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Comment: Re:It will never work (Score 1) 548

by poached (#47283515) Attached to: Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

Girls like to find good mates, like we all do. Is sitting in front of the computer all day and only interacting with socially awkward nerds through IM going to help them? No. Is being a part of a marketing team working on a big marketing project and meeting with clients and co-workers going to help them? Much more so than the former. Making money isn't the end-all-be-all measure of work satisfaction, especially for women. Men are deluded to think that money==power==pussy, but it's much more than that to most women. Otherwise most of us would have incredibly hot wives and girlfriends.

Comment: Anti-competitive behaviors? (Score 3, Interesting) 79

by poached (#47039051) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Travis Kalanick About Startups and Uber

How do you respond to allegations that Uber has engaged in price-fixing for profit and anti-competitive tactics for market share? Examples: Uber forced driver shortage to boost surge pricing, Uber staff making bogus reservations at competitor's service. Is Uber just a big bully? Are you?

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

by poached (#46954159) Attached to: Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

You seem to confirm my theory that it is easier to land a job as a H1-B than as a US citizen.

Could it be that H1-Bs have firmly and thoroughly infiltrated the corporate world that the hiring manager would prefer to hire someone of their race, religion, culture, etc? Or that because of the corporations and managers are willing to shell out the excessive amount of money to hire a foreigner over an American for guaranteed six years of service and no job hopping? Turn overs are expensive. It takes probably one year for someone regardless of background to get completely up to speed. If that person leave at the end of one year, I wouldn't have gotten back my return on investment. But six, and at which point you can hire someone cheaper to start over, sure, that sounds a lot better!

We all know that the white HR team have no say in who the manager decides to hire. The manager at this point in time is more likely going to be a) Indian or b) white but thoroughly believes in saving his own ass by hiring replaceable H1-Bs.

Comment: Re:AWS is NOT cheap (Score 1) 146

by poached (#46758097) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

That's great that your service is 1/4 the cost of AWS, but do you have a data center in Europe that I can run my apps on? How about South America, Asia Pacific? Yeah, it may cost more, but I get to have my apps and services running in all major geographies so that customer can actually have a good experience. Can you provide that kind of service at your current price point?

Comment: Re:Immigration not H1B (Score 1) 325

by poached (#46646149) Attached to: Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

I wish it is a law for H1B employers to disclose the percentage of their company who are on H1B visas. I don't have a problem with foreigners, per se, but I don't trust that the reverse is not true - that those H1Bs are not going to bring their old world rivalries and discrimination against me. Especially with most of the H1Bs coming from the same country, India, there is a strong monoculture forming in these places that I would rather avoid. Interviews don't really tell the whole story because they can always select who they want you to meet during the brief time you have there.

Comment: Two kinds of H1-Bs (Score 2) 325

by poached (#46640661) Attached to: Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

Why do people consistently forget that there are two kinds of H1-Bs and mix them up in the same context all the time.

You have the 65,000 for the foreign workers.
And there is the 20,000 for U.S. educated graduate students.

Facebook, MSFT, Google, etc want the U.S. educated foreigners. They are usually better and are better to work with because they have had 1.5 to 5 years of acclimatization. The 65,000? Run hard if it's one in the 65,000 who also got a U.S. MBA, which just reinforces their "I deserve this" attitude, plundering jobs from the U.S. while hiring more H1-Bs.

We can do without the 65,000.

And even 20,000 might be too much. That's the number of student enrolled in 8 elite Ivy league schools, combined, each year. source

Comment: Re:Cost of transaction processing (Score 2) 455

by poached (#46603205) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

The cost of credit card transactions are nowhere near zero. Transaction processing in any form is not cheap, even at high volumes. There are significant costs for both on the front end (credit card machines + computers + accounting + banking fees), and on the back end (computers, customer service, accounting, security (yeah, ironic I know), billing, payment transaction costs, marketing, and more).

Some of those things you have listed (credit card machines, computers, more computers) are fixed cost and should not be factored into transaction fees, which are a variable cost.

What's strange is why is the fee a percent? It should cost more to process a $10,000 purchase than a $1.59 stick of gun.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.