×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Registered Coward v2 Re:China wants in on this deal too (161 comments)

And the US wants everyone to keep all the information and let the NSA have access to it no matter where it resides.

That's at least not hypocritical until they are acting surprised that China wants to do the same.

Oh wait... they did that when they declared that "cyper attacks" are considered as hostile as regular military attacks. Wow, I'm glad that no one actually measures them by what they say....

Remember: When we do it it's good and when *they* do it it's bad. Been that way since the first man noticed another living in the cave next door.

yesterday
top

Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Registered Coward v2 Re:China wants in on this deal too (161 comments)

If Europe can regulate what the whole world sees on Google, why not China?

If they do go through with it, let's at least have a www.google.us without the censorship. (Probably a good idea anyway.)

And the US wants everyone to keep all the information and let the NSA have access to it no matter where it resides.

yesterday
top

Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Registered Coward v2 Re:Duh (429 comments)

Well to be honest I understand PART of why they would be outrage over it. If I pay 5k for you to come and work and you are here for 1 day I am out 5k. Now I agree with your overall primise, as long as the employer they went to had to pay a share of that money back, prorated.

That's the whole point. If I truly pay you a market wage you have little incentive to leave; however if I pay below market wage all I become is a labor pool for other companies. As a result, I would first try to fill jobs with local labor and if there is a shortage than use a visa program to fill them. Since there is a lower supply than demand i will pay a premium for that labor if I really need it; a true free market solution.

2 days ago
top

Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Registered Coward v2 Re:Duh (429 comments)

So by open market you mean protected local labor market?

Reread the previous post. Nothing about reducing H1-Bs. Maybe that's the end game for the previous poster, but greatly reducing the indentured servitude aspect of an H1-B visa (especially while saying nothing about reducing the number of H1-Bs!) doesn't restrict the labor pool.

As the OP, i can say I my end game is not to reduce the number of H1B's available but to ensure H1B's actually get a competitive salary with other workers by eliminating restrictions on their job mobility. If employers had to pay the cost of an H1B plus a competitive wage, which they claim to do today, it would be more economically viable to hire someone with the requisite skills that doesn't need to be sponsored since you would avoid all the extra costs; and do not run the risk of, after paying those costs, of losing the employee and having to pay for replacement. Right now, the indentured nature of the H1B means wages are lower because employees have no bargaining power; something that is easy to fix but requires more political will than exists in Washington.

As for a truly open market where anyone can move anywhere; yes that is a nice Utopian dream but like unicorns does not exist. So, we have to deal with the labor market as it is, not what we might like it to be and fix the real world problems that are fixable.

2 days ago
top

Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Registered Coward v2 Duh (429 comments)

All of the tech industries behavior point to a desire to keep wages lower than what they would pay in an open market. Whether it's expanding H1B's or agreeing not to poach the goal is the same not driving up the cost of talent. Thus we have a "shortage" of tech workers so we must import more rathe than we have an abundant supply at higher wages so lets hire them. I am not surprise at the GAO report. What needs to be done is make H1B visas portable so after say 6 month to a year the holder was free to switch jobs. That would end abuses quickly and all of a sudden the "shortage" would disappear when it becomes more costly to get and keep an H1B then hire a local.

2 days ago
top

Class-Action Suit Claims Copyright Enforcement Company Made Harassing Robo-calls

Registered Coward v2 Re:Does rights-corp have anything to take? (67 comments)

These places tend to be asset-less companies that do not care about being sued, they simply form another shell and fold.

Per TFA, the lawsuit also has 10 John Doe defendants and they intend to go after the copyright holders Rightscorp represents. Given their deep pockets, if the lawsuit successfully includes them then who has what assets is moot since they all are on hook for the judgement so if one can't pay the other must.

3 days ago
top

US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

Registered Coward v2 Re:Wait what? (171 comments)

Remember how they busted Al Capone? Tax evasion? They knew for a fact how he got his money, but they also knew that to prove he was innocent he'd have to admit to how he got his money. So, despite violating his rights, the spirit of the law, and perverting the justice system. they got him anyway. Win at all costs...

