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Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 783

Only a total moron would come to the US expecting a fair trial, after literally being called a traitor worthy of the firing squad or life imprisonment by major politicians on broadcast TV. And only a total moron would expect an after the fact pardon either. Heck, only a moron would expect the state to even honor a plea bargain made, if the bargain was made while the State did not actually have Snowden in custody. So I doubt it will come to this. Only way I see Snowden ever returning to US soil is if a very progressive set of politicians take power 20 years from now, and they pardon him before he ever tries to return.

Comment Re:The danger of populism (Score 1) 537

I don't disagree in the slightest with Trump being overall bad, but the H1B thing is a scam. Certain large companies have entire wings that sound like Bombay. Are all these Indian employees the best of the best, worth importing from overseas? This has not been my personal experience.

I didn't vote for Trump, and I think many of the things he has proposed are bad, and worse, we don't even know what he really plans to do because it seems to change weekly. Nor do many of the things he does inspire much confidence in the man.

The $100k is not a minimum wage for Americans. The reason to impose it is because with the high costs of living in America, $60k isn't really enough to pay back the college loans needed- or be worth spending 4-6 years in school - to even be considered for the kind of jobs we are talking about here.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 537

...This is precisely what this bill is meant to prevent. It's not like there aren't Americans - who paid into the system, or their parents paid into the system - who don't have master's degrees. They just cost more, not a paltry $65k for a minimum of 5-6 years of schooling in a difficult program. Truck drivers make about that much with 5-6 years experience.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 2) 537

If they genuinely are the only person in the world with the expertise and the research is that important...then cough up the 100k. A university with a billion dollar grant can afford that, and if they have a doctorate and a truly irreplaceable skill, they deserve north of 100k...

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 5, Insightful) 537

If the client pays $100k it's still a more viable option for them to consider hiring an American, except of course in California. This also fixes another loophole where nonprofits could bring in all the H1Bs they want with no cap - they still can, but needing to pay $100k, indexed for inflation, is a lot better than it is now.

Making the bill even sweeter, actual wages in America are NOT increasing with inflation. So in 10 or 20 years, that 100k will effectively be even higher.

Comment Well Trump has one thing right (Score 5, Insightful) 537

I'm not a big fan of Trump, but if he actually delivers on this campaign promise (even if it's just scrawling his signature on the bill and then taking all the credit in speeches) that will be a good thing for me and most employed people on slashdot.

Is there any way this is a bad thing? H1B was supposed to be for bringing in essential foreign talent. If a company isn't willing to pay $100k per year plus the various expenses, whoever they are bringing it must not have been all that talented.

Comment Re:One bit doesn't make sense (Score 1) 101

With thrust vectoring it's in theory possible to do the staging where you shed 1 booster at a time, with fuel crossfeed to the other 2. The Delta IV can be launched like this, with just one SRB on one side. Whether or not this will be possible with the Falcon Heavy depends on how they build it, and realistically which version of the rocket it is. (since SpaceX keeps making changes)

Comment Re:Google can tell me the definition of hypocrisy (Score 1) 348

Here's the other thing. So the government is trying to make sure that companies - like, uh, google - it gives Federal money too aren't blatantly discriminatory. Anyways, you were whining that ", why does the government get to have my name, contact info, salary history, and God knows what else?"

Do you pay your taxes or at least file em? Who do you think issued that SSN? At some level, the government already knows everything they are asking for - they are just demanding the records from google because this lets them prove that google knew they were discriminating. If google's own records show that their average employee is 29 and that anyone over that, with a near identical resume, has a 90% lower chance to be hired, well, that's a smoking gun.

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