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Comment But outsourcing is wonderful! (Score 2) 252

Yeah, everyone who works for the government is incompetent, and business is *always* competent, and libertidiots are *sure* of this.

Btw, I work for a federal contractor, and I know as a matter of fact, not opinion, that my salary and benefits are comparable to the GS level I'd be at (well... except for, say, if the government shuts down, for Republicans, or snow, or whatever, I either have to make it up, burn vacation time, or take it without pay)... AND our tax dollars are not only being spent to pay me, but also my direct manager, and his manager, and so on up, and, oh, yes, however could I have forgotten, for my company to make a good profit.

See? So much saved money..... At least, I, and the folks I work with, actually know what we're doing.

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Comment And rightfully so (Score 2) 104

This is the GOVERNMENT's data. For that reason, for you who's attention span is 15 minutes, a year or two ago, the UK government decided against the cloud, because they could not be assured that UK government data would remain on UK government soil.

You disagree? Really? So it's ok if all of the personal and economic data, including your tax returns, winds up in a data center in China, or Russia, or, for those outside the US, in the US? And you're going to tell me that EVERY SINGLE PERSON who has login or physical access to *all* the servers and their storage has at least some minimal security clearance from your country?

Give me a break.

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Comment ROTFLMAO! (Score 1) 315

And if you're "struggling" with "moderately complex" programs, perhaps what you learned about programming wasn't adequate. Maybe you're trying to make it be java.

Of course, I'm old school, and when I work on a moderately complex program, I flow chart it... and I can code directly from that.

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Comment An actual security question (Score 1) 769

If we can get past the racists, and the 16-yr-olds who want to be "bad", and most of whom would like to get laid by an attractive black woman, but can't get laid at all because they're all losers...

Early reports of the hack said that they though the hackers had been there since perhaps December. Ok... when they sent in security during the breach that opened both sides databases up to Hillary and Bernie... what the *hell* were the security people *doing*? WHY DIDN'T THEY FIND ANY TRACES OF THE HACKERS? Were they actually *that* incompetent as "cybersecurity"?

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Comment What alternative do any of you offer? (Score 1) 1145

For decades, I've been trying to start a serious conversation on what I call Post-Adamic Society (where you no longer have to earn your bread by the sweat of your brow).

We've all read how some manufacturing has come back to the US... and employs an order of magnitude fewer people, due to automation. Mining - the "war on coal", for example, was really run by the coal companies, and won by going from tunnel mining to mountaintop removal, where they can use giant shovels into giant trucks, and have cut the number of miners in the last 40 years by an order of magnitude.

So, when so much of it all is done by automation and robots, including some of what we call "intellectual" work, how *do* the other 80% live? Will you give them makework jobs, where they push papers (or .pdfs) to each other, and don't actually add any value?

Where's all the jobs the billionaire "job creators" created? If they're not *here*, why *not* tax the shit out of them, and give everyone a basic income, and healthcare. *Then*, if you want better, find or make a job, and you'll *always* earn more, since it would be on top of your basic income.

And if you disagree, give at least one *workable* and *achievable* alternative plan. And just handwaving doesn't count.

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Comment Who the *hell* thought we all worked there? (Score 1) 180

Oh, duh, you all live in Silicon Valley, and *everything* comes from there... Jezuz H. Christ on a crutch! Every big and most medium sized companies have teams ranging from small to huge, ON SITE. Mid-nineties, when I worked for Ameritech (former Baby Bell swallowed by SBC), we had hundreds of us, just on one big startup subdivision. And when I had a short contract with Lowe's (not Home Despot) in Nowhere, NC, they'd taken over, literally, and entire *mall*, and there might have been a thousand cubes, and dozens at least, more, in the main office. And then there's government.

Talk about a complete media illusion, mostly by "journalists" who don't know a phone from a server....

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Comment BoJo (Score 1) 238

I read that appointing BoJo as Foreign Minister is like appointing Dan Quayle as US Sec'y of State... or maybe worse.

I remember an Atlantic? NatRev? cover in the late eighties, that was a map of the world, divided into "ok to send VP Dan Quayle, not ok, and deep do-do if he goes there...."

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Comment Nope. (Score 2) 119

Ceres is almost twice that size, *almost* the size of our Moon.

Meanwhile, for many decades, the books for kids and teens always said that the Earth and Moon could be considered a double-planet system.

Pluto is almost half again the size of our Moon.

"Equal rights for Pluto! Pluto is a planet!" - young Plutonian alien in Worldcon masquerade, 2008

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