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Comment Yet another way... (Score 5, Insightful) 442

This is merely another way to send poor people to jail. If a person couldn't pay the original fine, what makes us believe they can pay the original fine plus 25%? So, the result is they go to jail, and the tax payers then pay even more money to house and feed them, but ...still never get the original fine, do we?

Someone has not thought this through, completely.

Meanwhile, when they're in jail, they're being housed likely by a 3rd party whose making money on keeping people in jail, because they're providing security or food, or the physical facilities, or the parole services you offer when they get out, but they can't pay that they go back to jail, where the cycle never ends.

Comment Re:Class action requirements? (Score 1) 243

"I want to think I really like the Disney company" because they have the opportunity to do the right thing, hold a preserve the cultural heritage. I want to give them the benefit of the doubt, but I don't disagree with you, they're really screwing things up in more ways that we want to admit.

Comment Class action requirements? (Score 5, Interesting) 243

I don't usually get too worked up over things like this. However, this story has really got me aggravated. I'm curious how many people in the IT Profession feel similarly?

I want to think I really like the Disney company, perhaps that's why it feels so egregious when they've done something like this. My question really comes down to, is 200-300 employees a large enough pool to push something like this into a Class Action status, or is having a couple hundred single lawsuits a better way to go about making a much bigger noise about both the specific Disney situation, or this situation in the US as a whole?

With us drawing close to a Presidential election in the US, perhaps it's time for IT Professionals to re-think who should represent us both in our home states, and in our national Congressional seats. They need to understand they're very directly impacting our paychecks, and the paychecks of the co-workers we actually -like- to work with.

Submission + - Disney sued for replacing Americans with foreigners. (

lionchild writes: I had thought this action had been quietly nixed by Disney, but apparently I was mistaken:

Leo Perrero and Dena Moore say they were illegally replaced by foreign workers. Both were laid off from their IT jobs at Walt Disney World in Orlando in January 2015.

They were told they had 90 days to train their replacements: Foreigners on H-1B visas, the most common visa for high-skilled foreign workers. If they didn't agree, they weren't eligible for bonuses or severance packages.

Comment Beta Test (Score 1) 345

I think if there's a compromise plan, that includes some sort of 'back door' way to bypass encryption, it should first be Beta Tested on Governmental contracts. All phones used by politicians and government employees should be the first to try out this new encryption bypass. After a 4-year (or more) testing period, we'll see if there's still a drive and desire to have this rolled out further.

Then again, congress should also be participating by mandate in the Healthcare Act. Don't require the people you represent to do anything you won't do yourself. If it's not good enough for you, why is it suddenly good enough for those who elected you to office?

Comment This news sponsored by .... (Score 1) 311

Mostly it's because of laziness in writing, and a lack of actually wanting to be impartial, because there's apparently no money in that any more. It's required to be slanted one way or another, in order to make enough money to keep going. They just aren't wearing sponsor patches, like race car drivers do.

Comment And now we know... (Score 1) 184

And -now- we know who is responsible for the slow, downward spiral of what Outlook has turned into since the 2003 client. It's horrible! I regret ever upgrading to 16 from '07. But it's the "standard" in the industry, it's what everyone uses, so we've -got- to upgrade!


It's good to know just whose responsible for this train wreck.


Comment Fighting Poverty..not new. (Score 5, Insightful) 413

This isn't new news here, this is all data that's been proven out over more than a decade of study. What's news is that someone has finally had the wherewithall to actually use the data. Hopefully, this will be a wake up call, and just the first of more to come.

No student can focus on learning when they're distracted with the struggle of just living, hoping they'll have food to eat tonight, and a warm place to sleep, clean close to wear. All the things that so many of us take for granted.

Comment Drone Industry (Score 1) 300

I can't imagine that the Drone Industry is in favor of this move by the FAA, especially with the names and addresses being publicly available; (without the need for a FOIA request?) I don't know how much money there is in the industry, but they don't strike me as an inexpensive hobby. But, it seems this also covers those regular RC planes as well as what the average person might think of as a helicopter-style drone; so there are a couple of industries touched by this, actually.

If this causes these two industries to plummet, I can imagine we'll see a good deal of push back from a newly formed lobby.

