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Comment: Re:Who gets the income tax (Score 1) 301

by ShanghaiBill (#48678399) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

you'd be effectively paying the US government taxes on top of any applicable taxes from your home country.

This is nonsense. People resident in other countries that are not US citizens, do NOT pay US income tax, regardless of who they work for. If their employer is a US company, then their wages are a deductible expense for that company.

Comment: Re:Hell, by that logic... (Score 1) 301

by ShanghaiBill (#48678281) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

except preventing other economies to grow properly by stealing the talented .

Low wage economies have low wages because workers are unable to create much value. This is usually because of a combination of corruption, over regulation, poor infrastructure, and other inefficiencies. So we are "taking" talent that would otherwise be squandered.

Comment: Re: Excellence cannot be measured. (Score 3, Insightful) 301

by ShanghaiBill (#48678241) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

If the US would spend just a little more on schools they could get more Home- grown programmers ...

Beyond a minimum threshold, there is little evidence that additional spending improves educational outcomes. We would do better by improving prenatal nutrition, and encouraging more breastfeeding.

Comment: Re:I have no idea (Score 1) 10

by mlts (#48677971) Attached to: My laptop lasts on battery for ...

Battery life varies so much on what I'm doing... if it is just sitting there idle, I'm sure it will reach its advertised battery life. If it is cranking away at a game or has a VM or two chugging along [1], then all bets are off.

The ironic thing is that Linux suspends without issue. OS X, no problems. However, it seems that with Windows, half the time it suspends... it just doesn't wake up and pretty much needs a reboot. Of course, hibernating works well, but that adds a good amount of time as the machine dumps its RAM to disk.

[1]: I use virtual machines for Web browsing, and do my banking in a separate VM than my other stuff. This has worked decently well in limiting what a compromised browser or add-on can accomplish, assuming it gets past the ad blocking extensions and click to play.

Comment: I've managed a team full of H1bs.. (Score 3, Interesting) 301

by hey! (#48677749) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Not my choice, we got them in a deal with a VC. And I will tell you from experience that they're not all great programmers. A *few* of them were very good programmers, most of them were OK, and a few were very *bad* programmers. Just like everyone else. The idea that the H1B program just brings in technical giants is pure fantasy. This isn't 1980; if a CS genius living in Bangalore wants to work he doesn't have to come to the US anymore, there are good opportunities for him at home..

H1B brings in a cross section of inexperienced programmers and kicks them out of the country once they've gained some experience. I have nothing against bringing more foreign talent into the US, but it should be with an eye to encouraging permanent residency. I think if you sponsor an H1B and he goes home, you should have to wait a couple years before you replace him. Then companies will be pickier about who they bring over.

I have to say, managing a team of H1Bs was very rewarding, not necessarily from a technical standpoint but from a cultural standpoint. Because I had to learn about each programmer on my team and the way things are done in his culture, I think I became closer to a lot of them than I would have to a team of Americans.

Comment: Re:Why does it need internet? (Score 1) 281

by TapeCutter (#48677389) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

So distract everyone and yell "ASSHOLES!!" and pretend you haven't been shown how buttfucked you are, and how willingly you bent for it.

Self-righteous cunt, what's it to you if other people are willingly bending over, did you ever consider they were enjoying it and just wanted to be left alone?

Comment: Re:Perler Bead Sorting? (Score 1) 67

by mlts (#48677209) Attached to: High Speed DIY M&M Sorting Machine Uses iPhone Brain

This is overall a good exercise.

For example, finding out if it is easier to just pull one color and have everything drop in an assorted bin versus sorting everything out by known colors and having a reject bin for something that the machine can't figure out. After that, maybe have the machine do another sort operation, so if it sorts correctly 99% of the time, a few sorts later will reduce the occurrence of the wrong color to an acceptably small margin.

This is the stuff that engineering is made of, and would be a good way to get kids started down that path.

Comment: Maybe Paul Graham (Score 3, Interesting) 301

by Overzeetop (#48677067) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Maybe Paul Graham should go and live (and capitalize) the part of the world with the 95% of the awesomest programmers and leave this (apparent) intellectual backwater he calls home. I mean, what's he doing slumming here if 15-20% of the great worldwide programmers are bouncing around China and another 15-20% are making magic in India. If he wants to leverage brainpower, he should go where the brains are.

Oh, and I hope he doesn't let the door hit him in the ass on the way out.

Comment: Re:Knuth is right. (Score 3, Funny) 114

Discreet mathematique are the basis for computing

Not at the semiconductor junction level. It is quantum wave functions at that level. Talking about computers as discrete devices, and ignoring the quantum physics, is just dumbing it down. Kids should not be learning programming until they can independently derive both Schrodinger's equation and Heisenburg's matricies.

Comment: My review (Score 4, Interesting) 133

by Jack9 (#48675955) Attached to: Crowds (and Pirates) Flock To 'The Interview'

So there's a lot more gore and less funny than you would hope. Most of the movie is pretty lame after the Eminem interview, where you're still trying to figure out the movie's "style" and probably have a bit of hope left in you. Mostly it's a mish-mash of vignettes strung together to try to tell a boring story. Reminds me a lot of the terrible Dumb and Dumber To, but not as bad. I'm not sure that's a compliment. Go watch Top Five or the revamped TMNT, which are both better films.

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