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Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

Vicarius Re:On the other hand... (557 comments)

If you recall, Snowden absolutely didn't want to stay in Russia. He just got stuck there and nobody else would give him an asylum. He was simply abandoned by other "free" democratic countries.

about 3 months ago
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Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

Vicarius Re:Again? (557 comments)

Cause it's large Tartar population...

Large compared to what? To population of Tatars in Boston or New York? They are a minority in Crimea.

... and 25% Ukrainian population wouldn't oppose...

Not all ethnic Ukrainians are pro-Ukraine.

...Heck, how many Russians oppose Putin in Russia...

Only the vocal minority in the bigger cities. Most of Russia, which is mostly rural, supports him. Those who like Putin, just go about their lives instead of wasting time campaigning against him.

... Just can get the guy unelected though.

Can't unelect a democratically elected president when most of the country actually likes him.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Joins Open Compute Project, Will Share Server Designs

Vicarius Re:Cloud (90 comments)

It has benefit to Microsoft - a new line of products and services to sell. The bigger the hype the more they sell.

about 6 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

Vicarius Re:Crime (599 comments)

If Ford knows people are committing crimes, aren't they legally required to report it, otherwise they become an accessory..?

They didn't say anything about "crime". Ford probably knows only your location and speed you were going, i.e. they know if you are speeding and breaking the law. Most likely they put in that system, so that people who get into accidents cannot claim it was Ford's manufacturing defect that caused the accident.

about 7 months ago
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Supreme Court Declines Case On Making Online Retailers Collect Sales Taxes

Vicarius Re:Finally a flat playing ground (293 comments)

... Anyway, I'm not aware of states with 10% sales tax - usually it is about half of that, and the highest seems to be 7.5% in CA. To get to 10%, I have to scroll down the list and find the highest state taxes and combine them with the highest local taxes.

In Illinois it is 6.25% which can have an additional 8.25% tax for "prepared foods", bringing total tax to 15.5%. Alaska has flat 12% sales tax for everything.

There is about a dozen states that have sales tax of over 9%. This is just state sales tax without additional city/county specific sales taxes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sales_taxes_in_the_United_States

about 8 months ago
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China's "Singles Day" Is the World's Biggest Online Shopping Blitz

Vicarius Re:How is this a protest? (120 comments)

China's Single's Day on November 11, which started out in the 1990s as a protest to Valentine's Day.

Considering the fact that Valentine's day is a Hallmark holiday to get people to buy trinkets, how is setting up another Hallmark holiday to get people to buy even more trinkets a protest?

By protesting in this way they want to draw attention to single people, who feel left out during usual holidays, especially during Valentine's Day. People participating in this so called protest are trying to show that they are an important demographic, who wants to be mentioned during other holidays and during marketing campaigns.

about 9 months ago
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Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket

Vicarius Re:Check the ticket: she was doing 80 (638 comments)

The judge will ask the cop how fast you were driving, he'll say 88mph, you'll say 65mph, and the judge will believe what the cop said.

Supposedly cops are trained to gauge your speed using nothing more than their experience, training, and a stopwatch. Cop's testimony is usually the main "evidence". Radar data is secondary supportive evidence. From my experience in traffic courts, cops always have printout from their radar. On top of that, judges often start out their initial question towards you with words that basically mean "why should I believe you instead of this respected police officer?"

about 8 months ago
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Ford Showcases Self-Parking Car Technology

Vicarius Re:Dumber and dumber (233 comments)

Presumably every driver has the skills to park because they passed a driving test. Maintaining those skills is a different matter, but that's an issue for all drivers, not just ones who choose to let their car park for them. I'd love the feature, personally.

Some states do not require you to park to get your driver's license. In some places just driving on a dirt road for 5 minutes gets you your license, which later can be changed to another state's license without another test.

about 10 months ago
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Big Jump For Tablet Storage: Seagate Intros 5mm Hard Disk For Tablets

Vicarius Re:Backward thinking?? (201 comments)

Why?

Folks at Seagate also want to eat.

about a year ago
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U.S. Senate's Big Immigration Bill Seeks Centralized Database For H-1B Jobs

Vicarius Re:What America needs ... (251 comments)

There is already a green card category for investors. I believe, it currently requires you to invest about half a million into struggling US businesses, or one million in businesses of your choice.

about a year ago
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U.S. Senate's Big Immigration Bill Seeks Centralized Database For H-1B Jobs

Vicarius Re:The truth is (251 comments)

PAY MORE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish I had mod points to vote you higher.

It seems like 80-120k is a decent salary range; however, it is not high enough to pull someone from another company who's got a decent job that they like. Part of CEOs' high pay is a "talent retention" bonus, since companies are worried that skilled CEOs will go somewhere else. In IT, on the other hand, very few companies pay "talent retention" bonus, because nobody is worried about IT workers leaving for another company. It all must be due to good market conditions for employers, which is directly opposite of their need for more qualified IT workers.

about a year ago
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U.S. Senate's Big Immigration Bill Seeks Centralized Database For H-1B Jobs

Vicarius Re:The truth is (251 comments)

It will take more than a few months to get fluent in all of these.

