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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Old VMS Junkie The man who saved Onagawa (255 comments)

It could have been worse except for one determined engineer, Yanosuke Hirai, who insisted on a higher seawall for the Onagawa plant. A good article can be found at http://www.oregonlive.com/opin.... I have a quote on my wall from Tatsuji Oshima, one of his proteges. "Corporate ethics and compliance may be similar, but their cores are different. From the perspective of corporate social responsibility, we cannot say that there is no need to question a company's actions just because they are not a crime under the law."

about 4 months ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Old VMS Junkie Re:19,000 (401 comments)

DING DING DING DING DING! We have a winner. When you take someone who craps in a hole where they grew up, paltry wages seem like they hit the friggin' lottery.

about 5 months ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Old VMS Junkie Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (401 comments)

"The only reason to outsource is because of the massive shortage of tech workers." I call bullshit grande. I'm living through an outsource right now and it's ALL ABOUT COST. The existing help desk, first level support, and second level support were shown the door and replaced with 50% off bargain employees from Elbonia and elsewhere. Competence had zero to do with it. Uptime of our apps has tanked, ticket queues are ballooning, the new support folks can't find their ass with both hands and a map... but they sure are cheaper.

about 5 months ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Old VMS Junkie Re:Two sides to every issue (401 comments)

Yeah, and the American workers laid off to be replaced by outsourcers at 1/3 the price, that's the workers' fault too. Capitalism will always leverage poverty and when you can hire someone who thinks that having a flush toilet is a luxury over someone who expects a decent wage, you can pretty much count on the switch being made.

about 5 months ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

Old VMS Junkie Leverage the poor, whoever they are (274 comments)

Businesses will continue to take advantage of poverty, wherever it exists and whoever it is. Greed is blind to creed and color. All it cares about is profit.

about 6 months ago
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Japan Orders Military To Strike Any New North Korea Missiles

Old VMS Junkie Obligatory Sterling Archer Quote (107 comments)

"Relax. It's North Korea, the nation-state equivalent of the short bus."

about 9 months ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

Old VMS Junkie More H-1Bs? (516 comments)

I can't see the logic with this one. Off-shore even more well-paying jobs to low-cost replacements in third world countries? How does that fix income inequity? The H-1B visa is being perverted by big business. It was intended to bring skill workers to the US, presuming that at least some percentage of them would stay and add to the economic engine. In practice, these visas are used by shell companies to bring migrant workers here to train, then return to their off-shore operations centers, taking permanent positions with them. Greenspan is correct only in the theoretical use of the H-1B, not in it's actual practice.

about 9 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

Old VMS Junkie When I hear "I work 60 hours a week"... (717 comments)

... my BS meter begins to go off the scale. While I've done my fair share of brutal weeks (I'm an IT guy), it's been my experience that 99% of people who claim that they regularly work 60 hrs a week are full of crap. If you work an extra hour a day, and then put in five more over the weekend, you're still only at 50. You need to work five ten hour days and then STILL put in ten more hours over the weekend. Humans just aren't built for that. When people have boasted that in interviews, I've drilled into them and I'll get excuses like, "I was on call, so even though I wasn't actually working, I was still working..." or "Technically I have a home office so when I drive every day, I count my commute..." or "Well, it was 60 hours for the last three weeks before go live, but before that it was 45-50!" Yes, there are legitimate workaholics that do 60 hours a week. Average Joes doing it? Rarely.

about 10 months ago
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How Much Should You Worry About an Arctic Methane Bomb?

