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Comment: Re:I agree. (Score 1) 624

by phorm (#49588443) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

With that, there comes statements like this
"He trained his replacement"

IF you're hiring contractors from a respectable/knowledgeable company, why the F*** would you need to train them. This is what happens when they bring in a company that is *cheap* to clean out existing staff.

I didn't see any note in the article as to what company was supplying the H1-B workers. I wouldn't be surprised if it's a shell created specifically for/by Disney.

Comment: Workarounds (Score 1) 624

by phorm (#49588413) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

Yeah, so these probably did some quasi-legal manoeuvring to get around this
a) Created a new position with a different skillset for the H1-B, whose duties happen to overlap (oh, but the old guy/gal wasn't qualified to do X,Y,Z he/she only knew X)
b) Created/hired a third-party/shell company, filled with H1B, and subcontracted the work to it

The latter seems to be popular, these days, then they can say "well, we didn't hire foreign workers, we're just contracting the work to EvilCorp which happens to have mostly H1-B's as employees"

Comment: Re:P.S. (Score 1) 353

by phorm (#49579157) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

Yeah, so basically because the administration wouldn't give him a pass to drop the bad students, he said "fuck it, I'm taking my ball home" and tried to fail and screw over everyone (including the good students) so that he didn't have to teach the class anymore.

Such high-quality faculty and administration we have.

Comment: Saturation (Score 1) 170

by phorm (#49577309) Attached to: Verizon Tells Customer He Needs 75Mbps For Smoother Netflix Video

It also depends on how saturated the existing connection is.
IF in the unlikely scenario the guy is already near tapping out his existing 50mbps connection, then adding another 20mbps could improve netflix streaming. For all we know the guy likes to stream netflix while downloading 10 torrents, Steam updates and large ISO files.

Comment: Pay scales (Score 1) 634

by phorm (#49570687) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

So what's the pay scale on "societally meaningful" engineering jobs, because if it's not the same (and quite likely it isn't) we'll just be back to the whole "but it's not equal pay" argument.

The fact is that many "better feeling" jobs tend to come at a cost in regards to monetary compensation.
So if Marshall Eriksen is going to work at a soulless lawyer firm as a shark for hire, he's going to make more money.
But if Marshall Eriksen is going to work in the legal department of an environmental protection company, the pay may not be quite as good.

Similarly, if Jane Doe wants to work at a firm that does the engineering for creating oil rigs, good pay. But if she's building aquifers in Africa or something similar, the pay might be good but not "as good".

But... I bet a lot of comparisons will say "look at how Jane Doe, is making less money as an engineer (at eco-engineering inc) than John Smith, also an engineer (at drill-baby-driill inc)"

Comment: High School (Score 1) 353

by phorm (#49570567) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

This is pretty much a university level prof acting like a High School teacher. A good portion (but not all) of the class was misbehaving, so he failed the lot of them.

That's like "Billy did X so you're all staying in at lunch." That shit wasn't fair in Elementary/Secondary school, and it's sure as hell not acceptable in a venue where students have paid to take the course. Fail the bad students, but don't shit on the ones that were there to learn and not causing issues.

Comment: Fatburger (Score 1) 629

by phorm (#49561493) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Yes, or as my server friend commented on after a late night shift:

A fairly large lady comes in with a friend after a night at the bar. She orders the double-decker cheeseburger, poutined fries with gravy, and a side of apple pie. Then she asks for a "diet coke" and comments "I'm trying to lose weight"

Comment: Re:Blocking ragers/trolls (Score 1) 229

Doesn't make as much sense on Slashdot. Steam is a service that offers a catalogue of games, including some free ones.
Slashdot basically offers one product that's free/ad-supported, and the ability to post is directly tied to that service (not necessarily so the ability to chat/voice-chat in the games).

However, I could see somebody coming who offers a third-party service web-presence validation service. $5 for a validated account, which then could be used to login to others such as Slashdot etc via OpenID or something similar. I would actually be willing to pay for that if it could get past the initial growth hurdles.

Comment: Glyphosate over--use (Score 1) 320

by phorm (#49521439) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

However, it's also gone beyond the original intended purpose (killing weeds), and is used as a desiccant. To make wheat easier to harvest, it is soaked in glyphosate to speed the drying process pre-harvest.
That's convenient for the farmers, but there are a lot of studies showing links between celiac'ism etc and glyphosate overuse. Notably, a lot of people with gluten intolerance seem to be able to eat wheat-products in Europe (where the roundup/glyphosate use is often banned), but get sick when eating it in the US.

Comment: Coffee beans (Score 1) 320

by phorm (#49521399) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

My understanding is that caffeine and other stuff in coffee beans is intended to keep away predators (insects etc).
I've been collecting coffee grounds as adding them to my garden as
a) They add minerals which plants love (phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen, magnesium)
b) For tomatoes, they help keep the tomato bugs away

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".