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Comment the moral of the story is: don't hire Americans (Score -1) 85

The moral of the story is clear: don't hire Americans, don't hire anybody in the West. They actually believe they are owed a job by a business, that's very interesting but also not something a business wants to deal with.

By the way, discrimination is a human right. You don't lose your right to discriminate just because you run a business, but the way the Western laws are structured: you DO lose your right to discriminate and then you can be a target for various lawsuits based on this oppression of the individual rights by the collectivist system.

So make sure not to hire in the countries that have these types of oppressive regimes and laws in place.

Comment A Microsoft Example (Score 1) 214

Sure, coding this up should be pretty quick, since I just need to plug A into B using X. .NET does W, Y and Z, so it should do X.

Me: Wait, where is X?
Microsoft: X has been deprecated in 64-bit.
Me: Wait, why? W, Y, and Z all work, why not X?
Microsoft: Nobody uses it.
Me: It's listed as a feature in your docs! It's the recommended method! If people are doing W, Y and Z, they are definitely doing X!
Microsoft: Whoops, wait a sec... There now they say NOT to use X as it's deprecated.
Me: Fine I'll write a 32-bit shim
Microsoft: .NET won't allow you to do that with X for security purposes
Me: Holy cow I need to write a friggin' service and pipe crap to it just to get X to work?
Microsoft: Or write your own implementation
Me: The whole point of X is it's a pain in the neck to implement properly and I'd rather be spending time on user-facing stuff, rather than become an expert on X, which I'll only be using for this one particular feature. Fine I'm re-implementing, my original estimate has now increased 10x.

Six Months Later:
Microsoft: Good news, X has now been implemented in 64-bit! Download it here...

Comment Re: Filed under: Nobody needs this! (Score 1) 204

Thrift stores, goodwill, ebay, etc. Plenty of ways to get rid of things already purchased... in order to make room for new things.

One of these months I should measure exactly how much of the closet is mine and how much is hers. It's a good thing I don't have many shirts (because I don't need many), because I am left with very little.

Comment Re:Nope ^ 1000! (Score 1) 204

camera that's designed to go somewhere in your bedroom, bathroom, or wherever the hell you get dressed

and

All photos and video captured with your Echo Look are securely stored in the AWS cloud

What. Could. Possibly. Go. Wrong.

Unlike say... a Nest/Dropcam which (with a cloud dvr plan) is more or less watching & streaming to the cloud 24/7... I would bet good money these things are built not unlike the Echo products... to only listen for a wake word locally, then transmit what it hears afterwards to the cloud for recognition and then act.

Sure, if you get your hands on the hardware you could probably drop a custom FW load which would turn it evil, or if you had enough access at Amazon you could do the same, but if they are smart (ie their lawyers sufficiently paranoid), they took steps to make random remote access a good bit more difficult than you think.

Comment Re:God no (Score 1) 204

Why? Be it a Xbox Kinect, a Samsung Smart TV, a Nest/Dropcam or any number of other cheap cameras... they are becoming pretty common in more or more homes.

Unlike those geared towards 'security' or convenience, I do (unfortunately) see plenty of these selling for those who are looking to up their style.

I've no desire for one, but I'm afraid my wife will.

Comment Re:Filed under: Nobody needs this! (Score 2, Insightful) 204

You must not be married.

While I am happy to grab whatever t-shirt is next in the closet (sometimes the wife tries to arrange them based on the next pair of pants/shorts in the dresser)... my wife is a fair bit more concerned about her look, even though she will often deny it.

It took me a while to realize, but Amazon's target market for quite a few things isn't geeks like us who want some random PC part or book delivered the next day... it's our wives/girlfriends who this is geared towards. Just watch the product video, all women, all into fashion. Sure, not all women are, but if you see enough of them in the wild you see how/why this is a smart move to target them.

Go a bit further, ask married couples around you: Who orders more on Amazon? Who has a higher income in the household? More often than not (doubly so in households with children), the wife spends more on Amazon while the husband is the one paying for most of it.

Note: I'm not saying any of this is good or bad (wrt who spends and who pays), simply that it is a smart move by Amazon to further exploit an area they've targeted for quite some time.

Comment Re:This is horrible (Score -1) 90

Oh, this is a wonderful comment!

Also I suggest that people who are unusually tall should be shortened at the knees because they can move unfairly faster than others and see further. People with 20/20 vision should have their sight reduced artificially by mandatory cloudy glasses to make it fair for everybody and people who are just too damn pretty should have acid splashed into their faces to make life more equitable on this planet for all.

Comment Re:Who exactly is surprised by this? (Score -1) 164

Those are not necessities. Would you defend rich people being the first to have food and water and shelter?

- of-course I would, most obviously people with more means can get food and water and shelter faster and of higher quality than others. Wealth is a way to set priorities just as well as to do a number of other things, why wouldn't the rich have first access to food, water and shelter?

Comment Re:solution (Score 4, Insightful) 349

Better yet - don't move to Silly Valley in the first place.

There's lots of places (Austin, Portland, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Southern Florida, Chicago, Atlanta, etc) where you can find lots of quite decent tech jobs. They don't pay a glamorous salary and don't have pre-IPO stock options per se, but the cost of living won't break your financial back. As a bonus, you don't have to put up with snobby California politics, people, etc. ;)

Also of note, many big-name corps (e.g. Intel) have offices, labs, etc in out-of-the-Valley places (Intel has fabs and sites in Chandler, AZ and Hillsboro, OR, among others.)

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