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Comment: Re:seems like a back door (Score 1) 566

by t0qer (#46952467) Attached to: Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

I currently work for a company wrought with H1-B abuse. Scam goes like this.

Passover a bunch of US resumes/candidates.
Recruit someone from India
Promise them a $100k+ salary.

2 months later.
"Sorry, but you're not as good as what you're getting paid, how about you take a pay cut or quit?"

At this point the H1-B has "If I quit, I have to pack up in 30 days and go home" running through their head, so they accept.

The sad thing is, they expect US workers to be just as complacent as their H1-B counterparts. I won't, I've had to fight hard the last year just to not get screwed over. I've had enough, I'm so tired of it, that I'm going to file a WH-4 with the department of labor on my employer. Someone needs to tell them this is not OK.

The actual H1-B workers, they're hardworking, good people, but the system has been setup to screw them. This needs to change.

Comment: Re:I think it is three things (Score 1) 166

by sesshomaru (#46859347) Attached to: China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

I watched a single episode of The Big Bang Theory. It was about a "Magic the Gathering"-esque contest between Will Wheaton (as himself) and Horrible Geek Guy (Sheldon?). It was obvious that none of the writers on the show had the faintest idea about how Collectible Card Games worked, just knew they were something competitive that gross nerds did. Seriously, the portrayal of a CCG was embarrassingly bad, kind of like that CSI Miami episode about Grand Theft Auto. (I'll admit, it didn't posit any theories that CCGs would cause you to go on a killing spree, but if you have to be a person like that Bazinga guy, why wouldn't you?)

Anyway, Horrible Geek Guy gets his comeuppance for liking Star Trek and Collectible Card Games, so I guess justice was finally well-served to all those awful nerds out there.

Who's up for a game of racket-ball or golf?

Comment: Sync Licensing. (Score 1) 490

by t0qer (#46585989) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Mechanical, compulsory is easy licensing to deal with. Not really much restrictions on the distribution format. Sync licensing on the other hand gives the artist the right to dictate which methods of distribution are allowed. So if an artist says, "NO STREAMING" there will be no streaming.

There. TL;DR;'d that for ya.

Comment: The real reason FB has an officer. (Score 3, Interesting) 235

by t0qer (#46431899) Attached to: Facebook To Pay City $200K-a-Year For a Neighborhood Cop

I work down the street from their menlo park/willow road campus. Right now Facebook is building an apartment complex across the street from HQ. They've promised to only rent 10% of the apartments to their employees with the other 90% being offered to the general public at market rate.

Despite the nice sounding name, Menlo Park's east side is akin to East Palo Alto. Slum neighborhoods, crime, ghetto. With the influx of google/facebook employees however the neighborhood is slowly gentrifying.

I think facebook wants to turn the neighborhood into something more appealing for their employees.

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