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Comment Re:obligatory cutesy name (Score 3, Insightful) 86

I'm really surprised at the comments here. This is probably one of the largest information leaks/vulnerabilities of the past several years, and definitely the largest tech story of 2017. This is way larger than Google breaking SHA-1 (in a non-trivial way).

The HackerNews story has hundreds of comments explaining just how bad the situation is.

Comment Illegal Software (Score 2) 105

I hate the entire idea of software being illegal.

I wonder if this would be illegal in the US. Code is speech, at least in the case of encryption software. Then again, the MPAA is a very powerful group. Look at their pissing content with Kim Dotcom. I have a feeling the entertainment industry would try, but (hopefully) not get very far.

Comment Re: tl;dr: some lawyer gets rich (Score 1) 99

It's 2017. Two thousand fucking seventeen and in America, we still use checks.

In every other developed country in the world, you put down your bank and account number, possibly a TAN number if you're in an EU nation, and a persons name and you can send them money. For individuals it's always fee free, works with any bank and. appears within 24 hours (same day if same bank).

No no, Paypal is not good enough. Neither is Square. Those are closed, private companies. Every other nation has direct, person-to-person transfer, mandated by their government.

In the US, you must still print and photo a check.

Comment Re:So now under Trump... (Score -1, Troll) 341

Please don't lie to yourself. Had Hillary been elected, we would have seen the exact same thing.

In this particular case, it was the DC metro police that did the searching.

In the general case, Obama spent ever day of his tenure at war. The left idolization of him makes is insane considering how many people whistle blowers he went after (Manning's release was pretty much symbolic so the left thinks a little better of the democratic party), how many predator drones he launched .. the assignations with trial of US citizens, domestic spying, the NDAA and indefinite detention (something which Trump now has for free). The election mattered less than you think:

http://fightthefuture.org/videos/does-voting-make-a-difference/

Comment Re:Cheap (Score 0) 626

> There have been many documented cases of domestic workers losing their jobs and being replaced by these workers

Could you list them? I know of one documented case: Disney. It's actually not that common. You're not going to replace actual high skilled workers with H1-B visa holders. That's a lot of cost and not much benefit. I bet Disney will be shooting themselves later for that.

The H1-B situation is way more complex than you make it out to be:

http://fightthefuture.org/articles/hr-170-will-all-large-companies-to-consolidate-talent-in-the-tech-industry/

In the case of Microsoft, they recently made a bunch of Azure people redundant to replace them with .. workers from Puerto Rico. That's right, the replaced US citizens with .. US citizens.

Comment Something feels off about this. (Score 2) 540

Something feels off about this. I want to make it clear I hated both Hillary and Trump and think they're equally dangerous.

This won't increase the minimum wage for existing tech workers. In places like Redmond and the Bay Area, wages are already way over $100k. I don't think this will really change things for the best.

The only people who will be able to afford H1-B people are the big companies. I have a feeling this will starve the rest of the IT sector, consolidate jobs in Seattle/SF/NYC, and only allow the very large companies to even hire immigrants. This will push less qualified workers out of these high income areas and into 100k/year jobs in rural areas. Amazon/Microsoft/Google/Whoever will be able to hire the best US and on-US workers.

Comment Re:Only remove it for California (Score 2) 218

> Maybe not. Anti-discrimination laws are allowed by the constitution.

Do you have examples? I don't feel like this is true. In Germany this happens quite often. The Jewish Anti-Defamation League often goes after people in America, but those are mostly civil suits. In Europe, even suggesting Israel is an apartheid state can land you in jail, but in America (and Australia) that's protected.

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