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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Guppy06 Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Then you have little to lose by giving it a try.

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Guppy06 Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Visit central America then get back to us.

Work at McDonald's or Walmart (or more likely both) for a living and get back to us.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Guppy06 Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Markets in poor neighborhoods carry what 'poor' people buy

They buy what gives them the most calories per dollar, while also focusing on foods that require the least preparation time (since their work typically leaves them with little time to spare). End result: saturated fat, refined sugar and sodium, with very little in the way of necessary vitamins and minerals.

Poverty is now owning... a car out of warranty!

For most of the United States, owning a car is a necessity for both working and buying food.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Guppy06 Re:Silly argument (529 comments)

If it really was difficult to find programmers they'd have at least considered training some of those workers in the desired skills, workers with a known history rather than some stranger off the street (or from across an ocean).

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Guppy06 Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

When wages go down as prices don't, that's actual hardship. It's called "cost of living" rather than "cost of luxury" for a reason.

about two weeks ago
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Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

Guppy06 Re:Simple Solution.... (140 comments)

The largest source of income for the NRA is membership dues

http://www.businessinsider.com...

While that is still part of the organization's core function, today less than half of the NRA's revenues come from program fees and membership dues.

The bulk of the group's money now comes in the form of contributions, grants, royalty income, and advertising, much of it originating from gun industry sources.

http://www.theatlantic.com/bus...

But around 2005, the group began systematically reaching out to its richest members for bigger checks through its "Ring of Freedom" program, which also sought to corral corporate donors. Between then and 2011, the Violence Policy Center estimates that the firearms industry donated as much as $38.9 million to the NRA's coffers. The givers include 22 different gun makers, including famous names like Smith & Wesson, Beretta USA, SIGARMS, and Sturm, Ruger & Co. that also manufacture so-called assault weapons.

Some of that funding has given the NRA a direct stake in gun and ammo sales.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

One of the NRA's 27 websites calls such donors "corporate partners," while another says the association is "not affiliated with any firearm or ammunition manufacturers or with any business that deals in guns and ammunition."

I'll grant that a plurality of the NRA's funding seems to come from dues, but the majority of its money comes from those with a direct or indirect financial interest in the sale of weapons and ammunition, as inconvenient that is to the NRA's projected public image.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Guppy06 Re:US and UK "spreading the blame"?? (503 comments)

I think the poorly-written sentence (on Slashdot?) is trying to say that US and UK media generally isn't trying to pin the blame on one party or another (yet).

about two weeks ago
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Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

Guppy06 Re:Simple Solution.... (140 comments)

The NRA has its deep pockets and resultant clout not (necessarily) from numerous individual private members but from effectively being an arms industry trade group, the USCoC of arms manufacturers and dealers.

And so long as we continue to have the kinds of wealth disparities we haven't seen since 1929, catering to rich corporate interests (with varying levels of populist veneer) is the only way to get enough money to actually influence policy.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

Guppy06 Re:Anonymity makes sense for special cases. (238 comments)

Have you taken a look at Facebook posts lately?

You seem to be confusing real identification with having actual moderation in an online forum.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Guppy06 Re:Dropping the Xbox? (300 comments)

The article mentions that people on the marketing teams for the Xbox are among those being cut

Is it actually marketing's fault that nobody wanted to buy the always-on, always-watching Eye of Sauron edition of the Xbox "One?"

about two weeks ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Guppy06 Re:You don't need so many workers (300 comments)

At least it's a known quantity, whereas with desktop Linux you're still expected to know copious text commands even to get userland tasks done because every installation's GUI is a special little snowflake.

Granted, Metro is ruining that advantage by all but requiring people to memorize keyboard shortcuts for desktop use, but at least it's still mostly the same keyboard shortcuts across all versions of Windows for the past 20+ years or so.

about two weeks ago
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Led By Nest, 'Thread' Might Be Most Promising IoT Initiative Yet

Guppy06 Re:Security (79 comments)

The press release and the website talk about banking class security

Well, have you actually looked at bank security lately?

about two weeks ago
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Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

Guppy06 Re:Also available for UK, Canada, France ... (95 comments)

One thing to remember here is that most of these edits are probably made by junior IT staff rather than elected representatives

I can't speak for the others you've listed, but these Capitol Hill edits almost exclusively affect articles on sitting members and those on politically contentious topics. If it really is by "junior IT staff," then it's more likely that they're doing it under orders from their higher-ups rather than wasting office hours on topics they're personally interested in.

about two weeks ago
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Utility Wants $17,500 Refund After Failure To Scrub Negative Search Results

Guppy06 Re:That's Fine (110 comments)

On the other hand, TFA seems to indicate that this SEO fiasco was less about trying to improve the utility's reputation than about improving the executive's personal reputation.

$18k of company money to try to justify a personal $60k/a raise really doesn't sound good.

about two weeks ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

Guppy06 Celebration writ large (230 comments)

If you've fallen in love with the Walt Disney World experience, you now have the option to live in a town designed by Disney itself: Celebration, Florida. Resembling "Main Street, USA" and the "EPCOT World Showcase" writ large, Celebration helps blur the distinction between between Disney and real life, effectively letting you live in a theme park.

Know who doesn't live in Celebration, Florida and its mean income over $75k/yr? The people who work in Celebration, Florida.

