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Comment Re:Ask Slashdot - Why are Cities more Expense? (Score 1) 207

Now, I understand WHY a city is more expensive. Because stuff costs more, because there is more tax, more demand for less space, etc etc etc. But WHY are these underlying services more expensive?

Taxes: Sure, there are more people to service and a few more services (pedestrian crossing signals) but there are a lot more people who pay for them. And many don't even live in the city but spend money there!

Space: So the land has more demand. But why can't we go vertical as needed? Most cities have less than 10 buildings over 20 floors.

Restaurants/Movies/Clubs/etc There are a lot more customers to provide for revenues. More economies of scale, should be cheaper.

Infrastructure How is it that cabling/piping/ducting a building is more expensive than across 25 acres of a suburban neighborhood? Cities may have public transit, but less roads to maintain, less area to cleanup, less trash pickup points, etc.

What am I missing?


Cities have to pay pension and healthcare for retired city employees. For newer suburbs, there is no such requirement.

Comment Re:I can tell you about my experience. .. (Score 1) 239

... training my replacement, after I gave notice. I am always looking for a new job, anyone who isn't is a fool. So, I was/am happily employed by a medium sized ,very high tech , company. I'm a sys-integration guy, which means I used to be an very good developer, then got more interesting in the bigger picture. Since I was never satisfied with my knowledge in any aspect of computing, I became very good with OS fundamentals, networking, file systems, and all the other peripheral stuff associated with software development (revision control, ticketing, testing, deployment, you name it, I know about it ) So Integration came easy. I recently found a significantly better paying, more interesting job, so gave notice. My company hired an H1B to replace me. He is useless. After 3 weeks of fairly intensive OJT, he is still unable to even start to resolve the few minor problems that come up. I have very, very little faith that he will be able to take over for me. I know for a fact that he is being paid less than half of what I am earning. I also know that totally qualified locals are available, for about 85% of my rate. So, I have told him, he shouldn't even have the job, he is taking a decent paying position from a properly qualified local, and that he should be happy I'm not his boss, cause I'd fire his ass immediately. I have a pretty good suspicion that he was hired because the project manager' wife (indian) has a H1B recruiting company in India. She's a bitch and a half too. Needless to say we're not really on speaking terms. Fuck the H1B program. It's just a way to abuse the labor market. There's no skills shortage, there's a corporate greed problem.

Why is this an H1B problem then? Anybody can hire an incompetent bozo for half the salary.

After all the legal and immigration paperwork and fees, he'll probably add 10K-20K in expenses over his salary.

Comment Re:Locals preferred ? (Score 1) 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?

When there are multiple applications for a job, we only interview H1Bs if there is no local US person applying who seem qualified.

Comment Despite? They're content creators themselves. (Score 1) 244

All the services like Netflix and Amazon prime have their exclusive content. They are like different channels on cable TV.

Netflix long ago stopped being a content store and became a content creator.

it doesn't make any sense to say despite Neflix because Netflix sells their own content, not make others content easily available.

Comment Re:Global competition (Score 1) 391

why should I care about some other country's poor folks? we have enough problems in this country; I don't see india (etc) reaching out to help the US! no other country is reaching out to help us, either. so why is it OUR JOB to employ the world's poorer people in their own countries AT OUR OWN EXPENSE?

You don't want to help poorer people but you want richer people to help you out by hiring you over people they can pay less to get the same amount of work done? So, why is it not the rich people's job to hire you over someone who could do it cheaper? Maybe you'll say it's national interests but then you're just saying national is more important than global and you get to pick and choose what favors you the most.

In a capitalist country, it is a company's obligation to get find the cheapest raw materials and labor.

At least you're close to breaking even every month. There are people who just watch their debts and student loans get bigger and all they have for housing is a small corner of a room that they have to pack up and go or sell their belongings when the new place that they have to move isn't large enough.

At least in your case, you're saying not a sports car but a certain standard of living. You're saying you refuse to share housing or downsize your belongings that you can move in a space of an hour.

