* Posts by FrozenShamrock

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DXC: Slashing costs affects ability to attract, develop and retain staff? Who'd have thunk it!

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Re: Completely Shafting Colleagues, Comprehensively Screwing Customers

That was pretty much my experience with CSC as well. I worked for a government aerospace contractor and when I got there the staff and local management had been working on this contract for years and acted as if they were employees looking out for the clients best interest. The year before I left new management came in from Corporate and the entire dynamic changed to squeezing every last penny out of the client. They lost the contract to IBM who came in and were even worse about screwing their client. The client cancelled the contract early and decided to bring IT back in house. It's not the quality of the workers that make outsourcing such a bad idea, it's the contract company management. How can they provide the same level of service and make a profit for less than it costs to run in house?

Aussie engineer accuses 'serial farter' supervisor of bullying, seeks $1.8m redress

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Re: Antenna Engineer Contest

Similar thing at a former company. They would run into each others office, let it rip and then run out closing the door behind them to keep the goodness from escaping. At same company several of us were in an office when an unpopular engineer came in for a minute and then left. Just as he was leaving I let an SBD go which was promptly blamed by the others on the departed engineer, I kept quiet.

HPE lawyers claim Autonomy chief Lynch knew all about 'revenue-pumping' carousel

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Your story made my day. I'm retiring this week and wish I had seen your bit in time to have used it. I can think of a few managers in my career it would have been good for. Thanks and take the rest of the day off!

We don't want to be Latch key-less kids: NYC tenants sue landlords for bunging IoT 'smart' lock on their front door

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Re: NYC Landlords, bah!

Agreed. Abuse of the system by either side is wrong and should be dealt with accordingly. The Air BnB thing is a relatively new phenomenon and I doubt if the nonagenarians mentioned in the story are running illegal hotels in their apartments.

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NYC Landlords, bah!

As soon as you mentioned the rent control aspect it all became crystal clear. Landlords in NYC have been running scams to force out rent controlled tenants since rent control was first introduced. This one is just a little nicer than some of the older tricks such as constantly "repairing" the building to make life miserable for anyone living in it, mysterious problems with the heating or water system, etc. I still use my five-year old Windows phone so apparently I would be permanently blocked from my own apartment. (Laugh all you want, the phone still works fine and I have not spent hundreds of dollars buying new shiny toys that don't really do anything I need that this phone can't.)

UK libraries dumped 11% of computers since 2010-11... everybody has one anyway, right?

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Re: There are more vulnerable than you think

Paying taxes is the only one of the three items you list that is really needed. I agree having a bank account and using the internet are good ideas and I do both. However, government should be making it easy for the governed to access, contact, use, etc government. In democracies it is supposed to be government of, by and FOR the people. I am not anti-government; but, democratic governments need to remember they exist to serve the governed. I don't want to live in a country where it is the other way around.

There was yet another net neutrality hearing today in America, and it was all straightened out amicably and smoothly

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Re: If you know anything about US politics....

Both sides are to blame for this complete lack of cross aisle cooperation. I agree the Republicans started it with people like Gingrich, talk radio nut jobs, and now Fox News branding any attempt at reasonable compromise treason to the true cause; but, the Democrats learned well and are doing the same thing now that they have control of the House. There is no Center any more, only extremes.

Google recalculated its wages, and yup, raises for underpaid fellas. So can you forget those gender discrim claims?

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Re: Check out Jordan B. Peterson

The Peoples Liberation Army in the early 70's was supposedly egalitarian, no ranks or hierarchy. However, there was a code based on the number and type of pens in one of the breast pockets of the uniform to make sure everyone knew the real hierarchy. There is and always will be hierarchies whenever there are groups. The question is how efficient they are; hopefully, the truly qualified rise to the top, not just well connected jerks. In bigger organizations there is probably some mix; but, the goal should be a hierarchy based on merit not irrelevant criteria such skin color, gender, religion, ethnic origin, etc.

