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Comment: Re:Cake and eat it too (Score 3, Informative) 363

by Shados (#47994239) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

You're both somewhat wrong. What he was talking about is TN visa status. A Canadian that matches certain criterias (more or less, has a meaningful bachelor degree should do), and an accepted job offer in hand can show up at the border, show the paperwork that they have a job waiting for them, and move in, start working.

However, the moment they lose that job, they have to get out. Not tomorrow, not next week. NOW. They also have no path for permanent residency, cannot have a bigger attachment to the US than they do to Canada (ie: there's restriction in investments and real estate), and still file canadian tax reports.

Its annoying as hell.

Comment: Re:Cake and eat it too (Score 1) 363

by Shados (#47993687) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

I specifically did refer to TN status, which is what you're talking about. It sucks. Its nice for companies, they can hire someone and have their cute little slave (though even then, contrary to popular belief, a lot of employers actually want their employees happy), but for the actual employee, they have to leave the country the moment they are not employed (effectively immediately, you don't even have a single day to find a new job), they must have more ties to Canada than they do to the US (ie: you can't buy a house in the US unless you have more in Canada), etc, as well as no good path to permanent residency.

So a lot of Canadians who want to work in the US, but actually live where they work for real, as opposed to being a corporate pawn, want to do so under H1B (assuming they actually want to stay for more than a few years). Otherwise they eventually go "fuck this shit" and leave.

Comment: Re:Cake and eat it too (Score 1) 363

by Shados (#47992397) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

You're right, it won't, but it will still be 10, 20, or even 50% cheaper depending on where they open office.

That said, a lot of the H1B visas they get ARE to hire Canadians, at the same salary they hire Americans.

Those Waterloo undergrads that go to in Boston/NYC/SF don't work for cheap, and they prefer H1Bs to TN status.

Comment: Re:Global illumination is easy, just not for games (Score 1) 275

by Shados (#47972831) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

For CGI movies there sure is such a requirement.

A CGI movie takes some time to produce, and the release dates are often set in stone. With the amount of frames they have, if they take too long to render, they can only render them a few times before launch. That's obviously no good, since humans need to make mistake and test stuff. Crazy amount of work goes into making these render as fast as possible. The requirement just isn't 60fps, obviously.

Comment: Re:Methodologies are like religion (Score 1) 101

by Shados (#47958997) Attached to: 'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

At the end of the day, these methodologies are only there to give a framework for more predictable results.

As long as they're followed, it doesn't matter (much) which one you pick. The problem is when people deviate from them nilly willy...then their only benefit (predictability) is tossed out of the window.

Comment: Re:I find one utterly worthless, to be honest. (Score 1) 546

by Shados (#47821705) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Keep in mind not all schools are equal though. Considering a lot of the big name companies will ask you to write the fucking b-tree during the phone screen (never mind what they'll ask you on site), they'd have a hell of a time hiring if schools didn't teach it...yet they don't.

I don't have a bachelor either, but my wife does, and straight out of college you'd have been hard pressed to make her flinch on any of the topic you mentioned....after her first year.

Comment: Re:Raspberry Pi is not slow (Score 1) 107

by Shados (#47805899) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

We live in a world where there aren't enough "experts", and amateurs work for 125k/year on average in the big tech hubs.

At that point you end up having to do simple math. Is it worth it hiring the guy at 180k+/year who could do this in a way that it can run on modest hardware, or you hire the peanut gallery, who'll write maintainable code, but will do so with hardware requirements of $1000 instead of $100.

In that situation, the i7 cpu looks like a bargain.

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