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Comment: Re:Appre (Score 5, Insightful) 220

by lgw (#47519719) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

The problem isn't people coming here on H1-Bs, but their difficulty in turn that into a green card. The "apprentices" would mostly stay here if they could. And does anyone really want to argue that immigration of well-educated, highly-skilled engineers is bad for America?

All the focus on the political immigration debate seems to be on low-skilled workers, and the answers aren't so easy there. But anyone who can come here and work a job that pays $100k+? Keep em coming, I say.

Comment: Re:Limited perspective (Score 0) 913

by HBI (#47515947) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

More to the point, this is just about power. Squeaky wheels getting oil. It has nothing to do with the horrors of dealing with other people*, except when it can be emotionally harnessed to achieve more power.

Get older - you realize it's all bullshit posturing for power for people ill-equipped to achieve it through honest means. In other words, beta males and most women. It's ineffectual and the power achieved is of a group nature in most cases, which is the worst kind. But it doesn't stop people from seeking it by trumpeting how terrible their life has been. Race peddlers, gender peddlers, homosexual activists - all the same.

Nothing but contempt for the idea and the execution. Something to be routed around.

* And it's most assuredly horrific, but we all get to deal with it at some level or another.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 4, Interesting) 913

by lgw (#47511559) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

From what I hear, death threats are quite normal in the video games industry. Certainly the vitriol flies on gaming forums (can't imagine how busy the moderators for official game forums must be). This article seems to boil down to "but women get rape threats too". OK, sure, men don't often get those, fair point. But in an industry thick with death threats, how many developers or commentators have actually been lynched by angry fans since the beginning of time? Roughly zero? It's not rational to actually be creeped out or worried about this stuff.

For goodness sake, Jack Thompson is still alive and well. If any of these threats of violence could be taken seriously, he'd be the first casualty. Think you're more hated than that guy?

Comment: Re:Why do you want pieces of plastic (Score 1) 345

by lgw (#47510471) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

I have 100 discs in my Netflix queue that aren't available on streaming. Go through about 6 a week, and have for years (I don't have cable). Only about 10% or what I watch can be streamed. And sadly the count of "very long wait" is up to 20 now, and climbing.

For the most part, it's only recent (but not too recent) content that's streamable. Heck, you can't even stream The Wire, and that's not that old. You can't stream any of the pre-reboot Dr Who episodes, and I could add another 100 discs to my queue just for Dr Who (does the BBC have these streaming yet?)

Comment: Re:Time will tell (Score 1) 345

by lgw (#47510319) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

If there were an alternative to Netflix for disc shipment, I'd switch today. I might pay double, certainly 50% more, for the breadth of selection Netflix once had, if catalog growth continued, stuff got upgraded to BluRay, and so on.

But there's no such animal. Kids these days are all about streaming. Netflix's model of "delayed gratification" for TV watching was a miracle in the first place. I'm amazed it's lasted as long as it has.

Comment: Re:call them (Score 2) 345

by lgw (#47510177) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Netflix streaming is nearly-worthless - there's just no content.

Hulu streaming is totally worthless garbage. Fuck commercials.

Amazon has the wrong model. PPV isn't where it's at.

There's no question Netflix is gradually ending their disc service (selection is falling rapidly), and that really sucks. The ~$1.50 price to watch a disc was right for me, and it's sad to see it die. There's so very much great stuff from the 20th century that seems doomed to vanish with the death of physical media (and the complete and utter failure of government and the legal system when it comes to streaming and licensing).

At this point, I can only hope good rips of everything are around somewhere and being archived by hobbyists, awaiting some fix to copyright law. (Torrents may be plentiful for new stuff, but new stuff is easily available in legal ways for those who aren't broke anyhow. Torrents for last-century works are a different story).

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