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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

walterbyrd Re:RACIST! (427 comments)

> tech doesn't attract young black men and women because studying math, science, tech, and computers in school isn't cool.

No, because the jobs are all going offshore. And what isn't going offshore is being done by visa workers.

The future for tech jobs in the USA is grim.

13 hours ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

walterbyrd REAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS AT LEAST 18 PERCENT (427 comments)

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/29/Real-Unemployment-Rate-Is-at-Least-18-Percent

Friday, the Labor Department is expected to report the economy added 235,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.1 percent, but that hardly tells the story.

The jobless rate may be down from its recession peak of 10 percent, but much of this results from adults, discouraged by the lack of decent job openings, having quit altogether. They are neither employed nor looking for work.

Only about half of the drop in the adult participation rate may be attributed to the Baby Boom generation reaching retirement age. Lacking adequate resources to retire, a larger percentage of adults over 65 are working than before the recession.

Many Americans who would like full time jobs are stuck in part-time positions, because businesses can hire desirable part-time workers to supplement a core of permanent, full-time employees, but at lower wages. And Obamacare’s employer health insurance mandates will not apply to workers on the job less than 30 hours a week.

Since 2000, Congress has enhanced the earned income tax credit and expanded programs that provide direct benefits to low-income workers, including food stamps, Medicaid, Obamacare, and rent and mortgage assistance.

Virtually all phase as family incomes rise, either by securing higher hourly pay or working more hours, and impose an effective marginal tax rate as high as 50 percent. Consequently, these programs discourage work and skills acquisition and encourage single parents and one partner in two adult households not to work. Often, these motivate single people to work only part-time.

Undocumented immigrants face more difficulties accessing these programs, and lax immigration enforcement permits them to openly take jobs that government benefits discourage low-income Americans from accepting.

Employers can, intentionally or unintentionally, abuse the H-1B visa program, which permit businesses to employ foreign workers when qualified Americans are unavailable. Americans may be overlooked because they demand higher wages or are not networked with immigrants that are already employed in technical and managerial positions.

The economy has created only about 6 million new jobs during the Bush-Obama years, whereas the comparable figure during the Reagan-Clinton period was about 40 million. A recent study by the Center for Immigration Studies indicates that virtually all the new jobs created since 2000 went to immigrants, whereas none were created for native-born Americans.

Adding in discouraged adults who say they would begin looking for work if conditions were better, those working part-time but say they want full time work, and the effects of immigration, the unemployment rate becomes about 15 percent—and that is a lower bound estimate.

Many young people are being duped both by unscrupulous for profit, post-secondary institutions—as well as accredited colleges and universities with low admission standards—to enroll in useless programs. They would likely be in the labor force now but for easy access to federally sponsored loans and will end up heavily in debt.

Adding in these students, the real unemployment rate among U.S. citizens and permanent residents is at least 18 percent.

Since 2000, GDP growth has averaged 1.7 per year, whereas during the Reagan-Clinton years, it was 3.4 percent. The reluctance of both Presidents Bush and Obama to confront Chinese protectionism and currency manipulation and open up offshore oil for development have created a huge trade deficit that sends consumer demand, growth, and jobs abroad.

New business regulations, more burdensome than are necessary to accomplish legitimate consumer protection and environmental objectives, exacerbate these problems.

All of this suppresses wages except for the most skilled and talented workers.

No surprise, average family income, adjusted for inflation has fallen from about $55,600 in 2007 to $51,000 even as the gap between families at the bottom and top widens.

13 hours ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

walterbyrd 30% for publisher? Why have a publisher? (230 comments)

Cut out the useless publisher, and the author gets 70%.

Why do you need a publisher to sell an ebook?

Idunno. Maybe a publisher does have some use. But does an ebook publisher deserve a whopping 30% ?

13 hours ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

walterbyrd Sell the books when you are done. (230 comments)

It is a bit of a bother. But, it is not unusual to be able to sell a book for the same, or even more, than you paid for it.