Comment Re:I don't mind losing the job. (Score 1) 391

What I mind is the mentality that "if you're unemployed, then you're no good."

It kills me when I apply to jobs that I fit very closely or even exactly only to hear nothing back or "you don't have the skills."

And what really hurts is when your friends and family wonder why you can't get a job because you're a programmer and there's a shortage of programmers.

THAT hurts along with the comments. They think if you "know computers" you can just walk into any job you want and if you can't, then there's something wrong with you.

I love programming and computers - I HATE this goddamn industry!

You're not good at job hunting.

Job hunting and being good at programming are different skills. They are related but not the same.

Comment Re:Hopefully, Trump will stop this (Score 1) 391

This is an ABUSE of the H1B visa program, clear and simple. It's been done under democratic "leadership" and republican "leadership" Why? Simple...$$$$ corporations want to earn more profit, so they outsource for pennies on a dollar, kick back a ton of so called campaign donations, to ensure that the government goes along with it.

At least in software, it's not the cost of the engineer, it's the rock-starness of the developer that is more important.

A good developer is worth 10 or more times his/her salary whereas a bad one is barely even worth anything.

There is no point hiring cheap H1B just for low cost.

Maybe it's different in other aspects of IT.

Comment Re:Age Discrimination (Score 1) 391

I'm in the same situation right now, albeit I'm a -little- older than 63... Employers are not allowed to ask you questions related to your age, but it's pretty obvious when you forget and start relating sexism in the workplace to the synod of Rome in 850. The bigger issue (at least for me) seems to be that it doesn't matter if your 63 or 2022, employers are looking for young cheap people that have exactly the skills they think they need without considering the advantages of experience and adaptability. If they can't find that locally, they outsource.

Seriously, you would think that 200 decades of experience would count for something, but no. It seems far more important that you are a tiny square peg they need to fill the tiny square hole they have. Sheesh.

The reason employers don't hire and the reason that employees think they didn't get hired usually turn out to be vastly different.

In the current climate, companies will not say a word about why they didn't hire you. A little bit of feedback would go a long way but they can't since it's legally not a good idea. They will interview you for 5-8 hours but won't say a thing about what they think of you. You kind of have to guess and sometimes your guesses are totally off.

There is a bit of ageism, racism, sexism (or more precisely reverse sexism - males are viewed less desirable employees) but it always comes down to small weird things. Someone might get offered or not offered a job because of weird little things.

Though HR likes to put a veneer of order to every interview and hiring process, it's always a cluster in the back. People get hired and not hired for the weirdest of reasons so just move on. Don't take anything personally. It could be any reason.

Comment Re:The banality of ubiquitious genius will doom us (Score 1) 231

We have people barely able to tie their shoes who get bored at their low/no-skill minimum wage job now, and they're going to be the first to be replaced. What's going to happen when we turn over their jobs to super smart AI-powered machines? Are fast food order kiosks gonna be the start of the robot uprising? ... and what a boring way to begin a sci fi novel: "Day 1 of the robot uprising: exactly 13.74% of the McDonalds orders for large sodas were substituted with medium sodas, a precise amount calculated to cause the maximum dissatisfaction without rising to a level where we would be alerted. We didn't know it, but it was already too late. They had already calculated every possible move. On Day 2, there was nothing to stop them from adding pickles to orders that expressly asked for no pickles. It was the end times."

No. The no-skill isn't going to be the first to be replaced. They are so low wage and involves manual labor that it would cost a huge investment to replace them.

The first ones to be replaced will be mid to high skills jobs where the output is just a computer file and the input is some human input. For example, some types of lawyers, parts of customer support and some aspects of medical service. And, dare I say coding?

The reason that it will be first to be replaced is because once the software is ready, there is almost zero infrastructure cost. Rent a VM in the cloud and any tablet/computer can be a job replacing robot. You don't need sophisticated computer vision mechanical robots needed to flip burgers.

Comment Re:That's a lot of supersmart robots! (Score 1) 231

We'd better get going if we are going to have more than 8 billion robots in 30 years! Right now, we have zero!

