davidwr (791652) writes "It's not "your rights ONline" but a Canadian who won an all-expenses-paid trip to New Orleans couldn't get past US Customs because he got busted with 2 grams of pot back in 1981, when he was 19 years old.
With Toronto and other Canadian cities having tech hubs, this "zero tolerance" is probably already having an impact on technology companies who have employees or contractors with ancient criminal records and who can't send them to US industry events." Link to Original Source top
Congress, at Last Minute, Drops Requirement to Obtain Warrant to Monitor Email
davidwr (791652) writes "Before passing the Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act, the Senate dropped an amendment which would require the feds to get warrants before looking at mail older than 6 months that is stored on a 3rd-party server.
davidwr (791652) writes "Stravroula Karayianni, Vasilios Katos, and Christos K. Georgiadis describe a way to recover passwords from RAM in a computer that's been turned off but which still has electrical power connected to it. They rely on the fact that in many computers, if you "turn off" the computer but still leave battery or A/C power connected, the RAM continues to be powered and is just as "fresh" as the moment you thought you turned off your computer. Their paper, "A framework for password harvesting from volatile memory," will appear in the journal Int. J. Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, Vol. 4, Nos. 2/3, pp. 154-163." Link to Original Source top
What is a reasoanble immigration policy for highly-trained workers?
davidwr (791652) writes "What are a reasonable temporary-worker or immigration-visa rules to apply to workers whose skills would likely to quickly net them a "top 20th percentile wages" (about $100,000) job in the American workplace if they were allowed to work in the is country?
Should the visa length be time-limited? Should it provide for a path to permanent residency? Should the number be limited and if so, how should we decide what the limit should be?
Note: The people affected are already likely eligible for special work-permit programs, but these programs may have quotas, time limits, prior-job-offer-requirements, and other restrictions. I'm asking/. what they think the limits and restrictions, if any, should be.
I'm assuming normal rules to keep out certain criminals, spies, terrorists, and other "undesirable aliens" will remain as is. These issues are beyond the scope of this question." top
davidwr (791652) writes "Oak Ridge has radioactive frogs (YUM!) and now Germany has hot hogs on the hoof (DO NOT EAT!). 'The German boars roam in forests nearly 950 miles (1,500 kilometers ) from Chernobyl. Yet, the amount of radioactive cesium-137 within their tissue often registers dozens of times beyond the recommended limit for consumption and thousands of times above normal.' 'Cesium also accumulates over time in the soil, which makes boars most susceptible They snuffle through forest soil with their snouts and feed on the kinds of mushroom that tend to store radioactivity, Environment Ministry spokesman Thomas Hagbeck said.' 'Japan's Fukushima plant has so far not leaked nearly as much radiation as Chernobyl...' So far???" Link to Original Source top
Collecting Personal Information About "Facebook Co
davidwr (791652) writes "[Embargo from/. main page until the next anniversary of Pink Pony Day in a couple of weeks:) . Trim as needed for copyright compliance.]
--cut here-- Contact: Milo M. Münchhausen / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: (703) 555-0099 Extension 666
"INTERNET UNLIMITED ANALYTICS SURVEILLANCE SERVICES" ANNOUNCES SUITE OF "FACEBOOK COMMENTS" STRATEGIC SURVEILLANCE TOOLS
April 1, 2011 — Internet Unlimited Analytics Surveillance Services (IUASS) of McLean, Virginia has announced an exciting expansion of its Internet surveillance and analysis services to include a wide range of features for surveillance exploitation and information analysis related to the "One Identity" Facebook Comments system, now being rapidly adopted as the only supported commenting system by both major and minor Web sites around the world.
Up until now, leveraging of Facebook data by law enforcement, insurance companies, and a broad variety of other enterprises — for the locating and profiling of malcontents, underage violators, insurance fraud perpetrators, and other undesirables — has been largely a manual process, often involving human observation of photos posted by Facebook users.
This all changes with the Facebook Comments system. By leveraging the fact that most Facebook users will only maintain a single identity within the Facebook ecosystem, and the new Facebook Comments requirement that all comments posted by a user at any participating site on the Internet must be publicly tagged with their Facebook identity, an enormous new range of surveillance and analysis possibilities have arrived, courtesy of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's "You Only Should Have One Identity on the Internet" vision. Mr. Zuckerberg's prescient and brilliant philosophy, by forcing most users of the Facebook Comment system to be fully identified for every comment that they post on all participating sites, regardless of topic or sensitivity, has enabled the ultimate linking of all aspects of persons' lives — professional, personal, public, and private — into a seamless continuum ripe for deep penetration, analysis, and appropriate exploitation.
