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Comment: ... but we should allow immigration anyway. (Score 1) 506

Yes there is no "shortage" of tech workers, however, a more open immigration policy would be more fair and lead to even more technological progress for American than would occur without STEM immigrants. The economy isn't zero sum and a slight reduction in wages for some, if it means many more people in the pool, would lead to greater economic results overall.

Comment: Re:my vote: (Score 1) 634

by darkwing_bmf (#48861255) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Actually, I don't think it's a completely dumb metric. It shouldn't be the only metric or even the most important one. However, for a beginner, there is a lot of value in quickly getting to the "I can tell the machine what to do and it does it" part with as few "toll gates" as possible.

Comment: Why not Intel? (Score 1) 230

by darkwing_bmf (#48749645) Attached to: AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

The only other manufacturer with 14nm capacity is Intel and there's no way Intel will sell them some capacity.

Why wouldn't Intel sell some of their capacity to nVidia or AMD for their GPUs? It's not like Intel directly competes with them (yet) in the high end GPU market and high end GPUs help sell new computers with Intel CPUs. I mean if Intel needs full production to fill orders, then of course they wouldn't sell capacity. But baring that (or engineering limitations), there should be no reason for them to refuse to sell capacity.

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