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In the USA the beauty of the concept of checks and balances has been lost.
The idea is that the government, separate from big business, would help referee problems between the people and commercial interests. You see this sort of thing working out really well when it comes to safety issues. However, government officials have found that they can make big cash by getting into bed with big business - they both now are all about raping the citizenry.
The perfect example of how absolutely brain dead people are these days is the whole government health care fiasco.
It used to be if an insurance company or hospital ripped me off I could go to my Congressman and raise a stink. The government, acting as a 3rd party, could step in and battle the big companies in ways I simply couldn't manage. However, our stupid population elected fascists and now they're in the process of combining the courts, insurance companies, and health care providers into the same self-interested mega-lith that will leave absolutely no recourse for the consumer. The checks and balances are being eliminated in our health care system.
But a stupid population gets what they deserve.
We're a nation of people who sh*t themselves over a racial slur.
They've no sense of proportion - no context to decide what matters - we don't deserve decent health care anyways.
You're blaming the government when you should be blaming the quest for profit: capitalism. Who do you think pushed to get the law watered down?
Big money, as the giant ISP's have, is the key to getting into government and thus having it do what you want instead of what's right for the country.
Want to vent? It's certainly a worthy cause!
Get rid of politicians who advocate a blank check for donors. Instead, maybe a 500% tax on political donations that exceed $500 or so (which affect few real people).
Get the @ssholes in the Supreme Court who decided companies-are-people by appointing enough liberals so that the court is always nearly balanced.
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So no, I'm not required to be able to lift objects weighing up to fifty pounds. I traded that for the opportunity to trim Satan's pubic hair while he dines out of my open skull so a few bits of the internet will continue to work for a few more days.
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Most people don't even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn't make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants.
Yeah - but he wears his underpants on the outside!
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Federal officials said Monday that they intended to hold a new competition before awarding a contract and that they were particularly interested in responses from small businesses owned by women, disabled veterans and “socially and economically disadvantaged individuals,” including black and Hispanic Americans.
The contract award should be based on proven ability to perform combined with the monetary bid amount - NOT "socioeconomic status" of the company's owner or the company's employee roster. The government is so concerned with satisfying its false sense of fairness that it's willing to completely forgo any hope of receiving a quality product delivered in a timely manner. THIS is why so many government software contracts end up like Healthcare.gov.
I am so tired of this industry...
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The main motivator is money, and (lack of) accountability. It matters little if it is done by the government or a lare corporation that employs a lot of subcontractors - it's always a recipe for non-delivery. No-one gets blamed, everyone gets paid.
And it's merely show - it's there to demonstrate that it's a "bad idea", unfeasible, never to be spoken of again. It's communist, something that those socialist Europeans do.
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they were particularly interested in responses from small businesses owned by women, disabled veterans...
Couldn't you just shoot your little toe off?
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
Small business with greatest ethinic priority gets the award. The business is two people, husband and wife ... sorry, wife and wife.
They have no business experience, or college degree, but are disadvantaged because of their situation. They take 10% profit off the top and sub-contract it to another firm with literally months of experience.
The firm with months of experience is a Disabled Vet company that specializes in logistics and warehouse management. But they can do I.T., after all, everything is just a subset of warehousing. They bid and when the sub contract. They take 10% off the top. There is now 97 million left for the job. The need a solid, real, tech firm for this.
Outsource firm A has literally 1,000 years of experienced in C# and 500 years experience in Healthcare.gov websites. They charge $10/hr for original in scope dev work and have miraculously specced the project out to just under 96 million. Amazingly they don't charge for management overhead or silly things like Project Managers. Oh, but there change requests are $550/hr. Not to bad, we will get it right the first time.
I remember back in high school... the councilor gave me an application for a governor's school program. I remember looking at the application which 'encouraged girls and minorities' to apply. Two decades later, it still irritates me. Your post displays blatant racism, but there will never be any repercussions.
Although I've never worked in the public sector, I've heard similar sentiments from devs who do. I'd just like to chime in and say it's not like this in the private sector. Maybe I've been lucky or maybe I've been choosy, but in thirty years of writing code for a living, I've always enjoyed working for my employers, who (since 2000) have been small early-stage successful companies staffed by intelligent (IMHO) management.
Ok, I get it. Racial discrimination is ok when it's against whites and when it's done by the FEDs.
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