13 hours ago
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Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

walterbyrd Re:Who would still want to work there? (66 comments)

Does MS want "great" people? Seems to me that MS wants people who are cheaper, and easier to push around.

MS just churns out re-hashed products. Nothing that takes any great creative minds.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

walterbyrd Bill Gates calls for more imported labor. (272 comments)

As a side note. The announcement of the huge Microsoft layoffs come one week after Bill Gates calls for more imported labor.

Break the Immigration Impasse
By SHELDON G. ADELSON, WARREN E. BUFFETT and BILL GATESJULY 10, 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/opinion/sheldon-adelson-warren-buffett-and-bill-gates-on-immigration-reform.html?_r=0

about two weeks ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

walterbyrd Define "working" (379 comments)

So the iron dome gets about 90% of the rockets, and the rest get though. And the missiles used for the iron dome cost nearly 10X as much as the Hamas rockets.

Is the iron dome "working" or not?

about two weeks ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

walterbyrd Re:I've always thought that the best way for Israe (379 comments)

Wrong.

Israeli airstrikes are a response to Palestinian aggression. Were it not for the rocket attacks, Israel would not have launched air strikes.

The entire thing started because Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered.

Hamas is committed to the death of all Jews - it's right in the Hamas charter.

Israel may not be perfect, but let's not pretend that the Palestinians are just innocent victims in all this.

about two weeks ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

walterbyrd Re: Subject bait (379 comments)

Israeli Jews are hardly free loaders.

There be reasons to dislike Israel, but what the Jews that have accomplished there is incredible. Especially whey you consider that they do it all under constant terrorist attacks.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

walterbyrd Cannot trust Microsoft (178 comments)

Microsoft's motives are obvious. Other nations are adopting open-source, because nothing is hidden, and Microsoft is saying "me too." Microsoft is just trying to stop other countries from adopting open source.

Problem is: as soon as you start trusting Microsoft, Microsoft will pull the 'ol switcheroo. Then once Microsoft has you vendor-locked: it's problem solved - for Microsoft.

Microsoft's basic strategy has been the same for decades. Anybody who trusts Microsoft at this point is an ignorant fool.

about a month ago
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RAND Study: Looser Civil Service Rules Would Ease Cybersecurity Shortage

walterbyrd Re:The problem is 18 months to get clearance. (97 comments)

Very good point. It used to take six months. Also, a TS lasted for five years, now, I think, it only lasts for two.

Just more massive government inefficiency.

about a month ago
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Saudi Government Targeting Dissidents With Mobile Malware

walterbyrd Better than being stoned to death (41 comments)

Or having your hands/feet/head cut off. Or being sentenced to 100 lashes. Or being blown up in a terrorist attack.

As Saudi attacks on infidels go, this seems fairly mild.

about a month ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

walterbyrd Ward Churchill made $140K a year (538 comments)

And that was over ten years ago.

Ward is the jackass who compared the 9/11 victims to Nazis, shortly after 9/11.

Really, $140K a year to teach that kind of crap, and those coddled ivory tower bozos are still crying poverty?

about a month ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

walterbyrd How amazingly convenient! (682 comments)

The hard crashed right after it was discovered that the IRS was involved in a partisan scam. Perfect timing.

And this from an administration so well known for it's cover-ups - like the Benghazi cover-up.

If this is what the government claims, then it must be true. We never get anything but 100% truth from our government, right?

about a month and a half ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

walterbyrd 1997 and badly disappointed (204 comments)

I heard so much about Linux, and how it blew Windows away, in terms of performance.

At the time, Windows 1995 ran acceptably well on a 386. Linux, with Gnome, was so slow, I could practically count the pixels as they appeared on my screen.

These days, I use Linux, nearly exclusively. On modern hardware, I think Linux does just fine. But on 1990s era hardware, not so much.

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

walterbyrd Cite your source? (140 comments)

Certainly you would not make such a series of scathing allegations without solid proof.

Would you?

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

walterbyrd Did Apple start the "patent bully" thing? (140 comments)

Or is that just another idea that somebody else invented, but Apple perfected? Then Microsoft steals the idea from Apple?

