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Comment: Re:no... just no..er, yes? (Score 1) 254

by sabri (#49506405) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

Fuck them

Yes, totally agree. Line all of them up against a wall in Utah please.

and fuck the attendant, who is probably complicit in the scheme.

Disagree there. The attendant is most likely a minimum wage working hanging on to a job to make a living. I don't think a lot of people would like to have that job. That worker did not deserve that treatment. The attack was not aimed at the company or even at the fact that a car was being towed, but merely to humiliate someone in a low-income job who is most likely struggling to meet ends (otherwise, why take such a shitty job?). All out of sheer frustration.

Being nicer would probably have helped a lot more. I had a similar experience the other day. A company did something I did not like, in fact, I was more than pissed. I called the company and before a started my rant, I told the person on the other line: "I know you're only picking up the phone so what I'm about to say is nothing personal. BUT I AM PISSED LIKE CRAZY FOR COMPANY XYZ TO DO ABC". She totally understood ("yes sir, I'd be quite upset as well), and fixed the problem on the spot, apologized on behalf of the company and sent an internal note to prevent this from happening again.

Comment: Re: Must example set of him (Score 1) 629

This kid's parents aren't too bright either

I agree, but for a different reason.

I would have threatened to sue the school for the lack of proper information security. If teachers are allowed to use their last name as their password and type it out in front of students then something is severely wrong and it has to be assumed that a data breach has already happened undetected.

Comment: Re:About time. (Score 1) 407

Your numbers may be in in the correct ballpark, but they overstate the real numbers. Firstly, I don't think that the full quota was used when the H1-B program started. Secondly, some H1-Bs went home. Others may have gone home for a year or more and come back to the USA on a new H1-B (don't discount this, I did it and I know many others who also did). Finally, many of those former H1-B workers may not work in tech any more

Totally fair comments. My goal was not to say that you are wrong, but to point out that a significant amount of the current tech force may come from oversees. One thing that rarely gets mentioned in the H1-B discussion but should be included is the amount of L1s that are working in the tech industry. For L1s it is more difficult to displace US workers as they are already working for the same company, but with an L1-A it is extremely easy to get a green-card so the chances of actual displacements are higher.

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 1) 442

This is exactly the problem with most Americans.

I'm not American.

You simply judge people based on their "Grammar" and write them off!

Yes. If someone is unable to properly write English, I write them off indeed.

Care to think that English might not be everyone's mother tongue?

Yes. In fact, it is not mine either. But at least I scored 115 points on the TOEFL-IBT.

How many languages do you know anyway, for you to judge anyone else's speaking/writing ability?

Four, to be exact. English is one of them.

Jesus!

I'm sorry, I do not believe in imaginary friends.

Comment: Re:About time. (Score 1) 407

Everyone says they have masses of H1B's, but only 100-150 thousand are issued per year. I actually wonder if many confuse every foreign worker as H1B's? I know where I work people on Slashdot have commented that 30-50% of people here are H1B's when I know for a fact it is actually less than 1%, they seem to label everyone that originated from a foreign country as being in the US on H1B's

According to this source, the H1-B program as it is today started in 1990. Since then, the visa cap fluctuated between 65,000 and 195,000 per year. Let's take an average of 85,000 and we're talking about 85,000 times 25 years which equals 2,125,000. That's 2.1 million.

According to this source. The total number of tech jobs in the U.S. in 2012 was 3,951,730.

So ~50% of tech workers could have come in under the H1-B program which, as you might know, is dual intent and allows for the application of permanent residence.

+ - The Courage of Bystanders Who Press 'Record'

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com writes: Robinson Meyer writes in The Atlantic that in the past year, after the killings of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, many police departments and police reformists have agreed on the necessity of police-worn body cameras. But the most powerful cameras aren’t those on officer’s bodies but those wielded by bystanders. We don’t yet know who shot videos of officer officer, Michael T. Slager, shooting Walter Scott eight times as he runs away but "unknown cameramen and women lived out high democratic ideals: They watched a cop kill someone, shoot recklessly at someone running away, and they kept the camera trained on the cop," writes Robinson. "They were there, on an ordinary, hazy Saturday morning, and they chose to be courageous. They bore witness, at unknown risk to themselves."

