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Comment: Take your losses (Score 1) 581

by operator_error (#49126341) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

The hired help can claim to have been doing their job all along, but it was really hard, what with all that public opposition and all.

Who wants to fight for lobbyist's interests when the cause is clearly lost and 4 MILLION AMERICANS WROTE TO VOICE THEIR OPINION DIRECTLY TO THE FCC? But the hired can certainly say they tried hard to serve 'their interests' to those that might come calling in the future.

It is not as if the hired help actually believed they ever served the public's stated interests.

Comment: So Cal Edison Reduces Local Headcount w/ Tata, etc (Score 5, Informative) 175

by operator_error (#49120351) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

Here, let me back up your point with last week's news from the LA Times:

"Michael Hiltzik of The Los Angeles Times reports that Southern California Edison, the local electrical utility, has let go of 500 IT employees by outsourcing jobs to Tata and Infosys who are top users/abusers of the U.S. H1-B visa process; 400 So Cal employees were laid off and 100 'left voluntarily', many with decades of experience. As indicative of a trend this has now become, last year Minnesota-based agribusiness behemoth Cargill said it would outsource as many as 900 IT jobs to Tata.
 
These employees perform the crucial work of installing, maintaining and managing Edison's computer hardware and software for functions as varied as payroll and billing, dispatching and electrical load management across Edison's vast power generating and electric transmission network. The workers I interviewed are in their 50s or 60s and have spent decades serving as loyal Edison employees.
 
"They told us they could replace one of us with three, four, or five Indian personnel and still save money," one laid-off Edison worker told me, recounting a group meeting with supervisors last year. "They said, 'We can get four Indian guys for cheaper than the price of you.' You could hear a pin drop in the room."
 
They're not the sort of uniquely creative engineering aces that high-tech companies say they need H-1B visas to hire from abroad, or foreign students with master's degrees or doctorates from U.S. universities who also can be employed under the H-1B program. They're experienced systems analysts and technicians for whom these jobs have been stairways from the working class to five- or six-figure middle-class incomes. Many got their training at technical institutes or from Edison itself.
 
This worker and the half-dozen others I interviewed asked to remain anonymous because their severance packages forbid them to speak disparagingly about the company."

+ - By Hiring Tata and Infosys, So Cal Edison Reduces Local Headcount

Submitted by operator_error
operator_error (1363139) writes "Michael Hiltzik of The Los Angeles Times reports that Southern California Edison, the local electrical utility, has let go of 500 IT employees by outsourcing jobs to Tata and Infosys who are top users/abusers of the U.S. H1-B visa process; 400 So Cal employees were laid off and 100 'left voluntarily', many with decades of experience. As indicative of a trend this has now become, last year Minnesota-based agribusiness behemoth Cargill said it would outsource as many as 900 IT jobs to Tata.

These employees perform the crucial work of installing, maintaining and managing Edison's computer hardware and software for functions as varied as payroll and billing, dispatching and electrical load management across Edison's vast power generating and electric transmission network. The workers I interviewed are in their 50s or 60s and have spent decades serving as loyal Edison employees.

"They told us they could replace one of us with three, four, or five Indian personnel and still save money," one laid-off Edison worker told me, recounting a group meeting with supervisors last year. "They said, 'We can get four Indian guys for cheaper than the price of you.' You could hear a pin drop in the room."

They're not the sort of uniquely creative engineering aces that high-tech companies say they need H-1B visas to hire from abroad, or foreign students with master's degrees or doctorates from U.S. universities who also can be employed under the H-1B program. They're experienced systems analysts and technicians for whom these jobs have been stairways from the working class to five- or six-figure middle-class incomes. Many got their training at technical institutes or from Edison itself.

This worker and the half-dozen others I interviewed asked to remain anonymous because their severance packages forbid them to speak disparagingly about the company."

Comment: Re:Network layer and education (Score 1) 256

by operator_error (#49105105) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Parental Content Control For Free OSs?

Good point and I am otherwise inclined to agree with you except for one thing: kid's tastebuds and their general sense of taste is nothing like ours. By the time you are an adult, a good percentage of of the sense of taste you had when you were growing up is already lost. This is why infants do best on extremely bland blended peas and such. The GP makes a strong argument from experience.

Speaking for myself, my mother smoked until I was 7 years of age. When I was about 5, I distinctly remember pestering her to try smoking myself, and (surprise!) I don't smoke and never have. On the other hand I know a guy with kids who has always smoked a lot in his house while his kids were growing up the whole time, and he once tried my advice. His problem was the kids were already so used to household smoke and they were already a bit older, and they could actually deal with the smoke, sadly. And those kids are adults now and I know at least 1 (of 2) of them smoke.

+ - An Evidence-Based Approach to Online Dating

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Rachel Nuwer writes in the NYT that Dr. Sameer Chaudhry’s online dating persona was garnering no response from the women he reached out to so he synthesized 86 literature studies on the subject of online dating in the fields of psychology, sociology, and computer, behavioral, and neurocognitive sciences.in hopes of improving his odds. As it turns out, success begins with picking a user name. While men are drawn to names linked to physical traits (e.g., Cutie), the researchers found, women prefer ones that indicate intelligence (e.g., Cultured). Both sexes respond well to playful names (e.g. Fun2bwith) and shy away from ones with negative connotations (e.g., Bugg). User names that begin with letters from the first half of the alphabet do better than those from the latter half. “As human beings, we have a tendency to give things at the top of a pile more value,” says Khan. As for your profile photo, pick a photo with a genuine smile, one that crinkles the eyes, and with a slight head tilt (it’s linked to attractiveness). And if you’re looking for a male partner, go for that photo of you in siren red—a color that enhances men's attraction to women. "For those attracted to browse into the profile, a description of personal traits increased likeability when it: showed who the dater was and what they were looking for in a 70:30 ratio; stayed close to reality; and employed simple language with humor added. Invitations were most successful in obtaining a response from the potential date when they: were short personalized messages addressing a trait in their profile; rhymed with their screen name or headline message; and extended genuine compliments." And finally, don't wait too long before arranging a face to face meeting."

Comment: Re:ASUS still trendy (Score 2) 70

by operator_error (#49104397) Attached to: Intel Core M Enables Lower Cost Ultrabooks; Asus UX305 Tested

For the last 10 years, I've mainly only purchased ASUS motherboards, netbooks, monitors, and the occasional router. ASUS is truly massive and makes a lot of good stuff for a long time already. During the netbook era it looked like they were gonna hedge heavily on Linux, then Microsoft leaned on them heavily and they reversed course.

http://www.computerworld.com/a...

My ASUS EEE 10" netbook is fantastic with Ubuntu & Kodi, still, and I paid about $250 for it ages ago.

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