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New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

rsilvergun No (177 comments)

Third party candidates have no chance of winning because every possible candidate is vetted for suitability by the ultra rich. It's even got a name now, it's called the Sheldon Primary

3 hours ago
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New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

rsilvergun Meh, he's working with what he's got (177 comments)

We've been handing the entire country over to corporations for 40 !bleepin'! years. For God's sake, cut the man some slack. Has he compromised some principles? Yeah. But in the real world that's what you do to get things done. A General goes to war with the army he's given.

3 hours ago
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

rsilvergun Disproportionate funding (360 comments)

Infographics like this sorta ignore that in the US (unlike Finland) funding is not evenly distributed. By Design in the US funding for schools comes from property taxes. So the Lion's Share of that funding is going to rich kids.

That said, large sectors of our school system are being privatized for profits, so is it any wonder the numbers are going to hell? If I'm running a school and getting $2k per kid it's in my best interests to keep as much as I can. Coincidentally private schools have a much higher proportion of "Administrative" costs (too lazy to google the Study, do it yourself).

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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

rsilvergun Because you want to make games? (360 comments)

and the only way you can make a living is to live somewhere the cost of living is low enough you can survive off your meager sales? In the 3rd worlds they mostly leave you alone if you maintain your citizenship in the origin country. There's several developers that left London for Eastern Europe.

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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

rsilvergun Meh, vote left. (391 comments)

that's what I say. Vote for the most progressive candidate you can get your hands on, and keep doing that. It's better than nothing.

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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

rsilvergun Ug, wrong target people. (165 comments)

Getting mad at the cops for doing what they were hired to do is pointless. Get made at the people that _hired_ them. The cops don't beat the crap out of wealthy people, start asking why we're not all wealthy...

On another note, OWS's still going?

yesterday
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

rsilvergun Re:Anyone else notice (193 comments)

I guess my point is, 50 years ago you couldn't. The logistics alone would be too much, let alone setting up the manufacturing...

2 days ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

rsilvergun Anyone else notice (193 comments)

that you can go from jack squat to worlds largest producer in a few years? I'm not saying they aren't gonna do it, I'm just saying it's crazy how fast their doing it. 50 years ago this would be a massive undertaking with a whole town built up around it. Now? I think the factory's gonna have a couple hundred employees. It's just nuts how few people you need in manufacturing anymore...

2 days ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

rsilvergun Mod Parent up (310 comments)

I saw a CNN article about hard workin' CEO types. One guy spent 4 hours a day hanging out minding his kids chatting up sales prospects on the phone. This is a damn sight different than 4 hours waiting tables.

2 days ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

rsilvergun Re:By what definition of "rich"? (310 comments)

Doesn't being at the right school at the right time make you Rich? Works for Legacies at the Yale/Princeton/Harvard.

2 days ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

rsilvergun We all consider ourselves middle class (310 comments)

that's the problem with America. I think it was John Steinbeck that made the point. In America, there is no poor, we're all just temporarily inconvenienced millionaires...

2 days ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

rsilvergun Big bang (568 comments)

I've never read up on it, so if you asked me I might say "I don't know". That doesn't mean I don't accept a scientific explanation for the creation of the Universe, it just means I don't know enough about it to say "Yep, that's what happened".

2 days ago
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Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

rsilvergun Let 'em (199 comments)

Canada can build their own export facilities and deal with the environmental mess when their pipeline bursts (and their taxpayers can pick up that bill.

The problem isn't just that it's not _benefiting_ America, the problem is that it's not benefiting America AND there's a substantial risk that there will be a large scale environmental disaster that the company who owns the pipeline will never pay to clean up.

We have no reason to OK it and every reason _not_ to OK it.

4 days ago
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Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

rsilvergun Government is a tool (242 comments)

It represents mass organization of a group of people in order to achieve a common goal that otherwise wouldn't be possible.

I sincerely hope you're trolling and that you don't really believe what you just wrote.. Blacks never had a chance. Ever. You seem to forget that until 1865 Blacks were barely considered human, and had no rights whatsoever. Go read "A people's History of the United States" for a start, and google about the gangs of roving private citizens that terrorized the Black majorities in the 1800.

You are right about one thing, slavery was going away for economic reasons. Slaves where slightly less disposable than immigrants. But racism in the South Was about more than money. It was about oppressing the _white_ man too. Rich Southern Landowners uses the Blacks as a lower class for the poor whites to look down on. It created a class system similar to what you have with India's "Untouchables". It kept White Southerners from asking "Why do I have so little, when they have so much?".

4 days ago
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Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

rsilvergun Lots of people care (242 comments)

what are you going to do about it? Remember Occupy Wall Street? It was systematically put down using the anti-terrorism tools from 9-11 that everyone pinky-sweared wouldn't be used on Americans.

