* Posts by AmyInNH

49 posts • joined 7 Mar 2018

Indonesia imposes 10% digital services tax


First off, it's not going to "hurt" Google, Amazon or Apple.

And specifically Amazon, their busiiness model from the start has been to "dump", sell below cost, to wipe out competitors, which is illegal, and has been subsidized, by tax exemptions (city/state property, city/state sales taxes), and public welfare subsidized non-living wage ware house employment. So, they balloon, and monopolize, at public expense.

Amazon closing, would be beneficial to the public.

Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan


Re: @AC While Facebook Container may help a bit, it has limitations.

"2012 Zuck shares w Obama for free"

NYTimes says O campaign ASKED FB users for their permission.

The best outsourcers fire themselves


"The indians ive worked in the states are broasly ok."

- "Hang my coat on the back of my chair so my boss thinks I'm in."

- Stolen equip., found for sale on eBay.

- Stolen equip., to furnish her husband's startup.

- Manager told "in the other facility", MIA for the summer when parents flew in to visit.

- (prolific) 1 month off a year, off the books, for vacation "home".

- Deliberate bug creation, for easy days when assigned the bug.

- US wages and benefits, when employee was not even in the US.

- Remote login to spouse's company, to cut and paste code.

And that's just over the course of two years.

Huawei wins patent injunction against Samsung in China


They're playing the same game the West inflicted on them. Patenting is an idea whose time has come and gone.


Re: China stole enough IP to rise to the top

Not even close.

The most hypocritical thing a nation can do is claim to be democracy (while clearly having no effective representation in governance) and claim to be "spreading democracy and human rights" while dismantling it far and wide by attacking democracies and dismembering them.


Re: Knock me over with a feather

A significant set of patents joint owned by Google/Microsoft/Apple where bought, long after they built products using and selling the tech with no payment to the patents' owners/inventors, following their abbreviated ethics, "Do unto others.", also known as Do As I Say, Not As I Do.

How do you make those darn code monkeys do what you want? Just give 'em a little nudge


Re: Never do this

Resilience only needs mention if they've hired 100% minimally experienced, and have no code reviews. This speaks to their bad hiring practices and lack of quality oversight in their development process.


Re: Nudge + Dev Ops = The Bleedin' Obvious + Buzzword Bullshit (apparently)

"It's the "engineer" and "tech lead" bit that's puzzling."

One insane company/department I worked for declared one of their two interns "tech lead", and left it in that state after hiring a bank of experienced engineers, to work for this lead. The task, WAY out of his depth.


Re: Beware of the leopard

Just what I told my local recycle initiative leader, make it easy to do what you want people to do.


Re: Another DevOps article

Management manufactures business buzzwords EXPERIENCED tech professionals knew years ago. Then business spins certification factories around them. You too can be a Scrum Master! Project Manager! etc. etc. And then the truly clueless hire the latest fade certified.

"I don't know what a Data Analyst is, but I'm sure we need one!"


Re: I stopped reading the moment I reached the D word

"Free lunch!"

"Game room!"

"Pizza Fridays!"

"Onsite haircuts!"


All to attract youth, who don't know this means they're making minor concessions to accommodate keeping people there night and day.

The article is attempting to fix one of the inherent flaws in their youth only hiring, their subservience to their learning curve. They don't have space to innovate, when they're on slow path discovering basics of collaboration, robust design, etc. And, nobody makes good decisions when overtired, particularly chronically overtired.

Nest reveals the first truly connected home


"Early adopters", aka road kill on the high tech high way.

Quite literally, in Tempe, AZ this week.

Facebook confirms Cambridge Analytica stole its data; it’s a plot, claims former director


Re: Complaint

Facebook's issue is that they require payment for the data, and Cambridge Analytica got it from an intermediate. Facebook's business model is selling access to its users, and their data.

Trump’s immigration policies costing US tech jobs says LogMeIn CEO


Re: Impose additional tariffs

It needs to be SEVERELY restricted. "temporary", no more than 1 year. "prevailing wage rate" should be top of the local wage rate, being as their claiming they can't find local skill. NO GOOD REASON for long term leash but indenture.

