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Comment: Re:I Always Liked the Cardasian Justice System (Score 3, Insightful) 49

Really? The government shouldn't have a right to detain people who are a potential flight risk? They shouldn't have the right to raid an office in search of evidence which may be potentially destroyed? This all seems to be part of a basic allegation.

On the flip side we can look at issues like the "terrorist" attack in Sydney last week, you know the one committed by a guy who was out on bail awaiting trial for 50 counts of sexual assault and accessory to murder?
Or just look at the countless cases of destroyed evidence which appear in the news every day.

I think the opposite to you. On an allegation any reasonable steps need to be taken to ensure they are investigated. People shouldn't be allowed to leave the country, offices should be raided. Otherwise it is simply too easy to avoid prosecution.

Comment: Retarded iPhone clickbait (Score 1) 75

by thegarbz (#48678363) Attached to: High Speed DIY M&M Sorting Machine Uses iPhone Brain

The internet is full of articles where people basically lose their shit when someone uses an Arduino instead of discrete logic and here's an article talking about using an iPhone as if its CPU has a special instruction for identifying colour instead of a simple $2 MCU.

What next? Lets build a Beowulf cluster of Macbook Airs just to turn off the living room lights via the internet! I'm sure the news for retards site will run with it.

Comment: I've managed a team full of H1bs.. (Score 4, Interesting) 396

by hey! (#48677749) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Not my choice, we got them in a deal with a VC. And I will tell you from experience that they're not all great programmers. A *few* of them were very good programmers, most of them were OK, and a few were very *bad* programmers. Just like everyone else. The idea that the H1B program just brings in technical giants is pure fantasy. This isn't 1980; if a CS genius living in Bangalore wants to work he doesn't have to come to the US anymore, there are good opportunities for him at home..

H1B brings in a cross section of inexperienced programmers and kicks them out of the country once they've gained some experience. I have nothing against bringing more foreign talent into the US, but it should be with an eye to encouraging permanent residency. I think if you sponsor an H1B and he goes home, you should have to wait a couple years before you replace him. Then companies will be pickier about who they bring over.

I have to say, managing a team of H1Bs was very rewarding, not necessarily from a technical standpoint but from a cultural standpoint. Because I had to learn about each programmer on my team and the way things are done in his culture, I think I became closer to a lot of them than I would have to a team of Americans.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 5, Insightful) 396

by khasim (#48677655) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

On the other hand, educated immigrants (also bearing educated children) might improve the economy as a whole, since their presence lowers the cost of doing business while adding new entrepreneurs.

I think immigration helps this country (and our economy).

The problem is that he is attempting to conflate FOUR different issues:

1. USA! USA! USA! - (technology superpower): Just make all the STEM programs FREE. You want college level calc? Here's your free book and this is when/where your free class meets. His approach would have us relying on the educational systems in other countries that supply the immigrants. That's stupid.

2. Immigration - he really means H-1B visas.

3. Cheap labour - see #2.

4. What would personally benefit him and his company - see #3.

If we are turning away Nobel laureates because of our immigration limits ... no, we aren't. It's about cheap labour.

From TFA:

I asked the CEO of a startup with about 70 programmers how many more he'd hire if he could get all the great programmers he wanted. He said "We'd hire 30 tomorrow morning." And this is one of the hot startups that always win recruiting battles. It's the same all over Silicon Valley. Startups are that constrained for talent.

Bullshit. Startups are constrained by MONEY.

It is a RISK for an established programmer to work for a startup. They have families. They have responsibilities. You have to offer them a LOT of money to take that risk.

Comment: Mod parent up. (Score 5, Insightful) 396

by khasim (#48677119) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

While I believe that you intended that as a joke, it actually reflects the reality that he missed.

Becoming a programmer requires that a certain amount of infrastructure exist to provide the education necessary. So , no, we aren't talking about 95% vs 5%.

Secondly, the companies pushing for more visas are NOT doing it because they're looking for the best and the brightest from around the world. They're doing it to drive the price of programming down.

It's fucking PROGRAMMING. It can be done ANYWHERE in the world. If company X wants to hire the top 20 programmers in India then they can do that. And those programmers can work from home (in India). They are the best, right?

+ - Is Wikipedia biased for Israel and against Palestinians? 5

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Wikipedia's pro-Jewish bias has been discussed in Wikipedia-criticism circles for years, but today the Wikipediocracy blog ran a item relating to it that will attract controversy: it proves that English-language Wikipedia is heavily biased in favor of Israeli and Jewish subjects, and against Palestinians. And it starts with very disturbing examples — Wikipedia biographies of Israeli and Palestinian children who were killed in the endless civil war. Specifically, articles about Palestinian children who were killed by Israelis are almost guaranteed to be deleted from the "encyclopedia of record", while articles about Israeli children killed by Palestinians receive "special protection"."

Comment: Not for me (Score 1) 71

by thegarbz (#48671741) Attached to: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

While the idea is neat in general it seems to only make the biggest complaint I have with my phone even worse, accidental touches of the frame.

The industry is chasing ever narrower bezels and ever more sensitive touch panels to the point where phones can only be easily held with the palm. I have to disable the sensitivity boost on all the Galaxy phones I own (impacts the ability to use hover preview functions which are great if I'm cooking and someone sends me a txt) because I like using my phone upside down. When I use it upside down I grip it. When I grip it it registers as a touch on the screen edge making scrolling or using the keyboard difficult.

Now they're actually giving us content to accidentally click which will just make it worse.

Comment: Re:Using Non-ECC Ram is Unacceptable (Score 1) 132

by thegarbz (#48669917) Attached to: Many DDR3 Modules Vulnerable To Bit Rot By a Simple Program

How foolish and for what specific workload? I have a gaming rig where I sometimes edit photos and do 3d design and some light coding. In the past 10 years I've never seen any visible data corruption and not had an inexplicable crash.

So tell me again why I should spend the money? Your once a week problem sound note theoretical than practical.

Comment: Re:Why is the White House involved? (Score 2) 225

by hey! (#48669123) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

Presidents, governors and mayors all do this kind of thing -- call up private businesses and ask them to do stuff. The mayor may call a local business and ask it to reconsider withdrawing its sponsorship of the local youth baseball league. The governor might call up union leaders and senior management in a strike, particularly if it affects things lots of people need like transit or health care.

This is the exercise of *soft* power, of influence rather than of compulsion. Obama can't call Apple and compel them to change their stance. But he can call Tim Cook and *persuade* him, possibly with more success than Michael Lynton, particuarly given that the two may be having some kind of dispute. Ego *does* play a role in CEO decision making.

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 1) 346

by thegarbz (#48665469) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

The problem, and this is often lost on geeks, is that technically superior does not mean aesthetically superior.

Aesthetics always come after the technology has matured. Think back to the days of colour. The movies first shot on new colour processes would go out of their way to use those colours. Think the release of Technicolor which resulted in the hyper saturated colours you see in the likes of the Wizard of Oz. It was a long time before Technicolor process was mastered and made its way into regular movies. 3D is the same. We went through an endless period of directors wanking in the faces of movie goers with unnecessary camera angles that only exist to make sure some 3D pointy bit is directed at the audience. That is slowing down a bit now and the most recent 3D productions I have seen have avoided the gratuitous displays of 3D-ness.

HFR is no different. Motion blur and lower frame rates were relied on for features of some movies. Directors need to adapt to the new medium to make it look more natural. But in every possible way technically superior should equate to aesthetically superior when done properly. There is nothing aesthetically pleasing about a blurry jerky movie scene and right now I prefer the soap opera look.

It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.