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Comment Re:Holy slanted summary, Batman! (Score 1) 476

The posting is NOT a "scathing rant", it's a pretty clear, calm and well-reasoned explanation as to issues that the author sees with GNU and GNU software development. There's no flamebait, no ranting, no name-calling.

1. It is scathing.

2. The person who wrote it describes it as a rant (see the subject line).

Comment Re:So let me get this straight (Score 1) 158

You want to start working freelance and you don't want to publicize how people can reach you? I'd expect a decent head shot, a phone number, a short bio and an email address.

Pretty much this.

If you were to open your FB and other social network accounts with business ONLY information, and keep your personal information (name, image, etc) off the Facebook account...will this keep your personal privacy still from them

This is silly, and I don't mean in the Internet era, but in any era. Go back to ye old pre-Internet days. Would you expect to be able to place an ad in a newspaper but refuse to give them your name, phone number, address and credit card information?

Comment Re:High conservative bent (Score 1) 530

I was just trying to say that if one objects to universities' restrictions on free speech, they'll find that the legal and ethical issues differ when considering public vs. private secular vs. religiously affiliated universities.

For some, yes, they'd make a distinction. The WSJ article didn't, and nor does FIRE.

Comment High conservative bent (Score 5, Interesting) 530

Most of the examples in the article have a pro-conservative leaning. So I went to their FIRE database and tried to find some cases where I knew universities tried blocking left-wing people from speaking. Not surprisingly, I didn't find at least the ones I was aware of.

I think it's good someone is defending conservatives' right to speech. I simply feel they should be open about their partisanship.

Comment Re:What's a Watch? (Score 1) 4

The decision making process (imho) should be based on the bare minimum for your situation.

The itemized list in my submission is the bare minimum. I make use of the alarm and stopwatch all the time.

Oh, and my cell phone is always off. But yes, I don't need a phone with an addressbook or a calculator...

Submission + - Wristwatch for Geeks? 4

Beetle B. writes: "A few days ago my Casio AL-190 died. I've been wearing those kinds of Casio watches for over 20 years, and am now thinking of moving on.

I'm looking for suggestions for a cool, but not too expensive, watch. My requirements are: 1. Must be digital. 2. Default view should show the time — I shouldn't have to press any buttons or flip anything to see the time. 3. Must have stopwatch. 4. Must have an alarm. 5. Battery life shouldn't be issue. Recharging every few days/weeks is out of the question. 6. Should be less than $100 (ideally less than $50), but I can make exceptions if it seems really compelling.

A timer would be nice.
Network connectivity is OK as long as I can turn it off and have it stay off until I enable it again.

Suggestions, anyone?"

Comment Re:Protectionist propaganda (Score 1) 795

I've worked with many very talented foreign born engineers, but in all cases, the most capable people I've worked with didn't want to be H1B. They wanted to stay.

And they do stay!

Cringely may be right about the wage depression, but he's misleading about the H-1B's implications. It is officially a dual-intent visa, and allows people who have that status to apply for a Green card. Most qualified H-1B's get green cards that way - not through marriage as he claims. In fact most foreigners with STEM jobs who have green cards get it through H-1B and not through the O program.

I say, don't accept foreign students to US colleges unless we would be willing to let them immigrate afterwards

You're pretty much saying "Admit them and let them work on H-1B", because the US allows people on H-1B to apply for green cards.

Comment Re:This article is ridiculous. (Score 1) 795

This article fails to even mention that H-1B visas are dual intent - green card applications are common for H-1B visa holders, and many large tech companies encourage green card application as an employee retention mechanism.

You're right, although it doesn't really detract from the main point of his article. He also claims most H-1B folks get green cards via marriage. While many do, it's not that many. I don't have hard numbers, but I'd guess 20%, and can easily believe less than 10% get their green cards through marriage. Most will get it in the manner you described.

Comment Re:HTC underestimated geeks. (Score 1) 280

What would you do if you were a non-techie, you ask the one computer guy you know which phone to get, and he tells you HTC, hands down? Versus seeing a TV commerical with a spiffy-looking unknown phone?

Word-of-mouth advertising is the best advertising. Plus, it's free.

Sorry to be a jerk, but do you have data to back that up?

As the local techie, everyone asks me which PC/camera/TV/ereader etc to get. I tell them. Almost none of them follows my advice.

You see, I'm the weird guy who has the stuff that none of their other friends have. They don't want to be that weird guy in front of all their friends.

Never underestimate the power of conformity.

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