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Comment Re:Migrants (Score 1) 199

These are not migrants. Migrants come here, get jobs here, live here, rent homes here, buy goods here, pay taxes here. When they leave here, the job stays here for someone else to take.

In this case, however, the not-migrants are coming here only long enough to be trained to do the job. They are then returning to their home land, taking the job with them. Any benefit to the American economy is either transient (i.e. during their training) or restricted to the decision makers in the company carrying it out. In net, it is a loss to the American economy.

Comment Re: Rajiv.. (Score 1) 199

They don't care if you can get a new job on short notice. They're planning to lay you off anyways.

From what I have been able to piece together, many Indian people's first language is an Indian English dialect, which is more different from the US/UK/Aus dialects than they are from each other. It can make for some "interesting but stupid" exchanges. What's worse, they are worse than the American stereotype of expecting non-Indian speakers to be able to follow their "crisp" Indian English dialect. They've even got a peculiar notion about self-promotion. What any other person would call self-promotion, they would say is not unless it fits into a strict set of circumstances I'm not particularly clear on.

Comment Tech Article Sins (Score 1) 38

Quick! Someone form a Tech Article Sins (if one doesn't already exist... I think a Cracked video hinted at the existence of one) and count up the number of "Sins" this article racks up. They are doing very well at the "describe a limiting factor using vague words" game, similar to the pronoun game.
"break the rules"
"fundamental constraints"
"hitherto unlikely"

Alright, so I've finally come across details that draw into question the article's assertion of an "optical switch using a single atom and accompanying circuitry", Some of us when thinking of an optical switch would consider some of the things they put in the "accompanying circuitry" column, port of the optical switch.

"Until recently, even I thought it was impossible for us to undercut this limit," said Professor Leuthold."

...Is not a follow-up to a quote by anyone on the team as to what limit he is referring to.

According to this article, all atoms are the same size, apparently.

There are a number of other sins, but I'm done with typing right now.

Comment Re: What? (Score 0) 72

Funny, I keep thinking that fiat currencies are the purest form of money that exists because it responds better to relative economic changes between regions. Haven't yet experienced anything to disabuse me of that notion. I'm starting a blog covering various ideas trotted out by bleakonomic believers and why they make no sense to me. Got quite a few books on the subject in preparation, though.

Comment Re: Is this really new? (Score 1) 49

The system may not need to show letters to get the letters right but somewhere in the brain there needs to be letters and somewhere in the machine there also needs to be letters.

As an aside, is anyone else having to relog in a lot on the mobile side of Slashdot?

Comment Re: No transit costs. (Score 1) 106

If their customers were paying the ISPs to connect only to the ISP's servers then you might have a point. If you don't use any of the high bandwidth features then you can get a lower capacity tier. If you charge your customers for the data they want brought to them and then charge the other side to bring the data to your customer, that's double charging and hides where the costs lie from the customer.

Comment Re: Militant Slashdot (Score 1) 292

Yeah, government oppression NEVER happens [rolls eyes].

Tell you what. Go to ANY local store and buy a Blu-Ray player. Pop in a BBC disc (say, a recent Doctor Who), and try to skip the previews. Just try it. Guess what? The government FORCES companies to make DVD players to not allow certain bits to be skipped. Yeah, that is for the good of you and I, sure. [rolls eyes].

Now, have you EVER heard of this group called the "NSA?" They actually got the metadata from most (if not all) cell phone calls for a while (and maybe they still are). Yup, no warrant, like the 4th Amendment says they have to get. Get this... the government went after an honest person who told the American citizens how their own government was breaking the law. They are trying to accuse Snowden of treason. Treason is helping the enemy. I guess the government considers the common people to be the enemy. [rolls eyes]

Oh, our government has actually targeted journalists with surveillance, and even sent the IRS after people and groups based on their political stance. Yeah, that is OK, right? [rolls eyes]

If you trust the government, then you have not been paying attention. Stop being ignorant -- you have only yourself to blame.

Comment Re:Guns save lives (Score 1) 292

I have heard two better hypothesis. Maybe one or the other, or both, are true.

1) Lead in the environment. No more lead in gas and paint. Lead, if I recall correctly, has been shown to increase violent behavior.

2) Abortion becoming legal. With more abortion, you have less criminals.

Note that NEITHER of these are my theories, and I don't have any personal opinions on either one. I am just parroting what I have heard elsewhere.

Comment Re: Timothy's Revenge (Score 2) 229

Yeah Bill, some advice from someone that waited until Thursday to sign up for an account unlike those of us that saw the future and signed up on Tuesday back 18 years ago!

I agree totally with what you say, but, like me, you are still in the comments here. We are both sad bastards. Can I buy you a drink sometime?

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