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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

buybuydandavis Re:I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas? (383 comments)

Are you direct with Msoft?

My experience is the abuse of the H1B system comes from indirect hires through contract agencies. Basically, if you have a pimp, you're treated like a whore.

about a week ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

buybuydandavis Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

They need to work on adding taxes that will cover electric plug ins, etc.
The government is reluctant to do so; however, funding for transportation infrastructure has to come from somewhere ---- and it should come in proportionate amounts from those who use that infrastructure most heavily.

Which reverses your original comment. It's the electrics that are being relatively subsidized, when compared to gas/diesel powered cars.

(Note that electrics are also "fossil fueled", as approximately 70% of grid power comes from fossil fuels. )

You originally wrote:

The problem is the government is already unfairly picking winners and already subsidizing fossil fuel vehicles by failing to require that manufacturers and operators of fossil fuel vehicles pay for the pollution they generate in order to internalize the externalities.

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

buybuydandavis Re:Jobs Not Neccesarily Identical (528 comments)

Approximately 2/3 of the layoffs are from Nokia. Msoft is also restructuring to clear out middle management, and refocus the business to devices and cloud services.

I'm not a big fan of the H1B program, but this announcement by Msoft is just the wrong horse to be flogging over the H1B program.

about a week ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

buybuydandavis That's step one to medical freedom (474 comments)

Step one is decriminalizing getting stoned without approval from the state.

Step two would be decriminalize taking medicine without approval from the state.

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

buybuydandavis Re:Did he just notice that? (528 comments)

A free man doesn't expect his employer to be his mommy too - that's how a serf thinks.

Look around you. Do you see people who *want* to be free men, or *want* to be serfs?

about a week ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

buybuydandavis Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

I think the government has a legitimate national security interest in developing a transportation system that does not completely grind to a halt the day someone sets off a few nukes in the major oil-producing areas of the world.

Hybrid and electric technology is what could make the difference between an event like that being a serious problem and it being a complete disaster.

Powered by abundant local reserves of coal! Yay!

about a week ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

buybuydandavis Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

The problem is the government is already unfairly picking winners and already subsidizing fossil fuel vehicles
by failing to require that manufacturers and operators of fossil fuel vehicles pay for the pollution they generate in order to internalize the externalities.

Have they done any math to check this? Any thought?

A quick trip to La Wik:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

The United States federal excise tax on gasoline is 18.4 cents per gallon and 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel fuel.[1][2] On average, as of April 2014, state and local taxes add 31.5 cents to gasoline and 31.0 cents to diesel, for a total US average fuel tax of 49.9 cents per gallon for gas and 55.4 cents per gallon for diesel.[3]

About a 15% tax on energy for gas powered vehicles. What's the energy tax on all those shiny electric plug ins?

about a week ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

buybuydandavis Re:Other loud noises (272 comments)

What, intruding actual scale and proportion into a political argument?

Off with his head!

about a week ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

buybuydandavis Re:Ridiculous! (588 comments)

Thor is a male god.
Thor is an established character, based on the mythical Thor.
Making Thor female is just a publicity stunt.

Female Jesus and Muhammad, coming soon to a comic near you.

But I kid. They wouldn't even dare to draw Muhammad, let alone slap tits on him.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

buybuydandavis Re:Dear Fed (199 comments)

Like all good bureaucrats, they're all about their power, and don't give a shit about the law, because they're above it.

The NSA, the IRS, the EPA, the FDA, the FAA, all just spitting in our faces because they can, they know it, and they want to make sure that we do too.

They are the Tax Ranchers, we are the Tax Cattle.

Say it with me.

"Moo".

about two weeks ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

buybuydandavis Re:What is the use of school to Facebook? (253 comments)

This is too hilarious. Explains a lot, though.

"Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

Most Cops Just Above Normal The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average."

about three weeks ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

buybuydandavis Re:What is the use of school to Facebook? (253 comments)

So, put high IQ society membership on resume? Probably would turn off some people, but it sounds like Zuckerberg would like it.

about three weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

buybuydandavis Re:AI is always (564 comments)

And how long did evolution take to make an ant? How long from there to a human?

about three weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

buybuydandavis Re:AI is always (564 comments)

Nope, not following instructions. I think all of those were based in machine learning.

I guess Google's car is following instructions too, like "drive me to New York", but most would still count that as AI.

about three weeks ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

buybuydandavis Re:How fitting (333 comments)

It's like solitary confinement.

My own room! Yay!

about three weeks ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

buybuydandavis Japan probably needs a large navy for self defense (242 comments)

When your Navy is stronger than the British Navy, it's hard to argue that your Navy is for "self-defense".

That depends on who you might be trying to defend yourself from. China and Russia are the primary threats to Japan, across 500 miles of ocean, and they're in a naval arms race with each other, and China is testing Japan.

I found a detailed US report to Congress on the huge ramp up of the Chinese navy from 2000-present.

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL3...

about a month ago
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Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

buybuydandavis Let's see, Detroit or Google? (236 comments)

I don't think it's hard to decide who to bet on here. The US industry that almost entirely went backrupt (except for Ford), or Google, which already has a better autonomous car than any of those bozos.

If those guys had any brains, they'd saddle up with Google as fast as they could.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

buybuydandavis most advocacy groups are incorporated (1330 comments)

For those ranting that corporations should have no religious or speech rights, realize that almost all advocacy groups are incorporated.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

buybuydandavis Re:a few hundred years earlier than that (1330 comments)

Again... the idea that corporations can have religion is absurd.

Corporations are groups of people getting together under a charter. Many corporations are based in religion and conscience. Many for profit corporations have elements of religion and conscience. Non profits are generally incorporated as well.

It's funny. Progressives complain that corporations only worship profit, and then when they act on other values, they demand they only worship profit.

about a month ago

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