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Comment: Re:huh? (Score 1) 372

by argStyopa (#48915273) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

If you are suggesting that the sole reason that people take advantage of someone - particularly in a male/female sexual context - is because of corporatism you're either being staggeringly disingenuous or astonishingly unaware of the say, last 100,000 years of hominid behavior, or for that matter, the behavior of mammalia, chordata, or hell, living THINGS, ever. /facepalm

Comment: Re:"They" is us (Score 1) 311

by argStyopa (#48913177) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

His point is that the widespread class warfare against "the rich" is a useful tool for the left to generate rage (because who doesn't envy at least a little the people that are wealthier, and despise the grossly wealthy who flaunt their wealth through ostentatious consumption), but in fact the "rich" that are the target of POLICY - ie the top 10% or top 25% - reaches well down into what most of us would colloquially call the middle class.

Comment: Not just you (Score 1) 8

by Qzukk (#48911039) Attached to: Well, crap...

My boss was complaining about how he couldn't get some kindle book for work to be billed to his company card. The only options that come up for kindle books look to be to give it as a gift to someone else, use a gift card to buy it, or to buy it with 1 click which charges it straight to the card you have on file. I pointed out he just needed to change the 1 click card to the company card, buy it, then change the card back, but that was "too much work" (a man after me own heart).

Comment: huh? (Score 2, Insightful) 372

by argStyopa (#48889613) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

A 32 year old woman took a year to recognize that the harassment "started day one", and when she was "pushed" by her PHYSICS professor to participate in online sexual roleplay and send naked pictures (which she did?) she didn't comprehend that his interest in her might be more than academic?

At what age is someone expected to be able to deploy the word "no" on their own behalf?

Comment: Re:No way! (Score 2) 508

The enlightened self interest angle is that I don't want corporations treating H-1Bs like crap, because it enables the companies to get them for cheap, which depresses salaries in my career path. I want companies to have to treat H-1B visa holders well because 1) it's the right thing to do, and 2) so that I'm not competing against guys who'll work for 2/3 my salary for fear of being deported.

Comment: Re:No way! (Score 5, Insightful) 508

by Just Some Guy (#48881053) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

LOL that's precious. Meanwhile, the H-1B employees I know - my personal friends, people I hang out with and trust - describe a legal hellscape that's pretty much exactly indentured servitude. One of them managed to escape a bad situation by hooking up with a major corporation who could expedite the process to have the transfer done within a couple of months. That's two months of walking on eggshells so that they didn't get fired and deported. Another wasn't quite as lucky and had to ship out to the European branch of their new employer so that they can come back to America in a year or so, presuming everything is in order by then.

You're on crack if you think an H-1B isn't a recipe for suckishness. Regardless of what it hypothetically sounds like on paper, the situations I witnessed firsthand were terrible for the workers involved.

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