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Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 378

by khasim (#48457085) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

That would end abuses quickly and all of a sudden the "shortage" would disappear when it becomes more costly to get and keep an H1B then hire a local.

I think that they'd just demand MORE visas be made available.

And they'd still be claiming a "shortage" because they cannot find the talent they need at the price they want to pay.

Comment: Remember to allow scripts. (Score 1) 137

by khasim (#48455159) Attached to: Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030

Because nothing says "the future" like having to run scripts to see anything on their page.

Dense urban grids. Self-driving vehicles. Flexible workspaces.



So this was just some slashvertisement to run up Ideo's page count? I'm not waiting for their site to load whatever-it-is that it was trying to load.

Comment: And cheaper, right? (Score 3, Insightful) 313

by khasim (#48451415) Attached to: LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

In my experience (as a dev team lead and interviewer) foreign workers are generally more educated, more productive and more willing to got the extra mile than the local self-entitled bunch.

Well, unless you secretly work for Google or some such, this is not about you. They're the ones who can afford to attract the best people from around the world.

The other people claiming to be in tech usually mean H-1B visa recipients. And the real reasons to hire them are:

1. They're cheaper than hiring US citizens.

2. They cannot change jobs as easily as US citizens. No matter how many hours you demand that they work.

3. They're easier to dispose of. You just send them back home. No need to worry about wrongful termination suits or such.

If you cannot afford to hire the people with the training necessary then you need to look at your business plan.

Complaining that the local people who will take the job at the pay you're offering lack the education necessary says more about your pay than about the skills of the local people.

Comment: Re:This is the voice of world control. (Score 1) 102

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#48450315) Attached to: Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

Love it, but a nuclear warhead going off in a silo, especially where the United States and the old Soviet Union put most silos, is a meh.

It'll do a lot of damage to the silo. It will kill the people in the silo. It *might* poison the groundwater for a couple of miles radius. But that's it.

Comment: Mod parent up. (Score 2) 175

by khasim (#48441521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Isn't the most common scenario for these enterprises where the programmer's customers grow beyond his ability to support just by himself?

So he starts adding people to handle the portions that he cannot, efficiently, handle himself.

If you're going into this wondering what the "ratio of senior programmers to intermediate and junior programmers" should be then I think you've skipped too many steps.

The same with "different tools and/or languages". The 2nd programmer uses exactly what the 1st programmer uses. The idea is to provide support for the founder so he can focus on what he is good at.

Comment: Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (Score 1) 185

I'm thinking that there should be some mechanism for funding X scholarships in STEM for X visas of the H1B1 type.

Corporations receive 100 H1B1 visas this year, then 100 STEM scholarships are also provided this year. Funding via taxes on those corporations.

At least it would make it easier to graduate in a STEM field without the massive debt.

Comment: Mod parent up. (Score 3, Informative) 301

by khasim (#48434531) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

My first question is what needs to be allowed in order for this to work? Do I have to whitelist sites in adblock? NoScript? Do I have to abandon those addons?

What about any of the anti-tracking stuff I use?

And, lastly, the main reason I use all of that is because I got very tired of clicking on a site and WAITING FOR ALL THE SHIT TO LOAD AND RELOAD AND RERELOAD.

I might use this. I might not. But there isn't enough information available right now to tell whether it will be better or worse for me than what I'm doing today.

Comment: Alumni politics. (Score 3, Interesting) 203

by khasim (#48431563) Attached to: Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

There are, probably, several alumni who are employed by those companies who would not want to see the publicity of their high prestige alma mater taking a public stand against their business.

Sorry, kids. Part of the attraction of Harvard is the business/political connections it gives you.

Comment: Re: Not quite true (Score 1) 306

by Zeinfeld (#48430745) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Whether the term is enforceable or not is debatable and almost certain to be rendered moot. Unlike US Republicans, UK Conservatives do actually believe in the rule of law and honest business practices (sort of). There isn't any party who believes that screwing the consumer is a constitutional right. There will be a bill passed.

A rather more direct question is whether the hotelier was entitled to collect the charge under the credit card agreement. And that is unambiguous, he isn't. A credit card merchant cannot use a charge card to recover a disputed charge. It does not matter what the purported contract term was or if it is enforceable. The credit card agreements are designed to prevent cardholders from dishonest merchants. So the consumer will get their refund and the hotelier will find themselves facing a 30 quid chargeback fee.

The only option for the hotelier to recover would be to take the matter to court. The most he could win is the hundred pounds, if he lost he would likely be out the legal costs which could be a couple of thousand. Small claims courts don't usually award costs but they might well do so in this case. Judges tend to detest bullies.

Comment: Re: Ask the credit card for a refund (Score 1) 306

by Zeinfeld (#48430547) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Its more than that, without regulation you end up with a lemon-law market.

Lots of times the difference between an honest product and a dishonest one only becomes apparent years later. If the product is safety equipment you only find out if the hard hat works when someone drops the brick on your head.

The libertarian theory that self interest will drive people to make honest products has turned out to be utterly false. In fact it turns out to be quite difficult for a company that intends to do the right thing to do so. I once had to get a guy fired after I found he had goosed his response rates for customer support calls by deliberately setting the phone tree up as a maze.

People do all sorts of idiotic short sighted stuff. This hotelier for example got his pants in a twist over a bad review and now he has probably sunk his business completely.

Rational choice is not an empirical fact of human behavior. It is a modelling assumption that tends to give good results in certain cases. But it does not hold for corporations because the interests of the corporation are not identical to those of the employees. All those banks who go belly up because the traders get big rewards for raking in profits and face no consequences for a loss. I don't gamble with my own money but if you want to give me $100,000 to gamble with I am happy to take it to Vegas, find a roulette wheel and let you take 100% of any losses and 90% of any gains.

+ - Swedish Justice and WikiLeaks

Submitted by sgt_doom
sgt_doom (655561) writes "The Australian-British journalist and author, John Pilger, has written a concise single-page synopsis of the assault on WikiLeaks' Julian Assange by the Swedish legal system, and the case being decided this week on whether or not their prosecutors must present all the discovery evidence (incriminating SMS messages between accuser Anna Ardin, and other parties) to Assange's attorneys, as would normally be the case in any other legal proceeding. So much for Swedish justice!"

Comment: Re:Why... (Score 4, Interesting) 129

by khasim (#48422499) Attached to: Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

My guess is that someone important was scammed OR the money got to the level of "important" for the banks. This has got to be one of the easiest things that the FBI could track and bust.

A related question, though. As anyone who's ever done support knows, the average computer is awash with problems. How different would the situation have been if the scan had been real instead of a scam?

As the trials of life continue to take their toll, remember that there is always a future in Computer Maintenance. -- National Lampoon, "Deteriorata"