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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

pixelpusher220 Re:Good luck with that (167 comments)

Worked well enough for my Dad at Xerox. Granted he got laid off for a couple years but got rehired when it went to shit and got quite the hefty raise and extra retirement out of the deal :)

Not a plan I'd recommend obviously, but hey :)

yesterday
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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

pixelpusher220 Re:Not H1-Bs, offshore workers. (167 comments)

As an interesting aside, should 'utilities' providing critical infrastructure be subject to more stringent hiring requirements?

Similar to how national security jobs require a gov't clearance, should workers on critical infrastructure require similar concept of vetting?

yesterday
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

pixelpusher220 Re:Step 2. (211 comments)

Step 3. Containment anyone? If something does go wrong, it's going to do wonders for local marine life...

I can make a computer hack proof. It has to be feasible and usable too. Besides, it's not like oil rigs sink or anything...

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

pixelpusher220 Re:Militia, then vs now (1571 comments)

the point of the constitution is to address issues in fairness. Doesn't deal with everything, but it's the core basic point of the document.

2 days ago
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Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

pixelpusher220 Re:Why is this crap on the internet (95 comments)

To paraphrase a bit:

Those who give up some security for some efficiency deserve neither.

Seriously, you don't engineer CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE to be insecure simply because you don't want to run 2 sets of wires. It's simply a cost of doing the job correctly - which we haven't yet.

3 days ago
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Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

pixelpusher220 Re:Why is this crap on the internet (95 comments)

Attaching it to the PUBLIC INTERNET is bad. Said 'laborer' can still happily sit in his office making a change to an air-gapped system that IS connected directly to the substation.

There's simply no point in having the same system that runs critical stuff also be able to browse Facebook.

3 days ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

pixelpusher220 Re:What's been the hold up???? (100 comments)

Context matters. I never said he didn't do anything for space exploration. In response to a statement saying NASA only wants 'manned' missions, I showed an example where even a small unmanned program was heavily defended by NASA.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

pixelpusher220 Re:What's been the hold up???? (100 comments)

Nope, it was a cost cutting measure pure and simple. There's plenty the voyager's can still do that absolutely nothing else can or will be able to do for the next 40 years - measure the heliopause.

They haven't reached the end...hence why NASA stood in pretty heavy lockstep to protect them.

about two weeks ago
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A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

pixelpusher220 Re:clunky software? (143 comments)

When they find it takes a hour to print? not so much.

5-10 minutes tops before people are going to accept it. And that's if you can completely remove any user interaction with the technical side.

It's a 'printer' and they will expect it to work (and likewise the user not work) like one from 2010, not 1980.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

pixelpusher220 Re:What's been the hold up???? (100 comments)

Nope. George Bush tried to cancel the Voyager programs (for a paltry 4 million in savings). He was informed there would be a human shield preventing anyone trying to turn them off.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

pixelpusher220 Re:What's been the hold up???? (100 comments)

It is very unlikely that they are directly connected to the underlying ocean

You know what's 'very unlikely'? A /. poster having any clue about Europa that NASA doesn't already know in it's sleep.

how do you think volcanoes work? melting rock only near the surface?

Besides, with ice formation it doesn't destroy evidence of organisms that were in the water.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

pixelpusher220 Re:Thick ice layter (100 comments)

We'll never get through the thick ice layer.

We'll never be able to fly
We'll never be able to go into space
We'll never be able to land on the moon
We'll never be able to have civil and informative political discussions....

Ok, the 4th might be true, but 'never' and human ingenuity shouldn't be lumped together very often.

about two weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

pixelpusher220 Re:First amendment only applies to our friends (824 comments)

From the EEOC's website:

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

It does NOT cover you holding and expressing views you're employer dislikes.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

pixelpusher220 Re:Tarzan need antecedent (824 comments)

Nobody said it was oppression, they are freely speaking their minds. Nothing wrong with it at all. Both sides should probably expect holding and expressing their views may have unintended consequences, but nobody is remotely claiming they are being oppressed.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

pixelpusher220 Re:First amendment only applies to our friends (824 comments)

Would it be OK for our companies to fire us for them, even if we don't bring them into our workplaces?

Perfectly legal in many places already. First Amendment applies to the government, not private employers.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

pixelpusher220 Re:Tarzan need antecedent (824 comments)

Pretty sure AC means the Tweets from the rank and file saying the new boss should to step down. It's fair to expect some blowback for that, but the new boss also needs to understand if he's toxic to the people who will be making him succeed or fail as well.

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

pixelpusher220 Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

I'll agree that most people who identify as libertarians..ala Ron/Rand Paul...simply aren't. I can respect a Libertarian point of view. It has concrete and arguable points. I fundamentally think it simply can't work in reality, but it's a nice ideal to strive for.

The Tea Party? It would be absolutely entertaining if it weren't such a viciously soul sucking pit of despair to anyone who appreciates logic.

The Dems a party of fiscal responsibility? Heh, whenever I've brought up the concept, my point to the Tea Party is 'tax and spend liberals' yep that's fiscal responsibility...PAYING for what you spend. Of course having the Tea Party understand that the vast majority of the debt has been rung up by Republicans is a wee bit too much to ask :) I'll even absolve Reagan of his increases as he (and a Dem Congress) bankrupted the Soviet Union making the world (hopefully) a better place.

As opposed to the GOP's quite literal flop of 'Tax and cut' yeah that'll work

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

pixelpusher220 Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

So instead of this being something done by one or two people, you'd much rather it be a systemic problem with aircraft that tens of thousands of people fly in everyday?

Actually yes. The last time a 'few' people in cockpit tried nefarious stuff, the world changed and the US (my country) invaded Iraq and started headlong down the road to totalitarianism. A perfect storm really. An already corrupt 2 party system that doesn't do any serious check and balance, only raise money for re-election, now gets a perfect 'for the children' defense for *anything* proposed no matter how stupid or pointless it is.

Or we have a mechanical failure that can be fixed...

I'll take the latter every single time. The above sounds like a rabid libertarian point of view, but I assure you it isn't. I'm as left wing liberal as just about anybody. I believe in government and it having a purpose; but with the NSA and everything else we've seen in the last 15 years...it is truly broken to the core and it's up to us to fix it.

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

pixelpusher220 Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

Which is why they waited literally days before asking the international community for help? Seriously, significant progress didn't begin until the other countries were allowed to start helping.

You can be a small country with limited resources, but you don't get to excuse for not calling for help when you are clearly in over your head.

about three weeks ago

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