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Comment: Re:This Just In! (Score 3, Insightful) 93

by sabri (#47784939) Attached to: How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

Because you can't have the government competing with them in an area that they might, someday, begin to consider serving.

There is only one reason for the government to step in: make it easier for smaller ISPs to start shop. I'd love to start a small ISP in my area, but it is practically impossible.

+ - Cooling canals at Turkey Point nuclear power plant still too hot->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "Florida Power & Light needs millions more gallons of freshwater to manage cooling canals that keep two nuclear reactors at Turkey Point from overheating, company officials said in an emergency request to the South Florida Water Management District.

The hot canals do not pose a safety risk, federal regulators have said, but they have forced the utility to dial back operations over the scorching summer.

So with the heat showing no sign of easing, could brownouts be far off?

“We have record electricity demand and what we’re doing is taking proactive action to make sure we can effectively manage the situation in an environmentally responsible way while maintaining reliability for our customers,” said FPL spokesman Michael Waldron.

To cool the canals, the Water Management District on Thursday authorized pumping up to 100 million gallons of water a day from a nearby canal system, but only if it doesn’t take too much water stored for Everglades restoration. The canals carry freshwater to Biscayne Bay and tamp down salinity, which can fuel algae blooms and harm marine life.

The 100 million gallons would be in addition to 14 million gallons a day from the Floridan aquifer that water managers approved in June, after high temperatures threatened to shut down the reactors."

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+ - How to Survive H1B Displacement

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "So it looks like I'm going to be displaced by an H1B. I've been in IT / enterprise admin for some 20 years. I wont go into all of the details but its pretty clear that not only do I get the pleasure of losing my job, my employer is trying to trick me into training this guy before they sack me. The upside is that I caught on to whats happening and this person is actually not too bright. Today, he asked me to explain why when he opens an EBCDIC file with notepad.exe there are funny characters.

Anyway, I know I'm not the first and I won't be the last. I figure I have about 90 days since that persons hire date before they can pull my plug without getting sued. US labor law doesn't give much protection. Most likely there will be no package. So Slashdot -> what does one do when such a situation arises?"

Comment: Re: The worrisome part (Score 1) 233

by sabri (#47757977) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

So fuck you California. It's one thing if you dumb liberals infect your own state. It's another if you have a chilling effect on the entire US (and perhaps even around the world).

Nobody forces cellphone vendors to manufacture phones for the California market. They are free to sell their phones elsewhere. Only the future will tell whether or not vendors will comply with the state law or just choose to sell their phones elsewhere.

One example of this would be California's CARB compliance crap. When I bought a generator a few years ago (are you ready for an earthquake?), I found out that it isn't that simple to just go on Amazon and get one. Noooo, you need one that is specifically made for the California market because some idiot in the air board decided to create additional rules, just for CA.

Secretly I hope that the next Iphone won't have the killswitch and won't be sold in California. Let's see how long the treehuggers are still in control of this State after that.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 807

by sabri (#47757723) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

MS got its market dominance by making a deal with IBM, not by creating a great product. Apple got its market dominance by cultivating an image, not by creating a great product.

...which is a completely irrelevant way to measure quality of the market.

The carriers (read: AT&T, Verizon, Comcast etc) who use carrier grade equipment don't care about market dominance by deals or market dominance by image. They care about what works. Routers are not consumer products.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 807

by sabri (#47752451) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

I've been doing Linux admin in some fashion or another for 20+ years, so in many ways I'm part of the "old guard".

I guess we're part of a similar generation, although I have about 5 years less (started in 1997 with Linux).

The argument about small being better, making programs that do one thing well, etc is a good design element that's worked for years.

This is exactly what I'm talking about. Yes, it has worked for years, and that's why you like it. You (we?) are now that "old generation" that I was referring to, and I'm not about to become a grumpy old admin.

