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Comment: Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (Score 1) 234

by wonkavader (#48266825) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People

No, that doesn't follow.

The handout to the employee enables the corporation to employ workers at a lower rate, and without it they could not -- they would be forced to pay more because their workers would die at the rates they paid them.

The hypothetical handout to the corporation might get it to pay more, but not only would it not be required to, it could have paid that extra money without the handout.

See nbauman's link above:

Comment: Re:Maybe we should actually penalize companies (Score 1) 286

by wonkavader (#48217761) Attached to: Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

You are incorrect.

The workers they brought over were not allowed to work in the US. If they had been on H1Bs, they would have to have been paid competitive rates for skilled workers (you can't bring over H1Bs unless they have skills you can't find enough of in the US) so they must be worth $20 an hour at least. If the workers had had real work visas they could have gotten low skill jobs which paid a bit more than minimum wage and would have gotten overtime, would have had some rights, could have negotiated with their employers, gotten raises, changed companies, etc. Certainly they needn't have worked for EFI and gotten minimum wage and no overtime.

So this company didn't save $40,000. They saved more than $80,000. And the government looked right at them and yet still somehow managed to look the other way.

So your points are logically correct, but they save more like 40 cents on the dollar even if they're caught 100% of the time.

Yes, jailing EFI's board of directors would be a start. They are responsible for the company and ultimately, if you can't figure out who really broke the law here, they're responsible. They are also the most likely to affect change, once they get out of prison.

Comment: Quisat Custodies ipsos custodes is from Juvenal. (Score 2) 455

by wonkavader (#47796311) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

"Quisat Custodies ipsos custodes" is a fragment of s rant by Juvenal and what he means is that your wife will be such a slut that she'll bribe the people you pay to watch her so she can screw everything that moves. Possibly including the watchment themselves. He's saying you can't trust women. It's not a comment on how to run a government.

It's still appropriate, but you should know where your quotes come from.

+ - Mayday Anti-PAC on its second round of funding->

Submitted by wonkavader
wonkavader (605434) writes "Lawrence Lessig's MAYDAY.US Super PAC to end all Super PACs (and more) is now on it's second round of funding. The PAC has been reported on here before, but now the numbers are bigger. They hit their $1 million first goal easily, but now they aim to get another $5 million in the same time period. Lessig says that he's arranged for matching, again. It seems like the goals will be even higher in 2016: "For 2014, our goal is to raise $12 million and use it to make fundamental reform the key issue in five congressional races. And we’ll apply what we learn then to 2016." While his initial funding campaign got some reporting in the mainstream media, there seems to be general silence this time around."
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Comment: I have Comcast (Score 1) 224

by wonkavader (#46851081) Attached to: How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?
My Internet connection comes from Comcast. This means there are several wildly over-stressed routers between me and the other end of my VPN. There are days when I cannot work at all. I need a gigabit connection because it will come from a company other than Comcast, and I'll be able to dump them.

Comment: Re:I like this idea (Score 4, Interesting) 426

by wonkavader (#46070059) Attached to: Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

Let me add just a bit to your comment on Spanish. Spanish is the single easiest commonly used, spoken language an American can learn. It has a TINY vocabulary (you can claim fluency knowling well less than 10,000 words). There are native speakers all around you who love talking to English speakers in Spanish (not only is it hilarious, the English speakers are buying things and helping them makes them repeat customers). It's actually USEFUL, and you can start putting it to good use right away in almost any state. Try that with German! And then there's what you said.

ASL is also dead-easy, but it's not spoken, per se, not really written, and only useful in deaf schools. That said, you lean ASL and you can pick up other SLs accross the globe faster than anyone can pick up a new spoken language, and there's deaf folk in every country.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354