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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 7, 2017, 09:57 Beamer
 
As for why corporations hire H1Bs, it's a cycle.

It begins with what your most ambitious and brightest people in the country want. And right now, and for the foreseeable future, that's international experience. The US is a mature market, and regardless of the industry you are in, the growth overseas is significantly higher than the growth in the US. In many industries, the revenue is higher in other countries, too, let alone globally combined. Fortune 500 companies are routinely turning to executives with global experience to lead their countries, so it's become clear that global experience is a key to advancing. So, though, is a good education.

Look at what top schools are doing, then. Top MBA and CS programs are 25%-45% international. Which makes some sense for a lot of reasons. 1, international students typically pay full price, and US students don't. 2, US students want to be in programs with international students because working with people from other countries is a doorway to working in other countries. 3, the talent pool globally is always deeper than locally, so to have the best students you need to look outside your backyard, and these schools need to have the best students to attract the best on campus recruiters. Lastly, it just makes sense for them - if they take the best foreign talent, it leaves less incentive for those foreign countries to develop higher education systems that can adequately compete, as there's no huge demand for them - the talent wants to come get their degrees here.

Then it comes to the company. The number one thing they want is the absolute best talent. If one company decides to only hire from one geographical region, their competitors get an advantage of being able to hire the talent from other regions. They also tend to hire from schools that are heavily foreign, because it's always easier to hire people from a school you know and trust than anywhere else, as that school has spent a fortune vetting that student in a way that recruiters can't afford to do otherwise, so they rely on that stamp of quality. Foreigners tend to bring new ideas, as they come from different cultures and tend to have somewhat different ways of thinking, and also have an advantage of understanding their home country best and, most likely, that's a key market for the company. Lastly, the brightest Americans tend to like working with foreigners for all those reasons - they challenge us to work differently, bring different points of view, and help us understand a different culture we may end up working in down the road.

All of this combines to tech companies needing foreign workers. The home country alone can't kick out enough talent for these jobs. It can't fill the CS programs and the business schools. If a company wants to hire just from a local pool, the quality of talent is worse and the company lowers the bar to get hired. And that talent that now can't be hired in this country instead go to another country and help build new companies there.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
5. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 7, 2017, 09:44 Beamer
 
wtf_man wrote on Nov 7, 2017, 09:33:
Beamer wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 22:34:
Cutter wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 21:26:
And MS isn't hiring actual citizens because?

Oh, good, you're setting us up to explain to you that MSFT pays top dollar for top talent, then you'll respond with nationalist and racist bullshit again, pretending for some reason that MSFT does this to underpay people, not get talent.

Broken record. Just ban yourself. You already have most of us on ignore.

I usually stay out of political discussions here, because I don't feel Blues is an appropriate place for this.... but I'm gonna rant.

Please explain, libtards out there, how prioritizing hiring within your own country is racist?
There is plenty of talent in America, and it isn't all white.

I'm really getting sick and tired of any political disagreement going down the "race card" path. It's bull fuckin shit.

Being liberal is one thing, being a complete libtard is another (just as conteratives vs. conservtards aka extremists). Keep drinking that "everything has to do with race / white privilege" kool-aid. All the libtards are doing is pissing off enough people in the center to vote opposite of them by calling everyone a fucking racist.

/rant

It's nationalist. Cutter, however, turned his rant last week into one about the "thugs" in the NFL. I assume that you understand why the term "thug" is racist, no? Regardless, somehow he went from "it's bad to hire foreigners" to "the NFL is full of thugs" in one thought. "Thought." Hence me calling him racist.

Also, seriously, "libtards?"

And, frankly, people that think it's bad to hire foreigners don't understand the market at all. At all. I'll put that into another post.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 6, 2017, 22:34 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 21:26:
And MS isn't hiring actual citizens because?

Oh, good, you're setting us up to explain to you that MSFT pays top dollar for top talent, then you'll respond with nationalist and racist bullshit again, pretending for some reason that MSFT does this to underpay people, not get talent.

Broken record. Just ban yourself. You already have most of us on ignore.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 6, 2017, 18:31 Beamer
 
OpticNerve wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 18:26:
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 11:25:
... and it represented the lowest point of the season, quality-wise
, IMO.

IMO the lowest point for me had to have been that one solo episode with Eleven. I don't think there's many people who liked that episode and I constantly see it being singled out (and not in a good way) when people talk about or review Season 2 as a whole.