Actually they used the tax code properly. He failed to report income and was tried and convicted. He could have reported it and paid taxes on it and avoided prosecution.

about a week ago
top

Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

Registered Coward v2 Re:You know what's really sad? (129 comments)

Greed.

There is/was a popular scam that involved getting people to look at their Windows error log in order to convince them that they needed "help." It was quite effective because the average user easily accepts that errors are the same as problems.

Fortunately, many of the scammers aren't to bright either and are easily played if they think you're a mark. I get those calls every now and then and drew with them until they are clearly really pissed. Then I tell them I'm bored and thank them for the free entertainment. That causes them to blow a gasket and I start laughing and hang up. You can go many ways with the game and if you slowly and progressively win their trust ask all kinds of strange questions.

about a week ago
top

Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Registered Coward v2 Re:Given how most spend their time in college... (226 comments)

Not sure if that analogy works as it is more a practical vs. theoretical split.

Designing things isn't practical? Are you an arts graduate?

No, an engineer. I was referring to design being an exercise in theoretical knowledge while maintaining / repairing is more of a practical skill. It has nothing to do with weather the item designed is practical. Given how many engineers have designed cars to make them as hard a possible to repair (Remove the air filter to replace a headlight bulb? The trunk trim to replace a tail light? reallY?) "practical" may not be in their toolbox.

about two weeks ago
top

Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Registered Coward v2 Re:Given how most spend their time in college... (226 comments)

It is as simple as programing as a vocation vs a profession.

More like cheap source of labor vs. more expensive one. Companies don't have to pay as much and get a ready supply to replace them as technologies change.

Think car mechanic vs engineer. One can fix an engine or even put it together the other designs it. Of course the best is when you have an engineer that is also a mechanic.

Not sure if that analogy works as it is more a practical vs. theoretical split. Perhaps more like quick change oil guy vs a mechanic. One can do one or two things cheaply and the other understand the underlying concepts and can actually troubleshoot and solve problems based on experience and training.

about two weeks ago
top

Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

Registered Coward v2 Re:Nope (91 comments)

Maybe some places don't care, but usually there's some kind of dollar cost to companies that do a lot of at-will terminations that result in unemployment compensation.

Yes, their premiums rise as claims increase, to a point. At that point, it is cheaper to layoff employees, let them collect unemployment, and then rehire them when demand picks back up since you've already maxed out your premiums. Seasonal employment is perfect for this, with employees getting a paid vacation through unemployment knowing they will be rehired when the season restarts. It's an economically rational approach to the problem of seasonal demand and low wage workers that works out well for both sides.

about two weeks ago
top

MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Registered Coward v2 Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (323 comments)

So what to do? Buy good chocolate. A bar should be anywhere from $5-$15. You can't make really good chocolate without using great cocoa. You can't get great cocoa without paying a significant premium to the farmers -- often 2-4 times the NY or London terminal price. So you know they are paid well. You simply can't have a $1-2 chocolate bar after if has been run though the supply chain (stores, distributors, the factory, various cocoa brokers, etc.) and know the farmers were paid well no matter the certification.

Correct. The problem is not that there is a coach shortage but that there is a shortage of cheap cocoa. High end producers who want to make good chocolate pay a premium and get what they need. Mars, which doesn't really produce chocolate but a brown substance to cover filings, can't.

about two weeks ago
top

Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Registered Coward v2 Re:In the uk (461 comments)

In the US, FOIA requests can be denied on the basis of privacy violations (exemption 6), and law enforcement information (which this qualifies, I think) can be denied if its release could endanger the life or physical safety of any individual. http://www.foia.gov/faq.html#e...

Except that it is a state FOIA request; which may have the limits. The problem is most people are not sympathetic to strippers; and unlike gun owners who managed to get carry permit applications exempt, the lack a powerful lobby.

about three weeks ago
top

Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

Registered Coward v2 Re:Typical!! (271 comments)

...Any such devices like this would be removed from any car I buy...

