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Comment: Transparency... (Score 1) 382

by jopsen (#48935545) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

Unfortunately, the Internet service market in "socialist" Europe is actually more free market than in the U.S.

This might seem like a small thing, but transparent contracts is essential... In the use you see discounts, contracts that binds you for up to two years. in the EU you rarely see contracts beyond 6 months, all contacts must state the full minimum price for those 6 months...

Have you noticed how US telecoms always offers you a discount (sometimes 50%), but then over time the price goes up... Because the discount expires.
These kinds of shady deals don't happen in Europe. Telecoms may advice a price, and that what you pay. Occasionally there is discounts, but no where near to the same extent as in the US, where it's basically a default that people always want to be on a discount.

There is no free market with regulation to ensure transparent competition.

Comment: Industry can't trains scientists... (Score 1) 484

by jopsen (#48854569) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce
H1Bs are as far as I understand for people with at least a BSc (with higher quote for people with MSc). I dare say that one does become a scientist by being trained in the industry. Granted one doesn't need to understand automatons, grammars, push-down automatons, Turing machines and how these are used to prove membership of computability and complexity classes... But you will never learn these things, or how to read/write scientific papers, or how to formally prove theorems by working in the industry.

You can certainly replace some MSc positions with less qualified developers. But developing with inexperienced developers can be very expensive (even if the developers are cheap). Learning to code in the industry doesn't compare to an MSc; it different - not useless.

Comment: Agree... (Score 1) 299

by jopsen (#48827703) Attached to: Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings
I'm pretty sure Uber will look into it if you rate a driver zero stars with the comment "creep tried to rape me" :)

And I'd bet that Uper is checking meticulously that you're not cutting into Ubers share by booking only the first half of your ride by Uber and pay the driver cash for the rest of the trip.

Also drivers are pretty happy not to have cash... it's a lot faster to deal with payment through Uber and you're not a target for robbery.
Furthermore Uber does provide some insurance (at least I heard they do in the US) when the driver is carrying a passenger...

Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 703

by jopsen (#48825161) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

There's a reason college costs have been rising faster than the rate of inflation and free government money has a lot to do with it.

Maybe you're doing it wrong... In Denmark all tuition is paid by the Government.
But the amount a money available for universities is fairly fixed, however, the fixed pool is distributed between universities based on the number of students they have.. Effectively this means that univerisities are competing amongst themselves for the same amount of money..
The system isn't perfect, because universities have less money when some years have more students than others.


Anyways, when the government pays for tuition it can also decide how much it is willing to pay, and on what terms it pays out.

Comment: Re:Our Money You Like, Us -- Not So Much (Score 1) 179

by jopsen (#48821295) Attached to: Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

also, those at big expensive hotels are often corporate fucks and those can just 'expense it', and not care.

Expensing stuff is still work... these days it's just a picture with a smart phone... but having to pay and deal with it as taxing. I tend to always look for places that has free wifi...

Comment: "döms för hets mot folkgrupp" (Score 1) 319

by jopsen (#48817803) Attached to: Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip
I read Danish which is close to Swedish, and the summary says: Convicted for "character assassination"/"smear campaign" against a segment of the population.

Depending on circumstances and interpretation, this can certainly be a violation of the human rights.
Also note the source mentioned here doesn't say he was sentenced to prison...

Comment: Re:Fees and restrictions (Score 1) 484

by jopsen (#48817415) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

However, some non-American hiring managers will want to hire only people from their own countries, because of feelings of patriotism for their countries. So we should have a law that states that "guest" hiring managers must hire at least 50% Americans.

So now immigrants can't become managers... That's not racist at all :)

Comment: Unemployment can be bad (Score 2) 484

by jopsen (#48817401) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

Well, considering that I don't have a job, 65,000 seems like 65,000 too many.

Are you "competing" for a tech job. Do you have an MSc in CS from an internationally recognized institution?
I put "competing" in quotation marks, because my inbox has emails from a lot of recruiters who just wants to talk (they aren't all job offers).
Actually, if you happen know your way around open source projects and has some experience with js, linux, python, node, aws and release engineering, + a non-empty resume; feel free to drop me a line...

Either of 11.5M unemployed Americans I suspect most people don't compete for the tech jobs.. Oh, and btw, I know that my employer will hire anywhere in the world, and have people working remotely. In fact I'm an H1B, and paying taxes in the US; but if I weren't H1B I would just be working remotely from Denmark. To be honest, the uncertainty of being on an H1B, does often make me consider if I should continue to work out of the US (especially when 4 people are gunned down 20 blocks from my crappy over-priced San Francisco apartment - which is in the nice part of town).

