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Comment: Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (Score 1) 393

by Belial6 (#47731327) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
Because different countries have different economic, social, and legal systems in place. We have no say in how other economies work, so we have to have barriers that prevent damaging leakage. It is the same reason that you don't share your bank account with everyone.

Comment: Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (Score 1) 393

by Belial6 (#47730649) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
The solution I would propose is that for every H1B, a local must be hired for the same position to shadow the H1B as a training program. The law should require that the H1B and the local worker can only work at the same times, and that only one of them can produce anything for the company that gets use in a tangible way. The local worker and H1B would need to be paid the exact same wage.

Given that the claim is that H1Bs for needed and intended to fill positions where there are no available qualified local workers, this would solve that problem by requiring local workers to be trained, and eventually removing the need for the H1B. It would remove the practice of hiring cheap foreign workers as a cost savings measure, and it would still allow the importing of highly skilled labor when it really was necessary.

Comment: Re:Welcome to the Information Age! (Score 1) 132

by Belial6 (#47730079) Attached to: It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights
This is just a "on a computer" issue. If I want traffic lights to behave badly, I could easily do it without connecting into the automation side of it. A few colored LED disks attached in front of the existing lights and I get the same effect with no hacking involved. It is like people worrying that their car's drive by wire breaking system will get hacked because they believe it is so much more likely than having their break line cut.

Comment: Re:Why is this treated differently (Score 1) 159

by Belial6 (#47722363) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills
That is a good point. It also is germane to telecommuting. The employer is in control of whether you commute or not, but the employee must pay for that commute. This leads to way more people commuting to jobs that have no need of a physical presence. Add on top of this the fact that the way our tax laws are set up, the only way to write off costs of telecommuting is if the telecommute is for the businesses benefit.

Way better would be if laws were written (most likely in the tax code) which gave businesses an incentive to encourage employees who could telecommute to do just that. If even 20% of our work force could telecommute, it would create HUGE savings in our roadway costs. It would reduce our national gas usage significantly. It would improve the quality of lives of our populace. It would reduce congestion in cities. It would even benefit those that still had to go in to work, as it would reduce traffic and thus reduce their commute time and cost. It would also reduce housing price pressures in and around areas that required the physical presence, since 20% of the population would no longer be competing for those homes.

Comment: Re:The memo you are about to see (Score 1) 159

by Belial6 (#47722115) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills
Getting charged by usage is becoming less and less common. Plus, the time spent itemizing what is a business expense is work time. I find it hard to believe that it wouldn't cost employers more money to pay each employee to itemize their usage than it would be to just pay the unmetered internet cost.

Comment: Re:First things first... (Score 3, Interesting) 154

by Belial6 (#47681353) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?
In the spirit of keeping it simple... A few years ago, I took a month long road trip with my family. We rented a mini-van and she would drive during the long streatches of nothing while I worked from the back. After the first day in, it became apparent that the laptop on my lap wasn't cutting it. So, we stopped at a K-mart and I bought a big wood cutting board. It worked awesome. It was flat so It packed pretty well. It was very sturdy. It had the groove around the edge designed for catching liquids that worked very well for keeping pens and whatnot from sliding off the edge. Plus, when we would get to a stop, I could lift it up and set it on the seat next to me without having to rearrange anything. That way when we were done looking at the sights, I could get back in the car and get started back to work without any setup.

All in all, it was the best lap board I have ever used. To this day, my son still uses it when he wants to use his laptop while sitting on the couch. Storage consists of putting in the small space between the end of the couch and the wall.

Comment: Re:This strikes me as spectacularly unhealthy. (Score 2) 154

by Belial6 (#47681275) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?
Different people need different environments to concentrate, and different families provide different environments to those people. I can say for myself, I concentrate better when there is human voice chatter around me. Voices that I don't have to respond too. Other people work better with quite music. Some with blaring death metal, and then there are those that need absolute quite. The absolute quite folks seem to be the ones that have the hardest time understanding that not everyone is like them.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 456

by Belial6 (#47680379) Attached to: Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

The difference with online bullying is that it is much harder to stop. Kids bullied at school know the bullies and at least in theory can get support from teachers and parents. People bullied in the workplace can make a formal complaint. Online they often don't even know who is bullying them, and the sites are often slow to react to reports or unable to take any effective action.

At least that is the way it is supposed to work in theory.
In practice, not so much.

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