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Comment: Re:The US does not have an IT talent monopoly (Score 1) 441

by sycodon (#47732361) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Complete Fucking Bullshit.

Like it or not, we have system that DOES control who works here. They want an exception so they can hire cheaper people. Their arguments aren't based on technological superiority, but costs. They fire people and then whine that they have no one and need to import workers

If they want to hire people from outside the U.S, set up shop overseas. Don't bring the Third World here.

Comment: Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (Score 5, Insightful) 441

by sycodon (#47729039) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

So this tool just shit on U.S. workers and claims that people who are essentially nothing but ITT Tech graduates from a third world country are superior.

They are cheaper, more subservient, less likely to push for raises, and are perfectly happy work 60-80 our weeks.

I'm sure he has illegals mowing his lawn too. I wonder if Google Car can be programed to run someone down.

Comment: Reactors and Magnetic Shielding (Score 1) 61

by sycodon (#47707087) Attached to: Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

Putting aside the logistics of getting a reactor to Mars (along with a myriad of other things that are currently "put aside") what size reactor/electrical powerplant/whatever would you need in order to provide the same protection from cosmic radiation as does the Earth's magnetic field and atmosphere?

Comment: Re:Expert?? (Score 3, Insightful) 442

by sycodon (#47690231) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

I would suspect many people don't understand what it takes to get power from the power plant to your house. It's not just a case of power lines. It is a delicate balancing act between all manner of components that require constant monitoring and adjustment to prevent imbalances that can result in grid failures.

Adding supplies that are unreliable/unpredictable would be quite some dancing on a 2x4...on edge, 100ft above the ground.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 145

by sycodon (#47665449) Attached to: The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

Banks were implicitly threaten with audits if their loan profiles didn't meet certain expectations. It's the same with Operation Choke Point today where they are told they will probably be audited if they don't conform their client list to excluded businesses that match certain profiles.

Don't confuse explicit demands with implicit threats, which can be just as effective in controlling behavior.

Comment: Stupid (Score 1) 145

by sycodon (#47663365) Attached to: The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

No one argues for unregulated markets.

Reasonable regulation, built on experience, is all that people ask for and all that is needed.

Forcing companies to provide mortgages to people who are patently unqualified is an example of unreasonable regulations that resulted in untold devastation to the economy.

Now, the Feds are going around telling banks that these businesses are "bad" and that if they provide service to them, they'll be audited from top to bottom. It is a defacto suppression of Free Enterprise based on a political viewpoint.

And for those of you that would say this is a good thing, what would you say when at some point, abortion providers suddenly become "bad" businesses?

People like Waxman and others would love for us to have a Command Economy, if not literally, at least virtually. Since that is fundamentally immoral and 100% incompatible with our Constitution and the laws which flow from it, they are trying an end run around the issue with targeted regulations designed not to protect the consumers, but to encourage/discourage businesses to achieve the same results.

At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying.