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Comment: Re:We need UNIONS in IT (Score 1) 630

by guruevi (#49585359) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

So we can pay dues to a large corporation and still get nothing out of it?

Unions are not what they used to be, they used to be ran for workers that did menial jobs that anyone could do so everyone that did the same job would get equal treatment and wages. Nowadays they're just the middle man to the "you're getting fucked" train. IT isn't a menial job anyone could do, a good IT person (programmer, sysadmin etc) is more like a lawyer or a doctor, highly specialized, well trained individuals that are very hard to replace.

Programmers and sysadmins need to make sure they can't be easily replaced. Stop saying that 'anyone can program with language x' because not anyone can program. Most people can't even program a box if you gave them LOGO. Most of the college grads or H1B'ers shouldn't be able to do your job, if they can, then you're not as special or good as you think you are (unless you're a college grad or H1B'er yourself). If you have 5 years or more experience and you're able to be replaced by an H1B'er, then you haven't learned anything. If some PHB decides to replace you anyway, they should be begging you to come back in a few months. Happened to me quite a few times.

Comment: Re:Technology allows (Score 2) 630

by guruevi (#49585189) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

It's mainly access to birth control methods. It's not about being too busy working, farmers historically did manual labor for 10-12 hour days 7 days a week. Yet they all produced 10-12 offspring.

In a lot of places religious cults and superstition (until this day the Catholic Church forbids the use of condoms and birth control) make it so there is a taboo on birth control. Once the population starts being educated and females are able to afford their own birth control methods, the reproduction rate drops. Still within our western society you can see that religious folks produce a heck of a lot more offspring than educated folks.

Comment: Re: One (Score 1) 301

ThunderBolt and DisplayPort are capable of carrying USB/FW/10Gbe and anything else your dock/display has. I don't know whether HDMI does USB but it does do Ethernet. So if you have a display/desk at home, ideally one connection would do until we get 10Gbps+ over wireless signaling.

Comment: Re: Mid-engine sports cars (Score 1) 247

by guruevi (#49568597) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues

Tesla's latest lot seem to be on par with other luxury sedans, if you count in 5-10y fuel costs it makes sense to buy a Tesla over any other maker. The main cost in the Tesla is not the design cost nor the car's construction, put an ICE in the Tesla and you could cut the price tag (and performance) in half.

Comment: Re:"That can be reversed on request" (Score 1) 140

by guruevi (#49568515) Attached to: New Privacy Threat: Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection

The camera systems cost $1-$5M but do not reduce the necessity of police officers as each ticket the system writes has to be reviewed and signed off by a cop who then also has to be present at court challenges. Since the system in 24/7 each of the camera's thus has to be manned 24/7 as well

So in reality, you just moved 3 cops/camera 'on the beat' from the street into a desk job and thus have less police presence in your city.

Comment: "That can be reversed on request" (Score 2) 140

by guruevi (#49565895) Attached to: New Privacy Threat: Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection

So it's not really redacted. It's like all those PDF's that redact text with a black box. The original footage still has to be there and the government will keep it.

If you want to enforce HOV lanes, enforce it, have a cop pulling people in the HOV lane over. Automated camera systems are easily defeated in court (they were sitting in the back seat and I have tinted windows, they were giving me a blowjob, reflections, ...) and cost more than hiring actual officers (small (~10 camera) systems are reported to have a final cost in the area of $1-5M/y)

Comment: Re:Mid-engine sports cars (Score 1) 247

by guruevi (#49565845) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues

Fiber glass doesn't have to mean that things come apart. Formula 1 cars have always been the lowest weight cars yet they are probably the safest cars to have a crash in. Look at the Tesla - goes fast but it is designed to safeguard the occupants in the most spectacular crashes.

The problem is that most car companies are designing cars with frames that minimize cost and maximize profits. A single frame is designed to support 2 or 3 brands and several years worth of value cars to luxury sedans and crossovers, then the rest (mainly market branding) is simply slapped on top and the guts are squeezed in. There is no reason that a company couldn't custom design a safe frame first and build a car around that, but the big (3?) names aren't nimble enough or interested to become that until more Tesla-like companies come along to shake up the market.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 218

by guruevi (#49564935) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?

Yes, you can (jQuery just encapsulates a lot of 'common' JS tricks). But the post is advocating for the latest framework/library du jour which does the same thing, sometimes faster, sometimes with more options or less code but the same nonetheless. jQuery is fine for what it does. I've tried using Angular, Backbone etc but unless you have something you can build something from the ground up around those libraries, they're quite useless or require a lot of custom implementation when using existing data sources or UI's.

Comment: Re:Well, only if it's exact copy (Score 1) 109

by guruevi (#49560389) Attached to: Stephen Hawking Has a Message For One Direction Fans

There are theories out there that state that every quantum observation spawns a different universe, one where the spin of a particular electron is left, one where the spin is right. In that theory there are universes that are exactly like ours, just where one decision (such as a person leaving or not leaving a band) is different. Off course the butterfly effect would also mean that from that point on the universes have diverged wildly and in that universe, Stephen Hawking could have never been asked that question, never could have answered it and thus this post doesn't exist anywhere but in our own universe until another quantum observation causes it to duplicate (so by now, there are an infinite number of universes with this post).

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.