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Comment: That's the company that Nortel unwillingly built. (Score 1) 108

by sethstorm (#49334285) Attached to: IBM Will Share Tech With China To Help Build IT Industry There

Huawei is not only selling networking gear but quickly becoming an all-encompassing IT behemoth with only two problems to solve in order to be the one-and-only, neither of which will last forever: bad press in international markets and a too slowly growing (for Huawei's pace) internal market.

For nations that have seen the truth (US and Australia), they've rightfully limited their presence.

Currently the likes of IBM have only two clear paths: join ventures with Chinese companies (no other way to get into China), get the money today and hope for the better for tomorrow, or not going into China and just perish in ten to fifteen years -oh! and still letting go today's money to other companies that go with option 'A'.

There's a third option - survive by using a combination of influence over the US(to handle Door A folks) and business strategy to minimize the Chinese threat.

Comment: No, that's Environmentalists Gone Wild. (Score 1) 282

by sethstorm (#49334253) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

American designs don't sell.

The folks at Chrysler-Fiat would like to have a word with you, accentuated with the growl of an engine with all cylinders present.

People don't like huge ugly cars with poor cornering and badly fitting parts made of inferior materials and they prefer their cars to actually fit in parking spots.

Well, people don't like being duped about important aspects of the car, such as the engine. Faked audio and turbochargers won't make up for an underpowered car.

If Ford would try to sell their American models elsewhere in the world they would go bankrupt.

The environmental laws over there are to blame.

Comment: Those are 2nd-tier solutions. (Score 1) 362

by sethstorm (#49307739) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

Various motherboard vendors already cater to the BYO crowd

Portable devices from traditionally locked down platforms don't really have that option. For those that do exist, they're usually built with older/low-end parts.

Plus that young student could run Linux in a VM on the locked down Windows box

That doesn't help when the issue requires direct hardware access.

Or they could hack around on some non-PC device like a Raspberry Pi.

See my first point. The Raspberry Pi is a 2nd-tier device that has still-unresolved USB issues.

Comment: Re:Perhaps he sees the writing on the wall in Russ (Score 1) 671

by sethstorm (#49236791) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

I think if he had that in the hands of 3 to 8 trusted individuals the CIA would have agents surrounding him ready to take a bullet. He'd be safer than the president.

The more realistic scenario is that the individuals tasked with bringing him in or taking him (or any misguided "journalists") out would receive that kind of protection and more.

Perhaps some good citizens would be more than happy to call his bluff and ensure that national security gets taken seriously.

Comment: Before condeming, that includes RTW as well (Score 1) 98

by sethstorm (#49236753) Attached to: Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In-House

Staffing agencies and other forms of contingent employment operate in a manner not unlike labor unions. Unfortunately, it is still possible for a job to require you to sign with one instead of going direct, which RTW prevents with labor unions. With that in mind, applying labor laws to contingent employment, especially RTW, would replace the benefit-dodging incentive with a benefit-providing one.

Comment: Exception, not rule. (Score 1) 98

by sethstorm (#49194915) Attached to: Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In-House

I've only had good experience with staffing agencies.

That's a rarer bird than a good full-time job. Realistically, the only enitity that has any good experience is the agency itself.

Because it's easy for them to let you go, that means they're also more willing to take risks in hiring you. I was able to get a job really fast right out of college with one, which helped establish my new skill set. Few people want to permanently hire somebody with a degree and no experience because it's too easy to find somebody who is a dud, even if they have a 4.0 GPA like I did.

This is a bigger reason why staffing agencies should be subject to the same laws as labor unions - even if it means that joining a staffing agency isn't a condition for accepting work at a given organization. If it really is about "flexibility" and not benefit-dodging "disposability", then they would welcome the challenge of competing with better forms of work.

The IT/tech world doesn't take well to third party representation, whether it is a staffing agency or a labor union - for the same reasons.

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