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Comment: Re:Definition of a cap (Score 1) 605

by dev.null.matt (#42695897) Attached to: Senators Seek H-1B Cap That Can Reach 300,000

Forgive me, but I dont really understand why people in this country deserve jobs more than people in another country, particularly if theyre more skilled or asking for less money.

It's quite simple really. The jobs in America are possible as a result of the infrastructure in America. The infrastructure in America was predominantly paid for by taxes on American citizens. Since American's paid for the infrastructure that made it possible for the "Job Creators" to create those jobs, why shouldn't they have first crack at those jobs?

Oh, but you were going to point out that the corporations paid taxes which also supported that same infrastructure? They didn't really. According to this site, corporate taxes on account for approximately 2% of the GDP, while taxes on citizens account for closer to 8% of the GDP http://www.deptofnumbers.com/blog/2010/08/tax-revenue-as-a-fraction-of-gdp/

Comment: Re:Common sense (Score 1) 1591

by dev.null.matt (#42608535) Attached to: New York Passes Landmark Gun Law
For those doubting parent's claim of the doctors in the UK trying to ban French style chef knives (the big knife that Le Cordon Bleu, and presumably every other culinary school, teaches is to be used for EVERYTHING), here's a link:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4581871.stm

I have to admit that I thought he was making it up, but there it is.

Comment: Re:But the U.S. is still #1 in the world! (Score 1) 1063

by dev.null.matt (#42560459) Attached to: US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

#8 There are more reported murders in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.

False. The US is actually 8 by total, and not even in the top 100 for per capita murder. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

#3 The United States has the highest divorce rate on the globe by a wide margin.

Only as reported by NationMaster based on 2004 statistics. Other sources show wildly different numbers.

#7 There are more reported rapes in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.

False. Between 2003 and 2010 the US was in the top ten all but two years but was not above #3 in any of them. Sweden, Australia and the UK all beat the US by a sizable margin in at least one year in that spread. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_statistics

#17 The United States spends 7 times more on the military than any other nation on the planet does. In fact, U.S. military spending is greater than the military spending of China, Russia, Japan, India, and the rest of NATO combined.

Only true as a raw number. As a percentage of GDP, US military spending is less than twice the world average. Then again, there's more GDP to protect as the US has twice the GDP of the next highest country (China). Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(nominal)

The obesity statistic appears to be accurate, but that was the only one of your "facts" which, upon investigation wasn't either patently false or cherry picked to ignore the fact that a normalized measure of the same indicator would paint the US in a far better light.

Comment: Re:Sexist? (Score 1) 690

by dev.null.matt (#42481581) Attached to: Why Girls Do Better At School
Just to be fair

14. I do not have to worry about the message my wardrobe sends about my sexual availability or my gender conformity.

is completely false. Up until the last ten years (yes, I know that pink and blue were the opposite in their gender attribution, but that was long before I was born), wearing a shirt that could be mistaken for being pink as a guy was a pretty sure way to get your ass kicked.

Also, as noted in your linked article, there is no "slut bashing" (is this a thing? I'm at work and this search seems like a nsfw search term) for men, but "fag bashing" is pretty common.

I have to agree with most of the rest, but as noted previously by other posters, the comments about house work are offset by the unwritten #30: If I have a wife or live-in girlfriend, chances are we’ll divide up household assets, in the event of a divorce, as 50% + alimony + child support to her / whatever is left for me.

As for the racial thing: yeah, that's all true.

Comment: Re:TSA, terrorism, gun control, and mass shootings (Score 5, Informative) 354

by dev.null.matt (#42353135) Attached to: Taking Sense Away: Confessions of a Former TSA Screener

According to wikipedia, the rate of homicide in the US is 4.2/100k people and the rate of gun related homicide is 3.7/100k people. Therefor, 89%ish of US homicides are gun related homicides.

Contrast this with the UK, which has 1.2/100k homicides and 0.04/100k gun related homicides, or 3.3% of homicides are gun related.

