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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

t0rkm3 Re:the bottom dregs for the cloistered elite. (284 comments)

If you're doing fine... Then keep on doing. One thing to consider into your calculations if you have the opportunity again. The last company I worked for paid a pension at 8% of salary per year into a cash balance account that vests at 2 yrs of service. In addition, they allowed up to 3% of your salary to be put aside into stock, payable on a multiple based on earnings for the quarter. On 100K (before I negotiated some bitchin' pay raises) I put an average of 15K per year into retirement on a simple 3K investment.

That was aside from standard 401K matching and stock purchase plans and up to 15% annual bonus (which went straight to retirement and college funds)

The benefits above or competition to those benefits are pretty standard in this part of the country.

We don't get the buses, lunches, good coffee, or free soda. What we do get is worth a lot more in the long run.

about a month ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

t0rkm3 Re:the bottom dregs for the cloistered elite. (284 comments)

Hmmm... from my salary, which is about 15% off of what the average InfoSec guy with 20yrs of great experience can draw in the Bay area. I wonder at your supposition. In fact, I may spend the day wandering around my 75acres of well wooded land, or perhaps I'll ponder while I watch the soybean farmer that leases the other 75 acres is doing, or perhaps while I wander about my 4600 sqft home...

I lived in SoCal for 10 yrs. My wife is from the West Coast. I make a good living, and live a good life. Every now and then I get a nice offer from some west coast or other company to move and take up the urban life style. We consider it, and then pass. You can't trade knowing the people in your farmer's market by name, having conversations with the local coffee shop about roasting methods over a cigar and whiskey, all while enjoying an evening in which the background noise lacks cars but more than makes up for it with owls, crickets, cicadas, whipoorwills, doves, and all manner of other creatures.

When we want to go to the city... We drive and stay a week, or a weekend. We figure that the money we save on the home (my payments on a 30 yr note on the above property are just above 1100/mo insurance and tax included) and the time on the commute can be used on mini-vacations to the city.

There are things that we miss (an excellent dance school) but not a lot. We have a tutor that teaches my children Mandarin, and piano. They swim at the Y a few times a week, play indoor soccer on weekends. My wife acts in the local theatre companies (one of which is one of the longest continuously running theatre companies in the country). I can still go to the local gaming store and hang out with comic book nerds...

So... If you're pissed about the wage depression, you should probably look at a different profession, or another circumstance. From here, in Cali or any where else, I've never had a problem getting a good wage for the job that I do, nor have I had a problem getting offers for a damn good wage to live in the Bay, or Denver, or San Diego.

All of the above aside... The H1-B program is designed for abuse. It was designed by politicians. It falls under the same type of shit that had all computer workers classified as management/professionals to prevent hourly pay and/or overtime. The above was to point out that if you look somewhere other than the Bay, you can still build new stuff, and have a much better life. The Bay area is a technological sweatshop. Leave. When you leave, take your skills and desire to build with you. Make some other place in the country a great place to innovate. Austin is great, and not a terrible city (esp compared to the West Coast), Houston isn't bad either, lots of great places to live. When you build your customer base, move to a smaller town and enjoy your life, you only get one shot.

about a month ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

t0rkm3 Re:OSX is a hammer without a handle (296 comments)

I use a combination of brew and MacPorts. I tried Fink but the updates were so archaic as to be laughable, and I think it was missing something I wanted (hping or something similarly esoteric).

Either way... The dependency handling is terrible. Really. Terrible. Esp when compared to Ubuntu, RedHat, or Arch. Being that I fundamentally have issues with Ubuntu, and RedHat and some of their dependency handling, that's saying something.

Really, that sort of functionality is not in MacOS wheelhouse, so I was hopeful but skeptical while testing. As far as Nix-like work environment, they are where linux was about 10 years ago. It works. Mostly. I advise being prepared for a goodly load of of suck on the way.

Regarding using KATE. KATE is a little too cumbersome for my taste, but it is freaking cool and extensible. Anyone who has gone through the effort of getting it set up would want to take it with them when they changed platforms. That is not an unreasonable expectation, esp when the platform is built on a Nix. Better native options? Maybe, but not to the GP.

about a month ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

t0rkm3 Re:LT LP (387 comments)

Or, it replicates the insanity of the Mac laptop.

