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Comment: Re:Was pretty obvious (Score 1) 263

by Darinbob (#48263487) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

There are two tiers of these H1B workers though. The smart people, where companies want to hire that specific person because they have great experience and recommendations, and the average seat warmers and the below average grunts. So while the best H1B workers make a decent wage there are all of those who don't. The labor brokers don't deal with the stars, they deal in filling positions where the actual person doesn't matter just the fact that the person has a certificate.

There are even the workers who aren't really H1B either. They're rotated in on other visas for a short term, maybe six months or so, then shipped back home again. They really work for the office back home but they're here because the job may require some face to face meetings or quick turn around rather than being done entirely overseas.

Comment: Re:Was pretty obvious (Score 1) 263

by Darinbob (#48263343) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

STEM is a stretch though. Many of these workers are very much the low tech workers. IT grunts, support desk, installing equipment, always recommended purchases from major manufacturers they learned about in school, etc. They fill the basic jobs and are interchangeable cogs. That's why they have labor brokers, because they're hired as warm bodies rather than as key employees. These are the modern factory floor workers, with the difference of being slightly skilled. The media doesn't seem to see this because they think that using a mouse is the same as being high tech.

Sure there are the best and brightest students and employees from those countries, and they deserve to get in on visas because they do great work. But there are so many who go to the average schools where they teach only the current fashionable job skills, knowing enough to get a certificate, then they end up taking jobs that can already be filled by workers in the US. I honestly think a high school education in the US is good enough to fill many of these jobs.

In the past it was about looking for the cheapest workers who can use a wrench, today it's about finding the cheapest workers who can use some generic technology.

Comment: Re:PAY TO CROSS THE TROLL BRIDGE (Score 2) 409

by Darinbob (#48258085) Attached to: Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

I would categorize it more as a three centuries of enslavement and discrimination do not end overnight with equality for all just because a law is signed. Saying "you're free now, get off my land and go get a job" isn't enough. Add in several states that refused to provide quality education for blacks, then assumed that they were naturally not as bright because they were so poorly educated. There was also a very broad attitude, in north and south, that nothing needed to be done, the past was in the past, don't blame me instead blame my ancestors.

So the whole point of affirmative action was what the name says - take some positive action to redress the past wrongs instead of the hands-off neutral approach which clearly was not working. No matter how much some people hate affirmative action, you can't deny that it's a whole helluva lot cheaper than fair and just compensation would be. But no, people seem to think it's a quota system, they whine about how their C student can't get into college or that money is wasted on outreach programs. Reverse discrimination may be a bitch, assuming it even exists, but it's not nearly as bad as actual discrimination where you're not allowed to be educated or hold a job or even vote.

(speaking of, cancel out so many of the voter rights act provisions recently and all those old plans to keep people from voting are rearing their heads again, so it's clear that affirmative action was not obsolete or that racism is in the past)

Comment: Re:Saw the debate (Score 1) 409

by Darinbob (#48258041) Attached to: Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

I went to a creationist museum once, keeping mom happy when she was visiting. One surprise was how many of the exhibits had nothing whatsoever to do with creationism, but were mostly 'proof' that later biblical events were true (Hebrews enslaved in Egypt), or dioramas of later events (Roman empire, spread of Christianity, etc).

There was one exhibit I remember about the Grand Canyon, about how it could have been created quickly (this place believed in young earth only a few millenia old). They tied this into the flood, about how receding waters dug it, that the sandstone hardened relatively quickly, and so forth. Lots of hand waving about it despite the story of the flood occuring long long after the story of creation.

That's one reason I found the 'intelligent design' to be so transparent. These people aren't about just creation, or some amorphous entity that guided creation, they absolutely 100% are about the literal protestant biblical accounts. They don't care about native American stories, Hindu stories, Chinese stories, etc.

Comment: Re:Unfortunate... (Score 1) 231

by Darinbob (#48253681) Attached to: OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

I actually like the windows 8 UI (not metro). I was never fond of the Windows 7 look, aero, and stuff. Overall, I'd prefer to have zero width borders like osx, and one fault of windows 8 is that they removed the display settings to change border width (the default fat borders are just ridiculously ugly, and you have to use the registry to fix it).

Comment: Re:benefits vs risks (Score 1) 811

What about systemd trying to do too much? Ie, someone earlier said it was great that systemd did ntp and dhcp, which seems ridiculous to me; if those services had problems then get better services, don't just wrap them up into systemd. Were those written as examples of systemd services to be emulated, or do the systemd devs really think it's their job to subsume services?

Comment: Re:How about we hackers? (Score 3, Insightful) 811

Is there no middle road between init/inittab and systemd? Why the abrupt change over in a short period of time with a program that hasn't been time tested and comes with a lot of objections? Are there ways to make incremental changes towards the goals that systemd has?

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