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Comment Re: Pray I don't change it again (Score 2) 149

The Mac is a general purpose computing device. The dev tools (Xcode) are free. Yes, owning a Mac is a barrier to entry, same as a PC would be for other development targets, but Macs and PCs have many other uses aside from development.

You can write iOS apps at zero cost to you and test them in a decent simulator on the Mac. If you think you have something, you can then fork over the $99 and put it on the App Store. If you own a PC instead of a Mac, then the cost of entry is based on your personal choice of computer and your target market. Obviously Android or Microsoft targets are more cost-effective for you if you run Windows, not so much for me (aside from Android).

Comment Re:Pray I don't change it again (Score 5, Insightful) 149

Let's see:

I'm a one man shop that does App development as a hobby while simultaneously maintaining a full time job. Having someone handle 24/7 hosting and billing and a sort of rudimentary QA on the final product (so the users will trust it better) is something of value. In many cases, costs and time would be prohibitive for a new, small shop to do all these things itself. So they do something for that 30% other than rubber stamp it.

Also, $99 is a pittance - how much do dev kits from Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft cost?

Now another poster pointing out that the rules are different for larger companies that develop on Apple's platform - yes they are. I see competing apps that violate the backgrounding policies (for good reasons) that I could never get away with if I tried.

One example is playing silent audio while streaming via DLNA from the iOS device to prevent the OS from putting the app to sleep after 10 minutes or so. A big company just does it and has done it for years without consequence. Another small developer in my niche needed to do this as well, but was forced by Apple to remove it unless there was a specific function for it. So the developer instead added a useless "visualizer" that made graphic effects to music picked up by the microphone which is then put in the background and hidden - just to get around the rules. I have not added DLNA streaming yet because of these headaches.

Comment Re: Not use it? (Score 1) 141

Be a Luddite and use US postal money orders.

Back before PayPal was merged with eBay and CC use became common, I used this method. Only drawback is that it's slower.

Buyer sends M.O., When it arrives, go to the P.O. to mail the item. Cash the M.O. and pay the postage. If the M.O. is bad or counterfeit, you know right then before your item leaves your hands.

What's in it for the buyer? Proof of payment. Besides, using the P.O. for fraud is a bad idea (for either party).

Comment Re:Fighting greed with greed (Score 1) 834

Not at all.

In the end, the employed will be US workers. So it's solving one issue. I'm just pointing out that stemming the flow of H1-Bs will shift the problem elsewhere. Employers really want to lower salaries - the whole purpose of H1-Bs - but getting US tech workers back to work is a good first step.

Lots of the layoffs that are occurring now are displacement of US workers to bring in outside consulting firms. These firms "just happen" to employ lots of H1-B workers. The consulting firms offer a lower cost to companies to run their IT departments because of their cheaper labor. Hiring the firm is loophole in the law, because the a US worker is not being displaced to bring in an H1-B, instead their department is being eliminated and outsourced.

What is proposed will bring the salaries of the workers at these firms up considerably, and they will no longer be able to offer any labor cost savings as a tool. They will have to use the skill set of their workforce instead. Let's see how that works out for them.

Comment Re:Fighting greed with greed (Score 1) 834

If a company truly can't find American workers with the required skills, if the imported labor actually has special skills, the company will be willing to *pay* for those skills. Companies wanting to import cheaper entry-level prpgrammers won't pay them $180,000 / year. That's why Trump's order is to prioritize H1-Bs by salary. You want to import someone and pay them $40K? Go to the back of the line. You're willing to pay $200K salary because there truly aren't any Americans available with those skills? You're at the front of the line.

I'm all for reforming the H1-B program, but the way this will be gamed -and it will, it's just a matter of time- is to find more ways to reduce salaries for tech workers.

Shortly after this reform goes into effect, there'll suddenly be a mysterious glut of previously non-existent qualified IT workers and software programmers that will "magically" appear out of thin air overnight, many hungry for a job. Hiring will slow down as companies hold off hiring looking for the cheapest candidates to cherry-pick, depressing wages and benefits in the process.

Now it's business as usual.

Comment Re: competition (Score 1) 101

Not everywhere. One civilized country omitted from the list is Japan.

$10/day would be great compared to how much it would cost otherwise - it costs at least that much to rent a phone with service on top of that.


Because of their "screw you gaijin" laws that prevent non-residents from buying prepaid SIM cards for voice and text. You can get data SIMs, but they noticed the VOIP loophole and the days for that are now likely numbered. Why not do it like the EU where a passport is good enough ID?

I wonder what they'll do for the Olympics in 2020 when people visiting realize their phones will only work on expensive international roaming plans ($45 for 100MB, 100 min calls, and 100 outbound texts).

Comment Re:The land of "Last one in is a rotten egg" (Score 2) 386

Any attempt at high-density housing is often met with hostility from environmental NIMBYs and hostile existing property owners unwilling to give any room to these efforts by filing complaints and grievances. The intense culture surrounding perpetual property value increases is baffling in one sense considering the supposed social conscience that is supposed to exist in the Bay Area.

Wait.. I've heard this before. It's called: "I've got mine, so fuck you!"

I never knew SF was such a bastion of Republican values... It seems like personal greed is universal despite political ideologies.

Comment Re: Security expert? (Score 5, Insightful) 377

This is precisely how the anti theft software for my Macs work. For it to be most effective, you should set the firmware password (to prevent booting off other media), encrypt the disk, set a password on your account, and leave the guest account active.

The whole idea is to get the thief to use it so it can phone home. If it is locked up too tight, they'll just be parted out or tossed.

That nifty law they passed for kill switches in cell phones means they no longer steal phones to resell and reactivate, now they just steal them for the the parts.

Comment Re: Eight function toilet? (Score 1) 187

The nozzle is just under the seat, not in the lower part of the bowl. Most modern Japanese toilets have the nozzle on a retractable wand that is always out of the "drop zone" and emerges only when commanded to do so with the controls.

So no, you cannot pee or crap on them* and they keep pretty clean on their own. But there is also a button that will extend it for a wipe down.

*If you push the button while dropping a load, all bets are off. If you push it while peeing, it'll piss back at you, but the modern Toto units won't deploy if there's no one on the seat.

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