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Comment Waiting Proved To Be Very Costly (Score 1) 408

By waiting and literally pouring money and concrete into roads and more waiting and pouring even more money and concrete into automobile projects (roads, etc), we have almost priced mass transportation out of reach of even Federal Government's coffers. The delays that have started at the very beginning of this project may doom the whole thing to the same state of the federal Interstate Highway system, incomplete thru the most congested areas. A prime example is I-95 thru NJ which will probably NEVER be completed. Unless we have steely resolve we are forced to drive in automobiles everywhere. Buses and light rail were killed by Detroit. Look at the trolley system in Los Angeles. Detroit bought up the trolley companies and relegated the trolley cars to the scrap heap. The boom in selling autos made this "investment" profitable for a long while. But in the long run the city fathers screwed themselves and society as a whole. I can see the horrid orange green-yellow haze over the New York and Los Angeles areas. Smog alerts are common and people with breathing problems are warned to stay indoors. We CANNOT allow our infrastructure to crumble beneath our feet. Monies from taxes for bridges and roads have been squandered to shore up budget gaps from fraud, double dealing ( we call them good business men), incompetence, stupidity, and just excesses in spending we can't afford. Without saying NO to delays and NO to cost overruns, we will never complete another rail project nor bridge nor tunnel in America again! We cannot say no to this project's idea even if we must use global resources to get the job done.

Submission + - Pending bill would kill a big H-1B loophole (computerworld.com)

ErichTheRed writes: This isn't perfect, but it is the first attempt I've seen at removing the "body shop" loophole in the H-1B visa system. A bill has been introduced in Congress that would raise the minimum wage for an H-1B holder from $60K to $100K, and place limits on the body shop companies that employ mostly H-1B holders in a pass-through arrangement. Whether it's enough to stop the direct replacement of workers, or whether it will just accelerate offshoring, remains to be seen. But, I think removing the most blatant and most abused loopholes in the rules is a good start.

Comment Lazy Security & Cheapskate Bankers (Score 1) 94

I worked for major brokerage firms and banks and was shocked and appalled by the cavalier attitude of some security people and programmers who are too lazy to change the default login & passwords in software supplied by some vendors,. Talk about liability, the Court has finally seen the light and sided with the victim of the bank fraud crime. The implementers of info systems are responsible not only for our money but our sensitive tax, family, medical info & Veteran records etc. The lawyers will force the security protocols onto companies too busy to take care of truly important business, information security practices. Start using the best practices in business. r Better peer review of code must be done to prevent buffer overflow etc.. Shutdown the brute force password cracking after a number of tries. We must secure our power grid, water & sewer plants, too. Our military is fighting cyberwar daily, they know thru trial & error. Lets learn & use that warped genius of crackers & hackers and re-direct their efforts to help plug the holes.

Submission + - Clery Act Help Stolen Laptops on College Property & Elsewhere

jack4888 writes: The Clery Act mandates all US Colleges & Univ to publish every year the crime rate for the past 3 years including theft. robbery, sexual assaults, hate crimes etc. Notify Campus Safety Office and they must take a report. Then notify the local paper where the school is located that this is going on and is costing students & faculty, staff THOUSANDS in replacement let alone. Lost research, class work distance learning accounts that can be compromised all COST. LIGHT the "fire" of outrage in the school's backyard newspapers Complain to the editor make sure it gets in Local & campus paper police blotter detailing crime. How many others has this happened to? This type of property is so easy to fence for fast money with no one who complains in the right place. Make sure the US attorneys in the jurisdictions of theft & where thief resides gets a letter about this interstate CRIME.
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clery_Act
federal statute codified at 20 U.S.C. 1092(f), with implementing regulations in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations at 34 C.F.R. 668.46.
The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $27,500 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs.

Comment Re:It's good to have the spotlight shone on ACTA.. (Score 1) 101

Even though the spotlight's being shone on the dodgy practices behind ACTA, what's the bet that this will still result in just plain old stonewalling until the final agreements have been ratified by treaty, and all is needed is legislation in each member state?

ACTA comes from utterly fraudulent governance, and not from the public's mandate.

Why can't Congress get an answer about this treaty? Doesn't Congress have to ratify this treaty too??? Contact your 2 Senators and raise holy hell. We can't be forced into another NAFTA again. Not a peep from the people to their Senators about NAFTA and everything is gone to the other side of the border. NOTHING is made in U.S.A. any more. We have become a nation of spineless stupid people. We don't deserve anything better than what we are willing to fight for.

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