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Comment That's money in the bank baby! (Score 3, Insightful) 258

"Earlier this month the site compared this year's drunk driving arrests to last years -- and discovered that in the three weeks since Uber and Lyft left Austin, 7.5% more people have been arrested for drunk driving."

Other than catering to lobbyists for cash, there's nothing that govts enjoy more than "incidental" revenue. Literal "public safety" is somewhere near the bottom of the list, somewhere after "leaving things in better shape for my successor".

Comment Re:Optimizing for the wrong metric (Score 1) 260

My thoughts exactly. In fact, I'd add that security / compatibility / crash tolerance / performance all completely trump efficiency. In other words, nobody aware of other options is going to care one iota about efficiency if a browser is insecure -or- incompatible -or- crashy -or- slow.

Comment Re:Let them leave (Score 2) 688

Kinda my take on it too. If they want to offshore work, then offshore it and deal with the accompanying barriers to getting stuff accomplished. Otherwise, hire people here and treat them fairly. Note that unlike H1Bs, if they don't treat them fairly, they're free to move on. What they can't have is the indentured, underpaid, but physically present H1B worker who doesn't dare speak up because they know they have a sword of Damocles in the form of a one way economy flight ticket to Bangalore hanging over them.

Comment Re:Time to Reduce the Cap? (Score 5, Interesting) 305

I like the idea of an H1B tax. Say 50% of the wage paid to the H1B holder has to be paid by the employer into social security. If H1Bs are paid the "prevailing" wage + the employer has to pay 50% of gross wages into social security, then only true H1B candidates should get hired, since there should be no cost saving involved, in the end it should always be more expensive to hire an H1B. For enforcement, any employer found guilty in court of underpaying an H1B could be subjected to 100% social security back tax for all H1Bs employed by the company for a 5 year period. This helps fund social security, prevents the exploitation of H1Bs from below market wages, and protects American applicants / job holders from unfair wage competition. Companies would get greater access to H1Bs as a result of reduced misuse to acquire the talent they really can't get here. If everyone plays by the rules, it's win-win.

Comment Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 1) 940

"That's common in Florida and Texas from what I understand. I'm not sure why California costs so much for the same thing ..."

That's an easy one ... jobs. Jobs that have benefits and pay (well) above minimum wage. I've lived in Florida and California, the labor market between the two is night and day. Saving 15% of Florida wages for retirement != saving 15% of California wages for retirement. I'd rather work 20 years in California and retire to Florida than work 60 years in Florida to build the same nest egg and die before retiring.

Comment It depends ... (Score 1) 161

If you're Home Depot, no ... while it's important, those few milliseconds of lag and somewhat less native UI isn't a primary business concern.

If you're trying to take on an 'A' player like Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc, or trying to establish a new service, yes ... your experience has to be as optimized as possible to stay / get ahead of your competition.

Comment Re:Tier 5 in California is... (Score 2) 461

Didn't know there was a fifth tier, at least PG&E doesn't mention it. I almost always hit tier 4 which is $0.32/kwh and the bills starts to add up very fast at that point (high 3 digits). At $0.50/kwh it would cost almost $40 to run a 100w bulb 24/7, I'd entertain any possible alternatives at that rate.

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