Comment Revenue Officers (Score 1) 63

Of all the Criminal Enforcement branches of the law, the IRS's branch is most likely the ones who use this technology the way we expect them to, the way it was designed to be used. While DHS is likely to keep ALL the data they collect, I can easily imagine that the IRS will either not record, or swiftly dump, any data that isn't specifically attached to the investigation at hand.

Revenue Officers have a good deal more power to them than a typical investigator, as they can make determinations that ..really don't have a practical oversight to them beyond themselves. But, to balance that, they also are the ones who have to follow up on any of these determinations they make; they aren't typically passing it off. So, like you might think with typical governmental workers, I can't imagine they'd want to make more work for themselves than is necessary. So, keeping/reviewing data outside the specific needs of their case isn't likely something they're going to engage in.

That said, the Criminal Investigations arm of the IRS is small but have wide reaching powers, and historically, these agents are pretty judicial with the use of their power. If someone wasn't scrutinizing service contracts to see that the IRS has one, no one would likely ever know they've employed the use of one...because they use it the way we (the public) might expect them to. On people who are 'bad guys' avoiding the law, not typical citizens.

Comment Insanity, I tell you! (Score 1) 363

This really is plain insanity. The cost of a university education is well out of control, and textbooks aren't helping.

While I agree that having the same coursebook over a whole section (i.e. All Math 101 classes use the same book, which hopefully Math 201 also use..) I do believe that our educators should have a hand in which textbook is selected. Unless the group deciding what textbook is used, teach from said textbook, they need to take a backseat and listen to the people on the front lines. Cost is one valid factor when deciding what to choose. Education like this is as much a business as it is an academic exercise. When your consumers can't afford the product you sell, you have fewer consumers.

Comment Re:Sounds familiar... (Score 1) 602

I would be surprised if any money is actually saved after it's all completed. I have seen multiple offshoring efforts and not one has yielded the expected results. My conclusion is that in the end management doesn't care about what IT does and doesn't care what kind of results they see. I always see offshoring as the last resort of a uninspired and lazy executive team.

Management seems to see IT the same way they see power and water in their buildings. They just flip a switch, they expect it to work the way they expect it to work. Or, perhaps a better analogy might be thinking of IT as office furniture. They take it for granted, because it's always there and are aggravated when it's broken. And when it gets old, (yes, that could be a reference to age discrimination), they look for a cheap vendor who can replace it for less than they paid the first time. Because, after all, office furniture is just office furniture. You simply take it for granted because it's always there, like you expect your lights to come on when you flip the switch.

If they end up spending the same or a little more.. "Well, ..oh, well. " It's done, they just move on, little concern about what they've disrupted, and the fact that they've disrupted productivity all the way around.

Comment A little different line of thinking.. (Score 4, Interesting) 193

I know you're asking to pay to offload this duty, but I have a suggestion that perhaps you should consider. I would encourage you to consider keeping those duties for yourself, and add a new application to help protect them all the way around.

Deep Freeze by Faronics -

This product will let you create the perfect configuration for your parents, then 'freeze' it in place. They can have places for documents to go that you can edit and change and so forth. But, if you get infected with something, or an application installs something extra you didn't want, or your browser gets fouled up, you reboot your computer and Deep Freeze makes your system revert back to what it was before those changes took place.

If they aren't changing or updating their system regularly, they just wait until you can do that for them, on your schedule. If they have problems, they reboot and get a working computer back. You'll still want to backup their documents, but you can use a cloud solution for that, so it'll be set-it and forget-it, except when it's time to pay the yearly bill.

It's juts something to consider. Again, I know it's not the hands off solution you're thinking about, but as your parents get older, they'll appreciate your help all the more. It lets you still use this to be connected to them, and feel more like you're taking care of them than pushing that duty off on someone else. Your time is worth way more than the money you spend on them.

Comment Is math that hard? (Score 1) 62

The plan is to spend $3.5M to train 600 people over 5 years. So that's roughly $1,167/person/year. These tech companies can't spend that per year to do their own talent search, the US Department of Labor has to subsidize their hiring practices in their HR departments? Honestly, this sounds like the cost of finding good candidates that fit your organization.

Spending the money up front to find the right person to fit the company, means you train them up, apprentice them if you will, and because they're the right fit, they stay longer, work harder, are overall happier with the organization and are more productive.

This isn't rocket science.

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