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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
17. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 8, 2017, 07:26 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 7, 2017, 23:40:
Paranoid Jack wrote on Nov 7, 2017, 22:09:
Boy that escalated quickly....

And you would expect something from different from rabid religious right-wing morons? You'd think people can't possibly be that stupid or brainwashed but they really are. And there are BILLIONS of them on this planet. Fucking scary, isn't it?

Yeah, they're brainwashed right wing morons! Also, the NFL is full of thugs and Apple is evil for not hiring 100% Canadians!

No, wait, those last two rabid right wing moronic beliefs, every bit as much as his, came from you.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
19. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 8, 2017, 07:24 Beamer
 
wtf_man wrote on Nov 7, 2017, 23:02:
Pick on my phone reply all you want... no biggie.

We have 4 foreign developers. 2 are average, 2 are fairly brilliant. Any of them could be replaced with local talent. Just because they’re foreign doesn’t automatically make them “top talent”.

As mentioned, no one is saying being foreign makes them better.

But you've got 4 foreign developers. Great. Good for your little company. Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, and Google combined are probably hiring ~20,000-80,000 employees this year. The US isn't a large enough population to support that with top talent candidates. To make sure all roles are filled with the best and brightest, it needs to look outside the US. Or it needs to lower its hiring bar, which no one wants to do.

Using the above height analogy, imagine you wanted to make a team of the 20,000 tallest people. Would a team of the 20,000 tallest people be taller on average if it was 100% Americans, or if it was nationality agnostic?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 7, 2017, 18:59 Beamer
 
Lot of self-loathing here.  
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News Comments > Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges
40. Re: Steam Win10 Usage Dips; Win7 Surges Nov 7, 2017, 18:21 Beamer
 
Fletch wrote on Nov 7, 2017, 17:55:
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 6, 2017, 19:54:
Only an idiot thinks their online pc has privacy. And you of all people telling us daily corps and govt's have us by the nuts.
"They're gonna get in anyway" isn't a very compelling argument to "upgrade" to W10 (not that you're trying to convince anyone to do so). Someone said earlier that Microsoft doesn't sell your data. I don't want them to have my data in the first place.

For years, every time a product crashes, they've requested it. They're not just being proactive about it.

Steam takes all the same data, too. When that happened, people were concerned, but the reality is it makes troubleshooting games so much more effective.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 7, 2017, 12:44 Beamer
 
wtf_man wrote on Nov 7, 2017, 12:32:
So, your assumption is that there aren’t best qualified people in our country own country?

Sorry, I don’t buy that.

How can you not buy that? It's simple math, isn't it? The wider net you cast, the more qualified people you land upon.

Amazon, Apple, Google, MSFT, etc., are already hiring the best and most qualified Americans. After that, it's either less qualified Americans or more qualified non-Americans. These companies are hiring tens of thousands of people per year. It's not that they're hiring one guy, and that one guy happens to be Pakistani. They're hiring tens of thousands, of which the majority are American.

Regardless of how much you love America, you have to admit that some of the best and brightest people in the world aren't American. Think of it like the MLB all-star game, with one fan each picking the teams. The AL fan picks players the best players. The NL fan is a Mets fan who believes the Mets are the best, and just picks all the Mets. Which team do you think would win, the one created with the best players regardless of where they're from, or the one that is the best Mets?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
10. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 7, 2017, 11:53 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Nov 7, 2017, 11:28:
It's funny how some people are all about hiring the best person for the job until it becomes inconvenient. They don't like "diversity hires" or affirmative action, or really any kind of hiring that looks at anything except pure merit and qualifications.

But when hiring the best person for the job often means hiring someone from another country, suddenly it's not fair.

That goes both ways, though, right? We can throw that stone at both sides.

What that typically ignores, though, is that "merit" is subjective and about current needs. If you are a baseball team looking to hire a first basemen and two are available, one that has a lifetime batting average of .300, and one that has it of a .285, the first seems the better candidate. But if he bats righty, and your entire lineup bats righty, and the other guy bats lefty, there's a valid argument that the lefty better fits your current needs.

Much like in corporations. Odds are, for any role, there are at least a dozen candidates that could do the job equally well. But if your team is all white men, there's probably something that someone not a white man could bring that rounds your team a bit better. Some people get irate at that notion, but in the US, people tend to have similar experiences depending on race and gender, and sometimes you want different experiences on your bench.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
8. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 7, 2017, 11:16 Beamer
 
wtf_man wrote on Nov 7, 2017, 11:12:
What is wrong with Nationalism?

We're not talking the twisted term "white nationalists" which infers racism (again)... we're talking regular plain old nationalism.

Wikipedia definition (1st paragraph):

Nationalism is a political, social, and economic system characterized by promoting the interests of a particular nation, particularly with the aim of gaining and maintaining self-governance, or full sovereignty, over the group's homeland. The political ideology therefore holds that a nation should govern itself, free from unwanted outside interference, and is linked to the concept of self-determination. Nationalism is further oriented towards developing and maintaining a national identity based on shared characteristics such as culture, language, race, religion, political goals or a belief in a common ancestry. Nationalism therefore seeks to preserve the nation's culture. It often also involves a sense of pride in the nation's achievements, and is closely linked to the concept of patriotism. In some cases, nationalism referred to the belief that a nation should be able to control the government and all means of production.

I don't see anything wrong with that. Seems pretty straight forward to me. Be proud of your own country and promote from within.

Also, I never said "don't hire foreigners"... I said prioritize hiring your own citizens first, especially for economic reasons.

Economically, you're better off not hiring internally. You're better off hiring the best and brightest so your corporations are stronger and more innovative, and you're better off taking the best and brightest out of other countries and relocating them here.

If a tech company were to prioritize US candidates, it would be detrimental to its own growth.
 
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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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