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Comment Re:I am curious if people think this is good or ba (Score 2) 164

I don't give a shit about the hotel industry.

With that said, I also don't want to live near commercial hotels. There's a reason zoning is a thing, and contrary to popular belief, not every rule under the sun is purely for some evil corp's monetary gain. Some rules actually exist so people can sleep at night.

Even regular renting is a pain: people staying for a year or two, then a new neighbor comes in and you're gambling again if they're going to be nice or not. If not, you have to again reach out to them, make compromises, talk problems out, etc. The faster the turnaround, the higher the odds and frequency of these things. There's a reason high owner occupancy (even beyond the minimum to get an easy mortgage) is a selling point.

Now, bring it to the AirBNB frequency and it's a total nightmare. Even if the vast majority of visitors are fine, the frequency of bad ones are drastically increased, and they're not there long enough to solve any problems.

My downstairs neighbors always joke that I'm not allowed to move, ever, because we bought the property from someone who was AirBNBing it, and it was a nightmare to them. Cops had to be involved multiple times over a decade (they were doing short term leases even before AirBNB was a thing, it just got worse afterward).

Again, regular rentals have the same problems (or even owner occupancy in areas where flipping properties is common), but at a much slower pace. It's also a compromise we as a society made long ago. AirBNB just pushes it from a compromise to being a total shit show.

Comment Re:Mission Critical? (Score 1) 89

the main issues with consoles is that game publishers absolutely look at piracy numbers when picking what platforms to target.

This is (if i remember well...who reads the article?) just a userland bug right now, but once you can run pirated games, it gets noticed, and sometimes publishers will chose to skip the console for their next big game if it gets too bad (the DS ease of piracy was totally one of the factors that kept the PSP on the map back then).

So for a console that is already under heavy scrutiny from game developers, something like this happening this early (and for amateurish reasons) will absolutely make some think twice. And that's a shame for people like me who absolutely love the console's features (portable/dockable console is by far the most useful form factor for me)

Comment Re:Wrong degree programme? (Score 1) 632

Sorry for your sensibilities, but this isn't a safe space.

With that said, I was answering a comment about -skilled- trade labor. Plumbers, electricians, master carpenters. Jobs you get from apprenticeships and trade schools. The countries in the world that have the lowest unemployment rates are generally the ones that push apprenticeship based jobs.

The carpenter I'm working with right now charges $100/hour. It's not all gravy for him for sure: he's commuting an hour at 7 in the morning after going to his supplier to pick up materials. He has to pay for his truck, and tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools. And $100/hour isn't the same as being salaried since he's running a business and has overheads.

Still, it's more money than the poor shmock who got a random degree because they were coerced into thinking everyone should have a bachelor degree, even if its in Frog Reproduction Systems is better than risking having plaster on your pants.

Comment Re:Wrong degree programme? (Score 2) 632

This. Everyone is told to go to college. That "any degree" is better than no degree. So you have saturation of graduates (many not even really all that good, between shitty colleges lowering standards, cheating, etc). And people are told that anything but a desk job means you failed at life.

Ive recently went through a bunch of major renovation projects. Finding good trades people is impossible. Anyone available sucks. Anyone with good recommendation is booked for months and charge whatever they want.

Comment Let me see what I type (Score 5, Insightful) 498

Also, please for god's sake let me see what I type. I have 99% of my passwords in a password manager, but not all of them, and sometimes i'm on a different device where I don't feel like logging into it if i actually know the password. Sometimes its the login of the machine itself, so unless I'm using a dongle for loging in, I'll have to type the password.

if I can't see it, and god forbid we're on mobile, I'll have to make it significantly simpler to ensure I don't fat finger shit 19 times.

That's especially true with devices. I already mentionned mobile, but game consoles, smart thermostat, and all the IoT bullshit (some are actually useful). They force me to type my password blindfolded on unfamiliar input devices. If my password is 25 characters, I'm going to make mistakes. Let me see them please.

Comment Re:29 months (Score 1) 148

Data I had from HR department at various companies I looked into as part of recruitment initiatives looked more like 12-18 months in SF, 20-24 elsewhere, so that actually looks long to me. Part of it is all of the tiny VC based startups and ycombinator things messing with the average as people keep jumping around hoping to make it big.

