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Comment Are they going to shaft business like the Chinese? (Score 4, Informative) 251

The articles I have seen don't mention the legality of VPNs? That would be the first thing I would do on principle. If normal VPNs get blocked then I would move to tunnelling via SSH to a proxy on a server in a free country. That is what I used to do in China. So if VPNs are blocked are they going to block SSH to? To my mind it is impossible for them to truly block users from private Internet activity unless they are prepare to do it at the expense of legal businesses, like they do in China.

Having managed a development team in China for a couple if years I know first hand how big the disadvantage Chinese developers are at because their access to decent sources of information are block. The way the Internet is broken there seriously impacts productivity there. If Britain really wants to know what everyone is doing then the technical steps they will need to take will impact the productivity of British businesses.

It gets tiring watching law makers passing laws with no real understanding of how technology actually works.

Comment Re:Good for Australia (Score 1) 600

In the case of US and New Zealand trade I believe much of it is tariff free. However we can not export many of our primary products tariff free to the USA as their farmers can not compete evenly with ours. On the other hand I an not aware of any imports from the USA we put tariffs on to to protect NZ industries. Currently the restrictions are all one way in favor of the USA. During the negotiations I assumed that we were going to get better access, but as I understand it we got zero improvement in our ability to export our primary industry products and in return for that we agreed to impact our high tech sector by agreeing to US IP restrictions.

I agree with other posters, remove the USA IP rubbish from TPP and sign it with the other parties, excluding the USA. We can always negotiate with the USA, one on one, for a future deal that is actually fair to both parties.

Comment Re:Simple option (Score 1) 400

Yes, a valid point about location/role pay variance, but a minimum must help to some extent. Much simpler here as we really only have two locations rates, Auckland and not in Auckland, because Auckland is more expensive to live in.

I completely agree where people are replacing existing workers, that is clearly a cost not shortage issue, and should not be allowed. I have never heard of such abuses here. When I read that people are expected to train their replacements that comes across as the ultimate case of kicking someone when they are down. Such behaviour in is inconceivable here for several reasons.

Comment Simple option (Score 1) 400

Putting the Trump factor to one side for a minute there is a simple option that we use here in New Zealand, minimum pay.

To be eligible to work in NZ as a skilled worker your pay must be typical for a person in the industry, or you work visa will no be renewed. It stops employers importing staff for economic reasons. It is not easy to get a work visa for NZ, so employers only go down that path when there is a genuine shortage of local candidates. While it may be possible to game the system I doubt it happening here because it is such a small market.

I travel to the US quite often for work and I have thought it would be nice to do a couple of years OE there, but can't see me wanting to live there long term. If I was to work in the USA I would expect to be paid the same as a local with the same skills, I'm not cheap labor and I am not looking to displace an existing employee. If Trump wants a simple fix then set the minimum pay for an HB1 worker to say $100K. Given the size of the HB1 market there I suspect you would need to back that up with an audit system so people don't claim they are paying more that the really are via bonded employment or mandatory fees etc. I guess you could back that up with a blacklist blocking the HB1 system for an employer or employment agency caught trying to game the system.

Comment Re:No principles. (Score 1) 600

I am curious about the US view on this. You say it was a terrible deal for the US, but why? I was opposed to TPP as it was a terrible deal for New Zealand as it allowed US corporate interests to override NZ law but we did not get any tangible improvement in access to protected US markets in return for giving up our sovereignty.

Comment Re:Great for China! (Score 1) 600

Generally you are probably right about the US wanting to keep China out of the negotiations but I'm sure no one expects China to join later. I am a New Zealander who objected to TPP not because of free trade, that would have been good, but because it allowed US corporate interest override New Zealand law. The NZ leadership are ok with that but can you imagine the Chinese political leaders allowing their laws to be challenged? They are a bunch of control freaks, there is no way they are going to sign up to something that would allow a foreign entity challenge their dictates.

Comment Genuine question (Score 1) 41

I had one of their early colour tablets and it made a good Android tablet once hacked. Their early e-ink devices had potential.

I seem to recall they lost the plot and were switching to a Microsoft solution? I know they did something that made me lose interest and ignore their new offerings, but I forget the details. Maybe someone here remembers?

Sounds like they are getting back on the right track.

Comment It is surprising what you can get used to (Score 1) 290

When I am doing easy work I like some music but when doing difficult stuff I like silence. So I seem to pick the wrong companies to work for. I spent two years developing interactive shop displays that play music. Left that job to work for a company developing audio systems. In both case a lot of loud music is the norm. I have kind of got used to it over time, it is surprising what you can tune out, although some choices of music can really annoy.

Comment Endorsement of false profiles (Score 1) 48

I had one person connect with me. They were generic enough I though I may have worked with them so I added them. They then use my link to a high profile person I know to contact them. That person got back to me to check what I knew about him. Having a closer look at his profile I realised it had no verifiable information. For example there was not a single employer named, just names such as "Radio Module company". He claims to hold a degree at the "University of Reading" but when I contacted that university they refused to confirm if he held a qualification from them for "confidentiality reasons". Truly bizarre. So if you want a fake degree don't buy one online, claim to have one from the University of Reading, for free.

So while I can't prove it, hence no link here, I strongly suspect that it is a fake profile. What was really fascinating was the sheer number of people who have endorsed him but probably don't actually know him. It made me realise the endorsement process was meaningless so I guess Linkedin's changes in this area are well overdue. Now if they could do something about fake profiles that would be good.

Comment Re:An annoying thing about visting the USA (Score 1) 97

I don't think the information in that link is reliable. I can't speak for most countries, but for Australia it's just wrong. No tipping is ever expected here in any circumstances.

Yes, exactly the same in NZ, no tipping is ever expected here in any circumstances. That link is exactly the kind of rubbish we can do without. To quote directly from that page they admit directly "tipping has spread "because Americans forced it on people."". Please stop it, seriously! I had to laugh at the suggestion you would tip a taxi driver in NZ. I have yet to find another country with taxi fares as high as NZ. A ride from Auckland airport to the CBD is about 20minutes but will set you back an easy NZD $100 and they are suggesting you give them more! No wonder Uber is doing well here.

Comment Re:An annoying thing about visting the USA (Score 1) 97

That may well be true, as I note the countries you list are the most common ones for me to visit. From memory tipping is not common in the UK. The key thing you mention is when it is added to the bill automatically. I have no problem with that as it is then simply another cost like a tax and I don't have to work out how much it will be and if it applies. It will also appear on the receipt then so no problem with reimbursement either. The only catch then is mentally preparing to pay more that the listed price. Mind you that is a other annoyance in the USA, the retail prices do not include sale tax, which varies a lot by state and types of goods. Here the sales tax is always include in the retail price, what is listed on the shelf is what you pay at the checkout.

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