Three-quarters of crucial border IT systems at risk of failure? Bah, it's not like Brexit is *looks at watch* err... next month

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As an outsider I am a bit confused

I am not British and the country can do as it pleases. But, watching this chaos unfold over the last several years it has been very confusing at times. The politicians advocating for Brexit seemed to be offering no details at all (which seemed very odd given the magnitude and importance of the proposed move), or were spouting obvious nonsense such as Britain would have the upper hand in negotiations and would somehow have 300million pounds a week for the NHS, etc. Now they are pretending a no-deal Brexit would have no adverse consequences. Of course it will have adverse consequences. If a majority of British voters are ok with a no-deal Brexit and all the attending problems that will inevitably entail, then fine, Britain is sovereign nation and can make its own decisions. But, to keep pretending there are not going to be consequences for the decision is delusional. Britain will survive after Brexit; but, let's be honest, it will be poorer, at least in the immediate aftermath and possibly longer looking at the mess your internal politics currently are.

I noticed Nigel Farage basically dropped out of politics once he got Brexit approved in the referendum leaving others to clean up the mess and eventually take the blame. Once the shit hits the fan he will no doubt step back in to the fray saying he could have and would have done it better. The people most loudly demanding Brexit should have been required to actually implement it.

And, the fact that Donald Trump thought Brexit was a good idea should be all you need to know on the subject.

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Re: What possible delay?

People suffer in a recession regardless of how big the economy is, or was.

Musk is in contempt of court, screams SEC after Tesla boss brags about car production rates

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Re: Like or Dislike, Musk is not in the wrong here, the SEC is.

You need better reading comprehension. Musk entered a legal agreement after his false tweets tried to increase the share price of Tesla. As part of that legal agreement he has to have all public pronouncements that relate to Tesla pre-approved by Tesla lawyers. Those are the relevant facts here. He made a tweet regarding production levels at Tesla, that tweet is clearly covered by the terms of the legal agreement and it was not vetted before hand by the corporate lawyers. That is also a fact. He is in violation of the original legal settlement regardless of the contents of the offending tweet.

There is an interesting article in the business news today that if Tesla share price doesn't get to $359.87 by Friday it has to pay some creditors $980M in cash. If it got to that price the creditors could be paid with stock. The stock is currently trading below that mark so his tweet could also be seen as trying to goose it over the line to save cash. Fact.

How politics works, part 97: Telecoms industry throws a fundraiser for US senator night before he oversees, er, a telecoms privacy hearing

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The real damage

The real damage of the continuous corruption like this goes way beyond this one issue of privacy protection. It undermines faith in the democratic political system altogether. It plays into the hands of would be strong men who promise to clean things up and provide an efficient government. You don't have to look to the sad history of the last century. Look to some now dubious democracies such as the Philippines, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, If the people lose confidence in and respect for democracy we are lost.

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Re: The more things change, the less they really do.

The problem is ordinary citizens can't afford to shop in this market at all.

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos

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Re: Rich Tax Paradox

As noted in the article the tax rate was higher in the 1950 during a time of good economic growth and, tellingly, a much smaller wealth gap than we see today. As I read once on these pages: "Civilization is expensive, deal with it." Mike Dell may very well be spending a lot of money through his foundation. All of which is tax deductible for him and he decides who is worthy instead of elected representatives of the people. I have no information indicating his foundation does this; but, it has been well documented that some such organizations are tax shells which only benefit the founder and not society, such as Trumps "charitable" foundation which was recently shut down in NY. Society as a whole paid for the foundation which made successful business possible: rule of law, safety, public infrastructure, etc. Why do you think Dell started his business in the US and not El Salvador?

Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory

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Re: "Such a breach was entirely preventable"

No, the original poster was correct, it is capitalism that is to blame. Pure, unfettered capitalism pursues maximum profits at the expense of everything else. It has no obligation to society or its own employees. that is why government regulation and oversight is necessary; to keep capitalism in check, from letting it go to its natural predatory conclusion. Equifax management increased profits, and their own wealth, and disregarded everything else. That is the essence of capitalism on full display. Western civilization keeps going through cycles where it allows wild west capitalism to rape, pillage, and plunder, followed by a period where it clamps down too tight and chokes off innovation. The middle, people, can't we get to the middle and stay there?