Robots do not have to be physical machines. They can be processes running on a device.

So, your current computer could run a robot process that does customer support, accounting or medical image diagnosis. There are a lot of jobs where the input and output are all inside a computer.

There are more than 8 billion devices. It could take a day or two to get all those devices the latest robot update.

Comment Re:Smart enough to REALLY f*ck things up??? (Score 4, Interesting) 231

IQ is not a real measure of intelligence. Witness the fact that 99.7% of geniuses are not stupid enough to pay MENSA $60 a year for a card saying "I'm smart." That 99.7% realize that it's possible to be really intelligent AND do really dumb things at the same time - they just have to look at MENSA members.

And the last time I pointed this out, along came all the MENSA members saying how it isn't so. Proving that Dunning-Kruger is no respecter of IQ tests. :-)

Now if they could create devices that showed more common sense than, say, Donald Trump (I know, I set the bar REALLY low, but you've got to start somewhere) they might have something.

IQ is like height in basketball. The best basketball players aren't the tallest people in the world but they are all taller than average.

There is a certain height above which isn't advantageous in basketball. Same with IQ. There is a good enough IQ and beyond that doesn't matter.

Also, two people with high IQ will out-perform a single person of super high-IQ. If a team with less skilled basketball players is allowed to play with an extra player, they will beat a team with better players. So, the social environment that allows people to work together is more important than finding people of super-high IQs.

Also, there have been lots of data collected on IQs and success. The highest correlation to success wasn't IQ, it was how successful the parents were. If you parents can provide you a good learning environment and access to connections, it is more important than just being smart.

Comment Re:No surprise... (Score 1) 224

But, it's a direct admission that they were basically gouging for want of competition.

There are plenty of older chips and AMD chips. Why would it be price gouging when you could get stuff at half the price for barely noticeable drop in performance.

Also, Intel sold $50 dual core Pentium chips whose single core was as fast as an i7.

Some people have to have Intel i7. It's not gouging when plenty of alternatives exist.

On the other hand, the CPU market has stagnated because AMD wasn't keeping up. Ryzen will decrease prices but hopefully it will lead to products with features that define the next generation of CPUs rather than CPUs with increasing model numbers with minimal changes that Intel has been doing.

Comment Re:Much ado about nothing.. for now.. (Score 1) 224

The centerpiece of this 'article' seems to focus on Microcenter, which ALWAYS has priced drops and sales like this going on.

Everybody take a deep breath and see where we're at this time next month.

Yeah, it was this price on Black Friday last year for the CPU. At that time, Ryzen wasn't even a word.

I agree it's a just a Microcenter sale.

Comment Re:This is why I support AMD (Score 2) 224

It's not just that their chips are usually a better value but without AMD you would have a monopolistic Intel charging through the nose with minimal innovation.

What? AMDs are and has always been awesome values. Their FX and APU chips have always been incredible values.

My work computer has 4th gen i7 and at home I have a FX-8320 and for programming tasks I can't really tell any sort of difference. The AMD is half the price.

Comment Re:I know I'm being selfish, but... (Score 1) 338

I don't understand posts like this. Why do you want to waste 40+ hours per week on a job that delivers little in the way of satisfaction or pleasure? Even if you're a well paid programmer, you're probably working on something that doesn't interest you, and therefore isn't particularly fun or rewarding.

Wouldn't you rather have more free time to work on something that is of interest to you and that you believe would benefit other people? I worked as a programmer for a few years when I came out of university, but I concluded that my free time is far more valuable to me than a decent wage. I now work in a low paid part-time job, and while I have no money and no retirement plan, at least I can spend most of my time on projects that interest me.

I hope the pace of automation increases so I can stop working entirely and gain even more free time. I truly don't understand why you'd want to continue with the current system where most of your life is wasted in mundane and work in a soul destroying environment.

What gives satisfaction and pleasure is not the work itself but the people you work with. So, even the most mundane jobs can be rewarding and pleasurable and the most interesting job miserable depending on the work environment and your co-workers.

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