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Comment Wayfair and Overstock for some things (Score 1) 141

Apart from some furniture and decorations, Amazon has little competition for convenience, shipping, and customer service. Whenever something goes wrong, I'm always amazed how quickly and easily they fix it.

I do still use Wayfair and Overstock for some of above two categories, though. For whatever reason, Amazon still has much smaller selection there.

Comment Re:How does it work now for foreign owners? (Score 1) 131

Does this stop the head of Volkswagen from traveling to the US to work-related meetings with leaders of Volkswagen US?

No, meetings are fine. Any business-related work in US is fine, as long as you're not getting paid by a US company for it. So, going to meetings, conferences, training, etc. is all fine. There are some grey areas when you work for a foreign subsidiary of a US company and you're staying for a week or longer at the US office... then it's often up to the security officer at the border to determine whether that's considered work or not -- many companies end up getting their employees short-term work visas for such trips, just in case.

Comment Re:More should do this (Score 1) 59

If your spouse was killed by a drunk driver, would you feel better knowing that millions of drunk drivers didn't kill anyone? It's one of those things such that the consequences are so dire taking extreme measures is warranted. A hack can be business ending, or in the case of government agencies people could lose their lives.

I think you're taking things to extremes. Drunk driving has no redeeming qualities. Having full internet access at work has a significant positive impact on productivity.

Similarly, we're also not talking about the government here. The government should reasonably take extreme precaution to safeguard data that would cause lives to be lost.

Comment Re:To get more lunatics, I suppose (Score 4, Insightful) 131

As opposed to where else, Mr. Wizard? I can't think of a better, easier place to start a business in the entire world than in the US.

Exactly. People who haven't lived and worked in at least a couple of other countries don't realize how much better the opportunities to start something are here compared to most of the world... even with all the crap going on.

Comment Re:How does it work now for foreign owners? (Score 3, Interesting) 131

Are there rules in place now that prevent foreign investors from owning equity stakes in US companies (outside of sectors with existing statutory limits)?

No, you can invest as much as you want, but you can't work in US. That's the difference. Entrepreneurs want to start a company and do the work, and not simply invest in it.

A funny (and common, especially among Canadians who have summer homes in Florida) example -- you can buy a house in US and rent it out and earn money from it. But, you can't come over and do any maintenance work on your rental property -- you have to pay someone to do it.

Obviously, it's hard to enforce, but that's the law.

Comment Re:More should do this (Score 1) 59

Really? Sally is irritated she can't check Facebook during the work day so let's expose our intranet to hacking?

Millions are checking facebook from work without their intranet being backed. You can lower the chances of being hacked quite a bit without resorting to extremes.

And, if Sally is irritated, Sally will not work as well, or will not work there at all (any more). I think many companies employing software and hardware developers have long ago learned that keeping Sally happy is the best way to get a productive workforce, and keep a low turnover rate.

Comment Re:Fix for H-1B (Score 1) 332

So that tells me that your company doesn't make enough money to support the workers that it needs. Find new streams in income or fail.

That's ridiculous logic. You've arbitrarily inflated the cost of workers we need by 100% and that you say that the company should fail if it can't support that.

It can support workers paid the typical wage. If you don't interfere by inflicting an arbitrary penalty on a US business, it wouldn't need to fail and lay off all the rest of their US employees.

Comment Re:More should do this (Score 1) 59

And here come the reactions why it would not be a good idea for some people to do it, even if it works.

As requested -- it's not a good idea because many would not be very happy working in such an environment.

And, what does "it works" mean -- what have you achieved through this process?

The ones in between the offices are used for work, the ones where we eat are used during breaks to check personal emails and to post to /.

Doesn't everybody have a phone on which they check personal emails (and post on slashdot) even when not on breaks?

Comment Re:There are plenty of job ADS. (Score 1) 332

This is because, in order to hire an H1-B, the employer must first advertise the job to US persons.

Not true.

The US applicants waste their time, and the H1-Bs get the positions. Give us a call when there are plenty of HIRES of US citizens for these, or any, positions.

The US applicants that don't get the job find something other than their bad interview/resume to blame, that's what it is. Tech companies have real openings, and many of them, but aren't yet willing to hire just anybody like they did in the early 2000s when a couple of keywords on your resume would get you a job a thousands of stock options.

Every offer my company makes is going against at least two others, and we're not even in California where it's probably even harder to get someone. Qualified EE/CE new grads (from US colleges) are getting scooped up a year before they graduate.

No, there are plenty of *real* jobs out there.

Comment Re:Fix for H-1B (Score 1) 332

If there truly are no Americans who can do the job at 200% of the DOL wage rate, then employers should be happy to pay 200% to import the skilled labor they say they need.

Spoken like someone who's never employed anyone. If I post a job for $175K and get no takers here but a German applies for it and looks good... how can I be happy to pay $350K for him instead? That kind of a premium is pretty much not worth it for any talent. All that's going to do is make me reduce the output of the company so that I don't need to hire anyone.

Comment Re:H1b is a symptom of a bigger problem (Score 1) 332

Flooding any nation with immigrants until social structures break benefits no one. Immigration is a noble thing (both of my grandparents were immigrants), but there are practical limitations that need to be enforced.

Do you think that the H1B limit of 0.02% of the population per year is not a practical limitation?

Comment Re:You can't compete with India (Score 1) 332

We've built our society around a social contract where you work hard, make your employer rich, and get a little bit for yourself. That's the whole "American Dream".

The American Dream of moving up through hard work pretty much always included doing something yourself. It never was about working for somebody... maybe it was easier 50 years ago to work for somebody and live ok, but you were never coming out of the middle class unless you did something for yourself.

And, US is still the easiest place in the world to start a business and make some money, if you know what you're doing.

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