IUASS' first new service to take advantage of the Facebook Comments surveillance potential, called FCUTO (Facebook Comments Unlimited Tracking Observer), currently offers two primary operational modes:
Target Mode — When the Facebook ID of a particular person is already known, FCUTO Target Mode will automatically search the Web to gather, analyze, and report (via fully-customizable dossiers) complete data regarding all sites and instances on the Internet (participating in the Facebook Comments system) where the target ID has posted comments. In addition to creating cross-indexed lists of sites and specific comments related to the target ID, the FCUTO service automatically determines the "Undesirability Index" (UI) for the target, based on a complex analysis of the sites visited, and the comments posted, by the target.
Insurance companies can determine if a target has commented in self-incriminating manners on sites discussing HIV/AIDS. Employers can learn if employees are making negative comments about their firm — or positive comments about competitors — and take appropriate punitive actions. Political groups can use FCUTO to verify that their members are not commenting on sites or in ways that could reflect badly on the group, or can use FCUTO to find potential gold mines of "dirty laundry" that could be used to tarnish the reputations of opponents.
Search Mode — FCUTO Search Mode is even more powerful. In Search Mode, you do not need to specify any individual target. Instead, you merely specify the topics, attributes, issues, or other parameters of interest, and FCUTO automatically creates indexed databases of all Facebook Comment user IDs that meet the required criteria anywhere on the Web. You can then use FCUTO Target Mode to build complete dossiers on specific targets of interest who were revealed via Search Mode.
For example, you might want to locate all Facebook IDs where the user has left Facebook Comments on news sites supporting liberal causes or criticizing public officials, while also commenting on sites discussing particular issues such as sexual matters, medical problems, or other data of potential value — depending on your specific target goal sets and operational methodologies.
Under normal conditions without FCUTO, it would be impractical to correlate the public and private lives of so many individuals in a useful manner, but FCUTO, through the genius of Facebook Comments, enables all of this and much more!
Of course, FCUTO includes features to correlate collected data and created dossiers with all other data posted on Facebook by targeted individuals, and to cross-reference with public record data and private commercial databases. You'll know far more about your targets than they know about themselves!
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For more information about using FCUTO to leverage Facebook Comments for your firm, organization, agency, or other enterprise, please contact Milo M. Münchhausen at (703) 555-0099 Extension 666, or via email: email@example.com
davidwr (791652) writes "Japanese internet outages mostly healed themselves within hours. While some cables remain out most computers that lost connectivity have it again. From James Cowie's blog linked below: 'The engineers who built Japan's Internet created a dense web of domestic and international connectivity that is among the richest and most diverse on earth, as befits a critical gateway for global connectivity in and out of East Asia. At this point, it looks like their work may have allowed the Internet to do what it does best: route around catastrophic damage and keep the packets flowing, despite terrible chaos and uncertainty.' Let's here it for redundancy and good planning." Link to Original Source top
davidwr (791652) writes ""The brains of children with attention-deficit disorders respond to on-the-spot rewards in the same way as they do to medication, say scientists."
Instead of pumping kids full of Ritalin, we can give them fast rewards for good behavior and pump them only half-full of Ritalin. This won't help them outside the classroom but it might help kids who don't tolerate medication very well.
On a related note, my teacher says if this gets posted to the main page in the next 60 seconds she'll give me a gold star." Link to Original Source top
davidwr (791652) writes "73 year old man says "Get off my lawn" and means it. Alexander Skopintsev, a farmer in far eastern Russia, was convicted of planting mines to "ward off trespassers" and protect his potatoes. Kids, the next time the old man down the street says "get off my lawn" I suggest you listen!" Link to Original Source top
davidwr (791652) writes "You have a cat. Do you control him or does he control you? Scientists with too much free time have finally confirmed the obvious: You are his playtoy.
