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Comment well (Score 1) 159

At least, they have a sense of humor about it. "But no credit card numbers were stolen"? Who would need that after they have your SSN, full name, address, birthday, driver's license and PASSPORT NUMBER? That's enough to have any credit card you want. Wait, they don't have a sense of humor, do they? They are not kidding, are they? They really do think this cloud has a silver lining? Oh, what the hell. If the Secretary of State can send emails through an unsecured server, and the IRS has a 6-month's data retention policy and can get away with claiming 6 simultaneous employees' harddrives crashed right after receiving subpoenas, maybe Experian does get to get away with "but no credit card numbers were stolen" bull shit.

Comment Re: aha (Score 1) 109

Personal bankruptcy is still legal. So debt is forgivable. Obviously, the it's not an easy procedure nor is it painless. If it were, credit would not exist because it would be meaningless. We don't have debtor jails. And it's illegal for smaller administrative entities (towns and counties) to pass laws which would result in imprisonment as a result of debt.

College is only a nominal barrier to employment at this point because most majors do not prepare students for work-related skills so even student debt is not something that needs to become a burden for anyone with a good personal aptitude for learning and a good work ethic.

No one can restrict a person's normal functioning in the society as a result of foolishly assumed debt. H1B visas, however, do restrict people's rights down to effectively nothing. So there is a de facto indentured servitude (you must work for X number of years before your company agrees to petition to make you a bona fide "resident" of the US rather than a "visiting" worker). But this cedes immigration decisions to employers of IT, and often higher technical skills, workers.

Immigration decisions are an effective cudgel to keep workers inline and to restrict their movement. As much as I am against unions, as long as they do exist, humor me this hypothetical question: what is more likely to stop workers from organizing in a union? A large amount of debt or the fact that they are on H1B visas? It's not about salaries or other fringe benefits. It's about work conditions.

It also reduces the pace of innovation because workers have much less opportunities to leave their employers and start their own companies to solve problems which they know exist in the market place. Then you get the argument that a lot of the innovation comes from college graduates coming up with new ideas. But that's not true. An indentured servant has no reason to innovate. He only risks innovating himself out of a job. If he could leave his employer and take a risk (the way a resident alien could), he would be able to take a chance on his idea succeeding in a mark place. Capitalism itself is being undermined by a poorly conceived immigration policy which only exists to perpetuate status quo, but which, in fact, exacerbates many of the problem which its proponents claim to try to solve.

Comment Re: aha (Score 1) 109

Jesus H Christ! You are both so full of shit! Debt is hardly indentured servitude. You are sooooooo very much deflecting from the the actual slave class -- the H1B visa holders. If they were given Green Cards instead of H1B visas it would solve the tech gap, the lack of STEM education and all the rest.

Comment Re:aha (Score 1) 109

Nah. Everyone has debt. Hell, even the government has "debt". Let's call it "work visas". H1B. You get fired = you get deported. You wouldn't want your family (hehe, just kidding... you don't have time for a family, but say you do) to get uprooted because you are too lazy to work 14 hour days, would you?

Comment aha (Score 4, Insightful) 109

And Russia will lead the world in railroad shipping in the mid 20th century unless we something NOW (int the early 1900s) to lay down as much railroad infrastructure as we can. It doesn't matter than we must produce a 2nd class of citizens living in indentured servitude as they lay down these rails along our West Coast. They are just Chinamen. We need to realize the urgency of creating this essential infrastructure or we'll be overwhelmed from the west. Oh, wait, duh. Wrong century. I mean Internet... not railroad... oh, and those garlic eating Eastern Europeans and the curry-smelling Indians... THEY must be made into an indentured servant class to protect our vital national interests. Hmm... so how do we create indentured servitude without calling it "indentured servitude"?

Comment Re:This is true. (Score 1) 142

We are not trying to understand the messages. We are trying to understand whether there are any messages. And scientists from 50 years ago would most definitely be able to detect that our radio waves are not pure noise (and therefore are highly improbable to be naturally-occurring).

Comment he should know better (Score 1) 142

Snowden should really, really know better than to make this argument. Compression will always be necessary because the amount of information transferred generally outpaces the throughput capacity of data transfer channels. Encryption may increase the entropy of messages, but compression minimizes the entropy. So detecting lower-than-expected entropy in received information should occur fairly regularly if there is any intelligence communicating.
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Government Finds New Emails Clinton Did Not Hand Over 348

PolygamousRanchKid writes with this Reuters report that The U.S. Defense Department has found an email chain that Hillary Clinton failed to turn over to the State Department despite her saying she had provided all work emails from her time as Secretary of State.The correspondence with General David Petraeus, who was commander of U.S. Central Command at the time, started shortly before she entered office and continued during her first days as the top U.S. diplomat in January and February of 2009. News of the previously undisclosed email thread only adds to a steady stream of revelations about the emails in the past six months, which have forced Clinton to revise her account of the setup which she first gave in March. Nearly a third of all Democrats and 58 percent of all voters think Clinton is lying about her handling of her emails, according to a Fox News poll released this week.

Clinton apologized this month for her email setup, saying it was unwise. But as recently as Sunday, she told CBS when asked about her emails that she provided 'all of them.' The emails with Petraeus also appear to contradict the claim by Clinton's campaign that she used a private BlackBerry email account for her first two months at the department before setting up her account in March 2009. This was the reason her campaign gave for not handing over any emails from those two months to the State Department. The Petraeus exchange shows she started using the account by January 2009, according to the State Department.

Comment what do you mean 1 step closer? (Score 1) 243

California (or at least in LA county) already has increased penalties for criminal association (ie, gang membership). This isn't RICO-type penalties. These don't criminalize advise-and/or-coordination of criminal activities. They simply add jail time, if convicted, to acts already recognized as criminal acts. In other words, having friends who are gang members could potentially be used against a person to increase their penalty (years in jail) for non-coordinated criminal activity. This is not in Texas. This is in the "liberal" LA.

I am not a lawyer, but I am paraphrasing anecdotal story told my by a lawyer (practicing in LA). The key is that because gang "affiliation" is difficult to prove because gang members might be to scared to testify against other gang members, gang "association" (being seen together with a known gang members during non-criminal acts) is enough to imply that a person is a more hardened criminal.

Comment Re:Over 20 million employees? (Score 1) 71

I actually thought the 6% figure was shocking. Government employees (past and present) account for ~20% of the US GDP. This figure doesn't take into account the money paid by the government to other citizens (then the figure goes up to 35%). So if 6% of the population were consuming 20% of the GDP, they'd be considered a fairly wealthy class. Turns out it's less than 6% of the population (almost none of the past government contractors are on government pensions).

Comment well, maybe (Score 1) 71

maybe they are just negotiating with the individuals in possession of the information to um... sort it out so that the government itself can have efficient access to it? maybe even make it... umm... searchable... so they can figure out who's who? probably cheaper to pay terrorists to do it than the government contractors.

Comment Infosys (Score 1) 417

Ok, sure, it's anecdotal, but if we do want to talk about some measurement as silly as salary levels, I've gotten calls from recruiters trying to hire for Infosys in the US and the salaries they offered were at least %30-%40 lower than the market wages in the US. You can call it anecdotal, but Infosys is the largest outsourcing company in India. And now they are trying to prove that they local American workers are not available by pretending to try to hire locals at much lower wages.

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