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Comment Re: Not use it? (Score 1) 141

Be a Luddite and use US postal money orders.

Back before PayPal was merged with eBay and CC use became common, I used this method. Only drawback is that it's slower.

Buyer sends M.O., When it arrives, go to the P.O. to mail the item. Cash the M.O. and pay the postage. If the M.O. is bad or counterfeit, you know right then before your item leaves your hands.

What's in it for the buyer? Proof of payment. Besides, using the P.O. for fraud is a bad idea (for either party).

Comment Re:Fighting greed with greed (Score 1) 834

Not at all.

In the end, the employed will be US workers. So it's solving one issue. I'm just pointing out that stemming the flow of H1-Bs will shift the problem elsewhere. Employers really want to lower salaries - the whole purpose of H1-Bs - but getting US tech workers back to work is a good first step.

Lots of the layoffs that are occurring now are displacement of US workers to bring in outside consulting firms. These firms "just happen" to employ lots of H1-B workers. The consulting firms offer a lower cost to companies to run their IT departments because of their cheaper labor. Hiring the firm is loophole in the law, because the a US worker is not being displaced to bring in an H1-B, instead their department is being eliminated and outsourced.

What is proposed will bring the salaries of the workers at these firms up considerably, and they will no longer be able to offer any labor cost savings as a tool. They will have to use the skill set of their workforce instead. Let's see how that works out for them.

Comment Re:Fighting greed with greed (Score 1) 834

If a company truly can't find American workers with the required skills, if the imported labor actually has special skills, the company will be willing to *pay* for those skills. Companies wanting to import cheaper entry-level prpgrammers won't pay them $180,000 / year. That's why Trump's order is to prioritize H1-Bs by salary. You want to import someone and pay them $40K? Go to the back of the line. You're willing to pay $200K salary because there truly aren't any Americans available with those skills? You're at the front of the line.

I'm all for reforming the H1-B program, but the way this will be gamed -and it will, it's just a matter of time- is to find more ways to reduce salaries for tech workers.

Shortly after this reform goes into effect, there'll suddenly be a mysterious glut of previously non-existent qualified IT workers and software programmers that will "magically" appear out of thin air overnight, many hungry for a job. Hiring will slow down as companies hold off hiring looking for the cheapest candidates to cherry-pick, depressing wages and benefits in the process.

Now it's business as usual.

Comment Re: competition (Score 1) 101

Not everywhere. One civilized country omitted from the list is Japan.

$10/day would be great compared to how much it would cost otherwise - it costs at least that much to rent a phone with service on top of that.


Because of their "screw you gaijin" laws that prevent non-residents from buying prepaid SIM cards for voice and text. You can get data SIMs, but they noticed the VOIP loophole and the days for that are now likely numbered. Why not do it like the EU where a passport is good enough ID?

I wonder what they'll do for the Olympics in 2020 when people visiting realize their phones will only work on expensive international roaming plans ($45 for 100MB, 100 min calls, and 100 outbound texts).

Comment Re:The land of "Last one in is a rotten egg" (Score 2) 386

Any attempt at high-density housing is often met with hostility from environmental NIMBYs and hostile existing property owners unwilling to give any room to these efforts by filing complaints and grievances. The intense culture surrounding perpetual property value increases is baffling in one sense considering the supposed social conscience that is supposed to exist in the Bay Area.

Wait.. I've heard this before. It's called: "I've got mine, so fuck you!"

I never knew SF was such a bastion of Republican values... It seems like personal greed is universal despite political ideologies.

Comment Re: Security expert? (Score 5, Insightful) 377

This is precisely how the anti theft software for my Macs work. For it to be most effective, you should set the firmware password (to prevent booting off other media), encrypt the disk, set a password on your account, and leave the guest account active.

The whole idea is to get the thief to use it so it can phone home. If it is locked up too tight, they'll just be parted out or tossed.

That nifty law they passed for kill switches in cell phones means they no longer steal phones to resell and reactivate, now they just steal them for the the parts.

Comment Re: Eight function toilet? (Score 1) 187

The nozzle is just under the seat, not in the lower part of the bowl. Most modern Japanese toilets have the nozzle on a retractable wand that is always out of the "drop zone" and emerges only when commanded to do so with the controls.

So no, you cannot pee or crap on them* and they keep pretty clean on their own. But there is also a button that will extend it for a wipe down.

*If you push the button while dropping a load, all bets are off. If you push it while peeing, it'll piss back at you, but the modern Toto units won't deploy if there's no one on the seat.

Comment Re: Share and Enjoy! (Score 5, Informative) 187

It's not "enema"

It's Stop, Butt Rinse, Butt Rinse (gentle, for hemorrhoids), Feminine Wash, and Air Dry.

Opening the cover for those controls you usually only mess with once is just for comedic effect. But those controls are for moving the jet forward or backward to bullseye the target area, stream strength, pulsed or non-pulsing streams, temperature, and seat warming settings.

Yeah, we had one of these. Don't knock them till you try them, your sphincter will thank you later, especially when wiping is like trying to get peanut butter out of a shag carpet.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 564

A good type II tape like Maxell UD-XLII or TDK-SA made amazing recordings.

Thanks for the flash of nostalgia. I used to make tons of recordings on Maxell and TDK tapes, before finally settling on my go-to choice: Maxell UD-XLIIS. Most of my stuff didn't play metal tapes, and I gravitated to CDs once the selection in record stores became better than a handful of classical titles and Toto IV.

There's two real memorable times I had when there were leaps in audio technology: The first time I heard a CD in a showroom after a lifetime of cassettes and LPs. And the first time I heard an audio system playing Raiders of the Lost Ark in Beta HiFi.

Nowadays if I want warm, I put a 78rpm record on the Victrola and crank it up (literally).

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