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Comment What is going on with Slashdot? (Score 2) 233

Okay, first of all, this is clearly not news... it's from the freaking Daily Mail, as much a newspaper as the National Enquirer. Yeah, of course people *without* self driving cars who've never seen one before would be nervous. Also, people who've never seen a movie say they would have trouble sitting in a dark room for 2 hours. What is going on with Slashdot the last couple weeks? I used to come here for no-bullshit-tech-news, and now we have weird Hillary health posts, the pervious article about "Touch Disease" is total rubbish too. They seem to be going 50% total bullshit posts. I try and avoid HN, because of the comments section, but the editors here should just read over the entries there and copy the good ones. Here, let me do a quick look. 13 hours ago news that Tesla signed a massive contract with the California power grid. TECHNOLOGY NEWS! 3 hours ago Bash 4.4 released. TECHNOLOGY NEWS! 2 hours ago EU Court: Open WiFi Operator Not Liable for Pirate Users. TECHNOLOGY NEWS! Look, I like this place because there used to be good editorial insight into tech news and all the highlights were covered with little BS or outright bias or weirdness. It was never perfect, but damn it was better than other choices. But who the hell is the new editor? Did all the good ones leave? Is no one submitting decent news?

Comment Re:Probably not H1-B, but L1 (Score 1) 614

DEFINITELY. It's an L1. Disney's plans (while possibly evil) are to move the jobs overseas. They aren't "replacing them" in the US... they are having Infosys workers in India do the job. The workers are here very temporarily to learn the job, then go do it over in India. This article is insanely misleading. You absolutely, positively can't get an H1B for "cheap", let alone displace an American worker for it. I've hired two H1B workers in the past, and it was difficult as hell and they were my highest paid employees, by a big margin. Another misleading thing is that they say Infosys has "some of the most H1B's of any company"... and it mentions that it's about 1,000. That's because they have 176,000 employees! Some of the employees are so awesome that they can get transferred to the US under H1B... but those 176,000 workers in India are absolutely not all getting H1B's to do business consulting in the US. This is about offshoring.... which we can dislike! I mean, Disney was being real jerks here. I don't think anyone can directly say Disney is a lovable company, but to weirdly conflate H1B's with what happened with these layoffs is SUPER weird to me, and clearly pretty misleading.

Submission + - Kerbal 1.0 Released after 4 years of development! (tumblr.com)

hampton2600 writes: The beloved space simulator game, Kerbal Space Program was just released after 4 years of development. Several years ago, the game went into public beta, and is only now being fully released, along with a host of new features. To the mun!

Comment Re:It would be less of an issue (Score 1) 250

Umm... you don't seem to understand what an H1B is. It's actually a very expensive employee. You can't pay less than $80k to an H1B, and usually I've had to pay $120k+. Like, it's not cheaper labor. It's usually smarter labor and all the talented, flexible, non-sociopathic programmers are currently employed.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Amusing Mobile Wikipedia Feedback (wikimedia.org)

hampton2600 writes: "Mobile Wikipedia traffic has been growing with all the Palm Pre, iPhone, and Android devices out there steadily climbing. However, most of those users are even less adept than desktop computer users. When we asked for "Feedback" we got a lot more than we were expecting."

Comment Re:Don't show all that 'featured article' crap (Score 1) 70

Alright, so there is no "unlimited" data plan. You are right. What I meant to say is that we are assuming a reasonable data plan for users of high end devices. Personally, I'd say your comments have much more in common with the '640k' arguement, because mobile technology and bandwidth are moving fast... and we are attempting to build something to last more than a few years. At least with our personal mobile use, we don't worry too much about bandwidth, just load speed. And yes, we have no support for IE and because Microsoft has yet to respond to our requests for aid, the ball is in their court.

Submission + - Wikipedia Launches A New Mobile Interface (wikipedia.org)

hampton2600 writes: "The Wikimedia Foundation is proud to present our new Mobile site optimized for modern high-end phones. The interface is focused on being clean and easy to read on your mobile device. We currently officially support reading on the iPhone and Android phones. The new gateway is written entirely in Ruby (using the Merb framework) and the Git repository can be found here: http://github.com/hcatlin/wikimedia-mobile/tree/master . We are looking for open source help with supporting other phone types and translations into new languages. Currently 8 languages are supported, but we'd like to support all languages Wikipedia supports. This is an active project and we are looking for new features and etc from the community."

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