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Comment: Just Political Posturing (Score 4, Informative) 407

I believe this is just political posturing before they sign the bill to substantially increase the number of H1Bs. Now they can say that they "attempted" to punish companies who violate the rules of the H1B program.

From TFA:
"This letter is a significant development in this contentious issue. It arrives at the same time that lawmakers are pushing a substantial increase in H-1B visas under the I-Squared bill, legislation that would raise the H-1B cap. Two of the co-sponsors of the I-Squared bill also signed the letter asking for an investigation into H-1B program practices."

Comment: Re: Saudi Arabia, etc. (Score 1) 653

by srichard25 (#49418061) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

There is a pretty big distinction between providing service to someone and being forced to participate in an action that you find morally reprehensible. See if you can spot the difference:

A black baker is forced to attend a KKK rally to cater it.

A black man is forced to bake a cake for a KKK member that will be used at a KKK rally.

Comment: Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 347

by srichard25 (#49142489) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

I agree. Estimates aren't a problem for teams that understand what "estimate" means. It isn't exact. It can't be exact. As long as you respect it for what it is, then it is a powerful planning tool.

The next time a business person gripes about estimates not being accurate enough, ask him/her to estimate (to the minute) how long it will them to drive home during rush hour traffic. When they start complaining about how an unexpected accident would cause the estimate to be very inaccurate, then a light bulb will go off.

Comment: The biggest challenge? (Score 5, Insightful) 186

by srichard25 (#49115641) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

"The biggest challenge however is one that both Apple and Google face: Only a small fraction of the 10 million or so retail outlets in the U.S.–220,000 at last count–have checkout readers that can accept payments from either system."

That's not the biggest challenge. The biggest challenge is that it is no more convenient or reliable to pay a bill with my smartphone than it is with a credit card. My credit card doesn't run out of power. And I don't have to worry about it not getting a good connection inside a store. And I don't have to worry about pulling out a $500 phone and juggling it around every time I want to pay for something.

By Oct 2015 most banks will be issuing smart credit cards that make it much harder to commit fraud. Some of them will come with NFC and support "tap to pay' just like a smartphone. But they will be much cheaper and much more reliable.

Paying by smartphone is a solution in search of a problem.

Comment: Re:News (Score 3, Insightful) 211

by srichard25 (#49097439) Attached to: 800,000 Using HealthCare.gov Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

Walmart can't haul me out of my bed in the middle of the night for questioning. Amazon can't use a drone to kill me without due process. Microsoft would get shut down if they spied on people as much as the NSA.

The government has power over a person's freedom, privacy, and very life. Therefore, they MUST be drastically limited in power and completely transparent in all that they do. The people who founded this country understood that concept.

Comment: Re:News (Score 2) 211

by srichard25 (#49097417) Attached to: 800,000 Using HealthCare.gov Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

Obamacare REQUIRED insurance policies to cover conditions that were not previously required (ex: maternity care for a 60 year old woman). It also forced insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions that weren't covered before. It also forced insurance companies to cover young adults on their parents' policies. All of these policies HAVE gone into effect and have increased premiums.

Comment: Re:"Just" four million? (Score 4, Funny) 117

Sorry, but to qualify for the "Too Big To Fail" corporate welfare program you must have contributed at least 1 million to various political campaigns in the past and show means to contribute at least that amount in the future. Politicians need to eat after all.

Comment: James Risen vs James Rosen (Score 1, Insightful) 55

by srichard25 (#48587651) Attached to: Attorney General Won't Force New York Times Reporter To Reveal Source

Luckily, he is James Risen from the New York Times and he only tipped off terrorists to how they were being tracked, so the Obama administration sees no need to press him further. If he were James Rosen from Fox News trying to keep watch on our own government, then he would be labeled a criminal co-conspirator and flight risk by Eric Holder so that they could trace his phone calls and emails.

Comment: Re:Yeesh (Score 1) 584

by srichard25 (#48528021) Attached to: Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

The "something" that changed around 2000 is that people started expecting significantly more from software and programming became much exponentially more complex. I know plenty of Cobol programmers that can handle developing very basic green screens, but couldn't handle developing a 3-tier web application. At this point, software development changed from something that many people could do, to something that only very talented individuals could do.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins