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Comment: Re:Greenspan's right (Score 1) 516

No, his point was that wealth is relative. For example, to the uneducated, it would appear that you could solve everyone's money problems and make everyone rich simply by printing huge amounts of money and sending everyone a check for a million dollars. Then you would be a nation of millionaires, right? Well technically, yes - but... soon houses that used to be one million dollars would rise in price to a billion dollars or so as people bid against each other. In fact everything would rise in price, meaning that not much would change overall. Then again, what would change is that if you had two people: One with a million dollars, and one with zero dollars, then before the give-away one would be very rich and one would be dirt poor. After the give-away, one would be "normal" and one would have twice as much money as the new "normal" but that would be a lot less rich than he used to be in relative terms. (i.e. he might be in the top 25% now instead of the top 5%). Either way, printing money ends up to cause massive inflation and is a form of taxation. Who benefits depends on where how the money is distributed. That said, the blurb in this "article" is too short to understand what he was actually trying to say. I suppose he thinks that IT workers are overpaid compared to other professions, and thus allowing more H1B workers might possibly lower the average pay and thus help make wages more even? That doesn't make a lot of sense to me either, because then we would have to go searching for the next target. Doctors? Pro-wrestling? Cable man?

Comment: Re:Inside China Alibaba is not used (Score 1) 93

by Noah SILVA (#46504013) Attached to: Alibaba Confirms Plans To Offer IPO In US
That's (perhaps) a shame, but hardly unusual. Most web sites only support the local language - so just as most US web sites only support English and most Japanese web sites only support Japanese, one would expect that naturally most Chinese web sites would only support Chinese. To put it another way - what percentage of potential TaoBao users inside China would know another language (say English), but *not know* Chinese? Let's say well less than 1%? If Japan is anything to go by, only 1.7% of the population is foreign, and of those, over 95% speak Japanese. So you're looking at a potential market of a *Maximum* of 0.09% and for that you are going to translate your web site, all of your documents, hire bilingual staff (who will want a higher salary), etc., etc.? I don't think so. That's even assuming that everyone spoke the *same* different language (like English). If some spoke only German or Korean, etc., then the situation gets much more complicated. Just because you want it to be doesn't make it so. For all the talk of the "Global Platform" of English, the reality on the ground is that in most countries if you really want to get along you had better learn the local language, or expect to pay more for less and need help all the time.(Of course, English speaking countries like the US are no different here, as they expect you to learn English before coming).

Comment: Re:Sexism angle way overblown (Score 1) 710

At any rate, in all seriousness, I agree that most of the complaints seemed to be of a general nature. Specifically of what I would call "Small Company Syndrome", where companies are small enough that gossip about people's personal lives permeate 100%, and there is no independence between departments like HR, IT, etc.

Comment: Re:Time to lose Daylight Savings Time (Score 1) 310

by Noah SILVA (#46452759) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time ...
Why would you think you *wouldn't* be able to just change the time you do things? How hard would it be for the government to say "Instead of adjusting the time forward by an hour, we're keeping the same time and changing the official business hours forward by an hour" - that would be enough to make most companies comply. And... I like going outside... at night, when it's dark.

Comment: Re:Are we not advanced enough to use UTC Time? (Score 2) 310

by Noah SILVA (#46452711) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time ...
Uhm... well yes, you have to have one of the following: 1. Different time zones so you can know whether it's light/dark out somewhere. 2. The same time, but a location to know whether it's light/dark out somewhere. But, even with #1, the actual lightness/darkness varies wildly based on location and season. Then there's cultural differences. In some countries, most people go to bed by 9pm, and in some countries most people stay up until much later, for example. When I worked at a French company, everyone was out by 17:30. In some other places I have worked, everyone stayed until at least 22:00 or later. - So again #1 (the current system) really doesn't help - but it does make the match annoying an mean that you constantly have to do conversions between time zones (including date), and ask people what time they meant. If you did #2, scheduling meetings would be much easier. What time? 22:30 UTC? ok. done. That might be morning for you and evening for me, but if everyone agrees to it, you're good to go. There would be no BS like "Oh sorry I missed the meeting, I forgot Daylight savings time changed in your country on that day", etc. The biggest negative effect would be that for the majority of people who interact only with local people there would be no immediate advantage, but they would have to get used to f.e. waking up at 22:00 instead of 09:00, etc. I don't think that would take that long though, it's just a number.

Comment: Well Good... (Score 1) 253

by Noah SILVA (#46406469) Attached to: Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots
If the WiFi Network is a separate SSID and the traffic is routed straight outside, I don't see any huge problem with this. Except that Comcast was a rip-off last time I checked, so if they are going to be using everyone's private locations to improve their coverage, they could at least give you a discount for it. The whole "But it's using my electricity", etc. is a bit silly. The router is likely to always be on 24/7 in your house anyway, and it's doubtful that it uses much more power over the course of a year just because there is some occasional visitor accessing it from nearby. Opt-in sounds great, but we are talking about cable company internet customers. These are not the informed types that have Covad or Speakeasy run to their homes. These are the Joe Sixpack that buy the local cable or telecom internet (and the crappiest consumer package at that). If you don't make it opt-out, nobody will opt-in because they likely won't understand it, much less bother with it.

Comment: Re:Poor management (Score 1) 423

by Noah SILVA (#46406049) Attached to: RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores
I think there's a huge difference between this and Amazon's add-ons: 1. Things that show up on Amazon (or pizzahut.com or whatever) take exactly 1 second or less to skip. You don't have to listen to some annoying guy talk for 10 minutes so you can tell him "no." 2. The things at that the stores try to sell you are often either totally generic (like cabinets or cell phones or sattalite dishes whatever), or they are things that go with the products you are buying buy you might not want (batteries, cables, etc.), and are typically vastly overpriced. So RadioShack will sell you a printer for cheap and then charge you $30 for the cable! The things that Amazon recommends are more or less based on what other people bought in combination with the item you are buying now - not so much based on trying to force you to buy what Amazon wants you to buy. It's much like banner ads. I hate ads, but I don't mind the ones on Google so much because they are less intrusive and they are actually relevant some of the time.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

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