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Comment Re:In Other Words... (Score 1) 432

Think. Are big cab companies among Hillary Clinton's big corporate donors? I'd say she's a lot more likely to get money from Uber than from non-existent multi-national cab companies.

Are you suggesting that cab companies are disqualified because they're not multi-national or that they have not been acting in collusive and predatory ways?

I have no love for Hillary Clinton and will not vote for her, but it's reasonable to talk about what the American workplace is going to look like if the corporations have their way. Maybe you're OK with taking in peoples' wash and sewing for low pay, no benefits or sick days, and a friendly "fuck you" when you're too old to work, but most people are not.

What would your opinion of Hillary have to do with whether she receives donations from ? Regarding what looks like a "not a living wage" argument about Uber/etc., do you envision any job anywhere that doesn't pay enough to live on by itself including benefits, sick days, and no pension/retirement? If all jobs are forced to pay above what would be considered the poverty line salary, what might you imagine would happen to prices of goods overall? Regarding low pay, no benefits/sick days, and no retirement, how do you suppose being a small business owner fits into that equation?

Comment Offshore platforms (Score 1) 195

How, pray tell, are you going to regulate Chinese or other nations' platforms that are (just) outside of your territorial waters?

Related: regulating (punitively, not preventatively) the companies from your own countries that produce oil such that they outsource it to companies that are not under your country's legislative purview does exactly what for saving Gaia?

I'm all for environmental conscience but if you are going to settle for curb-stomping the companies you can get to in lieu of the ones you can't, does that make it an agenda rather than a strategy? What might you expect (economically speaking) the markets to do when this happens? Can you think of any other markets where capricious non-uniform regulations have resulted in unintended consequences?

Comment Re:Reasons I'm not a judge. (Score 3, Insightful) 331

I don't believe someone needs to die to warrant a bigger sentence. The fact is, this psychopath put many people in harms way and got their doors broken down and live guns pointed at them. The fact that nobody died is a miracle

If the Swat team response to an unverified phone call is to put people's lives at such severe risk as you describe, the problem is with the police, not the teenage idiot who placed the fake calls.

Let's say you have a guy you know likes baseball. You wanna SWAT him, because you don't like his hairdo. You call the police and in a very convincing bit of acting, claim (very distraught voice) that he has already beaten his son to death with a baseball bat and is threatening to beat his wife to death, too.

Or you know a guy that lives in South Carolina and has a Federal Firearms License, works at a shooting range, or just has a large collection of firearms, some on display over the mantle in view of the front windows/door. You call the police and again in a very convincing act, claim he is loading his guns and claiming he's going to head out in a few minutes to shoot up the capitol for taking down the confederate flag.

In situations where minutes can matter in saving a potential victim's life, and where you cannot control things like that guy's son playing with a toy M-16 in the dark or the first guy teaching his wife swing motions with a bat in the front lobby, would you suppose things might get misinterpreted as an imminent life-threatening situation by the police where they must make a potentially terminal decision based on purposefully misrepresented (but believable) information?

Here's the problem with that worldview: the police have to be right 100% of the time to fit your definition of "not evil," but you only have to be right once to claim they are evil, in a sort of pre-destined post-hoc-propter-hoc circle that just proves the GP's point. N'est-ce pas?

Comment I'd like "What is history?" for $500, Alex. (Score 5, Insightful) 135

When did learning about history or using historical figures, locations or groups in games or other activities become verboten? If we are to apply this crap objectively and consistently, then we need to make sure we ban everything that anyone anywhere ever could possibly be offended by, just so nobody suffers from undue loss of self-esteem or panic attacks or feel that their positions are not getting equal respect.

Books with any controversial name? BANNED
TV shows that say certain trigger words? BANNED
Cars named after people or places that someone fears? BANNED
Documentaries about terrible events in history? BANNED

Where, pray tell, does it end? When did people lose all ability to process input on a rational and contextual basis? /smh

Comment Hypothesis: results from firing restrictions (Score 1) 179

With all the regulations and civil litigation around termination, and articles on the psychological "harm" caused by being too honest with certain types of people (read: millennial special snowflake types), is it any wonder that companies that have to go through an act of congress to fire someone are more wary of hiring someone without a lot of verification? Consider also that since about the late '90s, when someone called you as a reference for someone, you could only say, "Yes, that person worked here on the dates specified." How else would a company hedge their bets?

