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Comment Re:Can someone clarify this? (Score 0) 386

The rationale here is that they don't need these IT workers because they are outsourcing their work IT to IBM India. So the jobs are disappearing--Hertz will no longer have a position "IT Support Technician," for example. The job will not exist at Hertz.

That said, IBM India will have a position for "IT Support Technician" and it will be filled by someone in India who will be moved over here to perform the same task that the former Hertz-employed IT Technician would have done.

Comment Re:Free and Fair Trade = More Jobs (Score 1) 386

To me there's a difference between outsourcing and what we see here.

I don't have a problem with outsourcing. Sending work to India, China, Cleveland, or places with a lower cost of living where you don't have to pay people quite so much to get a job done is perfectly legitimate. Heck, IBM used to have lots of R&D-type offices in inexpensive places. This way they didn't have to pay people a lot of money but those employees could buy a nice house in that inexpensive area. There are advantages to doing your work in Silicon Valley (huge talent pool) and there are disadvantages to doing your work in Silicon Valley (very expensive place to live means you have to pay those people more money).

I have no problem with Apple building all of it's hardware in China. Heck, I have no problem with Apple designing all of it's hardware in China. I have no problem with Apple moving the whole kit and kaboodle of their product development to China, if they see fit to do so.

This is different. This is more like Apple moving it's hardware assembly over here but bringing all the workers from China over and paying them what they're paid in China.

Comment Re:Voting for Democrats has consequences (Score 1) 386

Haven't you noticed that when you call Citi, Microsoft, or HP, for support, your representative "Jessica" after some questions tells about nice weather in Jaipur, and lovely "Ben" is from Bangalore working his first hour on his shift.

And, you see, I don't have a problem with this.

If I want to outsource work to people working overseas (in environments with a lower cost of living) and I'm willing to put up with the hassles of dealing with people on the other side of the planet, that's a legitimate choice for a company to make. If I call phone support, I'm looking to get assistance with a problem and if they can help me, it doesn't matter if they're in sunny California or rainy Manila.

Where I have an issue is that the jobs aren't moving--they're staying in the same place. There's still an IT guy down the hall. It's just that instead of being a Hertz employee, he's now an IBM India employee and is doing the same job that the former IT guy did and he was brought from another country to do it. That's not right.

Comment Re: Sixth man on the soundstage! (Score 1) 113

I know you're trolling, but I am curious about one thing...

There were plenty of Apollo missions that were manned but didn't land on the Moon. Apollo 7 stayed in Earth orbit. Apollo 8 took the CSM to the Moon. Apollo 9 tested the LEM in Earth orbit and Apollo 10 took a LEM to the Moon, but didn't land it.

Were all of them faked as well?

Comment Re:Take care to leave your opinions out of the tit (Score 1) 213

Hear hear!

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for self-driving cars. Personally, I want one. But I also enjoy my little roadster with the manual transmission. I'd love to get a Tesla Roadster (0-60 4 seconds solo in the carpool lane? W00t!). And I'd want a switch that would turn self-driving on and off.

So when I'm going to work, yeah, I'd probably turn on self-drive and read a book. But if I was going out to visit my sister in Colorado? Yeah, there are some stretches of road that are fun to drive and I'd want to flip that switch.

Comment Re:I'm a republican ... (Score 3, Insightful) 182

Actually, if you want to play R vs. D...

In 2004, when this was approved, the President (George W. Bush) was a republican. So, ah ha!

Of course, in 2004, the Secretary of Transportation (Norman Mineta) was a democrat. So, ah ha!

In other words, at least in this case, it's kind of silly to play "R vs. D," unless you want to say that "they both do it."

Comment Re:A hundred million? (Score 1) 95

I tried watching that last go around where the US did fairly well in it...game was about to be over and...OH wait...for no explainable reason, we're gonna add another 12 minutes to the game...

Actually, as an American football fan, I have to admit I think it's pretty entertaining.

In football, you have a visible clock. They stop it for out-of-bounds, incomplete passes, penalties, etc. When it gets down to zero? Game over.
In soccer, the refs keep track of how much time is spent on things like corner kicks, throw-ins, penalty kicks, and the like. So when the clock hits zero, that's when they announce how much time was spent.

It adds an entertaining element to the game--you have little idea how much extra time you're going to have (I'm sure the teams have someone who keeps track and guesses, but the typical fan won't). So it ain't over until it's over.

Besides...a "real" game of football has something like "Sudden Death"....

Actually, during the regular season, the NFL allows ties. They play one overtime period and if nobody scores (or they both score back-to-back field goals), it's a tie. There's been three of them in the last five years. In the playoffs, I believe they just keep doing overtime until both teams have touched the ball and somebody scores.

Soccer has ties in the regular season, I believe, but championship games play a couple of overtime matches and then shootouts until somebody wins.

I agree that I prefer watching American football, but soccer is pretty fun to watch as well.

Comment Re:Nature Abhors a Vacuum (Score 1) 144

The neat question would be how much land is needed.

If the hyper loop is elevated, let's say 20 feet off the ground, then you only need "land" for the pylons to support it. You'd also need, I would imagine, some sort of 'right-of-way' agreement), but hat agreement can be forced by the government and you'd only have to pay for the land to support the pylon.

Depending on how big the pylons are, that could be a pretty impressive cost savings.

Comment Re:Don't worry - Apple will end up like Microsoft (Score 1) 428

Just as Microsoft drifts along in a sort of commercial terminal velocity, so too will Apple.

I remember reading somewhere that, during Microsoft's heyday and with the cash that they had, they could pretty much not sell anything (i.e., $0 in revenue) and still go on for about 30 years before they ran out of money.

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