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Comment Re:Exactly Backwards (Score 1) 230

Australia's balance of trade with China is extremely positive at the moment. China buys almost twice as much Australian stuff as Australia buys Chinese stuff, as opposed to trade with the US which is 3-1 in the red. So, hao hao xuexi ba.

The stuff that China buys from Australia are mostly natural resources.

And...?

Comment Re:Awesome! (Score 1) 782

It seems like all the comments here are skeptical or negative.

You must be new here. This is the home of the know-it-alls who piss on every new product announcement because they could have built better themselves (begging the question of why the fuck didn't they?). You wanna see what they said about the iPod when it first appeared!

Comment Re:Definition of a cap (Score 1) 605

First, the countries economy depends on its citizens having jobs. If you, instead, give those jobs to non-citizens, then you hurting the economy.

You write this crap and you get modded "insightful"? Jesus wept! How is money earned here, spent here and taxed here different depending on the nationality of the person doing the earning/spending/taxpaying?

Most people here on H1B's send a large amount of their salary back home. That means that the money paid to them is leaving our economy, and instead propping up other economies.

What is the basis of this claim? Given the current exchange rate (i.e. the dollar is worthless) I have my doubts about that.

I have no problem with immigrants getting jobs, because immigrants are here permanently. H1B's are temporary visas, with no intention of becoming permanent citizens (although many do find ways to convert).

What are you waffling about? Our company is full of H1B people who are all on the road to citizenship. If you want to discourage them from staying here, then keep up the anti-immigrant xenophobic rhetoric.

We don't have enough jobs for all our IT workers as it is, we don't need to be importing more unless there isn't anyone here that can fill the role.

Right. Our company used to hire graduates from American colleges. They'd take three days to do something a European graduate could do in a few hours. Fix the education system and become competitive with the rest of the world. That'd be a better approach than lowering the bar for your own people and raising it for others.

Comment Re:Definition of a cap (Score 0) 605

Forgive me, but I dont really understand why people in this country deserve jobs more than people in another country, particularly if theyre more skilled or asking for less money.

You know why members of Congress are called Representatives?

Because they're supposed to represent us. They are supposed to stand up for our interests. Not because Americans are somehow cosmically more worthy than non-Americans, but because it's our fucking country and it is supposed to be run for the benefit of "ourselves and our posterity."

If Indians want good stuff then they have their own democratically elected government to go to. I expect the Indian government to put the interests of Indians over the interests of Americans, but likewise I expect the U.S. government to put the interests of Americans over the interests of foreigners.

This is the kind of short-sighted protectionist attitude that ultimately set up the conditions for two world wars.

If we listened to hysterical nativists lamenting the influx of the brightest and the best from around the world, Elon Musk would never have come to the USA to start PayPal, Tesla and the other cool stuff he's working on. He seems to be adding plenty of value and generating plenty of jobs for Americans. Plenty of other immigrants have similar stories. Hell, the company I work for was started by an immigrant and it employs hundreds of people in the US and around the world. But hey, if you think that the only good job creator is an American job creator then knock yourself out.

EU

Submission + - Europe's Got Geek Talent (mercurynews.com)

fiannaFailMan writes: "Teams of scientists from across the continent are vying for a funding bonanza that could see two of them receive up to (euro) 1 billion ($1.33 billion) over 10 years to keep Europe at the cutting edge of technology.

The contest began with 26 proposals that were whittled down to six last year. Just four have made it to the final round.

They include a plan to develop digital guardian angels that would keep people safe from harm; a massive data-crunching machine to simulate social, economic and technological change on our planet; an effort to craft the most accurate computer model of the human brain to date; and a team working to find better ways to produce and employ graphene — an ultra-thin material that could revolutionize manufacturing of everything from airplanes to computer chips."

Comment Re:And yet... (Score 1) 2987

To put things into perspective: over the last twenty years, there have been fewer than 200 fatalities in school shootings (including colleges and universities) in the United States. By way of comparison, during that period in the US there have been about 1000 deaths due to lightning strikes, 25 due to (unprovoked) shark attacks, 3000 due to international terrorism, and 200 due to domestic terrorism. So we really ought to be more concerned about lightning and box cutters than about handguns.

Jesus. Fucking. Christ.

Is there nothing that will wake you wankers up to the reality that guns are a bit of a problem in America?

Comment Re:Nope 45killed in 1927 school, no guns used. (Score 1) 2987

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_disaster
guy blew up a school over taxes.. no guns

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_City_bombing
169 killed..no guns

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks
3000 killed.. no guns..

Yep.. some more laws will make us safe!!

They didn't use nukes either. Might as well let everyone have nukes then.

Comment Re:And yet... (Score 1) 2987

I can go into a store today and buy everything needed to blow a building to bits. Remember Oklahoma City? If you don't want a big boom, you can always go the bleach and ammonia route. If you want to kill or maim people in mass quantities, you don't need a gun. You can use a car. Or a plane. I suppose banning planes is next?

Commercial airliners aren't designed to kill people.

Next question.

Comment Re:Yay (Score 1) 2987

More guns will solve the problem!
Fewer guns will solve the problem!

When, in reality, each has it's own set of problems, and both sides are more interested in the idea of being right, and having things a certain way, than what is actually best.

Get the fuck over yourselves, people are hurt and you are using it to fucking proselytize. Enough playing devils advocate to a lot of this shit, pointing towards a more moderate view. You're all a bunch of arrogant bastards who don't give a damn who the fuck gets hurt, so long as you can twist it towards your pathetic agenda.

What's so "pathetic" about an agenda that seeks to end this sort of thing once and for all?

Comment Re:Yay (Score 1) 2987

Gun laws are an oxymoron. Criminals, by definition, do not abide by the laws. So it is only the good people that do not have guns in gun free zones. I do have strong feelings about gun laws but I do not think that this is the time to air them.

My thoughts are with those unfortunate parents whose grief must be too hard for anyone to bear

Oh it's never the right time to talk about gun control, is it? At least that's what gun nuts like you have brainwashed the rest of the population into thinking.

You know, from a certain point of view, you might be right that it's not the right time. Not because it's too soon, but because it's too late.

I think your proclaimed sympathy for the victims would be a bit more convincing if you didn't trot out the usual NRA talking points in an attempt to shut down all discussion about gun control after the latest school massacre.

Comment Re:Yay (Score 0) 2987

But the 2nd doesn't apply... it's a "Gun Free Zone". Isn't this what you wanted?

You are the most despicable piece of crap ever to post on /. How the fuck dare you try to turn this around, blame the anti gun lobby, and have the audacity to post something as disgusting and evil as claiming that someone on the opposite side of this issue "wanted" this to happen. You and your ilk are the cause of this atrocity. You have blood on your hands. I hope there's a hell for you to burn in, you disgusting, disgraceful, sick, twisted shit fuck.

Fuck you. Fuck you to high heaven.

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