Livescience.com reports that cats mix a high-pitched cry with their purrs when they want attention, and it works." top
davidwr (791652) writes "A state appeals court in Kentucky ruled that the state courts cannot seize domain names as "gambling devices." The court ruled that "it's up to the General Assembly — not the courts nor the state Justice Cabinet — to bring domain names into the definition of illegal gambling devices." Will the Kentucky legislature try to take control of domain-names world-wide? Stay tuned..." top
davidwr (791652) writes ""Goat 'condoms' save Kenyan herds
Maasai herdsmen in Kenya have turned to an age-old contraceptive device, the "olor", to protect their precious goat herds from an ongoing drought. "
Need I say more? Someone obviously has too much free time. The BBC has the rest of the story." top
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Display in human-readable and computer-readable form: Identifying information such as name, card number, issuer/certifying agent, expiration date, face or thumbprint, signature, etc.
Display the same in a computer-readable form. For easy-to-scan things like letters and numbers that are on the card in a pre-defined layout, the human-readable form and computer-readable form may be identical.
For things like a photo, the computer-readable form may be a simpler version, such as an 8- or 16-color 64x64 bitmap.
Have the comptuter-readable form be digitally signed by the issuer/certifying agent and have the signature on the card in both a computer- and human-readable form.
Have the scanning device display the computer-read data in a human-readable form so that a human being can compare what is on the screen with what is on the card.
The same human being would compare what is on the card with either another form of ID or, if the card had a picture or thumbprint, with that of the person presenting the card.
OPTIONAL: Some information on the card could be encrypted and require a password or other authentication token to decrypt.
Other than this optional part, the card would be "self proving" provided that the public key of the issuer/certifying agent was available to the authentication terminal.
The surviving Boston Bombing suspect has not read his rights and as of Monday April 22, 2013, it's been several days since his arrest. Law enforcement has already said they believe the two bombers were acting alone. It would be one thing to press a suspect for information if you catch a guy and think an accomplice is about to set off another one within hours but anything after that is trampling on the Constitution. Therefore we petition the White House to only use the "imminent threat" exception to the Miranda warning when the threat really is imminent and getting information now is more important than preserving the Constitution.
Handling older juveniles accused of serious crimes
Most states try to certify older juveniles arrested for serious crimes as adults. "You do an adult crime, you do adult time," as the saying goes.
The human brain's moral centers don't reach full adult maturity until the early or mid-20s. This is reflected in our law and legal history.
Until the Vietnam era, some states would not let you vote until you turned 21. The logic was that young adults were too immature or ill-informed to vote responsibly.
While we now give anyone old enough to serve in the military without his parent's consent the right to vote, we have taken away the right to buy or consume alcohol without parental supervision. We did this because we saw that way too many people under 21 were using alcohol irresponsibly and killing or maiming themselves and others as a result. Prior to the laws being changed, people over 21 drank irresponsibly and killed people at a significantly lower rate than those under 21.
Knowing this, we need to change our court system so those convicted of crimes done before age 18 are at least offered a path to rehabilitation and, once their complete sentence, parole, and a possible short period after parole is complete without any new crimes committed as an adult, the assurance that their records will be sealed.
At least one state has implimented the option of a "determinate sentence" for youth over a certain age but young enough to be tried as a juvenile. Here is how it works:
* The prosecutor decides not to ask for an adult trial OR a judge turns him down * The youth pleads guilty or is convicted and given either a "determinate sentence" of a stated number of years or decades, an "indeterminate" (traditional) youth sentence which means he gets out by a certain age or sooner, or a non-prison sentence such as home confinement or youth probation.
Assuming he gets a "determinate sentence" and is not yet old enough to be transfered to an adult prison: * The youth goes to a youth correctional facility with a focus on rehabilitation * If the youth serves enough time to be paroled before becoming a young adult, he MAY be paroled * Under some situations, the youth may be paroled or discharged when he becomes a young adult * If the youth is not paroled or discharged at this time, he is transferred to adult prison * The now-adult inmate will eventually become eligible for parole if he his not already * The inmate or parolee eventually serves his stated sentence and parole and is discharged * The juvenile record is sealed
That last item is key. It's the "you can start your life over now, the mistakes of your immature-brained youth are forgiven" element that any society with a moral compass will have as part of its juvenile justice law.
Reforming Statutes of Limitations: A Phased-In Approach
Current statute of limitation laws are "all or nothing."
If the prosecution decides to file charges 1 day before the time limit expires, you can get the full sentence, even if you've been a responsible citizen for years after the crime.
But if they wait one day later, you are off the hook.
This is unfair to the guilty party and to society.
