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Comment: Re:Have you hired Americans (Score 1) 330

by HeckRuler (#47731479) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

the shitbags who think they're degree


If I spent as much retraining US workers as I did hiring those skillsets I've filled with H1B's, I'd have fired at least half for not doing a fucking thing after failing to learn in whatever training they wasted money on.

If you spent more time retraining workers.... then you'd fire half of them?

"failing to learn in"?

because I've looked for 10 months for all three of them before giving in an attempting the bullshit to find someone willing to work with the appropriate skillset.

. . . I'm pretty sure that "an" is supposed to be "and". So.... you gave in... and then attempted.... to find someone with the skillset?
Maybe that "an" is superfluous. Maybe you spent 10 months before giving up and accepting you failed to find anyone with the skillset.

Have you considered training yourself in English?

One of the big flaws in corporate America is the idea that a couple day's "training" where they sit you in front of a salesman and some slides will actually impart anything of value. "Job Training" takes years of working with a mentor showing you the ropes the entire way with both of you doing meaningful work. It's not something you get a cert for after a week. At least, you know, for the sort of knowledge work that I'm tasked with. Certs and that sort of training are good for, say, introducing a new tool when nobody in the office has any experience with it.

But hey, let me guess, you need someone to be an expert with a laundry list of niche technologies and you're only going to pay $40K in shitsville, Iowa. Good luck with that.

Comment: Re:Must be an alternate earth. (Score 1) 330

by HeckRuler (#47729827) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

"What do you think of the immigrants coming and taking your jobs and lowering your salary. My honest response was, "Without the kind of talent the people I'm working with bring to this country, my company wouldn't exist."

Wait.... you understand that "most of the visas" are "trade school hacks", "clearly underskilled", with "false resumes". That most of this program is just to undercut the local employees. You are fully cognizant of this.... and when someone asked you what you thought about that... you ignored the question and how themajority of the system operates, and focused on how well the system worked for your company.


As a tangent, why aren't you working for the high-tech joint anymore? Did they replace you with an Indian PHD and force you to move down into the trenches of web-dev? What do you think of that?

Comment: Re:Growing pains. (Score 1) 225

The two party system is fine, until the parties have the ability to redraw their own districts without any rules as to how those districts should be shaped.

Uhhhhhhhh..... yeah, gerrymandering. That's in effect NOW, for most of the USA.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure Congress is up to the task right now, which is a massive problem since the problem will continue to get worse, which makes it even less likely to happen...

Well that doesn't matter as congress has fuck all to say about how the STATES vote for their representatives and how they draw their districts.

And fuck "limiting", have the districts be drawn by an algorithm. A hard-set rule that determines who the politicians represent. The problem is that the algorithm has to be made while a party is in power, and the algorithm will therefore be made to support said party. This sort of change to the power structure could really only happen during a revolution of some sort. Like if the tea-partiers had made it one of their agendas.

Comment: Re:Oh really? I thought this was AMERICA! (Score 1) 348

by HeckRuler (#47728529) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Well that's the march of progress. The cutting edge of technology eventually filters down into the hands of everybody.

But for this specific concern, the creations of blatantly false information, it's a cat and mouse game. There are technologies out there to identify fakes. Analyzing lighting, mostly, from my brief glances. But it means the thoughtless email "omglookatthisvideoTHANKSOBAMA" spam will dive off into the deep end of the crazy pool. As if they weren't already there. Ultimately, we had a brief window between the point where evidence could be created without the ability to falsify that evidence, and the point where everything had to be taken with a grain of salt. I imagine the future content will be trusted solely based on who presented it. The echo chambers will intensify and trustworthiness will have value.

Comment: Re:Reading between the lines. (Score 1) 225

The poor in Egypt were motherfucking skinny. At least they were in 2008. Maybe you were looking at the shopkeepers or taxi-drivers, or tour guides who spoke English.

Same for Peru. Also went through the Caribbeans, but never really saw the poor there.

Costa Rica is doing just fine. That was a pleasant experience. Nice enough I felt fine just driving around by myself. I'd feel fine accepting them in as another state if it weren't for my OCD demanding there be an even number of states.

Outright famine still happens, but is certainly the exception even in the latter.

I was going to give you shit about saying that first world nations experienced famine, but then I looked up the actual definition of first, second, and third-world nations. I thought it just meant established vs poor-as-shits-ville. Rather, it's a hold-over from the cold war. But sure, if you consider Oman first world, then that's totally legit.

Comment: Was going well until I hit this (Score 1) 521

At the same time, I usually failed to pick jobs for the best reason: What will help me progress in my career? Sometimes that means taking a job for less money but more responsibility or better opportunities.

No I don't think that this job is a "career opportunity leading to rapid advancement". I will not work for "exposure".

Fuck you, pay me!

6. Work more than 40 hours per week. ... If the only time you learn something is on your boss's dime, then prepare to have your options limited -- your boss isn't going to train you...

What kind of class-warfare propaganda bullshit is this? Hey, I get the sentiment, having a home/hobby project where you code in your spare time does indeed help turn you into a better programmer. But the way he spins it... dude, what the hell?

Comment: Re:Growing pains. (Score 2) 225

Weeeeellllll, you have to remember that he said "democratic framework". I was going to call bullshit on that aspect of his post until I re-read it and realized he didn't actually say that the USA was democratic at the time, just that it had the framework for a democracy. One which we could re-enable with relative ease. "Relative ease" still being decades of unrest.

