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Comment Re: Slow news day (Score 1) 190

I have nothing against the foreign workers. I welcome them. I wish them well.

But Apple, Microsoft, Google, GE, etc... isn't bringing these people in to make the lives of the people they brought in better. They're bringing them in to enrich their executives and shareholders. So while their means of reaching the goal isn't fundamentally bad - give some man or woman from India, China, Bulgaria, whatever a better life - their end goal is to continue their class warfare. More money going to the people that own businesses, less money going to the collective salary pool for laborers.

There has to be a way to do this that gives opportunities to people who were not lucky enough to be born US citizens without screwing US citizens in the process. At a bare minimum, H1B visa employees have to be paid market rate for their work. The program claims to be operated that way now but there's been a lot of evidence presented by the news - right and left - that it's just not true and companies routinely hire H1B workers at $60,000 to replace Americans that were paid far more.

Comment Re:Slow news day (Score 1) 190

If your company only has a few months to get the job done, then of course you don't have time to train your employees. So then, instead of importing cheap labor pay market rate.

Between the H1-B visas and the collusion between Intel, Apple, Google, Oracle, and a host of other companies there have been illegal, unethical downward pressure on engineer labor. You shouldn't get a 200k job for building financial services software unless you live in some place like Mountain View where $200k gets you a one bedroom apartment and a cabinet full of ramen noodles. But there's a damn good chance that someone earning $50k now would be making $55k or $60k if we didn't have this kind of nonsense, and someone making $90k now would be at $100k, and so forth.

Comment Re:Slow news day (Score 5, Insightful) 190

In the 1970s, you didn't even have to prove that. An older cousin of mine worked as a secretary at an engineering firm, and every few months they would ask for secretaries who wanted to switch to engineering. She signed up, and went from making coffee and typing messages for a manager to being an assembly programmer. They taught her what she needed to know, and she worked at it until she retired with her pension.

The reason Silicon Valley wants H1-B visas is that the idea of hiring someone and training them for a few years is alien to them. Forty years ago employees had the promise of a pension holding them to the company. "I might be able to get 20% better pay at the other place, but if I stay here another 22 years I can retire on 60% of my retirement age pay. Woo hoo!" Since you can take a 401k with you when you quit a job, now a company that trains someone for two years is likely to lose them to a competitor that pays better.

See, supply and demand is good when it works in favor of the shareholders. When it operates in favor of the workforce, that's bad and laws need to be passed to import foreign labor and fix the problem.

Comment Re: AT&T (Score 1) 206

I use Ting ( ), which is similar to Google Fi in that it uses the Sprint and T-Mobile networks. Differences:

1. Each Ting device uses T-Mobile or Sprint exclusively. We have three Ting phones, two are always on the T-Mobile network and one is always on the Sprint network.
2. Project Fi is $20 per device plus $0.01 per MB in data, that's the whole pay-for-what-you-use. Ting is $6 per device plus pay-for-what-you-use, but they charge separately for minutes, texts, and mobile data. With our three Ting phones, the monthly bill is between $55 and $75. So even with a thousand or so texts and a few GB of mobile data, it's still very slightly cheaper than Project Fi.
3. Ting supports iPhones and a reasonable selection of Android phones, including Nexus, Samsung Galaxy, etc.. Project Fi is limited to recent Nexus phones and Pixel phones.

I'm not a representative of the company, just a customer thrilled to have such transparent billing. I may switch to Project Fi with my next phone anyway, I haven't decided yet. I plan to only get Google Android devices in the future since all of the other vendors are so awful about providing security updates. But as chipschap said, this kind of service only makes sense if your mobile data usage is low.

Comment Re: AT&T (Score 2) 206

Teenagers, boys or girls, aren't the most rational creatures. Convincing his daughter she needs new friends is probably as impossible as convincing her existing friends that excluding someone for using Android is absurd.