Let me give you another example, which is geared a bit more towards my current profession. In the last couple of years, I worked for two large vendors of networking equipment. Vendor R used your way of doing things: each network protocol has its own daemon. So you end up having ospfd, isisd, bgpd etc. Worked just fine. I also worked for vendor J, who used one big binary: rpd handles just about every routing protocol you can imagine. Is J bad and is R good? According to the market, J is doing very well, while R has been acquired and assimilated by a another company.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 5, Interesting) 807

by sabri (#47751001) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

You got a bunch of "upstarts" who don't know, or don't care, about Linux's roots and want to turn it into something it just never was meant to be

When I was a junior network engineer, I sometimes had to work on (what we now consider ancient) technology such as ATM, Frame Relay and ISDN. I even had my share of IPX/SPX. Back in those days, the experienced network engineers with 20+ years of experience despised Ethernet while complaining about those junior folks who knew nothing about the established technologies. As it turned out, all of them are out of a job now.

Bottom line is, when it comes to technology progress, roots are pretty much irrelevant. I don't care if something has been done like this for 1000 years. If we can find a better way to do it, let's do it.

The question should be whether or not systemd is progress, or an unnecessary burden. History is irrelevant in this case.

Comment: Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (Score 2) 441

by sabri (#47737497) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers


I totally understand your sentiment. However, do remember that these folks already have an approved greencard petition and the only reason that they haven't received it yet is because they are waiting for their priority date to become current.

In theory, the employer has provided evidence to the Department of Labor and USCIS that they have done a reasonable effort to hire a local (citizen or permanent resident) for the job that the alien is performing. DOL and USCIS both approved a petition to grant the alien permanent residency (DOL does PERM, USCIS does I-140). They only thing that they're waiting for is the I-485. Does it still sound reasonable to deport them?

I say "in theory" because we all know that this process is being abused heavily by a subset of greencard-factories (the same ones that take 80% of H1-Bs...)

Comment: Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (Score 4, Informative) 441

by sabri (#47731037) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

H1B is being abused and they know it. It was meant for 1-2 month gigs and they leave. Instead its turned into 6 year stints

Almost true. While you are correct that the H1-B visa in itself is limited to a 6 year maximum stay, the visa can be renewed indefinitely if the holder is the beneficiary of an approved I-140 petition in the 5th year. This means that any H1-B holder can stay on that H1-B for a long time as long as they find someone willing to sponsor their greencard, and they have about 4 years -in the US- to find them.

Reason for this is that there is disconnect between the amount of H1-B visas (which are not limited per country) and amount of greencards (which are limited per country). We all know which country I'm talking about: the folks from India, however you may feel about their presence, are hitting this the most: For each EB category (EB1, EB2, EB3 in general), there are 265 greencards available per month. That's a little over 9500 per year. On the other side is the number of H1-B (and L-1) visa that get allocated to workers chargeable to India. Just for H1-B, that number comes close to 170,000 just for FY2012 (source). Then there are the L1 visa holders, which are uncapped.

So, you end up having ~10k greencards, vs ~200k influx, just for India alone. This means that there is a huge waiting list for people with approved I-140s, but not eligible to file for AOS. What are you going to do with them? Sent them back? Politics chose to let them stay by renewing their H1-B every 1 to 3 years, even after the 6th year.

Comment: Re:Might makes right ? (Score 2) 391

by sabri (#47730879) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

As long as England remains a democratic country, that is ...

The UK is not democratic anymore. It is a Soviet-like police state worse than Orwell predicted. I've said it many times here, and have been marked a troll every time, but at some point the world is going to see that the UK is a plague and a far cry from the heroes they were back in the forties.

Comment: Re:Big Data (Score 1) 181

by sabri (#47715169) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Netflix offered a solution that dropped that transit cost to ZERO

Blatantly not true. Comcast is not paying for transit, they are peering with the transit ISP that Netflix pays. Netflix tried to establish direct peering with Comcast. This means Comcast needs to pay for the operational and capital expense of a port and maintaining the peering relationship. So I'd say it's exactly reversed: Netflix want Comcast to pay for their transit reduction.

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