Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Are Indian H-1B workers a threat to American techies?

This is not a recent article.  But I ran across some boots-on-the-ground information that should shed some light on the subject.  First, the article:

A few days ago, I wrote a piece on the fracas that ensued when Disney and power utility Southern California Edison apparently hired Indian firms TCS and Infosys to replace in-house tech workers with Indians on H-1B visas. What seemed to enrage many about these two situations was the added ignominy that these fired workers had to suffer when they were made to train their Indian counterparts lest they lose out on their severance pay.

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Still, there is a general feeling in the US that Indian companies have played fast and loose in trying to make a quick buck, which in this case is around $20 billion in revenue -- no small pile. Along the way, American IT workers feel enormously embittered towards people who they feel are not skilled enough and have poor communication skills, while Indian H-1B holders are aghast when they discover that they are being paid a fraction of a client's billed amount. It's an ugly situation all around.
So what is really going on?  I think there is a moral case to be made here.  I believe there are plenty of Americans who are skilled to fill these jobs.  They aren't being hired because it's much cheaper to bring in foreign workers under the H1B visa program.  This is an ABUSE of the system.

The question came up in Quora and here is the question and what I thought was the pointed answer:

Do you really believe the "there are too few qualified software engineers available in the USA" speech that software companies are preaching?
Donald William Gillies, Software Engineer at Google

1.7k Views

I graduated with a PhD in computer science in 1993. In that year, UT-Arlington (a 3rd rate almost-community-college-level school) had 1 job opening and received 400 job applicants. UT-Austin (a 1st rate top-10 school) had 2 positions and received 1500 applicants. The odds are a little better today; at the PhD level now perhaps there are only 50 applicants for every position open. I worked in an ECE department that was a top-10 school, and we found that half of our graduates never found a job in Electrical Engineering. Is there a shortage of computer scientists or electrical engineers in the USA? No way.

The people who say there is a shortage, are all of them shills for the H1B industry. Many lawyers make an illicit living off that program. America definitely has a shortage of software engineers with no college loans who are willing to work for food. There is an unlimited supply of students from overseas who received free government-paid educations from their home countries, and are willing to work for almost nothing because they have no encumberances and their families are starving, overseas. Meanwhile, many USA engineering schools are charging a tuition premium for software engineers (and other engineers) to become educated.

The H1B program has replaced Civil-War Slavery as a way to indenture software engineers and force them to work for the same company for 7 years. What American companies are complaining about is that they don't have a way to get slave-labor for 100% of their workforce, like a Southern Plantation had in the 1840's. My previous employer had roughly 4,000 employees (40% of their engineering workforce) from the H1B program, and that wasn't enough for them. They had a fulltime army of salaried lawyers to run their "H1B factory" at a big discount to smaller companies. They wanted 100% H1B workers, they had to hire 60% of their engineers domestically, which was 60% too many. The CEO was just given a $95M pay package whilst 1000 layoffs were announced, all the ones I knew about were American-born, that was his way of funding his obscene pay package.

Software Engineering has become a field that rewards foreigners and penalizes domestically grown engineers who work hard and play by the rules and borrow heavily to fund their wildly overpriced American educations.

The Taulbee survey is a very precise survey of PhD, MS, and BS production in computer science, by ~150 CS departments nationwide.. If you read it I think you will notice that graduate student production is at an all-time high, university hiring is at an all-time low, and BS production is re-approaching the bubble levels of 2001-2004. These are all signs of a surfeit, NOT a shortage...
There were several commenters that disagreed.  A few that agreed.  I think this one was the most valid.

California gun law will let police confiscate legally-owned weapons

I don't see how this could hold up in court.  Why don't they just use asset forfeiture laws???
Under the law, the factors a judge can consider in granting the restraining order include not only threats of violence, but also prior felony arrests (even without a conviction), evidence of alcohol abuse, and even the simple act of recently purchasing a gun or ammunition.

