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Comment Re:Time for unions! (Score 1) 220

have to leave the country to renew the visa etc etc

But you only have to renew the visa if you leave the country.

Confused? The visa in the passport is not directly connected to being lawfully in the U.S. If your petition expires, the employer can file for an extension. If the petition is extended, the alien is legally present, despite having an expired visa. The visa is only relevant when applying for admission in a port of entry (read: when coming back to the U.S. from a foreign trip).

In short, if the alien is not planning any trips abroad, the visa expire without any problem.

Comment Re:Corrupt politicians (Score 1) 251

How fortunate for these candidates opponents who will soon be receiving contributions in response.

Yes, especially since he was elected with a staggering 50,188 votes, with his opponent receiving 40,220 votes (source). So, less than 10.000 farmers in California got him his seat. Shouldn't be too difficult to get him out at his next election.

Comment Re:Not justified (Score 1) 137

Substantial resources? Seriously? That's a basic shell script to run a bunch of DNS resolutions and then add the addresses into an existing Firewall drop policy. That's sys/net management 100 level stuff.

You have no clue what you are talking about.

Hundreds of thousands of websites can share an IP address.

The only way to properly block a particular website is by intercepting the protocols (HTTP and HTTPS, by forcing SNI) and then permit or deny access. And that will definitely need a substantial amount of resources.

Comment Re: Sounds nicely balanced... (Score 1) 331

You have obviously never been part of a union, or are even willing to consider them.

I have been part of one. One that was run by babyboomers and that made sure that babyboomers could still benefit from babyboomer benefits. One that made it difficult for me to get a promotion because it had to be cleared by the union first. One that made it difficult to run a company because they felt that they needed to be involved.

Unions suck. Industry associations rule.

Comment Re:Not all H1B positions are equal (Score 1) 331

Yes, working for a sexy brand my get folks to accept a slightly lower salary offer

On the contrary. Those brands usually offer better compensation packages.

I remember the first time I get recruited by a headhunter. When I asked how the salary negotiations would go, his reply was simple: "usually, negotiations are not necessary".

He was right.

Comment Re:Sounds nicely balanced... (Score 3, Insightful) 331

Should have listened when some of us were calling for unionization to help restore some semblance of a balance of power.

No thanks. Unions only advocate on their own behalfs. Unions are bad for the tech industry.

I don't need a union to take money out of my paycheck under the cover of "mandatory union dues". In normal language, that's called theft, or racketeering.

Comment Re:License Plates and registrations ... (Score 1) 223

Your kit plane needs an airworthiness certificate. Your pilot need a pilots certificate. Your plane will seen on radar without a transponder.

Yes, you are totally right on that. But that was not my point.

My point is that very few people will be able to stop me from going airborne in my home-built aircraft without any registration, certification or me having any flight experience. Just as the FAA can't stop an unregulated UAV to be flown. It can only fine people after the fact.

And while my theoretical plane can be seen on radar without a transponder, if I'm in uncontrolled airspace outside of a mode C area, nobody will do anything about it.

Comment Re: Without government... (Score 0) 471

But the Netherlands is a pretty regulated country

Not it is not. It is an overly regulated country. On the other hand, "country" is a bit overrated for this little dent in Germany.

Which reminds me of what an old preacher once said: "and as a finishing touch, God took a huge crap and created the Dutch".

Comment Re:The engineers knew what was happening (Score 1) 618

Bonuses? For engineers? Must be a German thing; we don't have anything like that in America these days. Those days ended with the dot-com implosion.

You'r either in the wrong line of work or working for the wrong company. I had my Q1 and Q2 bonuses paid out at 115% and 125% after surpassing company expectations.

Comment Re:The engineers knew what was happening (Score 1) 618

Management may have ordered the crime but the engineers were the ones that carried it out.

How about management did not order anything? How about engineers were trying to keep the engine within EPA standards so they would receive their bonuses? Not a single manager would need to know this if a small group of engineers (two, maybe three) decided to conspire in order to make their bonus targets.

Not all managers are bad, and it only takes a few rogue engineers to insert something like this. If an engineer is skilled enough to cheat on stuff like this, he or she is probably skilled enough to obscure the evidence and hide it from peers or co-workers.

And don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming anyone. All I'm saying is that I read a lot of armchair investigation here, from people who don't know the facts. At this time everything is possible, from a direct order from the CEO, to a rogue engineer.

Comment Re:Uh, okay (Score 1) 142

I believe it was the NYT (but it could have been the WSJ or one of those other big pappers) was sued in Melbourne, Australia for defemation (or libel, I forget and can't be bothered Googling) for making statements about an Australian man. They successfully argued jurisdiction due to having Australian digital subscribers.

That may be fine on the island of prisoners, but that doesn't make any judgment enforcable in the U.S.

I hate jurisdiction shopping, but I do think that the laws of where you live/are incorporated probably should apply as much as the ones where the person committing the act is.

Which in this case both are in the U.S.

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