In the early 1990s, Apple was suing everybody over this "look and feel" nonsense.

Apple has to be the ultimate patent trolling software company. Especially considering their patents are mostly over silly design issues that Apple did not even "invent."

But as horrible as Apple is, Microsoft comes close.

about a month and a half ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

walterbyrd Why not just take vitamin pills? (396 comments)

One tiny tablet, and you get all the vitamins you need, and then some.

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

walterbyrd Getting erroneous statements from ATT for years (65 comments)

I constantly get statements from ATT saying "we have deducted this money from your bank account" I have been getting them for two years, at least.

ATT tells me it is a glitch in their system, and not to worry about it.

So far, no money has been wrong deducted, that I am aware of.

However, I do not consider this to be confidence inspiring.

about a month and a half ago
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HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop

walterbyrd Re:Why would I spend $400 on this? (121 comments)

Faster boot? Faster shutdown? Less crapware? Less malware? Less rebooting? Less vendor lock-in? Longer battery life?

I don't really know, but those are possibilities. All of those things certainly apply to ChromeOS.

about 2 months ago

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Silicon Valley has created an imaginary staffing shortage

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  2 days ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry's assertions of labor shortages."
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Bachmann: Gay community wants to let adults "prey on little children sexually"

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  4 days ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said this week that the gay community wants to repeal age of consent laws "so that adults would be able to freely prey on little children sexually," reports Brian Tashman of Right Wing Watch."
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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a week ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "There's some pointed language in the announcement, which includes a canned quote from Mike Bracken, executive director of the Government Digital Service to the effect that “Using an open standard will mean people won’t have costs imposed on them just to view or work with information from government.”"
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A week before MS layoffs announcement, Bill Gates calls for more imported labor

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about two weeks ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "We believe it borders on insanity to train intelligent and motivated people in our universities — often subsidizing their education — and then to deport them when they graduate. Many of these people, of course, want to return to their home country — and that’s fine. But for those who wish to stay and work in computer science or technology, fields badly in need of their services, let’s roll out the welcome mat."
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Comic's character "Archie Andrews" is going to be shot, and killed

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about two weeks ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "And unlike a lot of comics deaths, it looks like this one is going to stick, because the comic in which it's happening will be ending its run next month, publishing just one additional issue after Archie dies. (August's final issue will pick up one year after his death to examine how his friends and loved ones have moved on in the wake of his death.)

And he won't just die. He'll die because he took a bullet to protect his good friend, gay senator Kevin Keller, as part of a storyline that examines issues of gun control."

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Linux Lands on NSA Watch List

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about three weeks ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "According to a report first published in German on Tagesschau on July 3 and followed up by an English language report on DasErste, Linux users are an area of specific interest for surveillance. The report details rules in the XKeyscore source code that identify visitors to the Linux Journal Website, the Tor Onion Router site as well as the Tails Linux distribution site. NSA's interest in Tor has been previously documented in an October 2013 report."
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Study: Going vegetarian can cut your food carbon footprint in half

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Food production is responsible for as much as 25 percent of the greenhouse-gas emissions that are heating up the planet. And meat tends to have a bigger footprint than fruits and vegetables do — partly because meat takes more overall energy to produce, but also because cows tend to burp up a lot of methane."
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Microsoft caught paying blogger to write pro-MSIE posts

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "SocialChorus, an "advocate marketing" firm working on behalf of Microsoft, has been offering to pay bloggers for promoting Internet Explorer. The campaign was exposed after popular blogger and Twitter designer Paul Stamatiou, who also contributes to TechCrunch as a guest writer, was approached by the company to write a paid piece."
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What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "“Fast lane is how the internet is built today,” says Craig Labovitz, who, as the CEO of DeepField Networks, an outfit whose sole mission is to track how companies build internet infrastructure, probably knows more about the design of the modern internet than anyone else. And many other internet experts agree with him. “The net neutrality debate has got many facets to it, and most of the points of the debate are artificial, distracting, and based on an incorrect mental model on how the internet works,” says Dave Taht, a developer of open-source networking software."
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The way we board airplanes makes absolutely no sense

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Most US airlines follow the same procedure for allowing non-first-class passengers to board a plane. They let people who are sitting in the back board first, then people in the next few rows, gradually working their way toward the front.

