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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

rsilvergun Sweet! (168 comments)

Can we throw everyone in the South in jail now? Oh wait, Canada. Darn.

Seriously, this is just nuts. Are people really this easily scared into giving ground on basic rights?

6 hours ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

rsilvergun No, he doesn't. (618 comments)

There's tonnes of evidence to back him up. You know, unless you believe in magic every effect _does_ in fact have a cause...

7 hours ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

rsilvergun Just move the goal post (618 comments)

all you have to do is keep redefining "Middle Class". How's that old Steinbeck quote about temporarily inconvenienced millionaires go again?

7 hours ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

rsilvergun The solution (618 comments)

is to tax the owners of the kiosks and give the money (in the form of "Basic Income") to the people put out of work. There's all sorts of justifications for this ( The intrinsic worth of humanity, the fact that earths natural resources existed before your granddad came along and claimed them, etc). But it mostly boils down to one simple question: Do you have the cojones to let people die miserable deaths from starvation and the elements? If you do, fine. Welcome to psychopathy.

Now, as for the hard stuff (e.g. controlling prices and inflation) there are plenty of ways to do that. They're hard, and require effort. You can't wave a magic wand of +1 Ayn Rand's magic laissez faire and have it work out. It requires active participation in the economic well being of an entire populace. It also requires abandoning economic principles (not "moral principles") that aren't working. It means continuously striving to improve and control powerful trends and forces. It's not the sorta thing you figure out with a stupid /. post like mine (or yours, for that matter).

7 hours ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

rsilvergun You're right! (278 comments)

It's a good thing this is the only time in recorded history labor practices have ever been abused. Whoo. Dodged that bullet.

Jokes aside, the assumption is that there are many, many more of these abuses going on, and that their aggregation is what depresses wages. I suppose the argument could be made that these are few and far between, but then there's no real harm in harsh punishments, is there?

7 hours ago
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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

rsilvergun They already have laws for this (164 comments)

it's called Treason. It's also very, very hard to prove. This is just an attempt to get around those laws so they can punish people without all the red tape of due process.

yesterday
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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

rsilvergun Re:could be? (164 comments)

Because you'll never get near them to do the deed. Maybe you'll get some of the low level workaday guys that don't matter. But any of the people really making your life hell are very, very well protected.

yesterday
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

rsilvergun That's just it (278 comments)

if it's so easy to outsource and we don't need any workers here why do we even have the H1-B program in the first place? Could it be that there's a benefit to having workers here? I keep hearing that if we don't let 'em have their visas their just outsource the work anyway. Let 'em. We'll just take back all the land they own. Don't want to live and work in America? Fine. You can go home, but you can't take the ball...

yesterday
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

rsilvergun It's run by the wealthy (278 comments)

and these policies benefit them. Workers are at each other's throats. Blue collar guys blame white collar guys for not protecting their jobs when manufacturing went away in the 80s. White collar guys are isolated and convinced they should be able to make it on their own. Meanwhile the rich pick us off like ants. It's gotten to the point where Union is a bad word. The AMA? The Bar? Unions by any other name. But run by rich guys that know better than to associate with the riff-raff they want to screw...

yesterday
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

rsilvergun As I think has already been pointed out (278 comments)

in other parts of the thread, if you don't fine someone several times the profit made from the illegal activity and you don't put them in jail then they will continue to do the activity. I doubt they lost money on the deal, so why stop?

Also, the damage wasn't limited to the employees. Everyone in tech (which is most of /.) lost wages when the prevailing wage for tech workers was depressed as a result of this behavior.

yesterday
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Brain Patterns Give Clues To Why Some People Just Keep Gambling

rsilvergun I don't know about Powerball (59 comments)

For the people I know who play it it's more about giving themselves hope to escape their miserable lives. It's also a social stabilizer, giving the lower classes the feeling that they have a way out.

5 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

rsilvergun Um... (354 comments)

buy Asus/Acer or even HP for Pete's sake. But Dell has been selling $1200 laptops with laughable specs for 10+ years now.

