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Comment Re:And is Steve wrong? (Score 1) 373

Hey a valid point in this thread, what are you trying to pull here!

Not sure of the exact details, but I've heard that *all* businesses operating in China *must* be at least 50% Chinese owned. So if that is true, not exact a level playing field anyway. Tipping the balance back a bit isn't all that surprising. Though some right-wing econo-capitalist invisible-market ideology would probably argue against it as regulation that would stagnate growth...

That said, I am not sure in the US, but I know at least in Canada there *are* certain industries/markets that do require some % level of Canadian ownership as a form of protectionism against outside competition. The requirement or the level changes occasionally per industry and political cycle but it does exist. Telecommunications is one such example I believe.

Comment Critical Mass (Score 1) 265

I think it has less to do with salary or size of talent pool, and more to do with job opportunity pool. Which is why you see communities trying to become the next "silicon valley".

The difficulty is unless you already live someplace you have to move there. If you have things like family, most of your wealth in a house, etc... that's a pretty big deal and commitment. So in the case of Omaha, if everything works out great! If not, you're screwed. You work in a field that is somewhat limited, you have a house you need to sell, and you need to displace your family again. In a place like San Jose, if everything doesn't work out, you can find another employment opportunity in your field. Technically the "market" should be the opposite of the 42% salary, in that you could demand more in Omaha because you're more in demand due to scarcity. However what drives salary is changing positions. In Omaha you don't have a lot of leverage to say well I'll just leave to go to one of your competitors, whereas in San Jose perhaps you do, so they pay more to retain you.

Anyway at some point a community has to hit that critical mass for a particular industry to be successful otherwise it just isn't worthwhile and has negative impact. This is why some community's long view trying to attract particular companies with tax incentives etc... Problem is there is a lot of competition there as well, you need more than a few, and some factors, are out of your control (say state tax or something else)...

Comment Re:Michael Flynn Jr believes it (Score 1) 737

Yup. I remember prior to Trump winning the nomination hearing about a neurosurgeon running for the republican party. At that point I was like, OK wow, at least one of the 16 or so nominees will be smart and surely that guy will win. Then I heard him talk about things...

That phraseology "well I'm no neurosurgeon, but..." just got flipped around and ironic.

Though to be fair to the profession, perhaps there were 99.99% of neurosurgeon's doing a facepalm every time Carson got on TV... The exception to the rule if you will.

Comment Locked or Disabled Car? (Score 1) 362

Seems obvious but other than being asleep, why not just roll down the windows if they locked the doors? Unless of coarse they disabled the whole car which is even worse/dangerous ability to have remotely.

I know I keep a ball peen hammer in the door of my car in case of a water crash as mentioned by many above. Dad saw a documentary or something and bought it for me. I figure it also might serve for self defense if it ever came to it.

Comment Re:Sysadmin and personal issues with Pa Online (Score 1) 131

If I had to guess it was about what IP rights he retained to his scripts/software work given what transpired. The ISP disagreed with his opinion and fired him. He said fine, and took all his work back, inadvertently taking the ISP offline when he messed up deleting user logs after the fact. Then in a fit of hubris when the company came to him he decided to rub their noses in it. To which the company came to the conclusion that perhaps it wasn't a coincidence. FBI etc...

But who knows really, could be he was a drunk, slept with his bosses wife, and was constantly tardy, or all 3!

Comment Deserves is a strong word (Score 1) 131

There are people who do violent crimes or crimes that physically hurt people and get less than 2 years of prison.

From the sounds of this story it *was* amateur hour, and he went to far and made a mistake. Like you I keep copies of my scripts etc, but I have no illusions about ownership, and franking they are welcome to them if the next guy can even figure it out. However I'd take my stuff to help me on my next gig, though I not go as so far as to try and delete them from company systems. That said the mistakes he made were that he I guess didn't feel all that confident really in his decision as why delete user logs if you think you are in the right, doing it in such a way to take down the ISP must have been a colossal screw up and he probably didn't know what he was doing. Then trying to sell his "IP" back to his company, well that was also dumb. After being laid off, he should have simply said no think you I have another job now and do not have the time and I don't work for you any more, good luck with the recovery. At any rate due to his bungling the ISP did have losses, in terms of outages to customers, so he does deserve some punishment. From the sounds of it they were not down all that long anyway. Though I'm sure he must feel something about the company going out of business in the next couple years, probably like serves you right. Additionally, it does sound pretty suspicious that an ISP would fire their sysadmin without having hired a new one? Then being really surprised when things fall apart when they don't have one, or if they hired one that is unable to run/fix things... Anyway he was convicted, but there are parts of this story that make me think perhaps we're only reading about one side of it.

Comment Re:Measuring from space (Score 1) 241

Not to put a damper on the wonderment of modern science, but we've had very accurate survey level measurements using GPS for a couple decades now. They didn't go into their methodology (could have involved manual or GPS assisted ground truthing, then change monitored by imaging to calibrate the satellite for Europe), or statistical error. While the measurement is in mm, that isn't to say to what degree that measurement is statistically accurate or not. As mentioned, other analysis disagrees with the value given. If that is because of accuracy or because of bias was alluded, but not really stated

All that said still pretty cool details or no.