Once granted, police can use the restraining order to confiscate all of a person’s guns and ammunition, and the person is also barred from buying or possessing guns and ammo for the duration of the order. A full court hearing must then be heard within three weeks. At that hearing, a judge will be able to extend the restraining order for an entire year.

“The law gives us a vehicle to cause the person to surrender their weapons, to have a time out, if you will,” Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Moore told Southern California Public Radio. “It allows further examination of the person’s mental state.”
This is CA.  This law will be sooo....abused.

Megaship docks in L.A. as change roils shipping industry

I love big machines.  These ships are awesome!!
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, which arrived Saturday at the Port of Los Angeles on a maiden voyage from China and South Korea, can carry nearly a third more cargo than the largest ships that currently call at the San Pedro Bay ports.

In an effort to move more cargo on less fuel, ocean freight carriers are in a race to build megaships with much larger capacities than the typical ships calling at U.S. ports. The average container ship being built now is nearly three times the size of the average a decade ago.


Aerial footage shows California methane leak

Oh, and the video is in black and white to make it look REALLY NASTY.  It is nasty and the tech guys are trying their damndest to stop the leak.

At the same time, 86,000 barrels of oil seep through natural sources onto the Santa Barbra coast.  No one seems to be too upset about that.
So, what are the latest numbers on natural oil seep quantities? We at SOS first started our little non-profit nine years ago because we were astounded by the amount of oil and gas flowing into our local coastal waters. We reviewed studies by pre-eminent researchers at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB). A 1999 publication by Hornafius et al. was entitled The World’s Most Spectacular Marine Hydrocarbon Seeps. The study states that literature reviews of marine hydrocarbon seepage usually conclude that the area along the northern Santa Barbara Channel is one of the most prolific hydrocarbon seepage areas in the world. We knew natural seepage existed at other places worldwide. The idea that quantities in the channel were comparable was astounding. Upon reviewing the 1999 study by Quigley et al. that showed oil production could reduce seepage – we were hooked. (More about that later!)

But what are those quantities? The UCSB Hydrocarbon Seeps Project is the online compendium of ongoing research on the natural laboratory that is the Coal Oil Point seep field. Based upon this research and data from analyses of other seeps in the Santa Barbara Channel our co-founder Bruce Allen, a physicist, extracted the estimate that roughly 86,000 barrels/3,000,000 gallons of oil bubble into the Santa Barbara Channel each year.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

CA Reps VOW TO KILL FREE SPEECH

Hat tip to Frontpage.com on this one.  Loretta Sanchez and Judy Chu, both from CA are sponsors of this bill.  Absolutely disgusting.
That’s right: “violence, bigotry and hateful rhetoric.” The implications of those five words will fly by most people who read them, and the mainstream media, of course, will do nothing to elucidate them. But what H. Res. 569 does is conflate violence -- attacks on innocent civilians, which have no justification under any circumstances – with “bigotry” and “hateful rhetoric,” which are identified on the basis of subjective judgments. The inclusion of condemnations of “bigotry” and “hateful rhetoric” in this Resolution, while appearing to be high-minded, take on an ominous character when one recalls the fact that for years, Ellison, Carson, and his allies (including groups such as the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR) have been smearing any and all honest examination of how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to incite hatred and violence as “bigotry” and “hateful rhetoric.” This Resolution is using the specter of violence against Muslims to try to quash legitimate research into the motives and goals of those who have vowed to destroy us, which will have the effect of allowing the jihad to advance unimpeded and unopposed.

