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Comment Re:Simple Reforms Needed (Score 3, Insightful) 191

I had a suggestion for simple reforms to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker program that was being similarly abused, except it wasn't limited to tech workers. Specifically the TFW program was set to for companies that couldn't find Canadian talent to fill roles. It was meant to be used for things like say a high end Indian restaurant needed to bring in a chef from India with 30+ years of experience, but instead was used to replace teenage cashiers at McDonalds franchises.

My suggestion was very simple: If you cannot find a worker for a particular job, you apply to the TFW program for a permit to hire a foreign worker to fill the slot. The government does market studies and knows what an average wage for that position is and to fill it with a TFW, the company will pay 150% of the average wage for that position to get that worker into Canada and employed. The company pays the ministry the worker's 150% wage and then the worker receives a cheque from the government at the average wage for that position as per the market study. The excess monies are used to pay for operation of the TFW program and also to set aside grants to train Canadians to fill these worker deficiencies.

Another reason the pay goes through the TFW office was that there were several cases of the workers being underpaid once they arrived here, or in one particularly egregious instance, a McD's franchisee was also acting as the landlord for his TFWs in a house he owned and would "helpfully" pre-deduct rent and utilities from their paycheques.

I'd be willing to bet that if the TFW and H1-B programs enacted this simple reform, the demand for foreign workers would plummet like a stone and it would still leave the door open for those businesses that actually cannot find someone in-country for a particular job.

Comment Re:Common Ground (Score 1) 53

? How does Microsoft's "network" come into it when someone plays Rocket League? I play Rocket League on a PC against Psynet (PS4) players all the time and there's not material difference. They are not routing through Sony's network, the connection is from their PS4 through their ISP to the Rocket League server directly, just like my PC's is. Xbox would work the same.

There's the side issue of the console players not being able to properly compete with the PC Master Race in things like 1st person shooters but that doesn't come into play with RL or games like it.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 333

The aggregate track record of US and Euro companies having hazardous materials in their products versus products from China is pretty clear cut. While there can be outliers both ways, the historical record shows that western products are far more likely to be safe.

After all, I haven't recently heard about any milk in the US killing babies due to melamine being added:

Or lead/arsenic/cadmium in US toys:

Or "gutter oil" being a thing in the West:

Add to that the fact that the people making the knockoffs generally care little about any laws that might be broken in pursuit of their profit.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 333

Yes but regulations are a good thing. You might get leather shoes from China that are knockoffs that are every bit as good and durable as the real McCoy, but what you don't know is the leather before processing was treated with arsenic which is slowly leeching into your skin.

Comment Re:"Democracy" (Score 1) 230

> Erdogan is clearly following Putin's play book.

Putin's playbook? I'd say there's more than a little of the Goring playbook in there too coupled with some adlibbing.

"Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

It's looking more and more like the coup attempt was either encouraged and Erdogan took full advantage, or it was a false flag attack. This way Erdogan doesn't have to tell the people they are being attacked and (inserrt group here) is exposing the country to danger, he arranged a demonstration of it.

Now he's in the denounce whoever he wants as coup conspirators and make them the enemies the people rally against phase. For example, this morning it was announced that they banned all academics from leaving the country:


So now he's revoked 21,000 private teacher licenses, removed 24 broadcast licenses from TV and radio stations, demanded the resigation of all 1577 deans of schools in the country, and fired 15000 education ministry personnel. You know what THAT sound like? Time to start indoctrinating the youth of Turkey with his truth, not the objective truth.

And that doesn't even go into his removal of the cops, judges, Energy ministry employees, finance ministry employees, governors, interior ministry personnel, and more. AND he banned all 3 million civil servants from taking vacation indefinitely.

Comment Re:License to work (Score 1) 635

> The unlucky sap they hire to impound the tractor would be looking down the barrel of a 12 gauge shotgun.

And then the nearest city/state SWAT team comes out, has a standoff that ends in Farmer John getting tazed, shot or blown up with a remote robot delivered bomb like in Dallas, and his farm falls into receivership with it not being worked. One of John Deere's agribusiness megafarm subsidiaries buys it and everyone wins. Except farmer John who is now a felon in prison or a corpse.

Comment Re:honesty (Score 1) 57

> b) Uber's success comes from the breaking of the laws relating to taxicab services and employment

And to add to the latter half of that a little more, Uber had grandly proclaimed that their drivers would make good money, whereas the data now being seen would suggest working at McDs would be more lucrative.

Comment Re:"... consider suing ..." (Score 1) 465

Usually those TOSs are on something that was paid for. I have a hard time believing that any court would force a company to compensate someone for something lost because they put it on a free service. Because if they did, the day after that ruling a lot of free services would send out a "You have 30 days to back your shit up because we're closing our doors" notice.

Comment Re:Split the costs (Score 4, Interesting) 57

It sounds insane but people actually have problems paying $1 for an app, and will talk endlessly about it to me as they debate the value of buying it to put on their $700 smartphone or $400 tablet while they sip on their $4 latte-macchaito-slushie-whatever. Hell, even I do it from time to time "Is this REAAALLY worth $2? Maybe I'll stick with the free version with ads..." So I would expect anything that lowers the perceived cost will increase sales, even if its people lying to themselves about how it's "cheaper" because everyone in their family can now have a copy of *thing that nobody else in their family wants*.

Comment Re:Aaaannnd there it is... (Score 1) 157

Sure, no problem. But again, all your link says is:

"Finally, as several authors have pointed out, there were actually two visits by groups from Apple to Xerox PARC in 1979. Steve Jobs was on the second of the two. Jef Raskin, who helped arranged both visits, explained that he wanted Jobs to visit PARC to understand work that was already going on at Apple. The Macintosh project had escaped the chopping block several times, and Raskin had tried to explain to Jobs the significance of the technologies it was incorporating. By showing that other companies considered this kind of work exciting, Raskin hoped to boost the value of the Macintosh's work in Jobs' eyes. Unbeknownst to Raskin, Jobs had his own reasons for visiting PARC: Xerox's venture capital arm had recently made an investment in Apple, and had agreed to show Apple what was going on in its lab."

Xerox already invested in Apple and "had agreed to show Apple what was going on in its lab". That's all. No mention of compensation for anything Apple took from PARC. Everything I said is still valid. Apple exchanged shares and in part got a chance to talk with PARC engineers as a result of that, but there was no agreement on them actually taking any of the tech and bringing it to market themselves. If they had suggested anything like that ahead of time I guarantee anyone with a brain at Xerox would have never allowed the visit.

Comment Re:Aaaannnd there it is... (Score 1) 157

First of all, two people replied both citing a site named Obamapacman as the definitive source. Just saying.

Secondly, from your own link:

"Jobs and several Apple employees including Jef Raskin visited Xerox PARC in December 1979 to see the Xerox Alto. Xerox granted Apple engineers three days of access to the PARC facilities in return for the option to buy 100,000 shares of Apple at the pre-IPO price of $10 a share."

They were granted access for 3 days in exchange for that money. The shares paid - ahead of time - for the access, which was presumably to pick peoples' brains there for ideas. It doesn't say anything at all about compensation for actually lifting their prototyped research or licensing or anything else.

I can go pay $10,000 to attend a TED symposium, does that mean I can rip off any ideas I hear or see there scot free?

Comment Re:Aaaannnd there it is... (Score 1) 157

> If by stolen you mean bought, then yes. He recognised the people and paid for it.

Oh, big old citation needed for this one. Apple was known to have hired a few PARC people away from Xerox several months after Jobs visited PARC but there is to my knowledge no public mention of any compensation to Xerox whatsoever.

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