We're not all that democratic right now, all things considered. The two party system both pay lip-service to the polls and their talking points. When something new comes along like the Snowden's whistle-blowing, they scramble to figure out which side of the fence they belong on and make sure it's balanced so that nothing gets done.

China's communist system, where the party members vote on things and who is in charge, could kinda sorta be construed as something similar to the democratic process. It'll be different, certainly.

Comment: Growing pains. (Score 4, Insightful) 225

Chinese manufacturing wages have nearly quintupled since 2004

They're going to have growing pains. Developing a middle class and shifting from expendable factory workers to knowledge workers doesn't happen overnight. We had our own struggles during the era of the robber-barons. I hope they have an easier time of it.

Comment: Re:Long overdue (Score 1) 715

by HeckRuler (#47721009) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

What the fuck are you smoking?
"old, narrower meaning"? Son, the enlightenment has a lot to say about censorship and it got codified into some of the laws. Since then, people with power have tried to stuff the term into a narrow little box that only applies to other people. So you can take your "older" meaning and shove it right up your box.

The term "censorship" has an definition. Has had it for a very long time. It has negative connotations because it DAMN WELL SHOULD. If you pay for and run a server which allows users to post comments, you have the right (in the USA, barring contracts and licenses) to delete someone's posts. Exercising that right is most certainly an act of censorship. Straight up. Negative connotations and all.

Some censorship is good. Some censorship is bad. It's one of those things that people should take a critical eye to because of how it can be abused.

Nothing about trying to use the word in its true, limited, serious meaning...

You are litterally redefining the word to suit your purpose.

I run several websites,

Bias confirmed.

if you think you're going to get me to let you post your anti-semitic, anti-christian, anti-islamic, anti-gay, pro-abortion, and anti-abortion sentiments on any of them out of some concern for protecting such speech

I don't, because I won't, because I don't hold any such sentiments. And I'm fully aware that a lot of people do not hold any sort of lofty ideals when it comes to the freedom of speech. Plebeian shmucks who haven't thought it through, affluent power-mongers who want to control people, self-centered assholes who don't give a fuck about society while leeching off it as much they can. Since you "run several websites" you probably lean towards the power-monger type.

It is not censorship if I keep your comments off, no more so than if I were an editor to a newspaper and I did not select one of your letters to the editor containing such babble for publication.

It IS censorship. In very much the same way an editor selects editorials. Don't redefine the word and then bitch about people not using your definition. Learn some history kiddo.

Comment: Re:At GenCon... (Score 1) 195

by HeckRuler (#47720735) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Yeah, man, the LAUNCH of the next version of D&D. These are rule-books, most of the people who play the game already have the pathfinder core rulebooks. That is, sales of core rulebooks represent market share growth. The launch of an edition should be similar to an IPO with everyone scrambling to get it. Conversly, the sales of a 5 year old rule-book should be petering off. I would have imagined that the 5th ed D&D would trounce any other sales at GenCon as all the established gamers who already own both pathfinder and D&D1,2,3,4 rulebooks should be getting the 5th ed books, even if they hate it.

So yeah, hearing that more Pathfinder core rule-books were sold at GenCon than D&D 5th ed core rule-books on it's launch day.... Yeah that's pretty damn shocking. I mean, GenCon was a D&D convention. Gary founded it when D&D was taking off. And maybe he would have smiled at this turn of events. Showing that the soul of D&D is not in the hands of some corporate whore with controlling shares, but rather in the hands of the gamers who liked what they had going on back when Gary was driving the boat.

But maybe it's because the MM isn't out yet, and just the PHB was up for sale. And everyone who really wanted it it had early access of some sort. So it wasn't exactly a "launch date". Dunno.

Comment: Re:It all comes down to the OGL (Score 1) 195

by HeckRuler (#47720411) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

And anyone can sue anyone for anything at any time.

With or without the OGL.

The political ramifications for WotC suing some dinky third-party for releasing a campaign in a similar fashion of the not-so-dinky publishers would be severe enough that WotC wouldn't do such a thing.

Yes that big thug in the room can squish you. No, he probably won't. Yay society.

Comment: Re:It all comes down to the OGL (Score 1) 195

by HeckRuler (#47720339) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

For those who don't know, the OGL was introduced in the 3rd edition (and continued its minor update, v3.5) of D&D. It was truly revolutionary. The OGL not only permitted players to redistribute the base rule system as they wished, including publishing it online for free almost in its entirety, but empowered players, writers, and campaign masters to edit, change and adapt the rules as they saw fit -- and publish those changes, as long as they too were under the OGL. It's open source for gaming systems.

And you're apparently not one of those people "in the know". The OGL did nothing other than announce that Wizards of the Coast were cool with people making supplements to their games. Legally, it did nothing. Everyone already had all the rights they needed to publish campaigns, rules, worlds, classes, feats, spells, content, that worked with, worked within, altered, expanded, truncated, or fixed the rules published by Wizards of the Coast. Such activities need no special licensing.

But hey, having a lawyer say that something is totally cool, and they promise not to sue really DOES have an effect. It's psychological rather than legal. It might have been all smoke and mirrors, but it encouraged gamers to create content. So in short, it worked.

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