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Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 528

What complete and utter shite are you spewing?

Actual experience of my wife with H1-B employees (including the "chagrined when discovering the forged credentials" case).

When getting your H1-B you need to provide documentation from your university as proof of your degree. The university must be on a list recognized by the US government. They validate the information with the university rather than just rubberstamping it.

Any of the following would explain that:
  - The agency faked the references, too.
  - The government didn't do the validation you claim it does in every case.
  - The government doesn't do the validation you claim and you're talking through your hat.

Please put your flamage aside for the moment and give us a reference to documentation showing that the government officials actually check credentials, rather than doing spot-checks or taking the applicant's word for them (or bribes).

Comment Needed environment for me is 7, 7pro, 8, 8.1 only (Score 1) 436

Meanwhile Win 3.11... Is still running fine on test equipment. The manufacturer says do not upgrade to any other version of Windows.

I have a gang-programming-and-testing production tool from one of the top three (or so) manufacturers of BLE systems-on-a-chip. Our startup needs this (or a suitable alternative) to go into volume production of our initial products.

It comes with an application - in source in a build environment. This allows it to be customized, to add tests for the peripherals added to make the final assembly, and to integrate into production processes and databases.

But the build environment is only supported in Windows 7, 7 Pro, 8, and 8.1, using Visual Studio 2012. The executables and DLLs produced run only on those or XP.

The executable/DLLs use .NET, too, and the way they use it breaks the GUI under wine, even with genuine Microsoft .NET installed. They run correctly, but the status display is corrupted in a way that makes it unusable. So at the production site it needs to run on genuine Windows at one of those levels. B-b

As of the last time I checked (a couple months ago), the manufacturer is unwilling to port to another OS or version - even though all of them (except maybe 7 Pro) have been end-of-lifed by Microsoft.

Comment So you'd deny the benefits to all but big cities? (Score 1) 528

I would restrict H-1Bs to only areas of the country where residential rents (per sq. foot) are in the lower 50 percentile.

So you'd give all the jobs-for-locals benefits to residents of a few big cities and leave the rest of the population in competition for high-value jobs with underpriced H1-Bs?

Looks to me like you completely missed the point of the Trump Win. He was elected by exactly those people you propose to leave out in the jobless cold, over a set of issues of which loss of jobs to foreigners by H1-B visas, illegal immigration, and outsourcing topped the list.

This election - not just the Presidential, but all down the ticket - was largely a revolt by the rural and the downtrodden against the urban elites. Trying to fix the problem only for those living in pricey cities and leave it in full force for these voters is a recipe for more extreme shakeups.

If the soapbox and the ballot box both don't work, and the jury box is unavailable, the only one they've go left is the ammo box.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 2) 528

... do a skill assessment of their foreign contractors. The number that turn out to be "exceptional talents" with hard to find degrees or special training/experience is actually rather small.

And the number who ACTUALLY HAVE the hard to find degrees is even smaller. The middlemen who bring in the H1-Bs sometimes pad their resumes with non-existent credentials in order to get the necessary approvals from the government (or the employer to do the hire). often to the chagrin of the employee in question shoud he or she eventually find out about it.

Comment The idiom predates Huxley's book. (Score 1) 240

... there's no relation to the book [Brave New World] 's subject matter so why allude to it?

"Brave New World" is an idiom (for historical periods that are more utopian than the periods preceding them) that predates Huxley's famous book (which put an ironic and dystopian twist on it).

The sentence uses the pre-Huxley meaning of the idiom and doesn't make a visible reference to the book (though such a reference, and the dystopian newspeak twist, is unavoidable). To be grammatical it requres the article, thus the "[sic]".

Comment Re:Umbrella for the parade (Score 1) 198

... the issue is you can't compare the stored energy in gas ... with a 150A at 2000V power supply ... If you spill a bit of gas as long as nothing is actively burning you just walk away and get something to clean it up, ...

But if it happens to ignite you can find yourself dancing in a heat source that exceeds the 22 megawatt level. For a short time, anyhow. B-b

If you are grounded and put 150 amps into your arm you could have some serious issues.

If you put 10 miliamps (i.e. one one-hundredth of ONE amp) up your left arm, or 30 ma between two contact points on your chest, or even a few microamps directly into the blood or inner tissues, you could have some serious issues as well. Like ventricular fibrilation. If there isn't a defibrilator handy right away, you're gone.

Available currents above that level are meaningless - all that matters is that the necessary tiny bit of current is delivered (while a larger current, big enough to cause the whole heart to contract simultaneously, is not). High voltage is an issue, but only because it is more capable of breaking down the insulating layers of the skin to drive the necessary current into a path that includes the heart.

Which is why I described a system that would keep the output power off until the exposed terminals are safely embedded in the car's receptacle, and shut down and crowbar the power supply output of the "pump" in time to protect a human body from electroshock if the insulation fails. Sort of the 300 kilowatt DC equivalent of a GFCI outlet, or a "bus differential" breaker control in an electrical substation (which actually has a chance of saving a lineman who accidentally hits a bus conductor with a metal ladder).

If you're not talking about direct contact between a body and the electrical supply, you're down two two other mechanisms: Arc flash and heating from wiring faults.

Heating from wiring faults is very comparable to heating from flame, and the relative power levels of the two sources is an apt comparison. In this case the higher power of the gasoline case, plus its ability to accumulate and burn at a rate only loosely related to the pumping rate, makes it far more of an issue than an electrical fault (which would also, no doubt, be quenched in milliseconds).

Arc flash does damage by light - ultraviolet, visible, and infrared, largely through heating - and by impact from vaporized material. This is comparable to the infrared from a flame and the flash and impact of debris from an explosive ignition. Again the relative available energy is germane to comparing the damage potential from the mechanisms.

