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S. Korea Diverts Network From Huawei Networks

ImOuttaHere Huawei sux... actually... (76 comments)

For anyone closely following China and their state-sponsored intellectual property theft activities, this comes as no surprise. The only thing I would change in the opening paragraph is "...infrastructure could be used to spy on communications... to ...infrastructure is used to spy on communications...

China's IP theft, how it happens, Hauwei's involvement, Chinese Liberation Army battalions devoted to network disruption and IP theft, US three letter agency involvement in trying to help US corporations protect themselves, is all open, public knowledge. Saying things like CISCO is worse is only avoiding the real and serious issues of western business competitiveness and military capabilities by posing a straw-man that, while the argument might feel good, is completely and utterly false. Do some research before claiming "we're no better than they are", please.

about 10 months ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

ImOuttaHere Only in Kansas... (644 comments)

[shaking my head] In a country of "believers" and "Gawd and Taliban fearing people", Kansas takes Pride of Fools Place.

about a year ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

ImOuttaHere Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

At some point in recent American history, we decided what we believe is more important than what is.

I'd put it this way: American's beliefs blind them to reality.

There's a study that shows that when confronted with reality, most Americans cling stronger to what they believe. Very few look at the evidence of truth and modify their framework of beliefs.

about a year ago
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Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US

ImOuttaHere Re:Labor laws need to be changed (397 comments)

... and just how would you propose to make labor policy changes in the face of America's strong position in the WTO and implementation of NAFTA and GATT?...

I submit that current labor policies in America are fitting the "needs" of a certain class of people just fine. Maybe America should take a stronger policy position with regards to that (small) class of people?

about a year ago
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Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US

ImOuttaHere Re:I find this strange (397 comments)

Does anyone have any speculation about why this is happening?

What I'm about to say is not speculation. It's the truth -

Certain companies have convinced themselves that not only can they move manufacturing to China, they can also move product development engineering (including, shockingly to me, electrical engineering).

A CEO of a company I worked for told a packed audience of software, electrical, and mechanical engineers (many of us in the industry for 20+ years) that China produces over a million "qualified", "well trained" engineers a year. He told us it'd be crazy for him not to move engineering overseas, since that's where the "talent" is. You could have heard a pin drop. That's how shocked we were.

Anyone who's studied China carefully will know that the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) is struggling for credibility. You will also know that the Chinese university system that pumps out thousands of "qualified", "well trained" PhD degreed engineers has a serious problem. 98 percent of the PhD thesis are either straight rip-offs of Western thesis, or contend things that are not reproducible by any known means.

The company I worked for generates north of 3 billion dollars a year and has a sky high stock valuation. They acquire high-tech companies, gut them, send the remaining manufacturing and engineering to China, and leave small staffs of engineers in the US to keep existing products alive.

In the case of the original company I worked for, pre-acquisition we numbered 4,500+ employees and 900+ engineers (mechanical, electrical, software) world wide and were number one in four market segments and successfully competed against two other equally sized US companies. We generated over a billion dollars a year in revenue. Four years after the acquisition, there are less than 800 employees with fewer than 150 engineers, and that's after a huge build-up in it's China engineering and manufacturing operations. Revenues in the original company have fallen by 50 percent, and the take-over company hides this fact through acquiring other companies and puts them under the original companies "umbrella" operations.

These kinds of take-over companies are called asset strippers, or in Wall Street parlance; roll-up companies. They can be worse than private equity firms.

Here is an example of how electrical engineering jobs are lost to China. The company later acquired a highly specialized electronics firm. Their products require a very careful manufacturing technique, overseen by electrical engineers, to meet very high product design specs. Within 6 months, the company had taken the process to China and tried to train four different Chinese companies before they found one that might eventually meet the specs. The US-based staff were immediately terminated and the Chinese built products, even today, can not meet the original design specifications. In "normal" times, this might be considered treasonous activity on the part of the company as defense contractors used to rely on the technologies to "keep America safe." Knowing that engineering and manufacturing were shifted to China, defense contractors had no choice but to buy from someone else. The irony was that the President of the company that moved these operations to China claimed on national media that defense contractor sales had dropped dramatically and, therefore, he needed to lay off even more engineers as a result.

In another case, the company moved certain electrical re-engineering functions to it's China operations. In the US it took only 5 employees to keep the operations functioning correctly. I recently learned that they had hired 37 Chinese to implement the electrical re-engineering function and were intending on hiring more. The reason? The Chinese could _not_ do the job. The 5 US-based engineers had been laid off and there is no "going back."