Comment Y'all are acting like this is all new (Score 2) 229

HP did the exact same thing, but rather than using H1B people here in the US, they just completely outsourced everything to Foxconn, Lite-on, etc. Many of us in the PC/software industry have been training replacements since the end of the 20th century. Interestingly enough, it's the small shops where our skills are still valued. I suspect that's because small shops are still dynamic environments where the ability to think outside of the box and make qualitative judgements on a daily basis is valued, as opposed to entrenched organizations that have well-documented tools and processes that anyone with sufficient reading comprehension skills can follow step-by-step and get some work done.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled outrage.

Comment "Blunt" vs "Aggressive" (Score 3, Insightful) 323

I wonder: would the same people that advocated the "calling females 'bossy' = sexist" view use consistent logic and assert that calling males "aggressive" is code for "I'm basically unable to defend my own position, am losing the argument, and therefore must apply guile and ad hominem attacks to stand my ground?" Be honest, now.

Is how someone interprets your criticism of their work defined by how much face they stand to lose if they're wrong, regardless of whether the criticism is grounded in facts and experience?

Comment Re:Pointless study (Score 1) 216

There are two broad groups of people on this:

1) People think it's fine for the government to subsidize some industry.
2) People who think the government should not subsidize industry.

Uh, nope. As someone lumped into your purported "group 2," there is a group 3: people who think government subsidies should have accountability, transparency, and strict rules against any subsidies going to someone related to a sitting member of any of the three branches of government.

It's not that "gubmint BAD!" it's inefficient, unaccountable, untouchable, too-big-to-fail government. We all understand some good things come out of government occasionally. I wonder what would happen if we applied the same regulatory fervor to the government's cash outlays as some desire we do with private industries. Then again, who pays the fine when government gets held accountable. Oh, right. The same small businesses and private individuals that can't get millions in loans and favorable land deals because they're not related to someone in D.C.

Comment Questions (Score 1) 830

What system was in use in the US during the planning and design of the Apollo missions?

What system was in use in the US during WWII?

Need I go on?

The funny thing is that the US is already moving to support Metric units in lots of things, and we're getting better at "guesstimating" metric lengths as that happens. But apparently some people want to force the change to happen overnight rather than letting it gradually take over, like millions of people will die tomorrow if it doesn't happen. I wonder what agenda is at work here, since honest scientists/mathematicians/engineers realize that needlessly perturbing things when it's already evolving in the right direction absent critical need is counterproductive.

Comment Hmm... (Score 2, Insightful) 1094

So, they want the government to force the minimums up higher to "living wages," but they don't think everything else will just inflate along with it? Everyone's salaries go up, too! Yay! Wait, groceries and gas just went up too! BOO! Whoa, the dollar is now worth 2 pesos? QUICK, CASH IN YOUR MONIES FROM ACAPULCO! Dude, where's my retirement savings?

Comment Music discovery (Score 5, Interesting) 244

That's a good phrase. I've purchased perhaps a third of the music I own because I heard a song (or snippet of a song) in a video or just tripped across something I liked while surfing youtube. "This video has been muted due to an audio copyright claim by FuckMeI'mAnIdiot Publishing" would seem to be quite as self-defeating as normal folks claim.

Comment Re:Around the block (Score 1) 429

You know what I've learned after all these years. I may not know "what works", but I sure do know what won't.

Gosh, you just said one of the things I dislike the most about the old timers. They tried something, they failed at it, and the conclusion they bring to the table is unpossible!

To be sure, by all means yes, I want to hear about what went wrong the last time around, but one failed attempt does not prove much.

As I remind them every time, the real lesson they bring is that, if we were to do exactly what you did, back at that moment in time, we would fail... likely.

Instead I refocus the meeting on whether it really is different this time around: has technology evolved? the market place matured? are we architecting the solution differently? better team? etc. /rant

And you just made one of the rookie I'm-a-manager/architect-hear-me-roar ASSumptions that I detest as a rational individual: you put up your own strawmen any time you run across someone that sounds like that guy you disagreed with but weren't able to intelligently understand and work with to arrive at a common understanding and path forward.

We had a crotchety old bastard at my office a few years ago. People would dismiss him out of hand because he was gruff and unsympathetic to the care and feeding of the youths' fragile self-esteem; i.e. he would call a stupid idea a stupid idea. Turns out after a couple of failed efforts at a few things that he was exactly right on all counts. And the projects that he worked on that went well, went well because people trusted his knowledge enough to discuss his answers from a position of accept-then-attempt-to-disprove rather than your-presentation-sucks-we-aren't-listening-to-you-neener-neener.

So, yeah, I'll take a competent, gruff old asshole over an inexperienced and self-important noobie any day. Related: always strikes me as ironic how the Social Justice Warrior/Bleeding Heart type tends to be so dismissive of the Old Bastards in modern western societies, *in spite of the preponderance of evidence of their competency.* /smh

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.