Monday, December 28, 2015

New York Loses $400 Million After Imposing The Nation’s Highest Cigarette Tax

And NYC thought they were taking the high road.  All they did was push the whole cigarette economy underground.  Do you blame the smoker?
Smokers responded to higher prices not by shelling out more cash at the store but by turning to the black market, crossing state lines and buying cheaper brands, such as Seneca, from Native American outlets. The last 10 years have a been a boon to organized crime, with 58 percent of New York’s cigarettes supplied from out-of-state, according to the Tax Foundation. The number of packs bought paying the full tax has also collapsed by 62 percent.
62 per cent!  And NYC hasn't seen the errors of their ways?  As usual, it's leftist gone wild.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

California welcomes world’s first fully sustainable biofuel facility

Now, this actually looks interesting.  I'm all in with biodiesel.  Maybe these guys are doing it right.
The new San Joaquin Valley-based facility, which is owned and operated by sustainable biofuel and bioenergy company Biodico Westside, will produce up to 20 million gallons of biodiesel per year, and create 45 direct jobs in partnership with West Hills Community College.

“Biodico Westside Facility is a result of years of research and development to produce biofuels that make good environmental, social and business sense,” said Biodico President and Founder Russ Teall. “Today, we are forging a new path in biofuel production by utilizing sustainable solutions to convert diverse feedstocks into renewable sources of fuel and energy.”



Sunday, December 20, 2015

Inside the Billion-Dollar Battle for Puerto Rico’s Future

Personally, I think all those people/funds that were STUPID enough to fund Puerto Rico should lose their shirts.  Anyway, I can't help but wonder if this is part of the Great Undoing (I, uh, couldn't think of what else to call it).
Stephen J. Spencer, a restructuring expert representing Puerto Rico bondholders including some hedge funds, said letting the government renege on agreements with hedge funds and other investors would set a dangerous precedent, undermining the integrity of the bond market.

“It’s really a wealth transfer from the bondholders to the municipalities,” Mr. Spencer said.

Others fear a different precedent: A handful of wealthy investors, they argue, are trying to rewrite the social contract of an entire United States territory. Puerto Rican officials say they have already cut public services and slashed central government spending by a fifth to keep ahead of payments to the hedge funds and financiers.

“What they are doing, by getting all the resources for themselves, is undermining the viability of Puerto Rico as a commonwealth,” said Joseph E. Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist. “They want their money now, and they want to get the rules set so that they can make money for the next 20 years.”
It was pretty obvious these "bondholders" should never have allowed themselves to do something like this.  I am sure they knew what would happen to the people of Puerto Rico if the territory tried to stick to the agreement.

I think Puerto Rico should EXACT PAYMENT from the rich wealthy bondholders to invest in their country so that basic services could be made whole. Then the Federal Government should step in and oust the leaders and Governor of the island and set up a management team to get PR back on a sound footing.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

In Virginia's Bible Belt, an Arabic Lesson Ignites Anger

This is really unfortunate.  And I can't help but wonder if phrases are being picked to foment the problems.
The school closings came one week after the teacher gave Riverheads High School students an assignment that involved practicing calligraphy and writing a statement in Arabic - the Shahada, a profession of faith recited in Muslims' daily prayers.

The statement translated to: "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah." The teacher's lesson was drawn from instructional material that also includes Judeo-Christian assignments.

School officials said the aim of the lesson was to illustrate the complexity of the written Arabic language, not to promote any religious system, and a different sample text will be used in the future.
Of all the phrases to use, they had to pick this one??  For a Christian to write this is almost sacrilegious.  And this isn't the only example of this.

I remember back in the 8th grade I did a poster on the Arabic alphabit.  I think I made a B.

I did a quick look online and discovered some Islamic Proverbs that I think are pretty innocent and probably could have been used.

Here is one:
Guard yoursef from 6 things:
♦ When you speak, speak the truth
♦ Fulfill when you promise
♦ Discharge your trust
♦ Be pure in thought and action
♦ Withold your hand from striking
♦ Withold from talking that which is unlawful and bad
Here's another:
“Sharpen the mind, harden the body, soften the heart, and be of service to others.” – a motto for the believer, by AbdelMalik Ali.
Why the HECK did the teacher have to pick something she/he should have known would be controversial and in-you-face.

