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Comment: Re:33 Bucks?!? (Score 1) 67

by afidel (#47771939) Attached to: $33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

No, Republic is prepaid just like Virgin Mobile. I use plan as that's the monthly rate for that service level, in fact Republic is much more flexible than anyone else in the industry, you can change your plan twice per month, so you can be on the $10 call and text only plan and if you find yourself away from WiFi and in need of data to look up some important bit of information you can change over to the $25 3G plan, grab what you need and then revert to the $10 plan and your monthly bill will be around $11.

Comment: Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (Score 4, Interesting) 441

by afidel (#47729191) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Then your company is breaking the law and you should report them. Companies are required to pay above the prevailing wage for the position and region. We paid both of our H1B workers well above average for our staff and when they worked out sponsored their green cards (and boy is that process a cluster!), we're the kind of employer that the program was actually designed for, we were looking for extremely rare talent sets and had advertised the positions for months before looking abroad. I have to say that I have much bigger problems with the screwups in the green card program than I do with the H1B system, permanently bringing smart people from abroad raises the GDP of the US and brings diversity to the country.

Comment: Re:or they could just NOT do it (Score 2) 155

by afidel (#47713539) Attached to: Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

They can't do that, the DMCA very clearly says that the provider must remove the infringing material, then the poster can challenge the takedown, failing to remove the content as requested removes their safe harbor and opens them up to copyright infringement claims with statutory damages of $100,000 per violation, never going to happen.

Comment: Re:Oh really... (Score 4, Insightful) 142

by afidel (#47706807) Attached to: Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

They're already the second largest Iaas provider after Amazon (EC2 vs Azure) and the second largest business Saas provider after Salesforce (SF vs Office365/Dynamics cloud). As they cloudify more of their offerings they'll be able to capture plenty of revenue from mobile, and since they'll actually be eating their own dogfood their tools for large customers should get better and more and more small customers will just host with them.

Comment: Re:Just red tape? (Score 1) 142

by afidel (#47687235) Attached to: Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

The AP1000 is a worldwide design, and Westinghouse is going to use parts of the supply chain from China for plants around the world (like just about everything else more complicated than a bread box). My point was that they've managed to supply all of the parts for the Chinese facilities very close to on time so the delays are not with Westinghouse, they're with the US based construction contractors.

Comment: Re:Just red tape? (Score 1) 142

by afidel (#47686005) Attached to: Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

Part of the problem is that the infrastructure and supply paths for constructing nuclear plants has to be re-constituted as no plants have been built for quite some time.

Not really, the first two AP1000 are basically finished in China, only about 9 months behind the original schedule whereas these US plants are looking to be about 4 years behind the original schedule. I have to assume it's the typical contractor issue where there's plenty of money to be made being part of the problem.

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