US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances
If you asked most people with a TS clearance if they'd rather this or face a periodic lifestyle polygraph they'd probably call this a no-brainer alternative to the latter.
Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!
It's well-established by now that one of the most significant factors in destroying the lives of the unskilled and semi-skilled workers across the country has been the influx of similar immigrants from around the world. Legal versus illegal, its immaterial. The invisible hand doesn't give a damn whether they hold a green card or not and giving legal status to the illegals won't suddenly drive wages up because their mere presence in the economy provides at least implicit price competition.
Here's how you enact a sensible immigration policy. You crack down on the employers of illegals such that no one will hire them. You then offer a contingent amnesty to the illegals that allows them to come forward and face no charges if they leave the country of their own volition, and you even let them keep all of the money and property they've earned if they self-deport. Then, you only allow immigrants with provable skills to immigrate as singles or with their immediate family if they're married with children. None of this "let's bring the whole extended family" over. Grandma, the aunts and uncles and cousins have no business piggybacking on that green card. That's just a recipe for waking up one day and finding a large ethnic enclave in an American city (oh wait, that's precisely what's happened in many areas because of this, silly me).
One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection
MP3 is a robot from star wars? Even my older relatives know what a MP3 is. My grandmother, who doesn't have a computer, wouldn't even come to the conclusion that it's star wars related unless someone asked her "is MP3 the name of an audio format or a robot from star wars." I'm going to guess that this is similar to what happened when someone recorded himself walking around a campus asking "Is Obama a Keynesian (yes, he is)" and people were smugly saying that no the President was born in Hawaii.
Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?
If 500 seniors graduate in CS from a typical state university system in a year, but only 100 can actually function as an intern or junior developer upon graduation then you have 400 people who should probably have never made it past year two of their program. In my alma mater's case, we were weighted heavily toward testing because the alternative was that only about 30% of our CS students would graduate. Our valedictorian, an excellent test taker, couldn't even teach herself Python when she had a whole week or two to learn it and write up a presentation on it. Yet with a 2.5 GPA I managed to do Smalltalk. Go figure...
A similar thing is happening with managers. A lot of the PMPs I've worked with are no better or in fact worse than the non-PMP managers I've dealt with.
'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official
The cost of living and working is substantially higher in NYC, Chicago, LA, DC, etc. than in their suburbs. It makes no sense for a company to move into NYC where the costs are so high when it can provide incentives to live and work 1 hour away where the costs are much cheaper. Everything from building costs to payroll costs will be lower and the people just as happy or more so because the lower pay will correspond with lower cost of living and stress.
Suburbs do have their own public amenities, so his argument is completely fallacious in that respect. I'm sure plenty of residence of Fairfax VA would find it hilarious that businesses that choose to locate there as opposed to downtown DC are "avoiding public amenities like restaurants and transit."
S. Korea's Cyberwar Against N. Korea's Nukes
How do they even know that they'll be able to target North Korea in this way? North Korea's systems are likely crude, home-grown solutions compared to Iran which used Siebel systems and stuff like that. North Korea is by comparison one Chinese power change away from being functionally embargoed by every other country on Earth. This strikes me as something akin to the Independence Day ending in reverse.
Mozilla To Show Sponsored Links To First-Time Firefox Users
At the end of the day, I still trust Mozilla far more than Google, Microsoft or Apple to respect my privacy.
Oil Companies Secretly Got Paid Twice For Cleaning Up Toxic Fuel Leaks
The main reason why corporate regulation doesn't work is that liberals haven't accepted the fact that if it's true that sociopaths thrive at the upper echelons today, the only cure is strict criminal law enforcement done against the perp not the company. Sociopaths, lacking empathy, don't give two shits about their company unless it affects them. Again, taking Deepwater Horizon as an example, the way to get a corporate sociopath to take it seriously isn't to threaten his company with a $20B fine but with a firing squad if his deliberate machinations result in employees getting killed.
Oil Companies Secretly Got Paid Twice For Cleaning Up Toxic Fuel Leaks
Go after the executives. The executives who do this care more about themselves than the company. The only solution is to focus entirely on the leaders who do this and put them in prison. If Deepwater Horizon had resulted in the Obama Administration filing Felony Murder charges against the executives who directed the safety standards to be ignored (and resulted in 11 oilmen dying), any bets that safety standards wouldn't suddenly become top priority? Same deal here.
Can Commercial Storage Services Handle the NSA's Metadata?
Google and Facebook have the talent that, with a several billion dollar (per year) federal contract they could probably be incentivized to put together a team and plan to make it happen. They have the infrastructure already. They just need enough coin to make it sufficiently attractive to work on the problem.
