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Comment They are still ads (Score 5, Insightful) 49

"We don't want to start putting in commercial opportunities that we think users don't want to interact with,"

You know what people call "commercial opportunities that users do want to interact with"? They call them ads.

And I have no problem with ads like this in the proper context "Alexa, I need toilet paper." "Ok, you can buy the same brand you bought the last time, but Charmin is on sale today and is $2.37 less expensive"

That's the kind of ad I'm happy to have, but I don't want to hear "Today's weather is sunny and 63 degrees. Today is clean-your-butt day and we have Charmin on sale!"

Comment Re:Arms dealer cartel rejoyce (Score 2) 318

And you believe this?

The US has a 3 trillion dollar budget. Even if the Armed forces had 1/3 of that (it doesn't) you would say it can't account (meaning lost or stolen) over 6 years worth of funding.

And you believe your bull$hit? Or is it that you didn't think about what you were reading?

That figure came from a DoD Office of Inspector General report:

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller) (OASA[FM&C]) and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Indianapolis (DFAS Indianapolis) did not adequately support $2.8 trillion in third quarter journal voucher (JV) adjustments and $6.5 trillion in yearend JV adjustments made to AGF data during FY 2015 financial statement compilation. The unsupported JV adjustments occurred because OASA(FM&C) and DFAS Indianapolis did not prioritize correcting the system deficiencies that caused errors resulting in JV adjustments, and did not provide sufficient guidance for supporting systemgenerated adjustments.

If the DoD can't accurately track where they are spending money today, how do they know they need more money, or if they do, where they need to spend it?

Comment I've forgotten too (Score 5, Informative) 301

I haven't forgotten commercials entirely, but I've forgotten what they are like, and they are super annoying. Last time I stayed in a hotel, I flipped on TV and tried to watch a show -- I didn't make it past the first half of the show before I flipped off the TV and went to my laptop to watch Netflix because I couldn't stand the ads.

Comment Re: FRost (Score 2) 632

>If he was really into engineering, he'd be in clubs, he'd have projects outside of the class to point to.
Oh, I see, good idea, if we move these goalposts far enough we'll circle the earth and loop back around to supporting a family on a high school diploma.

The goalposts haven't really been moved -- the same was true when I was in school and that was decades ago. The thing that's changd since then is the expectation that the college degree itself guarantees a job.

Comment Re:Locals preferred ? (Score 2) 239

And no, statements about "searches" aren't really what I'm looking for. Designing a "search" with the objective to find zero "qualified" candidates is trivially easy.

I don't know if you've ever done recruiting, but it's very time consuming, we don't search for a candidate if we're not looking for one.

When I say we search for a local candidate, we do a legitimate search, bring candidates in for interviews (flying them in if they are from out of area), and then if we don't find someone locally, we'll start interviewing potential H1-B's. If there's a qualified American candidate, there's no reason to take an H1-B over him (or her) -- it's not like we're saving any money with H1-B's -- the highly qualified individuals we hire know the market and won't let us undercut them on salary.

Comment Re:Locals preferred ? (Score 1) 239

But that's not the question. Did you ever want to hire a specific H1B for a position, but you had to hire a local person instead? That's the question.

Doesn't this answer the question:

My company always searches for local candidates and candidates in this country before looking for H1-B's

So, no I've never seen a case here where we found an H1-B candidate before we searched for (and didn't find) an American candidate. Jobs are always posted internally before they are opened up to outside candidates, and we won't consider an H1-B candidate if we have a suitable American candidate, and we give preference to candidates living in the local area.

Comment Re:Locals preferred ? (Score 4, Interesting) 239

Genuine question here. Companies are supposed to hire local people if they are available and H1Bs only when there are no qualified locals. The question is:

Have any of you ever been hired instead of an H1B because you are local? Have you ever heard of a situation where a company wanted to hire an H1B but ended up having to hire a local person instead because of this requirement?

In my experience, the idea that H1Bs only get hired if there are no locals available is complete fiction. Has anyone ever seen this rule help a local person get a job instead of an H1B?

My company always searches for local candidates and candidates in this country before looking for H1-B's -- hiring an H1B worker is hard, you have to interview them, decide to hire them, *then* wait month(s) to see if you can actually get them a visa. We've lost some really good candidates that either weren't able to get an H1-B in the lottery, or they just got tired of waiting for it to come through and they took a job locally.