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

Bombastic Bob,

You're a disgrace to this country and a waste of carbon in general.

Scare Force: Pakistan military hit by Operation Shaheen malware

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Re: A nuclear risk, certainly

That's because he is waiting for them to implement a twitter activated button so he's able to understand and finally use it. I hear they are having problems getting it to recognize alternative spellings that change with time.

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul

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Re: Eff the E.U.

joekhul - you're a disgrace not only to America, but humanity as a whole. I thought American capitalism was all about protecting private property? I sometimes get the feeling that property is more important than people in this country. After all, aren't corporations people? The EU is trying to protect private property from being stolen by pirate outfits like You tube. But, then again, your golden idol (or is it orange idol) pouty puss, little hands trump has been served with cease and desist orders from several artists for stealing their songs for use at his idiot fests. You and your kind are the free tards here; wanting to profit from the work of someone else.

Foxconn denies it will ship Chinese factory serf, er, workers into America for new plant

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Especially since a lot of the subsidies will leave Wisconsin and the US to go back home to China while those 5,200 gamers would be buying local pizza.

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Re: "Return on that investment will . . ."

Walker, like all politicians, only cared about the short term, specifically getting himself re-elected by touting all the new jobs he brought to the state. The actual long-term cost in dollars and destroyed natural resources lost forever were always irrelevant; by the time that poop hit the fan he would be out of office. Unfortunately for him the stupidity of the deal came to light much too early. Hopefully, there is still time to kill that pig before it sucks up dollars (which could be better spent on infrastructure and public education) and ruins the local environment.

US congress-critters question prime directive of Pentagon's $10bn JEDI cloud contract

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Re: Isn't lobbyists writing bills and RFPs

Because their pay master didn't write this one.

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: "The guy who wrote the update"

I can only hope this was meant to be sarcastic.

'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: The ALCU might be confused

The issue was not that Kaepernick was the spokesman it was that the city presumed to tell other entities what could or could not be worn on public property. Anyone can boycott any company they like; the city can't refuse service to an individual or group for not following the city 's boycott if they would otherwise be entitled to that service.

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Re: Racism!

Your reasoning is as bad as your spelling.

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Re: Use your brains

Get a clue. Job discrimination is ILLEGAL! That is not an opinion, that is a fact. If you break a law you pay the price.

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Your first example is ludicrous. There are no laws saying individuals must apply to any and all companies; you can discriminate all you like in where you apply for work. There are laws saying employers cannot discriminate in their hiring practices.

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Re: Targeting peopel who are already truck drivers

By the way, the YMCA in the US is gender neutral; anyone can join and use the facilities so posting on a YMCA notice board would be posting to all types of people.

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Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

You've never recovered from being turned down for the Prom, have you?

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Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

You people are absolutely insane. You need to get out the basement, off the Internet, and begin dealing with real people in a civilized way.

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Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

Asking a woman out for a drink after work is not sexual harassment (its how I met my wife). Continually hounding them after they say no, retaliating against them in their job if they say no, getting physical with your invitation after they say no is when you cross the line. And, as a general rule, don't be asking out anyone who reports to you because that would put them in the awkward position of saying no to their boss and even if you meant no harm, it would be understandable if they felt pressured to say yes.

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Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

Do you have any evidence for your claims other than your sister? I've been in the work force for 42 years now and while women have always been a minority I can't say I've noticed any of the things you claim against them. Except perhaps complaining about sexual harassment; but, no one should be subject to that in the work place and if they are they are well within their rights to complain.

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Re: Equality in advertising

But, females COULD watch the show which is the difference.

As far as the inane comment about Porsche ads in a council estate, it has nothing to do with this debate. If the Porsche dealer refused to sell to someone from a council estate who could buy the car that would be wrong; but, choosing where to advertise a car is different than choosing to only allow certain types of people know there is a job opening. You want a car, you know where the car dealers are, just go there with enough money and/or credit and they will sell you a car. If you don't know which company has an opening or for what you cannot apply.

