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Comment H1B subterfuge and race to bottom of wage barrel (Score 1) 132

This is all part of tech's desire to drive tech wages down. Lets assume that in 15 years that 90% of high school graduates know how to code. What will that do to the tech labor pool? It will drive wages down. In the meantime, MSFT (founded by Bill Gates, who stole tech) and Mark Zuckerberg (who has been prolific as a liar) use FWD.US and lobby money to increase the H1B labor pool. Bottom line: this is all about driving business costs DOWN!

Comment Here are LINKS to the TRUTH re: Zuckerberg's Scam (Score 2) 442

FWD.US is a conspiracy created by Mark Zuckerberg to help drive down IT wages in America.

I have no problem with talented immigrants, but American corporations are LYING about the need for those H1B immigrants due to so-called "shortages" of STEM workers in America, and in the offing they are displacing QUALIFIED American workers with those immigrants (in clear violation of the law). Here are some FACTS to counter Zuckerberg's SPIN around his company's (and others, like MSFT, Cisco, Facebook, Google, etc.) cynical attempt to drive down wages. Just look at the recent policy decision to permit H1B spouses to seek work permits in May, 2015 something; that's 150,000 new workers (most of them professionals - and many with IT skills) into an already challenged IT economy. FWD.US is part of a legal conspiracy to drive down tech wages, under cover of the lie that America does not have sufficient STEM talent. Zuckerberg is shilling for his pals, and working against the American IT worker.

FACTS: One of the most respected technology pundits in Silicon Valley has this to say about the H1-B worker problem

Here's an attorney and his consultants teaching corporations how to manipulate foreign-worker immigration law to replace qualified American workers:

H1-B abuse if accompanied by other worker-visa abuse L-1 Visa (H1-B's are only the tip of the iceberg). There are more than 20 categories of foreign worker visas.

Professor Norman Matloff's extremely well documented studies on this problem.

Federal offshoring of website http://www.economicpopulist.or...

How H1-B visa abuse is hurting American tech workers

There is no stem worker crisis in America

Marc Zuckerberg and wealthy tech scions continue to perpetuate this trend


Unemployment is a problem in America, and so are our sticky problems with immigration. Undercover of helping those immigrants who have so long labored in our agricultural sector, the American IT sector has seen fit to use the sentiment to help agricultural workers to create a Landslide of advantage for itself.

H1Bs in Sacramento

Comment Re:Sure-and just how will you view this? (Score 1) 44

There is not sufficient bandwidth in most parts of the world to view these lessons. How does one view these lessons in rural India, China, etc. etc.? There ALREADY EXISTS at least one (maybe more) educational video platform technology that virtually eliminates bandwidth constraints, but those have not been able to get the time of day from the MOOCs, Foundations and companies like MSFT- as the latter have been concentrating on glossy PR and partnerships who have yet to figure out how to reach people who have limited bandwidth constrains. Imagine being able to store 100 hours of video instruction on a 4 Gbyte cell phone SIM card, or transmitting articulated video seamlessly over 56 kbyte. That's what is possible, today - but the company that has build this tech cannot get the time of day. (btw, they are in stealth at the moment)

Comment Re:Brain drain-Meyer will win, no matter what (Score 5, Interesting) 167

At some point, Yahoo will be parted out, sold, or rolled up. Any one of these options will lead to a nice payday for Meyer and Yahoo's biggest investors. That's what this is all about. The same thing happened at hp, and is happening now, at IBM. This is an old story in Silicon Valley - company comes out of the chute like gangbusters; low barriers to entry eventually lead to competition; the company falters; someone is brought in to "save" the company (and paid a LOT of money); the company is parted out or limps along for 10+ years while a succession of "in-people" make a pile of $$$ in options, perks, etc. etc.

Comment Re:One thing for sure (Score 1) 531

Aside from attributing negative qualities to the poster you responded to, you're essentially correct. Ignorance can be corrected; it's not a fault. Stupidity is a fault. That said, most people have no idea what it means to have ASI (artificial super intelligence) made entirely autonomous, self-replicating, self improving, etc. It will be a LONG time before that happens, but it WILL happen. This is why we have to be very careful going forward with AI.

Comment Yelp is an extortionist racket (Score 1) 77

Yelp has for years been making "sales calls" to companies, promising to make those company's Yelp profiles look better by burying or removing negative reviews. I have talked to a few business owners about this; they get very animated when they talk about it. How/why the senior executives of Yelp are not in jail is beyond me.

Comment Good, let taxpayers share instead of Uber CEOs (Score 1) 50

I'd like to see this happen in every municipality. Why not open up licensing for anyone to drive, with nominal fees? Make it cost neutral. Who needs Uber or AirBnB or any of these "sharing" apps that essentially create a race tothe bottom where ONLY the investors and owners win? Why should these sharing ideas only be private investor-run? I hope Seoul's service does well, and good for Seoul in limiting Uber's footprint!

Comment Metasurveillance is the only answer, with a caveat (Score 4, Interesting) 239

In an open society, the only solution to protecting oneself against mass surveillance is to permit anyone who has been surveilled by the system to enter the system, on demand, and ask when , why, for how long, and for reasons one has been surveilled. The Key problem yet tobe solved (it may be unsolvable) is how to limit access to the open system by those persons who are truly a danger to society.

Mass surveillance WILL become universal, because just a few people can cause havoc -especially as those persons become more able to access deadly weapons of mass destruction. If we don't solve this problem, mass surveillance WILL be abused and used as a means of control, rather than a means of protection.

Comment Re:^THIS-AND, most elementary teachers are women (Score 1) 493

There is a dire shortage of men in elementary schools. So don't blame "male teacher bias" for this phenomenon.Rather, blame the lack of parental involvement in education, and perhaps further blame the fact that most parents are so time-and-energy-strapped that they don't have time to properly engage their kids in ways that model the possibilities for girls. Just look at the Barbie Doll market; that says it all!

Comment Re:perfect should NOT be the bar! (Score 2) 124

Why are we stuck in the "one car for every person" model of transportation? Why not work toward a more efficient means of mass transport; working from home, etc. etc. Almost everything we do except for pleasure driving can be accomplished with delivery services, really efficient mass transit, or tele-whatever.

And it should be the law: If you use the word `paradigm' without knowing what the dictionary says it means, you go to jail. No exceptions. -- David Jones