Because outsourcing is moving up the chain. First the unskilled labour, then the skilled professionals, and finally the rest of the company (aside from sales and the CXX's).
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But there was a rule preventing USA from spying on the British citizens.
But that was changed in 2007 !
In 2007, the US and UK struck a deal allowing NSA to spy on Brits, even if they are not suspected of any wrongdoing.
To do that, England actually changed its rules.
In 2007, the rules were changed to allow the NSA to analyse and retain any British citizens' mobile phone and fax numbers, emails and IP addresses swept up by its dragnet. Previously, this data had been stripped out of NSA databases – "minimized", in intelligence agency parlance – under rules agreed between the two countries.
A separate draft memo, marked top-secret and dated from 2005, reveals a proposed NSA procedure for spying on the citizens of the UK and other Five-Eyes nations, even where the partner government has explicitly denied the US permission to do so. The memo makes clear that partner countries must not be informed about this surveillance, or even the procedure itself.
A spokeswoman for the NSA declined to answer questions from the Guardian on whether the draft directive had been implemented and, if so, when.
The NSA and the White House also refused to comment on the agency's 2007 agreement with the UK to store and analyze data on British citizens.
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None other than the staid, respectable business publication Forbes suggests that the next lunar expedition after 2013 will not be launched by a government at all, but will be a private venture by a company called Moon Express. The company plans to place a rover on the moon by the end of 2015 as part of the Google Lunar X Prize Competition.
Moon Express' goals go beyond just winning the $20 million dollars that being the first private group to land on the moon will entail. The company plans to exploit the trillions of dollars worth of natural resources that the moon contains, including platinum group metals, gold, and water ice, the latter of which would help fuel space exploration and colonization. Forbes suggests that the moon is the "next emerging market" with the plus that there is no government upheaval or social instability on the moon to mess things up.
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One or two nutjobs? Really?
It was on the front page of Fox News, so Joe Six-Pack likely noticed.
If you have different political views you could undermine the government / elected officials through what you pick up behind closed doors and then expose.
You can't possibly expect a civil servants political views to always align with those of the government unless you assume they change them every time a different political party comes into power. Would you overturn the civil service every time an election is held?
And unless you civil service is composed entirely of apolitical workers, you can't expect them all to be 'neutral' outside of the office.
Ah, good info on the Oracle stuff. In a former life I had partner access and never bothered looking after I lost it... thanks!
Just can't bring myself to fork over for the MSDN sub though. Dynamics is only available at the Premium level ($6k) as far as I can tell.
Contrast that with the products of Microsoft, Oracle
Apples to apples, I don't believe either of those companies provide an 'Express' version of the ERP software (Oracle/JDE/PeopleSoft/Dynamics AX/NAV). As an independent, it's always been frustrating to try to evaluate new releases from those vendors.
Basically, if they do nothing they find money for zero work
You seem to forget there's one more phone available, likely at a reduced price. That's not to say every stolen phone ends up being sold, but many are. So $Phonemaker doesn't end up with the money in that case.
He committed no violence. And as a veteran, I'm sure he had a belly full of violence in his life and is more than likely sick of it. I'm inclined to believe that a veteran - especially one that has saw combat - would be much less inclined towards violence than the general population.
While overall the armed forces are less likely than civilians to offend, they are three times more likely to be convicted of violent offences; 20% of younger males (under 30) have been convicted of violence compared with 6.7% of civilians. Those who served in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan were 53% more likely to offend violently than those not on the frontline. Those with multiple experiences of combat had a 70%-80% greater risk of being convicted for acts of violence.
That doesn't mean that I agree with 'profiling' veterans, just that your assumption may be off.
You may want to listen to the content of that 'endless discussion' sometime. There's very few significant topics that weren't addressed somewhere in the Star Trek franchise. And it had a somewhat novel way of addressing them - often from the point of view on non-humans. Sure, that had been done before - but not on that scale.
Very few entertainment franchises, and certainly none as successful as Star Trek, have addressed the breadth of topics that it has.