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Comment If you want the best, you enable remote employees (Score 5, Insightful) 145

Many of the folks who have a track record of getting stuff done in their field (especially open source projects) know their value and often don't feel like they have to relocate to command what they're worth. And I think that's the way it ought to be.

It's nice when you can have teams gathered in a single place, but I certainly wouldn't "not hire" a rockstar simply because they couldn't/wouldn't relocate to some arbitrary location that the company wanted. Hire the best talent you can afford and don't stress about where they live.

Comment Police aren't interested in small-time theft (Score 4, Insightful) 74

You could have incontrovertible evidence of the identity of the thief or the current possessor of the laptop, but it's extremely unlikely that you'll be able to find a police department that's sufficiently interested to bother helping unless it's part of a larger crime. I'm not saying the police are bad people, but I am saying that most departments appear to be under-resourced to follow-up on petty crime.

Comment Another reason to avoid business trips to China (Score 4, Insightful) 68

When I used to go to China, I often found that access to sites I need to use to do my work were blocked in whole or in part. Without setting up a vpn, I can't do my work. And even then, it was always a cat and mouse game as the connections were randomly terminated.

So now I just avoid going there at all if I can help it.


Comment Re:False premise (Score 5, Interesting) 501


With the exception of the video card and a relatively cheap 512GB SSD, I also haven't seen the need to buy a new PC until it outright fails. It's still humming along on the i7-2600K processor and 16GB of RAM that it came with 5 years ago. While I'm sure there are workloads that can benefit from the latest and greatest, for most people there just isn't any compelling reason to upgrade. We're starting to see the same phenomenon in the cell phone ecosystem as well.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 5, Insightful) 540

True. They are pretty much indentured servants. If they move to another company, the new company has to be willing to go through all the legal BS to continue their H1-B and potentially their green card paperwork. So there is a lot of incentive to not bounce around.

The whole H1-B program is mostly a sham. Go to any Fortune X company and 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. The consulting companies barely go through the motions to hide that so the expectation of getting caught seems to be pretty low.

Comment Re:Now if they... (Score 1) 115

If you had a car with no battery, I would agree with you. If you had enough battery to store sufficient juice for your typical drive then the solar roof could simply be charging that battery during the day when you are not driving. Seems like that would be plenty, especially for someone who uses the car infrequently (so long as it is parked in a sunny spot).

Comment Eye of the Beholder (Score 4, Insightful) 224

These types of lists are always biased in a "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" kind of way. I've been using linux for 20 years now and don't really agree with most of their choices. These lists might get someone new started with Linux, but people eventually gravitate towards what works for them once they get their sea legs.

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