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Comment THERE GOES THE SCORE (Score 2) 362




    Damn. The all caps are hurting my brain.

    And it tripped the filters.
  Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted!
Filter error: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

Comment Re:The dilema ... (Score 1) 427

    That would be an act of war. At least it could be perceived as such by the US.

    The UN already has four major offices. Geneva, Nairobi, New York, and Vienna. I believe all have facilities sufficient to hold the general assemblies. If not, I'm sure there are a whole bunch of nations willing to hand over complexes of sufficient size to do it.

    The hardest part would be telling all those ambassadors and support staff that they no longer live and work at the UN in New York. It's not impossible, just difficult logistically. It could take weeks if they set a *very* ambitious schedule.

  One of the questions is, what would the US response be? They could detain, or at least delay, the departure of the ambassadors and staff. Sure it'd be totally illegal and against the spirit of International cooperation. That doesn't mean it wouldn't happen.

Comment Re:Basis for discrimination (Score 1) 684

There are limits to it... Say American applicants were only willing to do the job for $1M/yr, but they can farm it out to a foreign worker for $10K/yr, and the company budget is up to $50K/yr.

I know it's the argument that they claim, yet screw American employees. Hi, I am one.

I worked for 8 years at job where I was making about $125K/yr (including benefits). The job given to a foreign company for $50K/yr. I wasn't offered to take a pay cut, or any other type of negotiation. I just found myself locked out of the servers, and it took them a full day to let me know I wasn't employed any more.

My ex-employer suffered because of it. The outsourced company convinced them that they should be paranoid of me. Every bit of running code, from crons, to public facing interfaces, was rewritten at a cost of over $250K in 6 months. They spent a lot of time hunting for back doors that I simply had never left. I consider back doors a security risk. It's better to focus on keeping the front door secure.

The servers were systematically wiped and replaced (swapping Linux for *BSD). The outsourced company didn't understand the kind of loads my servers were tuned for. On commodity hardware, we could saturate several GigE circuits on any day of the week, and it was redundant enough to take multiple servers or even an entire site outage.

Over the next year, I was told by employees and others associated with the company, about constant failures. The primary revenue sites would go down on a regular basis, because they couldn't tune them properly. When they did operate, they were slow. They did purchase networking hardware I had been fighting for, but they failed to configure them properly either. I suspect the redundancy I had outlined wasn't done, but I don't have any further information on that. They didn't want to reference anything I had done, including 8 years of tuning and analysis of technical requirements.

All in all, from what I've been told by those who are still privileged to information, is that their revenue dropped by millions of dollars.

I don't know if they're still using the other company. I know there was a big fight between the owners, and they parted ways. I'd suspect it wasn't over creative control. Most likely they were seriously impacted by the loss of revenue, and anything could have instigated the split.

They saved about $75K/yr. They lost so much more. There were implications that I might do something to hurt them. I didn't have to, they screwed it up all on their own.

All of my work was well documented. Since the beginning, a copy of the passwords were kept with the owners. In my opinion, it's their company, and they can screw it up any way they want. It just sucks I lost a good job, so a foreign based company could make a little bit more. It sucks for my old company too, as they lost their asses because of it.

Comment Re: They didn't know he also... (Score 5, Insightful) 403

From what I read of it, he was talking about his personal feelings and opinions.

I could see if it were a site that he put video of his own suicide on, or other graphic depictions, there would be a reason to remove it. In this case, there was none. It was left as his legacy, or at least for the 5 years he paid for.

There was no good justification in taking it down, except possibly that it took too much traffic. If it were a small hosting company, and had a negative impact on services to other customers, I could see it. Yahoo has enough resources to continue supporting that site for the full term as paid for.

Comment Re:cognitive science (Score 1) 418

this is why you turn down the radio when looking for an address in the dark

It would be that I'm rolling down the window so my vision isn't obscured by the window tint, so I can see street signs as I pass them; so I don't run over some kid on a bicycle or pedestrian; or so I don't miss an auditory queue?

Why turn down the radio when I'm rolling down the window? So my loud music that's relatively quiet outside the car isn't suddenly loud outside the car.

I turn down the radio and roll down the windows when backing into my own driveway. It's not because I can't process information with the radio on. I wouldn't be able to hear my car nudge a garbage can, or someone yelling "STOP!" because they see something I don't.

Comment Re:cognitive science (Score 1) 418

we can't talk to you anymore until after we land.

No, it's more like the pilots needed to talk to each other and ATC. Any conversation with you would be in the way. The last thing they need is to be given an emergency instruction, and miss it because you were talking at the same time.

It's not a mental bandwidth problem, it's a SNR problem. At that point, you are noise which is easily eliminated by telling you to shut up.

Comment Re:Basis for discrimination (Score 1) 684


    I'm totally against off-shoring jobs, and encouraging foreigners to move to the US to be paid a fraction of the fair market rate. It's ruining the US economy, to boost profits and (somewhat) help the economy of poorer foreign nations.

    The choices have driven the US economy to the bring of ruin, which we're barely seeing recovery from now.

    Some companies are seeing the damage they're doing, but only when they've seen their customer base decimated. Most of those companies have lost their asses, making the devastation worse.

    I'll sugar coat it next time.

Comment Re:Basis for discrimination (Score 3, Informative) 684

Exactly. They could have not liked her attitude at the interview, the color of her shoes, the way she said "Hi, I'm here for the interview", or a million other things.

We do know it probably came down to dollars. She wanted Y, they were willing to pay B. No company or organization is required to hire the best candidate. They're only not allowed to discriminate on the list.

I've been not hired before, because when they finally let loose with a number, it was insulting. Not the "I'm worth a million, I'll settle for $200k". It was $20/yr, no benefits. I don't know why they even bothered offering it. After a few in that ballpark, from companies who couldn't afford ... well ... anything, I start off the conversation with "what's your budget, so I'll know if we should even continue the conversation."

From the article, "High-tech companies claim they can't find Americans to fill U.S jobs, when, in fact, they are rejecting talented Americans..."

Of course they are. Why give her a 6 figure salary, when you can get someone at a weak 5 figures?

Comment Re:Not one of the better DIY jobs (Score 2) 128

That's what I was thinking too. It looked like the guy was the single source of information. He probably tells everyone the same things..

Boeing would be the only aircraft manufacturer interested in using a Boeing simulator. They can make better ones themselves, since they have the engineers, the parts supply, and the budget, to do it right. Theirs also wouldn't include a bunk bed jammed in the corner, nor the trivialized child.

Comment Re:Know what I want? (Score 1) 38

You're thinking of I put up a few sets back in 2008 and 2009.

It looks like they tuned it up a bit. The SR-71 at Smithsonian Dulles" set didn't work very well when I first put it up.

The "Downtown Los Angeles 11.20.2008" set is interesting. The hotel room kind of fades in and out because I moved around while I was shooting it.

They must have been very selective, or they did some extra processing, to make theirs look really good.

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