The purposes of statutes of limitations include: * encourage swift justice, discourage prosecution laziness * give people who have committed long-ago crimes some certainty that it really is behind them, at least with respect to criminal charges
==== A phased-in approach would be better. ====
Set an initial time period based on the minimum sentence, within a range of 1-10 years. Any charges brought before this time expires would not be affected by statutes of limitations.
Set a maximum time period based on the maximum possible sentence PLUS the initial time period. Any charges brought after this time period could be tried but there would be no prison term.
If charges are filed between these times, the trial and sentencing would be carried out as normal, but the newly-convicted criminal would be given day-for-day credit for time served for each day of delay after the initial period expired. The fact that he would be given such credit could not be used against him during sentencing or parole-eligibility or mandatory-release determination. However, the parole board can decide he hasn't spent enough time behind bars and deny parole up to but not past his mandatory-release date, if any.
==== Some examples: ====
A person committed second-degree murder 12 years before charges were filed. The law says the judge can sentence him from 2 years on the low end to 20 on the high end. The judge sentences him to 15 years. He gets 12-2=10 years of credit, so his effective sentence is only 5 years even though his criminal record will show a 15-year sentence.
A person stole a car 25 years ago. The police found the car with DNA but "John Doe DNA" indictments aren't allowed for property crimes in that state. 25 years later the same guy is arrested on a relatively minor felony. He is convicted and gets 1 year on the new felony. He could get 2-20 on the old car theft charge. He's charged and pleads guilty but no matter what the judge sentences him to, since 25-2=23 is more than the maximum sentence he will not serve any prison time for the car theft. He will, however, have a second criminal conviction on his record. If he later commits a third felony he may face serious prison time under "3-strikes" laws.
==== ==== Some special considerations: ==== ====
==== Tolling the statute of limitations: ====
Current rules on tolling would not be changed. Most states toll the statute of limitations for: * Fleeing the jurisdiction * Legal incapacity of a key witness, such as being a minor or medically unable to testify * Intimidation or perceived intimidation of a witness, such as if the victim is financially or otherwise dependent on the alleged criminal * An ongoing criminal enterprise * Judicially granted extensions for an ongoing investigation * "John Doe" indictments against the person matching a DNA sample, photograph, or other evidence that is presumed unique to the alleged criminal * Any pending charge, once an indictment or equivalent is made
==== Reduction of charges by the prosecutor: ====
The prosecutor would be allowed offer reduced charges before conviction while allowing an effective sentence up to the same as if the original charges were filed (but no more than the maximum actual sentence on the reduced charge). Take the murder case above: The prosecution could offer a plea of manslaughter, which carries a 2-10 year sentence, on the condition that the person accept a 10 year sentence but serve the same 5-year effective sentence he would serve on the more serious charge. If it was to his advantage, the newly-convicted murderer could ask the parole board to treat him as if he had served 75% of a 20-year sentence.
To prevent abuse by prosecutorial bullying, if the effective sentence on the lesser charge under this rule is more than the effective sentence if the lesser charge had been the original charge, the actual plea would be the legal equivalent of pleading guilty or no contest to both charges with a judge acting on the prosecutor's motion to dismiss the higher charge. Since all pleas are under oath, a prosecutor encouraging a false plea is suborning perjury.
==== Reduction in charges by routine clemency: ====
A modified version of this would reduce the charge to match the maximum effective sentence, or to some "minimal" charge if the maximum effective sentence was zero as in the car-theft example above.
For example, if routine clemency were offered, the murderer would still be stuck with his original charge since 5 years is within the sentencing range for his crime. But the car theif would have his charged administratively reduced to the highest felony theft charge that allowed probation of 1 day or less, or to a special charge created by lawmakers for this purpose.
==== Effective dates of discharge and release when considering post-release and post-discharge conditions: ====
The date of discharge is no later than what the date of discharge would have been if the person had started serving the maximum sentence on the day the initial time period expired, plus extensions for tolls of the statute of limitations.
For example, if a person committed 2nd degree murder in 1970 and could have received 2-20 years, any conviction today will be considered to have been discharged in 1992.
If there are any post-discharge conditions or legal disabilities that are based on time, he will be given credit for all time since 1992 towards fulfilling these conditions and towards the eventual expiration of these legal disabilities.
==== Ultimate expiration of the statute of limitations ====
Allow only a specific period of time, such as 5 years for felonies or 1 year for misdemeanors - after the time where all legally-imposed time-based post-discharge penalties will have expired to file charges.