I'm afraid the quality of teachers in general is pretty bad.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dan Walters: State still owes one huge debt

CA better hope the stock market keeps going up.  Otherwise, they are in a heap o' trouble.
Recovery from that recession has been underway for nearly a half-decade, but California still has more than a million unemployed workers and is still paying out about $6 billion a year in benefits to a third of them.

The UIF is still insolvent – nearly $7 billion in the hole – and in 2012 the feds began whittling down California’s debt by raising taxes on the state’s employers, about $3 billion so far and rising, plus hundreds of millions in interest.

It’s expected that the feds will collect nearly $4 billion more over the next two years to reduce the debt further.

The debt will disappear eventually, probably in 2019, 10 years after the UIF went into the red, but that still would leave the fund in precarious position.

LIMBAUGH: just elect Democrats, disband the Republican Party, and let the Democrats run it,

What an utter SHAM!  Limbaugh is completely correct.  What a dismal failure the GOP has become.
This was out-and-out, in-our-face lying, from the campaigns to individual statements made about the philosophical approach Republicans had to all this spending. There is no Republican Party! You know, we don't even need a Republican Party if they're gonna do this. You know, just elect Democrats, disband the Republican Party, and let the Democrats run it, because that's what's happening anyway. And these same Republican leaders doing this can't, for the life of them, figure out why Donald Trump has all the support that he has? They really can't figure this out?

Repeated stabs in the back like this -- which have been going on for years -- combined with Obama's policy destruction of this country, is what has given rise to Donald Trump. If Donald Trump didn't exist and if the Republican Party actually does want to win someday, they'd have to invent him. It's just mind-boggling when you figure out everything that has been granted Obama. All the money, the tax increases, the Cadillac plans in Obamacare. All kinds of punitive things in Obamacare, delayed yet again so that people will not be made aware of the pain and suffering Obamacare's gonna cause.
Rush....is right.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

U.S. Oil And Gas Production Steady Despite Low Prices

I've always thought it a bad idea to bet against the Capitalist.  This is a good example.

The take-away quote from this article from Oil and Gas Online:
“Several factors support U.S. oil and gas production, even at lower prices,” said Bernadette Johnson, a managing partner at Ponderosa and head of the company’s energy analytics team. “Wellhead economics continue to improve as technology gains cut drilling and completion costs. And while we expect U.S. production will trend lower in 2016, our analysis shows there are almost 4,200 drilled but uncompleted wells in inventory, and they will bring additional production as they are brought online.”
In my opinion, the destruction to Saudi Arabia's economy will be severe.  Even after they "win" the oil price war, it will be a long time before they can recover from what has and will happen to their finances.  Through shear will and determination, Capitalists can carry this game on far longer than you might expect.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

November 2014: Lots of snow in Buffalo proof of AGW; December 2015: No Buffalo snow proof of AGW

Just amazing how Climate Reality Deniers constantly want it both ways.

2015: ABC Tweet: For the first time in 116 years, Buffalo, NY has had no measurable snow yet this season. http://abcn.ws/1RJfGDi 

2014: Counterintuitive, yes, but extreme snowfalls are becoming more common in places like Buffalo due to global warming. http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/11/19/lake_effect_snow_in_buffalo_climate_change_is_making_snowstorms_more_extreme.html 


Top Ten Reasons Why California Is No Longer The Place To Be Or Move To

Very well written article on the problems with CA.  Unfortunately, it will only get worse before it gets better.

In fact, it’s quite amusing to hear people talk about how they love California, all their reasons will be because the weather is good, or because it’s good because of the nice weather, or because the sun is shining and the weather is nice, or because it’s warm outside because the weather is nice, or some other derivative of “the weather is nice”. This is because the only real benefit of living in California is because of the weather. That and the emotional ideal itself of “living in California”. There really isn’t any other reason.

California is on one of the steepest declines in quality of living in the nation. Taxes, housing, and immigration are some of the primary factors contributing to this decline. Whereas California has been a coveted and highly desired place to be, from both native Californians and other-staters alike for the past many decades, this is no longer the case.
The ten things are worth reading.  High taxes, unemployment, etc.  It's all there.

