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Comment Re:Not hard to fix... (Score 1) 223

As far as I can tell, the first two conditions already exist to some degree, but companies are finding clever ways around them. Giving visa holders a work permit for a limited duration but not tied to the company that employs them would help them to not just be an indentured servant.

In Europe there are labour issues that are somewhat similar. Eastern European job agencies are sending people to work here Western Europe as labourers construction workers or truckers, at far lower wages. The issue is not one of immigration, but what amounts to circumventing minimum wage laws and such. A proposed solution is to require "like pay for like work in the same location": foreign companies sending their employees here on a long-term job (essentially indeterminate) would be required to pay them locally prevailing wages. This would make it even more attractive for foreign talent to come work here, but it would also mean that cost would no longer be a reason to hire foreigners, but filling positions with scarce foreign talent would still be viable. Perhaps that would also be a reasonable fix for the US H1B programme? IIRC, Trump already suggested to increase the minimum wage for H1B workers.

Comment Re:If I had my way... (Score 4, Insightful) 199

It's not the courts that need to side with us, it's the legislators. We need them to agree to the principle of customer rights as GP outlined them. Good laws will follow from that, and good rulings from judges after. Merely hoping for judges to rule in our favour according to the few disjoint customer protection laws we have is not going to help; current laws are already stacked in favour of the likes of Lexmark.

Comment Re:Alternative Choices (Score 2) 239

As far as I can tell, not having an EME compliant browser simply means that the browser will not be able to play streams encumbered with DRM. With Google, Microsoft and Netflix behind the standard, there's little chance of the other browser developers being able to force content providers to no adopt this standard.

Comment Nothing to worry about (Score 4, Informative) 71

Judging from footage, burglars seem to fall into two categories: the amateur criminals of opportunity who simply smash a window and make off with whatever they can get, or fail comically. And the more professional burglars who take a few very simple precautions, come in wearing hoodies and gloves, and leave in minutes. They are professional in the sense that they know how to enter a home quickly without making too much noise, spot homes where the owners are absent and the take is likely to be high, and know which valuables to grab and where they are usually "hidden". But they certainly do not employ any sophisticated methods to bypass alarms or defeat security cameras. They simply skip homes with alarms or ignore their presence depending on how long they are expecting to hang around, and make sure they cannot be recognized with the aforementioned hoodies.

And over here, most burglars don't give a rat's arse about being caught: sentences are low, there's little additional punishment for repeat offenders (the other day they caught a burglar with 33 prior convictions, think he's going to reform much?), and if the police actually do turn up the heat a bit too much for comfort, one simply relocates to the next EU country.

Comment Re:Almost meaningless (Score 2) 307

And that's what a real president does: setting long term budgets and targets for long term endeavours. And a real president also doesn't torpedo his predecessor's long term plans on a whim. Especially when those plans aren't overly political and mostly require government intervention for budgetary matters and auditing only.

Comment Re:Much consternation about nothing? (Score 1) 300

"She may well be right." Says who? We've all seen some similar and widely publicized changes at other companies, and at the last large corporation I had as a client I went through several similar changes brought about by newly installed department managers. And what I have wondered and continue to wonder is: what do they base this decision on? What data, research, managerial wisdom or personal experience makes them think this works? (And by personal experience, I don't mean "I work better in an office", but "When I brought back people into the office at Company X, productivity jumped by 20%."). Or is it really nothing more than a belief? While she may have the authority do make such a change on a hunch, she would do well to make damn sure it works before issuing policy that may have a significant impact on productivity and employee well-being, positively or negatively.

Looking at how this has worked out at other companies, coupled with an increasing number of studies that suggest that constant collaboration amongst knowledge or creative workers has been vastly overrated and has been taken to a level that's pretty detrimental to productivity, I seriously doubt that she is right.

Comment Re:Professionalize computer science (Score 2) 84

This. Also see my sig.

With that said, not having a way to guarantee that your software is secure is no excuse for not exercising established security practices. They may not provide a 100% guarantee but it's better than nothing. A lot of the hacks of IoT equipment that we've been hearing so much about were possible because of inexcusable negligence on the part of the manufacturer.

Comment Re:Rough edges visible miles away (Score 2) 92

The article mentions electronic tickets, not boarding passes. These e-tickets are little more than a reservation number in the form of a QR code which can be scanned from a phone or a printout to save a little time at the terminal, but the number can still be manually entered by the staff member if need be. A couple of times I've flown, the airline didn't even ask for my ticket and got my reservation on screen simply by scanning my passport.

Comment Re:Girls in India and beyond? (Score 4, Insightful) 179

When you were a boy, you weren't told all day: "Only girls can study physics." "Boys should stay at home until their parents find them a suitable wife." "A man's place is in the kitchen, or walking 2 meters behind his wife." If you had been, you would probably have reacted differently to a man being successful in science despite such cultural obstacles.

Curie is still a hero for beating the prejudice of her time, but the difference in perception is in the eye of the beholder: boy in a more or less egalitarian society (at least when it comes to the sexes), or girl in a culture where women are not supposed to do such things. To the boy, Curie is mostly a historical example of a heroic struggle. To a girl in India, it's proof that her life and her society don't have to be the way they are.

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