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Comment: Re:Why should they? (Score 1) 314

by Cederic (#47741053) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

With hardware, it's relatively easy. The product is build *here* so the profit is registered *here*.

The hardware is built from raw materials. They come from somewhere else, and who can say we aren't internally recharging a reasonable market rate for their purchase.

The hardware is built to a design. How much should we charge for that design? Which company and which country should we make that charge from?

The hardware is built for a cost. Why should we sell it for anything more than that cost? We could even sell it for a loss. Which of our subsidiaries should buy it ready for resale?

The hardware only exists because there is a market demand for it. We have tremendous expenses building up that market demand. We'd better transfer the cost of marketing too.

Profit? What profit?

Comment: Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (Score 1) 455

by Cederic (#47733111) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

I see a fuck of a lot more millionaires in the movie industry than I do at my local garage.

It could be coincidence, or it could be because they're still charging fifteen quid for a film released three decades ago and demanding jail time for anybody that thinks its earned them enough money already and they should be incentivised into producing something worth watching now, not Fast and Furious fucking 6.

Comment: Re:Must be an alternate earth. (Score 1) 441

by Cederic (#47732967) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Yeah, you understand completely. That's exactly why the Infosys staff I worked with didn't want to move to the UK.

Or maybe it's because in the UK they wouldn't be able to afford multiple houses earning them a second income, a household staff so that the wife doesn't have to work, the early retirement they're planning to enjoy.

Indian salaries may be low compared to the UK or the US but Indian IT salaries are way off the scale when you factor in the cost of living.

Comment: Re:Feeding the PR engine, (Score 3, Insightful) 441

by Cederic (#47732887) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

The big problem is that the pipeline's been cut off.

You used to be able to interview 20 local people and get a choice of great candidates because the local people had come through the ranks and had to learn their shit.

These days you don't take on junior people and train them up. For the same money you can get the already experienced person over from India, or Malaysia, or China, or Bulgaria. Or if you're a multinational, don't even get them over: Open the office there, it's even cheaper.

So there aren't the junior learning roles, the apprenticeships, the low paid jobs in which people can learn the skills and become the great IT people we need.

It's a fucking tragedy and it's taken a failure of the outsourcing model to reveal the sudden disconnect and gap that's been created, and it's going to be another decade before that gap starts to be filled.

So right now it's actually true: there is a shortage of great people. Not because the locals aren't capable, or couldn't become great, but because there just haven't been the openings to let them develop those skills.

Comment: Re:Read that statement as follows: (Score 1) 441

by Cederic (#47732777) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

coding for is not rocket science, not even close, specially for Facebook, Google, or Apple.

Articulating algorithms in your programming language of choice isn't rocket science, but neither is welding a fuel tank. The analysis, mathematics and design that occurs before you do either of those things is more comparable than you think.

Comment: Re:Contact Us (Score 1) 278

by Cederic (#47664493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

Meanwhile I can find and use the email address of your head of HR and include within my application a suggestion that I can help them move off archaic technology and attract candidates that want to work with forward looking companies.

Or I can just apply for a job with a forward looking company.

His wife is an idiot, she's driving away potentially great candidates with her artificial barrier to entry.

Comment: Re:Amtrack should be working on (Score 1) 127

by Cederic (#47656915) Attached to: DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

I greatly dislike prostitution. I regret that some people feel it's the only way they can earn a living. I would prefer that there wasn't a market for such services.

None of that makes me hate people that provide such services.
None of that makes me a bigoted twat that hates transgendered people for no reason other than my own ignorance.

I'd rather be a clown.

Comment: Re:I can see a large false positive rate (Score 1) 146

by Cederic (#47655999) Attached to: Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

Terrorists in the newly declared 'Islamic State': 10,000ish
Terrorists supporting Hamas: 40,000ish

Lets assume that half the Muslim terrorists in the Middle East are inexplicably not aligned to either of the above causes.

Even those generous estimates leave the number of Muslim terrorists just half the size of the organisation actively bombing children, making people homeless and preventing a normal life for millions.

I guess I just have a different definition of 'terrorist' to you.

At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying.