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

kenh Re: Did he just notice that? (529 comments)

Employers got into providing health insurance to employees as a way to increase employee compensation when the government changed the tax code and made it a deductables business expense and tax-free for the worker in the 1940s.

http://www.zanebenefits.com/bl...

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

kenh Re: What? (753 comments)

Even more odd is that you think that the fiscal insanity was caused by fiat currency, when in fact, most was caused by lack of regulation, mortgage originators who had no fiscal stake in the process, leading to mortgages to people who never should have them, and the insanity ne plus ultra - the 50 year morgage. a favorite of 80 year olds.

And it was all federally backed to help make sure everyone had their chance at "the American Dream"!

My personal favorite was the 110% mortgage - loaning money to people that not only didn't have a down payment, they also lacked the money to cover closing costs...

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

kenh Re: What? (753 comments)

It really doesn't help that much of the "you should buy gold!" press in the last five years has come from people who have a vested interest in the price of gold rising (like Glenn Beck) so they can sell it off at a profit and recent buyers will be hit with a loss.

You do understand that gold dealers advertise on shows like Glenn Beck's, and I've heard commercials for the same gold merchants on left-leaning shows like Randi Rhodes...

His 'vested interest' ends when the check for the paid advertisement clears.

Pretty much the opposite situation from the one Beck et all describe would actually happen if we went back to the gold standard.

Beck "et all" (sic) don't try and predict the future, they argue that gold is a good hedge against inflation - at the turn of the last century (1900) you could buy a nice tailored suit and a steak dinner with a $10 gold coin, some 100 years later you can still buy a tailored suit and steak dinner with that very same $10 gold coin...

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

kenh Re: What? (753 comments)

If Walmart (in your example) gives receipts without the identifier for the card, the buyer will have to trust that Walmart activates the card - the buyer will have no recourse with your anonymized receipt if they buy an inactivated card.

about two weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

kenh Re: Reputational Damage (346 comments)

Or, he just mistakenly typed '@gmail.com' instead of '@gs.com'

Before autocorrect, people used to make this kind of mistake all the time, it was so common we had a name for it - we called it a 'typo', and we were forced to take ownership of the mistake.

Now we either call it txt-speak or we blame it on auto-correct.

about three weeks ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

kenh Re:Yes, maybe... (228 comments)

Why can't something be both charitable and self-serving at the same time

So, let's say a company (IBM) "donates" code that allows an Open Source software package support some unique (patented) feature on their hardware.

Is that charity, or a marketing expense to help the company sell more hardware?

about a month ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

kenh Re: All a simple mistake... (228 comments)

A couple points - first off, there were hundreds of Patriot/Tea Party groups that applied, not just one monolithic Tea Party organization - each application was unique and individual.

I'm not sure how many of what you refer to as 'Occupy' applications were submitted, by your use I assume it was one.

The Occupy group that got a denial is actually years ahead (literally) of several dozen Patriot/Tea Party organizations that are still waiting YEARS LATER for a decision up or down on their application... So what? A group can not appeal a decision until it is rendered, by denying the Patriot/Tea Party groups a decision, they denied them the chance to appeal, and the appeal process would overturn baseless political denials. A delayed decision is effectively an unappealable denial - your 'Occupy' group, by getting a denial, could appeal - the Patriot/Tea Party groups can not.

Your lone counter-example proves/dis-proves nothing.

BTW, did your 'Occupy' group have their private donor information shared by IRS employees with other, non-governmental groups? Tea Party groups had their donor lists handed over by the IRS to Democrat groups...

You would benefit from an expansion of your news sources to include, maybe source documents and/or actual, under-oath testimony from the people involved...

about a month ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

kenh Yes, maybe... (228 comments)

If one of their treeâ(TM)s shade falls on a cafe table and cools the cafeâ(TM)s patrons as they enjoy their espressos, does that mean the tree-planting organization is no longer a charity?

If the cafe, through it's donation, is able to direct where the charity puts it's trees AND the charity places the tree in a location solely for the benefit of the cafe, then that charity is (in my mind) no longer a charity, it is at least a part-time landscaping firm.

about a month ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

kenh Re: I'd love some free Google classes (376 comments)

Unless they hire women/minorities directly out of this program, this does nothing to change the mix of new hires at Google.

How many programmers hired at Google are only high school graduates? Have only two year associate degrees? Bachelors degrees?

Google wants to hire 'the best of the best' and someone who's interest was sparked by an offer of free classes isn't likely to be 'the best if he best', and even if they were, how would their application ever get past Google HR, beating out Ivy League PHDs?

about a month ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

kenh Re: I'd love some free Google classes (376 comments)

you don't really think Google is going to hire everyone who graduates this silly little code school, do you?

Not one 'graduate' of this three month 'school' will ever get hired by google - ever.

about a month ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

kenh Re: Need doublethink training (376 comments)

So google will underwrite a few thousand three month programming classes so that those women who never programmed before will be qualified to work a google?

