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Comment: Re:It is Oettinger now. What did you expect? (Score 1) 40

by TheRaven64 (#49194929) Attached to: EU Free Data Roaming, Net Neutrality Plans In Jeopardy

There have been a few proposals recently to abolish SIMs. They were created back in the days of rented carphones so that people could move their phone number and contacts between phones easily. Now, they basically serve the same purpose as a WiFi password. It wouldn't be too difficult to provide the keying material in a QR code or similar so that when you get a new phone you just photograph it and have an app provide it to the baseband processor.

Carriers are very hostile to this, because if the SIM isn't a physical device there's no constraint on the number that can exist in one phone - you could easily have an app that would select the best rate from a dozen or so pre-pay virtual sims for whatever country you happened to be in.

Comment: MMM (Score 1) 1

by phantomfive (#49194897) Attached to: Systemd (or, how to make portable software)
Here's the quote from Mythical Man Month, explaining how constraints help focus your work, and make it better. It is in the chapter about the second system effect (page 47 in my book):

Bach's creative output hardly seems to have been squelched by the necessity of producing a limited-form cantata each week. I am certain that the Stretch computer would have had a better architecture had it been more tightly constrained.(47)

Comment: Re:If I can make it here I can make it anywhere... (Score 1) 478

by shutdown -p now (#49194729) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

I know so, so, so many Chinese people (both PRC and Taiwan, Malaysia, etc.) killing themselves to get their kids in the US because it has the best school and the top jobs.

The reason why they do it is because US citizenship is much more beneficial than their original one.

For someone who is already a citizen of a developed, stable Western European country, it's not anywhere near as one-sided as that.

Comment: Re:US Citizenship Choice Shouldn't be One-Dimensio (Score 2) 478

by TheGratefulNet (#49194121) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

and I'll argue your 'jobs' point right back at you, against you.

there is NO retirement here. none. you will work until you physically die. or even longer ;)

there is no social safety net. not really. get sick or lose your job and you're homeless.

as you get older, jobs are harder to find. its not that way in other countries, at least in non-3rd world countries, but we go nuts about youth, but really hate our old folks. even middle age gets you rejected from many (most?) of the so-called hot jobs and hot companies.

you will have the least amount of time off, the most pressure to work, work, work! when you need to take a rest, they will fire you and hire a new fresh person. ie, they use and wear-out their workers, here.

jobs looked great to me up until I entered mid 30's and then things really changed. this is what happens when a culture favors youth to an extreme, like we do, here.

yes, there are a lot of top name companies here and many of their HQ's are here. but that does not mean that a job working for that same big-name co is not just as good (or better) overseas.

please don't give people the impression that work-life here is so great. its not. we kill our own people by overworking them and paying just enough to keep them there, but rarely do we employ people long-term anymore (at least in the bay area).

a steady job with workers rights overseas would be far preferable to the rat-race jobs in the US.

Comment: Re:What for? (Score 4, Interesting) 69

by phantomfive (#49194005) Attached to: Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In-House
This is why.

"Google, which has been under rising pressure along with other tech companies to release diversity data"

And here:

"Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,"

Now, by in-sourcing their "low-pay employees," they are instantly closer to where they want to be.

Comment: Re:Simple Solution (Score 1) 69

by MightyMartian (#49193899) Attached to: Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In-House

I'm going to to be terribly pedantic here, but GST, like all VATs, does not work like that. It is not an expense (as in it does not effect profit and loss). Like all VATs, GST collected on sales is subtracted from GST spent on purchases, and if the remainder is positive, then you pay that to the government, and if it is negative the government sends you the difference. The point is to make a fairer sales tax, where goods and services are not taxed at multiple points. All these financial operations happen on the balance sheet as changes to assets and liabilities, and have nothing to do with expenses at all.

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun