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Comment: There's only one thing you need to know about H-1B (Score 1) 192

by hey! (#47522747) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

There's only one thing you need to know about the H-1B program to see that it's not about providing skilled labor *here*: after 6-10 years of working the visa holder is kicked out of the country to make room for a less experienced visa holder.

If H-1B led automatically to a green card, then we'd be keeping the *most* expert workers here, rather than replacing them with less experienced ones. Change that *one* aspect of the program, and it's be an asset to the US as a nation.

Comment: Re:Yay! Hopenchange! (Score 1) 192

by hey! (#47522677) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

I went back and got a degree after 25 years. It's not the *degree*, it's the *education* that matters, and I got a lot more out of the education than my younger peers. This was a new perspective on things I was already familiar with, and I was able to connect a lot of dots I wouldn't have been able to when I was eighteen. I could immediately see what stuff was good for, and I discovered a number of things that would solve commonplace problems I'd seen occur over and over again, even with personnel wit advanced degrees.

Then I got out and discovered that the world didn't want to hire a fifty year old who'd been "out of work" (going to school) for three years....

Comment: Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (Score 1) 256

by dotancohen (#47522397) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Windows Server has been doing this for a while, with some versions coming with full UI and others with just the CLI.

CLI for Windows Server? As in something vaguely resembling SSH? How do I get it?

I administer a bunch of Linux servers, not because I hate Windows but rather because "sudo aptitude update" is so much easier than click-mouse-drag-doubleclick-right-click especially with network lag. If there exists a true SSH replacement for Windows I would love to try it.

Comment: Those of you whos mom or wife (Score 1) 64

by Stan92057 (#47521659) Attached to: Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff
Those of you whos mom or wife does your groceries shopping, This is nothing new but expected. Everyone fills out a shopper card it would be stupid not too if you didn't grow up with the silver spoon. So after all theses years of collecting data on what people buy what has it done for the stores except for product placement>

Comment: Re:Is this an achievement? (Score 1) 46

by hey! (#47519351) Attached to: Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

Well, you are unlikely to be the *only* one who doesn't think this is all that impressive, because you're unlikely to be the only one who didn't read the article or looking up the device on the company's website.

The robot in question is designed to capture energy from surface waves for propulsion. So it is not a deep submersible, it waddles along a six meters below the surface, tethered to a streamlined surface buoy that it drags along and uses to capture wave energy. Making it through a major storm is a significant proof-of-concept for such a system.

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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Thirty Four

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An alarm woke me up at quarter to seven and for once I didn't mind a bit, and in fact I was glad it woke me up. I was in the middle of a really weird dream. A herd of cows was stampeding towards me, only they were running on their hind legs and somehow carrying big butcher knives in their front hooves, all singing a Chartov song while coming at me. Too many westerns, I guess.
It was engine seventeen, somethin

Comment: Re:this is news? (Score 1) 209

Sorry I didn't reply sooner for some reason this reply from slasdot was in the spam folder...strange never happened before.. That's said

Im 56 I've been around. There is 1 country I would consider moving too IF I had too and that is Canada. There are NO European country's I would like to move to or live or even visit. That's my personal choice based on 56 years of life. The first 5 I have no recollection of lol

Comment: Re:a question.... (Score 1) 60

by khallow (#47518211) Attached to: Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

Trees suck up water that otherwise causes slides.

Unless it rains a lot. You can increase the threshold a bit before a slide occurs, but big, unstable areas will slide sooner or later.

There's really only two ways to deal with landslide issues this big - disposable land use or get rid of the hillside.

Comment: Re:Make-work Project? (Score 1) 201

by khallow (#47515465) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

A true Democracy would be a terrible system indeed, with the rich even more firmly in control. People give away their password for chocolate bars (70%) or even nothing (34%!), so voting for some obscure law, probably a chocolate bar would do just fine, or at least a threat of getting fired.

Things change when you toss in the second or the third rich person. They will need to offer more than a candy bar.

Comment: Re:Cost Seems Low (Score 2) 201

by khallow (#47515373) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

The tunnel's gonna need a whole lot of concrete, steel, etc. - global commodities whose cost doesn't vary that much by geography.

And don't actually cost that much.

The LHC is packed to the gills with custom components: everything from the the superconducting magnets to the RF generators to the detectors to the massive computing systems to sift through all the subatomic debris. Even assuming China has the technical expertise to create that custom componentry (a question I can't answer - I simply don't know)...

I doubt they do. And I doubt that lack of technical expertise is actually an obstacle. After all, prior to constructing the LHC, Europe didn't have that expertise either and yet all those devices got built just the same.

does it pass even casual scrutiny to think that China can make a collider of twice the size at one-third the cost?

I bet the EU could do that too. But it'd require changing how they build such things.

For God's sake, stop researching for a while and begin to think!