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Comment Re:It wouldn't surprise me if .NET phases out JAVA (Score 1) 243

Java catching on had only to do with Sun's marketing and nothing to do with the 'quality' of the language and clearly nothing to do with the 'quality' of the implementation. .NET catching on also has nothing to do with C# or VB.NET ... it has to do with the fact the Microsoft marketed it heavily and made using native C/C++ on their platform arbitrarily more painful by deprecating APIs and making some new APIs only accessible via the managed (.NET) interfaces.

Comment Re: Lies (Score 1) 287

All work creates entropy so all work done to "reverse" entropy makes more entropy.

Think of entropy as heat. Think of an entropy reversing machine as a fridge.
You can 'reverse' the heat (entropy) of something inside the fridge, but the net result is an increase in total heat (entropy) due to inefficiencies of the compressor and insulation.

Hence the 'heat death' of the universe.

Comment Maybe your data / PAN (Score 1) 137

Maybe your data and personal area network can run from your wrist (or arguably something a bit bigger, with more battery), being a watch gives it a function (yeah a crappy function, but a function). But putting the computing power in a tiny wearable just isn't the future. .. in the future your data/PAN will most likely be an implanted device that runs off ambient power ...

Comment Re:Or you could use paper cups instead (Score 1) 299

Papers are not made from cutting wood in rain forest anymore

Paper never was ... as such a thing was never economically viable.

For the last, oh, 80 years at least, all paper has been made from trees grown for paper and lumber mills.
Oh and your recycled paper? It is *more* environmentally destructive to produce, and will always be. Re-use it, compost it, or burn it.

Comment Re:Expensive machine that makes awful coffee (Score 1) 299

Good coffee takes time ...


The time to brew (steep) isn't much. It is also interesting to note that the mineral content of the water makes a huge differences in the end result.
Living in the midwest I have pretty hard water which is great for the coffee flavor and rough on the coffee maker (I need to pass a pot of vinegar through every 3 to 4 weeks to de-scale the machine).


For espresso however you really want to use distilled water to get the best flavor extraction.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 2) 299

Canadians are very patriotic about their Tim Hortons.

Apparently it's like a comfort food. Stale burned coffee with lots of sugar and milk
Asking for black coffee (at TH) and they get mind bogglingly confused. After tasting it I understood why ... Much better to get a known sub-standard coffee from McD's than that wacko shit from TH.

Comment Re:Nothing New (Score 3) 180

Zuckerberg heads up a PAC which is trying to open up more immigration and H1Bs - because, y'know, he *cares* about the people and it has nothing at all to do with getting cheaper tech labor into the states.

Zuckerberg's desire for H1Bs has nothing to do with the cost of tech labor. Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc., are constantly struggling to find tech labor, not because they aren't willing to shell out the big bucks for qualified talent, but because they struggle to find qualified talent at any price IN MENLO PARK. That labor pool is completely depleted IN MENLO PARK ; there are more positions available than there are people to work them. They're already paying $250K+ (including salary, bonus and stock) for people not much past the new grad stage, and about the same for senior engineers and making it $300K, or $400K, or $1M, won't get them many more new hires once the other companies in the area bump their pay scales to match. cause FB isn't that much better than any other company in SV (Actually, paying *too* much can increase attrition as employees gain sufficient financial independence that they decide to strike out on their own, or simply stop working, so increasing the pay scales could well make their hiring problems even worse.).

The reason the likes of Facebook want H1Bs is because the market for US labor is tapped out, and they want to be able to draw on the rest of the world. It's not about keeping wages down, it's about finding an additional 200 hireable people per week, on top of the 200 they're hiring every week right now. The supply of available American talent IN MENLO PARK isn't keeping up with the demand, and paying more money doesn't appreciably increase the supply.

Just trying to help you clarify your position.
And adding H1B won't help FB/Google et. al. But capping the H1B's given to WiPro/Tata/Infosys/IBM *will*. Or even pushing the H1B minimum wage to FB's 250k (as you say it's their basic wage) the FB/Google et. al will have all the H1B's they want 'cause WiPro/Tata/Infosys/IBM's H1B model will be utterly destroyed and those companies will just pack up and go home.

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