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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

rsilvergun I'll make you a deal (184 comments)

I'll stop bashing when I stop reading reports about their Labor abuses. Deal?

1 hour ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

rsilvergun See France (312 comments)

and Germany. And the Netherlands. And a tonne of other countries where Socialism works just fine thank you very much. What _doesn't_ work is mixing American Style right-wing Reagan-Thatcher politics in. See the UK's collapsing economy for that, or wealth inequality in the U.S. that's gone back to pre-Black Tuesday leves.

Also, there's this little think called progress. I'm too lazy to google for the Robert Reich infographic that show that productivity is up 80% since 1979 but wages are only up 8% (and that proves wages stopped growing in America in 1979). Forget all that. We're rapidly automating away just about every job. Even _China_ is replacing workers with robots. When robots are cheaper than Chinese slave labor you know you have a problem.

So, when we don't need people to work 20 hours a week let alone the 50 they're doing now (you can google the /. article on that one too) what the _heck_ do we do with 'em all. The world _doesn't_ need ditch diggers....

2 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

rsilvergun Not if you're global... (182 comments)

the real capitalists are global. They benefit from us competing with cheaper labor. Marx predicted this but all anyone can remember about him is that a few dictators used his books for rhetoric.

As for Adam Smith, he actually as against this sort of naked capitalism. He wrote at a time of small merchant artisans. He didn't see the industrial revolution coming and if he had probably wouldn't have written the books he did. These days he's like Marx: all anybody remembers about him is what fits in with what they want.

2 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

rsilvergun Um... huh? (182 comments)

Slaves were very expensive compared to immigrants. With immigrants you could treat them just as bad and when they got weak move on to the next batch. With slaves you had money sunk in. The south also had huge amounts of capital sunk into slaves. If you're selling someone's buying, and that costs money. It's one of the reasons they were so far behind the curve on the industrial revolution...

2 days ago
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Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

rsilvergun They're not honest (71 comments)

they just lost. That's all. I'm sure they fought mightily to avoid paying.

2 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

rsilvergun Naw, it's just profits (182 comments)

Motorola built a factory in the states and did just fine. They only moved it over seas because slave labor is still cheaper, but they were plenty profitable and selling the phones for competitive prices.

I've been filling the head of a good friend of mine with liberalism and it prompted his Dad to ask "What do you have against Profit". This. This is what I have against profit. It's _never_ enough.

2 days ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

rsilvergun No minecraft for linux (368 comments)

or android. Or PS4. Or any other platform Microsoft doesn't want it on.

I know I might be over reacting, but is it just me or is there something wrong with a world where a company has so much money it just just nonchalantly drop $2 billion USD to get a slight competitive advantage? This isn't the first time Microsoft has done this either. This is why liberals don't like concentration of wealth and support high capital gains taxes...

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

rsilvergun Re:What makes you think it was environmentalists? (486 comments)

I'm not saying that. I'm saying the "green" message wasn't what stopped nuclear. Backroom deals among the ultra wealthy, just like everything else that really matters.

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

rsilvergun What makes you think it was environmentalists? (486 comments)

Seriously? Do you really believe a bunch of hippies put the breaks on something as profitable as Nuclear power?

Coal and oil lobbies, the folks paid to store nuclear waste instead of processing it into new power. Look at those folks. Follow the money. When anything of importance happens it's always money.

about two weeks ago
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3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

rsilvergun Re:Don't know about the rest of you /.tters (161 comments)

In America there's 5 million job openings... and 10 million people looking for work. Easier said than done.

about two weeks ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

rsilvergun Yeah but (198 comments)

Mongo DB is webscale

about two weeks ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

rsilvergun Neato (296 comments)

except that we've done away with the national Helium reserves and fraking + excessive natural gas mining is venting it all into space. There's a couple scientists that raised the alarm, since our entire tech is based on the stuff (and no, we can't just make more, and mining on the moon is _hard_). On the plus side I'll be dead by the time it's a problem.

about two weeks ago
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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

rsilvergun At for profit Universities (161 comments)

you're right. At public Universities, no. That's not what happened. Prices at public schools were low up until the late 90s/early 2000s. I know. I was in school paying tuition out of pocket.

