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Comment: Re: If you're paying for a job... (Score 1) 126

by gurps_npc (#47931907) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing
I have been desperate before. I would still never fall for this kind of stupidity.

In America, they use a similar technique to get desperate people, it's a variation on the "Multi Level Marketing Scheme".

Here they make you buy 'samples' to sell to your customers. No. If the company is real, they provide all samples and tools you need.

People that buy the samples are desperate. But paying a head hunter to send you to another country, that is not desperate, that is stupid.

Comment: Re:If you're paying for a job... (Score 1) 126

by gurps_npc (#47931811) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing
So true. If it's a real job, then you NEVER have to pay any amount of cash to get it. The employer should be paying the headhunter, not you.

Why? Mainly because of the exact kind of crap that they are describing here. The employer has the money, which he demonstrates by paying the headhunter. If he can't afford to pay the headhunter, he can't afford to pay you.

Also note they use the payment as a filter. That is, they don't want smart people working for these crap jobs.The smart people refuse to give up their passport and call the police after you bring them to your country. So they make sure to only 'hire' less smart people by giving you an intelligence test - if you are unwise enough to bribe the broker to get a job they promise is 'good', then you are unwise enough to give them your passport and not call the police.

Comment: Lots of problems with it (Score 3, Insightful) 166

by gurps_npc (#47929445) Attached to: Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise
But I can easily see a small scale usage for it.

Primary examples would be installed on sea installations, like say oil drilling platforms. Why ship in fuel to an oil drilling platform, when you can simply install a wavepower generator to provide the power. Then, once you find oil, you don't have to get rid of the wave power generator. Keep it and use wave power to get the oil, rather than burning oil just to get more oil.

Also, I could easily see a small scale wave power generator designed for boats, particularly house boats.

Comment: Re:Tech people like their privacy (Score 1) 110

by gurps_npc (#47929323) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
Once Russians lived in a world where they KNEW communism would last forever.

Your cynicism reflects poorly on yourself, not on my hope for a better world.

Truecrypt is the perfect example proving you wrong. It is fairly obvious that the NSA came to them with a court order not to talk about the court order. They choose to close down as opposed to following that order.

If Truecrypt could do it, then other foundations can do it. In fact, so can a company.

The fact that you wallow in the filth of today's society and can not see a greater future does not prevent me and others like me from working toward that future.

Comment: Re:Animal supplements (Score 1) 113

by gurps_npc (#47927701) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities
The consumers are not aware what they are doing with their money. They know what they are doing with their money, so the responsibility is theirs.

Now, if we passed a law that required all meet raised with antibiotics to be labelled as such, then the consumers would either stop buying it or bear the responsibility for their actions.

Comment: Tech people like their privacy (Score 4, Interesting) 110

by gurps_npc (#47927251) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

People that buy technology, particularly the innovators that buy the new products like their privacy. You want to wire my home and be the company that sets the standard?

Make my personal privacy your priority.

Because honestly, that is my primary concern. I don't want to put a camera or microphone in my home and have ANY concern that someone else might look at it.

So you need to convince me that not only can I set up the password, but that I can trust your company not to put in a back door. That means convincing me that you will go BEYOND what I consider to be necessary. I need to believe that you will stand up to the NSA and close the company down if they come knocking on your door with a court order to not even talk about you getting the court order.

Otherwise, I would rather buy the equipment myself and pick the software myself. That way I know the software is not customized to open back doors on the hardware.

Because I am perfectly willing to give up the functionality you so loudly proclaim is helpful if I can't trust you.

Comment: Animal supplements (Score 1) 113

by gurps_npc (#47926239) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities
The real problem here is that ranchers and ranching conglomerates INSIST on using antibiotics as 'growth enhancements'.

That is, they give it to livestock not because the livestock is sick, but because it makes the livestock larger - with more muscles.

As a direct result, the livestock develop antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Congress keeps letting them do this because the companies that sell it give them lots of money.

