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Comment: Re:The problem isn't the FBI ... (Score 2) 172

Which would EXACTLY be those JACKASSES that *YOU THE PEOPLE* elected and put in office to write laws regarding how the FBI, NSA, DHS, ICE, IRS and all the other agencies you hate are to treat YOU.

REAL fucking smart all that voting and standing up and telling them what you want that you've been doing all these 15+ years.... REAL FUCKING SMART. It's no wonder you get them trying to roll out more shit against you. You actually bend over and let them fuck you.

What an idiot. Sorry, how responsive is the federal government to the needs of the People? There have been studies done that show that citizens have little say in how policy is formed. We vote for Kodos or Kang every two to four years and not much changes for the better.

So what am I supposed to do? Sure, I can get involved politically and I do that to some extent. But I have a 40+ hour a week job to maintain, kids at home once I get there at night, and life maintenance/kid stuff to do on the weekends. So I don't have a massive amount of time to spend on making sure government agencies are following the law and acting appropriately. And, frankly, I shouldn't have to! That's why I elect people in a representative government. My elected representatives are supposed to look out for their constituents. I am painfully aware that they do not often do that. But that's not my fault, it is theirs. They were elected to do a job just like I was hired to do my job. My boss does not constantly check up on me to make sure I'm doing my job. If he had to do that, I would be fired. I am expected to know what my job is and do it correctly with minimal supervision.

As you can probably tell, I am sick of people blaming the citizenry for government corruption and/or incompetence. Yes, people need to pay attention, stay engaged and vote responsibly. But big business, intelligence agencies and wealthy special interests have been working for years to rig the game and get what they want. They do it behind closed doors to purposely keep the People out of the process (just look at the TPP for an example). And then there's that fact that the public is lied to and propagandized such that a lot of people don't understand the issues and rely on bad information. So fuck off with this blaming the public crap. Yes, the public has to stay on point. But it is not nearly that simple, and it's not their fault when people entrusted with responsible government let them down.

Comment: Re: when? (Score 1) 179

You mean... xfinity...

So that's what they call getting 50% of the advertised bandwidth.

Not sure why they had to patent it. Not too many ISPs are clamoring to meet or beat that metric.

You get 50%?! I'm on a supposedly 105 Mb connection and speed tests routinely report 10 - 12 Mb. I would be thrilled with 50% of advertised bandwidth.

Comment: Re:enforcement (Score 1) 624

by kilfarsnar (#49588153) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

the last 2 contract jobs I had, the employer insisted that I bring 'my' work laptop home with me each nite. when I explained that I'm not paid beyond 8 hours a day (hey, it was YOU, mr employer, who forced contract on me; I would have gone f/t if offered the chance but nooooo! you didn't want that, did you?) - they simply said that everyone takes their laptop home. its expected.

they want it both ways. no benes for you, ability to can your ass on a moment's notice and yet they expect you to work for them before the workday begins and after it ends; all for fixed income and, again, NO benes. when the US monday holidays come around, guess who can only bill 32 hours that week while everyone else gets their 40?

All the contract bullshit pisses me off too. I am looking for a new job (my boss sucks and I don't get projects to keep my skills current) and I see so many job descriptions that read like a full-time position but are actually 6 month contracts. Seriously? They want a Systems Admin with 3 years of VMWare and SAN experience, Active Directory, backup, Exchange, firewall and LAN/WAN but they only need it for 6 months? That's a permanent, full-time position. But they say it's contract.

Well, guess what? I'm not applying for that position. Why would I give up a full-time job with benefits for a 6 month or 1 year contract? I see many jobs I think I'm qualified for, but so many of them are posted as contract when the description is clearly for a full-time permanent position.

Comment: Re:What's the problem (Score 1) 624

by kilfarsnar (#49587713) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

What is wrong if they can find someone who can do it for cheaper?

Doesn't a CEO have a right to run his business the way he sees fit. If you can't compete with these low end folks with language barriers that says more about you than it does about cost cutting.

The CEO is probably one of the highest paid people in the company. Surely, they could find someone to do that job for less. And yet, that calculation never seems to come up. Funny, eh?

Comment: Re:What's the problem (Score 1) 624

by kilfarsnar (#49587613) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

What is wrong if they can find someone who can do it for cheaper?

Doesn't a CEO have a right to run his business the way he sees fit. If you can't compete with these low end folks with language barriers that says more about you than it does about cost cutting.

I can tell you have thought long and hard on this topic.

Comment: Re:Translation: (Score 1) 624

by kilfarsnar (#49587455) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

Bernie Sanders the man that brought on the housing crisis with his misguided anti redlining legislation ? Pro Tip here, if you can't afford a loan you can't afford a loan.

Tell that to Countrywide. You don't seem to understand that the housing crisis was brought on by fraud on the part of the mortgage originators, loan packagers and ratings agencies.

Seriously, there is enough written on the topic by people like Barry Ritholtz and Matt Taibbi. I don't understand why people keep pushing the legislation angle, except for servicing an agenda or willful ignorance.

Comment: Re:Translation: (Score 1) 624

by kilfarsnar (#49586563) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

You could compete against the H1B holders by matching their salary requirements.

Why do you think it is ok to force people to pay higher prices for your talents, when the same talent is available at a lower price?

Don't you rant and rage when companies do this to you with their products?

Oh, have we given up the pretense that H1B workers are paid the same as domestic workers? Because that's the law, you know. But thanks for your refreshing candor in admitting that hiring H1B's is wage arbitrage.

Comment: Re: I like this guy but... (Score 1) 433

by kilfarsnar (#49586085) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

The fact that it's hard to get the money out of politics - and the presence of that money makes the two parties act more similarly than they otherwise would - doesn't make them the same. It just proves that the system (money and all) is corrupt. Who do you think is more likely to fix that...?

If it's between the Democrats and Republicans to fix it, I'll go with my Aunt Rita.

Comment: Re: I like this guy but... (Score 1) 433

by kilfarsnar (#49585953) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

In general if you look at the donor list, they all come from the same strata of society but represent opposing cultures within that strata. Granted, picking either party is a vote for the wealthy controlling the country, but they are still a fairly diverse bunch and you can pick and choose who's goals align with your own.

This is true for certain social issues. But there is no party that advocates scaling back our military and intelligence agencies, ending the drug war, establishing universal healthcare, or prosecuting white-collar crime. These are some of the important issues that enjoy bipartisan agreement to ignore. That's why I have not voted R or D since 2004, except when Elizabeth Warren ran for Senate.

Comment: Re:Yeah.... (Score 1) 192

by kilfarsnar (#49576815) Attached to: Massachusetts Governor Introduces Bill To Regulate Uber, Lyft

You do realize that there is no service that is less conducive to violent or property crime than Uber, right? It would be like a store owner with video surveillance in his own store raping someone as they come in. Might as well walk into a police station and rape the guy at the front desk. There is literally no way you can't get caught. Your every move is tracked by GPS. Christ, you fucking liberals and your "basic needs". You'll have us all living in caves before you're through.

I don't remember a lot of stories about people being attacked by their taxi driver. But I do remember this and this and this. I'm not saying Uber is inherently dangerous. But it seems more than "no service that is less conducive to violent or property crime than Uber". According to my unscientific quick Googling, it seems regular taxis are safer.

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