As to why a company would gut it's US engineering operations and hire in China when the Chinese are clearly incapable of doing the job, all I can say is take a very close look at the stock option sales on the NYSE for corporate officers. The companies may look like they're doing well on the outside, but on the inside there is nothing left but a hollow shell. Yes, reality will set in. Eventually. But until then, certain corporate officers are able to sell their options at HUGE valuation increases and it won't matter to them when the House of Cards comes tumbling down. All they feel they need to do is acquire more companies to keep their scheme going and to keep themselves in stock option sales of hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

True story.

about a year ago
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Telescope Designer and Astronomer John Dobson, 1915-2014

ImOuttaHere Re:The Ford of telescopes (57 comments)

We need more guys like Dobson. RIP.

Yes. We, indeed do. Thoroughly decent human beings? Their population just decreased by one. :-(

about a year ago
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EU Committee Issues Report On NSA Surveillance; Snowden To Testify

ImOuttaHere Re:so says (177 comments)

So says the man from America. The country who's population literally could not care less that their own government is spying on them as well AND systematically removing their rights and dismantling their constitution. But you go on and talk about how stupid and cowardly we in the EU are. After all, we can see how strong your back bone is. After all, it is not we who have the backbones to bomb brown people "into freedom".

I wish I had mod points. I'd mod this up as far as I could.

From my perspective, you're absolutely right! What you point out are some of the reasons why a few of us left Amerika to experience real freedoms that can be found overseas. Not the fake freedoms that Amerika loves to blather on about, but not lift a finger to defend when they're taken away.

about a year ago
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EU Committee Issues Report On NSA Surveillance; Snowden To Testify

ImOuttaHere Re:Perhaps (177 comments)

Perhaps the EU members will think that. However, there is a major difference between say, Germany and America. The difference is, the German public will freak out and actually take to the streets. I am reasonably sure that Germany would exit the EU if such a program was installed. Same is true for France. They say that France is one of the few countries who does democracy right. The government is scared shitless of the people. Not the other way around like in the US where people fear their government. Hell, in France they will burn an entire city over a small issue. Of course in England, they are even more willing to give up their rights than Americans.

Exactly!

Further, Germany and France use physical assets to do the bulk of their spying. Not that they don't need or use electronic spying, too. It's just that physical assets are much better at targeting the actual, real "bad guys" than, well, America's three letter agencies seem to credit them with.

about a year ago
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UK Benefits System In Deeper Trouble?

ImOuttaHere Re:Lets not hope it's like the NHS IT disaster (266 comments)

I wonder who wrote a contract that lacked close oversight of the program with verifiable test results at various delivery milestones?

about a year ago
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Ancient Egyptian Brewer's Tomb Found

ImOuttaHere Amazing... (66 comments)

I love it when things like this are uncovered. Beer making is such an old craft. It'd be interesting to see how that tasted. Anyone have an original recipe?

about a year ago
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U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts

ImOuttaHere Re:Dangerous path (348 comments)

... and China _knows_ about it's advantage in rare earth minerals. What will happen when that precious supply is mysteriously interrupted?

It's a very similar situation to what the CIA and NSA currently find themselves in with regard to optical quality glass for lenses. Nearly ALL of it comes from China. Consider satellites and lenses for spying and you'll perhaps begin to see just how ridiculous the West's dependance on China has become. Makes a person question the role of Nation States in terms of "national security" when they allow businesses in their own countries to ship jobs offshore in short-term attempts to drive down costs.

about a year ago
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U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts

ImOuttaHere Re:Don't imagine it stops there. (348 comments)

Absolutely! The US can and does still produce their own electronics. As for "cheap", that's changed. The West has moved enough jobs offshore that we have created salary competition in China (even though their education in science and engineering still sux). It's rather like what we did for India around software development and call centers a decade ago. Cost parity between formerly cheap East and formerly expensive West has been achieved.

about a year ago
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Postal Service Starting To Use Mobile Point of Sale Tech

ImOuttaHere ... catching up with Europe...? (75 comments)

Interesting what makes news in America. Obviously some people haven't eaten in a European restaurant in a very long time. LOL!

about a year ago
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Apple Denies Helping NSA Subvert iPhone

ImOuttaHere Re:They can't stop unlockers (284 comments)

... The NSA has militarized the internet.

EXACTLY!

So much for network neutrality. The NSA has put paid to that dream.

about a year ago
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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

ImOuttaHere Re:This just in, spy wants spy rules to stay (316 comments)

I have to agree. The NSA may or may not have stopped any attacks with this snooping... We also have the Fort Hood shooting. Where any Army person was using army computers to contact terrorists and went on to shoot up an army base. Where was the NSA there?...