Another way to look at this would be to consider the guns per gun related homicide numbers. In the US, there are approximated 89k guns per 100k people, giving a guns per gun-homicide ratio of 24k guns per gun-homicide. Serbia, the #2 country for guns per capita has approximately 58k guns per 100k people, giving them a guns per gun-homicide rate of 93k guns per gun-homicide.

Clearly, in the states we're all about shooting each other, even in comparison to other nations with (roughly, since no one can claim truly similar) similar rates of gun ownership. Put another way, in the US, we have more gun related homicides per capita (by a factor of 4 almost) than most developed countries have in TOTAL homicides.

Full disclosure: I fully suspect that if guns were outlawed here in the US, we would see an alarming rise in knife related crime. I personally think that everyone here is so willing to kill each other because we have so little vacation time. Damned Protestant work ethic!

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_of_guns_per_capita_by_country

Comment: Re:Legal? (Score 1) 181

by dev.null.matt (#42196825) Attached to: Verizon Patents Eavesdropping Using Your TV For Ad Targeting

What, for signing up for the discount card? Do you then ONLY pay with cash at that store, without exception?

If not, then they know who you are, unless you also have credit cards with false information associated with them, since the POS captures your CC number and the information on it, and a company with an analytics department which doesn't cross-reference your CC with your discount card is wasting corporate resources.

Comment: Re:The actual reason (Score 1) 375

by dev.null.matt (#42196627) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Struggles to Ship A Million Units

I don't want to sit at a desk but comfortably on a couch.

You do realize that your "desktop" can be plugged into your TV, right? People have been doing this since at the very latest 2000 and if you have a large TV, you can easily read slashdot or whatever from your couch.

Not trying to be snarky; it's just awesome and you really should try it if you haven't.

Comment: Re:Legal? (Score 2) 181

by dev.null.matt (#42192987) Attached to: Verizon Patents Eavesdropping Using Your TV For Ad Targeting
Because you'll get $5 of coupons a month based on what you talk about in the machine's presence. I seriously couldn't (and still can't) believe that people were willing to let their grocery store track their purchases in exchanged for $0.15 off a can of pees (not that it REALLY matters, if you paid with credit, they already know who you are).

Comment: Re:One sided (Score 1) 858

by dev.null.matt (#42184705) Attached to: Congressional Committee Casts a Harsh Eye On Vaccination Science

While your argument is pure misdirection, there's a pretty simple reason that there is no "mandatory nourishment" for children but there is mandatory vaccination.

While terrible, malnutrition only affects the malnourished child. Vaccines are not 100% effective (http://www.smallpox.mil/messageMap/messageMapAll.asp?cID=57). Thus, exposing the UN-vaccinated child to the normal population puts the 5% on whom the vaccine is not effective at risk.

As with most things the government mandates, the reason is to stop you from posing a threat to society as a whole.

Comment: Re:Freedom of choice (Score 1) 858

by dev.null.matt (#42184187) Attached to: Congressional Committee Casts a Harsh Eye On Vaccination Science

But I am kind of confused here. So if I don't get my kid vaccinated, and you do. What risk is there to your kids? Just saying...

According to this study, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15353533, only approximately 99.4% of those vaccinated against smallpox actually have the vaccine "take". That means if my child is vaccinated, yours isn't and mine gets an unlucky d1000 roll, he could catch smallpox from your child WHEN your child gets smallpox.

Comment: Re:My wife has facebook (Score 1) 227

by dev.null.matt (#42130877) Attached to: Why Facebook Is Stressing You Out

What is the middle ground between these 2 positions?

1. Slavery is a good thing. 2. Slavery is unacceptable.

How about industrial revolution style wage slavery where you live in the company town and spend all your pay check before you get it on stuff sold to you by your employer? You're technically not a slave, so the freedom crowd like it (more than slavery) and the factory owner gets the same net effect so he's happy too.

Comment: Re:Why I doubt driverless cars will ever happen (Score 1) 604

by dev.null.matt (#42108935) Attached to: How Do We Program Moral Machines?
Except that the car already has cameras and senors and the like, as noted by GP. Anyone who assumes those won't be recording has not been paying attention to the news. So the real question is, "Will you even make it to court when there are multiple videos of you playing angry birds while running the red light and hitting the self-driving car?"

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.

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