This allows prosecutors a short additional window to gain a "symbolic" conviction or to brand someone a criminal years or decades after a crime, while giving society a "date certain" beyond which they won't have to interrupt their lives to face possibly-false allegations of long-ago alleged crimes in criminal court.
==== Effect on fines ====
This plan is not designed to change the fine schedule.
==== The bottom line: The practical effect ====
Some example crimes and the effect of this change on them:
Petty crimes: Maximum sentence of 1 year or less: 1 year to bring charges to get the full maximum sentence. 2 years and a day to bring charges at all. Latest discharge date after back-dating applied: 2 years after crime committed.
Higher-jail-time crimes: Minimum sentence 1 year or less, maximum sentence 2 years, no post-discharge conditions 1 year to bring charges to get the full maximum sentence. 3 years and a day to bring charges to get any jail time. This is also the latest release date and the latest discharge date if the discharge date is back-dated. 4 years and a day to bring charges at all.
Low-prison-time crimes: Minimum sentence 2 years, maximum sentence 10 years, 5 years of post-discharge conditions 2 years to bring charges to get full maximum sentence. 12 years to bring charges to get any prison time. This is also the latest release date and the latest discharge date if the discharge date is back-dated. 17 years to bring charges to get any post-discharge conditions. 22 years to bring charges at all.
Medium-time prison crimes: Minimum sentence 5 years, maximum sentence 40 years, 10 years of post-discharge conditions 5 years to bring charges to get full maximum sentence. 45 years to bring charges to get any prison time. This is also the latest release date and the latest discharge date if the discharge date is back-dated. 55 years to bring charges to get any post-discharge conditions. 60 years to bring charges at all.
Very serious felonies less than life: Minimum sentence 10 years, maximum sentence 99 years, up to 25 years of post-discharge conditions 10 years to bring charges to get full maximum sentence 109 years to bring charges to get any prison time This is also the latest release date and the latest discharge date if the discharge date is back-dated. 134 years to get any post-discharge conditions 139 years to bring charges at all
In practical terms:
If the person COULD have received a sentence that would have had him in prison for the rest of his life if he'd been charged by the end of the initial period, there is no statute of limitations.
If the person COULD have received a long sentence that would've had him under post-discharge conditions for the rest of his life if he'd been charged by the end of the initial period, he'll live to see daylight but there is no statue of limitations.
Don't write off criminals when it comes to hiring and housing
In some states a felony record is a de facto bar from renting decent apartments or getting decent jobs for life.
A more reasonable approach would be to limit how employers and those providing routine services to the public could treat you based on how long it has been since you were in prison, on parole, or on a parole-like supervised release.
Absent special situations such as those listed below, I recommend the following as a STARTING point for how to treat ex-cons when it comes to housing and employment:
Anyone on probation or parole: Positive, neutral, or negative recommendaiton from probation or parole officer should override time-since-discharge.
Anyone who has made himself accountable to another person or group in a legally-binding way that is accredited by the state: Positive, neutral, or negative recommendaiton from probation or parole officer should override time-since-discharge.
Anyone who has made himself accountable to another trustworthy person or group other than above: If the person or group can be trusted, their positive, neutral, or negative recommendaiton from probation or parole officer should override time-since-discharge.
Anyone discharged person not on parole or probation and not under legally-binding accountability who had at least 3 years of such supervision, whose last 3 years showed consistent positive recommendations, and who has had no negative indicators during those 3 years or since: Treat as a positive recommendation.
Anyone discharged person not on parole or probation and not under legally-binding accountability who had at least 3 years of such supervision, whose last 3 years showed consistent positive recommendations, and who has had no negative indicators during those 3 years or since AND who has been discharged from the legal system for 3 years for a misdemeanor or 5 years for a felony: Consider rehabilitated.
Anyone discharged from the legal system for 5 years for a misdemeanor or 10 years for a felony and no negative information during that time: Consider rehabilitated.
Anything in between: Treat it on a case-by-case basis. While summarily denying housing or employment based only on criminal activity may be efficient from the landlord's or employer's point of view, it is very inefficient from society's point of view. Although they may not be able to measure it, the landlord and employer pay "their share" of this inefficiency every time they turn down someone just because of a criminal record. If every landlord and every employer would do "their part" and not automatically disqualify criminals except where required by law, society would be better.
