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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

eclectro Re:Dissolution of the middle class! (260 comments)

Truth of the matter is, in the SF Bay Area, it is hard to be unemployed if you're a properly skilled tech worker, citizen, green-card holder or otherwise.

This is real humorous. One company offered a degreed Electrical Engineer $15 an hour in the SF Bay Area. I kid you not. (read the thread) This is not an isolated case, and I know of other examples. Why do people bother to get college degrees again??

This is what the H1B program has bought us folks. People with degrees working for slave wages that won't even enable them to pay back their student loans. In my book, that's going backwards. It's time to stop being fooled by the H1B folly.

about two weeks ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

eclectro Re:Mark Zuckerberg is a liar. (260 comments)

If we had a properly functioning H-1B program

I really question if we ever needed an H1B program. Because what it's doing is shifting the costs of training (if there is any) onto someone else. Not to mention the thousands of people who Microsoft and Cisco have laid off. Or the countless older workers who are being discriminated against (it seems like everyone's career ends at 40 - as they're laid off in favor of a younger H1B). If companies did not have H1Bs, perhaps all these 'undesirable' workers would have a lot more value in the job market. Or better yet, the layoffs would not happen in the first place.

This really is a case of the emperor having no clothes.

about two weeks ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

eclectro Re:IPO prices (191 comments)

Also, six months from communist China could be in turmoil over one thing or another. Share prices scurry to the ground!

about two weeks ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

eclectro Re:Don't buy/invest in mainland China (if you can) (191 comments)

they will continue to discard previous commitments to peace and will literally force their will upon the world.

I think people who are investing in Chinese companies are forgetting one thing. China could easily become an aggressor much the same way Russia is with the Ukraine. If China were to get in a war with Japan over Japan's northern islands, the share value of these companies could evaporate overnight.

As much as investing in BRICs is tempting, it can not be forgotten that most of these places are not democracies.

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

eclectro Official Home Depot statement (80 comments)

From their website. This is the official Home Depot statement.

Really, this symbolizes the lackadaisical attitude people have when it comes to security - that a breach is not going to happen to them. You'd think after Target major companies like Home Depot would have audited their own security processes.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

eclectro Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (494 comments)

they're going to find it hard to secure the financing and trade deals they're going to need to make this work.

I submit that current trade agreements such as TIPP only work to lower wages and shift jobs overseas. In which case a vote for independence would be very beneficial to the Scottish people.

about two weeks ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

eclectro Re:didn't have to be worse.. (207 comments)

I think this really is the answer. The ROI on sales with what is already a razor thin margin for them just wouldn't be there. Especially that unusually large sapphire crystals would need to be grown on a very large scale. Which would have required a whole new plant and processes for them.

My gut tells me they could have made it work if they wanted to badly enough - considering how hard sapphire really is. But they looked at the numbers and it wasn't workable for them.

So what really 'cracked' here was the accounting numbers.

about two weeks ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

eclectro Re:Pay money up front - even for free ones (182 comments)

I'd be interested in seeing completion rates if people had to pay (put some skin in the game).

I'd like to see the completion rate for people who get actual college credit for the courses - and still have the courses free.

The reason that moocs are not disruptive is because have not been given the power to be disruptive. They still allow the old institutions to get away with their many current shortcomings without facing true competition.

Colleges and universities dangle the carrot in front of everyone's face (like MIT) while not really following through to the conclusion - i.e. granting credit for the work and effort someone invests in learning the material.

In MIT's case, they could offer to have an exam proctored at a local university where someone would walk in the door and be tested. But then nobody would bother to pay exorbitant amounts to show up to the brick and mortar school.

But I submit that the emperor has no clothes. The value of having a college degree (i.e. help in gaining employment) has decreased markedly, as the workplace values cheap workers over qualified ones in the first place. Employers first priority is to make sure that their board of directors and CEOs are well taken care of before anyone else.

about three weeks ago
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Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

eclectro Re:Linux, cryptography, HTML and JavaScript. (144 comments)

You can't win.