Percentage of green cards should be independently verified ACTUAL shortage and lottery for those who have that - cut the employer indenture, they can compete on labor free market.


"Let me operate corruptly or I'll offshore" is hardly motive to accommodate.


"Lowest unemployment " because Washington's redefined "unemployed". Quite noticeable by the time Obama was using it, and still continuing under Trump: only those 26 to 55 years old, and only those who've looked for work in the past 4 weeks.

There is no good reason ANY US tech person should be out of work, but for the UN initiative to provide "foreign aid", by giving third world western jobs, in the west, for work and remittances, and for offshoring to third world. https://www.epi.org/blog/the-un-global-compact-and-labor-migration-what-can-we-expect/


And yet, it persists. Posted today: "AK: Got approval(Visa Filed via sponsoring employer) and looking for jobs on contract.But its getting difficult for the job hunt"

Should not have a visa if no job.


Nor is the US here to pander to the world's needs.

Patent quality has fallen, confirm Euro examiners


Re: How the EU will deal with this...

which is illegal.

by which - international - law exaclty?

That is the game, isn't it. Microsoft claiming US law doesn't apply to data they store offshore.

The only nation a multinational corporation belongs to is whichever one doesn't have a law against what they're trying to escape in the moment.


Not surprised. Many create patents for: company bonus for doing so, and for resume fodder (golly, gee! must be a brain storm if they have a patent! Not.) Coworker ginned up $100K of income on bogus patents, to buy his first house.

Uncle Sam slams plans to give govts final say over domain privacy


I can't think of any ethical reason identity for this should be hidden.

The Great China Tech Panic is just posh xenophobia


Fear? Stupidity. Tech sent their money and IP there, with the moronic expectation it was going to be "protected". West sent investment there, with some bizarre notion they'd get the upper hand on Chinese market. Stupidity. Trump more honest about, This Isn't Working, the last thing the neoliberalists are going to admit to, having gutted the West's middle class, to pave the way there.

After repeated warnings Facebook bans Britain First for 'inciting hatred'


The more governance ignores public rejection of neoliberalism, the more contention builds. And it's not accidental, https://www.epi.org/blog/the-un-global-compact-and-labor-migration-what-can-we-expect/

Elon Musk invents bus stop, waits for applause, internet LOLs


SkyTran. I asked them to draw up more on how much they save. A fraction of the cost, of existing public transports.


Both seem to be designed for peak inefficiency.


Traffic jam equals traffic jam equals traffic jam. Whether parked in your own car, on a bus, or in a taxi. This mode of transport needs to be flushed out of existence.


They're trying desperately to keep "car" in play.

It all (buses/cars/trains) should've been replaced with @SkyTran. But there's a whole lot of industry money invested in vehicle usage: paving, auto maintenance, auto insurance, parking, gas, oil, etc., etc., that's blocking MOVE ON. It's a means of being on near every household's payroll: car payments, insurance, gas, etc.

Yahoo! Can't! Toss! Hacking! Lawsuit!


Re: Security?

They were a web directory, long ago. But web content blew up and was replaced by search utilities. I'm sure Google will die, as web continues to balloon and search returns more and more insignificant results.

Microsoft's Teams lights solitary candle, hipsters don't notice


Re: always odd on an IT page

"It's always amusing to see " incompetent UI engineering blaming users, as though users were not who they wrote it for.

Build from the user inward, not the tech outward.


Re: Microsoft has no clue about messaging

They shouldn't have "fixed" Skype, when they bought it. PO'ed when they deprecated existing logins, for force hotmail/outlook down everyone's throats.


Re: hate it. use it

They keep producing things with beyond amateur interfaces. Flashing, greyed out, etc. It's like they never matured.

Tim Berners-Lee says regulation of the web may be needed


This was obvious early on. In 2006,

Some goober answered her phone while sitting on the toilet in the next stall, and I thought, No protocols for use, No self-restraint, This isn't good.

HP is turning off 'Always On' data deals but won't say why


ALWAYS read the not so Fine Print, and take it seriously.

