Re:What tech exists for this? (Score 2) 33

by Teun (#46784927) Attached to: In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records
I hardly ever text but I do know the texts stay in memory and there are back up programs to transfer them to a PC.

So you simply order users of phones under the scheme to once a week mail the backup to a central database.

Also via the billing info it would be reasonably easy to see if someone has deleted messages.
Put some hefty penalties on non-compliance and you don't even need to call the NSA (or Snowden who might be less bureaucratic) for a copy.

Comment: Re:so? (Score 1) 212

by Teun (#46784515) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue
Uh no, not subsidies.

If you want to force down the price of any commodity you should limit or stop demand without directly affecting production.

For a cereal producer I would suggest to market a killer cereal, it would be squarely aimed at the intended consumer group and the chance of wasteful collateral damage would be limited.

Comment: Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (Score 1) 431

by Teun (#46743913) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?
The fact companies want 18 y/o with years of experience isn't exactly new, I went through it some 40 years ago :).

I do feel for those spending hugely on education while chances of recovery is a burden on their future, in my opinion their future well-being is not only for personal gains but should benefit all in a society.
Therefore I support the old(er) way where society would enable people to study, it's for a common future were we all benefit.
It obviously does require higher taxes to be levied on those that do put their good education to use.

Comment: Re:They already "gave back" (Score 1) 266

by Teun (#46743875) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry
The company enjoys the same advantages of good infrastructure and safety as the people of the country.

If the company were to break even they don't pay taxes, they make a profit it should be taxable at the local rates.

Should be, but these guys are exporting both the profits and the tax liabilities.

Comment: Re:Can the writings be read? (Score 2) 431

by Teun (#46743149) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?
Sadly(?) English doesn't keep the original pronunciation, though UK-English is closer than US-English.

I mentioned the reason in another post, it's that damned Great Vowel Shift what makes English stand out among European languages.

English usually retains the original spelling but the pronunciation has become an adventure :)

Comment: Re:Can the writings be read? To make you laugh/cry (Score 1) 431

by Teun (#46743099) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?
I agree with your point re. the thought process.

But have issues with your statement re. the impediment of communication by loosening orthographical standards.

You are probably aware law is one of the 'sciences' that needs a very accurate description in writing and it is in many languages exactly in law we see the recurring use of otherwise obsolete words and terminology.
Having discussed this phenomena with some legal scholars I do believe they have little choice in the matter, a word stands for a historical meaning and it would be dangerous if not outright irresponsible to use different terminology without including an addendum with transcriptions.

Then there is the use of Latin rooted words, phonetic spelling can drastically change or even inverse their meaning and without an authorised transcription this would become a legal nightmare.

Comment: Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (Score 1) 431

by Teun (#46742977) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?
However I feel with you on the subjects mentioned I do believe your defeatist attitude is half the problem minorities in the States face.

At the moment I'm surrounded by people who a single generation ago were doing poorly but are now among the leaders in our industry, all it took them is to shake off a negative view of themselves and their origin, industry couldn't care less were you came from, they want to know were you are today and going tomorrow.

Comment: Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (Score 1) 431

by Teun (#46742901) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?
My job title is instructor for the Global IT-related section of our company.
Places I recently worked are like Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Scotland.
All of the instruction and by consequence the tests are done in a sort of International Technical English and I could but won't tell you about some 'interesting' words and phrases I noticed this week here in Louisiana, USA.

Ignoring nor denying will fix the problem for these subcultures.

"If value corrupts then absolute value corrupts absolutely."