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Comment Removal of visual cues (Score 5, Insightful) 139

The search text field no longer has a box around it, and the left hand pane has a hint of translucency to it.

In other words, making it more difficult for people to figure out where the box is located to do anything. What next, will the search box be made 90% translucent and float around your screen?

Comment Double-edged sword (Score 1, Insightful) 626

These companies might want to be careful with this move. They keep claiming they're not overlooking/bypassing/not hiring U.S. workers for cheaper, overseas labor, yet here they are claiming this ban will affect their operations because they rely heavily on workers from these countries.

They claim there is a shortage of tech workers, and have been for decades, yet each year thousands of workers are laid off and thousands of new graduates enter the workforce. To claim they can't find someone while at the same time screaming they need to have these overseas workers to fill slots is disingenuous and hypocritical and does nothing to help their case.

Comment Re:Labor shortage in engineering? (Score 5, Informative) 477

Considering the tens of thousands of software developers and engineers who are laid off each year by companies such as Microsoft, Google, Cisco and so on, and all the people coming into the market after graduation, I don't think that pool will ever be empty.

What might be empty are people with the exact qualifications a company may want, but all that needs to be done is a little retraining.

If companies insist on wanting someone with the exact, no-other-options, candidate for a position and are unwilling to offer training, they deserve to go under.

Comment Asimov's quote (Score 5, Insightful) 366

The whole debate about climate change is because of three specific groups:

Those who want to suppress the science because it might interfere with them making a profit, those who don't want to admit climate change because they believe having to change will interfere with their way of life, and those who think being ignorant and ignoring the facts is the way to go.

This was summed up quite nicely by Asimov:

"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'"

Comment Sure, why not. (Score 1, Insightful) 381

is talking with the state of Pennsylvania among others about getting the land and electricity subsidies

I'm sure with Pennsylvania's current $600 million budget deficit the folks in Harrisburg will be more than willing to hand over tens of millions of dollars in subsidies with a payback timeframe of decades.

Who wouldn't?

Comment Re:America! (Score 5, Insightful) 726

when did things change an EVERY job available became one where you were supposed to make a living from and have a career?

Uber advertised the median salary in New York for Uber drivers was $90K per year while in San Francisco the median was $74K per year. People then went to work for Uber based on those advertisements.

You're not implying that Uber lied when telling people they could have a full-time, good paying job driving people around like is done in every other cab company, are you?

Comment Uber caught lying? (Score 4, Interesting) 79

Why should we not be surprised? This is the same company which claims it's a "ride sharing" company, not a taxi company, yet as far as I know, not a single one of their drivers is picking up people who want to go the same direction as the driver.

Instead, the people contact some random Uber driver to pick them up at a specific location then be driven to the location of their choice, all for a fee.

That certainly is an interesting definition of "ride sharing" especially in one of the more recent incidents where an Uber driver drove someone from Virginia to New York and back. I highly doubt the driver was already going that route.

That Uber should now be found guilty of duping people into believing they could make X dollars a year by driving for them (isn't that the way a cab driver works, they drive for a company?), or that Uber was deliberately fudging numbers on the costs involved to lease a vehicle from them shouldn't surprise anyone, especially when this company, despite all the money they're bilking from people, still can't turn a profit.

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