Comment: Re:Not that hard to fix (Score 1) 309

by gurps_npc (#47921633) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance
No, I thought everything I said through. You ignored reality and substituted rather bad fiction about what the law is.

Large corporations are owned by these things called shareholders. It takes a LOT of work to make a company so multi-national that it's stock will not be 50% held by one country.

Secondly my law is NOT blocked by the first amendment, unless you are claiming that the US first amendment applies to non-citizens? Because I hate to tell you it doesn't work that way. The 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act proved that.

It is perfectly legal for the US to tell other countries, their citizens and therefore corporations that are registered in another countries they can not lobby American congressmen. Doing so can be .

Also, when people pay lobbyists, it is generally recognized as an agent of the original person, so NO you can't just pay someone else to do that, as your payment to the lobbyist is itself illegal, under my scheme.

Comment: Not that hard to fix (Score 2) 309

by gurps_npc (#47920175) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance
Simply pass two laws:

1) If a country is owned by more than 50% by citizens of X country, then it must pay taxes on all it's profits of the entire world, under Country X's laws.

2) (This one I really like) If a company is not incorporated and paying the majority of it's taxes within a country, than it can not under any circumstance: A) lobby in that country, or in any way attempt to affect legislation or rules of that country B) nor can it t make any political - monetarily or directly - on any political subject for the 8 months preceding any primary or general election.

Comment: Get any degree but have the experience (Score 1) 389

by gurps_npc (#47918897) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
I have a poli-sci degree, but years of experience. It also helped that I had a certificate saying I had some perl training, if not a comp sci degree.

Basically, if you have the knowledge - and can demonstrate it, then your degree will not matter all that much.

Unless of course, you are trying for an extremely competitive position, being choosen by non-tech people.

Comment: They are thieves, but the idea has merit (Score 1) 235

by gurps_npc (#47917321) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise
That is, the idea they want is total bullcrap.

But it could be re-worked to act like this:

1) Build out infrastructure to give all customers speeds of 500 MBPS

2) Sell service to customers for speeds upto 300 MBPS. Make it clear that is what you are offering, at that price. You never advertise any speeds higher than 300 MBPS.

3) If however people are using content from approved fast lanes, you enable speeds upto 500 MBPS for content from those people.

4) Make a rule that if they ever choose to adverise speeds of over 300, they can no longer get paid for their fast lane service (and must pro-rate the money back if it was pre-paid).

THAT is something that most people would accept. Among other things, it would let the company upgrade their service much quicker if competition started coming around.

Of course, it would end up costing the ISP's a LOT more money than they make on the 'fast lanes', as actually have to BUILD the fast lane into their entire network, something they don't do and don't plan on doing.

Comment: Re:Bad way to conduct policy (Score 4, Insightful) 131

by gurps_npc (#47912137) Attached to: The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?
In general, making positions 'electable' makes things WORSE. Because most people don't care about anything short of President. So they vote the party, not the person, IF they bother to vote at all.

Judges for example. When judges are appointed they tend to have high qualifications - experience in the law, an actual law degree, etc. When you vote for them, you get whatever joe shmoe has put in the most time at the political party doing paperwork.

Voting is great for high end positions, but people just don't get excited about anything less than Supreme Court Judge.

Having the FCC get voted on would make things much much worse, not better.

Comment: Remember it is the end of winter there (Score 1) 597

by gurps_npc (#47909853) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels
First and foremost, remember that it is the end of winter. Having more sea ice at the end of winter is not surprising.

Second and more importantly, this is the Antartic, not the Artic. For those of you that are ignorant, the antartic consists of a huge land mass with ice sitting on it, and a little bit of ice surrounding it. The Artic on the other hand is just one solid mass of ice.

What that means is that more sea ice in the Artic is called by cold weather. More ice freezes, etc.

But more sea ice in the ANTARTIC is caused by global WARMING. hat is, the sea ice in the Antartic is caused by ice sitting on the land mass, sliding off into the water because it is just a tad too warm to stick to the land.

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