Used as it's meant, the H1-B program is very valuable to american businesses and workers -- it helps businesses succeed by giving them the talent they need to start grow. My company was started by a team of 5 - one was an H1-B holder, 3 others were green card holders who previously held H1-B's (those three have since become US citizens), we've now grown to around 250 people, I think around 20% of our engineering team is made up of H1-B workers (all PhD's from well known schools, with degrees in the domain my company specializes in). We have a strong college recruitment program, traveling to about a half dozen USA colleges a year, but we can't find the senior staff we need from American universities alone. Due to my work on our HR system, I can verify that they are paid comparably to our american workers (not even taking into account the higher hiring costs due to the cost to get the visa, relocation costs, etc)

Without the H1-B program, I doubt this company would have ever been founded, or if it was, it would have been based in Europe where most of the founders were from. In fact, we're scouting around for a European office due to the uncertainty in the H1-B program, so we may curtail hiring in the USA as we build up a European engineering team.

Comment Re: lol amazon prime (Score 1) 244

80 cents plus $100 per year is still a pretty good deal though.

You don't seem to understand Prime -- it's not just "free shipping", but it's "free express shipping" -- so whether or not it's worth it depends on how fast you want the product. For this product, If I order through Prime, they'll deliver them by Sunday evening. If I save 80 cents and order through the other merchant, they'll arrive sometime between Wednesday and next Monday. Or I can pay $9.50 for expedited shipping and have them here by Monday.

Plus I get Amazon's trouble-free customer service for amazon fulfilled products, if the product arrives late or damaged, they'll take it back (and pay for return shipping) free of charge, no questions asked.

Comment Re:lol amazon prime (Score 1) 244

Its a total scam dude, that is why Amazon is being sued over Prime. Log out and then look at the prices of several items, note them then log back in and see what the prices are. You'll find your Amazon Prime membership will often raise the prices on items so you aren't saving shit, its just a shell game and all you are really getting for the $100 a year is the streaming service.

Personally I don't think their content is worth anywhere near a c-note a year so I passed on it but YMMV.

The article you linked to doesn't match what you are saying.

The lawsuit claims:

Instead, the suits accuse Amazon of offering free shipping on items whose prices had been inflated to incorporate the cost of the shipping.

Well duh, Amazon doesn't try to hide that, items with "free" prime shipping often cost more than items without free shipping, or with paid shipping.

This is especially true with low-cost items. For example: Sharpie Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Black, 5 Count

Here's the pricing Amazon advertises:

Price: $5.79 FREE Shipping (3 days) for Prime members Details

Note: Available at a lower price from other sellers, potentially without free Prime shipping.

New (61) from $4.99 & FREE shipping.

I've tried the "Clear your cookies and check pricing" trick after other people have said that Amazon inflates prime prices, and haven't seen any difference for Amazon fulfilled products between what I see when I'm logged in and when I'm not. I'd be really surprised if Amazon actually did this since it would quickly be discovered and would cause a backlash.

Comment Re:Compared to Amazon..... (Score 1) 74

I want to like the cloud but it's too expensive for me to do anything other than dabble. About a week ago I ran 8 cores for a week on the Google cloud and it cost me about $30. I'd like to run a bit more but $50/month is about the upper limit of what the wife is comfortable with. So, for me, the cloud is nice, but too expensive to be life changing, so to speak.

If your wife is setting your budget, you're not in the target market for big cloud providers. Does your wife care about scalability? Does she see the benefit of being able to add 500 servers to your pool for this afternoon's peak load, and then releasing them after peak to save money? What sort of durability does she expect for your data? Does she want you to spread your servers across AZ's or regions so if one goes down, your service can still live on?

If not, then you can probably host it on your home desktop and home internet connection and save a lot of money.

Comment Re:lol amazon prime (Score 5, Insightful) 244

Dude. Amazon prime's streaming is garbage. It's all bait n switch. You're paying 100 bucks a year and you only get a handful of episodes per show/season. After that they expect you to pay per episode. No thanks.

Well, you're not paying $100/year for prime streaming. At least few people are.

I'm paying $100/year for the shipping benefits (I make it all back during Christmastime when I send gifts to my extended family), the prime streaming is just a perk... and sometimes useful since there are some shows that Prime has that Netflix doesn't. So prime streaming is worth something to be, but not $100/year. Maybe $10/year. Though if I didn't have Netflix, Prime Video would be much more valuable to me.

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