That said, in the current world of MVPs where the V is borderline at best, 29 months is enough time to push several products to market, heh.

Comment Re:Seattle is a Close Second (Score 1) 805

Thats all you can do 100k -household income-.

And as there's been somewhat more women in tech in the last couple of years, there's going to be more and more DINK couples where both people are high earners. And once your base needs are met (food, transportation, health, basic entertainment), everything else can go to housing if you so wish (and the bank lets you, heh)

In a tight market, those kind of couples are going to be who you're competing with. So if you're talking 200k obviously for 2 * 100 (I iz gud at math!).

In tech hubs like SF, Seattle, Boston, NYC, etc, you're quickly looking at people making that right out of school or more (not likely to buy real estate yet), and 2 experienced engineers (much more likely) will quickly hit 300-500k household income or more. So that brings you in the 7 figure housing right there.

When i hunted for my place, everyone at open houses were couples, and frequently both people were wearing tech company swag (the amount of white guy + asian woman couples was noticeably high too, as a funny anecdote)

Comment Re:The human factor. And the unskilled Americans. (Score 2) 834

Your title does say it all.

America is saturated with unskilled labor. Those people need to live somehow. Until we have some kind of guaranteed base income or some such system, they need a job.

Aside refugees from extreme conditions, it's difficult to me, morally, to "help" massive amounts of semi-skilled foreigners when our neighbors might be wondering where their next meal will come. They should come first. The whole "you can't help others if you can't help yourself".

We can't save the world. We just can't.

Now that doesn't mean these work visas should not exist. There is totally a need and large benefits for having visa programs for high skill immigrants where there's real needs. And stuff like H1B should be exclusively used for that.

Comment Re:Not an alternative to Linux, an alternative to (Score 1) 277

Bingo. We have a winner.

Microsoft is pushing hard for Windows lap-tops to no longer be shitty (eg: trackpad), and they're pushing Linux on Windows (until these updates are released its not really useful: it's missing important stuff such as file watching, etc).

Once this is all in, it's going to be in pretty good shape. Just missing a few things like an Alfred alternative that doesn't suck, but that's not as important.

Comment Re:Compre to Boston's Big Dig (Score 1) 408

The cost isn't so much an issue as the fact that these things are always underscoped, even though you can do 5 minutes of research and get a more accurate estimate by tossing a random ballpark.

My hometown in Canada had the same issue with a subway project. It was delayed years and years and cost 4x more than estimate.

But when people started bitching, the officials pointed out it was still the cheapest project of its category in the world.

Its like, if you knew that...why did you scope it as 1/4th of the cheapest project in its category? Obviously that wouldn't work?

Politicians will politic.

Comment Re:But the median college-educated.... (Score 2) 495

Yup. The previous generations worked very, VERY hard to devalue anything that didn't involve academics. So now, all of those "diploma-less" jobs pay less.

But the jobs that require a degree are not necessarily that valuable, and not everyone is fit (or interested in) for it. So now you have a bunch of people working their ass off to be worse off, and the fallback options are no longer considered valuable.

Comment it could be replaced though (Score 1) 229

IMO, Amazon "owns" the market the same way Palm, and then Microsoft, owned the PDA segment back then, or Blackberry for smartphones: they had it all, didn't make it good enough to be mainstream, and then Apple came and in 24 hours it was over for the other 2.

Amazon very well might keep its lead, but someone who does it better faster could come and steal it all.

Comment Re:Simple option (Score 1) 400

HB1 worker to say $100K

And there lies the problem. The USA is a large country. For some of the jobs being outsourced, 100k is an entry level salary. You have to compare apple to apple. For some jobs, 80k would be well above market rate. For others, 120k is pocket change.

When you add location into the mix, it becomes even more convoluted. You'd need a complex system that takes every role and every locations into account, using passed statistics, etc, else it would still be abused (eg: H1Bs working for a NYC firm from Mississippi or whatever. Or people "hired" for a "tech support job" doing software engineering).

The laws already have checks to prevent abuse. They're just not enforced properly. What is needed is someone to actually look and say "Well, if a foreign worker is replacing an -existing- employee, then obviously its abuse".

No amount of number tricks and magic will fix this.

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