Agreed! But the key work here is 'buy' - the implication being you buy it outright, and are the owner.

On the other hand, if you are financing through the dealer, the RO (registered owner) is the dealer, not you.

Not quite true. The seller has a lean on the vehicle but you are the owner. If the dealer was still the legal one that could open them up for liability in the event of an accident, etc.

about three weeks ago
top

Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

Registered Coward v2 Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

A constitutionalist (you know, the supreme law of the land, the thing they all swore to uphold) would also notice that no part of the Constitution granted authority to do such a thing: An application of Sarbanes-Oxley needs to involve interstate commerce in some fashion.

Fishing is distinctly intrastate commerce (if commerce at all!), and cannot be covered by federal law. Criminal law is supposed to be a state issue.

Not necessarily. the US Federal government has jurisdiction over coastal waters and thus federal law would apply.

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution also requires "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." I doubt 20 years prison listed in the statute is ever warranted.

Cruel and unusual. It may be cruel but it is not unusual, so a strict constructionist would say it was OK.

about three weeks ago
top

Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

Registered Coward v2 Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

Also remember many jobs will drug test you.

This is already being tested in the courts. There's not yet (as far as I know) a test for marijuana intoxication, only detection that you've used marjuana at some point in the past few days/weeks, so there's little justification for testing for marijuana when it's already legal for recreational and/or medicinal use. It's particularly controversial when an employee uses marijuana medicinally -- cough medicine is going to affect employee performance much more than smoking pot over the weekend.

Legality is irrelevent to on the job testing. A valid medical reason would mor ethan likely give the employee a pass but recreational use could still result in adverse actions.

about three weeks ago
top

The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Registered Coward v2 Re:Tech Up Bringing? (441 comments)

I feel like I've lost my entire cultural identity in effort to be part of the culture I've spent the majority of the last decade in.

Translation: I want to impose my culture on my team mates.

No, more like I am always acutely aware of my differences and it can be uncomfortable. Until you have been their it is hard to understand but one day you may find yourself there even if your just "the old guy."

Let's ignore race for a moment. What's the percentage of people in tech who came from a single parent home? Ditto for the population at large? How many people in tech had welfare crack whores for mothers? The population at large? What's the percentage of people in tech where education was a priority for the family? The population at large?

the real question is "how do we identify and support talent that may not be able to reach their potential without help?" It is easy to dismiss people but the reality is if someone cares and helps people can overcome the odds.

about three weeks ago
top

Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Registered Coward v2 Re:TL;DR "Recruiters" Suck. (253 comments)

I have to admit that I still disagree with you.

I have about nine engineers working for me. I appreciate the work they do, and -- as someone who's a vastly less qualified engineer than they are -- deeply respect and admire their skills.

At my company, my job as a manager is defined to be all about attracting and retaining great engineers, and giving them context (and then they figure out what they're going to do with that context). So retaining them is, quite simply, my job.

That said, these engineers don't _belong_ to me or my company. They're human beings, and if I want them to work for me I should be willing and able to compete for them every. single. day. And that means that I don't win by making it harder for them to know what's out there in the job market that's better than the job they've got here -- I win by making this job the bast damned job they could want.

Trying to keep recruiters away from my engineers as a way to have a lock on them feels oddly similar to Apple suing Samsung to not have their competing product on the market.

I think we are closer than our comments appear. To me, it's not that you are keeping recruiters away from them; it's simply that if someone is hired to fill a vacant slot for you their loyalty should be to you and not use their position to your detriment. I would expect a good recruiter to learn your staffing needs, what current skills you have on staff, etc. to find the best fit candidate. For that recruiter then to go after you staff seems to me to be a conflict of interest and it would be unethical for them to tell someone else in their firm to go after them as well. however, I would think it perfectly OK for a recruiter at the same firm to independently reach out to your talent and try to poach them.

