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nomad63 (686331) writes "Earlier this week, the NY Times reported that a group of city and leaders, with NYC public advocate Letitia James at the helm, are pushing for a commitment from Comcast to provide free broadband to the city’s public housing and to extend its low-cost Internet Essentials plan (which was created as a condition of the NBC deal). While New York City might be the center of finance and commerce in the U.S., about 1/3 of households don’t have an Internet connection, highlighting the huge “digital divide” between the city’s wealthy residents and those who can’t afford broadband service.In addition to the free service for public housing, the group wants gratis access at shelters for the city’s homeless and its victims of domestic violence.
Looks like, after our tax dollars have been providing little blue pills to the less fortunate, now they are closing the loop by providing free access to pr0n as well. Must be very good to have that "Mission Accomplished" feeling." top
H1-B Visas to companies in real need, not outsourcers
nomad63 (686331) writes "When was the last time you have seen an H1-B sponsored worker, working directly at a company like Facebook, Microsoft or Google ? And all of these companies cry to uncle Sam about not being able to find any qualified candidates for filling up positions. For some reason, it doesn't add up. They can find the candidates but they don't want to do the work necessary to find them. If there is a real need, a seat really needs to be filled out but goes empty for a while, why not invest few thousand dollars with your legal team and hire the person directly, sponsoring his or her H1-B ? The picture is quite the opposite in my opinion. The seat is actually full or can be filled very easily, albeit, they want to fill it cheaper. And the H1-B regulation clearly states, they can not use this to drive the salaries of US personnel down, i.e., these people should be offered compensation in line with the industry average. And why pay 50% more for the same person to an outsourcer but not to the person who deserves it ? What service does these Tatas and Infosyses are providing to the actual employers other than being glorified book keepers ? Isn't it time to kick outsourcers to the curb and give the jobs to those who actually deserve it and pay accordingly ?" top
Wouldn't un-bundling be beneficial for cable companies and consumers
nomad63 (686331) writes "I am ging to go out on a limb here, although the limb is not so thin. Everyone including their mothers, want unbundled cable TV service from their service providers. I was wondering who benefits from the bundling services. I mean other than the cable service providers. The only answer that I can think of, is the networks that no one wants to watch but subscribe to anyway, because, well, they come in the bundle. I took and inventory of my TV watching while sorting out a service dispute with my current landlord in the past two months. Other than the broadcast channels, which I can easily live without I realized, I want very few channels disposable to me, Likes of TBS, TNT, ESPN, SyFy Channel, A&E, AMC and few others that I can count with my two hands' fingers. I am willing to pay their subscription fees if offered individually and don't go anywhere beyond those channels as far as my subscription goes. The small guys, I mean the likes of baby channel or style channel gets screwed because of the people like me. Well, welcome to America, the land of the free enterprise. If anyone needs these services, they pay what you will ask them for your services. They are free to accept your offer or you wither and die. Free market economy at its best in my opinion. if this unbundling gets implemented, I am sure a lot of so called cable cutters will return as paying customers rather than leeching the shows from not-so-legal channels. Why are the cable companies are being so stagnant about not even test driving this schema in some markets ? Don'r say greed because, greed can get them so far. In the advent of the internet, they know their days are numbered. There must be some other reason, but can't put my finger on it." Link to Original Source top
nomad63 (686331) writes "Recently, I decided to expand my horizons and see if there are any greener pastures out there and refreshed my resume on a prominent tech jobs website [dice.com] and made it searchable. It has been about 10 days and I am getting phone calls and emails, to no end, from unscrupulous recruiters, who obviously took no time of theirs to go through my resume but run it through some basic keyword search. I have over 20 years experience in trenches and there are very few things that I didn't touch. So, you can imagine the hit rate on my resume. Now, my question is, I know one day, when things at my current position is not so rosy, I may or will need one or more of these recruiters and it is a good practice to forge good relations instead of pissing them off. But some job descriptions I am getting are so not me, it makes my blood boil, knowing these people are not willing to invest any time on me but only after the commission they are going to make and expecting me to do the leg-work for them. How do you deal with these recruiters who has no respect for your time ? Just ignore them or let them know that you are onto their game, or even writing back to them in a not-so-nice way to let them know they are bordering scam artistry ? I want to know fellow IT workers' opinions about this, as I am sure, I am not the only one on this boat." Link to Original Source top
nomad63 (686331) writes "I am a cheap guy at heart and do not like to spend money on the things I am going to use once or twice in my life and this is one of those situations. I have lost my US passport after I came back from my last international trip 3 months ago. We all know, all the new passports have RFID chips in them nowadays and mine is a pretty new passport. I know it is somewhere in my house but my memory is not what it used to be. If only I have a detector, which indicates the proximity to an RFID chip so that I can concentrate my search efforts in those areas. I have tried to locate commercially available products on the cheap, but anything portable starts in the range of several hundred dollars. I am wondering, if I can cobble up something to detect presence of and RFID chip, from some cheap components, preferably cheaper than a replacement passport costing around $100. I do not need the content of the RFID chip but if it comes with the package, that would be a nice fringe benefit." top
nomad63 (686331) writes "Recently, I found myself in need of a touch screen computer for my aging mom. She is not capable of navigating the web browser using neither cursor keys nor any sort of pointing device that I could come up with and I tried anything and everything from trackballs to mouse to touch pads. Her mind is not accepting the coordination of arrow on the screen and any of the keyboard/mouse devices. Last month, at a big box retailer, I asked her to see the 24 inch HP touch screen. And she was more comfortable navigating that one. Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to spend upwards of a thousand dollars for one of these devices at this time of my life. I tried google and few other futile search engines but come up with nothing and I was wondering if there are any hacks to accomplish the poor man's touchscreen computer out in the wild, suitable for a 19-21 inch regular LCD display, which will not cost me a small fortune. Right now I am focusing on Windows but Linux compatibility is a strong desire."