I'm having the same problem with my own teenage kids. We live in a moderately wealthy area, and more than half their classmates have iPhones. My kids are excluded from a lot of the social activity due to their Android devices. One is tolerating it well, the other isn't. No matter how much he hears weird old dad claim that having a recent i-whatever to communicate with the cool kids is pointless and feeds into the Apple advertising machine, he doesn't believe it.

Comment Re:Social welfare as old the Rothschilds (Score 1) 249

If you want your libertarian, free market paradise then move to Somalia.

The closest America came to unregulated capitalism with no social safety net was the 19th century, when millions of people were worked to death in mines, factories, and railroads. The oligarchs bought the local law enforcement officials and judges, and then used their own private armies to wipe out anyone that rebelled against the dangerous working conditions. National economic growth was astonishing... which is not a consolation to the dead, including my relatives that died in coal mines.

Mixed socialist democracies like Germany and the Scandinavian countries have their problems. They are not utopias. But the America I want looks more like Denmark and less like a robber baron's paradise.

Comment Re:unfortunately the second part is true (Score 1) 249

How many conservatives don't know Lennon's "Imagine"? The biggest reason they don't sing along is the "no heaven" part.

And it's just another piece of conservative propaganda to act as though liberals are all dreams and no solid plans. I'll use American examples because it's easy: ACA/Obamacare. Liberals passed a real piece of legislation. Conservatives took control of Congress in 2010 and had six years to pass amendments to improve it or repeal provisions that didn't work properly. They could have passed their fixes in the House of Representatives, and then blasted Democrats in the Senate for blocking them. Instead, fifty blanket repeals. Zero "we can make this better" and Fifty "burn it down". Then the conservatives get control of Congress and still can't come up with fixes, even though this piece of legislation is arguably their biggest rallying cry of the past seven years.

And how about Reagan's "It's Morning Again In America" or HW Bush's "Kinder, Gentler Nation" or W Bush's "Yes, America Can!" (which Obama appropriated). Your arguments have no substance.

Comment Re:It's data, not bumper stickers. Costs, not drea (Score 2) 249

I don't think your generalizations are helpful. I can fire back that conservatives generally think all government social welfare spending is a giant fraud supporting lazy people while liberals dig into solid numbers about poverty, illnesses, crime rates, workplace injuries, and so forth.

The real problem there, if there is one core problem, is that "Conservative does detailed analysis of Iowa state Department of Human Services budget and makes the following 542 findings" and "Liberal does detailed analysis of Vermont state Department of Corrections and makes the following 384 findings" isn't going to attract attention ( much less improve advertising revenue ) like raging about lazy poor people or bleeding-heart liberals or raging about greedy business owners or racist conservatives.

Comment Re:A little late? (Score 1) 386

Sorry I didn't finish detailing my argument. I think Android gadgets of all kinds will start to offer more and more traditional desktop features when they get docked with an external display and physical keyboard. I compile big applications, my Android phone isn't good enough for me to work like that. But most people could, their Androids and iPhones already provide all of the computing power they use on a daily basis.

Comment Re: Actually iOS is safer, more likely to get patc (Score 1) 154

One of the biggest reasons Android conquered mobile was the cheap price. If you wanted to get a $150 smart phone off-contract, you can't get an iPhone, period. Most of us in the tech industry or in comparatively wealthy neighborhoods are walking around with a $600 smart phone. But Android consumed the market because a McDonald's employee could walk into a Best Buy and get a $100 LG Android phone.

So most people can't vote with their wallets. I don't know if this is reliable, but look at the one put together by Android Central for devices receiving security updates last month: It's horrifying. There are devices on that list that are cheap now, like the Nexus 5. But I don't think anything on that list was below $400 when it launched.

Comment Re:Is this a late April Fool's joke? (Score 1) 386

I've been posting the same thing up and down the discussion. GNOME 3.8 and newer has a "GNOME Classic" option, which restores the GNOME 2 features but with the same pretty GTK3 theming you see in GNOME 3 and Cinnamon desktops.

So no, you're not stuck with the original GNOME 3.0 way of interacting with the desktop. One click, and it's back to standard.

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