It's the same as what I do in consulting. A client has every right to expect I won't use what I learn about their company to help a fellow consultant at one of their competitors and it would be unethical for me to offer a competitor information on them I have learned while working for the client. To me, it's a matter of putting the client's interests first.

As a manager myself I fully agree with your comments concerning a manager's role and would not want to be a roadblock to their understanding the job market or having other recruiters contact them.

about three weeks ago
top

Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Registered Coward v2 Re:TL;DR "Recruiters" Suck. (253 comments)

(Anti-poaching agreements, though, are just evil)

I disagree. It depends on the agreement. I would want one where the recruiter for my open positions can't recruit or recommend my staff for open positions they have at other firms. I do not think it is unreasonable for me to expect the recruiter not to have a colloquia say "I hear your in at X. I need someone who can do Y and they are noted for that. Help me find someone..." You are either working for me or for someone else. Plain and simple. If the firm does work for competitors other recruiters certainly can poach my staff, just without the help from mine; and a non-compete that would lock out the entire firm (assuming it is reasonably large) would be unreasonable.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

top

Get off my lawn

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  about a year ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "Identifying a nerd was easier years ago — calculator on the belt and a box of Hollerith cards. Part computer program, part note card, and part bookmark, they were a readily available source of nerd badges at any campus. As with many tech icons, they have drifted into oblivion.

So what do you do if:

you got a new computer, or maybe a software upgrade, only to find — error message! — that some of your old files are incompatible.

and the files you have are valuable historical data needed for current research? How about finding a USB compatible Hollerith card reader?"

Link to Original Source
top

Supreme Court to hear First Sale Doctrine case

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "SCOTUS is set to hear a case to determine how copyright law and the doctrine of first sale applies to copyrighted works bought overseas, imported to the US and then sold. The case involves a foreign student who imported textbooks from Asia and the resold them in the US to help fund his education. He was sued by the publisher, lost and was ordered to pay $600k in damages. Now SCOTUS gets to weigh in on the issue."
Link to Original Source
top

iPads as overhead projectors

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "A University of Michigan professor has combined iPads with a set of software tools to create an effective replacement for projected Powerpoint, clickers, and the like to allow students to interact and annotate the lecture notes on iPads, iPhones, and computers. As he puts it, he has used these tools to create " show your slides + ask questions of students (multiple-choice, true-false, rearrange lists, image-based and free response — take THAT clickers!) and display the results in real-time + collect and answer student questions + have access to analytical data on student participation + DRAW ON THE SLIDES LIKE WITH AN OVERHEAD!"

Even better — a roller equipped overhead."

Link to Original Source
top

Apple Time Capsules Dying

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "Reports are surfacing of dying power supplies in Apple's Time Capsule drives, leaving users with vey nicely designed 9and expensive) paper weights. The problem appears to be failure of the internal power supply, making it impossible to power up the device. One website logged 260 reports of dead Apple Time capsules since going live last weekend. Apple has not yet responded to reports of this problem."
Link to Original Source
top

It's football, not a funeral

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "From a Notre Dame University press release: In an effort to encourage appropriate behavior, fans will be able to utilize a new text messaging system to report any instances of unruly or disruptive behavior in conjunction with home games, including inside Notre Dame Stadium. The system will be in place beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturdays. Fans can simply text 41513 and type into the message the word "Irish" followed by a space, followed by a brief description of the issue and its location. Ushers, public safety personnel and/or University officials will respond as needed.

Interesting use of technology; but even with ND's performance on the field it's still a football game. I guess they expect people to sit quietly and occasionally utter a "nice play" and clap politely. At least you now have a way to complain about cold hotdogs and dirty toilets."
top

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "Best Buy has been caught using an intranet to limit price matching of their own web site. http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-watchdog0302, 0,5198012.column?coll=hc-utility-local Apparently, according to a company spokesman, their employees find it difficult to distinguish between accessing an internal site and their own external ones. Of course, they have no problem distinguishing between a higher and lower price nor charging the higher one."

Journals

Registered Coward v2 has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?