It's not hard to find new developments across the US where you see new apartments and condominiums built alongside or even on top of faux city shops (complete with acres of parking) to give the residents the "gentrified neighborhood" experience. But you can bet that the folks who actually work in Whole Foods or PF Chang's don't actually live there. And the folks that work there can't afford to shop there.

about two weeks ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

Guppy06 Re:No surprise (230 comments)

What the summary fails to point out, of course, is that the growth of all the extra facilities - bars, restaurants, dry cleaners etc. - also ensure the job market grows in non-graduate jobs too, so it's win-win for everyone that lives in the lucky city

Prices in cities are targeted at those high-earning college graduates. There may be greater need for bartenders, waitstaff, etc, but those low-wage workers can't afford to actually live in the city themselves, which necessitates long commutes, which eats up even more of their meager pay, which ensures that the lower class stays lower class.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Why the Moon's Far Side Looks So Different

Guppy06 "Very Long Time?" (79 comments)

This remained a mystery for a very long time

Martians notwithstanding, nobody had any idea what the far side of the moon looked like before 1959. Sure, 55 years may be "a very long time" for some people, but we're not exactly talking about something that puzzled Hipparchus here.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Guppy06 Re:We are doomed (1330 comments)

Pay for your own Plan B.

Why would I? Much like the entire concurring majority, I'm a guy.

Pregnancy: it takes two to happen, but it's always the woman's fault.

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Guppy06 Re:The Democrats voted for the Tea Party guy (932 comments)

Article I, Section 4, Clause 1. Don't like the way primaries are handled? Go talk to your state legislators. Odds are the incumbents like it or they would have changed it already.

And it's not like the majorities in the Virginia General Assembly are hostile to Republicans.

about a month and a half ago

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Nintendo Power--The End of an Era

Guppy06 Guppy06 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Guppy06 writes "Starting with volume 222 in December, Nintendo will no longer be in charge of its own dedicated magazine, Nintendo Power, instead handing the reins over to Future US, publisher of other gaming magazines such as PC Gamer, Official Xbox Magazine, and Playstation: The Official Magazine. Nintendo started Nintendo Power from its original "Nintendo Fun Club" back in 1988 and since then the magazine has been the official mouthpiece of the company to its fanbase, often being the medium used for new announcements, such as the development of the now-classic Game Boy and Super NES. Similarly, it seems Nintendo is no longer publishing its own video game guides, which were published under the Nintendo Power name; recent flagship titles such as Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass only have Nintendo-authorized guides published by Prima available."
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EU Backs Off From Metrication in UK, Ireland

Guppy06 Guppy06 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Guppy06 writes "After struggling with individual merchants in the British Isles for years years, European commissioners unanimously agreed that people in the UK and Ireland could continue to trade using Imperial units of measure rather than compel metrication, using solely Imperial for specific industries or uses (roads, beer, milk, precious metals) or a US-style dual-labeling for all others. EU Industry Commissioner Gunter Verheugen, who apparently pushed for this measure, is quoted as saying "When I looked into this matter it was obvious to me that there was no reason why imperial measures should go," and "I think up to that point nobody had really asked the obvious question which is 'Do we really need [to ban] it?'" Self-styled Metric Martyrs in the UK still need to contend with the compulsory metrication directives from their national government in London. In answer to disappointed metrication campaigners, an Associated Press article on the same subject says that Commissioner Verheugen suggests that it will aid with trade with the United States, which has no compulsory metrication and allows units similar to the Imperial system."
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Guppy06 Guppy06 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Guppy06 writes "Sony released new firmware for both the PSP and the PlayStation 3 today. The releases focuses on support for PlayStation games downloaded from the PlayStation Store, allowing the PS3 to play these games directly without having to transfer them to the PSP, as well as apparently allowing save data for these games to be transferred between the two. Most interesting, though, is that PS3 owners "can now use the vibration function of accessories that are for use with Playstation and Playstation 2 format software." With no USB or Bluetooth accessories for the original PlayStation (at least), this seems to suggest that new hardware is on the horizon for the PS3, but whether it's a new controller or a new adapter to connect PS2 and PS controllers hasn't been announced."
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Guppy06 Guppy06 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Guppy06 (410832) writes "Last week, Sun Microsystems unveiled their Project Blackbox, essentially a datacenter built into a standard 20 ft shipping container. Its only outside requirments are electricity, bandwidth and water. The stated goals of the project are to allow customers to install new dataserving capabilities without having to expand existing buildings or erect new ones, and it seems to do just that."
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Guppy06 Guppy06 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Guppy06 writes "... is a Dewey Decimal Sytem for pr0n. Some sort of agreed-upon standard (perhaps an RFC) detailing a particular directory structure for dividing and organizing collections and deciding what particular file goes where.

Really, should the top layer be divided by file format, genre, fetish or what? I could see the potential for links between subdirectories..."
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Guppy06 Guppy06 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Guppy06 writes "Last week, instead of a regular DNS error, EarthLink's DNS servers started to return a redirect to earthlink-help.net, a site that bears a close resemblance to VeriSign's much-maligned Site Finder, to their subscribers. According to their official blog at Earthling, "By presenting users with contextual help based upon the non-existent domain the user entered, we believe we are improving the EarthLink user experience with a system that will not interfere with other network processes." Most of the responses in said blog posting aren't positive."

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