Now, public Universities are rapidly becoming profit centers, but they started that trend in the mid-2005s. Well after the cuts went in.

about two weeks ago
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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

rsilvergun Re:Parent of University Frosh Twins: "Thank You" (161 comments)

Or we could, you know, just restore the massive State and Federal funding that was cut 15-20 years ago that was the _actual_ reason tuition was as cheap as it was.... You know, all those tax cuts we keep voting for have a cost, right?

about two weeks ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

rsilvergun Re:Why buy American? (250 comments)

Where in God's good name did you get that idea? People over there that right code live in houses just like us. They have a sizable middle class (it's about the size of the United States Population). They're cheaper because there's 3/4 of a billion people living in poverty, which makes labor prices for their middle class much cheaper. They write spaghetti code because everybody does from time to time.

Whatever else you think they're not inferior to you. Stop thinking that. It plays into the hands of the big corps that want to use cheaper labor to drive your wages down. You won't see it as a threat until it's too late and you're working 70 hours a week to make ends meet. Start asking your politician why we're not putting up tariffs. Join a Union if you can and get into a voting bloc. Start protecting what you have or it will be taking away from you...

about two weeks ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

rsilvergun They don't want H1-Bs for better education (250 comments)

they want H1-Bs because they don't have to _train_ them. The H1-Bs are no better (or worse) than local employees. The H1-Bs come over trained in very, very specific tech. e.g. not just JAVA but specific JAVA libraries & tool kits and how specific industries use them. They do this all on their own dime and their own time. You can't compete with that without taking a huge risk. If you spend 5 years learning the wrong tech you're entire careers is shot. So is thier's, btw, but there's plenty of them and we don't talk about the ones that don't make it...

about two weeks ago
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Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

rsilvergun Re:grow your own exchange (116 comments)

Or they could just hire programmers directly. The gov't doesn't have to just hand out juicy contracts, it can employe people directly. But as everyone who's been completely ignoring the increased efficiency of the DMV and post office knows it's scientifically impossible for the gov't to do that. That and it's still 1950 and Leave it to Beaver is in it's 3rd season...

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

rsilvergun It's not going to happen (789 comments)

This is just Sabre rattling. The people with all the money won't let it get out of hand. Russia needs that Ukrainian port, so they're going to come done like a ton of bricks. But you'll notice the markets haven't even budged over this.

What I really want to see is the good 'ole days when American companies were afraid to outsource because the big bad Communists were going to take their factories. That's pretty much the birth of the American Middle Class. But the owners & rent seekers learned that lesson real quick :(...

about two weeks ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

rsilvergun Easy (113 comments)

you spend years making games that bomb until you hit on one idea that works and that clicks with people.

Basically, years of honing your game design skills and trying new ideas and then someone comes along and copies your mechanics and your game is irrelevant just like that.

about three weeks ago

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Law firm offers H1B Visa Hiring How-To Guide

rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "A Law firm has taken to running symposiums on how to skirt the law regarding H1B Visas. Companies in the United States are required to seek qualified local labor before applying for and receiving an H1B Visa to hire abroad. Slashdotters have always suspected these shenanigans, but here we have documented proof. Have you experienced a job interview where you knew they didn't want to hire you? What recourse do we have in these situations?"
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Simple data transfer for my Family?

rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "As the family tech, I'm often stuck transferring data from old to new computers. These days, the process can take hours, what with gigs of mp3s, avis and jpegs. What I want is disk imaging software that makes autorunning dvds that prompt to extract the image to a folder, and then prompt for each disk in the set. That way I can make them sort out the data instead of me. I've looked at solutions from Acronis, Runtime and even Norton, and every one of them is just too technical. What do /.'ers do when stuck with this chore?"
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rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "Director Uwe Boll, in a bid to silence critics, has taken 5 of them into the ring. This September five of Boll's critics agreed to enter the ring for the upcomming movie Postal. But what started as a pr stunt seems to have ended badly, with some contestants needing medical attention."

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