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Comment Re:Oregon is NOT a right-to-work state (Score 3) 114

For one, this is about Seattle. Seattle is in Washington (State), not Oregon.

Second, Unions, like most organized groups of humans, can be good or bad, depending on who is running them, and how accountable the membership holds them. There are many unions whose members are quite pleased with them, because they believe they gain more in terms of improved wages and benefits than they pay in terms of union dues.

And more importantly, this does not impose a union on these drivers - it merely grants them the choice of whether or not they want one.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 537

Whether it is or isn't, it's easy to see that this is not what the program tends to wind up being used for in the majority of cases. Most of the H1Bs are being used by contract outsourcers like Tata and Infosys, where they help other companies skirt around the provisions of not replacing US workers with H1Bs (because it's not a direct replacement, it's deciding to outsource an entire division, that those companies wind up being the lowest bidder on, etc).

That said, it doesn't mean there aren't companies using the law for what it was intended for - just that there's rampant abuse, and it needs fixing.

Comment Re:Random aspersions (Score 4, Insightful) 280

Just because someone is good at getting city bureaucrats in line doesn't mean they know jack squat about information security. I've dealt with lots of very successful people who run large businesses in various industries, and are very good at that. They're good in their field, but they don't know infosec. The ones who realize that (and that it's important) hire people who do know it... something Giuliani clearly hasn't done.

I certainly don't expect Giuliani himself to go code up a solution or configure his servers himself. I do expect that he ought to know the importance of hiring good people, and of showing people that you know what you're talking about. Would you hire a plumber who has a broken toilet he can't/won't fix in his own shop's bathroom?

Comment Re:Well... (Score 4, Interesting) 200

First, this isn't a law yet. The Republicans have a majority in the statehouse, but the governor is a Democrat (though I haven't seen any word on how he intends to respond). That said, there's already a law on the books restricting Municipal broadband. Most of the built-up suburbs have at least two options between FiOS and Cable (mostly Comcast, but Cox has a few counties including Fairfax, the biggest DC suburban one). Currently the only part that has municipal broadband is Bristol, in the southwestern part of the state on the Tennessee border, where they have full FTTP. Unfortunately, it's not exactly a large city (population ~17k).

Overall the state isn't a bad place to live, though it has its crazy quirks, and some parts of it are very different from others. Most of the tech jobs are up near or in DC, and relate to the Federal Government in some way. The DC suburbs are pricy and traffic sucks (though not as bad as the Bay Area still). The weather usually isn't too bad, though people have no clue how to drive in snow. The food is pretty good, and you're well positioned between both the Northern and Southern regions of the country.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 114

I've actually been pretty pleased with Crunchyroll's simulcasting of new series. While they don't always have all the ones I want, there's always lots of new stuff with the episodes posted with full subtitles at the same time it goes on the air in Japan (because Crunchyroll gets the episode ahead of time, in order to subtitle it).

Comment Re:The list sucks (Score 1) 114

Yeah, I'm not seeing anything in the list that says to me "Here is something you can't get with existing services." I don't mind coughing up $5 a month,-if- it's something I'm going to use. Amazon needs to make that use case to me, because I'm just not convinced that I should either a) replace my Crunchyroll sub with this service, or b) augment my Crunchyroll sub with this.

Comment Re:Only remove it for California (Score 0) 218

So you would be in favor of allowing people to do things like incite riots, or urge others to commit terrorist acts, or to call for the violent overthrow of the US Government? Sending information on troop movements to an enemy country in time of war? I'm merely playing devil's advocate here, but it seems to me that while freedom of speech/expression is very important, and should be given the benefit of the doubt in almost every case, there do exist exceptions that can be implemented in a reasonable and just society without immediately resulting in a slippery slope to tyranny. The key, I think, is that there has to be a reasonable and recognizable standard for when something else supercedes that.

Incidentally, there's also something of a legal difference between "Freedom of Speech" as we have in the USA, and "Freedom of Expression" as they have in Canada and some other western democracies. I'm not a lawyer, but my understanding is that there's a bit of nuance there between what is and isn't allowed.

Comment Twitter (Score 2) 161

Twitter seems to be a pretty effective place to take your complaints about a product/company in order to get satisfaction. It's far more likely to get a response, it seems, than other methods like contacting them directly. I suppose the lesson is that companies are eager to quickly (or more quickly) react to potential bad publicity than they are about the complaints of one specific customer.

Comment Re: Meh (Score 2) 574

Their oath isn't to the president - it's to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. The vast majority of the defense and intelligence community (because there's a huge overlap, and several of the 17 agencies are part of the military, plus many of those who aren't are chock full of veterans) also tend to be highly professional about doing their jobs regardless of who's in charge, particularly the rank and file analysts who do the actual work on this stuff.

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