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Comment Re: Make America Great (Score 1) 619

and it's extremely difficult to find qualified people to fill those positions

..."at the rates we're willing to pay"

My department is having the same issue with hiring people. We can't find people with the technical experience we want... at the rates we're willing to pay. We're getting tons of responses from India though.

Pretend we doubled the salary on our open positions... we would have gobs of Americans applying.

Let's do the opposite thought experiment to understand how this works. It's just supply and demand. Pretend 50% of the workforce is H1B and 50% citizens. If the H1B was stopped overnight, 50% of the workforce is gone and the remaining 50% of the workforce just got a lot more valuable. Higher salaries. This is what helps balance things. Higher salaries means it looks like a more attractive field. People in the field would be treated better (because they are more valuable). All of this leads to more people entering the field. Salaries raise and people are treated better until the field is at a better balancing point with the demand. It might even turn into a respected industry!

Comment Re:Maybe increase the product longevity (Score 1) 301

Wow -- Apple finally has a way to interface conveniently with camera photos on an SD Card?? Welcome to the year 2005, folks.

I'm not sure I'd call this convenient. Wouldn't "conveniently" really mean not having to buy a separate adapter, and having an SD card slot right in the device itself?

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1165

Annnd this is exactly what mod points are NOT for. They are not "I agree with you" tokens.

"That's just like, your opinion, man."

Seriously, I'll use my mod points however the fuck I like, Mr Mod Point Policeman.

My, how this site has changed.

Believe it or not, there actually used to be an automated meta-moderation system that checked to make sure you were using your mod points in the appropriate way. The Slashdot FAQs still talk about it, but I haven't seen it in a while.

Anyone know why it left or if it is still happening?

Comment Re:The problem of Microsoft (Score 2) 337

You mentioned free software being license free, but what about Apple now that their OS and their office suite is free? I'm not familiar with Apple support contracts, so maybe there is more to it.

How will things play out now that Microsoft is the only one charging for OS and office suites? I'm sure they can hold on for quite a while, but the landscape is pretty interesting right now.

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