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Comment: Re:Not Australian, but I support this! (Score 1) 153

by thetoadwarrior (#47403011) Attached to: New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves
It's not just hollywood. It's everyone. Google even lets you stop people from viewing your views on non-desktop devices and it's amazing how many people choose to do this. I've not seen anything that implies new corporations care about you any more than the old ones.

If netflix were free to any content to anyone they would but they'd still set up regions so they could make people in other countries pay more.

Comment: Re: Two sides to every issue (Score 1) 401

by thetoadwarrior (#47398221) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say
That's because you choose to operate from an expensive area with the cream of the crop companies. If you want to work alongside those who pay the best then you should have to expect to do that too.

I don't think developer's jobs should inherently be owned by the people that were born in that country nor am I saying everyone that outsources is doing it for scummy reasons. However every company that I worked for that outsourced didn't get value for money. In one case because they paid miserable wages by Filipino standards even though paying a premium is still virtually like paying nearly minimum wage in this country. In other case they only outsourced it to a company within this country. The costs weren't really less and the employee skill set didn't always match the hourly rate. their suggestions were things that best suited them and not necessarily the company. Had there been no one with an ounce of knowledge (i.e me and other developers) the most anyone could do is moan about the cost but have no legit counter argument to the proposed solution.

It generally fails when outsourcing is based on costs alone and whether everyone wants to admit it or not that is the primary reason most companies do it. If you only worry about the short-term and keep slashing budgets to keep profits up then it has to fall apart eventually. After all if they genuinely can't find someone locally to do it then they should be happy to pay even a premium for someone overseas. But so far all stats have been pointing towards H1-Bs being paid less regardless of people's anecdotal stories and obviously if you outsource to another country you're paying less and if their location didn't matter then whether they were in Ohio or India doesn't matter.

Comment: Re:AI is always "right around the corner". (Score 3, Insightful) 564

All those things your smartphone are doing aren't AI. They're still relatively basic commands but done quickly through increased processing power or off-loading the work to a server. It might make your phone looks like it can talk to you but it's not doing any more than computers in the 80's did.

Comment: No thanks (Score 1) 681

So the selling point is that it will look like windows 7. Why should I pay for it then? Microsoft clearly wants windows to be a subscription. Why else knock out a new version so often and put little effort into fixing what you already have. I'm not into paying an obscene amount for a broken OS where there's osx and Linux which both are so much cheaper and perform better.

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