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Comment: Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (Score 1) 186

I don't disagree with what Obama did in principle, but I disagree with the way he did it. We're still a nation of lex, not rex. Obama's changing of the rules via executive order are just as bad as Bush's changing of the rules via executive order.

Comment: Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (Score 4, Insightful) 186

Why would Obama care about lobbyist money? As of two weeks ago, he's been freed of all political consequences to any of his actions. He can finally do what he thinks is right.

Apparently, he's can finally do what he thinks is wrong, too.

Comment: Re:So ... (Score 2) 148

He has a point. Every story about women in STEM is plagued with posts trying to disrupt any effort to improve things. Typical arguments include:
- There is no problem
- Girls just don't like computers

Is it possible that either of these are true, even in a general sense? There are gender disparities in several fields. The median salary for nurses is $65,470, whereas the median salary for IT Technicians is $42,992, but you don't hear a whole bunch of FUD over the fact that 90% of nurses are females. And when it comes right down to it, nurses are far more valuable to society than IT techs. Meanwhile, oil rig workers, about 95% male, make on average $99,175. Why no big push for women in that field?

+ - Senate Republicans are getting ready to declare war on patent trolls-> 1

Submitted by XxtraLarGe
XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "Regardless of party affiliation, I think this is probably one thing most of us on Slashdot can applaud:

Republicans are about to take control of the US Senate. And when they do, one of the big items on their agenda will be the fight against patent trolls.

In a Wednesday speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) outlined a proposal to stop abusive patent lawsuits. "Patent trolls – which are often shell companies that do not make or sell anything – are crippling innovation and growth across all sectors of our economy," Hatch said.


Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Wait what? (Score 5, Insightful) 171

So, because he is exercising his rights as a foreign citizen living in another country and going through the legally established international process for determining extradition, he is a 'fugitive' and thus his assets are fair game?

This is theft, plain and simple, just like "civil" asset forfeiture.

Comment: Re:List is incomplete (Score 1) 163

by XxtraLarGe (#48421365) Attached to: Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

Bill Foster, Congressman from Illinois, can program in assembly language, among others.


What this actually means to tech policy remains unclear. Computer programming skills do not automatically lead to sound logic or wise positions on important issues. A quick read through Slashdot user comments easily demonstrates this.


Comment: Re:So basically (Score 4, Informative) 441

by XxtraLarGe (#48419419) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

He used the chicken shit excuse that "It didn't go far enough", as if a fantasy bill that went even farther was a realistic alternative.

According to your link:

Paul said he voted against the bill because it would have extended the Patriot Act provision that allows the NSA to search Americans' phone records. He has consistently opposed the Patriot Act, passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

It curtailed some domestic spying, but extended it in other areas, and also extended the PATRIOT Act. My guess is you would have criticized him if he voted in favor of it as well.

God doesn't play dice. -- Albert Einstein