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Comment: Re:Not fungible (Score 1) 527

Well, actually there is already something like that. To hire an H1-B, I believe you have to pay her more than the national average in that category of worker. So I guess there are ways to cheat that a little, but I am not sure how big an impact this has. I recently got a job and have many friend that are looking for jobs or just found one (some H1B's some not). It seems the companies don't care much about the fine details of the salaries once they find the skills they wants.

Here is the exact text from department of labor.
"Employers must attest to the Department of Labor that they will pay wages to the H-1B nonimmigrant workers that are at least equal to the actual wage paid by the employer to other workers with similar experience and qualifications for the job in question, or the prevailing wage for the occupation in the area of intended employment â" whichever is greater. "

Comment: Re:h1b going first? (Score 1) 382

by godrik (#47476327) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

I know this is against the thought-stream, but the H1B are likely to be most recently employed (lifespan of an H1B visa is 3 or 6 years). So I'd say they are more likely to be well aligned with the company strategy. I expect them not to be layed-off because they are probably not in the sections of the company that needs to be shrunk.

Comment: Re:Translation: Slash 18K jobs, apply for 18K H-1B (Score 2) 382

by godrik (#47476259) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

I am a foreign worker under H1B and currently in the process of applying for PERM. I don't know how other places are doing, but where I work (a US university) all these forms are posted on the boards of the building. They are right there for anybody to see AND complain if they think something is wrong or the position is unnecessary.

I know many H1B and they are not underpaid compared to the other people in the same company.

In this story, they are mostly firing assembly line workers from nokia it seems. Do you really believe they will manage to get an H1B to do that kind of job? I hardly think so.

Comment: Re:Probably because of French entitlements (Score 1) 308

You are really clueles aren't you?

France enacted the 35 hours a week policy because data showed that production would go up. And indeed it went up. Because employees are less tired they work better. Here, in NC, I have student working 50 hours a week, except they don't do shit for 20 of these hours becasue they are exhausted. I keep pushing them going home and getting some rest.

Things are expensive in France for two reason. The first one is the cost of living which drives salaries up (otherwise people can not afford rent) and prices up (otherwise the store can not pay its rent).
The second one is the massive unemployment rate. There are 43 million people between 15 and 64, but only 27 millions of these people are actually working. There is an official unemployement rate of 10% because 13 million of these people are not counted as active, mostly because they have been pushed to change their official status. But the real unemployement rate is closer to the 30%.
Now I agree that conservative labor laws are part of that problem. But working time is definitively not the issue. One of the problem is the difficulty to get rid of an employee hired under an "undefined length contract" (CDI). It is so difficult to get rid of them that businesses are very reluctant to employing anybody. This drove short term contracts and lack of retention of skills in businesses.

Comment: How big is the problem really? (Score 1, Interesting) 201

How many people are really being unlawfully spied upon? I am not saying that even 1 would be acceptable. But do we have any numbers on that? Because it seems that there was 10,000 unlawful account being spied upon. This is a very small "collateral damage" on the size of the population. There are 313,000,000 people in the US. We are talking about 0.003% which seems "somewhat reasonnable"

Maybe the article was talking about only a single program. But how vast this "mass surveillance" really is?

Comment: Re:Unethical (Score 1) 219

by godrik (#47351541) Attached to: Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

I think there is an even larger ethical concern than just using facebooker (?) as test subject. This research is of the kind that ultimately leads to brain washing, emotional control, and more generally population control. Rather than asking whether it is OK to perform this research on unaware subjects, I think it is more important to ask whether it is OK to do this research at all.

Comment: Re:Question... -- ? (Score 2) 215

by godrik (#47333005) Attached to: Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

Nop, you can not just use --. because many commands do not understand --

Here is an article by dwheeler (a frequent slashdotter; often cited for his technique countering the trusting trust problem) about filenames.

I believe he is mostly right. We should move to file systems that do not allow "stupid" names and be done with it.

Comment: Re:LLVM auto-vectorisation (Score 1) 636

by godrik (#47157181) Attached to: Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

also auto-vectorization is a dream. You can only vectorize code if the memory is properly layed out. Every compilers knows how to vectorize automatically. The quetion is only, is the memory layed out in a way that enables vectorization. And from what I saw, there is nothing smart in Swift to enable that.

What you need is to teach developpers about the vectorizatino problem. Most developpers do not know or care about it. The most basic point is whether you should use Structure of Array or Array of Structure (SoA or AoS). And most don't know what that means.

Comment: Re:I can never wrap my head around this. (Score 1) 1040

by godrik (#47156885) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

I grew up in France and have been living in the US for a few years. So I feel like I can answer these questions. But first, the current federal minimum wage is around $7/h, few cities or state have it around $10/h. Also working more than 30 hours a week is sometimes difficult. Overall, it is not possible to convert salaries from one country to another and claim value/lifestyle equivalence.

What is happening is that your gross income in France and in the US are different. In France, it includes "charge patronale" which are various things your employer pays on your behalf: retirement, health insurance. Minimal wage worker in the US have to pay for that out of their income or not get it at all. (Recently obamacare helped on the insurance side by giving minimum wage worker benefits on these which lowers price significantly for them.)

In France, education is pretty much free. In the US, higher education is not, you are going to have to pay for it, which means that people tend to take on large loans.

There is almost no public transportation in the US and the cities are spreads which means that pretty much everybody needs a car. It also incurs insurance and gas. Because gas used to be inexpensive (it rose a lot in the last years), cars in the US have not so good mileage. Also people drive a lot (consequence of the spread of the cities). So car expenses actually get high.

Internet and cell phones aren't really luxury since so many things are done over the internet or over the phone, including searching for job, health insurance policies, taxes, ...

Comment: Doesn't everybody knows that already? (Score 1) 65

by godrik (#46908667) Attached to: Winning Algorithms For Rock, Paper, Scissors

(obvisouly I did not RTFA.)

When I took Simulations in gradschool 10 years ago, one of our assignment was to train a markov chain to predict the player next move at rock-paper-scissors. Using simply as state "lastmove, lastoutcome" is enough to learn what humans (read the students of the class) do.

Comment: Re:MIT researchers? (Score 1) 70

by godrik (#46599343) Attached to: MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

Welcome to the world of PR and marketing. If there is any kind of involvement from a famous party, no matter how small the involvement, the famous party always gets the credit. MIT is more famous than University of Maryland so they get the credit.

Note that I have no clue how much each person contributed to this particular project. But if it is done by somebody famous (or at a famous entity), it becomes great, if you had done the same thing, nobody would talk about it.

For God's sake, stop researching for a while and begin to think!