Old VMS Junkie Seems like a resource, not a threat (416 comments)

Seems to me we should be figuring out how to tap into this stuff and use it for fuel.

about a year ago
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PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

Old VMS Junkie This is the slope before the cliff (385 comments)

The era of the PC is over. I'm not sure why anyone would be surprised at this.

about a year and a half ago
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India To Overtake US On Number of Developers By 2017

Old VMS Junkie You get what you pay for... (157 comments)

As long as they're willing to work for peanuts, regardless of the crap they produce, US CEOs will keep hiring them. I'm watching an outsourcing fiasco in progress at my company. The "smartsourced" apps are blowing up like crazy and executive management screams at the PMs and middle management, neither of which wanted these barely-trained, fundamentally incompetent programmers to begin with.

about a year and a half ago
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House Bill Would Mandate Smart Gun Tech By U.S. Manufacturers

Old VMS Junkie Re:But I like guns! (750 comments)

Define "sensible". This bill is not "sensible" by any definition I can think of. How about forcing states to add their mental health records to the instant background check database? Less than 30 states currently do. God forbid we violate the privacy of fucking crazy people.

about a year and a half ago
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House Bill Would Mandate Smart Gun Tech By U.S. Manufacturers

Old VMS Junkie Yet another ham-handed attempt to eliminate guns (750 comments)

Aside from the fact that the technology doesn't exist... What if I want to let a friend shoot my gun, for example when I was teaching someone to shoot? What if I wanted to try a friend's gun so I could see if I liked it? How about collectible guns? The last firearm I bought was a WWII vintage Finnish rifle. What if I wanted to buy a very-collectable WWII 1911? Would that be legal? It's just another blatant attempt to restrict my constitutional rights. If you want to pass gun control, amend the Constitution. Stop wasting our time with this kind of legislative theater.

about a year and a half ago
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Do Developers Need Free Perks To Thrive?

Old VMS Junkie Wait, wut? (524 comments)

Of course. Duh.

about a year and a half ago
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Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet

Old VMS Junkie Re:Much of the world has "illegal speech" (915 comments)

There's a big difference between threats or statements that might endanger the safety of others and someone stating their feelings towards a religious figure. Just another sign of the Muslim world's complete intolerance, total lack of religious freedom, and complete lack of respect for human life and dignity.

more than 2 years ago
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The New Transparency of War and Lethality of Hatred

Old VMS Junkie Who started what? (591 comments)

'I think we should reflect on that before we start another war.'" We? Really? We flew our own planes into the World Trade Center? We attacked the Cole? We shot our own Blackhawks down in Somalia? Get a friggin' grip. We didn't start this war, we're just finishing it.

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Master's Degree the New Bachelor's?

Old VMS Junkie Capitalism at work (330 comments)

Easy access to on-line degrees and the for-profit colleges are huge drivers in this. There was no University of Phoenix (or whatever) back in the 1960s. If people can make money at it, you can bet it's going to expand until every dollar that can be spent is being spent.

more than 3 years ago
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BlackBerry PlayBook First Tablet To Gain NIST Approval

Old VMS Junkie Re:I still don't think people are getting it (132 comments)

Spoken like a marketer for RIM. RIM is a dead man walking in the enterprise. Yes, they're the only ones to have their own management software but there are a dozen vendors lining up with mobile device management solutions. Vendors like Good Technology and MobileIron are making enterprise-grade equivalents to BES for the iPhone/iPad and Android space. The problem, as it's always been, is applications. It's a nightmare to write anything for BlackBerry. Comparatively speaking, writing apps for iPhones and Androids is a breeze. RIM's percentage of the enterprise market is falling and will continue to fall. They're going the way of so many market leaders before them who thought that once you got to the top you'd automagically stay on the top.

more than 3 years ago
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Afghanistan Called First "Robotic War"

Old VMS Junkie "Wired for War" (288 comments)

I highly recommend "Wired for War" by P. W. Singer. Outstanding read. He's also a pretty interesting speaker, if you get the chance to hear him.

more than 3 years ago
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US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary

Old VMS Junkie Typical knee-jerk reaction (1065 comments)

Welcome to the Nanny State. We're obviously not capable of taking care of ourselves. Do the Democrats not realize that this is the kind of crap that fires up the crazies and gets Tea Party candidates into office?

more than 4 years ago

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