Comment Management Speak (Score 1) 389

Similar protocol recently introduced where I work. Done under the auspices of Employee Health and Well being. However like management terms re-organization and transformation being largely just another way to say layoffs it isn't really want it purports to be. Basically sets attendance standards, to which if not met involves escalation and eventual grounds for termination. Two of the hallmarks that don't make a lot of sense is that firstly the values set out are less than those that are entitled within contract which is pretty sketchy. Secondly unlike the title it basically encourages/influences/pressures employees to come to work sick or potentially face censure. Supposedly one of the "helpful" questions they ask should you get pulled before management is "What can we do to help your attendance", by which I would think the obvious answer would be to stop forcing/promoting sick people to go to work getting more people sick in an endless spiral of sickness, reprisals, and low moral. Anyway I'm sure someone in HR management thought this was a fantastic idea... All it really does is give management more flexibility in who they can fire because it will be pretty hard for anyone not to fall into the program. The reason is unimportant, if you get hit by a car, and clearly you have a broken leg, and you miss more than X days, it doesn't matter, you're in the program. I expect this will last until some overzealous manager decides to use it to get rid of someone they don't like without thinking too much, where regardless of the new policy, if it is in breach of actual contract or employee law and gets sued into oblivion for wrongful dismissal. However before that happens it is going to cause a lot of harm in additional employee stress, low moral, etc... I get that a small number of employees will always try to take advantage of a system, however this pretty much targets everyone and it is pretty transparent that it exists as nothing more than a management tool to get rid of people they just don't like. Part of the reason I find it most insulting is that it is so thinly veiled, and for the most part the employees are highly educated, does management think that everyone doesn't easily see though all this, or is it they simply don't care. For extra douchebaggery it seems they also implemented it retroactively, meaning your attendance levels prior to the programs existence or your knowledge of said program count towards your inclusion, though some I believe are pushing back on that point. As for performance. I think it will have opposite to intended result. Just prior to hearing about all this I can recall thinking I need to do more to be as effective as possible, now I could care less. So I'm sure some HR boffin can point to some attendance statistics and sickly smile and say "see it's working, look how how effective we are, that's a 10% improvement", where in reality you just have more employee attendance not productivity.

Comment Fundemental Problem (Score 1) 300

This is one of the fundamental problems with the nuclear industry. My own opinion is no nuclear facility should *ever* be run by private enterprise. The common thought is that the private sector would run it more efficiently. This is a fallacy. They run it cheaper because they do not bare the responsibility. In the event of something like fukushima by default (pardon pun) the nation and the taxpayer are the ones on the hook, *not* the private company. This disconnect between responsibility and operation is almost certain to produce situations where the company is willing to cut corners in favor of profit because of the fact that should anything go wrong, they are not really the ultimate responsible party. Until this fundamental issue is resolved this will always be of concern. There are a number of ways to address this without totally nationalizing everything, such as imposing very harsh non-monetary penalties to private companies in charge of the operation. Such as strong criminal legislation for any executives involved in a decision that ends up compromising safety, same goes for employees tasked to do the work if done so knowingly. However I suspect at such a point the "efficiency" of said private company will start approaching that of whatever it would be if run nationally anyway, as they would be just as risk adverse at that point.

Comment Re:MOO3 (Score 1) 112

Agreed. I really enjoyed ME3 even if the end was disappointing. In fact I am looking forward to ME4 (which I just saw a bunch of trailers for)! That said, I hope they take a lesson from all the negative PR they got over the BS ending and really do an even better job this time around!

I mention MOO3 as it was what prompted me not to pre-order or early adopt games anymore. I was really interested in No Man's Sky, and was very tempted. In the end I was like "nope, I'll wait and see how the reviews come out"... lol glad I did!

Comment Ugh (Score 1) 145

While I don't think Assange is a criminal or should be thrown in prison, by many accounts a slimeball, so hopefully not person of the year.

If anyone it should Snowden. Though I see in looking at the list the "Whistleblowers" won in 2002 so perhaps they think that might be a duplication.

I'd not be surprised if it is Trump. Certainly the most newsworthy of 2016 anyway, won when no one apparently thought he would.

Comment MOO3 (Score 1) 112

I wouldn't compare it to DNF. DNF is it's own thing. In the case of DNF it was in various states of vapourware for more than a decade. I don't think people were "disappointed" when it release as that would suggest the users were *surprised*, which I don't think anyone was that it was a steaming POS. Also DNF was a sequel.

The biggest disappointment for an initial release I would say was Masters of Orion 3, as expectations were so high, and the delivered product so missed the mark. However again, it was a sequel.

Probably the best comparison was Mass Effect 3, and it's stupid ending, however apart from the ending it was a much enjoyed game by most I think, so again not a perfect example either.

It would more fit the DNF model if they failed to release it "until it was done" for 10 years and then came out with a finished product, but one that was dated and not all that great.

Comment Best Interests (Score 2) 400

Trump will do what is in his best interests. In this case I believe he will almost certainly follow up on his claim to "fix" the H1b abuses. Why?

4 Reasons:
1) It literally has zero negative impact on his own business holdings
2) He ran (and won) on bringing American jobs back
3) If he wants to win those "Blue" states on re-election like California this is the way to do it. Same idea except white collar VS blue
4) It give the middle finger to all those IT CEO's that bad mouthed him in the past election

Seem pretty straight forward to me. As for other republicans trying to block him, I don't think it will work, as some other had mentioned, he pretty much got elected without a lot of republican support to begin with and I don't think he would even blink before throwing a few republic opponents under the bus and fast if only as simply a statement of who is boss...

As to how fair or draconian the actual policy will be or even how effective it is remains to be scene...

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