It was an episode of Heroes.

As a whole, I found the season to be ok. I thought the first season was just somewhat better than ok, but with a very strong cast and a few cliches turned on their head. This season undid some of the latter, but still had the strong cast. The strange things, though, not so great.

I would have preferred them to do an anthology of different horrors in different government facilities, and maybe just do a spin off following these kids being kids without some stupid shadow monster from Lost chasing them.
 
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News Comments > Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges
34. Re: Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges Nov 6, 2017, 17:53 Beamer
 
MajorD wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 17:18:
Beamer wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 17:06:

Amazon opened a store in Seattle with no staff and no checkout. Just pick up the items you like and walk out with them. You first tell the store who you are, then it can track your movements, the products you interact with, the ones you carry around, and the one you walk out the door with, and charge your Amazon account accordingly.

Wow, pretty crazy. Is it currently a test bed, or been in existence for a while now?

Actually, I guess it technically never opened. It was open to employees, and may still be, but they never managed to roll it out wider because it couldn't track more than 20 people at a time.

I'd guess, though, it's the type of thing that they've been iterating on quietly. Imagine having it in Whole Foods? Much larger, much more difficult, and weighed items become a minor issue, but it's absolutely doable.
 
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News Comments > Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges
32. Re: Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges Nov 6, 2017, 17:15 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 17:11:
Beamer wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 16:40:
Bodolza wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 16:37:
MajorD wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 15:41:
You should probably stop using GMail, Social Media, and your cell phone then.

Unlike Windows 10, none of those can track every application I run, every keystroke I type, and every website I visit.

Your cellphone can.
And, unlike those companies, Microsoft isn't selling your data.
yet


They're firewalling the Windows data from the internet data - what they're collecting via cookies. The Windows data is hard to actually analyze, and doesn't really give any better detail than cookie data. Right now, it's all about making Windows run better, and I don't think they'll change that much.

Again, if they're getting all the other information they want from your internet usage, why change that? They also don't have the huge advertising network Google does, and don't appear to be making attempts to change that. Advertising is only as good as the units available to sell, and unless people realistically think we're going to start getting ads inside Windows itself (other than the Windows store stuff I've seen twice.)
 
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News Comments > Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges
30. Re: Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges Nov 6, 2017, 17:06 Beamer
 
MajorD wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 16:59:
Beamer wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 15:44:
MajorD wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 15:41:
Cutter wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 15:04:
Angrius Maximis wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 12:49:
who the hell still uses windows 7?

Uh lots of us because we give a shit about our privacy. Only idiots use Win10 willingly.

LOL! You should probably stop using GMail, Social Media, and your cell phone then.

......Definitely don't walk into most retail stores, either. Don't drive on most roads.

Upon reading your post Beamer, this movie scene popped into my head.



Amazon opened a store in Seattle with no staff and no checkout. Just pick up the items you like and walk out with them. You first tell the store who you are, then it can track your movements, the products you interact with, the ones you carry around, and the one you walk out the door with, and charge your Amazon account accordingly.
 
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News Comments > Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges
28. Re: Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges Nov 6, 2017, 16:40 Beamer
 
Bodolza wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 16:37:
MajorD wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 15:41:
You should probably stop using GMail, Social Media, and your cell phone then.

Unlike Windows 10, none of those can track every application I run, every keystroke I type, and every website I visit.

Your cellphone can.
And, unlike those companies, Microsoft isn't selling your data.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2017, 15:46 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 15:35:
And now we have Cutter parroting white supremacist talking points. Not for the first time I might add.

For anyone who hasn't played Watch_Doge 1, it appears to be free to add to your UPlay catalog at the moment.

ctrl-f "thug"

Yup.
 
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News Comments > Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges
26. Re: Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges Nov 6, 2017, 15:44 Beamer
 
MajorD wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 15:41:
Cutter wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 15:04:
Angrius Maximis wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 12:49:
who the hell still uses windows 7?

Uh lots of us because we give a shit about our privacy. Only idiots use Win10 willingly.

LOL! You should probably stop using GMail, Social Media, and your cell phone then.

Just stay off the internet in general. Definitely don't walk into most retail stores, either. Don't drive on most roads.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
9. Re: Saturday Mobilization Nov 6, 2017, 14:08 Beamer
 
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 13:38:
I pre-ordered my Galaxy Note 8 and it was delivered to my door the same day it released. (And it doesn't have color shift or burn in. Seriously, WTF is that all about?)