==== Special situations that might require special handling: ====
* Parole and probation officers and others who are known to "grade high" or "grade low" or who are not willing or able to justify their assessments * Anyone with a recent history of gang involvement * Anyone with an offense against another person can't demonstrate he is a low risk of hurting people again * Anyone with a recent history of lack of self control that is likely to lead to criminal acts affecting housing or employment * Anyone whose specific criminal history legally disqualifies him from a particular job or for promotion opportunities expected to be earned by those holding the job * Anyone whose specific criminal history legally prevents him from residing in a particular location * Anyone with a current or only-recently-resolved emotional issues which this job or housing situation may re-trigger, but only if such issues are likely to impact the housing or employment in question or are more likely to result in a parole or probation violation, or result in a new criminal offense than denying the employment or housing in question. For example, expected absenteeism due to violating probation is grounds for denying employment.
==== Some legal changes that should be made to make this happen ====
Landlords and employers should have general immunity from civil lawsuits if they rent to or hire a person with a criminal record, provided that they make a good faith effort in all of these areas: * The employer or landlord checks the employee or tenant's recent (last 7-10 years for felonies, less for misdemeanors) public criminal record. * If the employer takes risks that are ALREADY considered by applicable law to be "high risk," he either provides risk mitigation or alerts affected parties so they can manage their own risk. For example, a white-collar crook with access to a company's books requires either checks and balances to prevent fraud or notification to all stockholders so they can sell or vote to fire the management if they choose. A landlord renting to a person with recent criminal convictions for gang activity or any such convictions and any known recent gang-related behavior should forward this information to local police so they can step up patrols. * If a landlord or employer has a significant concentration of criminal tenants or employees AND as a group the total tenant base of the property or the total employment at any one location during any one shift represents a significantly higher risk to anyone as compared to a property or location of employment with a randomly-selected group of individuals, the employer or tenant either mitigates the risk or alerts those put at risk that they need to watch their back.
Landlords and employers should be financially encouraged to house and hire those straight out of prison.
All inmates approaching a possible release date and all recently-released convicts should be given free access to credentialed rehabilitation specialists who are funded well enough to do their job right. These specialists will be in a position to provide positive, neutral, or negative recommendations regarding the suitability of a particular individual for a particular housing or employment situation from a public-risk perspective. Such individuals should have legal immunity for making a recommendation that later turns out to be incorrect.
Well, it appears that the Department of Homeland Security and others are now monitoring Facebook and other social media web sites for certain keywords (Article at Animal New York, and on Slashdot. I wonder if Slashdot Journals count as social media web sites?
Well, here goes nothing (text shamelessly copied from the Animal New York story linked above):
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I really, really hope the feds use software to eliminate posts like these. I'd hate to think that some poor agent has to waste time seeing if I'm a potential threat or just some guy who cares about striking a good balance between spotting legitimate threats and labeling anyone who happens to say the "wrong" thing at the "wrong" time a terrorist.
The government is offering up to $8,000 for first-time home-buyers to buy a house. The intent is to stimulate the economy. This is great for those who would be better off owning but are trapped renting because they can't afford to buy, but who could afford a house if only it were $8,000 cheaper.
If you were going to buy a house anyways and can afford it without the aid, is it moral to take the money?
If you had no intention of buying a house because renting makes more sense to you, is it moral to buy a house just so you can have the extra $8,000?
With deficit spending, every "extra" dollar spent by the government is a dollar that comes out of our children's and grandchildren's pockets, with interest.
The same moral question applies to financially healthy companies who take advantage of tax breaks they don't need or who choose to operate less efficiently so they can qualify for government funds or tax breaks.
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* never existed. * was microscopic but is now extinct. * was intelligent but is now extinct. * is microscopic and it's still there. * is intelligent, hidden from our prying eyes, and want to stay that way. * is intelligent and invaded Earth 10,000 years ago. * is Intelligent, planning to invade, and has already taken over CowboyNeal's body.
Poll: What should/. have done for April Fools in 2008?
* I vote for what they actually did. Subtle. * Reruns are cool OMGPONIES! * Celebrate history and redirect page to mcom.com. * Announce Microsoft/Sourceforge merger. * Announce that yesterday was indeed December 31, 1983. * Put up a fake ad "Cowboyneal.com is for sale. Send bids to firstname.lastname@example.org."
We have several foreign/non-US-citizen-worker labor problems in America:
For some jobs, there are not enough workers, so work doesn't get done.