This procedure makes absolutely no sense.

The fastest ways to board a plane are Southwest's boarding method — where people choose their own seats — or a theoretical boarding method known as the "Steffen method" that's not currently in use"

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Ask for the resignation of Tom Wheeler (Head of the FCC)

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month and a half ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "It is now clear that Tom Wheeler is not a representative of the people, but corporations. Previously to taking his current position Wheeler was the former head of 2 different lobbying organizations, which represented companies like Verizon, Comcast, and At&t. His actions helped turn them into the monopolies that they are today."
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Chinese gov't reveals Microsoft's secret list of Android-killer patents

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month and a half ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "A list of hundreds of patents that Microsoft believes entitle it to royalties over Android phones, and perhaps smartphones in general, has been published on a Chinese language website.

The patents Microsoft plans to wield against Android describe a range of technologies. They include lots of technologies developed at Microsoft, as well as patents that Microsoft acquired by participating in the Rockstar Consortium, which spent $4.5 billion on patents that were auctioned off after the Nortel bankruptcy."

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Cable companies duped community groups into fighting net neutrality

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month and a half ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Last week, it transpired that the big cable companies were bankrolling fake consumer groups like Broadband for America and The American Consumer Institute. These "independent consumer advocacy groups" are, in truth, nothing of the sort, and instead represent the interests of its benefactors, in the fight against net neutrality. If that wasn't bad enough, VICE is now reporting that several of the real community groups (oh, and an Ohio bed-and-breakfast) that were signed up as supporters of Broadband for America were either duped into joining, or were signed up to the cause without their consent or knowledge."
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The patent lawsuit crisis in 5 charts

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Charts (I counted six) include:
  • 2013 was a record year for patent lawsuits
  • Almost half of all patent lawsuits were filed in East Texas or Delaware
  • The 10 firms that filed the most patent lawsuits were all trolls
  • Apple faced the most new patent lawsuits in 2013
  • The courts are invalidating more patents based on subject matter
  • How big of a problem is patent litigation?
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Harvard study links neonicotinoids to colony collapse disorder

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 3 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "For those that don't know about this, what happens is: bees, sometimes by the millions, fly off from their hives, and never come back. Such behavior has been unheard of until fairly recently. This starting happening soon after the widespread use of neonicotinoids.

This might be consistent with the way neonicotinoids work. Neonicotinoids do not directly kill the insects. Rather, neonicotinoids affect the nervous system of the insects, and the insect dies because it cannot take care of itself. It has been long theorized that bees with damaged nervous systems cannot navigate back to their hives.

Monsanto has been denying that their products have anything to do this."

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SCOTUS ends Novell's anti-trust cast against Microsoft

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 3 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday brought an end to Novell Inc's antitrust claims against Microsoft Corp that date back 20 years to the development of Windows 95 software.

By declining to hear Novell's appeal, the court left intact a 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from September 2013 in favor of Microsoft."

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Tech Lobby: H-1B Workers Cheaper than Hiring Americans

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 4 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Beryl Lieff Benderly of Science Careers asked, "If there is such a desperate need for talent why not [retrain] some of the tens of thousands of people over 35 who have been laid off?"

In a rare display of honesty from lobbyists, Scott Corely of CompeteAmerica answered, "If it could be done as easily, there would be less value in the worker.""

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Supreme Court skeptical of computer-based patents

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 3 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "The case, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, poses huge risks for both sides. If the court upholds the patent or rules only narrowly against it without affecting most others, the problem of too many patents — and patent lawsuits — will continue. In that case, Justice Stephen Breyer said, future competition could move from price and quality to "who has the best patent lawyer.""
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 4 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "The truth is that there is little credible evidence of the claimed widespread shortages in the U.S. science and engineering workforce. How can the conventional wisdom be so different from the empirical evidence?"
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