It will still take less time that finding an H1B worker and getting his paperwork approved.

about a year ago
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U.S. Senate's Big Immigration Bill Seeks Centralized Database For H-1B Jobs

Vicarius Re:also force them to give HB1 full benefits at a (251 comments)

They usually get the same benefits, if you are talking in terms of 401k and insurance. However, the benefit of being able to say "I quit" to your boss is not quite there, since they have to go home right away if they do it. If they are allowed to have freedom to switch jobs and be unemployed (w/o the unemployment benefits), then they might start applying for jobs with higher pay, thus pulling the average pay rate up for all.

about a year ago
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U.S. Senate's Big Immigration Bill Seeks Centralized Database For H-1B Jobs

Vicarius Re:Switzerland does exactly this (251 comments)

They've no fixed value like $100k, but must prove they're paying more than the average pay for that job.....

Right now companies just have to prove that they are capable of paying it. They don't have to prove that they intent to pay it. They don't have to prove later in the future that they are paying it. You don't have to be a highly paid lawyer to see ways around this requirement.

about a year ago
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U.S. Senate's Big Immigration Bill Seeks Centralized Database For H-1B Jobs

Vicarius Re:why? (251 comments)

If one company claims there is a shortage of domestic workers, and offers $60k to hire a foreign worker; a 2nd company claims the same and offers $90k; and a third claims the same and offers $120k; which should get the slot? ...

Unless there is way to verify that those wages are actually being paid for duration of the H1-B employment after work visa has been granted, then there is no point in competing or asking them to pay a certain wage.

Right now there is also such a thing as prevailing wage for a particular job type, but companies have ways around it. They apply for H1-B and for Green Card using high salary/wage numbers, and later use some legal tricks to sidestep this requirement and pay less.

about a year ago
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Zuckerberg Lobbies For More Liberal Immigration Policies

Vicarius Re:FWD.us? (484 comments)

An H1B can't be paid less than the prevailing wage for a position of the same type.

I wish it was that way, but lawyers at my company were much smarter than I was, or maybe they had more balls. I was paid below the prevailing wage on the approved PERM application. Before it got approved and after - nothing changed.

about a year ago
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Zuckerberg Lobbies For More Liberal Immigration Policies

Vicarius Re:difference between undergrad and grad (484 comments)

International undergrad students tend to pay themselves. Grad students, especially in tech, tend to have grad school grants. Until recently they expected to go home first before reapplying for jobs. Or hope to find an employer that would pay the $30K or so for bypass paperwork. But recently a small number of visas are for immediate graduates. Tech companies want any such limit removed.

You have some incorrect information here.

International students indeed pay themselves. They always pay out-of-state rate and cannot qualify for state resident status no matter how many years they lived there. Some have grants or scholarships or TA/GA positions in grad school, just like any other grad student.

Some students come here on J-1 visas and they are required to go back home for certain time before coming back.

Most students come on a regular F-1 visa. They are not required to go back to be able to change their status.

Not entirely sure about J-1 students, but F-1 students are not allowed to work outside of campus. They are allowed to work on campus for 20 hours per week. Usually it is a minimum wage job.

All of the foreign students get about year and half of OPT (Optional Practical Training), which basically allows them to work to gain some experience.After OPT, J-1 students go home and F-1 students try to get a job and H1-B visa to continue working. H1-B is issued for 2-3 years and can be renewed up to maximum of 6 years. Before H1-B expires, students (now workers) try to apply for Green Card. It is a lengthy process - could be several years. None of the experience gained on the current job can be used to justify Green Card application.

about a year ago
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H-1B Cap Reached Today; Didn't Get In? Too Bad

Vicarius Re:If shortage == true then pay = pay + 1 (512 comments)

I'm sure we can negotiate some bonus for you for skilled people. But so far we haven't refused people because they demanded too much.

There is another side of that coin. Whenever I get calls from recruiters (even though I removed my resume from public places years ago), I tell them I am not interested. I tell them that, because I am confident that they will not offer me what I need to consider switching jobs. I simply don't believe that after wasting a lot of my time on interviews, I would be given an acceptable offer. It is easier to stay out of the job market and say that I am not interested.

I am not desperate. I have a good job. I have good qualifications and skills. However, I will not bite an empty hook. Some vague description of the job and non-narrow pay range will not entice me to apply for that unknown job. I simply don't need it. If you need me, you'll have to do the work to make me want to work for you.

If IT salaries experienced the same kind of growth that CEO salaries experienced over last 20 years, then I would be on the job market even while being satisfied with my current job. Pay and perception of the average pay do matter.

about a year ago
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H-1B Cap Reached Today; Didn't Get In? Too Bad

Vicarius Re:talent! (512 comments)

It is 6 years max, not 10. After that they have to go back and can't extend H1B anymore. Also, any experience gained at your current job cannot be used to qualify you for a green card, which is the only way to stay and keep working after 6 years on H1B. Also, if they are fired or quit they have 10 days to get he fuck out and technically that time cannot be used to find another job and just is a grace period for travel arrangements to leave the country.

about a year ago

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Remote Code Execution Through Intel CPU Bugs

Vicarius Vicarius writes  |  about 6 years ago

Vicarius (1093097) writes "Security researcher and author Kris Kaspersky plans to demonstrate how an attacker can target flaws in Intel's microprocessors to remotely attack a computer using JavaScript or TCP/IP packets, regardless of what operating system the computer is running.

Kaspersky will demonstrate how such an attack can be made in a presentation at the upcoming Hack In The Box (HITB) Security Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during October."

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