“We have been talking about police brutality for years. And now, because of videos, we are seeing just how systemic and widespread it is,” tweeted Deray McKesson, an activist in Ferguson, after the videos emerged Tuesday night. “The videos over the past seven months have empowered us to ask deeper questions, to push more forcefully in confronting the system.” The process of ascertaining the truth of the world has to start somewhere. A video is one more assertion made about what is real concludes Robinson. "Today, through some unknown hero’s stubborn internal choice to witness instead of flee, to press record and to watch something terrible unfold, we have one more such assertion of reality."

+ - The Key to Interviewing at Google->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster writes: Wired has an excerpt from a new book of Google-centric workplace advice, written by Laszlo Bock, the search-engine giant’s head of “People Operations” (re: Human Resources). In an interesting twist, Bock kicks off the excerpt by describing the brainteaser questions that Google is famous for tossing at job candidates as “useless,” before suggesting that some hiring managers at the company might still use them. (“Sorry about that,” he offered.) Rather than ask candidates to calculate the number of golf balls that can fit inside a 747 (or why manhole covers are round), Google now runs its candidates through a battery of work-sample tests and structured interviews, which its own research and data-crunching suggest is best at finding the most successful candidates. Google also relies on a tool (known as qDroid), which automates some of the process—the interviewer can simply input which job the candidate is interviewing for, and receive a guide with optimized interview questions. It was only a matter of time before people got sick of questions like, "Why are manhole covers round?"
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Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 2) 442

hey dont worry dude , even if they wher giving me a H-1B on a gold platter i wouldn't take it as it basically would put me in indentured servitude not tbeing able to change employer thus not being able to properly negociate for wage , my employer has me working on assets in the states without having me to cross borders , H-1B is nothing less then modern soft slavery

Trust me, with your writing skills, not a single employer will consider you for a position. There is no space before a comma, and sentences generally do not start with a lowercase character.

Comment: Re:Just recycle the energy! (Score 3, Insightful) 221

by sabri (#49207789) Attached to: New Concept Tire Could Recharge Car Battery

Takeoff and landing are easy to the point where a computer can do it. You don't have to have any human interaction at all in those events. Many aircraft are already capable of automatic landing.

That's exactly what the crew of Asiana thought when they landed at SFO :)

You will still need a pilot who understands aviation in case the computer fails.

Comment: Re:I hate online classes. (Score 2) 85

by sabri (#49205907) Attached to: Inside Minerva, a Silicon Valley Bid To Start an Elite College Online

In-person back-and-forth interaction with the teacher is faster than online interaction. But one advantage of online over in-person is that you can ask questions any time, not just during the teacher's office hours.

In an ed2go.com class, you can discuss the homework online, but not the test questions. You can post your code online, and the teacher (and sometimes a student) will tell you what your mistake was. I've taken lots of classes from them. I was happy with most (not all) of my class's teachers.

I graduated from Western Governors University last year and got my master's degree. Everything was online, with the exception of the graduation party.

Teachers were just a phone call or e-mail away. And because they did not have to attend any classes either, they were usually *always* available. Some of them even in the weekends (since that's when most people study, next to their daytime jobs) until the late hours.

I did a two year program in less than 18 months. Try that with your traditional on-campus university.

Comment: Re:Why Force Your Children to Live in the Past? (Score 2, Interesting) 734

by sabri (#49194241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

move to sweden. Have fun with that 75% tax.

This. Exactly This.

Stay in Europe, and you won't be paying US taxes effectively, due to the foreign tax credits. Yes, you'll have to file a tax return every year, but that's not extremely difficult, especially if you don't have to pay any taxes. Taxes are significantly higher in most of Europe.

I faced a more or less similar choice a few years ago. Me and the misses were in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa, and my wife was about to deliver. We could have chosen to deliver outside of the U.S. and avoid U.S. citizenship for my daughter. We chose to give birth in the U.S. so out little peanut would have dual (actually triple) citizenship. She will always be free to work in both the E.U. as well as the U.S. without any immigrant processing. She can choose to attend U.S. college, or European.

We reckoned that the simple fact that she would have to file a tax return every year would be an acceptable cost of all the benefits.

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say. (Score 4, Informative) 117

by sabri (#49194163) Attached to: Harrison Ford's Plane Crashes On Golf Course

Harrison is such a badass that he survived the crash and was awake and alert when he was taken to hospital.

Looking at the pictures, he glided the aircraft to an open field and landed without the landing gear. This picture shows the cockpit intact, as well as the skidmarks from the belly-first landing.

Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. If the aircraft is still serviceable afterwards, it was an excellent landing.

This was definitely a good landing :)

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