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Comment Re:How convenient (Score 2) 180

A trade group for the software industry claiming there are a quarter million software jobs open around the country. Yet oddly, when people with years of experience apply for these positions they are routinely told they don't have the experience the company is looking for.

Indeed. This is part of the "have to find a pink unicorn" philosophy of corporate hiring brought about by the disposable worker phenomenon. That is: Companies only want to hire the special snowflake that already has 100% of the skills and knowledge they want because they are willing to invest $0 in training them to do the job. Once upon a time, experience in related (but not identical) skills and tools were considered a good measurement of whether you could learn something and be good at a job involving it. Nowadays, you're totally disqualified if you're not an absolutely exact match.

Not coincidentally, this same philosophy leads to the endless import of H1-Bs willing to work for 40% less than an American, and is espoused by a very strongly correlated and overlapping group of folks. Most of the people preaching "skill shortage!" also are the ones proposing the solution is to import cheap labor from abroad.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 72

The unprofitable areas are those areas with low population density. Do you know what you don't find in areas with low population density? That's right, municipalities that have money to invest in wireless broadband.

You're thinking too 1:1. Although it is unlikely that every little podunk town will be able to have their own municipal wireless system, the frequencies in question are utterly pristine, and we have a long history of broadcast engineers sharing these frequencies and not interfering with each other, despite having stations blanketing the country. By positioning a tall enough/correctly engineered station in a central location, many rural communities could share one "system" between them.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 3, Interesting) 72

It's something of a flim-flam, though--they're not "buying" anything, merely purchasing the right to apply for a license that can be revoked. Granted, license revocation is a rare thing, but it's out there does to some degree constrain the operators of licensed broadcast/wireless systems on every band.

Think of it like this: Any way you issue the licenses, they're valuable. By charging for them, you at least raise some money in exchange for this valuable license, rather than just giving it away for the $295 application fee.

That said, I'd be thrilled to see a significant portion of this allotment reserved for municipal wireless broadband in "unprofitable" areas. We have to close the internet gap to give our rural neighbors the chance to enjoy the development and growth that connectivity enables.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 3, Insightful) 355

The average pay for the work increases with every immigrant.

Um, no. There's something called a saturation point, beyond which adding in more programmers drives down wages. This is nothing more than employers trying to rig the supply and demand equation and save a buck. Any crowing about "shortages" of skilled STEM talent are mostly B.S.--the problem is they won't raise wages to attract someone to the job, and would prefer the government allow them to import cheap H1-B labor, or saturate the market by granting permanent residency to anyone who goes gets a STEM degree here. Both practices dilute wages, because both practices allow employers to defy the laws of supply and demand--they want to monkey with the available supply of these workers to keep wages down.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 2, Insightful) 355

It only becomes a problem if we don't pay any attention to how it's done.

This idea is a non-starter. We already discourage students from pursuing STEM degrees by allowing companies like Facebook and Microsoft to import cheap labor in the form of H1-B visas--are we now to add a further disincentive by saying that anybody who can slither under the wire to get accepted to a U.S. university (and graduate) is now your permanent competition inside the United States? That's so self-destructive it's ridiculous. Policies like this are why the idiots in Britain voted to shoot their country (and themselves, directly) in the foot with a "Brexit" vote--because of the perception that their government serves "outsiders" ahead of them.

This policy would make that even more the case in the United States and might push even rational Americans to consider a Trump vote.

Comment "Why?" Because corruption (Score 1) 441

And why is the US still throwing money at the F35, unless it can be flown without pilots.

So the same criminals that we're paying a king's ransom to in order to develop an aircraft that may not be able to dogfight effectively in real life (limited ammo supply for machine gun = don't miss!) will be able to charge us a second king's ransom to add the AI flight capability later.

Military Contractor Business Plan Principle #1: Don't "volunteer" anything. If the customer wants a feature after the contract is already in progress, don't suggest that it be added. Make them come back to the table and ask for it so you can renegotiate and demand billions more dollars.

Comment Re:it wuz haxx0rz! (Score 1) 192

He forgot to repeat "I didn't think it through" when he called Valve, told them he hacked into their server, copying the source code to their product, resulting in the source code for their main product being released publicly, and then asked for a job.

Is there any company where that situation would happen and it ends with "you're hired!"

Never underestimate the naivete and gullibility of a young person with a dream. Even as we speak, there are tens of thousands of kids across the country taking out huge student loans to get degrees that will barely qualify them for barista jobs at Starbucks--all because someone told them to "pursue your dreams" without adding the vital addendum "But have a realistic backup plan."

Plus, there are a number of tales of "former hackers" hired for security work. The part of the story that usually gets left out of discussions of this phenomena is the amount of jail time or legal charges the person had to sort out before they got that job. Very few of them jumped from "I totally committed a felony you were the victim of" to "I'd like $150k and a car allowance."

Comment Re:Liability (Score 3, Informative) 482

The guards presumably still have working phones.

Better: At venues large enough that this is really an "issue" there is often an ambulance already onsite to deal with any medical calamities--for "music festivals" there are often two on site. So the hundreds of bouncers they have working these shows all have walkie-talkie radios and can probbaly get the already-there ambulance crew to your seat faster than you'd get an ambulance dispatched from the fire station by 9-1-1, to the venue, parked, and into the place.

Comment Re:Interesting twist... (Score 1) 223

Included in that pile is an agreement to take a lower base salary for your last pay check, which is then used for non-compete salary calculations.

I imagine they may have considered this possibility... Seems pretty easily thwarted--just use the person's salary as their average of the last three paychecks, with the caveat that amounts less than the check previously issued are unusable for this computation (i.e. you can change his salary on the last day, or months ahead of time, but because it's an average that can't be computed based on values in decline, it doesn't matter.)

Comment Not so "maintenance free" as you'd heard... (Score 1) 271

People: Just because there are fewer parts to break doesn't mean there are no parts that need maintenance due to wear. A chassis lube should have been performed (to include suspension parts) at leas 5-7 times in that 70,000 miles, at any one of which the technician would have noted the rust. It was good of them to split the cost on repairs given that the owner of the car made the damage vastly worse because he failed to maintain it.

But, I don't know that I've ever heard of any other car dealer or manufacturer requiring some sort of omerta in any of the many bajillions of previous analogous situations where a dealership just decided to eat part of the cost of a repair for customer goodwill. It seems like they'd want just the opposite: For you to brag to your friends how awesome it was that Tesla bailed your negligent ass out to the tune of nearly $1600.

Comment Seems Promising, but Let's Not Get Too Excited (Score 4, Insightful) 170

This is a pilot--first of its kind. It might herald a whole new era for the human race! Or it might not. We'll need many decades of work and repetitions of this study, and studies that grow forth from what we learn here, to know if this is truly a viable technology, or if this study is merely a fluke.

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