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Comment Re:Give the consumers a refund on what they paid (Score 0) 48

Constitutional rights, for the most part, apply only about the government. For example, a business is free to limit speech or prohibit people from carrying firearms on their premises.

Casinos can prevent you from coming on to their property even though a casino is open to the public (above the age of 21). They don't even have to give a reason.

In the case of Google, there is no 9th Amendment violation of your right to privacy since the government isn't involved. You are using their service, free of charge. They make the rules.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 0) 402

It's called citing your sources and peer review.

That doesn't matter any more. Look at Trump's claims about vaccines and autism. How many times has it been shown the study he cites is completely fake? How many discussions on here have gone over this same subject?

Witness Trump's comments about vote fraud. He says it took place but cites no evidence. In fact, when he filed to stop the vote recounts he explicitly cited no evidence of vote fraud taking place so there was no reason for the recounts.

I could go on but it's quite clear citing evidence, showing the facts and everything which is normally done to show how one side is lying, is no longer effective. Instead, the more evidence one shows the more they are shouted down. Why? Because showing evidence and facts hurts people's feelings. It forces them to admit they're wrong and in so doing makes them feel bad. Evolution anyone?

Comment Removal of visual cues (Score 5, Insightful) 139

The search text field no longer has a box around it, and the left hand pane has a hint of translucency to it.

In other words, making it more difficult for people to figure out where the box is located to do anything. What next, will the search box be made 90% translucent and float around your screen?

Comment Double-edged sword (Score 1, Insightful) 626

These companies might want to be careful with this move. They keep claiming they're not overlooking/bypassing/not hiring U.S. workers for cheaper, overseas labor, yet here they are claiming this ban will affect their operations because they rely heavily on workers from these countries.

They claim there is a shortage of tech workers, and have been for decades, yet each year thousands of workers are laid off and thousands of new graduates enter the workforce. To claim they can't find someone while at the same time screaming they need to have these overseas workers to fill slots is disingenuous and hypocritical and does nothing to help their case.

Comment Re:Labor shortage in engineering? (Score 5, Informative) 477

Considering the tens of thousands of software developers and engineers who are laid off each year by companies such as Microsoft, Google, Cisco and so on, and all the people coming into the market after graduation, I don't think that pool will ever be empty.

What might be empty are people with the exact qualifications a company may want, but all that needs to be done is a little retraining.

If companies insist on wanting someone with the exact, no-other-options, candidate for a position and are unwilling to offer training, they deserve to go under.

Comment Asimov's quote (Score 5, Insightful) 366

The whole debate about climate change is because of three specific groups:

Those who want to suppress the science because it might interfere with them making a profit, those who don't want to admit climate change because they believe having to change will interfere with their way of life, and those who think being ignorant and ignoring the facts is the way to go.

This was summed up quite nicely by Asimov:

"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'"

Comment Sure, why not. (Score 1, Insightful) 381

is talking with the state of Pennsylvania among others about getting the land and electricity subsidies

I'm sure with Pennsylvania's current $600 million budget deficit the folks in Harrisburg will be more than willing to hand over tens of millions of dollars in subsidies with a payback timeframe of decades.

Who wouldn't?

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