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Comment Re:Here's something worth crowdfunding. (Score 5, Insightful) 96

Everyone chip in $10

What bugs me is that the common voter should even have to consider supporting this person in lieu of a non-corrupt government. Is there not a single earnest populist left in Capitol Hill? A decent president would be quick to sign a pardon and put this to rest.

This is why if you are eligible and registered to vote in the USA, you should be voting straight-ticket non-incumbent and non-establishment.It is no secret our government is fcked, even to people who have never visited the states. The party does not matter, this year I'll be withholding my party loyalties and voting Libertarepublicrateen...for whomever has a chance of winning, and has the best non-establishment credentials. There is no protection for whistleblowers from todays crop of empty suits and Pinocchios.

Comment Re:What's the big fuss? (Score 1) 303

I'm sure this will only directly affect open source projects where code from SO can be automatically scanned for.

Reminds me of writing English papers in high school, which (allegedly) I never actually did once. Sleaze a paper off of the internet, go though and change every sentence at least slightly and redo unique phrases, and then the teacher's eye and any automatic plagiarism software are a moot point. They could even "know" you're cheating because the points and flow is identical to the online paper and possibly other cheating students, but if there is not a single atomic unit of information that remains the same then no one can prove a thing. :D

Comment Re:Aaaaand.. (Score 1) 248

The current average salary at Google is $115K/yr. At Amazon it's $102K/yr. At nVidia it's $104K/yr.

Lol. If you look at COL of where you'd have to live, those numbers actually are solidly lower class (if you can't afford a house with a yard you're one of the pov's) and getting worse. Wages are flat while costs are skyrocketing. You'd need at least $250k to maintain a halfway decent standard of living in the bay area these days. If I wanted to go back to living like a pauper in junkietown with several roommates, I could just quit and start cutting meat at the grocery store, and not even have to move or deal with the horrible traffic. Oh, and the 15 to 20 grand you need saved up just to buy out of your lease if you lose your job. And better invest in some microdermabrasion and some Just For Men hair dye...because once that face stops looking fresh you're out of the job club. No thanks!

Comment Re: Introduction (Score 2) 207

I think you're underestimating the marketing opportunity of a recall. They're just going to put a wrench on the bolt, that costs nothing. Yeah, some minimal labor costs. BUT...who goes through the pain of taking their car to a dealership without getting everything else it needs serviced? Or just buying a whole new car, which isn't uncommon, especially if someone can afford the 80+k to buy one in the first place.

Something tells me Tesla will come ahead on this one.

Comment Re:Watch out for Bad Connectors Too (Score 2) 206

Yep typical progression for China and why *all* USB 2.0 micro plugs are crap. Looks like USB-C is another casualty of the typical death-by-cheap process:

1. Manufacturer cranks out millions of out-of-tolerance parts
2. Manufacturer dumps them on the market for cheap to get rid of them
3. Designers can't resist the shiny cheapness, design the faulty part in to their assembly
4. Manufacturer gets order shock and starts cranking out parts again without any leeway to retool
5. We have to replace our USB 2.0 micro cables every month because cheap defines the standard, not the spec

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 327

Anyone who has any real world experience knows that management by committee just doesn't work.

I don't think management by committee is what they're expecting.

If you have a reasonably healthy team, someone will step up and act as an unofficial lead without too much fuss. The trick is they will not get paid to do this extra responsibility. Smart cost-cutting trick, right?

Well...if these unofficial leads are career savvy they'll leave in the usual 2-3 year time window. Which is exactly why managers are paid generously in the first place, so they're not as likely to run off to the next opportunity and turn the team into a chicken with its head cut off.

This is the kind of short-term stock-hiking brilliance C-level PHB's are paid the big bucks for :rollseyes:

Submission + - Donald Trump Calls for Higher H1-B Wages, More Domestic Hiring

An anonymous reader writes: In a recently released immigration reform plan, Donald Trump details a number of items that would change the landscape of technology workers in the United States, including raising the wage floor for workers coming in under the H1-B, and making additional requirements to hire citizens first if available. The plan cites statistics demonstrating a large pool of available, long-term unemployed Americans, and STEM graduates unable to find appropriate work. It claims the changes would spur hiring of domestic unemployed and underemployed persons.

Submission + - Donald Trump emerges as fierce H-1B critic (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: Donald Trump's plan for the H-1B visa is to make it harder and more expensive for tech companies to replace U.S. workers with foreign help. Trump's immigration plan, released Sunday, includes the ideas of the Senate's strongest H-1B critics, including Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala), who immediately endorsed it. "This is exactly the plan America needs," he said. Trump is proposing an increase in the prevailing wage to make it more expensive to use H-1B workers. Many visa holders are paid the lowest prevailing wage level set for entry-level positions. Second, Trump wants a requirement that companies hire U.S. workers first. Critics says without this requirement, visa workers can be used to replace U.S. workers. He also used to policy paper to call Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), "Mark Zuckerberg's personal senator," because of Rubio's support of the I-Squared bill. That bill seeks to raise the base H-1B cap from 65,000 to 195,000.

Comment Re:Autoplaying video ads (Score 1) 528

That is funny! I noticed Google Chrome now displays a sound icon when something in the tab is playing. "Hunt the noisy tab" is such a ubiquitous problem we're starting to see features to specifically address the issue.

Before that came out I had bought a pair of headphones specifically to avoid the embarrassment of noisy ads blaring out randomly at the office. Though with AdBlock, it is not an issue anymore.

Comment Re:Algorithm (Score 1) 233

No, what he was saying was valid. Since they were fresh profiles any behavior modeling would have to have come from other prior users from the same demographic.

It makes sense...women in tech are in demand, and are in very low supply so are more likely to have been able to negotiate to their satisfaction...therefore less likely to entertain a new position.

That I'd be willing to bet the female profiles that were targeted were within a limited specific distance from the Google office. You're going to have a tougher time convincing a women to uproot themselves and move away from their friends/family/support system than a man, for cultural reasons...boys are encouraged to GTFO, girls are not and there are safety concerns that guys don't have to worry as much about.

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