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Comment: Re:With H-1B Cap Hit, CEOS Press for Outright Slav (Score 1) 442

Just outside of Philly. Worse, I am what is essentially a permanent-temp. The only good thing is because I am paid hourly, I am usually not asked to do overtime. Much better than the poor bastards who work there getting paid much better money in salary but are pretty much expected to work 8:00 AM and leave 10:00 PM or later, weekends included.

Many of the actual permanent people don't go home until after 1:00 AM because it is what is expected. After 3+ years there, even if they would offer me an actual job, I doubt I would take it as I could never work those insane hours without wanting to jump off a bridge after a month or two.

Comment: Re:With H-1B Cap Hit, CEOS Press for Outright Slav (Score 1) 442

Same here. I'm an American engineer doing c++ system programming with PLC and robot programming and vision system design mixed in. I am barely breaking 40k and no benefits or sick / vacation time. At least I would be getting a small raise!

Comment: Re:part of the feedback missing (Score 2) 201

In the long run, companies can't fake how much money they have made: the money is either there or it isn't.

I take it you work in the public sector. There are actually two schools of deception in play in the private sector, The Wall Street School and and the Hollywood School. The Wall Street school is about making it look like you have more profits than you do to get your stock price up higher. Higher stock price means bigger bonuses for the people at the top at the expense of reducing head count and squeezing the remaining employees for all you can get out of them. Then you have the Hollywood school of cooking the books to make it look like you are taking massive losses so you can write off all your expenses, get out of paying profit-share contracts, and get massive tax breaks.

Comment: Re:Bring Back Aero Glass (Score 2) 159

by captjc (#49402239) Attached to: The Most Highly Voted Requests In Windows 10 Feedback Pool

The problem with third party skins is I don't want to install anything that has to patch or hack system files. One, I don't trust any code the modifies system files for security reasons and Two, next time windows decides to update those specific files my OS has the potential to break.

Comment: Re: Yep (Score 3, Insightful) 407

by captjc (#49352901) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Yeah, but 38 year-olds don't want to work 90+ hours a week for the minimum amount of money that the company is willing to pay. Typically those 38 year-olds have thing like lives and families that these companies hate seeing in workers because it distracts them from working long grinding hours for little pay.

Those 25 year-olds are young, impressionable, and best of all cheap. They will do whatever you tell them because, "this is the way it is everywhere and if you don't like it, you are just not cut out for this profession and can be quickly replaced by someone who is."

Comment: Re:Enlighten me please (Score 1) 450

by captjc (#49229759) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

Do you remember when $1300 for a laptop was considered obscenely cheap? I sure do. Even with all the options, it is only ~$2500. Sure, computers have gotten so much less expensive in the last 30 years but don't think for a second that the new Macbook is some ungodly expensive device only affordable by the top 1%.

I understand that it may seem overpriced for someone who just checks email and Facebook just as I find that a $10,000 DSLR camera to be unjustifiable when my cell phone camera works just as well. However, that doesn't mean there isn't a market for people who can justify the price of either.

Comment: Re:Enlighten me please (Score 1) 450

by captjc (#49229429) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

If you can't see why having a thinner, lighter, laptop with a usable monitor and keyboard would be appealing, then it isn't made for you. I know plenty of business travelers who would love an ultra-thin laptop with an all-day battery. They don't care about having a hundred different ports, only how much crap they have to lug from client to client.

If you want a full featured desktop replacement, get a Macbook Pro (or any other laptop on the market). This is for people who want a full featured ultra-portable and willing to pay the premium.

Comment: Re:You have got to be kidding. (Score 1) 529

by captjc (#49223479) Attached to: Apple's "Spring Forward" Event Debuts Apple Watch and More

So the watch battery lasts all day, but your iPhone doesn't.....Hmmmmm. Good luck with that.

What are you talking about? I have a 6 plus that I use all day and only charge at night, and I have yet to see the battery dip below 85%. Most of the time it doesn't go below 90%. Most iPhones will easily go a day or longer without charging.

Comment: 20 Minutes into the future (Score 2) 282

by captjc (#49219427) Attached to: Scotland Yard Chief: Put CCTV In Every Home To Help Solve Crimes

Ma-Ma-Max Headroom here from Network 23. You don't have to be from 20 minutes into the future to realize that this is a great idea. Imagine, my shiny, chiseled visage adorning every TV set, 24 hours a day-day. Add to that the fact the I can see my adoring public as well, M-Magic!

Yep, this can only be good for your old pal Max.

Comment: Re:What Gives? (Score 1) 48

by captjc (#49120105) Attached to: Valve To Reveal Virtual Reality Dev Kit Next Week At GDC

As I recall, Valve decided that VR hardware was not in their road map and decided to let go of the entire team, including female engineer extraordinaire Jeri Ellsworth. They also asked if they could take what they have done with them, and Valve gave them the Greenlight.

So, it appears that was shortsighted and they are now again pursuing VR hardware again? That is one company that just doesn't want to make sense, at least to me anyway.

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.