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Comment Is there anyone left on /. (Score 1) 82

who doesn't think H1-B hurts them? Oh, and doesn't have a sweet gov't job (either directly or because they served in the Military & work for a defense contractor now).

I'm curious. Not too long ago when a story like this hit all the posts chimed in about how they'd just leave and go to another better paying company that doesn't do this stuff. Nobody thought it would even catch up with them and they all thought they were irreplaceable. Me being me I knew sooner or later they'd get around to everybody except a few MIT geniuses (who have better things to do than bitch on /.).

Basically, I think the /. crowd has finally realized their in real trouble here. We're all in the same stop the blue collar guys were in the 80s when manufacturing went overseas. What I'm wondering is if we're gonna do anything about it? Or are we gonna roll over and play dead like the blues did.

Comment Drat, that won't work (Score 1) 82

it might give us a few years of relief, but it won't work in the long run. You could make the base pay 8x the going rate for a tech and it wouldn't help because sooner or later Sanders will be out of office and the "going rate" will be defined as whatever it takes to get around the rules. It's like Wargames. The only way to win is not to play.

Comment There is no left (Score 2) 82

The owner class is hard, hard right. Like Robber baron grade hard right. The workers are left on social issues, but a lot are still hard right on the economy.

That's sort of the problem. There are lots of folks who are left wing socially (pro-gun control, pro-gay rights, pro-choice, etc) but get real right wing real fast when they think they're taxes are going up. Our Media is left wing on social issues but hard right on economics. Free Trade, Trickle Down economics and Austerity are practically gospel in American media.

Part of the problem is folks look at just about every expense that isn't food as taxes. I've caught lots of folks doing it. Insurance? Tax. Phone Bill? Tax. etc, etc. The other problem is that after the Iraqi War Americans aren't seeing good returns on their taxes. Literally Trillions of wealth was just handed to a lucky few in exchange for nothing. We've let large scale corruption slide for so long that folks have lost confidence in the gov't. They've also forgotten what America was like before the Feds stepped in and started preventing super fund sites from happening (Flint Michigan Water Supply anyone?).

The other problem is Bill Clinton. He moved the country hard right so he could forge an alliance to get into the prez office. Again, left on social issues hard right on the economy. Trump brought up Tariffs but made it a point not to use the "T" word. What's funny is watching all the folks out there who know something is wrong but can't figure out what to do about it pushing Trump and Sanders up in the polls. It's gonna be funnier when Rubio or Bush gets the election despite popular vote thanks to hard right stuff like Citizens United.

Oh, and the colleges have been moving hard right too. Where do you think those $10,000/semester tuition bills came from?

Comment Actually it's basically under a mattress (Score 1) 67

It's all sitting in banks doing nothing. World Poverty has fallen not due to investment but due to massive improvements in food growing & distribution tech... most of which was funded the gov't... and by laws and subsidies that keep food prices down.. again gov't. Venezuela was doing just fine thank you until the Saudi's decided to dump oil on the market. They're struggling like every oil nation now. They're struggle is a little more obvious because unlike the Suadis they don't just abondon their lower class at the first sign of trouble.

Comment This is what I hate about Conservative Politics (Score 2) 67

sooner or later they win, because they have unlimited money and can just wear everybody else down. Here in the states the corps are salivating over Obama exiting the White House so they can bring back all those profits tax free without contributing a cent to the civilization that made it all possible. They win, and we all lose (schools, health care, food banks, etc).

Comment Unity also kinda stinks (Score 1) 56

and I don't say that lightly. There's something off with the Cameras in every Unity game I've played. My bro thinks it's because they've written their code to be easy to port to mobile and there are too many limitations with that. Got me. But even Unity games I like (Wasteland II comes to mind) feel a tad clunkier than Unreal based equivalents. Unity space sims tend to feel more like first person shooters. That's more to the physics though but stil...

That said if my bro is right then Lumberyard might have the exact same problems. Unreal has it's share of problems too. I'm a console gamer at heart so I"m interested to see what the Japanese do with Unreal tech. As for Crytech, nice engine but like Idtech5 the dev tools suck for artists and if you're buying an engine then your artists probably have the toughest job on your team.

Comment Vote left (Score 1) 220

I see what you're saying, which is that it's hopeless. They'll just buy everybody. The way I see it, Vote Left. Vote for the most left leaning, pro-worker candidate you can get. The right wing of America spent 40 years shifting us to the right. It didn't happen overnight, and undoing it won't happen overnight either. Vote Left every chance you get and you'll start to see a change. It's not like you've got anything to lose, right?

Comment I don't think it's being abused (Score 1) 220

The article says that so long as they pay the prevailing wage ($60k/yr in Connecticut, which IIRC is a pricey place to live) they can now legally replace you. Not sure when that changed (probably shortly after the pro-Corporate Republicans took the Senate) but assuming the article isn't lying there's no abuse. It's all nice and legal.

This is what we get for pushing 40 years of pro-corporate politics since Reagan. The .com boom and housing bubble hid the worst of it but it's starting to catch up on us. That's also why Trump & Bernie are doing so well in the polls. Too bad polls don't matter...

Comment File a grievance with who? (Score 1) 220

The article points out that as long as their paying what's been called the "prevailing wage" (just $60k/yr in Connecticut) it's all nice and legal. Not sure when congress snuck that in but assuming the article isn't lying we're all basically up shit creek in the IT world. Last I checked the only thing holding back the flood was a cap of 300k/yr visas, and every Prez candidate except Bernie and _maybe_ Trump wants to lift the cap.

What I want to know is why the hell more /.ers aren't worried. Don't tell you you'll just polish your resume and move on. You can only run so far for so long. If nothing else you'll take a pay cut in your new job when all the other displaced tech workers apply for it...

Comment Your simple solution doesn't work (Score 5, Interesting) 220

They'll hide it all in a web of contractors, which is exactly what they're doing now. If all else fails they'll fall back on the 'gig' economy and just move the goal post.They'll win, you'll lose. Because you play the game a few yours a day on /. while they do it for a living.

It's like Wargames (if you're old enough to know what that is): The only way to win is not to play. What you really want is tariffs and protectionism, but after 50 years of the right wing (economically speaking) press vilifying them nobody can bring themselves to say it. You will note that China and India both rely heavily on tariffs. They've worked for hundreds of years at their intended purpose of purpose.

Eliminate the H1-B program. For the few real geniuses we want have a lengthy peer review process to prevent the diploma mill graduate loophole. Raise taxes on import goods made with slave labor. Redistribute the wealth in the form of socialized medicine, free education, infrastructure programs and basic income. Lather, rinse repeat. These things work. That's why the 1% is frightened of them; and it's why they want you to be frightened too.

Comment I'm not so sure you're right (Score 1) 579

what's normal is what's defined in society. I remember a story about some Africans who migrated to the US to escape persecution. They were used to very little privacy because of their living conditions. When they moved to the US they suddenly had lots of the stuff. So much they had mental problems from the disconnect with people.

A lot of American obsession with privacy is brought on by puritan style shaming. E.g. we do have stuff we want to hide, even if we don't really need to. Yeah, there are really good examples where our privacy can be infringed (the stuff their doing with license plate readers is downright scary) but you can definitely take it too far, and there's a case to be made that America has.

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