Comment Re:Why is this story worthy? (Score 1) 106

If there is not written evidence for all of these then their document retention policies are "well tuned" albeit since they must be ISO9xxx certified they must have something left in the decision chain.

ISO9xxx isn't about documenting a decision chain.

ISO9xxx is about insuring that the company can build the same thing repeatedly, despite things like personnel with critical knowledge leaving the company or dying, and being replaced by ignorant newbies.

ISO9xxx is perfectly happy if the instructions for a step of building widget X are written on a designated whiteboard in a designated cubicle, or sitting in a basket on top of a designated file cabinet, as long as this is documented properly so it can be rediscovered the next time they need to do a run of widget X.

Comment Re:How many charge/discharge cycles? (Score 4, Insightful) 198

... the first thing I always want to see in regards to car battery technology is how many charge/discharge cycles can it handle?

That's the wrong metric for lithium ion batteries.

As I understand it, the main ageing mechanism that kills them is oxidation of the graphite anode, which starts when the cell is manufactured and isn't appreciably affected by usage except for being accelerated somewhat by being stored at high temperatures with low (20%) charge.

Charge/discharge cycling does cause some "wear", but it's generally a smaller effect. (That's why the advice for, for instance, laptop batteries is not to avoid using them. For long term storage unused they last the longest if put away at about 40% charge.)

This means that it's mainly the age of the cells, not their usage or charge history, that determines when they die. A pack designed for 7 years life will probably give you 7 years life unless you either run it nearly all the way down (which the battery management logic should prevent) or run it down to a low charge and leave it out in the sun for months.

Also: At least one new anode material appears not to age measurably at all.

Comment Re:Cold weather? (Score 1) 198

You can't charge them below 0C. So you'd need a heated garage.

Or a heater in the battery pack to preheat them up to 0C before the main charging begins. Once they're charging, the slight inefficiency of even the best ultrafast-charge cells makes the problem keeping them cool, rather than keeping them warm enough. (Ditto when they're discharging, of course.)

If you are going to supply them with, say, 300 kilowatts or so for 20 minutes while charging them, you can spare a kilowatt for a few minutes to drive a heater (just as you supply a block heater with 400 to 1500 watts, the whole time a car is parked in such below-antifreeze weather, to keep a water-cooled engine from freezing hard enough to blow out the freeze plugs and/or make starting possible.)

Comment Re:Cold weather? (Score 1) 198

They sell square tires?

I think he's referring to the phenomenon where, in very low temperatures, the tires lose flexibility. So if you park and let the tires cool, the flat spots that were against the road surface stay flat until the car has moved far enough to heat the tires a bit.

Ka-bump, ka-bump, ka-bump, like driving on square tires (though only one side, not four, is actually flat).

Comment Umbrella for the parade (Score 5, Informative) 198

Charging that in 20 minutes will be around 300Kw, 300V and 1000A or 1000V at 300A or some variation thereof.
Any way you look at it the cable and connectors will be ridiculous.


Take 2000V 150A, for instance. 1/0 or 2/0 welding cable, insulated to that voltage, would be well within the current electrical code. The stiffness of such a two-wire bundle would compare favorably to a gas-pump hose - especially in states (like CA) where the hose includes a vapor recovery passage.

Most wiring these days is insulated to 600V by default because it's hard to make insulation any thinner without making it fragile. 2000V is not difficult at all.

You could even include a coaxial "shield" that would detect any failures in the inner cable's insulation, along with signal-level switch wiring that would detect whether the plug was fully inserted into a matching connector, to prevent the enabling of significant current unless the system is safe.

A gasoline pump, running at 10 GPM, is feeding your car about 22 megawatts of fuel heat-equivalent. What's such a big deal about feeding it a mere 300 kilowatts, nearly 2 orders of magnitude less, as electricity rather than liquid fuel?

Comment Re:Saved passwords (Score 1) 112

Is there some reason you can't be bothered to write down the ruleset if you think you wouldn't remember it?

You're kidding, right? Writing down the rule set would be writing down ALL of my passwords, past, present, and future. B-b

But my point was that:
  - The variability of "password quality" rules means the ruelset has to be complex enough to handle different cases for sites with different rulesets.
  - The lack of display of the site's password quality rules at login means a password generation ruleset isn't enough. You still need to record something about the particular site to know which workaround branch of the ruleset to use with the site.

Comment Re:Ever a future for commercial desktop Linux? (Score 1) 165

Second that.

I migrated my home environment from Solaris to Red Hat Linux for the Y2K boundary. Not too long after that, Red Hat dumped consumer support (handing it off to Fedora) to concentrate on Enterprise. Oops!

I'd have been happy to stick with Red Hat if they'd stuck with me.

Comment Re: Systemd, WTF? (Score 2) 165

I was a vocal opponent until i had to actually use and rely on it. I wouldn't go back if you paid me. It has made my job a lot easier.

How nice for you. What a pity your experience and mine are not the same.

We're seeing a.lot of flamage about the lack of security on IoT devices. One company I work with is making such a thing. The presence of systemd increases the expected scope of a security audit to the point that they expect to migrate the production version to another OS rather than absorb systemd by upgrading to the current version of the linux distribution they used for initial development.

Comment Re:Saved passwords (Score 1) 112

The trick to remembering them is to have a system

On problem with systems is the wide variety of disallowed / allowed / required characters in passwords for various sites ("minimum of eight characters, at least one lower case, one uppper case, and one digit (but we won't accept puncuation marks and don't say that)"), in rulesets that are only displayed when you set the password, not when you enter it.

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