California plastics company to open Pflugerville facility, hire 100

So, the expansion is NOT happening in CA, but TX.

Within the next year, Medway Plastics has committed to hiring a minimum of 20 full-time employees at an average salary of $40,000 per year. PCDC is working with Medway Plastics to use state grants for workforce training and recruitment.

“It is clear that Pflugerville is a forward-looking, business-friendly city. Medway Plastics can now tap into new markets in Texas and the U.S.,” said Medway Plastics Corp. President Tom Hutchinson Jr., in the announcement.

Medway, founded in 1974, will also relocate its research and development laboratory to the new Pflugerville facility. Though Medway Plastics will continue operations in California, the company may consider relocating its headquarters to Pflugerville within the next five to eight years, the company said.

SEVEN Networks to relocate HQ from California to Marshall

It doesn't say why the move.
Networks, which develops mobile device management and optimization software, is relocating its corporate headquarters to Marshall from San Carlos, California. The company, founded in 2000, is privately held and has research and development centers in California and Finland.

The company plans to utilize local talent and has plans to hire as many as 25 full-time employees, including seven software engineers.

The company will reside in the Center for Applied Technology, which is also home to the Marshall Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) – which played a key role in bringing SEVEN to Texas.


Friday, December 11, 2015

Reshoring Gaining Strength Among Large Manufacturers, BCG Survey Finds

"Striking" is the way it was put.

“The fundamental economic forces that are prompting many companies to reassess their global manufacturing footprint have not changed,” explained Michael Zinser, a BCG senior partner and coleader of the firm’s global manufacturing practice. “Given the big differences in wage growth and productivity—and the greater attention companies are paying to total cost—there is good reason to believe that the cost-competitiveness of the U.S. compared with China and many other major export economies will continue to improve in the near term.”

Advanced manufacturing technologies such as robotics, whose costs are shrinking as their capabilities increase, are helping to make the U.S. more attractive for investment. Fifty-six percent of respondents said that lower automation costs have improved the competitiveness of U.S.-made products compared with similar goods sourced from low-cost countries. Moreover, 71% said advanced manufacturing technologies will improve the economics of local production, and 75% said they will invest in additional automation or advanced manufacturing technologies in the next five years.
Yes, this isn't a complete "win".  Automation is the real winner, not the regular joe-blow worker.  Several years ago I mentioned that all the jobs that were lost in the 90s and early 2000s would not come back even of all the companies that left came back.  It was because of automation.

But, better the build the plants with automation here than build the automated plants there.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Facebook censors Michael Savage post of Muslims protesting

I'm glad I disabled my Facebook account.  CENSORSHIP!!  CENSORSHIP!!

Savage said it’s only a matter of time before “any and all criticisms of Islam will be considered hate speech by Zuckerberg and the Obama goons.”

“I am banned in Britain and soon banned from Facebook?”

In 2009, Savage was banned from entering the U.K. by Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s government, which lumped him together with Muslim jihadists and leaders of racist groups for “seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred,” as WND reported.

Last week, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a Muslim activist group that she would prosecute anti-Muslim rhetoric that “edges toward violence,” sparking widespread criticism that prompted her to walk back the remarks.

Nobel Laureate Smashes the Global Warming Hoax

Probably one of the most common-sensical reviews of Global Warming Hysteria thast I've ever listened to.


Loretta Lynch, Come and Get Me

This was truly appalling.  Did she think she could make such an outrageous statement?



Edges toward violence?  Is she kidding? EDGING?  WHAT HELL does that even mean?

Well, several people have taken to Youtube daring Loretta to go and get them.





Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Climate Hustle Paris Premiere

I was in London while all this was going on.  The middle of London was shut down due to climate warming protesters and caused massive headaches for tourist (which we were).  So, lots of stop and go traffic causing cars and trucks to belch out massive amounts of greenhouse gases they wouldn't have otherwise.

