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Comment: Statistics. (Score 1) 410

by khasim (#47730621) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

I agree. Even if what TFA says is true (it is not) then the US companies would be competing with companies around the world for those people. And their own governments.

Not to mention the ones who start their own companies and work for themselves.

Which would mean that those awesome programmers would have all the bargaining power. They wouldn't be accepting H-1B wages.

Statistically, there cannot be enough of "the best" to feed the stated demand for "the best".

But it makes sense if you substitute "cheaper" for "the best".

And that is reflected in the quality of the code being produced.

Comment: Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (Score 0) 410

by StikyPad (#47730545) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

I've met some rednecks who fit that description as well. And, hell, some idiots with no accent at all. Poor communication skills are poor communication skills -- it's certainly not something that's either exclusive to, or endemic of, non-native speakers.

And FWIW, I've found that most people who can't understand accents tend to be poor communicators themselves.

Comment: Re:Must be an alternate earth. (Score 3, Informative) 410

by StikyPad (#47730459) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Exceptional workers don't need H1Bs. H1Bs are not designed to bring talent to the US; they're (ostensibly) designed to meet a temporary demand that cannot be adequately met by the domestic workforce. That's why they are temporary permits. Talented workers get first priority in immigrating, and I welcome them along with you. I welcome anyone who immigrates here, TBH. More power to them. But that doesn't change the fact that H1Bs are being exploited, and it's negatively impacting the labor market for citizens as well.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 4, Insightful) 411

by StikyPad (#47730185) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

He's not in jail for recording a movie; he's in jail for distributing copies and selling them. Selling copies isn't a civil offense; it's a crime. And did you miss the part where he kept selling and distributing even after his arrest? I have pretty liberal views on file sharing, but this guy was asking for it.

Comment: Re:And how long does it take... (Score 2) 177

by drinkypoo (#47729261) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

public parking spots are extremely cheap to build - basically involves pouring asphalt or concrete

Uh no. It involves leveling and lowering the site, backfilling with a proper bed, laying asphalt or concrete (asphalt if you're smart, due to its repairability) and then typically also doing some landscaping. There's curbing, there's permitting, there's drainage which you've ignored completely and which I'm glossing over which might cost as much as laying the surface itself... Adding some conduit, wiring (which can be Aluminum since it's just going to lie there) and some meters does significantly add to the cost of the whole thing, but not overwhelmingly as you seem to believe. Also, the parking lot becomes a profit center rather than a drain which is simply necessary to do business. People will be paying for charging. You'll be charging them a premium for the electricity, and they'll be happy to pay for the convenience — it'll still be markedly cheaper than driving on gasoline. It's actually a win for everyone, and you start with just a few spaces near the existing electrical services, keeping initial costs down. The demand for full lots isn't there yet.

Comment: Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (Score 4, Interesting) 410

by afidel (#47729191) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Then your company is breaking the law and you should report them. Companies are required to pay above the prevailing wage for the position and region. We paid both of our H1B workers well above average for our staff and when they worked out sponsored their green cards (and boy is that process a cluster!), we're the kind of employer that the program was actually designed for, we were looking for extremely rare talent sets and had advertised the positions for months before looking abroad. I have to say that I have much bigger problems with the screwups in the green card program than I do with the H1B system, permanently bringing smart people from abroad raises the GDP of the US and brings diversity to the country.

Comment: Re:Enough of the Tesla circle jerk (Score 1) 177

by drinkypoo (#47728719) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

and a sealed meter in your car measures how much juice you actually pulled out of the battery

Nah. Figure out the pricing so that the customer pays a flat fee for a swap, always give them a charged battery meeting some basic specification standards. That eliminates the need for any crap like that, which you can never trust.

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