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Comment Simple solution (Score 5, Insightful) 284

As there is currently more visa applications than available visas, the solution can be very simple. Instead of lottery as it is done now, I would simply give visas to companies that plan to pay the highest salary. That would make companies to raise salaries if they really need applicants. That would also solve problems with definition of "prevailing wage" etc.

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 320

As a citizen of Serbia, I can confirm you that economic prosperity won't prevent countries from going to war. EU is much more than economy and it is fundamental to long-term peace in Europe. What I recall was when former Yugoslavia has just solved most of the economic problems it had in 80's, and new wealth *did not* prevent its constituent republics to go to extremely bloody war. You have no idea how easily you can fool people.

Comment Re: Problem with Samsung ... (Score 1) 80

I stand corrected. But I think that you still overvalue Apple's creativity regarding iPods. From my point of view, the real thing was how Apple has changed digital music selling model. iPod, no matter that it was sold in millions, was not revolutionary in any way. It was just the same thing made slightly better. Even that is doubtful - my cousin had two iPods replaced; my friend got hers shipped with Windows virus ( If MS would do something like that it would be at cover page of NY Times, as it was Apple, it was not even a news.

Comment Re:Obligatory reading (Score 1) 419

It's amazing how much time and effort goes into scaring people about nuclear disasters instead of coming up with safe and reliable reactor and educating people about radiation.

The worst thing is that we are now practically forbidden to install new models of reactors. As a result, we continue operating old type of reactors way longer than they should have been used. Also, we continue to use coal. And it is the worst possible coal, that is full of heavy metals and it spreads way more radioactive material than proper nuclear plant (which emits none).

Comment Re:Obligatory reading (Score 2) 419

I've read somewhere that radiation detectors often alarm in ports because of bananas. Bananas are rich in potassium, which is slightly more radioactive than average matter. Which is quite impressive - we have developed really precise sensors. But most of the people would understood this as a proof that we have developed really radioactive bananas.

Actually, eating one banana per day increases your risk of getting a cancer as much as smoking half of a cigarette per year. Of course, getting potassium is good thing and eating banana a day is recommended as it decreases your chances of getting sick. But even supposedly well-educated people will get confused when comparing the odds like this.

Comment Re: Design flaw? (Score 1) 72

They generally were willing to sacrifice performance for ease of production and quantity

Generally, it is easy to get into situation where a few percent in performance improvement can make your cost double. E.g. current jet fighters, tanks. Or even better example - medical treatments. And at the end its old F-16 or cefalexin that gets the most of the job done.

Comment There's no point to do so (Score 1) 429

I've seen recently on LinkedIn that two of my ex-colleagues got promoted to "senior" positions in their new companies. The trouble is that neither of them has three years of experience. I've looked at the open positions at those companies, and indeed, they both advertize "senior" software developer positions and require only two years of experience. So I certainly could not get a job there - with my 15 years of experience, what would I be in their company? A jedi master?

What is worrying me is that in "regulated" industries, like electrical engineering, after two years of experience you would be happy if they would allow you to take the "state exam" to get the license. And what is especially worrying is that you need to pass a serious exam just to be licensed to design house electrical installations, which is actually not too complicate. But that also explains why house installations don't kill people every minute and why is typical software so buggy.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long