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Comment Re:People are not the largest cost of doing busine (Score 1) 87

Oh noes! Congress might raise minimum wage! Here's an interesting factoid:

Average worker hourly rate in 1965: 19.61$
Average worker hourly rate in 2007: 19.71$

Average CEO hourly rate in 1965: 490.31$
Average CEO hourly rate in 2007: 5419.97$

You know what, I don't think that congress raising minimum wage is where we should focus our attention...

Comment Re:Just downloaded the Android version (Score 1) 234

Not that I want to defend the contractor, but perhaps it's not their fault. I've oftentimes had to develop crappy products because I absolutely had to follow the provided specs. The customer just wouldn't listen to our suggestions for improvements.

We can't assume that the people in charge at the government were actually competent and sometimes you've just gotta do what they ask if you want to get paid, no matter how crappy it is.

Add to this the ever changing specs and scope creep problem of most government projects and a 1 day project lasts a month.

Comment Re:About time (Score 1) 548

Yeah, but if I'm in NY and buying something from an online retailer with a headquarters in CA, do I pay NY tax or CA tax or both? What if that online retailer also has offices in FL, which taxes win?

Therein lies the problem with taxing online purchases.

It is unfair, but it's also a complicated issue to fix.

Comment Re:Bipartisan support (Score 1) 548

Actually, I don't mind paying for it. What I do mind however is the amount of money that is wasted by the government with redundancy, inefficiency, redundancy and bureaucracy. So before asking me for more money, use the cash that you're already getting from me in a better way and then I might be inclined to give you more.

Comment Re:Excuses (Score 1) 948

He's a lawyer, his job is to lead your attention to something irrelevant so that you forget what the real issue is; barring that, he's trying to shift the blame onto the victim. Essentially, he's jiggling his keys so that we focus on the shiny instead instead of the fact that he beat his daughter.

As your comment demonstrates, it ain't working.

Comment Re:So this is why I have to use Good Mail (Score 1) 533

Although it may not apply to you, sometimes there's a reason for the nuisance you're describing. In my case, I work with Patient Health Information which is protected by HIPAA. If any of that info gets out, via a lost laptop/blackberry for example, my company can be fined up to 50k per record (imagine if you're rocking a full db worth of PHI data).

So yeah, having to unlock your device with a password, then your email with another and then wait for decryption is painful, but sometimes it's necessary.

Comment Re:Summary is moronic (Score 2) 593

Humm... he's complaining that the contractors are charging 170k for a given job, yet paying the actual person doing said job about 80k (less than the national average and less than a government employed equivalent). In the poster's experience, the contractor isn't actually providing anything, the government pays the utilities, the office space and provides the equipment. So that extra 90k is for... uh... to make sure that the contracted employees fill out their timesheets, and... uh... that's it.

He's not saying he wants to eliminate that 306 billion, just that a lot of fat could be trimmed if contractors that only provide employees would be eliminated and the people hired directly by the government.

Unfortunately, that won't happen because governments like to say "we've cut 50 000 government positions! yay us!" but at the same time, they hire 50 000 contractors for twice the cost (obviously, that last part is left out from their news briefs).

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