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Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 460

They already ARE in desperate situations, as many minimum-wage earners (or even close by in some areas) are beholden to their jobs. US and state federal laws protect some, but for others, they really ARE beholden to their employers, on an inclining scale.

Work with a few, directly, to understand their concerns, and how they are sucked dry of things like withholdings for uniforms, arcane unpaid travel to sites, and more.

Slavery doesn't necessarily mean chattel. And the subtleties can be gruesome.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 460

We mostly agree. You have the brain power to have accomplished these things, and have given value to your life. There are a significant number of those that started with nothing, and still have nothing, and have had subjugation to overcome their entire lives. It transcends racial, cultural, ethnic, and other boundaries.

To be on /., you have to have a lot of skills that you may believe are simple but for some, not so. The issues are many. Your high-value gets you paid, and you know what to do with the 1099 and your life. Others are not equipped to do so--- for the aforementioned wide variety of reasons. Their choices are fewer, yet they need the same basics you and I do, and the system is rigged against them, to exploit them, and to rob them of even basic dignities.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 460

Those born into choices often don't understand the context of those that don't, weren't born into choices, tried, failed, or have been subjugated.

Consider those that won't even be on a computer today, because of so many reasons. They seem like wallpaper on the streets of towns and cities across the country. Their struggles are many, and choices, few.

Some struggle mightily, and might get by, and might not get by, for reasons not within their control. You can chest-thump and espouse that everything is in their control, but it doesn't change the fact that the reality is different than that.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 460

I'm not trying to diminish the horror of real slavery, but the analogy sticks. Consider that full-time slavery and part-time slavery are vectors from each other.

Perhaps "wage submission" is a better way to describe it, but the connotation of no-choice still applies.

The captives on a ship in the Indonesian Ocean are slaves, we can agree. Those in submission to the only job in their neighborhood they can get, Burger King, are voluntarily submitting to the Burger King franchise's policies, and in a way, a meaningful way, they are slaves to both the wages and the policies, as the alternatives are not viable for them-- they must submit or migrate or starve.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 460

And you're obviously managing this well, and perhaps can charge a decent amount, profiting well net-of-expenses. Others aren't so lucky, and corporations flaunt personnel numbers while cutting their pension liabilities, and other costs of employment in doing so. They've also shaken the employment market, and make US Labor Dept employment numbers obscured by the 1099ers in the workforce. Overall, I'd say contracting can be fun and lucrative, but it also stacks the deck on the side of contracting organizations, rather than the labor supply, and also shifts a lot of costs to government burdens, as well.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 460

The highest bidder isn't as important to me, as the ability to exercise and develop my crafts, and not be chained. Certainly I serve others, but the money isn't the highest priority. Living well, doing things for my family, friends, colleagues, and my discipline are also important, too.

There is such a thing as wage slavery, and it has to do with the fact I have gifts that others either don't have, or have no means to develop into a "highest bidder" market. The market for these individuals doesn't even guarantee vacation, or even full-time hours to gain meaningful benefits from.

Worse, they could be in contractor hell, essentially employees but for an IRS definition, unable to get taxes withheld, benefits of any kind, and sometimes payment on terms that bankruptcy lawyers know all too well.

We don't have to be Darwinian. We can be kind.

Comment Re:The ego... (Score 1) 428

Some people on YouTube make money, but the way that the Fair Use Copyright law is used, coupled to how media companies contract and pay artists, means that the media companies are clearly benefiting from how YouTube exposes media/music/videos.

I don't believe any of them are really fair to artists, save the few Indie artists that do their own promotion via YouTube, and it takes lots of worth, not to mention decent music/videos.

Commercial content does very well on YouTube, especially the free stuff. So does user-to-user content, like how to rebuild a Honda brake caliper, or do basic knitting.

That Apple isn't inventive enough to capture the fancy of people willing to use YouTube as a content dissemination medium is just sour grapes. Apple might be inventive, but unless they can somehow advance or protect their inventiveness, they will be ceaselessly snacked on.

Comment Re: Omar Saddiqui Mateen? (Score 2) 1718

There are those that want to draw lines, so as to refine their concept of definition.

Turns out, you can be a Buddhist Catholic/Christian, as Buddhism is a philosophy. Buddhism is mostly cast as monotheistic. But you can check Buddhism on a census form, and on other legal docs that describe a tick box as "your religion".

There are polytheistic religions, too, the largest following as Hinduism.

Following the tenets of Confucius, or Lao Tze, can also be described as religion or philosophy or both.

The commonality is that a philosophy can be religious. Atheism is a philosophy, and for some, a religion expressed as humanism, or secular humanism.

Each philosophy/religious branch has their radical orthodoxy, non-benign branches, although some would shun these branches, calling them heretics, apostates, and worse. Such a state may also mean that those believing the heresy to be worthy of death, as now is the strangeness between Sunni, Shiite, and other branches of Islam.

This occurred before in Christianity, many times. The Cathars, Bogomils, Protestants, Catholics, and others have often sent armies to kill, or terrorists (Guy Fawkes is a notable) to do their dirty work.

None of this is particularly new.

All this said, atheism just rejects god/God/Gods in toto as a philosophy. Organized or not, atheists can be self-described if they choose, as practicing atheism as a religion.

Submission + - Walks like a Black Duck: Docker's security teaseware tool unmasked (

Miche67 writes: Docker's new security tool for containers is a step in the right direction, but it's not Docker's. It's Black Duck's.

The short of it is this: there are two SaaS front ends pointing to the same tool—Black Duck’s Hub product, which vets, among other things, Docker containers.

Underneath the teaseware is a tool that checks exactly what is in the container being tested. Black Duck checks your container or those from Docker or Red Hat’s repository. The Docker tool checks just Docker containers.

By providing a view into the containers, Black Duck and Docker allow you to see vulnerabilities that could cause security problems.

Tom Henderson writes:

This is a stealth marketing campaign by Black Duck Software for their Hub SaaS tool subscription. This is also a way for Docker to fend of serious criticism of their biggest (in my opinion) flaw: container software manifest security chain of authorities.

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