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Comment: Re:from the Institute of the Blindingly Obvious (Score 1) 454

by ananthap (#48483373) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist
Actually, the development process itself is now dumbed down. You don't anymore want the genius programmer but only the one who can just code to specs. So the advantage that the supposedly better US graduate has is actually a liability. Another thing. Nowadays no product (and that includes hardware and consumer goods - is meant to last for more than 3 of 4 years before it gets obsoleted - mostly by newer platforms, hardware or models with more features. So the other advantage that a supposedly better US stem graduate can produce better products is also neutralized. So the solutions are: The so called US stem graduate should work for a lower salary. and There should be a genuine laissez-faire in the student loan market to drive out the ultimately unemployable. OK

Comment: Re:Conversion? (Score 1) 129

by ananthap (#44855297) Attached to: Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. 1 Released in HTML Format
PDFs are static in the sense that you can't change the page dimensions once you create the PDF. Imagine, if the PDFs were created in book format (2-up) and you had scroll up and down to read the the text. The problem would be worse for people on the move who have to use tablets. OTOH HTML .. The drawback with pure HTML (just HTML) is that it's not possible to bookmark a page. In the balance, I would prefer HTML. OK

Comment: Not just in the sense of areas to avoid, but .. (Score 1) 452

by ananthap (#44804351) Attached to: Could Technology Create Modern-Day 'Leper Colonies'?
Not just in the sense of areas to avoid, but in the sense of having fewer modern conveniences that we might take for granted, these places already exist. This lack of facilities and conveniences engenders frustrations that eventually boil over and end up as neighborhoods controlled by gangsters or terrorists (as in the "les banlieues" of France).

Imagine the situation in the large and restless cities of Asia, Africa and LatAm.

Some of the facilities that they lack are - Access to banking, good sanitation and housing etc.


Comment: It isn't about unions. (Score 1) 1103

by ananthap (#44171773) Attached to: Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees
It isn't about unions.

It's about banks charging fees to their customers - who happen to be mass enrolled daily wage employees - with the connivance or at least knowledge of their employers.

Banks should introduce a zero balance, no frills (and no charges) category for these accounts.

It isn't about unions. Should it be about class action?


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