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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

SuhlScroll Does this surprise us? (293 comments)

Why is any of this a surprise? Do we expect children coming up in the system to be interested in writing code when that job function has been outsourced at every opportunity (or the cheap labor insourced via H1B/L1 visa)?

There was a time when children were taught to sew and mend clothes as well; however, when that industry went global those skills became (or at least were considered to be) obsolete. It may well be the case that programming and software development become similarly obsolete (or less valued). In the age of `disposable tech people` it would seem that, from a practical perspective, students might be better off learning other skills that might keep them more gainfully and more permanently employed.

about 3 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

SuhlScroll Re:Corporate outsourcing fraud permeates STEM sect (234 comments)

`By the same argument then we should not be allowed to import foreign cars because it hurts the Americans who work in the auto industry.`

It actually does, but nobody cares at this point given the Big 3 made garbage for a long time because they had a monopoly on the market. Introducing the foreign manufacturers was a result of people in the gov't getting pissed off with the Big 3 and the Labor Unions who they collaborate with. Had the Big 3 built cars that were worth a crap they probably wouldn't have the competition they do, they just got greedy in a big way and got cut for it.

`Similarly, made in China products should be banned because they hurt the American factory worker.`

They actually do, not to mention hurting people who buy crap with lead paint and pet food that's tainted.

`Yes, allowing foreign workers in the US hurts the people in the tech sector here. But, you can't simply ignore the huge pool of people in India and China who are trained to be engineers.`

Of course we can, especially since the ones in In-juh tend to be trained so poorly. Did you ever ask yourself why so many of them over there are trained to be engineers? Uh, that's so that they can try and attempt all the work that was outsourced from here. Stop the outsourcing and you'll find more people here will actually go into STEM fields/careers.

`This is capitalism and the low cost of labor will put an enormous pressure on the way the systems work by artificially restricting them.`

No, it's crony capitalism where a few people benefit from huge profit margins off of using cheap foreign labor while a lot of workers, taxpayers in general, and the government suffer from loss of income tax revenue ... big difference.

`Also competition makes us all better. Why are we afraid of a little competition?`

Says the guy who hasn't gotten it in the rear from it. It's not competition, it's cronyism, and if you're not the one directly benefiting from it you're probably getting screwed by it.

about 4 months ago
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Object Lesson in Non-Transparency At Energy.gov

SuhlScroll And how does this surprise us? (111 comments)

We all need to keep in mind that `transparency` is a relative term (0-100%), and that being served a mandate to make things `transparent` does not necessarily determine how `transparent` things actually are, nor does it mean that incompetence (or intentional malfeasance) can't change just how `transparent` things actually become.

more than 2 years ago
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Candidate Gingrich Pushes a Moon Base, Other Space Initiatives

SuhlScroll Oh, they'll do it alright ... (602 comments)

... but what they won't tell you is that the real purpose of the new `space station` will be to provide a haven of last resort for all the government officials when things on earth go to hell.

`Sorry sir, this spaceship is full ... stand aside!`

more than 2 years ago
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Hawaiian Bill Would Force ISPs to Track Users' Web Histories For 2 Years

SuhlScroll One word: NO (200 comments)

So the rationale for this legislation is that some state representative is distressed by the potential for losing a popularity contest with a person who claims she owes them money? For that they're going to start spying on everyone in the state?

If she has an issue with this individual, the courts provide redress for her to sue him on the basis of slander (if it's not true); if it is true, then the person who's putting up the information has a rightful claim to make it in a public venue (like the internet). So pay the bill lady or take it to court ... either way, keep your friggin' grubby paws off the internet!

more than 2 years ago
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NYPD Developing Portable Body Scanner For Detecting Guns

SuhlScroll Re:This device empowers criminals. (575 comments)

Exactly my point ... thank you for helping me make it.

BTW, I don't think the corpse was driving, it managed to get out of the driver's seat. The corpse was the gal sitting on the other side who was left there by Teddy.

more than 2 years ago
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NYPD Developing Portable Body Scanner For Detecting Guns

SuhlScroll Re:This device empowers criminals. (575 comments)

Fact: all my guns are safer than a car driven by Teddy Kennedy (or even a less lecherous drunk).

Guns are tools like any other; it's the people who make them dangerous or not ... but I'm sure you've heard that before (because it's true).

more than 2 years ago
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NYPD Developing Portable Body Scanner For Detecting Guns

SuhlScroll Another excuse to encroach on civil liberties (575 comments)

You know, if you just went ahead and put everyone into a concentration camp, the job of the police would get very easy and very safe ... just sayin'. The fact of the matter is that the safety of any law enforcement personnel is not and should not be a motivation to impune civil liberties. If you don't like having a job with some risk, find another job.

more than 2 years ago
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Visual Studio Gets Achievements, Badges, Leaderboards

SuhlScroll Anything but money (353 comments)

I guess if you don't want to pay for programming help this is an alternative, especially when you can't import half of India on H1B visas like Bill Gates would like to do.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Climate Change the New Evolution?

