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Comment Re:They own the networks and content (Score 1) 122


I am literally getting cable and hbo for $10 a month and I'm the lowest tier internet at 25mb/s now.

I used to pay $140 a month.. and they kept moving the price up. At $190/month I said to heck with that. now I pay $68 a month.

Another factor... my wireless is now down to $65 for 16gb with an 8gb hot spot. Plus ubiquitous free wifi at merchants in my area.

If that goes up to $65 for 32gb and 16gb hot spot, I will consider completely cutting cable.

But I really don't like paying over about 5 hours minimum wage for monthly cable.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 244

The countries banned were

Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Iraq was removed from the second travel ban.

Both trump and his senior advisors openly said in interviews they intended to write a muslim ban, and that they were asked to write muslim ban that would pass legal muster.

Your conway-esque pivot/lie by omission fails.

Comment Re:I am curious if people think this is good or ba (Score 1) 164

From what I've seen, walmart used to devastate local economies. Essentially, they were a giant leech attached to the local economy that rapidly and efficiently removed all the money circulating there.

However, these days Amazon does the same thing even more efficiently than walmart so banning walmart won't help you.

Another 5-10 years, amazon is going to wipe out all their fulfillment jobs with a second layer of robots.

Comment 58% say then need quiet... so 42%?? (Score 1) 183

I think the minority has the "answer", being 42... percent.

Seriously, it's a complex subject because

different kinds of projects require different environment.
different kinds of people require different environments.
different kinds of work require different environments.

And unfortunately offices are associated with status so some people who don't care about quiet are going to require an office if others are getting offices.

Plus offices are more expensive and even cubes cost about $5k the last time I saw costs 5 years ago. Crazy eh? So offices must cost even more to provision at a big company.

My last job, we had "bubblers" and and they really did cut down on background noise a lot. For highly collaborative projects, we went to the collaborative floor and worked in rooms with 30-40 people. Noisy, fast access to every team on the project.

For less collaborative projects, we worked in our own area and had meetings in one of the 8 tiny meeting rooms on the floor or one of the 2 big meeting rooms. The bigger rooms required formall booking while the smaller ones did not.

Our walls were high enough for privacy but didn't go to the cieling.

Working from home was an option but I never really got used to it. I'd do 1 day out of 10 at most.

Comment For most jobs it is only a discriminator. (Score 1) 621

if everyone applying has good degrees with good greats,

Then it goes to interning.

If everyone interned then it goes to some other relevant expertise (so tune your resume to the job you are applying to).

If everyone interned and has relevant experience then either

a) It goes to the "most diverse candidate" in the u.s.
a.1) No clue if it's like that in canada.

b) The business sends it to a senior manager who finds a reason to reject everyone and then hire the candidate proposed by the offshore consulting firm. (you can google a secretly filmed seminar from 2007 of a company teaching corporations exactly how to manage the process from advertising in small markets near the target market to get as few candidates as possible, to how to tune the specific requirements for the job, to finally how to boot it upstairs to a senior who can figure out how to safely reject the candidate.


But.. say there was no h1b. Fundamentally, if this year's demand is for 1734 people with that degree and 5,270 graduate on top of the 27,000 already in the field (of whom 270 are looking for work actively) then about 3,300 of those college graduates are not going to find work in their field (and if it's bad enough- not in any field).

And part of the problem is that tuition is much higher than it was for my generation. It cost me 60 hours minimum wage to pay for an entire semester of classes and books. And since it was so inexpensive, my company reimbursed me without even questioning what I was taking as long as I had good grades and said it applied to my job.

Comment Values volkswagon holds dear (Score 1) 115

Look- it's clear from their behavior that volks wagon doesn't hold any values dear except making a profit.
They are an amoral, asocial corporation.

The instant their feet are not to the fire, they will return to being amoral and asocial.

Put the CEO and management in prison for 6 months.

THEN the volkswagon corporation may have concious because future CEO's and management will know they are personally at risk.

Comment Re:WOW! (Score 3, Insightful) 88

Well... the "wood" floor is probably linoleum. My friends dining room has that. It's pretty cheap and is softer than wood or wood texture tile and is almost as durable (20-30 years- you need to refinish wood more often).

Electrical you got a point- but the cost of that is in the house. A house that size probably has extremely simple wiring.
Russian electricians appear to make 1/4 to 1/3 of what U.S. electricians make. I was suprised how low average russian salaries are!

Concrete with a huge dead air space (clearly visible in the photos) is probably a pretty good start. It sounds like it was trivial to fill the voids with sprayin insulation and that's included in the cost.

I think you are being overly negative.

At the least, it's probably a good option for 4 billion people on the planet so that's a large market.

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