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Comment Re:Skeptic (Score 1) 399

Thats not the job creator, thats a market opportunity. If someone comes along and builds a business to serve that market, that might create some jobs. At one point in time, that business might have needed 30 humans to operate. Today it probably needs 12. At some point in the very foreseeable future it will only need 2-3.

The challenge of future then becomes; what to do with all the extra humans?

Comment Re:Still too low (Score 1) 540

Sure, but thats not where the H1B abuses are happening. They're happening at outsourcing firms that charge BigCo $100k/year+, pay the H1B 60k, and profit off the indentured servitude. Thats why there are a quarter million H1B applicants. Getting one of those through lets you print money. The percentage of those going toward their intended purpose is in the low single digits. 100K may raise the bar, but it doesn't change the economics. BigCo will still pay the $145k to the outsourcing firm. 200k might just be enough to make a difference. BigCo will direct hire the H1's that matter, for whom the program was intended. Outsourcing firms will get local talent where they need it and ship the lower end stuff back to The Republic of Elbonia.

Comment Re:Why not spin off their own company? (Score 1) 531

The sharp ones will end up as consultants anyway. It's not a terribly talent rich region, and there aren't a lot of corporate locations with significant IT footprint. Most of the folks with talent in South florida either go into consulting or end up in IT departments with single digit headcounts. The rest will either have to leave the business or leave the area.

Comment Re:Yeah, well look at Apple's INSANE markup. (Score 2) 196

I'm as disappointed as everyone else in the new macbook pro, but I also recognize that its a great machine that been incorrectly positioned. If they had positioned it as "The best Macbook Air we've ever made" it would be enjoying completely different sentiment in the press. We'd all still be wondering WTF am I going to get a new pro level laptop, but it would be easier to move on if they admitted outright that they were abandoning the pro market.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 495

Agreed. Making the laptop smaller is pointless if the bag of adapters you have to carry with you keeps getting bigger. Things are pretty absurd in Apple land as it is. I've got USB->Ethernet, TB->Ethernet, TB->HDMI, TB->VGA,TB->DVI, USB->Serial (two of them, and the Cisco adapters to go with them), A USB hub and a USB DVD drive, and yes, a pair of headphones (Earpods). I'm covered regardless of what kind of projector or customer equipment I need to interact with, but its a big bag of crap thats starting to dwarf the laptop they plug into.

Comment Wireless headphones suck if you have to talk (Score 1) 495

They're adequate for listening, but if you do anything where people need to hear you, like webex meetings, conference calls, distance learning, etc, wireless headphones just make you look (or rather sound) bad. Nobody can take you seriously if you sound like you're calling from an offshore call center. It doesn't matter how courageous the wireless chip is when someone uses the microwave while you're trying to talk to a client.

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