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Comment Re:Free stuff (Score 1) 318

The military is a federal issue, those other programs are not. Look to your state.

Curious, do you think it would be legal for California to go single payer and refuse coverage for anyone who wasn't born in California (or lived there for > 5 years).


Don't worry, Californians aren't progressive enough to try something like that. But for a state-level healthcare program to work, one would have to exclude people from other states. Otherwise, all the people who can't get insurance will move to the given state, and effectively break the program.
IMO, state-level single payer could work just fine. It's how things work in Europe, every country has it's own system (some more privatized than others).

Comment Re:Locals preferred ? (Score 1) 239

In my experience, the idea that H1Bs only get hired if there are no locals available is complete fiction.

The requirement isn't fictional, and there are lots of legitimate companies like Google and Facebook that hires H1Bs in the Bay Area because there is no other work force available, much less any highly skilled work force. Naturally, if Google wants to have the best engineers in the world, then a large potion of them have to be imported.

That said, yeah, there likely is a problem with the enforcement... But isn't that systemic to the US? Do you expect justice if you have no money? Do you expect the police to use minimum force necessary? Do you expect health care for the poor?

I'm not American and I'm for all those things, just saying it seems like you need to fight the screw-the-poor mentality you have in the US. Rather than focusing on specifics... but good luck with that considering the "bravery" of your fellow voters :)

Comment Re:Tax Breaks for the Wealthy (Score 1) 160

Norway like Denmark has extremely high taxes on cars... In Denmark you pay for the car 3 times, once to the manufacturer, twice in taxes :) hehe

The effect:
1) Fewer cars on the road, less traffic, pollution, etc...
2) Fewer cars imported (good for balance sheets),
3) Many old cars on the road (bad for the environment, safety)

Because the taxes are so high it simply prices anything put the cheapest cars out of the market for most people. This doesn't just affect the rich, albeit they are the primary beneficiaries.
Don't believe the taxes on cars in Norway are high checkout: (just found it on google). https://www.reddit.com/r/cars/...

Comment Re:I held a H1-B visa and they are completely insa (Score 1) 295

The process for getting it - the questions, the requirements, was absolutely and completely insane.

Yes, I still don't understand why so many US immigration forms carries questions like: "Do you intend to commit acts of terror? [ ] YES; [ ] NO".

I mean do they really think a terrorist is going to answer yes... The only thing they'll catch with a form like that is trolls.

Comment Bad news for US economy. (Score 1) 295

This is good news for the US economy as a whole, at least on the surface.....

No it's not. You can claim it may be good news for US tech workers, that's unlikely to have any real effect, but for the economy this is undoubtedly bad.

Studies have showed that while the H1B program:
1) have been beneficial to the US economy as a whole (because cost of software development, and lack of developers strangles growth).
2) have possibly lowered wages for well paid tech jobs (this is not conclusive, but there are hints in this direction),

That said, there probably has been some abuse, there certain is a lot of anecdotal evidence on slashdot. But the premium processing, which costs extra, is probably used most by the legitimate H1B applicants. To a company that pays 150k/yr for a developer a few thousand extra to speed up expedition is nothing.

So I doubt this halts the abuse... The easy fix there is imposing a minimum wage, although that is not an elegant long-term solution, since you'll have to update this arbitrary number every few years.

Comment Re:Caring (Score 4, Insightful) 105

"I hack and exploit the game because I care about it and want it fixed!"

"I rob banks because I care about them and want them to have better security!"

Using an exploit to highlight the exploit and lack of support, is not exactly the same as robbing a bank.

It's more like walking into the bank vault through an unlocked backdoor and then proceeding to call the bank manager to complain about security measures.
(okay, maybe the kid jumped a tiny garden fence before walking over to the backdoor, but it's more like that).

When people demonstrate an exploit their intent matters. Same thing applies when demonstrating a broken lock.

Comment Seems reasonable, but why extradite? (Score 3, Insightful) 188

If they can prove that he defrauded people then, yeah, it's fraud to sell people products that aren't yours.
To be fair that seems a bit hard to prove, but I don't know the details of how he sold the product, which he'll presumably argue was just bandwidth.
That said, I'm confused why, if he committed fraud he isn't prosecuted in New Zealand?
So if someone gets caught running a randsom-ware scam do all countries then take turn having the person extradited, prosecuted and jailed...
Don't get me wrong, I hate randsom-ware scam authors as much as the next guy, but giving someone just 6 months prison in every country where a crime was committed easily turns into a life sentence. Honestly, that seems a little harsh.

Comment Re:No Different From Laptops (Score 1) 514

Good thing terrorists will never think to do that.

Yes, and it's great that all law abiding citizens do follow the lengthy procedures outlined by GP.

IMO, if you don't uphold civil rights where every you go, whether it's the border to Canada or a cave in Afghanistan then you probably don't care about civil rights to being this. The US has consistently proven that civil rights aren't important.

Comment Re:Not insignificant (Score 1) 271

Yes, leave out the important parts:

our model suggest that immigration increased the overall welfare of US natives

Also this isn't peer reviewed.

But yes, ofcourse immigration has negative effects in the short term for the people affected. Honestly, I don't feel bad for software engineers in the dot-com era making a few percent less. Back then, and indeed today, there is some pretty outrageous salaries in the bay area.

On topic: the easy fix is setting minimum H1B salary, it's stupid simplistic, it'll satisfy the stupid people (Trump). But it won't affect most H1Bs like me, except maybe my company would fill out an LCA that states the salary I'm making and not some arbitrary number significantly below my salary, hence, fixing the statistics.

For the record, I'm an H1B and I don't feel particularly hostage... I could move to Europe tomorrow and get a decent job if I wanted - but I wouldn't live in the tech center of the world.

Comment Re:uhh... (Score 1) 271

This seems to back up the idea that there's a shortage of qualified domestic labor. The unemployment rate among CS grads is like 3.5%. If all those folks replaced H1B workers they would only make up 1/3 of the total jobs filled by H1Bs.

Not sure where you get those number, or if you're adding up percentages :)

Regardless, an unemployment rate a 3.5% is not necessarily good for growth... This the problem with unemployment, if you have no companies can't grow, if you have too much -- well, yeah nobody wants to be unemployed. Particularly, not in a country like the US without any safety net.

Comment I would say 25.4% is greater than 2% (Score 4, Informative) 194

I have no idea what the actual number is

Then by all means make up statistics rather than googling it, why don't change your username to Trump? :)

In 2014 renewable energy made up 25.4% of all energy production in the EU.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/s...

Now don't be fooled there is lots of similar stats here, like:

Renewable energy sources accounted for a 12.5 % share of the EU-28’s gross inland energy consumption in 2014.

(Presumably because not all energy is consumed, read the details if you care, but read before you bash).

The goal remains:

The EU seeks to have a 20 % share of its gross final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020

Similarly, in 2014, the US was a 11%, source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
(note. don't confuse electricity production for total energy production).

All these stats are from 2014, clearly things a better now, given most new energy production facilities are renewable.

Comment Re:Is this for bloated projects like Windows? (Score 0) 213

Large repos on windows is slow, because windows filesystems are super crappy...
I guess they figured that rather than making the file system fast and fixing case-sensitivity it was easier to write a virtual file system and forget what distributed version control really is about in the process.

It's probably not really git, anymore, but to be fair it might be nice for big projects. Once repos hits 1GB things start to takes seconds instead of milliseconds, it's less fun.

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