For some jobs there are not enough workers at prices the market will bear, so work doesn't get done.
People don't like illegal aliens because they are a "domestic outsourcing," taking "American" jobs
Open-door immigration to anyone who isn't a criminal, terrorist-wanna-be, unhealthy, or otherwise undesirable.
A payroll tax equal to the minimum wage for all non-citizen workers. For individual contract labor such as day-laborers, some tech workers, and most entertainers, tax the payer an equivalent amount.
This would strongly discourage hiring non-citizens for low-wage jobs while at the same time giving any employer a legal way to hire someone if they really wanted to.
The $13K-$14K/year increased costs would also make it harder to hire lower-middle-wage workers and make it somewhat harder to hire mid-wage tech workers. It would have virtually no effect on those filling 6-figure+ positions. It is precisely those positions where it's in America's best interest to hire the best candidate no matter what his country of citizenship.
-- If America decides it really does want to have more lower-wage non-American workers, the tax could be capped at 75%, 50%, or even 25% of the wages for lower-wage workers, with the tax itself capped at the minimum wage, currently $5.85/hr.
Capital punishment is the ultimate punishment. It should be reserved for those who:
* caused a death. The death penalty for treason, rape, or other crimes where no death results is simply cruel and unusual. * committed their act in cold blood without any mitigating circumstances. The slightest mental illness, the slightest intent not to kill, the slightest other circumstance which, if not present, would have resulted in a non-lethal outcome means life in prison is better. * is, barring divine intervention, beyond redemption. The slightest acceptance of moral responsibility, even after sentence is handed down, means the execution should not go forward. * the person would endanger the lives of others if he were incarcerated for life in the most secure prison possible
Very few people are simultaneously immoral or amoral and at the same time not mentally ill.
Of those who are, most can be kept from killing again by incarceration. For some, incarceration in a "supermax" prison may be necessary.
The number that is left is either very small or zero.
Since the combination of these conditions never or almost never happens, it is simply much more efficient to have life in prison than to have a death penalty.
I marked this "Pay no attention to my musings." If this shows up on Firehose then then the 'hose is hosed.
Solution: Mortgages whose payments go up with inflation, and down with deflation. The term of the loan shrinks or expands as needed, with a balloon payment of the remaining balance after some fixed period of time, say, 10 years past the stated term of the mortgage.
Twist: Have the interest rate adjust with inflation as well, rather than the prime lending rate.
This holiday season please give to those less fortunate.
Most of us in the IT industry are what they call "highly compensated." With our 80-hour work-weeks we might not have time to serve dinner every week at the local soup kitchen, but we can buy a lot of soup.
This Christmas season, please share the joy and give to a reputable human-services charity such as the Red Cross, The Salvation Army, or your local shelter or soup kitchen.
You've been bitten by the Charity Profile Virus: Please make your own version and attach it to all of your online profiles through the Christmas 2007 season.
When I install a machine from scratch I have to update dozens or over 100 items. This takes time and consumes network bandwidth.
Solution: Monthly security rollups.
The August 2007 rollup for XP should include every "important" XP base OS patch not included in SP2. Ditto for every other month since SP2 came out until the end of service for SP2. It would not include "important" updates to optional software or important updates to device drivers. It would include important updates to other important updates of course.
When run without options, it installs everything that is applicable to this machine or, for slipstreams, the target directory.
It would also have a "slipstream" option, an "unpack" option, and a "select" option.
The "slipstream" option would apply the service to a directory instead of the installed Windows.
The "unpack" option would create a mini-installer, one for each update.
The "select" option would limit which fixed got installed, slipstreamed, or unpacked.
The whole thing could be driven from a GUI or from a command line + response file.
Additional workload for Microsoft:
The package would be what you get if you take a base XP SP2 CD then run Windows Update again and again until there are no more important updates. As such, MS wold not be on the hook for much more in the way of testing. This is purely a packaging/delivery issue. The only real work would be resolving any dependencies that require more than one reboot.
If I had this, I could install: XP, SP2, last month's security rollup,.NET 1.1, 2, 3, and their updates, IE7, MS Office, its latest service pack, and the latest version of Microsoft Update, all without getting on the network. Then when I finally did update, I'd have a much smaller number of updates to grab. If all I cared about was the base OS without optional updates, this would be a 2-step process: Install XP from the SP2-slipstreamed CD, then install the August updates.