Samsung made both screens. Odds are you do have burn in and color shift, you just don't notice. Odds are iPhone users won't, either. Perhaps the color shift is more obvious on these screens, but I doubt it.

I've been on Samsung OLED devices for two years and never noticed either, either. I'm sure over time I may get burn-in, but I upgrade annually, and I've definitely never noticed color shift, but again, both screens are top of the line Samsung.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2017, 14:05 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 12:12:
Cutter wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 11:35:
At least you still have your main QB. Just saw Vin Scully says he'll never watch another NFL game again because of the black players protesting against the military. Jesus, most people don't even seem to know why they're protesting. I do find it highly ironic that a bunch of multi-millionaires who get paid absurd amounts of money for playing a game are complaining about inequality.


I swear to god Cutter, you can be so dense. They're protesting racial inequality, not financial inequality. Racial inequality affects even the top athletes in a given sport, so the amount of money or even fame you have is immaterial. Also, Michael Bennett.


But money solves all problems and buys happiness!
 
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News Comments > Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges
12. Re: Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges Nov 6, 2017, 13:13 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 12:57:
Yeah, Win 7 is easy to fake an updateable ID. A lot of the maleware that works with Win 7 doesn't with Win 10.

The place where I get all my parts is almost 2 to 1 Ryzen over Intel cpus for computer builds and most of those people are gamers.

As to AMD GPUs, they cannot make enough of them.

So I laugh at anyone saying AMD is dying.

No one is saying it is dying, but people are saying that, factually, they got creamed from 2016 to 2017.

Yes, part of that is they're hard to find. Part of that is that, prior to Ryzen, they were generally bad buys and Ryzen was only out for part of this, so anyone building before Ryzen was almost definitely not going AMD.

But they got crushed, make no mistake. And stock issues don't really fix that, because that's money going to competitors, not them.

I don't have a horse in this - I buy the product that is best at the price point I have budgeted. If I want to spend $350 on my GPU I buy the best GPU at that price point. I can't for the life of me understand why anyone does anything else - why people care about the brand rather than the price point. These things are completely commoditized at this point. If you have $200 to spend on a CPU, and Intel offers better performance for that but you buy AMD anyway (or vice versa), you just made a bad purchase.
 
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News Comments > 3D Realms Build Game Beta Testing
17. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 6, 2017, 09:11 Beamer
 
If you're someone that knows nothing, has no skills, and no talent, creating something in Build or Doom is simple. A level can be learned in an hour.

With new engines, since everything is much more complicated and relies upon skills instead of just being somewhat clever, it is nearly impossible to learn to make something you can call your own that quickly. But once you learn what you make is significantly better and more impressive.

It's also why old games could be made by such small teams. Did you want a couch in your map? Make the geometry and repurpose some texture. Do you want it today? You need another guy to model it, and probably another guy to make a texture. But it'll look infinitely better.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2017, 07:00 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Nov 5, 2017, 20:14:
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 5, 2017, 17:29:

But as pointed out, look at her bumper, and realize it's in NYC.

Yeah, drivers honking about stuff that no one can do anything about, like a red light, seems to be the NYC standard. I'm just glad I don't have to drive here.

It's almost exclusively cabbies that do it. To an extent, fine, I get that they make more money the faster they go, but you're 100% correct that it's usually something no one can do anything about. A car waiting to make a right won't plow through the pedestrians with the right of way because a cabbie 4 cars back is honking, but that guy will keep honking at 2am...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 5, 2017, 17:14 Beamer
 
Retired wrote on Nov 5, 2017, 15:11:
Pleasant NYC Driver.

Wow then she almost gets hit 3x running a red light. Snowflakes are amazing!

What makes her a snowflake?
And can you define it in a way that doesn't fit every single person here? I've seen you flip out on topics that don't really bother other people in a way that could define you as a snowflake.

Which isn't to defend her, I just don't get why people love that insult these days.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
21. Re: Origin Access Free This Week Nov 5, 2017, 10:10 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Nov 5, 2017, 00:19:
Cutter wrote on Nov 4, 2017, 23:33:
NKD wrote on Nov 4, 2017, 20:32:
Christ I'm glad Canada shoulders the blame for the existence of Cutter and not the US. We have enough shame already thanks in no small part to the dotus.

