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Comment Re:Lets cut the H1B's! (Score 1) 383

I agree with this, and I'm a US citizen.

The US government needs to issue green cards on a fast track to technically skilled people, who then compete fairly in the market with other residents and citizens. Eliminate the incentive for companies to abuse their H1-B indentured servants, and then use that abuse to force citizens and green card holders to work under equally crappy conditions.

A fast track green card program for technically skilled people would provide the ability for those people to become fully invested in American society sooner. Plus, it would really prove how much of the 'skilled labor shortage' is real, and how much is really just a 'cheap skilled labor shortage'.

Submission + - New treatment stops type II diabetes (

multicsfan writes: Injection of protein FGF1 stops weight induced diabetes in its tracks in mice. There appear to be no side effects. The cure lasts 2 days at a time. Future research and human trials are needed to both better understand and create a working drug. There are no signs of hypoglycemia.

Comment Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (Score 1) 536

So, basically, you're cheap and only wanting to hire young kids with no experience. You get what you pay for.

You aren't willing to pay experts, but you are willing to pay a bunch of noobs with "new" "hip" "modern" language skilz to recode your entire platform. So you are not only cheap, but penny wise, pound foolish.

Comment Re:Stick with Perl (Score 1) 536

The real headscratcher to me is the number of programmers who assume that because a language isn't adding features every couple years it is dead.

This. I hate working with "new" "elite" languages that every new version that comes out breaks existing code in weird ways. (Python, I'm looking at you.)

I've done maintenance on perl code written by people in love with their own intelligence. It's painful. I've tried it on similar stuff in python (see my breaking with new versions comment above.) It's impossible. I rewrite it in something stable and universal - shell or perl.

Comment Re: Perl (Score 3, Insightful) 536

Agreed, which is why I get really annoyed with Python bigots. My main exposures to python have been trash piles like Anaconda and cowboy crap that is seven layers of libraries to implement and process check that has such poor syntax that it can't even fail, no matter how screwed the process.

I've seen incomprehensible junk written in tcl, bash, java, javascript, c, c++, visual basic, fortran, cobol, basic and assembler, most often written by "experienced" coders who think comments and structure are anathema and risky to their job security.

Give me "unsophisticated" and/or heavily commented code, thank you.

Comment Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (Score 1) 870

All self-checkout systems I have used have horrible user interfaces. That's why they get taken out -- the customers hate them.


The voice and the 'dialog' on the ones at Safeway and Lowes drives me insane. It is both irritating in tone, and infuriatingly condescending. I don't need a machine to talk loudly at me like I was a five year old in a snotty teacher voice like it was talking to a barely sentient animal. Plus, the work flow assumes that you scan, pile up, then bag your purchases in store provided bags. If you are in a municipality that requires that you bring your own bags, it breaks the workflow and the ****ing thing nags at you loudly until you do everything its way, regardless of how inconvenient or inefficient it is. I don't like being essentially yelled at like a bad puppy by a machine.

Submission + - US entertainment industry to Congress: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: The hilariously named "Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property" has finally released its report, an 84-page tome that's pretty bonkers. But amidst all that crazy, there's a bit that stands out as particularly insane: a proposal to legalize the use of malware in order to punish people believed to be copying illegally. The report proposes that software would be loaded on computers that would somehow figure out if you were a pirate, and if you were, it would lock your computer up and take all your files hostage until you call the police and confess your crime. This is the mechanism that crooks use when they deploy ransomware.

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