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Comment: I've managed a team full of H1bs.. (Score 2) 240

by hey! (#48677749) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Not my choice, we got them in a deal with a VC. And I will tell you from experience that they're not all great programmers. A *few* of them were very good programmers, most of them were OK, and a few were very *bad* programmers. Just like everyone else. The idea that the H1B program just brings in technical giants is pure fantasy. This isn't 1980; if a CS genius living in Bangalore wants to work he doesn't have to come to the US anymore, there are good opportunities for him at home..

H1B brings in a cross section of inexperienced programmers and kicks them out of the country once they've gained some experience. I have nothing against bringing more foreign talent into the US, but it should be with an eye to encouraging permanent residency. I think if you sponsor an H1B and he goes home, you should have to wait a couple years before you replace him. Then companies will be pickier about who they bring over.

I have to say, managing a team of H1Bs was very rewarding, not necessarily from a technical standpoint but from a cultural standpoint. Because I had to learn about each programmer on my team and the way things are done in his culture, I think I became closer to a lot of them than I would have to a team of Americans.

Comment: Re:just a new name for cold fusion (Score 1) 148

by Tailhook (#48677373) Attached to: Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology

There was a time

Thats right. Fraud is a recent phenomena in technology and science, and Bill is the first dupe ever to be swindled. It isn't as though it's so common that there are entire catalogs of scientific frauds going back hundreds of years. Nope. LENR/Cold Fusion is the very first.

And why are these fraudsters emerging when there were none before? Capitalism. Obviously.

Comment: Extended Range (Score 4, Insightful) 66

by Firethorn (#48677257) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

Summary: Lots of improvements in a number of areas can make a big, big difference.

Since ~2008 I know they've increased the energy density of their 18650 cells by 20-30%, which would correspond to a 20-30% increase in range no matter what. After that it starts adding up quick.

I wonder if they might end up restarting roadster production. For a small car manufacturer that could even be fairly logical - produce as many as you can for a relatively short period of time(few years), then shut down production for a few years to let the demand recover and grow.

Perhaps more importantly, increasing the range of a car from 250 miles to ~400 also means that you could put a smaller battery pack in that costs nearly half as much, making it more affordable.

It also helps show the longevity of Battery Electronic Vehicles. Though it's only been two years since they stopped producing it, they're still producing not just maintenance parts, but serious upgrades.

Comment: Re:It's totally superfluous (Score 1) 163

by strikethree (#48674851) Attached to: NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

No, they spent 10 years simplifying things like scanning for wireless access points, detecting the encryption type, and storing credentials. Or setting up routing over Bluetooth. Or configuring and switching between different types of VPNs. Or bridging between multiple interfaces. And having a little icon in your system tray that you can right-click on to do it all.

It took 10 years to do THAT? It acts like they have spent maybe 3 months throwing together some cheap Python scripts that they do not understand. It is a buggy, terrible, network access denying, piece of crap abortion from the pits of hell.

Comment: Re:NetworkManager (Score 1) 163

by strikethree (#48674833) Attached to: NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

It may have its warts, but it does what it says on the box.

It absolutely does not do what it "says on the box". I have _never_ had a Linux box have usable networking when NetworkManager was installed. God that piece of crap needs to burn in hell. Forever. It is the most horrible abortion I have seen attached to a Linux box. At least PulseAudio, the next worst abortion works sometimes, now. NetworkManager never works.

Comment: Re:Slashdot is exceeding itself lately... (Score 1) 216

by strikethree (#48674575) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

So, since you seem to be a younger dude perhaps you could explain exactly what it is that happened 1990-2000 that made the field so undesirable to women.

I am not that person but perhaps women are smarter than men? That is when pay vs work hours went upside down. It is also when the work environment went to utter crap.

Comment: Re:miscreation (Score 1) 345

by strikethree (#48674559) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

They should've made it one move, for a younger audience, made by a different director, without trying to make it a prequel and "foreshadowing" everything we've already seen.

While I agree with you for the most part, it definitely IS a prequel of sorts. That ring that turns Bilbo invisible really is the One Ring made by Sauron.

Comment: Re:Slashdot: Not a Lot of News for Nerds (Score 1) 345

by strikethree (#48674555) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Um, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are very much nerd topics. We were the only ones reading them for decades. Dungeons and Dragons uses a LOT of lore from those books.

While your complaint may be valid for other movies, it is definitely NOT valid for this one.

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