For example, certain USB devices can cause the boot system to fall apart, not something I would like to see replicated in the Linux world. Tight integration sounds nice, and makes for easy argumentation.... but it's really the same old shit with new polish. People have been selling soup-to-nuts integration since the dawn of computing. What did it get us? Fucked.

If you don't like how the loosely coupled system is working, then fix it, optimize it. Don't tie it together so tightly that you create new, and likely catastrophic problems.

(typing this on a MacBook Pro, provided by my employer.)

about a month and a half ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

t0rkm3 Re:Money money money (163 comments)

Given that the spill was 1200 gallons... I may have seriously botched the math, but I think that equates to about 145m of pipeline. Given that the company manages 15000miles of pipeline, 145m between shut-off measures sounds pretty good.

It's not pretty for the neighborhood, but it really is small potatoes.

about 8 months ago
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Apple Files Patent For Digital Wallet and Virtual Currency

t0rkm3 Re:First to file vs first to invent (84 comments)

You never saw those EasyPay things at the gas station? You know, where you touch the key fob to the base unit and voila! Money disappears!

Given that NFC has been around for a while... calling this non-obvious is a marketrologist move... not a technical nor ethical move.

about a year and a half ago
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OK City Data Center Built To Withstand Winds Up To 310 MPH, Says Contractor

t0rkm3 Re:Domes (139 comments)

That's kind of the problem... So, when your power is out for ten days and your basement is below the overly saturated water table and the sump pump can't run.... you end up with 18 inches of water. Just happened, we have 2500sqf basement that is 10' below the ground line... which puts the lowest point 5ft below the water table. Torrential rain and a power outage gave us 18 inches of water that it took 4 sump pumps most of the day to clear.

So? As a home owner... who wants that shit? Most don't. I've only ever seen 1 other basement larger in OK, and I was visiting to help my dad with finding the clog in the sump line.

Why do I have this? Cuz the house was built in 1901 and has been maintained very well. (Good bones ;-)

about a year and a half ago
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Google Rolling Out Gmail Redesign

t0rkm3 Re:Yes! (303 comments)

The problem is... what if you WANT to sort, like sending bugtraq emails to a folder to catch up on later?

As far as I can tell there isn't a good way to remove those emails from the current view other than Label->Archive.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?

t0rkm3 Re:Hold tech companies' feet to fire about H1-Bs (694 comments)

Perl.

Actual, deep understanding of network protocols and application behavior over a network.

Python, for something other than a simple looping structure.

I have interview 30 people for network security positions. 15 with >5yrs experience and 15 with >4yr degree. We have hired 0 from university. Even hiring the experienced people was difficult as most of the people that are really good at their job are also very employed.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Making Government More Open and Connected a Good Idea?

t0rkm3 Re:Baffling trainwreck of an article (73 comments)

Yeah... I think Tim kicked his dog once...

It is rare to see such an officious, self-important and clueless article. Usually the clueless people try to retain the appearance of objectivity, and the officious and self-important try not to sound clueless.

I'm not even sure what this guy thinks caused the internet to come in to being, or how it was possible. From his stance it seems that he thinks if Richard Stallman had been elected Dirty Dictator in Chief that we would all be driving hover cars to our communal quarters to watch the next video release from StarDate, the life of James Kirk.

The Internet is a morass of people trying to climb over each for bits of information. Like a swarm of army ants hungry for the bit of data that enriches their lives. It will absorb anything that is useful in it's path. It just so happens that 'open source' folks are more humble about their code than the closed source folks... so the open tech gets integrated more quickly. There are cases where the inverse is true... and it gets swallowed up just as efficiently. (VMWare)

Don't fight it, try to ride it. Certainly don't be a wanker. If it offends you that Tim is a great salesguy and has done a great job of making people climb over themselves to a get book published under one of his imprints... don't buy the books. There are other (often cheaper) alternatives.

about a year and a half ago
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The End Is Nigh For the Linux Game Tome

t0rkm3 Re:Remember Pingus? (123 comments)

Perhaps apt-cache review freeciv?