With a Mac you pay through the nose, but you always get the same thing. With a PC there's so many choices it's easy to drop that kinda money and walk away with something that on paper should rock and in practice it blows. I've got an i7 laptop for work that's like that, and it's the bane of my existence.

about a week ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

rsilvergun Re:No, they didn't (232 comments)

True, but it's nice when Americans get reminded just how powerless they really are. Maybe a few more of these and we'll start cracking down on corruption again. For example, that City Manager is almost certainly about to lose his job... and walk right into a nice gig with Comcast. There was a time in the 70s when we threw people in jail for that.

about two weeks ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

rsilvergun If you've got the money to afford... (279 comments)

American style health care why not move here? That's one thing that we win out in. If you've got tons of money our health care is great. As someone who's had family who are only alive today because of socialized medicine though I find our system terrible. We've let people die for lack of health care.

Then again, grass is always greener.

about two weeks ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

rsilvergun Folks I know on VA (279 comments)

and making under $150k/yr wouldn't trade it for private insurance. And we all go single payer at 65 unless we're making 10 times that. While I'm on the subject, I've never met a Canadian or Britain who would trade their health care for ours.

And what world do you live in where Obamacare is single payer? It isn't even close. It's an awful compromise created when the insurance companies spent half a billion dollars in _one_ year flooding every possible media channel with stories of death panels for Grandma (who, ironically, is already on Medicare, a single payer system). It's the best we can get with the current political system and folks like yourself with an irrational fear of a system that works great everywhere else in the world.

about two weeks ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

rsilvergun Most make it to 65 (279 comments)

without serious medical issues. After that they go on America's socialized medicine program, Medicare. This is by design. The elderly are not profitable to insure and are reliant on health care. They would demand socialized medicine one way or the other. This keeps them from becoming a voting block for broad scale Single Payer healthcare

Now, if you're one of those Americans without a great job and with a bunch of health problems, yeah, you're in for a world of hurt. But by then you're heavily marginalized. You're much too busy surviving to vote...

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

rsilvergun Health costs (610 comments)

only matter if you're not willing to let people die. Then again most of Europe has some form of socialized medicine. Here in America we don't need to factor in the cost of health.

about two weeks ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

rsilvergun Said it before, say it again (144 comments)

who in their right mind would go into computer science in America right now? At the same time Tech Giants are pushing for more CS majors their campaigning hard to bring in more H1-B visa holders. Meanwhile outsourcing continues to eliminate jobs.

Maybe if the gov't would get serious about promoting small software businesses (small 50 employees, and be careful they're not just shill companies for Microsoft et al) and if we had some protectionism I'd say go for it. But right now is not a good time to be a CS major...

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

rsilvergun Don't know about you (728 comments)

but around here we're a representational democracy. Now, when our voter turnout gets above 50% you might have a point, but for now the gov't protects those what put 'em in office, and with our low as crap voter turnout that's gonna be whoever pays for the tv ads and voter reg drives.

about two weeks ago

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Law firm offers H1B Visa Hiring How-To Guide

rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "A Law firm has taken to running symposiums on how to skirt the law regarding H1B Visas. Companies in the United States are required to seek qualified local labor before applying for and receiving an H1B Visa to hire abroad. Slashdotters have always suspected these shenanigans, but here we have documented proof. Have you experienced a job interview where you knew they didn't want to hire you? What recourse do we have in these situations?"
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Simple data transfer for my Family?

rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "As the family tech, I'm often stuck transferring data from old to new computers. These days, the process can take hours, what with gigs of mp3s, avis and jpegs. What I want is disk imaging software that makes autorunning dvds that prompt to extract the image to a folder, and then prompt for each disk in the set. That way I can make them sort out the data instead of me. I've looked at solutions from Acronis, Runtime and even Norton, and every one of them is just too technical. What do /.'ers do when stuck with this chore?"
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rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "Director Uwe Boll, in a bid to silence critics, has taken 5 of them into the ring. This September five of Boll's critics agreed to enter the ring for the upcomming movie Postal. But what started as a pr stunt seems to have ended badly, with some contestants needing medical attention."

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