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Comment Re:Thanks for the ad, I guess, but you missed some (Score 2) 99

I think we're *eventually* going to wind up with a unified memory technology that flattens the memory space, but I don't think Optane is it.

When this was first a thing, the Optane access times were a couple of orders of magnitude off RAM. It really read like a newer/better/faster version of existing flash storage media. Of course the critical thing is "Can you make it price competitive with existing NAND?"

If they can't, it's going to be a tough sell. Existing NAND storage has gotten to be fast, durable, cheap and is growing in capacity. While you *can* use faster storage in front of slower capacity storage as a cache, existing NAND is so cheap now that everything is migrating to flash.

Caching works, but it's complex and has overhead penalties, which is one reason why all flash storage has grown in popularity. The consumer wants one drive, not two, and even the enterprise wants speed and simplicity.

I'm curious what Intel's problem is. Is it just an early production capacity problem or are their yield problems? Or did they drink their own kool-aide and think that people wanted to step back to multi-tier storage for their new cache chips?

Comment In other words, regression to the mean (Score 3, Interesting) 154

In aggregate, Indian engineers begin to mirror the differences between the India and the US/Europe generally.

India isn't just US or Europe with a sanitation problem, it's a civilization with its own inherent problems that have kept it that way. You can give people degrees, but that doesn't immediately resolve the other externalities that prevent them from being parts-interchangeable with their Western counterparts.

Maybe at some very elite level (very wealthy, educated abroad, etc) some small subset of Indians are interchangeable, but at the bulk level they tend to be on par with the rest of India at the same level.

If they were the same as Westerners, then India would be much more like the West and they would be employed at home in their own globally competitive industries and not clamoring for visas to work in the US.

Comment Re:Long Game (Score 2) 97

I think you're right, but the missing element here is getting the entire ecosystem binary compatible between desktop and mobile. If you can do that and support docking the phone to KVM, you could potentially use desktop market dominance to subvert the mobile market.

I've been a long-time iPhone user and see no reason to switch platforms, but I have been less compelled to upgrade from 6+ to newer hardware because of less than compelling hardware improvements, the headphone jack, etc.

However, I have a Windows laptop and if MS could come out with a phone that could be docked to work like a laptop and be a phone, I might be swayed to switch mobile platforms.

I think the stumbling block is probably the mobile SoCs not having enough horsepower to run x86 binaries in emulation and the feels-impossible nature of switching the desktop ecosystem to ARM to get binary compatibility. And convincing the hardware ecosystem to support a docking standard that makes docking a phone something less than an octopus of dongles.

The ticking time bomb, IMHO, is the generational wave of kids who have literally all their life experience tied into iOS or Android. In about 10 years everyone under 30 will sociologically tied into those mobile platforms that almost no magic Microsoft can offer will change.

Comment Re:Not hard to fix... (Score 3, Insightful) 529

Pricing is the right approach, although using percentages to alter pricing is risky because you run the risk of "A10" workers being paid even less in nominal terms so that they're still cheaper WITH the added taxation.

I think with a lot of the outsourcing mills that are foreign-owned, you might end up seeing complex compensation systems that involve fractional payment deferred or paid into accounts overseas so that the nominal wage remains competitive even with additional marginal taxes.

I would tweak your plan slightly:

1) H1B workers must be paid 125% of the job's regional maximum

2) H1B workers must be employed and paid directly for the business who is the end beneficiary of their work -- they may not perform any contractual labor

3) H1B workers are fee to switch employers during the term of their visa

4) Violation of these terms is a crime. Employers are subject to a fine of 3x the employee's annual salary and a 5 year ban on hiring any H1B workers. H1B workers are subject to immediate detention and deportation for violating these rules. Employers who violate these terms for more than 1 employee concurrently are subject to criminal prosecution.

(1) Insures they are no longer cheap labor and business-critical innovation geniuses will make this kind of salary anyway.

(2) Prevents them from being used in labor mills or enabling foreign-owned firms from side-channel payments. They must be direct hires.

(3) No indentured servitude. This prevents businesses willing to accept higher salaries but who set extreme working conditions to cost-average their output to local salary levels ($/hr).

(4) Puts teeth into enforcement.

Comment Common goals (Score 2) 529

Business negotiations often involve motivated parties with shared goals (sell/buy land, widgets, etc). They differ on the terms of the transaction, not the transaction itself.

In politics, you have to compromise on the transaction and its terms and there is often no agreement on the goal in question.

With healthcare, the Republicans couldn't agree on a goal so negotiating terms was much more difficult.

Comment Re:Let's see if I have this right (Score 2) 529

Ideally, the moderate Democrats and moderate Republicans would get together and come up with something

The ACA is already based on moderate ideas. It's mostly based on a Heritage Foundation paper, a right-wing think-tank. The far left wanted single payer (similar to what other industrialized countries have).

It just needs some tuning due to mistakes and GOP budget bullet holes. Let's hope moderates can do that much.

Comment Re:What videos exactly? (Score 3, Interesting) 290

The first article cites these examples

Ads for Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Toyota, Dish Network, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Geico unit and Google's own YouTube Red subscription service appeared on racist videos with the slur "n-----" in the title as of Thursday night. Those ads ran before two videos that dub a racist song over videos of former first lady Michelle Obama or Chicago rapper Chief Keef. The videos, posted by the same account, have been viewed more than 425,000 times and 260,000 times, respectively.

Another video titled "Black people in their natural habitat," with a racial slur in the description, played monkey noises over footage of black men in prison and images of black civil-rights leaders Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Google showed ads for Amazon, Microsoft and GM's Chevrolet unit before or during that video.

If it is really true that uploaders have used the "n" word and other racial slurs either in the video title or in the video description, then Google could easily prevent ads from playing over those videos.

Comment Re:Re-writing history are we? (Score 1) 529

Prior to massive regulations insurance was affordable.

Um, that's if they're willing to sell it to you. I could not get insurance for epilepsy pre-ACA because the medications I needed were expensive, and also because people always called 911 after every seizure which meant routine ER visits, about two per month. Since insurers wanted to keep their insurance "affordable" for healthy dickheads trying to decide if they even needed it, that meant telling me GFY- which they did because there were no "massive regulations" preventing them.

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