To sum up, yes some companies are trying to get cheap workers; but the bay area wouldn't be a tech hub if it weren't for immigrants (they would just go somewhere else - say London or Toronto); and most of the unemployed Americans aren't looking/qualified for tech jobs...

Since the current unemployment rate is about 6%

Being unemployed, you probably don't want to here this, but the unemployment rate can also be too low.
Keep in mind that the unemployment rate counts people in-between jobs, and that an extremely low unemployment rate means that it's hard to hire, and, hence, hard to grow the economy. This is likely no the case in the US, as many people are under-employed (and/or under-paid); partly due to the very low minimum wage.

Comment: Honest Pricing +1 (Score 1) 417

by jopsen (#48812019) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

3 - FORCE HONEST PRICING make Service Contracts ILLEGAL.. you can not find anywhere on comcasts website the real prices of internet, only their special sale prices that go up from 100 to 600% at a later date. No more of this bullshit, honest prices prominently displayed. no Contracts allowed in any way for any reason.

Agree, the free market cannot work under circumstances such as these.
Service contracts makes sense, if the company is putting something in the ground and, hence, wants to make sure you remain a customer for a while before they undertake the investment of connecting you. But once connected and no physical work is involved it makes no sense.
Either way, special sale prices never makes any sense, and wouldn't be allowed in many other countries, because it's dishonest and doesn't facilitate competition.

Comment: Re:uhhh.... (Score 1) 319

by jopsen (#48794039) Attached to: Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

I do believe that Sweden is on a dangerous path when they prosecute artists for hate speech (who draws the line).

Courts draws the line...

But to be honest, freedom of speech is somewhat more limited in Europe than in the USA.

Mostly it's only corner cases... Like special laws about special events.
By the way, under the human rights article 12: "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary ... attacks upon his honour and reputation."
That is I have right not to have false accusations made against me.

I'm pretty sure the US doesn't tolerate people inciting violence and terrorism, which is likely what this is all about.

Comment: This is twisted!!! (Score 1) 319

by jopsen (#48793929) Attached to: Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

Of course, we have to take away freedom of speech in order to protect freedom of speech, don't you get it? Duh....

They are not talking about censorship... Nor are they talking about people making bad cartoons...
They are talking about videos encouraging young extremists to up arms against innocent civilians.

This is perfectly reasonable, one is not allowed to encourage criminal activities. We often tolerate bloggers encouraging people to disregard speed limits, disregard copyright law, or participate in civil disobedience, etc... But if you encourage murder, terror, violence, it is perfectly reasonable to prosecute you.

Note, free speech, does not imply speech without consequences. It is not okay to incite violence, perpetrade fraud, spread false rumours about people (UDHR Article 12). Also speech crime does not equal censorship.

Comment: If you had selected something... (Score 5, Interesting) 155

by jopsen (#48778909) Attached to: Google Sees Biggest Search Traffic Drop Since 2009 As Yahoo Gains Ground

leave the existing people alone, mmm'kay?

If you had chosen a search engine it would have... Only the default changed.
IMO, I don't see a way to do this painlessly...

Either way, I've actually started using yahoo in Firefox, and barely notice the difference.

Comment: Re:Why didn't they take them alive? (Score 2) 490

by jopsen (#48777201) Attached to: In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

Actually, the reason to take them alive would be to gather information about their network.

Assuming there is one... Granted assault rifles and bullet proof vests aren't easy to come by (in Europe). This still isn't at a level of sophistication that indicates the support of a larger organization.

One question that is left on my mind is how much did French intelligence know up front; did they know about the assault rifles...
Not that I would expect them to catch every terrorist and stop every crazy person; that is not realistic.

Comment: Re:"free" education costs too much (Score 0) 703

by jopsen (#48771221) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

In my state they made preschool "free". Within the year the tuition costs tripled from previous levels that were flat the previous 5 years.

Why doesn't the state negotiation favorable terms.. Or if institutions refuse to do so, launch their own institutions.
Most preschools, boarding schools, universities, child care institutions in my country are self owned (not-for-profit) institutions. The government rarely/never works with institutions that has private financial interests (read investors, stockholders, owners).

Either way, aren't state schools not-for-profit self-owning institutions (or state owned)? I ask because I don't know.

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