I am certain there will be a utility to serve this function soon, or there already is one that I've never heard of.... like perlthanks or something.

about a year and a half ago
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Obama Wants To Fund Clean Energy Research With Oil & Gas Funds

t0rkm3 Re:There is no subsidy (409 comments)

Only for the first few years... then you end up the other way around. The subsidy is built to match the recovery curve on oil investment.

Essentially, you can either do a flat year over year depreciation or you can front load it. Either way, you depreciate the same number of dollars. I am not sure how this ends up being a subsidy rather than a tax break on business cost... the same as my construction business. In fact, I often try to structure my spending to get a similar effect.

about a year and a half ago
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Obama Wants To Fund Clean Energy Research With Oil & Gas Funds

t0rkm3 Re:How is this not a good idea? (409 comments)

Solyndra is probably a poor example, as the primary shareholder was "THE" Obama fundraiser in the midwest and a powerful corporate force overall.

He's also fervently anti-libertarian, anti-republican in local politics. Thank you Mr Kaiser!

about a year and a half ago
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US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

t0rkm3 Re:Pro Exploitation CEO (1313 comments)

I personally have shut down technical consulting groups and call centers in France because we were able to get better customer satisfaction and more work out of their German and English counterparts. The data was trended over a decade (I only had personal touch with 2yrs). I argued to attempt to rectify the issue by interviewing local talent via a very technical French Canadian friend of mine. We conducted interviews for 2wks (similarly to what we did in London and Hamburg) and found the talent pool was also shallow, with salary expectations sorely out of line.

Long story short. We fired the French. We hired more Germans and English.

I understand that different types of companies expect different results, and different behaviors. The talent pool in France was unable to keep up with our expectations.

about 2 years ago
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US Energy Secretary Resigns

t0rkm3 Re:Let's hope it begins a trend (141 comments)

As a local to one of the crony capitalists that benefited from the Solyndra deal. Kaiser knew what he was doing when he dumped a several wads of cash into the O-B ticket coffers. He was buying access to free money. Solyndra died and Kaiser was paid back before the govt debts were satisfied, which is supposed to be against the law.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

t0rkm3 Re:Waste of money (913 comments)

Mostly?

I don't use a mouse. I will usually install a plugin that allows browser use without a mouse and the keyboard is my friend.

I really don't use a mouse that often, and I do >10hrs daily of computer based work/study. It takes some adaptation, especially since everybody else pushed the mouse for even simple tasks (like word selection).

I certainly understand that I am in the minority... but I can dream, can't I?

about 2 years ago
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Does US Owe the World an Education At Its Expense?

t0rkm3 Re:Couldn't we just charge them tuition? (689 comments)

I think the derision had more to do with the timing... as in, draft dodging.

I don't think I remember anyone who had a beef with accepting recognition and benefit from a foreign education institution.

just sayin'

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

t0rkm3 Re:Waste of money (913 comments)

Yes, I would love to be able to buy a laptop without a trackpad or a touchscreen. I disable the trackpad immediately upon boot on ASUS and HP laptops currently, if I could buy them without it would save me space and money. If I want a mouse, I will attach a little portable or use a bluetooth mouse.

about 2 years ago
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Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles

t0rkm3 Re:How do they do it? (686 comments)

Yes. I am paying attention, and yes I work with state-run oil and gas conglomerates. Most of them are shite for safety and environmental controls. CNOOC is an abomination. Petrozuata is horrid (except at their press friendly sites.) Petrobras is another example of hateful most of the time, unless a camera is near. Lukoil? The reason it was sold back to Russia is that the upgrade costs... were going to be monstrous.

I could go on for days...

So yes, please go on in your armchair criticism and ignorance. I agree that the banking and auto industry got a nice bit of crony capitalism going on, but you should spend your anger on fixing that. As a whole, our system works failure well... We just have to figure out (as we have in the past) how to ratchet down hard on the people currently gaming the system.

about 2 years ago

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