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Comment: What a silly title ... (Score 4, Interesting) 92

by MondoGordo (#47517469) Attached to: 'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air
One of the chief benefit of optical fiber is that it doesn't require LOS. All they've done here is demonstrate the capability to mimic the loss-less advantages of optical fiber without actually having a fiber ... once they can do this around corners... then maybe they've "created optical fiber out of thin air" until then not so much.

Comment: Re:Transistors was there but memory was not? WTF (Score 2) 70

by MondoGordo (#47516599) Attached to: Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper
a transistor by itself is not memory ... just as a gear by itself is not a clock. They have to be connected in specific ways to function as memory ... all the article is saying this is the first time that configuration has been done with print tech ... not that it couldn't have been done before, just that no-one had.

Comment: Re:This is why you need.. (Score 1) 265

by MondoGordo (#47432417) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?
In my experience, if your load-balancing solution requires all your nodes to be available, and you can't remove one or more nodes without affecting the remainder, it's a piss-poor load balancing solution. Good load balancing solutions are fault tolerant up to, and including, absent or non-responsive nodes and any load balanced system that suffers an outage due to removing a single node is seriously under-resourced.

Comment: Re:B.S. (Score 1) 302

by MondoGordo (#47427065) Attached to: Wireless Contraception
Nobody is saying that ... what they're saying is that if you want the advantages of a corporation, you have to accept the limitations of the corporate legal entity. read this article ... from the article

Corporation characteristics Ask any student in law school to describe the characteristics of a corporation and one answer will be limits on personal liability. The second is that corporations have a legal identity distinct from its owners. Individuals incorporating enjoy limits on their personal liability for acts of the corporation. A legal wall is created, distinguishing owners from their corporations. Corporate law is premised upon this separation of the personal identity of individuals from their corporations. Corporations, distinct from their shareholders or officers, can be taxed, charged with crimes, or held culpable for their acts. The corporate/individual distinction served American business well for nearly two centuries. It facilitated the creation of great wealth for many, encouraged risk-taking and innovation, and allowed for people to act collectively. The corporate form also helped to politically neutralize businesses. The 1907 Tillman Act, barring corporations from making direct political contributions to federal candidates, along with the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, which barred them from making any political expenditures to affect federal campaigns, went a long way toward removing corporations from politics. Effectively, the laws said that the purpose of business is business, not politics, echoing the sentiment of economist Milton Friedman, who said in his famous 1970 article “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits” that if business executives wish to be socially responsible and ethical they should spend their own money and not that of their shareholders. Businesses cannot be ethical; people can be. The Supreme Court has forgotten this point. First in the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision the court declared that laws restricting the political spending of corporations violated their free speech rights. Now in Hobby Lobby it is saying that laws that require some corporations to pay for contraceptives coverage in their health insurance plans violate their religious rights. In both cases the court refused to distinguish the individuals from the corporations they own.

Comment: Re:Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (Score 1) 341

by MondoGordo (#47336765) Attached to: If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap
While i see your point it's a hard one to sell... people at that level in their chosen profession are going to be so well established that emigrating to the US just isn't going to be that attractive resulting in very small numbers of H1B's ... so you lose the benefits of having the program (i.e. having a worker pool where you need a lot of people that you haven't got) . . This article illustrates the real abuses of the H1B system. Using it to bring offshore workers onshore to train them!!

Comment: Re:Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (Score 1) 341

by MondoGordo (#47336593) Attached to: If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap
you make a good point and I agree with your solution ... I will point out that in a severely depressed economy (such as we've "enjoyed" in recent years) that sort of indenture isn't materially different from the economic indenture that every worker is stuck with.

Comment: Re:Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (Score 3, Insightful) 341

by MondoGordo (#47336541) Attached to: If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap
Minimal is not free ... and please provide a cite supporting your statement that "H-1B workers routinely get paid less than their American counterparts" In my (personal) experience I can truthfully say that I started at a salary comparable to my American peers, got regular raises and talked back a fair bit. (full disclosure ... I came down from the frozen north, not India or Mexico, so my cultural baggage was not typical and it may have influenced the way I was treated, but I never saw my Indian counterparts treated any differently.

Comment: Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (Score 1) 341

by MondoGordo (#47336117) Attached to: If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap
Those of you who believe that an H-1B worker is paid less than a domestic worker don't know anything about the requirements of the program. In order to be H-1B eligible a position has to pay at least the prevailing wage for the job title in the region that the job is located. .

add to that the filing costs, legal fees, and costs associated with other compliance requirements and it's MORE expensive to hire H1B workers.

The real difference is that corporations can treat them like crap and and most of them will take it because it's better than what's back home.. Being an H1B worker is a kind of indentured servitude ... quit your job and go home(or get deported) ... get let go and go home (or get deported)

Comment: Re:This ruling .... (Score 1) 112

by MondoGordo (#47254821) Attached to: Canadian Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win For Internet Privacy
Honestly... I don't believe there is a really good choice ... but the NDP has never thrown historical documents in the dumpster (to the best of my knowledge) and (at least in theory) they are the working man's party ... so if I were voting in a Canadian election and the candidate wasn't obviously a tool I'd vote that way ... otherwise it would be a No Vote ballot..

Premature optimization is the root of all evil. -- D.E. Knuth