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Comment Re:Logical (Score 1) 211

> Those bonuses might sound like a lot,

The only people for whom a US$25K is a lot, are people whose annual salary is US$25K.

>and has only been able to find a single qualified candidate in the past year,

That sounds like the company is refusing to train people for the job. As such, there is no sympathy for your inability to hire people.

Comment Re:Logical (Score 1) 211

> I would love it if we could find more developers. We have plenty of money to pay them, but there aren't any out there without a job.

So what you do is go to the local college, and hire the next 250 people that passed a programming course. Then train them in-house.

If you aren't willing to do that, then your problem is that you point blank refuse to train people to do the job you need. And all your complaints are about your organizations stupidity, and unwillingness to do what it needs to do, in order to have a full core of developers.

Comment Re:Yeah not gonna happen... (Score 1) 465

Both the United States Armed Forces, and Russian Armed forces do heavy patrolling of the Bering Strait in winter, because so many people currently walk across the strait to visit friends and relatives in the other country, without bothering to go through a border post.

Spetsnaz used to walk from Kamchatka to Alaska as a training exercise.

The People's Army used to, and maybe still has plans for the troops to walk from Beijing to Washington DC, when the United States goes to war with the People's Republic of China.

The current ability to walk across the strait, is just one of the major obstacles of building a bridge across the strait.

Comment Re:Not going to happen (Score 1) 465

What I don't understand, is why any Russian that has even a cursory knowledge of the history of Asian Russia would even give this proposal a second chance.

Back in Stalin's day, I'm fairly confident that anybody that proposed this would be cremated that day, and their relatives notified that s/he had suffered an unfortunate accident.

Or do the Russians really not learn from history?

Comment Re:Tattoos - "only" 1 in 5? (Score 1) 71

>It also seems to be a requirement to work in food service or graphic design.

In a recent interview with the press, a local pizza owner said that there were some people he hadn't hired, because they had too many tattoos, visible body rings, and the like. The interviewer said that she didn't believe that was possible, given the average number of visible tattoos on the employees of that pizza parlor -- four ear rings, a nose ring, and at least one arm covered with tattoos. The pizza owner responded that it was, unfortunately, true. He felt sorry for those people he couldn't hire due to their appearance, because his business was usually their last chance of getting a job anywhere.

Comment Re:This is going to take a lot of testing (Score 1) 71

>My issue with it would be how do you tell who it's on when there are places tracing and pumping out the same tattoo stencils on thousands of people.

Some of us can go look at the same tattoo stencil on 100 different people, and tell you which of those people went to the same artist for their tattoo. Given 100 random photographs of the same tattoo stencil, determining which photos are from the same person is trivial.

Comment Re:It really doesn't matter (Score 1) 292

If you dig deep enough into the financial history books, you'll find that in the sixties and seventies, individuals were getting re-reimbursed by the company they worked for. I wouldn't be at all surprised if some companies still followed that practice, albeit using a more sophisticated means of "hiding" the connection between the political campaign, and the reimbursement.

Comment Re:Oh no... you mean... (Score 1) 292

5.5 time zones?
Canada: Atlantic Time, Eastern Time, Central Time, Mountain Time, Pacific Time.

United States:
Eastern Time, Central Time, Mountain Time, Pacific Time, Alaska Time, Bering Time, Hawaii Time, and if you want to push things, that island with +14 GMT standard time zone, and the island with Caribbean Time.

Comment Re:Why use ISP email? (Score 1) 269

On average, 10% of the email in my Gmail Spam filter is legitimate email.
Were things slightly different, then at least 70% of the email in the GMail spam folder would be legally defined as "legitimate email", and I'd have to keep them.
And were I a government employee, 100% of the email in that folder would have to be retained, due to public record laws.

Comment Re:Who gives a FUCK what a court says? (Score 1) 127

>When an ad looks like editorial content, it becomes hard to impossible to have an automatic script that identifies ad content

There is/was an extension for Firefox that identified opinion pieces as third party advertising masquerading as an opinion piece.

The surprising thing was how much content on "news" sites was third party advertising, masquerading as a "reliable news source".

Comment Re:Not Listening to Mike Rowe (Score 1) 1032

>Taking out huge loans that you don't have a way to repay, to get a degree that has no potential for income, show a serious lack of judgement.

Offering loans to people who have neither the means to repay them, nor the potential to repay them, shows an even greater lack of judgment. As such, the company offering the loan should learn from its mistake, by the person defaulting on the loan.

The Macintosh is Xerox technology at its best.