No, America is an embarassment unto itself precisely because of loud-mouthed morons like yourself who are incapable of keeping their big, fat, stupid mouths shut. You are the epitome of the American ignoramus. You're simply too stupid and vile to comprehend that. You're that fool that the rest of the family hopes and prays never shows up at family affairs and wishes you'd just disappear into oblivion forever.


You sound a little upset.

He's always a little upset. And always oblivious to how he's perceived. Yet you're the loud-mouthed moron incapable of keeping your big, fat, stupid mouth shut.

What's most fun about Cutter is he never surprises you. Find a topic, and you can tell his opinion based upon how it impacts him. Does it? Then he's vehemently against it, and only morons or evil people aren't. Does it not impact him? Then only morons or evil people care about it.

And if it's a topic about Mortal Kombat, he'll run in and post "Mortal Wombat" every. single. time.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
8. Re: Saturday Metaverse Nov 4, 2017, 16:31 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 4, 2017, 16:26:
Enahs wrote on Nov 4, 2017, 13:32:
Cutter wrote on Nov 4, 2017, 12:19:
Fuck you Amazon and fuck you Truedeau and the Liberal party! 1000 more jobs? 1000 more foreigners taking Canadian jobs more like.
Huh? Amazon is a US company and headquartered in Seattle. How can it be 1000 more foreigners taking Canadian jobs? They are not Canadian jobs to begin with.

They're going to Canada because the Liberals have opened up the floodgates on immigration and foreign worker visas, our equivalent of the HB1 bullshit you guys have. They're only doing this to take advantage of that. And meanwhile over 70% of the country is against those liberal policies, and feel that the entire system needs to be drastically overhauled. The majority feel that, just like in the US, jobs should be going to people here first. And that immigrants need to do more to assimilate, including at least having functional English and a whole host of other things before they even set foot here. In short, people want to close the doors here as well, at least to a trickle and only essential immigrants with needed skills at that. Like you, we've got way too many immigrants/"refugees" here that aren't part of the solution.

Do you think Amazon is hiring people that don't want to be in Canada?

Do you think they're hiring people that can't speak "functional English?"

Do you think they're hiring refugees?

People have told you, repeatedly, that isn't the case, but it's like you read nothing. Amazon doesn't hire HB1s that are underqualified or unhappy to be there. They don't hire them at reduced salaries, either. Amazon is hiring the people coming out of the schools. Do you know who is filling the top MBA and CS programs in both our nations? Foreigners. Do you know who Amazon wants to hire? The top MBA and CS graduates.

It isn't hiring them because they're foreigners, and it isn't paying them less, it's hiring them because they're the most qualified. And most of those very qualified candidates want to stay in the West and build their lives here.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play
8. Re: StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play Nov 3, 2017, 17:28 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 15:26:
...and all customers who bought it will get their money back.

Right? RIGHT?!

If you can figure out how to exchange all the hours you spent playing over the past 7 years, sure. Otherwise, it's like someone that saw a movie in theaters asking for their money back when it hits network TV 2 years later.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 3, 2017, 16:23 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 16:02:
DangerDog wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 15:30:
meanwhile crooked Hillary is confirmed crooked.

thank you donna brazile for confirming what everyone with a brain already knew.

I thought people on the left would be a little upset about this but somehow it got glossed over. Perhaps you're right, since everyone "already knew" it just doesn't have any impact whereas fresh scandals or unknowns are more compelling reading.

I thought Sanders was a really interesting candidate. He wouldn't have been able to pay for any of his grand ideas but that election was certainly calling for them. The school tuition stuff was impossible and he had no credible plan but damn it would have been nice to see someone try.

Yeah, to me it falls to an "already knew." Sanders was also an enemy of the DNC prior to deciding he wanted to make a serious run for President, so it doesn't surprise me that a guy who had spent decades talking about what a joke the DNC was didn't get a ton of internal support from them when deciding he wanted to use them to further his own career. The DNC still went further into Hillary than I had expected, but I expected a lot and basically understood it. Everyone else sucked, except Bernie, who had antagonized them for years.

Which is also why I said here a few days ago I think the DNC is still in trouble next election. There's nobody. Nobody. They let themselves be steamrolled by Hillary because they knew she was the best they had, and she still wasn't very much.
 
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