SuhlScroll Re:Isn't that anti-science? (1055 comments)

Did you ever consider that scientists change their `findings` to stay (the most) gainfully employed just like software engineers change programming languages? If someone who works for a `climate denier` (such a biased, loaded term ... tsk tsk) and thinks they can do better professionally and financially working for a `climate hoaxer` (good for the goose, good for the gander) do you think they're not willing to `reevaluate` the `research` to position themselves to do so? I'm simply pointing out that there are other things at play here and the scientists who supposedly are doing the work have their own, self-centered agendas. To think they're perfectly unbiased (in either direction) is, I would claim, both very naive and very, very flawed.

more than 2 years ago
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NYC To Open 1st High School Dedicated To Software

SuhlScroll Bloomberg's cheap labor factory (188 comments)

I guess calling for unrestricted H1B visas wasn't enough? Now Bloomberg figures he can use the taxpayers' money to school up software engineers (without a college degree = even cheaper labor) for his IT operation, along with the financial companies that won't pay Americans enough to go work in NYC, without having to change immigration law. It's actually quite the good (but evil) scheme on his part.

more than 2 years ago
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PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do

SuhlScroll Two words: backward compatibility (406 comments)

I don't care what kind of hardware or architecture they adopt, but the damn thing better well play all my PS3 games which I have spent A LOT of money on. It was bad enough going to the XBOX 360 and finding out not all my titles were compatible ... there's enough horsepower in the hardware today to at least guarantee that older titles can run in some emulation mode, even in a different hardware family.

more than 2 years ago
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Tackling Open Source's Gender Issues

SuhlScroll Dunno if I'd have gone with the `Ada` reference (589 comments)

I understand the reference to the Countess of Lovelace, but given Ada is best known (in this country, anyhow) as being something of a dead language I'm not sure I'd have gone with that name.

more than 2 years ago
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Tackling Open Source's Gender Issues

SuhlScroll More women in CS is better! (589 comments)

The more chicks the more better ('specially if they're hot!). :)

more than 2 years ago
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Is Climate Change the New Evolution?

SuhlScroll Re:Isn't that anti-science? (1055 comments)

Just as your point 1 is equally denial.
Point 2 is far from `blindingly obvious`; in fact, gas prices here have gone down a bit in the last year ... when did they run out again?
Far from being Creationists, the global-warming scam scientists are just crying wolf to get some attention and, most importantly, more funding and influence (they're really jealous of the finance people these days ... finance people make lots of money, drive fancy cars and get laid).
Point 4 is simple pragmatism which is unacceptable to liberals given they typically feel they can't survive if things go bad (`lock and load` is not a term they're typically familiar with).
George Carlin, while not perhaps being scientifically trained, at least doesn't have a self-interest like self-aggrandizing and propagandizing pseudo-scientists with lousy career paths.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Climate Change the New Evolution?

SuhlScroll Re:As a European I just feel embarrassed for you g (1055 comments)

Embarrassed for us? Really? You can tell us in person after you guys all go bankrupt in a few months and we show up with the title to pretty much all of Europe. I'm looking forward to owning a beach in Greece! :)

more than 2 years ago
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Is Climate Change the New Evolution?

SuhlScroll California, the land of fruits and nuts (1055 comments)

Oh yes, this is definitely what they need to be concerned about and not their huge budget deficit and the flight of businesses out of their state.

more than 2 years ago
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Germans Increase Office Efficiency With "Cloud Ceiling"

SuhlScroll Hookers instead of lighting (223 comments)

I think German workers are more productive because they get other `services` besides a `cloud ceiling`. ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 To Include Built-in Reset, Refresh

SuhlScroll Re:So Microsoft has no confidence in ITSELF? (441 comments)

It has no confidence in its users.

If they ever did then they're dumber than we all originally thought. A less cynical and more elegant engineering solution would have been to harden the OS and software development guidelines to make it more reliable for its users, eliminating the need for a software `reset` ... oh, but wait, this is Microsoft we're talking about.

more than 2 years ago

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Obama pushes for more H1B visas

SuhlScroll SuhlScroll writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SuhlScroll (925963) writes "President Obama and the White House have announced an initiative to import more foreign STEM workers into the United States. This despite a poll conducted in October of 2011 by the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/postbloombergpoll_100911.html) indicating that a majority of Americans do not favor this policy, and a recent inquiry by a woman at an online question and answer forum with the President in which she asked him why her husband, a semiconductor engineer, could not find employment (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knvI_vwIf7s&feature=player_embedded)."
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Gates wants more imported tech labor

SuhlScroll SuhlScroll writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SuhlScroll (925963) writes "Looks like Uncle Bill Gates is looking to protect his corporate profit bottom line as he went before Congress yet again to ask them to allow more `skilled-worker immigration` (read cheap, imported labor). He claimed to Congress that for every imported laborer there are five jobs created ... I wonder if that takes into account the one lost to the native American worker who'd have been employed instead of the H1B visa holder? He says that American schools apparently don't turn out enough technology-savvy grads (which is funny given that the business schools and law schools don't seem to have any problem in getting a whole lot of grads to compete for their slots). I wonder if anyone at the hearing asked Uncle Bill if that might be because MBA's and lawyers make so much more money than the typical technical worker?"
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SuhlScroll SuhlScroll writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SuhlScroll writes "Looks like Uncle Bill was down in Meh-hee-co running his mouth about how the U.S. should allow more "high-skilled immigration" (read: "Give me cheaper labor, I don't have enough money now!!"): http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?typ e=worldNews&storyid=2007-03-21T055743Z_01_N2024750 7_RTRUKOC_0_US-MEXICO-MICROSOFT-IMMIGRATION.xml&sr c=rss&rpc=22 Apparently Bill and Microsoft are trying this political tact yet again so that they don't have to go through the "rebound" phase of the 2000 dot-com crash. They must be used to not paying much for programming help since The Bust, and apparently they don't want to experience the free market effects (i.e., having to pay higher salaries and compensation) of the increasing IT labor demand without watering it down with cheap foreign labor to help their bottom line. Does this guy have NO shame???"

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