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Re: Equality in advertising

It is illegal to discriminate in employment in the US. If they posted a job in the local paper and said "females, blacks, Jews, and other riff raff need not apply" they would be in clear violation of the laws. By only allowing their preferred group to even see the job ad they are accomplishing the same discriminatory end. The "wrong" type of people cannot see the ad so they cannot apply so they cannot compete equally for the job. The Employment Laws are concerned with the end results, not how sneaky you can be getting there.

Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Re: Where are the local tech hype-sters?

So, being poor and/or ill is now a crime? You seem to be under the delusion that most homeless people choose to be homeless and shit on the streets for fun or to stick to the "man". People who are mentally ill or destitute and living on the streets have no place to go to the bathroom but for some reason still have a need to do so. How about homeless families? Should we arrest the children as well and make them servants to idiots such as you? Working poor in expensive cities like SF simply cannot afford housing. Scum southern states tried to ship their welfare recipients to places like New Jersey and California in the 70s and 80s and it was ruled illegal to do so. No one is voluntarily choosing to live homeless.

US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Re: System? What system?

And, the federal government could set standards for federal elections and since states would not want to pay for two different systems they would run the state elections using the same standards. And, actually, most states elect the Secretary of State (35 of the 47 states with the office). ISIS is a security threat, drug cartels are a public safety threat, but very few things are existential threats to a democracy. Compromising the democratic process so the governed no longer feel as if they are truly represented is the biggest existential threat to any democracy. Whether that be due to the influence of money, foreign interference, voter suppression, or insecure voting.

Internet overseer ICANN loses a THIRD time in Whois GDPR legal war

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Re: Cut the EU off

Seriously, you're embarrassing the rest of us. Europe is trying to enforce their laws for businesses operating within Europe with European businesses and individuals. ICANN, and putzes such as yourself, are trying to impose US laws and pro-corporate capitalism wherever they go, even outside the US. How you would like it if, say, the Saudis decided that since we import their oil we have to follow Sharia law at our gas stations?

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: Vogon

Welcome to the wonderful world of capitalist democracy where winning by any means is good enough.

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Re: Vogon

"It was a majority of voters just like wins any other democratic election" - unless of course you live in the US where the majority doesn't win overall.

"If you dont vote, your opinion doesnt count." - very true and everyone who is eligible to vote needs to keep this in mind before they protest

"And if the rest had voted it would have been an even larger majority for Brexit." - completely unknowable so you really shouldn't make the claim. You may very well be correct, or you may be completely wrong; but, either way it doesn't matter.

Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

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Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --

So we have either Trump Derangement Syndrome or the Trump Cult? Oh wait, there is a thing called reality in the middle. You are correct in that Obama was President when the Russians hacked the DNC and otherwise interfered in our election to help Trump. And, if the Justice Department had publicly said anything about it before the election there would have been hell to pay for trying to sway the election. Obama was President when Russia took Crimea and facilitated the breakup of Ukraine. He was also President as the US helped forge a coalition of democracies to impose sanctions against Russia. As for the red line in the sand fiasco, it was a disgrace. It was also completely the fault of the Republican controlled Congress who refused to even debate the matter for fear of having to go on the record. Obama was right in that such a military move needed Congressional approval due to the War Powers Act; but, the Republicans failed in their responsibility.

If you can say that Trump has never lied since becoming President, that his performance in Helsinki and the NATO summit before that was nothing short of disgraceful, etc, then you are as delusional as he is.

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Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --

There is no doubt we (US) have some issues with our European allies in NATO and the EU. But, the only real allies of a democracy are other democracies. The only NATO country to invoke the mutual defense part of the NATO treaty is the US and our allies helped out in Afghanistan. Most of the complaints lodged with the WTO over unfair trading practices were from the US, and we won most of them. While our European allies could and should be spending more for the defense of Europe don't forget one reason our defense budget is larger is our global commitments outside of Europe. Dictatorships such as Russia, North Korea, China, etc regularly kill their own citizens, at home and in third countries and will never help us in any fashion. What ever happened to Teddy Roosevelt's dictum of speaking softly but carrying a big stick. It seems we are now led by a loud-mouthed, crude, semi-literate bully who likes to push around his friends who he knows (or hopes)won't turn on him and kiss ass to brutal dictators.

Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

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Re: Disreputable media

I will give a reasoned reply but you are obviously so stupid it will only be wasted on you. This policy has never been used by any previous administration, Democrat or Republican, Any claims to the contrary are as invalid as the pizzagate and birther hoaxes perpetrated by self-serving political hacks on simple-minded bigots such as yourself. It was developed by John Kelly while at the DHS and Jeff Sessions and implemented for the first time this spring; there are transcripts and recordings of the interviews where the policy was discussed, all given before public reaction became too hot to handle. Also, you do not need to separate children from their parents to secure the border; you can detain them together if you wish, the alternative is not to let them out free in your white, Christian (but, only certain kinds tolerated) nation. One of the biggest problems with politics today is the absurd belief that the only alternatives are the two ultra-extreme poles; there is a middle ground where the truth and good policy is usually found.

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Put the blame where it belongs

This is not like a company making poison gas for the Nazis to use in a concentration camp. I doubt if the contract Microsoft has with ICE includes optimizing parent-child separation. This moral atrocity is the result of soulless, evil people in the Trump administration who simply do not see anyone who is not them as human beings. The White House Chief of Staff stated in an interview before this hit the fan that separating children from their parents would be a powerful deterrent to illegal immigration (heard it with my own ears on the radio so this is not "fake news"). This inhumane, un-American policy is a deliberate, intentional attempt to be as cruel as possible. This is the kind of thing you would expect from shithole dictatorships such as North Korea, oh wait, I forgot we are now big buddies with the Honorable Kim since Trump admires how his people stand at attention when Kim talks. The truly sad thing is that a recent poll found 55% of self-identified Republicans approve of the policy. This country is screwed, blewed, and tattooed.

Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...

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Re: I have a cunning plan for Microsoft!

You miss a basic point. One of the reasons people like me preferred Windows phones was precisely because they didn't cost as much as the alternatives.

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Re: I use windows phones (because no one else will)

I have always had Windows phone, not so much because I'm a rebel but because I really don't want an Apple or Google device following me around. I don't need or want a bunch of apps; all I want is a phone, text, a camera. I occasionally use IE to get a score and once in a blue moon use a map app. I have no illusions that MS is a paragon of virtue; I just distrust the other two clowns much more. I would love an OS not related to any of them. I'm looking into a Blackberry, I miss my old BB.

Yay, you've won your Fitbit lawsuit, folks. But, lawyers, about those filet mignon expenses...

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Re: 'Plenty of notices'

Why does the choice have to be between dictatorships of varying stripes? Why can't one of the choices be for a better representative democracy as promised in the Constitution?

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Re: LOL123

Just got back from a trip to Italy. They no longer hand out those little cards on the flight.

Don’t fight automation software for control, just turn it off. FAST

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Fine for large metro areas

A self driving, electric, shared car may be fine for some large metro areas and people. But, here in the mid-west of the US it isn't going to be very useful. And, in places like the Rocky Mountain region a 200 mile range isn't going to get you anywhere and waiting for a shared car to become available in some small places would be absurd. Not everyone lives in Silicon Valley, NYC, LA, London, etc. A lot of real people have a real need for real vehicles on their own schedule.

US mulls drafting gray-haired hackers during times of crisis

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Re: Not Going to Work

That is why many, if not most, helicopter pilots in Vietnam were Warrant Officers and not commissioned Officers.

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Re: Always loved the Selective Service...

The 1918 Supreme Court ruling that the draft is constitutional has never been overturned. The US government decided to go with an all-volunteer military as the Vietnam War ended for political reasons; but the draft is still on the books, hence the requirement to register.

Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

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So was I. That doesn't mean a small kid who wasn't taught that, or who forgot it the way kids forget most things at times is fair game. By the time you get a drivers license you are supposed to be a responsible adult, act like it.

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