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Brain Patterns Give Clues To Why Some People Just Keep Gambling

rsilvergun I don't know about Powerball (44 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.

7 hours ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

rsilvergun Um... (344 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.

3 days 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.

4 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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...

5 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

rsilvergun Health costs (607 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 a week 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 a week ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

rsilvergun Don't know about you (715 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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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

rsilvergun Re:Relative sizes (213 comments)

Can you convert that to rods/hogsheads?

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

rsilvergun I guess my problems is.. (236 comments)

that since the same amount of wealth is being generated with 1/3 less people, but society at large is no better off. You did good to stem the worst of it, and you should be proud. But now we've got however many people in poverty with little or no way out. It's a race to the bottom, with you and Taiwan both eventually losing. Maybe you'll die before that happens. Maybe you're kids will too. What about your Grandkids? If they're not the factory owners do they have any future? Does anyone but the guys at the top culling 1/3?

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To Repay $80 Million In Shady Phone Bill Charges

rsilvergun Didn't they make billions doing this? (61 comments)

I seem to remember the profits being a _lot_ more that a measly $105 billion.

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

rsilvergun Monitoring software (236 comments)

The monitoring software where my buddy works has gotten good enough they don't need teams of analysts to watch over things anymore. Most of the problems I see are caused by cutting corners in programming because there's not computer power. As computer power gets cheaper and cheaper that all goes away, and those tech jobs go with them.

In the 80s Computers and automation were suppose to free us for a 20 hour work week. Now we're pushing 50-60 hour work weeks because the only thing it's done is increase competition for the few jobs left. Productivity America's up something like 80% but real wages are way don. I'm not quite ready to become a Luddite yet but I'd like to see some of this increased productivity show up in my pay. But law of supply and demand says the more work I can get down the less it's worth.

Heck, I'll just come out and say it: Can I has socialism?

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

rsilvergun Wow (292 comments)

Nice to see an American Icon doin' stuff like that. Still, I doubt the customers will care. If you're the sort that can blow $100k on a bike you're probably not going to care much about the ethics of the company making them. I could be wrong, but I don't know a lot of working class guys that can afford a Harley...

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

rsilvergun Very, very few (292 comments)

You've been doing too much high end stuff, which is few and far between. And the high end stuff doesn't stay local for the quality of tech, it's because Americans don't like foreign accents (except Australian, I knew an Australian dude on a sales project and he could sell Ice to Eskimos).

At the mid and low levels of support (which is 80% of the work or more) it's all overseas. What can't be sent to India because of the Accents is going to the Philippines. Their Native Speakers with little or no accent and they live in squalor so their dirt cheap.

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

rsilvergun I don't know whether to laugh or cry... (292 comments)

but what you just suggested will never happen in a million, trillion years. Americans are too Balkanized. Too many pet issues we care about besides the economy and our pocket books. When we go to the polls we vote for a hundred other things (Abortion, Gay Marriage, Legalized Drugs, Gun Control, etc, etc, etc). You'll never see enough political will to punish a corporation. Hell, BP basically destroyed the Gulf of Mexico and got off with "We're sorry...".

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

rsilvergun Go to the Philippines (292 comments)

little or no accent. Dirt cheap and native speakers. The only problem is the floods mean you'll have to keep a small group of Indians for backup and put up with their accents every now and then. But they're fine technically and all you really need to do is get a remote desktop session going and then they stop talking.

We're all easily replaced these days. I wish more people realized that and pushed for protectionism. We employees are not global, while our employers _are_. At this rate they're gonna win this fight, and we're gonna lose. We'll be back to the 1800s. Nasty, brutish and short lives.

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

rsilvergun Not so much (292 comments)

See my other comments above, and I still wish people would stop repeating this. They're paid more or less the same. It's not about salary, it's about cheaper training. The much, much lower standard of living for most Indians translates into a cheaper standard of living for their middle class and cheaper training costs. An American is carrying around $100k in Student Loan debt, and Indian might have a few grand. It doesn't hurt that an American with a diploma mill degree can't get a job, while an India can get a visa out of it...

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

rsilvergun They're not incompetent (292 comments)

and I wish people would stop saying that. It minimizes the threat that the current system presents to the American Working Class. They're not geniuses either. Their the same as you and me, only thanks to India's much lower cost and standard of living they're much, much cheaper to get trained. An American worker has $100k in Student Loan debt, and India has a few grand. That's what you're competing with. Folks with the same skill set as you obtained for a fraction of the price on the bones of their fellow countrymen...

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  |  about 8 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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