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Comment: Re:How hard is it to have something like this in U (Score 1) 491

by sledge_hmmer (#30576050) Attached to: China Debuts the World's Fastest Train

Although they did also put it mainly on flat land. Some of our most promising city pairs with high traffic and strong local support for such a project are unfortunately in or separated by mountainous areas: LA-SF, Seattle-Portland, Atlanta-DC, etc.

From the FT article posted elsewhere in this discussion:

According to state media reports, the government spent $17bn (€12bn, £11bn) on the Harmony express line’s construction over 4½ years. Wuhan invested $2.4bn in a new French-designed train station, which boasts 20 tracks and 11 platforms. Officials this weekend declined to confirm project costs.

One reason for the enormous construction outlay for the Harmony express was difficult terrain, especially in the poor mountainous areas of Guangdong and Hunan provinces. The train travels along 713km of elevated tracks and tunnels, accounting for about 70 per cent of its length.

So you're argument may not really hold water. I think the big reason for this not happening in the US, is capital costs, the lobbying efforts of airline and other affected industries and NIMBY mentality.


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Comment: Re:Why America sucks (Score 4, Funny) 198

by sledge_hmmer (#27132903) Attached to: Human Exoskeletons Getting Closer

But it says a lot about the American people at that one brief moment in time to have chosen someone so at odds with the general zeitgeist.

I know you are BadAnalogyGuy, but I'll give this a try.

What you are trying to say is that America was used to Paris Hilton, and then at one brief moment in time chose to elect Angelina Jolie.

Comment: Re:Nice -- more of what we already knew (Score 2, Insightful) 770

by sledge_hmmer (#27058651) Attached to: Smart Immigrants Going Home

Your whole post just seems like a random rant not terribly relevant to the article.

If anything what the article does say that a fifth of the Chinese and nearly half the Indians that left actually entered on temporary visas (such as H1-Bs).

It's these people that help add value to the economy by developing technology, starting companies and driving innovation thus creating jobs. So they are a necessary part of the solution to increasing American competitiveness in the 21st century.

Comment: Re:Require pay and benefits parity (Score 1) 612

by sledge_hmmer (#26621399) Attached to: Microsoft Says H-1B Workers Among Those Losing Jobs

I've said it before (see my last comment on the H1-B article a few days back) and I'll say it again. The lower pay for H1-Bs seems to be a problem that is especially prevalent in the IT industry. I am on an H1-B in a non-IT company and I get the same pay and benefits as any other employee.

Also, most of my friends that are on H1-Bs in my company and others get paid market rates or above. I know this is only anecdotal evidence, but it really annoys me when people think that all H1-Bs are poor desperate souls that are clawing with everything they've got to keep a job.

Comment: Re:H1Bs are wrong (Score 3, Insightful) 574

by sledge_hmmer (#26591271) Attached to: Senator Prods Microsoft On H-1B Visas After Layoff Plans

Being an H1-B that works for a Fortune 500 non-IT company, I have to second your comment. I get paid on par with my colleagues and even right now with our business being severely affected, I have not faced a single incident of intimidation tactics to make me work harder.

From all the comments I have read on /. when H1-B related articles come up, it seems like the IT industry in particular has problems with H1Bs being hired at lower wages and being underqualified. If I recall correctly, companies like Tata Consultancy, Wipro and Infosys are some of the largest users of H1B quotas and they primarily bring in people from India.

Maybe I am biased since I did my university education in the US, but I believe the H1B program needs to be restructured to give preference to US educated applicants over others. This will keep the country from losing talent that wants to stay and also help towards removing wage depression.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?