But the real problem here is uglier than this. The NSA program is the price we pay for living in a globalized, "open society" that prides itself on not doing things like "profiling" and that is unwilling to establish sufficient border and immigration security to reduce the risk of hostile foreigners stepping foot on our soil.
Britain's Eastern Coast Yields Oldest Human Footprints Outside Africa
They said well it's possible they were a lot more advanced than we thought. You think? Unless there was a land bridge or glacier linking France and England, that means they were ship builders.
Finnish Police Board Wants Justification For Wikipedia's Fundraising Campaign
In Finland, it is illegal to plead with audience to raise funds without a special permission issued by the Police Board.
If that is even half true, that's just tyrannical. Think about it. That means even a church in Finland doing disaster relief cannot call together a congregational meeting and ask for funds without getting a "by your leave, sire" from a bunch of police bureaucrats.
Reports Say Satya Nadella Is Microsoft's Next CEO
Give the users what they want on the desktop. Give them what they loved about Windows 7 back and give it them for free. Maybe go so far as to offer a free copy of the previous version of Office to everyone who suffered through Windows 8.1 or 8.0.
The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer
Is to just establish a culture that rewards going the extra mile with more money. If a developer helps develop business, cut them a commission check comparable to the sales guy. If they have a reputation for rapidly solving customer problems, throw them a bonus.
Nintendo Could Base Comeback On Improving Peoples' Health
Nintendo's management seems incapable of admitting that their current situation is the direct result of them seeing if they can make a human ouroboros by shoving their heads so far up their asses they're nibbling on their stomach lining. Their hardware is woefully underpowered, they are not embracing small developers even remotely as well as their competition and no one wants to admit the obvious. They didn't have to release the Wii U when they did. They could easily have afforded to release a new console around last Christmas with similar specs to the XBone PS4. They could have even released one that was a bit weaker, but broke even and gotten third party support by waving most of the licensing costs for the first two years for anyone willing to make a game for their system. Heck they could have create a Nintendo quality Ouya-like system and turned the console market on its head.
But Nintendo did what Nintendo does. They pretended that their brand is still so strong that they can do what they've always done and ignore the fact that Microsoft opened half of the seals of the video game apocalypse by creating the XBox which is a steady progression from gaming toy to a powerful, dedicated and cheap entertainment PC that is open to developers. The fact that Super Mario World 3D sold so poorly when it came out should have been an indicator to Nintendo that they need to clean house and hire people who seem to actually understand what is going on in the market today. This isn't 1992. Nintendo faces real competition with much stronger backing than Sega ever could have brought to bear.
RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance
Pass a resolution calling for the prosecution of all federal agents who engaged in the practice of "parallel constructions" and in particular try the entire clandestine side of the DEA as a criminal conspiracy operating under color of authority for its major role in that.
Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office
Is it just me or do the people who want you to work in open offices sound like the nobility in Downton Abbey?"
Lord Grantham (Robert) and his family regretted having to change with the times to become more efficiency-focused in their dealings with their renters and workers. These people are gleeful by comparison.
The Role of Freeloaders In Open Source Communities
If people (or more likely corporations) are ideologically opposed to contributing back to the communtiy because they dont want to mix "their valuable IP" with the communities IP then are a dead weight to us.
And yet even there they are doing something good by using it. This is especially true of FOSS frameworks, libraries, etc. The more jobs that use them, the more value knowing the work becomes and that means you attract more potential contributors. Besides, at some point you run into situations like when Microsoft decided to add intellisense support to jQuery and build solid support into Visual Studio. Then a lot of these people suddenly stiffen up when a company with that clout decides to throw in some of its IP lot with the project.
Khosla, Romm Fire Back At '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé
But I don't think you know what it means...
while pointing out that the fossil fuels industry is also heavily subsidized by government
Every single, solitary last time I've seen this argument trotted out by environmentalists, leftists, etc. the only thing they can point to is the various governments involved giving them tax credits. In their minds, letting the fossil fuel industry keep more of its revenue is akin to the various loans and other goodies thrown at the clean energy sector.
Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School
The most likely explanation is that most of those societies are poorer and tend to place far higher levels of prestige in degrees that tend to hold lasting value in the marketplace. Engineering is one of the very best examples of that. Can you even imagine a woman who isn't literally intending to turn her degree into nothing more than a chance to find a husband in India or China saying to her parents that she'd turn down a prestigious engineering school to study Political Science, Art History, Women's Studies, "Business" (of which she could learn more by running a food truck than going to most Business Schools)? Of course not.
Let's be a little logical about this. Western women have far more social freedom than Eastern Women. If there is any region less likely to suppress women from following their natural desires it'd be us. Eastern Women are not different creatures from ours. The difference is that engineering is more prestigious there and there is a much higher need for Eastern Women to major in something worth a damn because the consequences of getting a shitty degree that confers no middle to upper class prospects is much higher.
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