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Comment Open Source in business usage (Score 1) 147 147

You are thinking of GNU software. As Eric Raymond pointed out, the more that Open Source software is used - whether by business or by freeloaders, the more useful it ends up being, as a lot of modifications & improvements are made over time to make it address all that diverse usage

Comment Yeah, Debian is sooo popular on Intel.... (Score 2, Insightful) 147 147

This decision makes sense, since Debian is so dominant on Intel boxes that they can't afford resources to support SPARC - even though the port already exists and it's simply a matter of migrating the same incremental changes that are there on Lintel to SPARC.

So much for the claim Linux fans make of the OS being 'everywhere' - here is a UNIX only CPU: no version of Windows ever ran on it, only UNIX-like OSs, such as SunOS, Solaris, Linux and *BSD.

Comment Re:The important details: Slower and over 540$ (Score 1) 75 75

I'm considering getting a PC/laptop for SteamOS. I'll probably go w/ the Intel graphics, instead of either AMD or NVIDIA. If the Iris Pro has caught up w/ these other 2, good, but even otherwise, I'd want to avoid the fiasco of bad or incompatible drivers from either AMD or NVIDIA. Intel's graphics works w/ even BSD, so that's what I'd use.

Had I been shopping for another Windows 10 box, I'd go w/ an AMD. But as one poster observed, power consumption of those things is still an issue

Comment Re:Yes, you ARE stupid (Score 2) 176 176

Not just that, a person called himself 'Kelvin Wells' and she concluded that he's German just b'cos he told her? Didn't she have any clue about English vs German names? Kelvin Wells is clearly an English name and would have been a native of an English speaking country, like UK, NZ, Australia, South Africa, Canada or US

Comment Re:Insane (Score 1) 351 351

This story is pure insanity. Advertising is one of basic instincts in animal nature. Women advertise to men, men to women. Without advertising evolution and progress would stop and die.

Also, who exactly is Thomas Wells to re-define morality? Taking deist principles out, morality is the application of the golden rule! Do unto others as... Since people are at liberty to ignore advertising, along w/ a lot of other things, there is nothing 'immoral' about it. Annoying, maybe. But immoral? Absolutely not!!!

Comment Re:Time to Reduce the Cap? (Score 1) 305 305

There already is an H1B 'tax'. It's the cost of applying for and getting the H1B, which not only costs money, but time as well. So much so that a lot of companies specifically tell their recruiters not to hire H1Bs. If the H1Bs are not interested in settling in the US, their stint w/ the company would be limited - at the most, 6 years. If they are, the company has to file I-140 and Green cards for them, which is a very long process. The only thing that a company might gain by that is locking in the employee for some 5 years or so, as long as the whole process of getting a Green Card lasts. And once the employee has received the Green Card, he becomes as expensive for the company as a citizen, for the following reasons:
  1. 1. He now is richer in experience by 5 years, and at par w/ peers in similar companies
  2. 2. He can now demand not just industry standard salaries, but higher salaries as well, since in addition to all that experience, he has also the accumulated experience of his company's work culture and how everything works, which would cost more to replace
  3. 3. If his employer decides to repeat the process by replacing him w/ another H1B, he can go to the nearest competitor and make life miserable for his previous employer

As a result, any company would be far better off not preferring H1Bs, if they could help it

Comment Re:even stopping it won't stop it. (Score 1) 305 305

The problem is market forces. Software (yes, I know, with some exceptions) can mostly be written anywhere. If one locale can under-cut another on producing the same thing, then there is a huge economic pressure to do it there.

If the more expensive locale tries to use protectionism to keep things local, the other/cheaper locale can simply under-cut them in the market, and the more expensive locale loses out anyway. There are countless examples of industries that have succumbed to this kind of market pressure from cheaper overseas competitors.

So yes, you can probably keep out H-1Bs, but that isn't going to stop the tide. A few specialized cases it might, but for the most common case, it won't. It isn't a pleasant thing to face and people like to shoot the messenger, but jobs DO go to places that do them cheaper. Entire huge industries DO get destroyed over this kind of market force.

Stopping H1Bs is only going to escalate offshoring. Companies have fixed IT budgets, and the outsourcing companies have to play within that. So end the H1B program, and what you'll see is more projects going directly to Bangalore, Pune, Noida, et al. India currently has a trade deficit wrt the US, but that won't be the case once all the projects start going directly to India - as opposed to companies that have some offices here and some there.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"