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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

Mitreya Re:Not H1-Bs, offshore workers. (220 comments)

It would be illegal for them to fire everyone then hire H1-Bs, and even if the off-shore companies place people that all happen to be H1-B, lawsuits will follow. How can the consulting company say they couldn't find competent employees when they know a bunch that got laid-off?

The article basically claims that with employees making 60K+, the rule of "cannot find competent employees" does not apply to H1-B, so they should be ok. Does anyone know more about this loophole that the article is talking about?

4 days ago

Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Mitreya Re:Well Deserved (195 comments)

I've had a lifetime of customer dissatisfaction in just a few short months of dealing with them.

Well, what do you expect?
Why would a monopoly bother to serve their (captive) customers well?

If we don't create significant viable competition, this will continue. No amount of public shaming will help.

about two weeks ago

Judge Tells Feds To Be More Specific About Email Search Warrants

Mitreya Re:In other news... (41 comments)

Nobody at DHS is stupid enough to put a Federal Judge on the no-fly list.

Why not? Congressmen did end up on this list a few times

Granted, they would probably be taken off when this issue comes up (unlike the rest of us who just have to deal with it).

about a month ago

Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

Mitreya Re:Download (243 comments)

The issue was that UltraViolet is buggy. It provides downloads in theory. I think there was some region restriction also with the service.

Oh, how I hate those streaming services and the assumption that such delivery is convenient for the user.

It's hard to find a downloadable movie trailer nowdays (and you'd think this is something movie studios WANT me to have, because it is an advert for their product).

about a month ago

Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

Mitreya Re:We need to stop big tax dodgers useing loop hol (300 comments)

We need to stop big tax dodgers useing loop holes to pay no taxes.

No, no, no!
We need to force politicians to eliminate the loopholes, which are all legal and often intentional

To create legal loopholes and then to expect people to voluntarily pay more (than they have to) taxes is a losing and pointless battle.

about a month ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

Mitreya Re:Replaced by what? (712 comments)

This plan doesn't fund replacing the power from those plants with anything, just some hand waving about "renewable energy" being expanded in parallel.

Indeed - this money would be better invested in these "renewable energy" alternatives.
As soon as something renewable and cheaper is invented, coal industry will be phased out naturally

about a month ago

CIA Accused: Sen. Feinstein Sees Torture Probe Meddling

Mitreya Re:It's the *Pot & Kettle Show* (187 comments)

Assholes accusing scumbags of torturing people, but in the meantime it was the assholes who defended the scumbags when they violated the Constitutions, ignoring the Bill of Rights, invading the privacy of Hundreds of Millions of the American Citizens, and billions more people outside of America.

No, I think it is far simpler than that.
We have a bunch of people who think anything goes "for the good of the country" (in the name of War on [*Something*]), until the second it affects them directly. Then, they suddenly remember laws/Constitution/human rights/etc.
This is not new, for example Video Privacy Protection Act.

about a month and a half ago

WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

Mitreya Re:False advertising. (273 comments)

I don't understand how businesses are allowed to tack on fees to bills without disclosing these fees in their prices. Somehow they can't quote these fees when you are booking the service, but they can calculate them when billing for the services.

That's right, this should definitely be illegal. Airlines played those games for years and years ($50 ticket fee, but with taxes it works out to $100 or maybe even $300). A rather recent regulation had ended that crap

about a month and a half ago

Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

Mitreya Re:No surprise (256 comments)

In the US jurors can acquit for any reason and aren't required to say what it was.

Yes, but I hear if you utter the words "jury nullification" during selection, you won't make it into the jury. Might actually be a good strategy if you want out.
Apparently you might even be accused of jury tampering for spreading the word http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02...

about a month and a half ago

The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

Mitreya Re:"Sight"? On slashdot? (191 comments)

I think it was an inside job. Some employee of Dice absconded with all the mod points!

So where did you buy yours? :)

And how much is "+1 Interesting" worth in Bitcoins now, anyway?

about a month and a half ago

PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

Mitreya Re:I never liked insane sales (212 comments)

Steam has for me drastically lowered the value of a game, because while it is ONE thing to see game slowly decrease in price over a number of years, it is another to find prices slashed to 1/4 of the price seemingly at random.

What difference does it make what the price of the game is? The re-sale value of the game is zero because (as far as I know?) one cannot sell or even give away Steam games after purchase.

As an owner of a bunch of used games (both PC and console), I think that's too bad.

about a month and a half ago

Robot To Serve Security Detail At FIFA World Cup In Brazil

Mitreya Re:RoboCops (32 comments)

What could possibly go wrong...

Exactly. I wonder how much of that $7.2M has been earmarked to pay off damages/compensation, should anything go wrong?

about 2 months ago

Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

Mitreya Re:Illogical (401 comments)

You're 82, Leonard. ... Refusing to accept death at 82 is illogical. Go with grace.

Let's see if you feel the same way if and when you reach the age of 82.

about 2 months ago

EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

Mitreya Re:Fraud? (367 comments)

Actually, since EA is publicly traded, couldn't this count as a material misrepresentation to the stock market?

Well, it is still possible to leave a lower rating (hence the average is below 5), you just need to edit the initial 5-star rating. So I imagine they have a defense even if someone tries to pursue that issue

Why can the rating be hijacked, anyway? I am surprised it took so long for someone entrepreneurial to notice that bad ratings can be intercepted to skew the results.

about 2 months ago

Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

Mitreya Re:Beta Sucks (249 comments)

Join the boycott Feb 10-17.
If Beta is still here on the 18th I will not return.

Exactly. Let's do that
I have been here for well over 10 years, and I am now investigating possible /. alternatives.

We should have a discussion titled "Where would you go should Beta become permanent?"

about 3 months ago

Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

Mitreya Re:Good riddance. Worst computers EVER to work on. (204 comments)

I can say with authority that they're the WORST computer brand EVER when it comes to the repair business.

That may very much be, but I can say that Sony VAIO laptops (Z series) were the only viable competition to macbook air that I was able to find. Most of the PC laptops insist on using low-resolution displays (good luck finding 1600x900 display!) and are heavy. Granted, this was 2 years ago, but I do not think market has improved much.

about 3 months ago

HealthCare.gov Can't Handle Appeals of Errors

Mitreya Re:I have been advising (208 comments)

I have been advising anyone who will listen to keep their personal information the hell away from that site.

Fortunately, it plugs into the Federal databases for all sorts of information to verify account info (from what I understand). So the website has access to your information by default.

about 3 months ago

David Cameron Says Fictional Crime Proves Why Snooper's Charter Is Necessary

Mitreya Re:On the subject of integrity (179 comments)

Techdirt is honest reporting at its finest, rivaling even Slashdot's journalistic integrity. They're both very upfront and clear about their biases.

...his reasoning is as stupid as it is unbelievable.

Sometimes that isn't bias, as much as an accurate and objective assessment. It is a bad idea to seriously consider every ridiculous statement instead of dismissing it outright.

That's why politicians start from ridiculous propositions -- so that any "compromise" is well in their favor.

about 3 months ago

Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

Mitreya Re:Oh look.... (264 comments)

Republicans have discovered another way to shut down the government: just prevent it from collecting any data required to do its job.

Regulatory agency needs to collect data on credit cards to determine whether credit card providers are up to illegal shenanigans, or what kind of regulations are too little, just right, or overkill?

I don't think so.
They (CFPB) should anonymize the damn data, unless they are required to have trace-able unique identifiers and exact amounts to do their job. Is their job to survey the credit card provider performance or to collect enough data to later send individualized (get out of debt) offers to cardholders?

about 3 months ago


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