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Comment Re: So wait... (Score 1) 238

That's great that they have various processes in place to counter review bias and train employees on counteracting bias but you're expecting us to take your word for it that these processes are perfect. The government has data leaked by an employee at Google that shows a significant disparity in compensation between men and women. They are requesting additional information from Google to disprove this but Google instead makes a PR blog post and somehow this proves there's no bias.

I'm not buying Google's PR blog post's assertions when the DOJ says something quite a bit different. https://www.theguardian.com/te...

Comment Re:So wait... (Score 1) 238

If a calculation's input is biased, the calculation is biased. Based on Google's public statement on this topic, they have a giant blind spot in the form of employee evaluations which have been proven to be biased in favor of men.

Facebook provides seminars to their employees on combating bias in the workplace and they're so good my company suggested we watch them too, as they're freely available for all to see. I haven't seen something similar from Google.

Comment Re:big rent seeking companies (Score 1) 126

Content providers on the Internet are effectively operating in a free market; there's millions of sites to choose from and they all get treated the same by our networks until the data reaches your ISP. ISPs are not operating in a free market due to all those government subsidies and regulations you're referring to, as well as the incredible up front cost for setting up a new broadband network in the US. Net neutrality is there to ensure that the Internet of content providers remains a free market by regulating ISPs in a way that prevents them from playing favorites with content providers.

Comcast and T-Mobile have already proven that they're not for free market content by favoring specific content provider's data over others, and Comcast went a step further by throttling traffic from content providers to extort money from them during contract negotiations. Comcast has also been caught blocking Internet ads they didn't like. How is deregulation going to change any of this?

Comment Re: Huh? (Score 1) 476

He could hire a HS dropout who happened to learn CAD for minimum wage. Heck, one of my friends with an engineering degree was doing CAD work for $14/hr right out of college. Using extreme examples isn't helping your argument.

You're right that certain business models aren't viable when hiring American workers but should those businesses even be in the US? By enabling the limited number of businesses that cannot survive at American wages, we would enable exploitation by businesses which can.

Also, at minimum wage, the biggest cost of most businesses are going to be materials and shipping, not labor. The fast food industry is a perfect example of this because they keep claiming that raising wages will raise what they charge by a big amount but in actuality the wages are something like 3-15% of their operating expenses.

Comment Re:then go somewhere else (Score 1) 476

Do you have scientific evidence backing your claim or only require it of others? I hired someone to clean my apartment for a move out through Task Rabbit and paid them $250 for a day's work. They told me that they travel the world using apps like Task Rabbit in any city they choose and it is way better than the nine-to-five job they used to have. The nine-to-five job is not the ideal way to live one's life, it's just the social norm that people seem to love defending for seemingly legitimate reasons.

Comment h1-b's aren't for American University graduates (Score 1) 660

Immigrants attending an American University for four to eight years are on track for naturalization and easily qualify for green cards. The H1-B people I've worked with mostly went to school oversees and came here for a job that has better benefits and pay than their home country. They are also mostly slaves to their jobs because they only get two weeks to find a new job before their visa expires if they're fired or laid off; that means deportation btw. The company gets a lower paid, more agreeable worker from H1-B visas.

The corporations aren't genuine at all about their reasons for using H1-Bs in a vast majority of cases, and they're all pretending that they use them only for the extraordinary cases where they genuinely couldn't find local talent. The key piece missing in the CEO's statement is: "not enough local talent [for the best price]."

Comment Re: I don't see the problem. (Score 1) 660

You're right that they were over generalizing but I think there's no disputing that h1-b workers export more money than American workers. I think this is an important factor that is mostly ignored by people who are for free trade.

The effects of increased export of our money is substantial and each individual who does it, contributes to the problem.

Comment Re: Probably should have focused more (Score 1) 319

Firefox on Android is awesome, what are you talking about? I switched to Chrome on desktop due to performance issues but kind of want to switch back for the synchronization features. Firefox mobile has a button for loading a native app when one is available or you can continue using the browser. There aren't performance issues like on desktop. It's super easy to create launcher links to your favorite sites. You can push a site to desktop with a button press. Really, Chrome on mobile is not close to Firefox, feature wise.

Comment That's the browser's problem (Score 1) 309

Since this is a browser feature and many sites have floating top bars, I think the browser is responsible, not the website. The browser feature that enables the float could easily accommodate the scroll feature properly. This would be preferable to asking every site to implement custom JavaScript for a minority of users.

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