Capita screw-ups are the pits! Brit ex-miner pensioners billed for thousands in extra tax


Re: Outsourcing .....

"a rabid phobia of being personally responsible", as do most people, when they are responsible for something they have no control over.

Windows 10 S to become a 'mode', not a discrete product


"We want to be on your household's weekly budget. When you use our "apps", when you access your won data. We want to sell who you are and where you are."

Trump buries H-1B visa applicants in paperwork


Many bring H1Bs, and then shop their cheap labor around. That was NEVER the intention of the visa.


"Simple fix to H1-b1 program"

Scrap current definitions of H1B and OPT.

OPT - prevailing wage - permanently barred from H1B, Green card, etc. - because it EXISTS for training _before_ _returning_ _home_.

Enforce H1B "temporary", Six month to 1 year limit, no renewals.

Unique skills? Prove it isn't available. Allocate part of annual 1 million - the EBs, to international qualified, and lottery their GCs - taking it out of employers' hands, and give them mobility from day 1.



Re: As much as I'd love to see action on this...

A quick snapshot of status,

2016 - 800K LCAs "certified", approved

Legal work visas given out since 2009, over 70 million (this lady's numbers are low): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judy-frankel/insourcing-american-lose-_b_11173074.html


Re: Why discriminate against people whose mothers gave birth in a different country?

"nobody outside America should buy ..."

Monopoly. Legislated monopoly. Called "trade agreements", they trade markets.

NAFTA, for example, Mexico traded their corn market to the US for manufacturing jobs - they unemployed 2 million Mexican farms/farmers doing so. US corn shipped there, US subsidized.


Re: Why discriminate against people whose mothers gave birth in a different country?

"ANY sovereign nation ..." has an obligation to its citizens. All of them.


Re: Why discriminate against people whose mothers gave birth in a different country?

"All humans are equal, nationality is an artificial distinction brought in to recruit soldiers to fight wars."

A nation and its citizenry is an agreement to a set of rules, laws, principles - and as citizens we've paid for it - with money, with effort, with life and death.

Piping in unnecessary labor into the workforce, is gaming the rules, laws and principles, for profit.

At some point, break the rules, laws, principles, and the dynamics that made it work falls apart.


The US has an O visa for exceptional. There's no need for H1B.


Re: Great!

"it is bad for business"

You're presuming they're after a healthy business. They aren't. They are after locking it all down, to coast. Or as Bank of America's CEO put it, "easy", "immigrants" make "growth" easy.


Re: Off shore slumming

Don't let anyone claim this is in alignment with Adam Smith philosophy. This isn't capitalism.


"what ever happened to the old concept of training the workers you need?"

They do, at least in the US. They have their citizens train their foreign workers before laying off the citizen employees. No, I'm not kidding. 20 years of this malarkey.


You're commenting with little knowledge on this topic.

Senator Issa said 80% of H1Bs are paid $60K or less. $60K is "special skill" and fair market wage for Silicon Valley, among others? Total BS.

Downloading the approved databases, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc. hire some of their staff at well below $60K. Really, HR is "special skill"?

As for the 65K quota, not really. 65K is lottery for commercial hires of Bachelors. Another 20K for Masters and PhDs. UNCAPPED: H1B hires for government, research, education and medical - and those professions are so flooded it's not even funny. Adjunct professors are now working for less than min wage and on food stamps. This isn't taking into acccount OPTs, who have NO min wage and NO cap.

There's a WHOLE lot you don't know. And that's giving you the benefit of the doubt, that you aren't spreading BS intentionally.


Re: Agree

OFLC publishes LCA database annually. And they've visas approved for $7.25 an hour for a teacher, $21 an hour for PhD Post Doc, etc. etc.


In the US, they don't advertise rates.

They advertise the job (often in the back of a horseback riding magazine or some such nonsense), and claim there were no qualified applicants.


They are importing a surplus, and no, they wouldn't "have to" raise their costs. It would first ding their profits, and considering they're at record profits, no, they wouldn't "have to" raise costs.


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