Thanks Left Wingers!!  Hah!!

We were trying to catch a ride on the Tube when the protests were wrapping up.  All the freaks from the protest started flooding the subway system. We saw some radical vegans with a "V" marked on their faces.  They also sported shirts announcing who they are.  What a bunch of losers.

I thought I would add this youtube video of the movie that premiered in Paris at the same time all of this was going on.  Good for them!!




Tuesday, December 8, 2015

VDH BOOK: The Decline and Fall of California: From Decadence to Destruction

I'll be reading this and reporting what I read.  Has VDH reached his "trigger point?"



Venezuela Awakens From Its 17-Year Socialist Nightmare

I'm sorry to say, this is what it will take for the US to turn around.  We will have to "walk through fire" to come out on the other side a wiser country.

What a shame.  But good news for Venezuela.
It's total victory in legislative terms and will enable the legislature to throw out politicized Supreme Court justices and appoint honest ones.

The new Congress can also boot corrupt election officials and appoint fair ones. And they will even be able to declare President Nicolas Maduro — the late dictator Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor — mentally unstable and unfit for office, or remove him for incompetence. They can also stop his executive orders dead.

The Congress also will have the power to free the 71 or so political prisoners now rotting in Chavista dungeons without trial, including top opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. And Venezuela's central bank will stop destroying the country's money, now nearly worthless.
Let's hope at least half of the good will be done.





In new California climate initiative, bill will target key pollutants

Say goodbye to CA's agricultural industry.  Gloibal Warming will put a stop that that.  Actually, the bureaucrats who deny that there is no man-made global warming will put an end to it.  Why? Because rotting vegetation causes methane gas to be generated.  And that's a byproduct of farming  - which is just plain stupid.
California would target certain harmful emissions under new legislation being introduced by state Sen. Ricardo Lara in an effort to boost public health while battling global warming.

Known as short-lived climate pollutants, the emissions include diesel exhaust and methane from agriculture. Focusing on these pollutants has been a key topic of conversation at the United Nations summit on climate change because they’re considered a way to make quick progress toward reducing greenhouse gases while providing a clear health benefit.
Methane gas is the product of ANYTHING ORGANIC THAT ROTS.  This includes the mighty Sequoya trees all the way down to the crab grass that grows.  And it also includes:

COMPOST PILES.

So,all of you greenies out there that are really REALLY into composting, get ready for the Feds to put an end to it!!

Google’s chairman wants algorithms to censor the internet for hate speech

So, this was never about Free Speech. This was all about corralling speech and then slicing it all up.

In an op-ed for The New York Times (paywall), Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, inserted himself directly into the middle of a heated debate about the line between fighting terrorism’s online reach and internet censorship.

“It’s our responsibility to demonstrate that stability and free expression go hand in hand,” he writes. “We should build tools to help de-escalate tensions on social media—sort of like spell-checkers, but for hate and harassment.”

That, my friend, is too much power for one company to have.

So, after ISIS, the next step will be stop those evil gay-hating Christians.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Trading Meat for Tires as Bartering Economy grows in Greece

Greeks, Russians, Venezuelans... are these signals?

This may work out better than most people think.  I just wonder how you barter for more internet time to barter for other things.
Graphic artists are exchanging designs for olive oil. Accountants swap advice for office supplies. In the agricultural heartland and on the Greek islands, informal bartering, which has historically helped communities survive, has intensified as more people exchange fruits, vegetables, other crops, equipment, clothing and services.

“In Greece there’s a major liquidity problem,” said Mr. Roussos, who met the tire vendor and scores of new clients through an Athens ­based online barter club, Tradenow, which created its own currency called tradepoints. “People are finding it more convenient to trade because money is not readily available.”

Russians Turn to Bartering in Economic Recession

I can't help but ask: Will the internet make money obsolete?  Russia is bartering online as well!
An economic recession and soaring grocery prices have prompted Russians to go online to trade household items for food, with scores of websites facilitating a barter system cropping up around the country.

