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Comment: Re:Sucks (Score 1) 409 409

Actually, this and parent skirt a real issue of employment, education, and welfare in the U.S.

- We are permitting the illegal immigration of unskilled, under educated Central, South, and Latin American immigrants, along with Mexican immigrants, to come to American and compete for the worst jobs.

- Despite lower employment, we continue to do this.

- Even if we take up the challenge and offer education to these immigrants, they will only compete further up the social ladder. And more under educated will come, since we lack the will to control the influx.

- English is not their preferred language. This not only costs in providing bilingual resources, but it causes resentment and risks discrimination.

Some skills in America are valued, and intelligent people seek those skills, or they accept less value for the skills they do choose. Since manufacturing has largely left the US, those work skills (work as in physical labor) are not so much in demand. Information technology is taking up that slack, but those skills are too often found in legal immigrants under programs such as the H1B visa program, and Americans lose out again.

The labor force participation rate is a telling statistic, dropping from 66+% in 2008 to 62.5% today. Those workers no longer in the workforce didn't just disappear. They are still eating, living somewhere, and are doing so at the expense of someone else. So long as we permit illegal immigration to continue largely uncontrolled, we keep adding workers to a marketplace that has too many already.

Higher employment might make a number of other solutions to other problems possible, but in the current economic situation we are doomed to continue deficit spending and a further plunge into debt. No way out without the economy improving.

And even then, the will to say 'no' to the hands out looking for a paycheck for nothing is critical. And unlikely to happen given the current political situation, either.

Comment: Re:Start a hot dog fire with booster cables (Score 1) 210 210

A 9v battery and steel wool is a winner also. If I had to build a survival kit for long-term use, I would have these items in it. And paperclips. And a solar charger for a USB battery. Among all the other stuff, like a magnesium firestarter as a backup.

Comment: Re:The simple "hacks" are the best. (Score 1) 210 210

Actually, my first Android phone, a G1, is my TV remote. Keeping it plugged in all the time except when I'm watching TV is a pain, and the battery now lasts about long enough for an evening of TV.

It's running Cyanogen and a lameass remote app that can learn my wacko RCA TV, the Centurylink set top, H-K receiver, and CD player.


Comment: Re:Not really unusual, but... (Score 1) 210 210

That might have been stiction. Seagate had the worst problems with stiction, but Maxtor also had significant problems, and no doubt every manufacturer until they changed lubricants. Moving from larger to smaller platters and running at higher temps were the factors leading to lubricant breakdown and essentially gluing the heads to the platters.

I also had some Seagate drives that wouldn't start, or would stop seeking reliably, and cooling them would prevent the failure mode at higher temps. I had some wicked long IDE and power cables to let me put a failing drive in a freezer and copy data. Fun times.

Comment: I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you. (Score -1, Troll) 132 132

So, lay me get this straight...

These mood enhancers, psychotropics, antidepressants, etc., they also affect our decision making, so they change our social behavior, sometimes in interesting or even difficult-to-accept-readily ways.

And they could be used to make people more socially tolerant, or acceptable, or just kinder, easier to get along with.

And we're well along in the process of nationalizing healthcare in America.

So it's not unreasonable to expect that if things keep going the way they seem to be going, we will one day rely on a government hired and paid physician or practitioner for our primary care provider, and they will be advising us on which medications we may or may not need, or would be beneficial.

And that government provider would be just as likely to favor treatments that their employer recommended as our current provider may, since our current provider is essentially paid by our insurer.

So in the future we could be getting government-recommended healthcare.

What could go wrong with that?

Comment: Re:It's the end of the world as we know it! (Score 1) 299 299

"Almost none, except for companies that have been grandfathered in from the beginning of the Internet."

Almost one is an actual value. Better expressed as 'some'.

I'm guessing that at least some of the 20+ owners of /8 blocks could part with them entirely and manage, but who will pay that expense? A few are actually selling off space. Some have complex ownership structures now due to spinoffs and divestitures. Some will be deaf to the requests.

And some thoroughly enjoy the cachet of a /8 address space, even if no one ever really knows it.

But if you want to push this and recover some /8s, call Dick Cheney, Xerox, HP, and MI5. Let me know how that works out for ya, I'm up for a good chuckle..

Comment: Re:Industrial accidents happen (Score 1) 338 338

Sad that there is no Sarah O'Connor character in the Terminator series. Fanbois world over will go insane ignoring the two characters that differ, and this reporter will wonder what the heck is the big deal about? But she's already getting that, some people never learn.

I dated a girl named Maggie for a while, sweet girl. I never, never played anything by Rod Stewart within her hearing. Nothing. Ever.

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