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Comment: Re: "The Ego" (Score 3, Insightful) 457

by luis_a_espinal (#49614531) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

She was also a U.S. Senator for New York for eight years (i.e. Elected twice). But of course, that was also a job that she only got for being Bill Clinton's wife and not because she holds a law degree from Yale University, not because she was a professor of Law at the University of Arkansas, not because she was she was on the congressional legal advisory staff in the Watergate impeachment process, and not because she played an important role in organizing the Carter presidential campaign. Facts.

Facts are never important when we look for reasons to hate ;)

Comment: your view is biased (and stupid). (Score 1) 118

Maybe you should have looked after your employees better, and paid them well enough to ensure they'd stick around. Companies that depend on locking in employees with non-competes are bad actors in my view.

In your view?

I don't defend non-compete agreements, but you are seriously mistaken if you think employees can leave (and worse, go after your clientele) because they do not get treated better. I've seen employees leaving with confidential information, and client information (in industries where that is/was illegal) despite getting a very good treatment, benefits, salaries and a decent work culture. These people not only damaged (or try to damage) the company, but by transitivity, they did so against their fellow (ex) co-workers who did nothing against them.

Oooooohhhhhhhhh evil companies bluhr durr durr.

Either it never occurred to you that this is possible, or your have never seen it, or you simply decide to ignore it. Either way, it doesn't help the position you are trying to present.

Avarice, malice and treachery runs on both sides of the fence. It is human nature, and to pretend employees do not act on it is simply stupid.

That people on /. mod you up without even considering the real examples in history of employees damaging companies that treated them well, that is not surprising.

Comment: Typically a non-existing problem (Score 1) 118

This is precisely why I won't leave California. I will never sign a non-compete contract.

I've never signed (nor being asked to sign) a non-compete in the 20+ years I've been working in the East coast (Florida, specifically). And even if you were asked to sign one, they are rarely enforceable. The one case I know well was completely obliterated in a county court because it would have forced the defendant to take unreasonable daily commute drives to work - meaning 20 miles one way.

Comment: Re:"The Ego" (Score 4, Insightful) 457

by luis_a_espinal (#49614271) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

So, there was a lot of MBA talk and attempts to score big in quarterly reports

And this is the crux of the matter, the focus of scoring big in quarterly reports. This is not hand-waving, purely ideological complaints. When MBA professors mentions *this* as the biggest problem in American corporate culture (can your sense of irony for a second), then this is not idle shit talking.

Business executives are graded per their deliveries at the next immediate quarter, not in their capacity to create long-term value. That is what a shareholder's economy is all about. And Fiorina is a great example of it.

Comment: Experience should cause differentiation (Score 5, Insightful) 393

by luis_a_espinal (#49613989) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

"That federal law protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age." HR drones everywhere are rolling on the carpet laughing. Ever tried to get HR to pass your resume along if they spot any clue that you are 50+?

As we get older, That we should accrue several skills that are hard to commoditize (sp?), such as:

  1. veritable expertise in a domain (several domains preferably to act as fall-back plan A, plan B, plan C, etc.),
  2. a reliable professional network,
  3. a portfolio of work (something, anything),
  4. increased business acumen,
  5. leadership skills,
  6. cross-domain troubleshooting abilities (software/hardware/network troubleshooting),
  7. and an ability to do lateral moves, however painful they might be, to put food on the table without significantly sacrificing our current lifestyles.

All of that crap translates to the following: By the time we hit 40's we shouldn't not be directly competing for the same type of jobs with right-out-of-school kids. Or in more general terms, we should allow ourselves to fall into a situation of having to compete with people 15-20 years our junior.

If we are, then we didn't pay attention to our career development. I saw this in earnest because I spent (wasted) a good chunk of my mid-career years being happy as a "code warrior", disdainfully avoiding any opportunities to take greater responsibilities or broadening my professional and technical horizons. I wasn't being lazy as I would happily clock 60/70 hours "just coding". I was just being ignorant (and ignorance is bliss, right?)

It wasn't until I had people depending on me that I realize how stupid and dangerous that is. We do not get any younger, and we must have something to show from all those years of experience (show something other than coding abilities.)

I oppose age discrimination on principle (and any kind of discrimination unrelated to reasonable work requirements - working more for less is not a reasonable working requirement.)

But I see too many people resting on their laurels expecting to retire doing the same shit they have been doing for the last 20-30 years. That *dream* started to get shattered when the Japanese started beating the crap of American manufacturing 30-40 years ago.

Some people really hadn't gotten the memo yet.

Comment: Re:/.er bitcoin comments are the best! (Score 3, Interesting) 250

by luis_a_espinal (#49587749) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy

..which, from TFA it is - an act of economic desperation. Their currency loses 25% per year and trying to convert it to dollars takes time and huge fees - losing roughly 30%. If bitcoin provides a better, faster arbitrage, then it is, in this case, a more "reliable store of value."

I think it's more of a damning comment on Argentinian currency rather than a spotlight on the quality and fungibility of bitcoins.

Or it could be seen also as a spotlight of bitcoins as a tool to preserve wealth in a free-falling economy.

Comment: Re:Free Markets 101 (Score 1) 88

by luis_a_espinal (#49586467) Attached to: White House Outsources K-12 CS Education To Infosys Charity

The US preaches free markets to the rest of the world, yet the IT programmers there seem to think they are entitled to a monopoly on jobs. I thought free market capitalism was about open market and prices based on demand-supply. Why are IT workers so threatened by this? Is it insecurity about their skills or ability to compete?