As for your vegetable soup example, what Google is really doing is more along the lines of this:

"I want vegetable soup now, but all I have are potatoes. So I go out and buy a few thousand packets of vegetable seeds and hand them out to people."

If Google wants to hire more women, they can do it quite easily - they simply start hiring more women. If they have to lower their hiring standards to accomplish that, that is their choice.

Simply put, google feels bad about it's white male dominated workforce, but rather than change hiring practices they are throwing money at this and treating it as a PR problem.

I can pretty much guarantee you that not one person that gets free tuition for this three month programming course will ever work at Google...

about a month ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

kenh Re: Minority? (376 comments)

50-51% female birth rate, with actual population skewed a bit more towards women because they live longer (on average).

about a month ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

kenh Re: Need doublethink training (376 comments)

Why the need for gender equality in the workforce?

Gender equality in OPPORTUNITY is important, but it makes no sense to argue that 50-51% of all engineers, programmers, etc. must be female...

Why isn't there a corresponding push to get men in what were traditionally female occupations (nurse, teacher, caregiver, etc.)?

about a month ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

kenh Re: Need doublethink training (376 comments)

This type of remedy presumes to address an affordability issue, not an interest issue...

The only 'news' here is that 'thousands' of women and minorities will have access to a resource that was already available to them, but now at no cost.

Why is there no corresponding effort to encourage men to enter occupations typically taken by women (teacher, nurse, caregiver, etc.)?

about a month ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

kenh Re: Another misconception bites the dust (365 comments)

Germany shut down nukes, used mothballed coal plants to pick up the slack.

Germany invests in solar/wind alternatives, but their power supply is 'bursty' and requires coal-fired plants to maintain power levels on cloudy, windless days and nights.

As time goes on, Germany starts replacing older coal-fired plants with bigger, cleaner coal-fired plants.

Eventually, when Germany has shut down their last nuke, and they max-out on solar/wind generation installations, they will still be running the recently built dial-fired plants because people like to have electricity at night, during rain storms, in winter, etc.

Germany tied it's future to reliance on coal and gas-fired power generation when it committed to shutting down their nukes.

about 1 month ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

kenh Re: This just illustrates (365 comments)

Taxing energy that was generated for 'self-consumption'? Amazing, even if you choose to not be part of the national electric grid you are obligated to pay for it!

about 1 month ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

kenh Re: This just illustrates (365 comments)

Is solar 'affordable' with or without subsidy? If it requires subsidy, then in my mind it isn't affordable, it's a more expensive form of power generation that the government forces your neighbors to help you pay for...

about 1 month ago

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MPC can't process Warranty Claims

kenh kenh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kenh writes "Something has gone horribly, horribly wrong at Gateway/MPC. Here is the very short version of my experience: Dec. 2005 I bought a Gateway Convertible laptop with a 3-year warranty. Oct. 8, 2008 I call MPC, who has taken over warranty calls for Gateway systems (they apparently bought the professional services arm of the company) I'm told part will ship next day. Oct. 20, 2008 I call back, find out where my part is (I had said Ground was fine for shipping), found out the warehouse shipping system had "been down for a week, it just came up, and the part will ship by Wednesday". Oct. 24, 2008 I call back, am told the part is out of stock, call back Wednesday, we should have a better handle on the inventory/ETA. Oct. 29, 2008 I call in, only to find the warehouse hasn't shipped anything for almost two weeks, the part is in stock, and the call center staff has no idea when the part will ship (the system is still down), it could be another week or so. Now, this is bad, but since my average wait time for each of these calls is around two hours, I have to believe I'm not the only customer in this situation. I'm wondering if any here knows the answer to what's going on at MPC?"
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Trouble in iTunes Paradise

kenh kenh writes  |  about 7 years ago

kenh writes "Universal Music, responsible for one out of three new tunes released in the USA, has decided not to renew it's current 12 month contract — yet.[NYTimes Link] The dispute opens the possibility that Apple could lose the ability to offer Universal music for sale through iTunes, and that Universal could take it's music library to another seller. It is unclear what impact this possible change might have for iTunes customers that have bought Universal music from iTunes and need to re-load their iPod/computer if the deal is not renewed? Presumably Apple would have to keep any song ever sold on it's servers in perpetuity."
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kenh kenh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kenh writes "For years my father has gotten along the Information Superhighway with just an i-Opener and an Earthlink account, but the internet has moved too far ahead of his burned-in-ROM browser to be useful tohim anymore (and dial-up is a bit slow these days). Anyway, while investigating various options (Apple Macintosh, Knoppix Linux/Ubuntu Linux with USB key file storage, WebTV) none are very appealing for various reasons. What, o fellow Slashdoter's are the real options today? The criterion are: Dial-up support, no update/anti-virus/etc pop-ups, and no software "update" downloads, support for PDFs, Flash, Javascript, etc. to accomodate modern websites. The i-Opener was 'foolproof", if things went wrong, you could just shut it off and try again, everything I see today lacks that ability (to varying extents)."

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