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Comment Not good enough! (Score 2) 151

I want him to roll in the additions from Cilk++, Aspect-Oriented C++ and FeatureC++, the mobility and personalisation capabilities of Occam Pi, the networking extensions provided by rtnet and GridRPC, full encryption and error correction code facilities, everything in Boost, and a pointless subset of features from PL/1.

If you're going to do it all, might as well do it in style.

Seriously, though, Aspects would be nice.

Comment Re:Huh (Score 2) 421

In my experience they often propose a stupid, draconian or simply abusive law in the full expectation that it will get shot down. They can then claim they were stifled and shift blame to someone else, or introduce a lesser but still basically evil "compromise" bill that does get through. That latter one is a favourite technique for the current UK government.

Comment Re:New projects are even more misguided than the o (Score 4, Interesting) 91

Chromebooks use Coreboot, and they regularly top the lists of most popular laptops on Amazon. The firmware/binary blog thing isn't as much of an issue as you might think, since the basic idea of Coreboot is to do the minimum possible to boot the OS rather than replace all the random BIOS functions and crud built up over the years.

Replicant is likely a response to Cyanogen giving up, and an attempt to find some way around the binary blob hell that is smartphone chipsets. Well, these days Android runs on a lot more than just phones, and things like tablets tend to have more transparent hardware for their radios so it's far from an impossible goal.

Personal assistants could easily use your own personal server. The speech recognition might not be quite as good, but of course you can just type stuff. In any case, being able to look up results on your choice of search engine or Wikipedia, and being able to interpret simple commands like "set a reminder for next Tuesday at 7 PM" hardly requires billions of dollars of hardware. There are some useful Google Now features I don't use for privacy reasons, like traffic info cards, which could easily be replaced by free software even if I have to explicitly tell it my route home from work rather than it using machine learning to figure it out for me.

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 0) 1494

immediately get you labeled as a racist, woman-hating, homophobic, deplorable dumbass

^^^ This is the new political correctness. Don't point out our bigotry, it offends us!

Like the invention of political correctness, it's a silencing tactic. "Your criticism offends us!" Sorry, you have no right not to be offended or to prevent other people from using their free speech to criticise you.

Comment Re:Thank you, Pres. Trump, for putting America fir (Score 2, Interesting) 220

I was born a white male and no-one has ever accused me of being racist, except for some idiots on the alt-right who said I hated white males (i.e. myself). I just mocked them, rather than getting all upset and demanding a safe space away from the bad words.

Comment Re:Thank you, Pres. Trump, for putting America fir (Score 2) 220

Patriotism has become the first recourse of the scoundrel. It's the kind of anti-politically-correct. Anything politically correct is automatically bad, anything patriotic is automatically good. It's a cheap bit of rhetoric, a bogus argument.

Real patriots, like Edward Snowden, are denounced and punished. Only faux patriotism is allowed.

Comment Re:Thank you, Pres. Trump, for putting America fir (Score 2, Insightful) 220

Describing something or someone as racist or sexist is an entirely legitimate criticism if true. Complaining that people are calling out your racism/sexism is just an attempt to silence critics and an attempt to use social pressure to stifle free speech.

Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 2) 220

Companies make sure that there are not any qualified US candidates by requiring foreign language skills, so liaise with their customers and teams in India etc. And even if the salary was the same as for a US applicant, that person is still reliant on continued employment to stay in the US.

So in addition to your changes, they should simply ban foreign language requirements (too hard to judge fairly) and change the H1B visa so that holders are not deported as soon as their employment ends, e.g. they get a year grace period if fired.

Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 1) 220

Create a bidding structure based on the minimum guaranteed salary those employees are willing to pay those H1B employees.

Problem with that is that smaller companies which really need foreign talent won't be able to get it. The lottery was created so that the visas wouldn't be simply bought and everyone would have a fair chance regardless of size.

Comment Re:I think civility is going to go out the window (Score 1) 1494

It's funny, one of the criticisms often leveled at Obama is that he didn't condemn the right strongly enough, and was instead conciliatory. Obama very rarely accused anyone of racism and even more rarely directly called then a racist, and I'm pretty sure he never described anyone as a mega-Hitler.

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