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Comment I just got done hiring two people... (Score 3, Interesting) 532

I have spent the last several months hiring two QA engineers. I got about two dozen resumes that had been pre-screened by the corporate recruiter. All of them were somewhat qualified. I phone interviewed about half of those, and had about 8-10 people come in for interviews.

Most of them were on some kind of work program. I only saw resumes for three men, and one came in for an interview. He was from an African country. I think the other two may have been Americans, but I didn't phone interview them and am only guessing by their names.

All the rest of the resumes were women, and only 1 was American.

So while I understand the sentiment that the H1B program is being used to "replace American workers" - which I am sure it is - I personally don't see it. I did not get any qualified Americans applying for the position. There was nothing wrong with the salary or the market we are in, and nothing specialized about the positions. Now I do know that Big Corporations are able to use-and-abuse the visa program because I have seen it firsthand. But there is also some good that comes out of the program as well.

I guess this what we've been reduced to though, you have to choose one end of the spectrum, there's no in-between on anything.

Comment Let's not forget 'repairability'... (Score 1) 148

I admittedly don't know much about how this applies to carbon fiber or graphene, but it needs to be 'repairable'. You can weld steel, to either repair it or join it to more steel, to the point it is as strong or even stronger than the original (with bracing and whatnot). Anything that would replace steel would need this characteristic.

Comment Re:Asking the wrong question (Score 1) 123

Don't all of the variations have their own pieces anyway? I know we have two sets - one is a very old French version I found at a flea market which is really cool (my wife used to be a French teacher) and the other is a Simpsons version. I've played it with my kids quite a bit. I kind of think it's a great move for them to make all the customized versions, it breathes a little bit of new life into the game. It's more relevant to buy a monorail stop instead of a railroad, or Burns Manor instead of Boardwalk.

I fully expect that they will continue to churn out new versions all the time, for all kinds of things. They don't need anyone's votes, this is pure marketing. In fact, they are late to the game if they are just now talking about having a version with emoji tokens. Come on Parker Bros!

Comment What report? (Score 1) 165

What fraudulent report? Did it say they filed a report with the police? The news story said they were working with law enforcement, that's it.
And they gave you an email address from their domain if you have any information. (?!)

Sure, someone might have nabbed them, laptops get stolen all the time. Just somewhat interesting that this made the news feeds. Do I care? Not in the least.

Comment Re:Carly Fiorina 2.0 (Score 3) 399

This is really OT, but....
I worked at Motorola from '93 to '98, and they encouraged patent submissions. Pagers were hot, and they had just come out with their new 2-way pager. I came up with an idea for a middleware application to translate text-to-speech and speech-to-text for people to be able to bridge the gap between pagers and phones. It went to committee, but they passed on it because they didn't see the benefits and thought it wouldn't be cost-effective. I still think about that today... I wouldn't have gotten anything out of it but a few bucks, they would have retained all of the rights anyway. It would have been nice to have my name on something like that as a legacy. Instead, I held onto some stock for 20 years and took a loss on it. :|

Comment Re:I already simplify it for my kids (Score 3, Interesting) 95

Kids do not understand why #1 is a bad thing.
You have to follow that up with real-world examples of why and how that could be a problem for them.

I told my daughter "imagine you sent a selfie to your best friend where you had your finger in your nose as a joke. Then what if she thought it was funny and shared it with other friends... then it made it all around your school and people started teasing you about picking your nose." Pretty mild example, but I think she got it. Basically I said once you send something, you have no control over what happens to it.

And just like everything else, they will only truly learn if they are allowed to make mistakes on their own.
I did shit all the time that my parents told me not to do, and I learned - both in good ways and in bad ways - from doing that.
Fortunately for me, there was no way to document those things back then like there are today. :)

Comment Mint supports package upgrades... (Score 4, Insightful) 224

When I switched to Mint several years ago, I didn't like that they didn't support "upgrading in place". However, one of the reasons I switched to Mint (from Ubuntu) was because I had upgraded so many times in place (7 or 8) that my system wasn't stable and was slowing down. So I made the decision to change my partitions and go with the idea of keeping my base install small, my home directory on a separate partition, etc. My upgrades since then have been very painless and faster!

However, they DO now support upgrading in place, it's called their Package Upgrade. I haven't done it yet, but am on 18 and may upgrade to 18.1 that way. Although I used to be a KDE person (back on Redhat, then SuSE, then Kubuntu) I switched to XFCE many years ago and haven't looked back.

Comment there is one thing I like about it... (Score 2) 265

I am a linux user... have been exclusively at home since 99. At work I use windows.

I have been using Win10 for a year now at work, and I have to say that I don't really care for it. I have a touchscreen laptop, and I have disabled the touchscreen feature. But all the icons are still like I am on a tablet. I have been living with it. For the most part, I don't like much about it at all.

One of the features of the start menu that I use, and like, is the type-search. I open the start menu, and can start typing the name of the application I need, and it quickly narrows down the options. I find it useful because I can do that from the keyboard alone, which is helpful.

My one caveat is that I use this feature all the time because I really don't like the way the menu works in general. When I am searching for an application that I don't use all that often, it always takes me a second or two to find the "all apps" link, then it opens up that stupid alphabetically sorted list. That is why I have lots of apps pinned on my menu bar. It's a workaround at best.

At home I use Mint XFCE, and it has the search for apps in a very similar fashion, but WITH a very usable nested menu structure. I love it so much more.

Comment I have downloaded movies instead of ripping them.. (Score 2) 84

Usually I buy DVDs for the kids, rip them to my linux machine which are served up with serviio to my WDTV/Roku boxes.
There have been times that I haven't been able to rip the DVD because of protection on the disc. So I have downloaded a copy to put on my media server.
I have only done this on a few occasions, but when I did it was actually faster to download it than to rip it.

So I will assume that your "pirating movies" comment was meant for those people who actually pirate movies.

Comment Please, no wishful logic (Score 1) 455

While it would be nice, it wouldn't happen.
What would happen is that companies would either sell their unused patents to another company, who could hold onto it for a while, then do the same. Or they would just create a subsidiary, and sell it to them. Or some other shenanigans that I don't have the mentality to think up. However, what it would ensure is that patent attorneys would still be need (more than ever!) which in my book is a bad idea.

Comment That is not the real end game. (Score 1) 455

The true end-game of this - and almost all legal scenarios - is to make sure that lawyers are still necessary. If you step back, you will see that they have created a legal system that they tend like a garden to solely ensure that they are necessary. It doesn't matter what kind of lawyer. I have not checked, but would be willing to bet that a lawyer initiated this lawsuit (playing on the emotions of a grieving family). Step back and consider who all the real winners are in this scenario... it's the lawyers.

Comment What I find rather apalling... (Score 2) 404

is that people cast votes, and our elections are won or lost, on whether or not a candidate comes to their state and tells them what they want to hear.
It boggles my mind that it still works. We live in an age where information - real, massaged, and fabricated - is available 24/7. Yet politics is still just politics, where you don't have to be a good candidate to win. You just have to be a better shyster.

We should have a "neither" option, and if neither wins, we go back and start over.

I know why that won't work, because the entire system has been built by those who gain the most from it. And it is not the American people. It just makes me sad that as "the greatest nation" we still can't get the basics right.

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