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Comment: I heard a bit of this today (Score 1, Troll) 617

by AwesomeMcgee (#42950371) Attached to: Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers
Sounded fairly spot-on, this whole H1-B mess is a tricky wicket but in the end it's a shit deal for everyone. Interesting to know that my title earns the same as it did 15 years ago in whole numbers, not adjusted for inflation or anything, I knew this already but didn't think about it or what that actually means until I heard the story on the radio today. Talk about stagnating, I'd almost say worse from the stories you hear about the mid-late 90's. Never attributed this to the H1-B crap but who knows. On the bright side the managerial dickwads doing this are the types I wouldn't want to work for anyways so I guess I can't feel bad about competing with what is literally indentured servitude. Though I am ashamed my country is both partaking in it, as well as the fact that they're doing it simply at the whims of corporate execs rather than looking at real numbers of unemployed members in the tech industry.

Comment: Re:That's funny.... (Score 1) 533

by AwesomeMcgee (#42949829) Attached to: Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?
I have lived with a great deal of different washers (moved around a *lot*) and not one single time have I seen this. Every single one has had the dial for small-medium-large (and sometimes ultra which is just awesome). Perhaps you live in the future (presently known as europe) but for the rest of us, sorry we normal folk have washing machines that are just wasteful.

Comment: Re:That's funny.... (Score 1) 533

by AwesomeMcgee (#42949597) Attached to: Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?
it's an economy of scale, you toss 2 reusable bags in every load of laundry you would do anyway and it costs no more resources than if you didn't have those reusable bags and did those loads of laundry regardless. More energy used by the motor because each load weighs slightly more, but that's going to be practically immeasurable.

Comment: Re:Interesting. (Score 1) 49

by AwesomeMcgee (#42872871) Attached to: First Impressions Inside the Project Holodeck VR Game World
You're missing the real magic here. They hooked this thing up to 4 kinect sensors so imagine waving your hand in front of your face and the 3d-glasses showing it because the kinect sensors know what movements your whole body are making.

Otherwise I find what you're talking about here pretty interesting but still, the kinect attachment is really a game changer, imagine paying 20 bucks to go for a half-hour into a huge warehouse where the kinect sensors watch you and let you actually walk physically around any virtual land scapes. Hook it into google street-view data and it could become quite realistic.

Comment: Re:I call troll (Score 5, Insightful) 347

How did this even make the frontpage of slashdot? This guy's an idiot. He thinks he's being left in the dust learning the fundamentals, but thinks learning a single application framework to develop web-pages with won't mean he's left in the dust when it goes away and he doesn't know the fundamentals well enough to transfer to different technology with all his skills in tact. The fundamentals mean when you go from one language to another you aren't starting from square one in any of them. The fundamentals mean in any given technology old or new you can reason about appropriate ways to do things without having to go read endless descriptions of idiomatic techniques for the language which you then use haphazardly because you have no reasoning skills to correctly compose them.

Seriously the dude who wrote this question just needs to hear: You're wrong. Just wrong. So wrong. Keep on keeping on because you don't see what value it has to you, but it's significantly more than you clearly have any idea. You're wrong, the end.

I have no degree, I had to study so bloody hard to get these fundamentals over so many years that I wish to death I had just got the stupid loans and done the stupid CS degree. I screwed the pooch and made up for it the hard way, don't make the same mistakes.

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