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Comment Re:Paved with good intentions... (Score 1) 212

A computer system detects the delivery of large quantities of bomb-making materials to an address in the suburbs. You arrest the parents, and they seem completely baffled. You get a warrant and search their computers, only to find that their 13-year-old son has been in communication with Al Qaeda. You know that somewhere in the city, there is probably a bomb, and the only lead is a kid. The kid is uncooperative, and you realize that if you do not get the kid to spill his guts, thousands of people will die.

Oh, sorry about that, I guess I shouldn't have popped the kid in the mouth several sentences ago. It'll be hard to understand him when the torturers break him. They'll just have to leave one of his fingers so he can point to a place on the map or something.

Comment Re:This is why we can't have nice things (Score 1) 337

The concept behind the H1-B program sounds reasonable. Bring in highly skilled experts from overseas that we can't find here.

There's nothing whatsoever reasonable about the idea that with a population this large and (some of) the best universities in the world, that we somehow can't find -- or make -- plenty of "highly skilled experts" right here.

In other words, I agree with your conclusion, but your premise gave the government way more credit than it deserves.

Comment Re:My experience with Infosys (Score 2) 337

It may also have hindered them to get the Infosys contract in many ways; it's hard to justify to upper management that you need more money for a contract when you paid so little in the past for the same contract from a different vendor.

That's the thing, they didn't pay for the "same contract," they paid for shit that failed to deliver. Of course, I can see how it could be hard to admit to upper management that your dumb ass got swindled...

Comment Re:Ethics (Score 1) 337

There is no good solution except allowing wages to equalize and removing some of the barriers to capitalism which prevent us from buying products which are sold overseas much less expensively than locally. For example movies are about 1/10th the price, blood pressure medicine is about 1% the price, etc. Some can't be fixed-- housekeeping and lawn staff is about 3% of the price.

For that to be a "good solution," developing-world labor protections and environmental standards have to come up to meet ours. Otherwise, it's a race to the bottom and we only fuck ourselves over.

Comment Re:Identity Theft (Score 4, Insightful) 158

My recommendation if you are one of the 15 million people is to freeze your credit.

You know the best part? The best part is that in order to do that, you get to PAY A FEE TO THE SAME GODDAMN FUCKERS WHO LOST THE INFORMATION IN THE FIRST PLACE!

  1. Step 1: Collect everyone's personal information
  2. Step 2: Lose said information, forcing the victims to freeze their credit
  3. Step 3: Charge the victims $5-10 each to do that freeze, and another $5-10 each time each victim needs to thaw or re-freeze it, forever
  4. Step 4: profit, over and over again!

(There is no "..." step; this is actually Experian's business plan!)

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