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Comment: Re: Never assume that ALL your Chinese workers are (Score 1) 100

by mnemotronic (#49750069) Attached to: US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals
Apple and, to be fair, Google & others, want cheaper workers. That's ok. They want to keep costs down. Shareholders agree. They want to artifically control the labor market. That's less ok. They should realize the short-term costs (fines) and longer-term costs (loss of IP).

Comment: Never assume that ALL your Chinese workers are in (Score 1) 100

by mnemotronic (#49734717) Attached to: US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals
Companies really like Chinese engineers. Many are highly degreed, many of those are highly educated, they work hard and they're cheap. Only a few are going to steal IP. If a dedicated Chinese engineer has family back in China there's no way to know what kind of pressure the Chinese govt is going to apply, and, IMHO, it's all about the Chinese govt. Ya pays yer money, ya takes yer chances. I would like to encourage Apple to hire lots of H1Bs from SE Asia.

Comment: Re: Before reading TFA ... (Score 1) 245

by mnemotronic (#48801471) Attached to: PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share
Sounds like browser-native Flash + Actionscript. Multi-platform, no plugins and widely supported. I've never developed for Flash and know nothing about ease-of-use. In any case, capabilities deliverable to the end-user are (sad to say) more important than developer friendliness. If a technology delivers an amazing user experience or a marketing advantage, management will insist that it be used, even if it requires developers to be fitted with face-hugging alien brain-suckers.

Comment: Re: other (Score 1) 162

by mnemotronic (#48773629) Attached to: What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?
My 3D-printed Cowboy Neal sex slave replicant (looks so real!) 3D-printed ammo for my 3D-printed gun i can never has too much fun. 19.2 K PPI display my eyes are going bad but i still wanna play. Scalp stimulation that'll grow me some hair DNA enhancement for my stuff "down there". Christmas buying season starting in June with subliminal messages in every iTune. AT&T going down the tubes followed by TMobile and the rest of the jerks. A mobile phone that doesn't crash & burn An Android OS that actually works.

Comment: Allright! Yet another way for insurance companies (Score 1) 63

by mnemotronic (#47555319) Attached to: UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test
Blood samples are already a condition of coverage for some insurance. Now prospective employers have a reason for doing the same. Not that either would ever reject anyone on the grounds that they might have health issues. No, they were rejected because a better candidate was found. Nine months later. Question is, would they alert the applicant of the findings? If they did that and the person didn't know someone might put 2 and 2 together. Can you imagine being told by the HR email robot that you weren't selected for the job. Oh and by the way you've got cancer.

Comment: Gamable by design (Score 1) 100

by mnemotronic (#47489149) Attached to: New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation
"Reputation" is a digital artifact that can be manufactured and manipulated. I'd hate to think my payckeck was dependent on my Slashdot Karma times number of Linked/In connections times Stackfault rep. Why not base it on something objective but equally irrelevant like height or nosehair count. Just not size of woowoo.

If it's working, the diagnostics say it's fine. If it's not working, the diagnostics say it's fine. - A proposed addition to rules for realtime programming