Allow me to take this just a small step further. What good has the NSA spying been in preventing any mass shooting attacks on Americans?

Tell me about how the NSA prevented mass killings (of 4 or more people) in Sandy Hook, New York, Paris(TX), Tulsa, Callison, Terrell, Phoenix, Rice, Washington DC, Dallas, Clarksberg, Santa Monica, etc, etc, etc?

Please don't tell me that NSA spying is a matter of definition. Mass death is mass death, regardless of country of origin, skin color, or religious bent.

about a year ago
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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

ImOuttaHere Re:This just in, spy wants spy rules to stay (316 comments)

The next attack will happen with or without illegal, unconstitutional domestic spying. I don't want you magic tiger protection rocks sir.

I can't imagine how (some? many?) Americans take a face value any comment that says NSA spying will prevent attacks on Americans when it was not needed in 2001. There was plenty of clear intelligence information leading up to the events of 9/11. No vast spying on Americans was needed to warn the Bush administration that something big was about to happen.

"Here is a representative sampling of the CIA threat reporting that was distributed to Bush administration officials during the spring and summer of 2001:

-- CIA, "Bin Ladin Planning Multiple Operations," April 20
-- CIA, "Bin Ladin Attacks May Be Imminent," June 23
-- CIA, "Planning for Bin Ladin Attacks Continues, Despite Delays," July 2
-- CIA, "Threat of Impending al Qaeda Attack to Continue Indefinitely," August 3

The failure to respond adequately to these warnings was a policy failure by the Bush administration, not an intelligence failure by the U.S. intelligence community..."

It makes me wonder why the NSA is pushing so hard to keep unconstitutional spying programs in place. What are they really doing? What are they needing to justify? What snake-oil are they trying to sell the American people? What are they really afraid of? Who are they attempting to control?

about a year ago
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Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

ImOuttaHere Re:NSA is infinitely weaker? (572 comments)

GOOD!

It's almost too good to be true. Yet it doesn't prevent me from hoping it's absolutely true!

about a year ago
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Unintended Consequences: How NSA Revelations May Lead To Even More Surveillance

ImOuttaHere Re:TFA is full of crap ! (207 comments)

... 9/11 occured because intelligence folks thought that wire tapping was good enough...

How can I count the many ways that this is so, so wrong? I know a lot of Americans who feel this way, but it seems to fail to meet the facts as we know them.

There was clear warning. Wire tapping was more than sufficient.

...the intelligence community provided repeated strategic warning in the summer of 9/11 that al Qaeda was planning a large-scale attacks on American interests.

Here is a representative sampling of the CIA threat reporting that was distributed to Bush administration officials during the spring and summer of 2001:

-- CIA, "Bin Ladin Planning Multiple Operations," April 20
-- CIA, "Bin Ladin Attacks May Be Imminent," June 23
-- CIA, "Planning for Bin Ladin Attacks Continues, Despite Delays," July 2
-- CIA, "Threat of Impending al Qaeda Attack to Continue Indefinitely," August 3

The failure to respond adequately to these warnings was a policy failure by the Bush administration, not an intelligence failure by the U.S. intelligence community.

about a year ago
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US Federal Judge Rules NSA Data Collection Legal

ImOuttaHere Re:What a Stream of Horseshit (511 comments)

Well said, sir.

So... what to do? To me it's either stand up and fight or leave the country for greater freedoms elsewhere. Yes, Martha, they do exist (greater freedoms, that is) outside the USofA and it might be worth seeking out... It's certainly on my short list of things to consider. Leaving. Amerika. Forever.

about a year ago

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NSA phone data collection ruled legal

ImOuttaHere ImOuttaHere writes  |  about a year ago

ImOuttaHere (2996813) writes "The battle to confirm the legality of the NSA's hoovering up of every scrap of phone data in the US shifted slightly in support of the three letter agency. From the Guardian, "...A legal battle over the scope of US government surveillance took a turn in favour of the National Security Agency on Friday with a court opinion declaring that bulk collection of telephone data does not violate the constitution... Friday's ruling makes it more likely that the issue will be settled by the US supreme court, although it may be overtaken by the decision of Barack Obama on whether to accept the recommendations of a White House review panel to ban the NSA from directly collecting such data..." Given Obama's strong support for Bush-era spy programs (read Ryan Lizza's 16 December piece in the New Yorker Magazine titled "State of Deception — Why won’t the President rein in the intelligence community?") it seems unlikely that the NSA will be forced to make any dramatic changes to their spy on America programs."
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