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Comment Re:Even simpler, increase the wages (Score 1) 619

Quarterly auction with an absolute cap on quantity, starting bid of $200,000/year (in total compensation) + 25% fee.

The problem with this is that you'd essentially limit the H1-Bs to Silicon Valley. The salaries there are so much higher than elsewhere in the country for comparable jobs, that companies located in smaller tech centers would have no chance of winning an auction. And, arguably, they are the ones that need more help.

I don't understand the motivation for this. If they have passed your stringent test for being needed and skilled, why not let them stay? Why finance the growth of businesses in other countries?

Comment Re:The three golden rules of borrowing (Score 1) 399

If only things were so simple...

There are just so many examples for when these rules make no sense. "Don't borrow what you can't afford to pay back" is a good rule, but too abstract, so people come up with ones you listed which are seemingly straightforward and sound. But, they are far from it.

Comment Re:Rust (Score 1) 245

If you meant are pretty far I disagree with you. 'Flavor of the year' is a figure of speech meaning they are a fad, and indication is that GP is very correct about a lot of these. Ruby is already yesterday's news, with the MEAN stack and even newer ideas taking its place. Swyft is very new and replaces Objective-C with a C#/Java-like language, which begs the question why don't we just use those?

Yeah, that was a typo, I meant "are pretty far".

I don't know how Ruby can be included in the list of "fad" languages:

fad = an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object's qualities

It's been around for 20 years now, and was quite heavily used for a number of those years. Yeah, it's on the decline, and there are better alternatives available for its most common use, but that still doesn't qualify it as a "fad", any more than Cobol, C, or even Perl, are fads.

Swift is on the other side of the spectrum -- new, but it has a backing of a company with power to force an army of developers to use it, and hence its adoption is quick and likely to be long lasting. Again, we're not talking about some random "cool" language of the year that will die out before seeing any real use.

These are simply not languages that I think of when I think of "flavour of the year". I think your bar for that description is much lower than mine.

Comment Re:What abuot the weight problem? (Score 1) 163

They are also decidedly tight-lipped about this on their own website, which contains nothing but wishy-washy rhetoric, much in the vein of TFA and this summary. No hard data, no technical details, not even a clarification of what terms like "hybrid" mean.

I think it's safe to say that they didn't get Boeing and JetBlue to invest based on the information on the web site... Now, maybe it was a con based on a bunch of fake data, or a really good marketing presentation... or they have some real ideas. Who knows. But if it's some really great idea that got them the money, I doubt that they'd post it on their web site.

Comment Re:What abuot the weight problem? (Score 1) 163

While it might work during cruise and landing, will the extra fuel need for takeoff and possibly to support flight at cruise altitude, and thus extra fuel burn and the need to carry such fuel, outweigh the benefits in reduced fuel consumption.

You can't really say that without running the math on jet fuel costs vs. recharging batteries. We don't know what weight deltas we're talking about, what kind of operational costs we're talking about on short flights (re: not having to handle fuel, not having to adjust for variable weights due to burning fuel, etc...).. and then potential longer-term benefits -- solar charging while in air, government subsidies for cleaner air, safety and reliability which is certainly going to be higher than burning fuel at some point... etc.

You might be totally right, but without running a fairly complex financial and engineering analysis, you can't dismiss this... which is presumably what these guys did.

Comment Re:Everyone? (Score 1) 370

Settle for a 1080p projector, a 100" screen, a mid-range speaker system, install everything yourself (5-10K installation -- WTF, what are you building there?), and throw in a couple of powered leather recliners, and you can have the whole thing for about $3000.

It won't satisfy the very picky, sure, but it's a damn good, and I'm still impressed that I can have all that at my own home these days. Considering the other advantages of being in your home, it's a way better experience than most movie theater visits.

If I didn't have Alamo to go to for good food & drinks along with a movie, which is harder to replicate at home (the part where someone else makes it for you and brings it to you :) ), I'd likely avoid the theaters altogether.

Comment Re:An Excellent Start But More is Required (Score 1) 295

The wage should reflect the fact that the necessary worker is so rare and valuable that no US citizen living anywhere in the United States can satisfy the requirements.

That's not at all what it means. Obviously, some US citizen can satisfy the requirements, just not any that are willing to quit their jobs and/or move to wherever this position is, or are just not that interested in that particular position.

That's really not that rare. Otherwise there wouldn't be so many open positions out there sitting open for months.

Comment Echo is great, apps are terrible (Score 1) 210

It's a lot like the early web... There were the "official" web sites which looked good, loaded quickly, and worked. And then there were java applets, which were slow to load, buggy, and looked like high school projects.

It's pretty much the same. The features that come built-in are really good, voice recognition is fantastic, and it's overall a useful gadget to have to play music, set timers, reminders, check weather, and sports schedules.

Try to use any of the silly "skills" available, and you'll be very disappointed. The integration sucks ("tell to "), reliability sucks, and, therefore, usability sucks. Apart from having my kids ask for fart noises, there's not much out there yet.

Comment Re:How much? (Score 1) 401

I know, I missed gazillions of them, but just saying Altbaba doesn't exactly roll of the tongue. Even "The corpse of a company formerly known as Yahoo" has more cachet than "Altbaba".

Maybe that's why it's called Atlaba, and not Altbaba. I'm not saying it's a great name, but it does roll off the tongue a lot easier.

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