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Comment Re:As someone with a masters in this -exact field- (Score 1) 234

When they make you feel like a moron, it's not because they are trying to, or because what they are saying sounds like something you could never understand, but exactly the opposite. You can fully understand what they are saying, but you simultaneously gain some insight into just how far beyond you they really are. It's a humbling experience, being taught by a genius in their field... and I was fortunate enough to have it happen to me once... While I came out of it knowing vastly more than I knew going in, I can honestly say I still felt stupider than when I started.

Submission + - The Clinton Foundation is downsizing (ny.gov)

mi writes: You would think, the end of a political career would allow a genuinely charitable family to concentrate on their charity. Instead, the Clinton Foundation is closing shop (or, at least, downsizing) after their champion's electoral loss. According to the paperwork they filed with New York Department of labor, the reason is "Discontinutation [sic] of the Clinton Global Initative [sic]".

Comment Re:Thank you, Pres. Trump, for putting America fir (Score 1) 221

Every country and culture has a nasty history of some kind. That doesn't mean they just give up and commit cultural/national suicide over it. Europeans have long been a cynical lot. But the level of self-hatred and white guilt that we're seeing today has almost become a form of mass mental illness. Europe is rapidly becoming dysfunctional to the point where, when the invaders come (and they always do eventually), most will just throw open the gates and beg to be destroyed.

 

Comment Re:Thank you, Pres. Trump, for putting America fir (Score 0, Troll) 221

even though they are the ones who get violent

You know, I'm beginning to think that the left's willful ignorance of all the terrorist attacks and immigrant violence going on in Europe is a form of mental illness. I really think that many of you do truly believe that all the violence is coming from right-wing white people. Do you even remember the recent spate of terrorist attacks in France, or have you purged them from your memory because they don't fit your narrative? In your mind, have you cherry-picked a few minor instances of violence AGAINST immigrants to retain in your memory, while deliberately forgetting hundreds of incidents of violence BY immigrants?

Someone really should do a paper on White Guilt, European self-hatred and the capacity for mass self-delusion in the modern European psyche.

Comment Re:I activated my own phone on Ting (Score 1) 68

Ting is great....if you don't actually use your phone much or use the smart part of your smart phone. If you actually use your phone and need data? Their service adds up pretty damned quickly.

The last month I was on Ting it ended up costing me nearly $60 for minutes and data and I really don't use my phone that often, all it took was a sick relative and being stuck in the hospital waiting to find out what was going on to blow through the cash on their service. I want to be able to use my phone without having to worry about some unexpected event raising my costs so I ended up going to Cricket, its $70 for 2 phones with unlimited talk and text and 2.5Gb of data which I've found is plenty for watching YouTube when I'm stuck waiting somewhere.

Comment Re:Microsoft's effective negative advertising (Score 4, Insightful) 165

"Almost every person who has used Win 10 for any length of time is now aware of what they consider extreme abuse."....FTFY.

I thought I got a lot of work wiping Win 8 for 7 but damned people HATE Windows 10 and for good reason, all it takes is MSFT forcing a shit driver that locks the PC into endless rebooot or having it just decide to install updates and shut down in the middle of them actually doing something for people to say "fuck this POS!" and demand any other Windows than 10. I've even had people bring by brand new in box Win 10 lappys just to have me wipe the thing before its ever even turned on, its gotten THAT bad a rep.

If they thought they had a shitload still running XP at its EOL I have a feeling when Win 7 hits EOL the numbers running 7/8/8.1 will still be crazy high.

Comment Re:Thank you, Pres. Trump, for putting America fir (Score 1) 221

H1Bs were introduced as part of WTO negotiations. When India agreed to let US sell Caterpillar backhoes and Pepsico Sugar water in India , US agreed to let India sell software services in the US and as the work permit process in the US is messed up and the L1 is very restrictive, H1s were introduced. The conflation of H1B (a free trade visa) with immigration is unfortunate and happened because of a quota which put an artificial limit on number of people coming to US to provide short term software services. Trump can put conditions which prevent Indian software companies from selling software services in US. India will probably retaliate with restrictions on US companies selling into India. If I was a Boeing, Caterpillar, GE, Coca Cola , Apple or Microsoft shareholder I would not be very happy. If I was a worker at these companies' plants I would be very worried about layoffs.

Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 1) 221

You do realize that most developing countires have higher income inequality than the US. What this means is that while beginning and average salaries are lower , salaries at the higher end are higher than in the US. Cardiac surgeons from India will not move to the US as they earn much more in India than in the US. Same for folks earning 150K plus. The kind of folks who would attract those salaries in the US are getting paid much more (PPP adjusted) in India. Only people at the beginning of their careers are willing to go to the trouble of moving to the US. All this measure would mean is that companies would do more work offshore and reduce their US presence.

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