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Comment: Interesting callousness towards those maintaining (Score 1) 93

by sethstorm (#49793511) Attached to: Cloud Boom Drives Sales Boom For Physical Servers

The promise of the cloud is that your storage and computing problems will be abstracted away from messy physical objects that you need to maintain, taken care of far way by other people that are not well treated for their work.

At least the first mainframe era had some respect for the people involved in the infrastructure. These days, globalization has killed it in favor of mistreatment and abstraction of the workforce.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 388

by bigpat (#49784009) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

is reformed in the House bill, which does away with it over six months and instead gives phone companies the responsibility of maintaining phone records that the government can search." Obama criticized the Senate for not acting on that legislation, saying they have necessitated a renewal of the Patriot Act provisions.

You are right, as it ended up being the House Patriot Act extension in the name of the USA Freedom Act was not a real reform. Requiring a warrant to gain access to the information was the real issue.

Although if they simply required the companies to retain the data for a period of time AND required the government to get a constitutionally valid search warrant to access particular records directly related to a terrorism case then that would be the reform we need. The companies have these records anyway, it is the search warrant part that is what we need.

Comment: Re:Those who would give up.. (Score 1) 388

by bigpat (#49783925) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

In secret... and illegally! There is a big difference between walking up to the front door and demanding cooperation from a business and covertly gaining access to those records. It is a several order of magnitude difference in effective ability to collect information about people

Having fourth amendment protections honored and respected means that the police can't just knock down the door of your business to search your records because of the remote possibility that someone that you do business with could be a terrorist.

Having a Patriot Act provision that says the the government doesn't need a constitutionally valid warrant to get business records is far far different than covertly collecting information via hacking or by purchasing the information. To have the freedom to choose companies that will honor their privacy agreements is itself an important step. To have the recourse to sue those companies when they voluntarily sell the government your private information in violation of your privacy agreement is important.

What is at stake is the government being able to walk into a company with a secret order demanding they hand over all the records the government wants without a constitutionally valid warrant. Having a law to point to that says companies can be forced to cooperate makes a big difference to the ease at which the government can collect mega data and conduct unconstitutional drag net surveillance.

Billions and billions of records about everyone's communications with which you can monitor their movements, their political affiliations and activism, monitor all their recorded financial transactions and purchases, determine their race, infer their sexual activity, and otherwise find exploitable personal weaknesses, affinities and affiliations en masse.

Oh and then put that in a giant database which is exploitable by America's adversaries.

Yes, this matters. Let the Patriot Act expire!

+ - Creationists Stuffing Google Ballot Box With Bogus Propaganda

Submitted by reallocate
reallocate writes: Looks like some Creationists are stuffing the Google ballot box ( Ask it "What happened to the dinosaurs?" and you'll see links to Creationist sites pushed to the top. (And, right now, several hits to sites taking note of it.)

Google has a feedback link waiting for you to use it.

Comment: Re:How about a converted 122-key "typewriter"? (Score 1) 147

by sethstorm (#49716807) Attached to: Mechanical 'Clicky' Keyboards Still Have Followers (Video)

Those modifications were my doing.

What do you do about the Enter key on the numeric keypad? The F has a stabilizer wire which the M lacks, so if you put the black key on as-is it sits limply and doesn't click properly.

Use one of the stabilizer plugs on the lower barrel (gray, plugs in one of the barrels). It'll work just fine.

Similarly, the spacebar stabilizer wire is different - how do you get the black spacebar to attach properly?

One of the stabilizer wires will attach to the M13 spacebar and the keyboard itself.

I see that whoever did that mod changed the F to ANSI layout. I kept mine as ISO but that meant I had to stay with a few non-black keys.

That's also my doing. Unlike the M, changing keys requires less toolwork; you only need a flat-tip screwdriver, pliers, and careful attention as the plate cover slides right out.

The only word of caution that I have is that fixing broken traces is a PITA.

Comment: Higher degree of personal freedom versus others (Score 1) 249

Enough with the economic nationalism already.

Not going to happen as long as there's an effort to oppose US citizens. No sense in taking envious jabs out at the modern-day Roman Empire just because you live on the wrong side of it.

Why do kids born in America deserve higher wages and better jobs than immigrants?

The US has a higher degree of personal freedom not present in nearly all the offshoring destinations. In every sense of the word, businesses in this environment hate freedom.

Are the immigrants not human too?

Guest workers are not immigrants. Before you ask, mine came to live long, prosperous lives as citizens.

I would just respond that this same globalization has pulled far more humans out of poverty than any aid program ever has or will.

The vast body of evidence would point to a large wealth transfer that penalizes freedom.

Comment: Then stop justifying it. (Score 1) 249

A potential hire is not better or more deserving of a job just by virtue of being an American.

Given that the American has more freedom than the typical guest worker (or their home country), that alone is enough justification.

Companies I have been at have lost good talent due to visa snafus and quota and time limits.

There was even better talent that was right in the US. Unfortunately, you weren't willing enough to work with US citizens in good faith.

So stop pretending that H1B visa holders are a threat to some supposed right you have to a job you do not otherwise qualify for.

Then stop with the unrealistic requirements that are designed solely to disqualify US citizens. The citizens are qualified, especially those that are asked to train guest worker replacement, you just have an anti-citizen bias. Your best bet would be to prepare to accept the idea that US citizens are qualified.

The guest worker program has never been about freedom; it has been about making an end-run around the Constitution's provisions prohibiting slavery and indentured servitude.

Comment: Violate economics for geopolitical purposes? No. (Score 1) 249

Economics does not work that way.

A decrease in the labor supply (a supply curve shift to the left) will cause a shortage, with an increase in required wages to meet equilibrium. If what you and the guest workers said was correct about shortages, then wages would go up - not down.

An increase in the labor supply (a supply curve shift to the right) will cause a surplus, with a decrease in required wages to meet equilibrium. This is what really is happening, since there is an increase in the labor supply beyond what the equilibrium will support.

Geopolitical interference with developed nations like the United States, such that citizens are purposefully and systematically excluded from selection, is a valid explanation.

Money cannot buy love, nor even friendship.