Russia's main social network, VKontakte, has an array of online groups, targeting various cities, where local inhabitants place ads to trade clothes, furniture, tableware or even kittens for “yummies.”



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Chicken for diapers: Bartering abounds in scarcity-stricken Venezuela

The end of a civilization.  That's what Communism and Socialism are.  And as much as I like to think that the USA is better than Venezuela, we are watching our future unfold before our very eyes.

When a country's currency dies, there is nothing left but barter, because there is no portable form of value that can be transferred from one person to another.  The good news is bartering is a lot more high tech than it used to be.
More than 14,000 people are following the Twitter handle @spvzla where medicine is traded and bartered. The Facebook page “Trueque Anti-Bachaqueros Caracas” — another popular swapping site — has more than 10,300 members. And the image sharing site Instagram has become the go-to place to find baby items. The page Mamaenapuros, or “Mom in a Jam,” for example, has more than 22,000 followers.
 I just can't understand why it takes this sort of desperation and desperate situation for people to realize that they can not rely on governments to take care of them.

As a result, while the nation boasts the world’s largest oil reserves, it’s having trouble keeping aspirin and car batteries on the shelves.

That has soured the national mood, and the majority of polls predict the opposition will win control of the National Assembly for the fist time in more than 15 years.
My only prayer is that the people of Venzuela finally learn not to trust government to do the right thing.  If anything, the bout with bartering will teach the people that, yes, they can do it without the need for the heavy hand of government to control their own affairs.

Yet another reason I bought the Surface Pro 3: Keyboard spills.

In my cursory review I mentioned that the detachable keyboard was nice since it meant the CPU and other important electronics weren't under the keyboard.  Several years ago I fried my MBA when I spilled coffee on it once (which is an incredible side story if anyone is interested in reading it - just leave a comment).

I knew it was only a matter of time before I did the same to the SP3.  And sure enough that's exactly what happened.  I panicked for a brief second, then immediately detached the keyboard.  Once this was done, I knew I could methodically start wiping the screen of the SP3 and wipe off the keyboard and bang it against the table to get the coffee out from between and beneath the keys. Now I just wait for it to dry.

Here's photo of the mess before I cleaned up the SP3 but after I cleaned up the keyboard.


Surface Pro 3's annoying right-click issue solved with Windows 10

A while back I did a cursory review of the Surface Pro 3.  Before the Surface Pro 3, I had an old MacBook Air that I kept comparing it to.  One of the issues was the one button trackpad of the MBA and the two button trackpad of the SP3.   The one-button design is by far easier to work with.  Right clicking on the MBA is accomplished by just holding down the control button before pressing the button; a two-hand maneuver.

Luckily, Windows 10 brings a solution that I like even better than the MBA solution.

Windows 10 now allows you to disable the right click and enable a two-finger tap that brings up the menu.   This is done by swiping from the right side, picking All Settings> Mouse and Touchpad>Turn off "Allow right clicks on the touchpad" > Turn on "Use a two finger tap for right click"

And you're done!

It took a tiny bit of getting used to.  I kept trying to right click at first.  But now, it's pretty easy.

Land of Stupid: Facebook's Zuckerberg to give 99 percent of shares to charity

Yup!  Nothing has changed.  Stupid Capitalists giving their money away only to see its use perverted.  We live in the Land of Stupid.

I guess we can kiss the Free-Wheeling Internet good bye completely.

Thanks asshole, Z!

Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said on Tuesday they will give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares, currently worth about $45 billion, to a new charity in a letter addressed to their daughter, Max, who was born last week.

The plan mirrors a move by other high-profile billionaires like Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, who have pledged and set up foundations to give away their fortunes to charity.
So, now we will get a stomach full of yet someone else who knows what's good for us, like maybe Common Core 2.0

What a stupid, stupid man.