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Comment unintended consequence: (Score 1) 513

Companies now incentivized to open foreign development offices. Right? If you hire foreign nationals in their country of origin they're not an H1B employee. So instead of importing foreign workers to the U.S. (who pay rent, taxes and buy things from American companies), American employers will just employ more people abroad.

Comment mitigating factor (Score 4, Insightful) 396

Automating things is itself work, and when a process or job changes it must be re-automated. If the automation wasn't done in a manner that's easily updated to accommodate minor changes, then the effort to "re-automate" something may approach the level of effort it took to automate it in the first place. So while lots of work may be automatable, the effort require to keep all that work automated on an ongoing basis incurs some amount of overhead.

Comment some stats (Score 1) 285

Results within 25 miles of my residence at Indeed (full-time positions only):

C: 1440
C++: 474
Python: 762
Ruby: 336
Java: 1113

I suspect the results for "C" are inflated due to the difficulty of isolating only positions looking for the "C" programming language. Same exercise at Stack Overflow jobs:

C: 2
C++: 2
Python: 10
Ruby: 7
Java: 14

Comment Re:Dear Matthew (Score 1) 531

employees are forced to take cuts in salary and benefits while CEOs continue to get obscenely huge salaries, benefits, and separation packages

Sounds fair to me. Quality CEO adds much more to the company's bottom line than Culver does, even if he's an amazing IT guy. Also harder to outsource a CEO, so they can demand more.

Comment Re:Because (Score 1) 297

It's more like "I lost my job and kept looking for months but couldn't find another that would pay anywhere remotely close to what I used to make".

Did you consider (and/or did she suggest) taking one that paid (potentially significantly) less than your previous one? Or relocating to a more amenable labor market? May not have made a difference; but, then again, it might have.

I'm assuming most women would be like her even in that situation.

Maybe a non-insignificant portion of women are that shallow, but I wouldn't view it as the norm.

Comment Re:Money (Score 2) 297

I'd add three things here, which may not actually contradict anything you believe: 1. Almost all governments carry debt; the ones that are close to having no debt are among the least prosperous, and 2. If you're someone who disproportionately benefits from the debt-financed spending then for you to support higher inflation (in order to allow more debt-financed spending) may be entirely rational, and 3. it's hard to know who benefits most from debt-financed spending because it's hard to separate expenditures into "debt-financed" and "non-debt-financed".

One place to look to identify what an "acceptable" level of per debt GDP might be is the level below which the U.S. can maintain the highest possible sovereign debt rating from the various agencies. Countries currently rated AAA by Moody's, using the most recent free data I could find, along with their current per GDP central government debt (2013 data):

United States: 106.5%
Germany: 79.8%
Australia: 35.9%
Canada: 93.6%
Switzerland: 45.3%
Denmark: 59.3%
Luxembourg: 33.5%
Netherlands: 87.7%
Norway: 39.6%
New Zealand: 38.1%
Sweden: 48.3%
Singapore: 104.7% (had to get this from a different source)

It's clear that among AAA-rated sovereigns the U.S. is near the top debt-wise. To draw more in line with the other members of that group it would need to get its per GDP debt down to around 80% at most.

It also pays to look at countries that are highly developed but not AAA rated. This helps the debt level necessary to guarantee an AAA rating. The previous exercise helped to identify the level needed in order to preclude an AAA rating. Here are some highly developed non-AAA rated countries and their debt levels:

United Kingdom: 103.1%
France: 116.1%
Japan: 232.5%
Austria: 89.5%
Belgium: 105.4%
Finland: 70.1%
Iceland: 91.3%
South Korea: 39.0%

Given S. Korea, it looks like there's essentially no debt level that guarantees a AAA rating. However, if the U.S. were to get down below 70% (i.e. Finland) then it would be pretty close to guaranteed.

It's worth noting that, based on what he's promised so far, Trump looks to be no friend to debt/deficit hawks.

Comment Re:Not everyone is the same (Score 2) 297

This is a mischaracterization of what "introverted" means. In the general sense it does not mean "happier alone". That might describe "extreme social introversion". Most introverts have a small circle of friends. Most introverts enjoy spending time with some subset of their small circle of friends in private, and on occasion. A regular D&D game, for instance. Most introverts eventually marry. It's not the case that most introverts desire no human contact and are quite happy to die alone and friendless.

Comment Re:Because (Score 3, Insightful) 297

Refusal and/or inability to trust will ensure you remain lonely even when you're in a relationship. It's also somewhat of a fallacy to assume every woman, or even the majority of women, are like your ex-wife. This assumes your description of why she left you is accurate. If the truth is closer to "I lost my job then sat on my ass for six months and played video games" then it may be entirely reasonable to suspect most women are like your ex-wife.

Comment Re:you know... (Score 2) 230

You seem to have read into what I wrote that I believe Apple supporting OS X on non-Apple hardware to be something that might actually happen. I don't believe that. My point stands, though: I wouldn't care as much about what Apple does with their laptop hardware if I could run OS X on something other than an Apple laptop. (*) (*) Without the hassle and/or buggy behavior of building a Hackintosh.

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