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Comment Re:I support H1-B (Score 1) 539

One function of government is to protect society from "voluntary" (in most cases financially incentivized/coerced) actions that seem beneficial to an individual actor, but aggregately have a deleterious effect on the prosperity of the whole population.

Consider - dumping toxic waste into the river is "voluntary" (as above) and almost always beneficial to the dumper. Yet most of us are happy to have the government prevent it. Because it's harmful to all of us, even if it benefits the person doing it.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 539

Yeah he does cheap out. If he wants to pay a real middle-class salary (you need significantly more than $100k to actually afford a decent house in most US metro areas), there will be plenty of American talent knocking at his door. But if he wants to pay chump wages - which he does, by your own numbers - then he'll find nothing but chumps.

I notice that people who bought houses a few decades ago tend to seriously underestimate the income required to have a decent life in an American city. Those are the same folks that have benefited most from the crazy housing inflation. At the expense of younger generations, of course. Not saying this applies to the parent poster - just an observation.

Comment Re:If they wanted quality code (Score 1) 280

I've had several companies tell me they were very interested in improving the security of their software. Then when I found some security issues and suggested we fix them, was told to stop wasting their time with irrelevant stuff. Most recent time this happened was 2 weeks ago.

One company, a few years ago, was particularly bad. One of the vulnerabilities I'd pointed out was exploited a couple months after, resulting in the compromise of a server. That server had full access to a database full of HIPAA-protected patient data. Of course the company leadership denied left and right that the data was PHI (protected health information). But I've worked for other organizations that did take their HIPAA obligations seriously, read parts of the law, and this stuff super obviously was PHI. Also had data on a few patients in Massachusetts, making it subject to the somewhat draconian Massachusetts Data Security Law.

FWIW, that same company's software also directly facilitates likely violations of several state's labor laws. I'm afraid I don't know enough about various state labor laws to say for sure - and some states have really, really bad labor laws - but the stuff they did was super shady. Basically amounted to shorting low-wage workers on their already meager pay. Which is exactly what the customers wanted.

When I pointed out to bossman that this was probably illegal, and surely unethical, his reply was: "shut the fuck up and code, you sub-human peon!"

Without a doubt the worst company I've ever worked with. In terms of leadership, ethics, and code quality. Naturally they are a VC-backed startup based in San Francisco.

Not going to name the company here - no interest in getting sued for libel. But if you're a gubmint enforcement type, feel free to present yourself and your credentials, and we can chat. I post under my real name, you shouldn't have any problem contacting me.

Comment Re: Why trust one or two people? (Score 1) 83

Fraudulent votes from dead people, non-citizens, etc - voter fraud - is a red herring. It is quite unlikely to get worse because of electronic voting.

The real issue is election fraud - where a small number of people can directly manipulate the election result data. Something like UPDATE votes SET selection = (SELECT id FROM candidates WHERE party = "Crony Capitalist"); Tho probably a bit more sophisticated - getting 100% of the vote always looks bad.

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