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Comment: Re:No, they're replacing. (Score 2, Interesting) 341

by Arethan (#47339159) Attached to: If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

The reality is that immigrants, particularly illegals, are the ones performing jobs that others don't want. Hard to believe that not everyone grows up hoping to become the guy that scrubs the toilets and changes the paper towels at an office complex, or installing a new roof in 98 degree heat, but apparently these jobs are always looking for more people even in poor economic times.

That said, H1B was never designed to provide an alternate citizenship avenue. It was meant to allow the US to brain drain the rest of the world for our own benefit. Let the geniuses have a stay in our country for a while, get them to like the amenities, and then they will want to become residents. What it's turned into, however, is an alternate path to general citizenship for the unwashed masses. We already have an avenue for that. People should stop trying to game the system. Too many H1B's are lackluster and need to go home, yet continue to fuck up our economy with their poor job execution and language barriers. The latest is the recent college grad foreign exchange student, that tries to land some job where their mediocrity can get by just long enough to become the one guy in the company that knows how to do X, and then suddenly they become "critical" with "irreplaceable knowledge", as defined by lazy managers.

I specifically avoid hiring the average performing H1B's and foreign exchange students for this very reason. If I'm blown away by their abilities, then great, welcome to 'Merika. If not, then fuck them. Finding a local monkey is easy, and they generate far less paperwork for HR and don't drain on the economy.

Comment: Who really wants to hand w/ Stephen Hawking?? (Score 0) 465

by Arethan (#45854335) Attached to: Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

So I'm a time traveler, and I can go to any time and place that I choose. Why in this world would I go to Stephen Hawking's lame-ass party? History already recorded that it sucked. F-that, I'm gonna go crash one of Kanye's parties, get some sex from a drunk/drugged troglodyte-hooker, and score some low-priced kanye-coins before they catch on. Then I go home and be a billionaire, like I always wanted, and still get some sex from drunk/drugged troglodyte-hookers.

Honestly, Stephen, you're supposedly a great physicist, you should know better than to think that this sort of crap could ever work.

Lame. Try harder, or stop pretending to know what the fuck you're talking about.

Comment: Re:They are INFORMATION officers! (Score 1) 269

by idiotnot (#39726251) Attached to: CIOs Dismissed As Techies Without Business Savvy By CEOs

Pretty much. In most organizations is a parasitic function; the organization's main role isn't propagation of IT systems. Nor is the organization's role good free coffee, clean restrooms, etc. They're things that increase productivity towards core business functions. IT people lose sight of that.

Infosec people are worse about it; infosec is a parasitic function to a parasitic function.

Comment: Re:If the FCC can't enforce net neutrality... (Score 1) 179

by idiotnot (#37590632) Attached to: Verizon Challenges FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

They can't just arbitrarily do that. If they try, the courts have remedies. "Yes, Mister Vice President, I realize we were advised not to do this, but, like, the President told us to, now we have to pay billions to Verizon, AT&T, and Time-Warner. You told us to do this."
"Yep. I'm just glad that @$$ judge didn't hold us in contempt."
"We would have come and bailed you out."

Comment: Re:Abolish the FCC (Score 1) 275

by idiotnot (#34957750) Attached to: Verizon Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Rules

Thank you for reciting the trolltastic NN lines, and provide where, exactly in either act, internet service is defined as a telecommunications service.

If you can't find it, you've hit upon the problem. It's not the FCC's job to make the distinction between what is and is not a telecommunications service.

if they could make up those rules on the whim of whichever party is in office, there's virtually no limit in what they might be able to regulate.

Congress has to explicitly grant them the authority. Congress hasn't done that (and likely won't now that the NN bobbleheads' ranks have been significantly thinned).

You want a connection with NN compliance? Contract for it. It's called a business-class connection. Put it in the contract terms. If they violate it, you terminate the contract. It's pretty simple.

Comment: Re:Abolish the FCC (Score 1) 275

by idiotnot (#34956750) Attached to: Verizon Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Rules

The EPA and the Clean Air Act--along with even more aggressive regulation here in CA due to Los Angeles's unique geography--got rid of all those smog clouds, saving us billions in costs from increased health care and lowered lifespans.

That's what's missing here with the FCC. The Clean Air Act gave the EPA authority to regulate certain emissions (CO2 not among them!). But Congress passed it, President Bush signed it.

The FCC, OTOH, is just acting without explicit legislative power to regulate NN.

Comment: Re:Abolish the FCC (Score 2) 275

by idiotnot (#34952154) Attached to: Verizon Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Rules

This is how an essentially political administrative agency works.

We've seen it other places (see: FDA with nicotine delivery, EPA with carbon emissions).

Verizon will win this case, but the politicians in charge of the FCC probably still won't the the message. They certainly didn't the last time they lost in court.

And Congress could have fixed it, but they didn't. It's not at the top of the list of things they failed to do, but it's up there.

Comment: Might be a start (Score 1) 166

by idiotnot (#34851576) Attached to: Goodbye Bifocals — Electronic Glasses Change Focus

....and it's probably sufficient for many people.

That said, having something that could automatically adjust projection on the retina would be better for most people.....glasses with automatically adjusting correction, based on whatever the lens is doing, not just what direction the glance is focused.

Still, even that wouldn't be help for people like me; refractive correction is one thing, understanding how the nerves transmit that information is anoteher thing. (Optic neuritis is a symptom of another medical condition I have. Even getting corrective lenses is difficult, because it's tough to figure out whether the blurry vision is due to ON, or a refractive problem. Complicating matters is unpredictable eye movement....)

Comment: Re:Knowing Jeep Recently (Score 1) 102

by idiotnot (#33985988) Attached to: Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty Black Ops Edition

I tried several times while we were dating. She would be doing pretty well, stall it out, then start crying. :-) "I'm afraid I'm gonna break your car!"

There's also ergonomic issues (she's not very tall).

But I've pretty much given up on it at this point. As I said, I have "physical issues" (I have multiple sclerosis....left leg is dodgy sometimes lately) that might prevent *me* from driving one soon.

Comment: Knowing Jeep Recently (Score 1) 102

by idiotnot (#33985372) Attached to: Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty Black Ops Edition

They'll probably try to sell a lot of the Unlimited models as 2WDs with the cheapo automatic transmission. I'm sure there's a market; it's easy to pay more than that for a far less substantial vehicle.

But, it's probably a good move for Chrysler, considering prior to the bankruptcy, the Wrangler was one of two vehicles they actually made a profit on (the other being the Ddoge Viper).

I've owned two Wranglers; I probably won't buy another, despite whatever marketing ploys there are. Not so much because I think it's a bad vehicle, but because I don't need the capabilities any more at this stage of my life. (Married, thinking about kids, wife can't drive a manual transmission, live in a place with tough parking, I may not be able to drive much longer due to physical issues, etc. etc.)

You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.