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Comment: Re:it IS a hoax (Score 1) 514

by Grizzley9 (#48884631) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

To the outside world, my manager says there is a shortage of qualified labor. In managerial meetings, he states openly that his intention is to replace all new openings with H-1B workers for budgetary reasons. Entirely coincidentally, during that time it has become less and less pleasant to work here, and also coincidentally, all of the attrition last year was amongst regular (non-H-1B) employees.

What I take away from this is that "qualified" in this context means "willing to work for third world wages and no benefits".

Or if you're like my company, an international telecom, you can't hire in a "high cost" country anymore. You open offices in low cost areas of the world. About the only place new hires come from are Poland or India. Their engineers get paid about a 1/3 to 1/2 of what American workers do for doing the same job.

Comment: Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (Score 1) 417

by Grizzley9 (#48811811) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

First Cash for Clunkers, now this. Stop helping! Just get out of the way. The market will work.

Oh and as Eric once said, "Fuck the FCC!"

The market only works when it isn't crippled by crony regulations preventing competition. Just this month T-mobile announced mobile data carryover and guess what appeared on my AT&T bill? That would never have happened.

Although my local cable provider has some competition and has "doubled their speeds" you can bet they wouldn't have done that without encroachment from Google Fiber or AT&T's fiber to the press release announced last year.

But there are still numerous areas such as Chanute, KS that are fighting to build their own infrastructure b/c the local telcos have a monopoly and won't build there but are being taken to court over it.

Comment: Expected? (Score 1) 40

by Grizzley9 (#48531839) Attached to: Starbucks Testing Mobile Order and Pay In Portland On iOS
Not sure how this is newsworthy. This is what many stores already do. Panera comes to mind as well as Redbox and most big box stores with in store pickup, etc. Put in order and pickup time and pay for it with phone/cc details, then pick it up where you ordered it from. I think this should be more of an "it's about time" article.

Comment: Re:Aw crap, here we go... (Score 1) 239

by Grizzley9 (#48522429) Attached to: Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox
As much as I love Gmail and most things Google, if they screw up Gmail I'll likely just move everything to MS. They have many of the same cloud services and have given me tons of free cloud storage as well. Right now Google is more user friendly, but not by much. Just put a forwarding setup on any Gmail and move over to MS would be fairly painless. I hope it doesn't come to that.

Comment: Not everywhere has variable pricing (Score 1) 327

by Grizzley9 (#48511609) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

Electricity prices are also higher at that period of peak demand.

Only in areas where they have variable pricing. Looking at a map of avg pricing, my state is pretty low anyways and we have fixed pricing whether using it all at 5pm or 7am makes no difference.

So I wonder if those areas that have variable, are the power companies trying to push demand to other times due to lack of capacity or are they gouging the customer (or both). If either of those are true, that doesn't sound good.

Course on the flip side, around here you can't sell back to the power company with your solar or wind power self generation. You can power your own home but cannot put any back on the grid.

Comment: Re:Apple pay already lost... (Score 1) 375

by Grizzley9 (#48502575) Attached to: The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

When they decided to make it exclusive to apple devices while ignoring the much bigger android market.

The Android marketplace already had their shot...and only grazed the target. When Apple Pay becomes bigger, it will likely lift Android purchases as well. It's the retailers grouping together with alternatives like Current-C that will hamper all other payment methods.

Comment: Re:Lost!? (Score 2) 375

by Grizzley9 (#48502417) Attached to: The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

And be prepared for the guy inline in front of you to be messing around with his phone while he is trying to pay.

"Oh just a second, trying to get a connection." "Oh wait, need to reboot phone." etc.

Although I see your point with many smartphones (and users), you don't need a phone connection to make purchases with Apple Pay.

Comment: Re:Um, what? (Score 1) 433

by Grizzley9 (#48468391) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

She was a largely incompetent CEO.

WTF skills does she thinks she brings to the table as a fscking President?

Pretty much her entire time at HP was marked with terrible decisions, bad planning, and disastrous outcomes.

Well, I guess that's no different from Presidents, really.

And thankfully she left Lucent Technologies before doing the same to it! (Though to be fair it happened to us anyway).

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