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Comment: Re:RACIST! (Score 1) 514

by rhazz (#47574211) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step
In my experience (Canadian government IT) if there is racism preventing black people getting jobs, it is happening before the job application process.

I am a programmer working in an IT section with about 75 employees, and we do not have a single black person currently employed. And this is government, where being any official minority gives you a leg up on everyone else in the pool. We had a black testing consultant a several years back, and last year we had a black student. But otherwise we have many whites, asians, indians, and misc, all of varying qualities. In university (in the same city) my classrooms were a similar mix, also with very few black people. Of the black people I've encountered that work in this organization, almost all of them are on the business policy side, which usually means they are PhD's (veterinarians).

Comment: Re:And yet (Score 1) 212

This is just completely incorrect. I put up a 10 year old laptop on my local freecycle (a yahoo group for free items) overnight. I took the post down immediately the next morning because I had over a hundred emails from people who wanted it. I even mentioned in the post that the battery didn't work so it had to be plugged in to use. I've also been passing my used computers to my mother and other family members as I upgrade.

Anything that can get a person on the internet is pretty useful to someone who wouldn't normally afford it.

Comment: Re:Massive conspiracy (Score 1) 465

by rhazz (#47262339) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation
You realize that even backups degrade over time? This requirement would mean that every tape reaching a certain point in its life would then need to be backed up to a new tape to prevent data loss. Eventually the cost of backing up the backups would dwarf the cost of backing up your recent data. But hey, it's just taxpayer money...

Comment: Re:Lerner gave up that argument, you can too. IRS (Score 1) 465

by rhazz (#47262183) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

In that time, the IRS approved perhaps dozens of applications

Ok not that I'm really following this story, I'm sure there are better numbers elsewhere, but in this quote: "perhaps dozens"? What does that even mean? Perhaps thousands? Perhaps millions? Perhaps none? This implies they don't actually know any numbers.

Comment: Re:Massive conspiracy (Score 1) 465

by rhazz (#47262093) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation
Is every single piece of information automatically document that must be kept? If I choose to call someone in the next building instead of emailing them, am I responsible for transcribing the phone call to a text file to ensure the information exchange is preserved for X years?

Deleting emails once an issue is known is certainly dubious behaviour, but I'm sure 95% of internal mail is just people communicating about day-to-day work. In my office if an email has some kind of significance it must be transferred to our document repository, but that is mainly for things that act as a signature (e.g. approvals).

Comment: Re:Russia is invading eastern Ukraine (Score 1) 272

Until someone can prove that the referendum was done under duress, or the vote was rigged, why will no one accept the Crimean's decision?

I would consider my country's government being occupied by foreign military forces a pretty good sign of being "under duress". Also if the occupying force held a referendum where status-quo was not an option, it would be pretty easy to argue that I am being forced to go down one of two paths that I do not want.

Maybe things look different from the perspective of the Crimean populace, and maybe this really is what the overwhelming majority wanted. But from outside it certainly doesn't seem legit.

Comment: Re:if it's so advanced (Score 1) 1374

by rhazz (#46890565) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

But what is the point of mandating that police use it? Nobody on the selling side of this product is advocating forcing this gun on the populace. This is a private company selling a particular product to a particular market. That market is probably gun owners who have young children.

Nobody is forcing anyone to buy electric cars today either.

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