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Comment Re:Whatever happened to at-will employment? (Score 1) 72

Don't worry Congress & the Cheeto'n Charge will fix that so they don't have to worry about paying UI for the deadbeats they're getting rid of.

If UI (and workforce services, and reemployment services) had actually done anything except help leeches avoid working, Trump would not have been elected anyway.

I see we have another well informed Republican.

Oh, sorry. I thought we were still going by the white working class not getting support idea. I forgot we were now on the "It's Russia's fault" narrative.

Comment Re:Whatever happened to at-will employment? (Score 4, Interesting) 72

Termination being acceptable by either party for any legal reason... why do these special snowflakes think they are better than the rest of us?

The practice is completely illegal in the United States because of labor laws. You can certainly get rid of people, but you can't transfer them to a subsidiary to do it, that's considered Unemployment Insurance fraud. Companies pay UI tax based on their history of employment and layoffs, and benefits are based on the amount of time people worked at the company. When you transfer people to another company before getting rid of them, it hides your real employment figures and that of the employees, fraudulently providing yourself a tax benefit.

I don't know what the system is like in Canada, but in the US they would be civilly AND criminally liable based on Federal law and state statutes.

Comment Re:like this is going to matter. (Score 4, Interesting) 113

Are you really that dense? This is just for show. The cops will keep on illegally using it to spy on people, without warrants. They don't have to use it in court, just to spy on people and help them set up the situation.

It's actually worse than that. It's a Trojan horse. Note the final paragraph: "It also aims to combat high-tech stalking by creating criminal penalties for secretly using an electronic device to track someone's movements." Yea, they claim a goal, but that won't be part of the bill, just a new criminal penalty they can use to bludgeon citizens with. I guarantee no law enforcement will ever be charged with that new "crime", but you'll see it pop up in all kinds of indictments of anyone else the feds want to go after. This would make it illegal to, for example, use FindMyiPhone to figure out where your stolen phone is. Illegal to track your kids using either their phone or your car's GPS. EVERY divorce will have lawyers using this to try to get indictments of spouses. If you try to prove your wife was cheating on you by showing how you followed their location, you've now confessed to a crime. I'm sure there are LOTS of scenarios I'm not thinking of right now, but you can be sure that prosecutors will come up with lots of novel ones.

Comment Re:So, does this super earth... (Score 3, Insightful) 38

The only way it's "like earth" is that it's a planet. It's way hotter than earth, much larger (thus the "super" adjective), closer to its star, etc. These astronomers really have an extremely wide brush they use when calling a planet "earth like". Oh, and guess what - the star it was orbiting is "sun-like". Sounds great! When can we go?

Comment Re:What? (Score 2) 250

Melania is from Slovenia, you moron.

Slovenia was communist, and it was part of Yugoslavia when Melania was peddling her ass over there. While Yugoslavia was technically an "independent" state, it was really just a satellite of the USSR.

You could have done without the disgustingly derogatory remark about Melania's ass. Way to keep it classy. Also, USSR is NOT Russia, Yugoslavians are NOT Russians. They were VICTIMS of the failed socialist empire, and escaped as soon as they could. Claiming someone from Slovenia is Russian is like claiming everyone in Tibet is Chinese.

Comment Re:It's about time (Score 3, Insightful) 62

As opposed to Huawei?

What's wrong with Huawei phones? I considered buying one when I was shopping for a phone last year. I ended up getting one from Alcatel, but the Huawei phones had really good reviews and all the features I was looking for, and made my short list. They were a very popular alternative to the big (and expensive) brands.

Comment Re:Let's be clear on what we mean by election hack (Score 2) 250

There is lots of blame to go around. Or are you seriously trying to claim that Russia had nothing to do with this election?

That's right, Russia had nothing to do with the election. Russia is the enemy of the US multinational corporations, that want control of the European energy market. Providing asylum to Snowden angered the entire military industrial complex and the intelligence community that had been fighting proxy wars with Russia for years. Most of the hot fights in the middle east are really about control of territory for pipelines. Russia wants that European market, and the US has been fighting to prevent them from getting control of it. Hillary's nod to supporting that battle came all throughout the campaign. There are elements in the US government itching for all-out war with Russia.

Most of those elements are still there, and they are working to undermine the Trump administration any way they can, just to get the Russia hate ramped back up. I think Trump believes there is a way to SHARE the European energy market. Not sure how that's going to work, because you give up a lot of profit if you can't have monopoly control over the supplies. We will see. But I, for one, and sick of the Neo-mccarthyism, and prefer to stay out of another cold war or war at all with Russia, if it can be avoided.

Comment Re:Bernie was an actual Socialist (Score 1) 250

The attack ads practically write themselves. All they had to do was point out that Chavez, in Venezuela, was an actual Socialist, and look how well Venezuela is doing, and Bernie will do for America what Chavez did for Venezuela. Repeat at high volume for 3 months. Heck, look at how well the attacks claiming Obama and Bill Clinton were Socialists worked, and they were nowhere near socialism.

Bernie, unlike Hillary, would've lost the popular vote too.

I don't know where you get this crap. If the DNC had not actively worked against Bernie and he had won the nomination, the entire Democratic apparatus would have put everything behind him. What swayed the election this time, as it very often does, is simply turnout. ALL the every-election voters would have come out and voted for their side (R/D), just like they did in this election. What matters is who had the enthusiasm of the voters in order to drive turnout. In this election, that went to Trump, but if Bernie had been on the democratic ticket, then at least the Dems would have had a candidate with enthusiastic voter base, and that would have turned out a LOT more people to vote for the Democrat. Claiming that Bernie would have lost the election against Trump has no credibility whatsoever. I knew all along that Trump was more likely to win, because his base was the more enthusiastic one. The size of the rallies told the tale.

Comment Re:A few very general, some very specific (publici (Score 2) 103

First, there ARE software patents. They describe ideas that can be implemented on a general purpose computer without any specialized hardware.

Second, pretty much NONE of software patents are useful. Most of them are filed for defensive purposes or to show "value" for investors and are never asserted or licensed. During the recent years 20 years or so the cost of patent litigation exceeded the licensing revenue for software patents ( ).

Third, there ARE useful patents. Pretty much none of them are purely software ones. A novel agent for extinguishers would be a great invention. However, in software patent speech it would be described as: "An agent consisting of chemical matter that utilizes heat-sensitive decomposition reactions to rapidly terminate the free-radical heat-driven chains reactions", - without any actual chemical structure specified in the patent.

Comment Re:give them green cards (Score 0) 267

I hate misconceptions about H1B and GC. H1B holders can change work easily. A new employer simply applies for an H1B transfer that is granted more or less automatically, and the old employer has no knowledge of this until the worker quits. There can even be multiple concurrent H1B transfers (and the worker chooses which one to complete).

GC is pretty much full citizenship. Obtaining GC is complicated and can take any amount of time from 1 year to 10 years depending on type of GC and the applicant's home country. And the GC actually binds the candidate to the workplace, as the process has to be sponsored by the employer.

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