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+ - Facebook Can't Cite Evidence to Support Claims of U.S. Tech Worker Shortage

Submitted by sycodon
sycodon (149926) writes "Facebook, which has spent millions trying to get massive amnesty legislation that would include huge increases in the number of guest-worker permits that would lower the wages of tech workers, cannot cite any definitive evidence pointing to a shortage of American high-tech workers.

I know..."Breitbart!". Well here it is from a left leaning source... The Atlantic "

Comment: Greenies (Score 1) 491

by sycodon (#48466631) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Now, don't get all pissed and shit and whipping out the negative mods, but in Austin, the primary cause of power failures are all the people who go ape shit whenever the power company starts to trim trees. "Preserve the Historical Nature!", "Save the Trees!", etc.

Then, when an Ice Storm comes along or high winds, the tree limbs break and fall on the lines. Of course, then they go ape shit because they have no power. What is really funny is that the power company is owned by the City.

Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 1) 273

by jellomizer (#48466011) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Digital data needs to move.
Tape is analog thinking. Get your data write it down and hide it somewhere.
Digital data needs to move. To have the data properly backed up it constantly needs to move. So if you have ssd drives only. Just as long as you are taking the data and moving it to an other drive and that is moving to an other drive your data is being saved for the long run.
Once digital data stops moving it is open to threats from the environment.
Tapes go bad, ssd go bad, any storage medium has issues. To keep your data safe it needs to move.
That is RAID storage is popular. If a drive fails you can identify it swap it and resync it before the other device fails.

Comment: Re:Hide your cables (Score 0) 491

by jellomizer (#48465917) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

All well and good for most countries. However the U.S. has the distinction as being the third most populous country, as well as the third largest in geographical size, but 50th in density.
Which means any infrastructure project is expensive. More so then in other nations.

For the U.S. we need to get off the grid and start using more local energy sources.
Small hydroelectric generators, solar, wind. Especially for the less dense areas.
However there are so many stupid laws saying your power needs to be on the grid.

Comment: Not zero cost. (digression on my sig line) (Score 1) 29

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48465363) Attached to: NASA To Deploy Four Spacecraft To Study Magnetic Reconnection

Make a basic income available to everyone (funded by the Fed, not the taxpayer, at zero cost).

The point is that it's not zero cost. Every penny of money "funded by the Fed" comes from your and my pockets - sometimes with a big multiplier - by paths that are not as obvious, but just as costly, as a tax bill.

The biggest one is inflation: If the Fed just prints money, it dilutes the rest of the money. Your wages go down (though the numbers don't change.) Got retirement savings? They go down, too. Your investments go down - but the numbers make it look like they wen't up, and the government taxes the fake "gain". Everything you buy gets more expensive.

Comment: Re:Good for them. (Score 1) 17

by Sycraft-fu (#48464831) Attached to: Samsung Shows 'Eye Mouse' For People With Disabilities

Also sounds like it may be much cheaper, which would be nice. I have repetitive strain injury from computer use and while it is manageable, I'd like a way to be able to not use the mouse when possible. An eye mouse would work well, but they are too much money. However this sounds like it might be in the range of something I could afford, and use as alternate input.

Comment: Fusion power applications? (Score 1) 29

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48462139) Attached to: NASA To Deploy Four Spacecraft To Study Magnetic Reconnection

It will be interesting to see whether this research on the phenomenon in the large scale produces insights useful at the smaller scale of fusion plasma confinement.

In case it's not clear, magnetic reconnection is a phenomenon of magnetic field/plasma interaction. (Without the plasma and its currents (or extreme accelerations like those around black holes) the magnetic field wouldn't be simultaneously twisted up and bent around so it can reconnect differently.

I see two ways this might apply to plasma confinement in fusion systems:
  * It may give insight into the details of plasma instabilities and lead to ways to suppress them - enough for a practical reactor.
  * It might lead to a way to use the phenomenon deliberately, to produce a (probably pulsed) past-breakeven plasma confinement, along the lines of Dense Plasma Focus.

Comment: More than half were minority owned, too. (Score 1) 1085

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48461993) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

The hit is taken by the store owners and their landlords. [Insurance usually has escape clauses for riots.]

Just heard on the news that more than half of the stores destroyed last night in Fergusun were minority owned, too. (I think it was actually "black owned" but I'm not sure.)

IMHO the main point of the burning is so that, once the stores have been looted, the evidence of who did it is largely destroyed. Video survelience tapes, fingerprints, serial number records, ...

Comment: Re:Deliberate (Score 1) 623

by sycodon (#48460583) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Design Defects discovered during construction or after completion would be be evaluated. Actual defects would be documents, fixes designed and repairs directed. This process exists for aviation and is well documented and tuned.

Operating costs associated with hiring qualified personnel are but a speck on the over all operating costs. You could double the pay from an average of $77k to $154k without materially affecting the bottom line.

See my comment on smaller nukes to address the manufacturing of parts.

Comment: Re:Deliberate (Score 1) 623

by sycodon (#48460431) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

It should be noted that I didn't say anything about the size of the nuke approved. I would prefer that the plants be made up of small modules that are completely manufactured in one location and transported to the site and then back again at the end of its life. Sealed and turnkey nukes are safer that "stick built" plants.

For that matter, the actual power generation portion of the plant should be completely independent of the power source itself. That allows you to swap fusion for fission, gas for coal, or whatever else comes down the pike. The turbines and grid infrastructure stay the same.

Comment: Re:Deliberate (Score 5, Informative) 623

by sycodon (#48459871) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

The high costs of nuclear are driven by non technical issues. Five year Environmental impact studies, lawsuit after lawsuit, etc.

And the feds can definitely provide a framework and structure to a thriving private industry. Pre-approved designs, standard manufacturing facilities and techniques, etc can drive costs down. Right now, every plant is a one off and many parts are only made by one overseas company...the most expensive way to build anything.

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.