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Comment Re:A few foreign films (Score 1) 1222

Saraba Yamato (Japan) is one of my personal favorites, even with the late 70's style animation. It's currently going through a reboot.
The original Yamato, known as Star Blazers in the US, went through a reboot as well a few years ago (Yamato 2199). It's not bad either - arguably better than the original.

Lots of treasure from that era. Leiji Matsumoto made wonderful films/series: Harlock - not the 2013 one, the 1970's one - (standing up for one's beliefs) and Galaxy Express 999 (what is it to be human?) are masterpieces.

Comment Re:MST3K with production values is weird. (Score 1) 84

I felt the same way.

Then again, I'm one of those old curmudgeons who felt the show "lost it" when Joel departed. Not that Mike's episodes were bad - they weren't, but I more personally connected with Joel's style on the show and missed it greatly. Who didn't go to the theater in the 70's and 80's and didn't appreciate this?

On the newest series, the biggest shock was not the new host, but when Gypsy spoke. I don't know if that voice changed happened earlier in the older series (I never watched the SyFy run), but when I did stop watching, Gypsy was still using that weird falsetto.

Comment Re:Sell out (Score 1) 310


But you can look at it this way:

With the "stop him at all costs" mantra in the press and running at all levels of the government, combined with the recent court cases regarding the executive orders targeting certain Muslim-majority countries, I'd expect California, Washington, and any other state with a lot of tech companies to file similar lawsuits because an H1-B ban would obviously be targeting people of Indian ancestry.

It would probably be a safer bet for him to get the SCOTUS back to a 5-4 conservative majority first, get his E.O. upheld, then pursue these goals.

Comment Re:Late to the party ... (Score 1) 120


And for all the years I've been prodded by Verizon to sign up for their rewards program that gives you points in exchange for data mining your usage. They leave the balance sitting there, tempting me whenever I log in.

I should sign up and cash out all those points quickly before they shut it down, because there's no need for them to give up anything for this data now.

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).

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