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Comment: Re:Contact Us (Score 1) 277

by russotto (#47659297) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

I'm not saying that filling out an awkward online form is necessarily a test for a tech job, but it may be... Can you follow directions? Can you restate your prior job responsibilities in a format other than your prepared resume?

I think you're misunderestimating just how bad many of these things are. They aren't just badly designed. They hang, they freeze, they throw ASP errors just before the final submit (or just after, leaving you wondering if it sent or not).

The reason seems obvious: In most cases, the output either goes straight to File 13, or goes to some CYA file and is never actually looked at. They're applications for non-jobs.

Comment: Re:Chinese researchers have said a LOT of stuff. (Score 1) 111

by russotto (#47652587) Attached to: Injecting Liquid Metal Into Blood Vessels Could Help Kill Tumors

I'm going to wait until someone who isn't essentially gambling with their patients' lives without informed consent can review these findings.

Why? Do unethical experiments (by western standards) somehow not work? If we listened to ALL the handwringers we couldn't even experiment on mice, or do nuclear tests on our own planet, and then were would we be?

Comment: Re:Troll (Score 1) 124

by russotto (#47642871) Attached to: John McAfee Airs His Beefs About Privacy In Def Con Surprise Talk

You want to help restore privacy? Start by burning down the Google offices and NSA headquarters.

That won't do anything. Step 1 would be getting CALEA and any similar laws requiring networks to be built in an insecure manner repealed. Once that's done, rebuild telephone and email networks to support easy to use end-to-end encryption. And make sure any storage devices encrypt all data at rest. Any services which require you to store data on a third-party server, or transmit through a third party server, unencrypted (or encrypted with a key outside your control) must be considered less private; that's not the fault of the third parties, that's just a fact.

The idea would be to make bulk collection infeasible, and individual privacy violation difficult enough that the violator does actually have to work at it, and has a good chance of being caught at it.

Comment: Re:and now we just use H-1B they don't complain (Score 2) 268

You can start by not signing another contract that forbids you from discussing your pay with fellow employees. Just that one step down the path towards improving workers rights may be enough for you to see the strength that comes from many united to a common cause.

In the US, it doesn't matter whether I sign such a contract or not. It's not valid.

Comment: Re:And yet (Score 2) 268

Guess what? There is a minimum wage requirement on H1Bs.

Given a lack of standardized job titles, it's easy enough to fudge. Anyway, H1Bs are so dominant in some areas that their salaries set the prevailing wage.

There is a $6,000+ processing fee for H1Bs that act as tarrifs.

Not high enough to be significant.

A local worker can take an H1Bs job away at anytime by meeting the absolute minimum requirement of the job description and the job description must be posted in public at the company.

The first part isn't even true, and in any case the job description typically includes things which work out to "experience in this particular position.

The main problem is that H1B is 90% Indian and Chinese and there is a certain "hate" for such people. Do people ever mean H1B employees from England, Australia, Netherlands etc? Nope. By H1B, they mean Indian and Chinese high tech workers.

You can put the race card down now. About 64% are Indian, 8% Chinese. Do you ever see rooms full of nothing but English H-1B workers, with maybe one token American in sight? How about French? Australian? Japanese? You DO see that with Indian H-1Bs. Why is that, do you think?

Comment: Re:What makes them think this is even possible? (Score 2) 162

by russotto (#47622091) Attached to: US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

It can even be applied to dating. On the first date I offer a marshmallow or if they have the willpower to not eat the marshmallow the promise of sex. So far it's managed to flawlessly protect me from a number of impulsive women.

You're doing it wrong. If you do it right, the response from impulsive women will be to "prove" that they can eat the marshmallow AND have sex with you.

Also the marshmallow test is pretty flawed when used with anyone who has experience. Doesn't matter how much impulse control you have, if promises of delayed gratification have in the past been consistently broken and led to no gratification.

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