Why won't India allow Walmart to open stores in India?

Stop trying to make sense to these sock puppets. It is like trying to teach math to a coconut.

Comment: I have a bridge to sell (Score 1) 88

by luis_a_espinal (#49586453) Attached to: White House Outsources K-12 CS Education To Infosys Charity

By law, H1-B's earn at least $60K.

By law, H1-Bs can only come for jobs that cannot be filled with the local work force. By law, they cannot replace working locals. But shit, guess what happens? Do you think H1-B visa holders are actually compensated fairly by Infosys and the like?

I have a bridge to sell, and a bottle of snake oil to boot. Let me know if you are interested.

Comment: You Don't Know What You Are Talking About (Score 3, Insightful) 88

by luis_a_espinal (#49586435) Attached to: White House Outsources K-12 CS Education To Infosys Charity

The US preaches free markets to the rest of the world

Let me stop you right there from continuing with this stupid-as-shit line of thinking. Certain interest groups in the US preach free markets to the world. That doesn't imply "The US preaches free markets" or whatever shit else these interest groups try to peddle.

, yet the IT programmers there seem to think they are entitled to a monopoly on jobs.

Like almost anywhere else. You don't see engineering in general (and IT in particular) being offshored en-mass in, say, Japan and Germany, do you? I've never been in Germany, but I have been in Japan. So I can claim with some certainty that what I'm saying here holds.

There is also the rule of the law. The law says that H1-B visas are for jobs where companies have a hard time filling in with local talent (be them US workers, or foreign workers with a permanent residence status.)

It is not a replacement of US citizens and legal residents with temporary visa workers to lower costs. That is a violation of the law. In any other country, that would warrant an immediate investigation by a department of labor. Not here, and that is stupid.

And people thinking that we should not investigate (when every other country would), those people are either stupid, obtuse or disingenuous.

I thought free market capitalism was about open market and prices based on demand-supply.

And it is... within the definintion/demarcation of an economy. Any nation that does not treat its economy as a national asset of strategic value is an stupid nation that deserves whatever gets coming.

Look at China, India, Japan, Germany, and so on. They all have specific protections in place according to whatever they consider strategic or vital.

It is only in the US that private enterprises (and politicians in their pockets) who do not think that way. As long as profit is made, the nation as a whole can go screw itself.

Why are IT workers so threatened by this? Is it insecurity about their skills or ability to compete?

Do you understand the meaning of "begging the question"?

There is no competition when locals are being replaced without even giving a chance to compete, being replaced completely and unilaterally with cheaper labor in contradiction of what the law says.

And this just doesn't affect US citizens. It also affects legal residences. I've seen with my own eyes India workers with permanent resident status getting replaced with H1-B visas. So it is not just a question of talent and competition. It is a disingenuous violation of the law.

Not only that, the H1-B abuse is heavily slanted towards India workers and consulting firms? Why?

If we are going to get inundated and replaced by H1-B workers, let them be more diverse, from Russia, China, Africa, and LATAM, not just India. This is the biggest problem I have with abuses of the H1-B program. It artificially skews one of most profitable segments of our economy towards a specific foreign nationality.

The country as it is has a history of racial segmentation. There is no need to make that problem even worse.

Comment: Re:lol, Rand sucking up to the dorks (Score 1) 206

What does punishment achieve? Makes people feel a bit better? The crime has been done: The focus of the justice system should be on minimizing future crimes, and punishment should be regarded only as a tool towards that end. Not a means to satisfy some perverse public desire to see others suffer so they can feel like some scales have been balanced.

I wonder how this applies to a victim of rape, or say, child molestation.

Comment: Re:And the point is? (Score 1) 64

by luis_a_espinal (#49519093) Attached to: If Earth Never Had Life, Continents Would Be Smaller

I mean, really now. What's the point of this article?

. If the sun were ten times hotter, there wouldn't be life on Earth.

If humans needed to breathe in methane instead of oxygen, there wouldn't be humans on Earth.

See, I can play the game as well....

This is a prime example of an individual who doesn't get the meaning and purpose of science and the pursuit of knowledge.

Comment: Re:Ehhh What ? (Score 1) 157

Incorrect. Abstract mathematical objects are not "encoded within the observable universe"

Sure they are. The set of concepts that humans can conceive are those which human brains, either directly or through tools like computers, can handle. Human brains evolved in the context usually called "the observable universe", so all concepts - including but not limited to abstract mathematical objects - we can think about are encoded within it, just in a real roundabout way. In other words, you can not know anything that isn't encoded in your causal past; even the very notion of abstraction only exists because it's inherent in the physical universe to such a degree that evolution encoded the principle into your brain.

And besides, the notion that math is supernatural - something that exists above physical reality, independent of it - is an unproven and probably unprovable assertion.

You are confusing mathematics with the metalanguage we use to describe them.

Comment: Re:School technology (Score 1) 99

What's fucked up is that when i was in grade school (25 years ago) they were still using Ditto machines (70 years after its invention) despite Xerography machines being widely available (and having been around for 60 years).

There is nothing fucked up about that. That technology worked on the cheap (compared to Xerography or God forbit, modern laser/inkjet printers.)

Just because it is old, that doesn't mean it is shit. Enter the #2 pencil.

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of space and time. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge