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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

micahraleigh Re:What does RIF mean? (280 comments)

So in the EU if a company said, "We don't want to re-hire employees who have been let go within X period of time or work with contractors who use these employees." The EU would balk?

How is this any different than saying, "I don't want to consider eating at restaurants I've decided to pass on in the last 6 months."? Should the EU get involved in that?

about an hour ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

micahraleigh Re:laying off...but needs more H-1B's (280 comments)

(1) Microsoft gets a market

How does government provide this? I interpret "a market" as individuals wanting an operating system. I own a copy or two of Windows. How did the government make me want Windows? Or anyone?

A large part of the reason individuals buy Windows is because they have an awareness of what it can do and decide for themselves they'd rather use that than the alternative. You are entitled to disagree with that decision, sure, but individuals base that on Microsoft's past investments and accomplishments (or failures depending on whether you participate in that market).

(2) Microsoft gets a shop physically

I guess you're talking about their campus in Redmond. I'm pretty sure they paid for that. In the US we have something called "fee simple" real estate. It means the land legally belongs to the government, but for a small "fee" you can stake it out as property of which you have ownership rights, responsibilities, etc.

We are straying from this due to things like Kilo, but the government didn't just "give" Microsoft land that came out of tax payers pockets. Microsoft paid for the land in addition to the taxes it paid to the government (and the taxes its employees paid to the government).

1 hour ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

micahraleigh compared to QR codes? (78 comments)

I'm not sure how you couldn't just do the same thing with QR codes.

That way you always grab (potentially) current data.

Less expensive too.

4 days ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

micahraleigh energy costs ... (115 comments)

Sounds prohibitively expensive.

4 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

micahraleigh Re:let me correct that for you. (612 comments)

History disagrees ...

See the first year of the pilgrims at Plymouth ...
See the socialist communes of American in the 19th century ...
See the hippie communes of America in the 20th century ...

When Cuba runs low on resources it allows more people to work in a regulated semi-free market. This is a tacit acknowledgement that free markets produce more wealth. The Soviets instituted the New Economic Agenda for the same reasons and it acknowledged the same thing.

5 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

micahraleigh Re:let me correct that for you. (612 comments)

So you're claiming the opposite of the study ... but you don't have any data points.

Or a claim about how the results should have been reversed?

If capitalism leads to cheating, etc as well, then why were those with a capitalist/wealthier background less likely to cheat?

5 days ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

micahraleigh Re:Question for someone with Legal? (280 comments)

The line "Not your problem, so sleep well friend" looks like he is intentionally trying to caricature the old communist promise that punishing business will not come back to sting you in the end.

But something tells me pla is being unintentionally funny.

5 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

micahraleigh Re:Local testing works? (777 comments)

A lot of implicit appeals to herd movements here ...

1) "a general expectation that ..." 2) "there definitely wouldn't be the same call for ..."

To me the general population is very unhappy, and has become very unhappy since the days the US gained independence. There's a lot of anecdotal indicators, but the strongest one is that the suicides rates (either attempted or succeeded) have climbed steadily since then. Divorce has gone up. School shootings have gone up, etc.

Also, you should have enough confidence in your own opinion to have to varnish it with the opinion of other people.

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

micahraleigh Re:Local testing works? (777 comments)

You're saying government should regulate illegal activity?

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

micahraleigh Re: Local testing works? (777 comments)

Who are you to impose your view of basic human dignity on someone else?

Are you saying those people lack the basic human dignity of being able to choose for themselves?

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

micahraleigh Re:Local testing works? (777 comments)

"or admit that you're okay with America not being a place where all people who work can afford food, shelter and health care (i.e., perhaps not The Greatest Country On Earth (tm))."

A small percentage of people in the US are paid minimum wage. In that group, very few keep that wage for longer than a year before they get a raise (or look elsewhere or get promoted, etc).

To me, the greatest country in the world is one where people have the opportunity to eventually get to a job that pays enough to provide for themselves and their families. Student workers don't have all the responsibilities/goals you mentioned, but they shouldn't be excluded from positions that provide what they want.

about a week ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

micahraleigh Re:Congratulations? (588 comments)

I was upset when they made his powers stem from technology.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

micahraleigh Re:Ridiculous! (588 comments)

+1: Exactly. Jesus is not a role! Roles do not have values. Roles do not make choices. A role is not an instance of anything.

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

micahraleigh Re:That worked for Clinton, only non-suck presiden (382 comments)

You are right about Clinton doing nothing. Osama bin Laden noticed this during Al Qaida's Yemen campaign and observed the Americans are "paper tigers".

2 years after leaving office ... Sept 11 happens.

Thank you, president Clinton.

... I'll give you that he was a whole lot better than Obama.

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

micahraleigh Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

Congress authorized Iraq under GWB.

Congress did not authorize Libya.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

micahraleigh huh ?? (509 comments)

Industry can't get their hands on enough developers right now and we're worried about those jobs going away?

Seriously, google, Microsoft, etc. are lobbying the federal government to lure SW people from other places so we can fill the void here.

I have a friend who became a lawyer couldn't find any work. He's a SW manager now because that is where the demand is. A really old guy told me at lunch today he his phone is ringing off the hook for SW work and that if I wasn't raking in money right now I was doing something wrong.

Construction doesn't seem like a good thing to into when you get older, but it's not my field so I wouldn't know.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

micahraleigh Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

I probably sound like a M$ sellout (may be a fair assessment), but this hasn't been my experience.

I used to do Linux C++ (some kernel, driver stuff, also released an open source Qt game) for 7 years. When I tried moving to another city, I discovered the demand for these skills was thin and paid 20% less than propped up military-subsidized salary I was making.

While I was interviewing for C++ jobs I worked aggressively on my C#/.NET skills and have discovered they pay FAR more than the Linux side of things. It's not hard to land $90-110k in a rural state on .NET after 3-4 years.

I'm not trying to persuade you that one tech stack is better than the other. I'm trying to spare you from some pain I faced back in the day.

about two weeks ago
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Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

micahraleigh difficulty (95 comments)

How difficult would it be to capture something like this? Couldn't a normal sensor sensitive to this wavelength capture this since the integration time is probably going to be longer than a few thousandths of a second?

Is it an obstacle that this is very rare? Or very faint?

about two weeks ago
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Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

micahraleigh they think they know better (109 comments)

These are the experts. They have their journalism degrees. They are news professionals. They know what we should be reading.

We don't understand this because we are too stupid. We are hicks. We don't have the same respect they do for polishing and smoke being blown in our faces. We don't understand how the 4th estate should be running the world.

about two weeks ago

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