Friday, April 14, 2017

Diagnose sleep apnea for cheap

Over a year ago I did the take home sleep study, cost around $300. It came back negative for sleep apnea. Turns out the study was wrong.

The more reliable, high-end sleep studies which can detect sleep apnea and UARS (upper airway restriction syndrome), cost thousands of dollars. Most CPAP machines these days track AHI (sleep apnea index) and cost roughly $300. So, I asked my doctor for a CPAP prescription, paying cash for the machine. Best choice I ever made. After using CPAP for a couple months the measurements showed I have mild to moderate sleep apnea. And I'm now getting twice as much sleep.

I'm 6-2, weighing 190 lbs. Not an overweight person. But, I have a narrow neck and crowded teeth. Both markers for UARS. UARS is very expensive/challenging to diagnose. So, if you're tired all the time and suspect the doc is missing something, might be time to get with your ENT and just buy a cpap machine. Mine is a REMStar Auto (System One 60 Series). Best purchase I ever made. Granted, acclimating to CPAP is no small task, took me a couple months, but well worth the struggle. Also finding a mask can take time, I settled on the Simplus mask.

Another amazing thing has happened in the last few weeks. The high-end sleep study I mentioned earlier is now done every night in your fitbit with the latest software update. All sleep stages can now be tracked. Yet another great way to track/measure if you have UARS or sleep apnea. Incredible times we live in, such a great time to be alive!



Many thanks to Doctor Steven Park, his blogging on UARS and sleep apnea have changed my life.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Excellent H1B article from the IEEE

What the U.S. desperately needs right now is inflation. Inflation cannot get a foothold until wages start going up. Reigning in the H1B program and cutting down on abuse fostered by large corporations is the key to getting wage inflation. Otherwise, we need to start talking about UBI, Universal Basic Income. See IEEE article here.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Federal H1B abuse tip line

This should get interesting ... Article here. Long way to report bad companies here. Fast way to report bad companies here.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Low latency, high throughput TCP

For C++ devs looking to push the envelope with respect to latency and throughput when using TCP, checkout mTCP! https://github.com/eunyoung14/mtcp

Tech wages continue to be depressed thanks to Steve Jobs wage fixing pact

The damages awarded thus far come nowhere close to addressing the damage done to the tech industry overall. Add in H1B's to enforce cheap labor, and the future still looks dim for techies. Will Trump keep his promise? https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/02/disney_pixar_lucasfilm_wage_fixing/ http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/28/obama-expands-h1b-program/

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Async and await on the JVM

For those interested, this is a very very big deal.  Many of us from the C# side of things have been longing for async await on the JVM.  While I realize Quasar has been around for a while, Kotlin has a much more elegant compiler supported approach.  This is awesome!!

https://blog.jetbrains.com/kotlin/2017/03/kotlin-1-1/
https://github.com/Kotlin/kotlin-coroutines
https://github.com/Kotlin/kotlinx.coroutines

Given Kotlin will support native code compilation in the future on everything from IOS, Android to the PC, the possibilities for having a single build which targets all platforms are getting closer.

H1B, the modern indentured servant

Didn't we outlaw slavery, indentured servants, etc. a while back?

Why hasn't Trump acted on his H1B promise?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/13/h_1b_visa_reform_possibly_on_hold/

The IEEE is right.  Large companies, some of which are hoarding massive amounts of cash, have been using the H1B to control tech wages.  Some are the same companies which colluded w/ Steve Jobs illegal wage fixing pact.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-Tech_Employee_Antitrust_Litigation
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/21/apple_steve_jobs_poaching_lawsuit/

The settlement for the above is peanuts when compared to the actual damage done to tech wages.  Frankly, there should be another class action lawsuit, targeting all companies which have abused the H1B, and covers every geek in the country.

The same companies are now using the H1B to control tech wages.  This is wrong on so many levels.  When will Trump raise the minimum H1B wage to 130k?  Actually, in Silicon Valley, given the high cost of living, this should probably be something closer to 200k.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/at-work/tech-careers/commentary-the-h1b-problem-as-ieeeusa-sees-it