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Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 527

What complete and utter shite are you spewing?

Actual experience of my wife with H1-B employees (including the "chagrined when discovering the forged credentials" case).

When getting your H1-B you need to provide documentation from your university as proof of your degree. The university must be on a list recognized by the US government. They validate the information with the university rather than just rubberstamping it.

Any of the following would explain that:
  - The agency faked the references, too.
  - The government didn't do the validation you claim it does in every case.
  - The government doesn't do the validation you claim and you're talking through your hat.

Please put your flamage aside for the moment and give us a reference to documentation showing that the government officials actually check credentials, rather than doing spot-checks or taking the applicant's word for them (or bribes).

Comment Needed environment for me is 7, 7pro, 8, 8.1 only (Score 1) 405

Meanwhile Win 3.11... Is still running fine on test equipment. The manufacturer says do not upgrade to any other version of Windows.

I have a gang-programming-and-testing production tool from one of the top three (or so) manufacturers of BLE systems-on-a-chip. Our startup needs this (or a suitable alternative) to go into volume production of our initial products.

It comes with an application - in source in a build environment. This allows it to be customized, to add tests for the peripherals added to make the final assembly, and to integrate into production processes and databases.

But the build environment is only supported in Windows 7, 7 Pro, 8, and 8.1, using Visual Studio 2012. The executables and DLLs produced run only on those or XP.

The executable/DLLs use .NET, too, and the way they use it breaks the GUI under wine, even with genuine Microsoft .NET installed. They run correctly, but the status display is corrupted in a way that makes it unusable. So at the production site it needs to run on genuine Windows at one of those levels. B-b

As of the last time I checked (a couple months ago), the manufacturer is unwilling to port to another OS or version - even though all of them (except maybe 7 Pro) have been end-of-lifed by Microsoft.

Comment Re:It's a lot more simple than that (Score 1) 392

I wasn't suggesting the primary factor in these government contracts wasn't low-balling, but part of the low-balling is using current land value for some undeveloped piece of property that nobody wants because it's not near anything without any attempt to compensate for the fact the value will skyrocket once the project is approved (or even announced, at which point the "estimate" is already complete). "Part of" the low-balling - a pretty minor part, but still there.

Comment Re:It's a lot more simple than that (Score 2) 392

Here in GA they were going to build a "Northern Arc," to complement the the I285 by-pass that circles around Atlanta. It would by-pass the city even farther away, as the metro area has grown way beyond the original by-pass. Anyway, the corrupt a-holes in charge at the time bought the land that would be near the exits... and then announced the plan about where the highway would run.

In an all-too-infrequent bout of sanity, the voters elected a new governor who immediately stopped the program.

Too bad that doesn't happen more often. But yes, I agree with an earlier poster - whatever the government says it will cost, you need to at least triple it, but expect it to be even higher.

What really bothers me is the politicians at the federal level are not subject to insider trading rules dealing with companies they are examining (either for contracts, or looking to sanction them for violations of something).

Comment So you'd deny the benefits to all but big cities? (Score 1) 527

I would restrict H-1Bs to only areas of the country where residential rents (per sq. foot) are in the lower 50 percentile.

So you'd give all the jobs-for-locals benefits to residents of a few big cities and leave the rest of the population in competition for high-value jobs with underpriced H1-Bs?

Looks to me like you completely missed the point of the Trump Win. He was elected by exactly those people you propose to leave out in the jobless cold, over a set of issues of which loss of jobs to foreigners by H1-B visas, illegal immigration, and outsourcing topped the list.

This election - not just the Presidential, but all down the ticket - was largely a revolt by the rural and the downtrodden against the urban elites. Trying to fix the problem only for those living in pricey cities and leave it in full force for these voters is a recipe for more extreme shakeups.

If the soapbox and the ballot box both don't work, and the jury box is unavailable, the only one they've go left is the ammo box.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 2) 527

... 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.

And the number who ACTUALLY HAVE the hard to find degrees is even smaller. The middlemen who bring in the H1-Bs sometimes pad their resumes with non-existent credentials in order to get the necessary approvals from the government (or the employer to do the hire). often to the chagrin of the employee in question shoud he or she eventually find out about it.

Comment Re:Comcast, ACA, Seagate, AT&T (Score 1) 111

It sounds like the survey asked if you had a bad customer service experience in the last year. I have. The year started out good enough - they told me my service was being upgraded to 75Mbs without any cost to me; they'd upgrade my modem (I was renting from them), and wouldn't have to do anything else, all I had to do was log in and request the service, so I did. They said I'd get a ship notification for the new modem within 7 (or 10, I forget) business days.

A month later I checked the status and they said I submitted for it, and they said I'd receive a ship notification within 7 days. Then again a month later. So I went and bought a supported modem, called up, and the operator at that point helped get me up and running pretty painlessly, and I was up to 90Mbs peak.

Now, if I got a survey asking if I had a bad customer service problem, what should I respond? Their system for upgrading was terrible - I had to do it on my own. But that's not all - I decided to drop DirecTV and just get basic cable in order to save money, since I was getting internet from Comcast anyway. That was a f@#king nightmare. Not only calls, but I ended up going to the customer service center a half dozen times in addition to spending hours on the phone.

Comment The idiom predates Huxley's book. (Score 1) 240

... there's no relation to the book [Brave New World] 's subject matter so why allude to it?

"Brave New World" is an idiom (for historical periods that are more utopian than the periods preceding them) that predates Huxley's famous book (which put an ironic and dystopian twist on it).

The sentence uses the pre-Huxley meaning of the idiom and doesn't make a visible reference to the book (though such a reference, and the dystopian newspeak twist, is unavoidable). To be grammatical it requres the article, thus the "[sic]".

Comment Re: Unlimited? (Score 1) 196

Small cells negate the "limited amount of spectrum" argument. It's a financial + logistical + political/regulatory limitation, not a technical one.

Technology will eventually advance to the point that the financial consideration is less important. We're already working with beam-forming -- a technology that's existed for decades, in radar applications -- for instance. Wireless is the future, no matter what the naysayers think, and if you're still thinking of "spectrum" as the limiting factor you're behind the curve. Makes me think of the folks who deploy IPv6 for the first time and start worrying about the "waste" of addresses.

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