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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

rsilvergun What happens if you just make 'em work (104 comments)

Nellie keeps doing her job and the Apprentice gets their work. If the Apprentice can't keep up you fire them for incompetence and suddenly they have $20k in tuition bills for what they've used so far (gotta make sure if they get lazy they pay it all back, after all we can't give stuff away for free). Suddenly the dynamics change. The Student will work 60, 70, 80 hours a week because if he doesn't perform they're on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars plus no degree. It's kinda like what they do with H1-Bs. It puts the employer in a tremendous position of power which history tells us they'll abuse.

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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

rsilvergun Re:Could be a good idea.. (104 comments)

You know, you can write code while you're in college even if you're not working for a company. I did it all the time. It's not like code is regulated as a dangerous isotope or something...

yesterday
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

rsilvergun What are they doing with all that money? (161 comments)

With all due respect the browser has been kinda going to heck lately. Lots of performance and stability issues. I guess there's the phone, but it's not even popular enough to call it a flop. It's a complete non-starter. Where's the money going?

5 days ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

rsilvergun Mod parent up (186 comments)

It's not often an Anonymous Coward says something worth mod points. Figures I don't have any this week...

about a week ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

rsilvergun We're not a parliamentary gov't... (186 comments)

we're a Republic. The principle reason we are not is that the wealthy landowners built our gov't not to spread freedom but to protect their land. They didn't even want a central gov't but feared without one they wouldn't have the strength to keep their land from being sized by the peasantry.

Now, if this were Canada you might have a point...

about a week ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

rsilvergun You might be right (186 comments)

that there will be more jobs, but I'm left questioning if there will be any _good_ jobs. Also, while there is not a fixed pool of labor supply and demand still apply, and increasing the supply reduces the value of labor; lowering wages in the process.

There are also other impacts your not considering. The workers here are visas can be sent back at any time for any reason (with a black mark on their career to boot). They border on indentured servants. I know several that put in 50, 60 even 70 hours every week. The position they're in means they have no choice. These further reduces the amount of labor needing to get done. If I've got 2 guys working 60 hours a week I can skip hiring that third guy I really need...

If American workers were as cheap as visa holders the companies wouldn't bother with the visa holders. These aren't PHDs, they're PHP programmers...

about a week ago
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Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

rsilvergun Any chance they implemented the 'let' keyword? (66 comments)

I've always been a little bugged by how much trouble it is to write JavaScript in Chrome, particularily in an extension ( like my sig says, I write Firefox extensions, and I've been playing with Chrome lately). I woulda thought Chrome would be up on all the new JavaScript hotness...

about two weeks ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

rsilvergun Where the hell did you get your CS Degree? (226 comments)

I want one. I dropped out when my life went to hell after some bad choices. I've rebounded and I'm making good money like your boot camp graduate. But a real CS degree is hard frickin' work after year 1. Discrete math is kinda tough, and ask any graduate about "Compilers" and "Operating Systems" sometime. 12 hours a day 7 days a week doesn't even get you started with those classes.

about two weeks ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

rsilvergun Where have you been? (226 comments)

We stopped telling people to go into trades because most of those tradesmen worked in manufacturing, and what couldn't be shipped overseas was automated. We don't like to pay living wages but we also don't like to look at how people live without them...

about two weeks ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

rsilvergun It's good enough for the assembly line (226 comments)

The top of the line guys need to care about tightly coupling classes. There's a _tonne_ of rank and file coding that can be done quick and dirty. Right now those jobs pay upwards to $80k/year; sometimes more. The goal here is to cut that in half in 10 years. An admirable goal if you're part of the investor class...

about two weeks ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

rsilvergun Re:Funded with advertising... (106 comments)

Because after 60+ years of cold war fear-mongering Americans are terrified of public works. Google "FEMA Camps" and see how many links are dead serious... :(

about two weeks ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

rsilvergun Uh... no (135 comments)

There's a reason we gave out cable monopolies. It was too expensive to build out the infrastructure w/o a guaranteed profit and we're too frightened of the gov't to just make it a public works project. It's either monopolies or figuring out how to counteract 50+ years of cold war propaganda about the evils of socialism...

about two weeks ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

rsilvergun Don't know where you live (135 comments)

but I pay $70/mo for good internet (that's just Internet, no TV/Phone).

The problem with relying on Fiber to save us is the same one we have with Oil & Gas right now. By the time competition is viable we're already paying so much that it impacts our overall Standard of Living ($4/gallon gas anyone?); and by then the monopolists have such massive war chests they can start off a price war the newbies can't hope to win ($2.50/gallon gas anyone?).

about two weeks ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

rsilvergun That worked out well for AT&T (135 comments)

they were split up and then spent 20 years buying up the Baby Bells until they were right back where they started. There's an amusing video from the dailyshow of it how it happened that I can't seem to find right now. Corps can take a longer view then we can :(

about two weeks ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

rsilvergun Re:Voter surpression (148 comments)

The trouble with just Vote By Paper is it's equally vulnerable. It's not hard to make sure that it's tough to register for it. The mailings can (and have) "gone to the wrong address", etc, etc.

I'm not opposed to vote by paper. Indeed the bottom rung of society will still need it (they can't afford a computer + internet connection). But a two pronged assault on voter suppression is definitely a good thing. If the lower classes could vote more I don't think we'd have lower classes :P

about two weeks ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

rsilvergun Voter surpression (148 comments)

is what's wrong with paper. Long lines in poor neighborhoods. Broken machines. Polling places closing hours early when you know people can't take time off to vote

You'll never see voting day a national holiday because the powers that be don't want the lower caste voting. Progressives do though, and we're trying to come up with ways to combat voter suppression. From the progressive standpoint who cares if it gets hacked? The paper vote has already been hacked so to hell by voter suppression that things can't get any worse.

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

rsilvergun It's only worth it (237 comments)

if you can afford it. I don't know anyone who takes public transportation if they don't have to. A drive that takes me 30 minutes by Car used to take a legally blind buddy of mine 90. Try spending 3 hours a day on a smelly bus with cheap, uncomfortable seats. Find when you're a teenager, not so much when you're 30.

With the Cost of Cars going up and up and becoming unattainable for many I'd like to see a real talk about public transportation. I'd also like to see Monkeys and Unicorns shoot out of Cowboy Neal's butt. I'm thinking the latter is for likely than the former...

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

rsilvergun Why not just wait? (474 comments)

Any major title is gonna see two things:

1. Patches.

2. Price drops.

So why not just wait for both?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

rsilvergun Budget cuts (219 comments)

mean there isn't near as much money in education as their used to be. Might not be enough to support Microsoft's desired profit margins. Besides, the kids are probably still using Office 365 anyway, so it's all good.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

rsilvergun Re:Buddy of mine (127 comments)

Don't you lose the free market aspect once you start imposing anti-trust regulations? I think the idea is the market should be able to take care of itself, but I can't see a way for that to work in practice.

about two 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 8 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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