Don't get me wrong. I'm in favor of _more_ federal gov't. Civil rights for Black People in the Southern American States only happened because the Federal Government stepped in with the National Guard. Hell, we had outright terrorism in the south up until the late 50s early 60s. Mega corps are just too powerful to be reigned in with any less than a National Government. It's a double edged sword. But it's the only sword big enough...

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Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

rsilvergun Ug... (199 comments)

Keystone is at best a waste for America and at worst a natural disaster waiting to happen. It's a pipeline down to Mexican refineries so Canada can sell cheap tar sands oil to China. The problem is it's a _long_ pipe line, and they have a history of breaking and nobody noticing (since it costs lots of $$$ to monitor them) until after a community's ground water is heavily contaminated. If it happens in a mid sized town or city where it's too expensive to buy everyone out those people are just screwed.

The problem is these sorts of things are only a matter of time. With current tech maintenance costs more than allowing the disaster to happen. If the companies were severely punished for the spills that wouldn't be an issue. But if BP had to clean up their last mess they wouldn't exist as a company, and the owners would be broke. Those guys just buy off politicians until their in the clear. Heck, the CEO of TEP cried a little on Camera and got away with giving thousands of people cancer because he wouldn't pay to upgrade the safety on his factory. It was called a "Once in a 100 year event", but there were records showing it had been 100 years since the last one. That's some Mighty fine work there, Lou.

So to summarize my rant: You're asking me, as an American, to take a big risk that sooner or later is practically guaranteed to end in an etiological disaster in exchange for at best a few thousand jobs and a bit of cheap oil for China? I think This just about sums up my feelings.

4 days ago
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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

rsilvergun No, just no (234 comments)

I hardly know where to begin, but I'll say this:

If socialist policies don't fix everything, we'll try again. And again. We'll pay attention to what we did right, and what we did wrong. We'll do better. We'll make progress. That's why we're called 'progressives'.

What we will _not_ do is stick our heads in the sand and pretend some mythical 'invisible hand' is going to make it all better. Name me one complex problem that was made better by doing nothing about it?

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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

rsilvergun Re:I'm not worried about poor students (389 comments)

The University's are in the process of being privatized here. A few Venture Capitalists noticed our Federal Gov't would give guaranteed loans out to any school with accreditation. So they bought up a bunch of old Secretary Schools that has accreditation from the 40s and 50s and used those to get loans for students to go to their diploma mills.

Meanwhile we've got a political movement to lower taxes while keeping spending constant so that our country goes massively in debt. The debt isn't really a problem (we owe it to ourselves) but it frightens people. After 30 years we have people exploiting that fear to get cuts in education in the name of saving money. The whole scheme is called "Starve the Beast" and was thought up by our Republican and Libertarian parties. The result is most of our subsidies for state education have been cut.

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

rsilvergun Re:A rising tide (220 comments)

Positive Sum Gaming would work if the rich didn't gain when you lose. But they do. They gain power. See here.. Adaption is a slow, painful process. When the industrial revolution hit in the mid 1700s millions were impoverished by automation before the economy caught up in the 1800s. 60+ years of misery. We've seen it happen, I don't see any good reason we should let it happen again just to preserve a misguided notion of "freedom" at all costs.

You're also assuming we have to have 80% of humanity living in abject poverty. But is that really true? Are we as a people so weak that we can't feed or cloth one another? We already know the answer is no. We already produce enough food to feed everyone on the planet, we just need people willing to say it's OK for people to have food, even if they didn't work themselves to death to get it.

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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

rsilvergun I'm not worried about poor students (389 comments)

right now. But wages have been in decline for 30 years. A little mis management is one thing (Mitt Rhomney was famously so broke at one point he had to sell the stocks his dad gave him to make ends meet :P ), but we're getting to the point where it's impossible to "work your way through college".

For one thing, when we say "Wages Adjusted for Inflation" we mean inflation as a whole, but the cost of food and shelter (what college kids spend most of their money on, jokes about Ramen & Natty Lite aside) have gone up much faster than inflation. The sort of job you can hold while in College is gonna pay $8-$15 an hour depending on where you live. I know ppl at that income level working part time because the economy sucks and they made mistakes. They're not making it, and somehow I doubt the added expense/stress of school would help them, especially after they graduate with $150k in loans... If you're one of those super humans that doesn't need sleep and can go to class and the work 8 hours then spend 8 hours doing homework you might make it. Everyone else will just drop out. The consoles tell you this when you apply, and a lot of the big majors (Math, CS, MIS, Medical) won't take you if you're working full time.

What sucks is we're so much more productive, you'd think we'd be working less. But why the hell would we give anything to anyone if they didn't "work" for it?

5 days 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 6 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 6 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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