Students would be crazy to enter the CS field. You have employers demanding vast experience for "entry level" positions, and then that experience has to contain a long checklist of languages and methodologies. Then they face an employer who will always be looking for a way to find a cheaper H1B replacement for their American employee (regardless if they have less experience and knowledge). After that, a dozen years later their skills are "out of date" and job hunting becomes difficult - after their employer lays them off in a merger. Other employers want to hire the "hot shot" Doritos and Mountain Dew kid straight out of college.

And after all that, when they hit their 40's, they're completely unemployable now and ready to be put out to pasture. As age discrimination seems to be a widely acceptable if not approved practice in a society where other minorities are given legal protections of one sort or another.

Really kids, stay out of anything having to do with programming. Keep it as a hobby, you'll enjoy it far more.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

eclectro Re:Whenever I read stuff like this (223 comments)

Thank the 'patriot act' and all the ilk that drove for it. I'm looking at you, Senator Hatch.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

eclectro Re:I've got a great idea (352 comments)

What could go wrong?

Developers! Developers! Developers!

about three weeks ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

eclectro This does not bother me (237 comments)

The fact that these towers are found next to military bases speaks volumes.

The military needs to there own version of everything to make sure things work in times of national crisis, emergency, or security. They need to have their own infrastructure to insure communications. They need to control their communications around bases and know who is saying or doing what. They need to be able to anticipate attacks. Nobody should have any expectation of privacy on or next to a military base.

Quite frankly, I'm glad to see this.

about a month ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

eclectro Re:That seems fair (371 comments)

If you are a good engineer, you have something that no business person will ever have (except at the very top maybe): You are really hard to replace. Use that!

And this is the reason that Cisco and IBM can lay off thousands of engineers, so they can replace them with either contract workers or cheap oversees engineering?

Being a "good" engineer is hardly a defense anymore, which in part is what this article alludes to.

about a month and a half ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

eclectro Re:Courage... (207 comments)

but it really rubbed me the wrong way to see him refer to layoffs as an act of courage.

Real courage would have been to retrain those fired workers for what they needed. But he much rather pull in H1B workers who really do not have the skills either, but are a whole lot cheaper.

This really does set off the BS flag.

about a month and a half ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

eclectro Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

where was the incentive for the drug company to create this drug?

Their unique (if not stellar) accomplishment will quickly bring more capital into their company which will enable them to develop other more profitable medications - perhaps using the same or similar technology behind this serum.

And it should not be forgotten that this is the kind of thing Nobel prizes are made out of.

about 2 months ago
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Google, Linaro Develop Custom Android Edition For Project Ara

eclectro EPMs (46 comments)

I heard the phrase "We are making a supply chain for EPMs" near the end of the video (5:33)

What he meant was Electro-Permanent Magnets described here. Which could have been the reason why the phone had problems booting in the video.

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

eclectro Cornea has a 'fog' (550 comments)

My cornea has what the doctor says is a 'fog', an unknown disorder which makes me a very poor candidate. Sister has it as well.

about 2 months ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

eclectro And you aren't going to find anyone either Sherlok (401 comments)

I've been trying to hire developers for multiple high-compensation positions in NYC

At an average wage of $70K for a STEM candidate (or are you offering less?), it will be impossible to find someone for your position - even an H1B candidate. Because apartments are starting at $2500/month for barely a closet space (if you can find one) in NYC. And most people want better than that. Even the people you want to drag in from overseas will need to find a place to live

You don't have a STEM problem, you have a housing problem.

about 3 months ago

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The Earth barely missed solar storm equal to the Carrington event

eclectro eclectro writes  |  about 2 months ago

eclectro (227083) writes "NASA is reporting that in July 2012 that a huge solar storm crossed the path that the Earth takes, with Earth missing it by a week. If the storm had occurred a week earlier it would have at least equaled the 1859 Carrington event. It would have sent civilization back to the 18th century costing the world economy 2 Trillion dollars. A scientist has calculated that the odds of this happening in the next ten years is 12%."

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