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Comment: Flaw in the model (Score 2) 205

by BVis (#47612837) Attached to: MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

Even if you were to adopt this more modular structure (which just seems to me like you'd be picking 12 'things' a semester instead of 4-5), the business model breaks down if you use it universally. After all, the student might not have to waste two years taking all these classes they don't want to (that are irrelevant to their major). Mechanical Engineering major? Go take Accounting 101 with all the morons from the football team. Business major? You certainly need two semesters of chemistry. Unemployab^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Art history major? Go take Rocks for Jocks.

Comment: Re: Code the way you want... (Score 2) 372

by BVis (#47521611) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

What's your point? The main theory behind being an employee or a consultant (doing work for others in exchange for compensation) is to get paid as much as possible while doing as little work as possible. (The opposite is true for your employer/client; they pay you as little as possible while getting as much work as they can out of you.) Consultants extract money from the "job creators" and return it to the economy. Even if they did no work at all, that extraction justifies their existence.

Comment: Re:H-1b should not be used for lower-level workers (Score 1) 225

by BVis (#47521589) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Now maybe if there was say very high H-1b min wage say 100K + COL and forced OT pay (so they can't get the work 2-3 people out of 1 h-1b) that would get rid of a lot of the abuse of the system.

Why do you hate America? Go back to your wage slave job and serve your "job creator" masters before we fire you for something like taking vacation time that you've earned.

Comment: Re:Biden is talking coding?? (Score 2) 225

by BVis (#47521565) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

While your post is relevant and contains useful and accurate information, you have to remember who you're talking to here. Some people are impervious to facts that don't align with their ideology, so you can cite facts as much as you want, you're wasting your time. You might as well try to convince a brick wall to not just stand there.

Comment: Re:Appre (Score 2) 225

by BVis (#47521529) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

I don't think you understand what "community college" is. DeVry, UofP, etc. are not community colleges, they are for-profit diploma mills that employ far more salespeople than instructors. A two-year degree or certificate from your local CC carries far more weight than a for-profit degree, and is far far FAR cheaper.

Comment: Re:We're sorry he so faithfully followed instructi (Score 3, Interesting) 401

by BVis (#47465531) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

As a former call center worker (multiple centers), I can tell you unequivocally that that is bullshit. Your average CSR does not give a single fuck about the company they're working for (or the company that their company has a contract with). They're paid to absorb anger and read scripts. There is no intellectual input other than saying what they're told accurately. The first time your manager at the call center chews you out for doing a fantastic job and resolving the problem to everyone's satisfaction, but going over your handle time by 3 seconds, you run out of fucks to give.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 509

by BVis (#47465473) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

They go to a state university to get a nursing degree when hospitals are so desperate for nurses they're actually paying dental assistants to go to school in my local area!

Yes, they're so desperate for nurses that they're driving nurses with 40+ years experience right out of the profession (because 1) they make too much money, and 2) nurses actually give a shit about patient care, which tends to eat into the profits). They're so desperate for nurses that they almost never hire two uncertified techs at 1/3 a nurses salary each instead of hiring a floor nurse. They're so desperate for nurses that when the nurses join a union, they create scenarios in which they can fire the union president on a pretense (True story, the president was on call for the OR, and they deliberately chose the case so she would be unqualified to recover the patient, then fired her for abandoning the patient). They're so desperate for nurses that they would never consider giving nurses COL raises without being arm-twisted into doing it, despite making tens of millions in profit each year (Partners Healthcare, who own Massachusetts General Hospital and dozens of other hospitals in New England).

My mom just retired from nursing after nearly 45 years in the profession. There wasn't a single nurse at her retirement party that was under 40. Hospitals SHOULD be desperate for young or experienced nurses, but they don't give a shit about anything other than how much nurses cost them. They'll do shit like opening new dedicated outpatient surgical centers (think knee scopes, cataract surgery, laparoscopic abdominal surgery, tonsils, wisdom teeth.. anything you don't need an overnight stay for) where the nurses don't have a union, so that they can take the profit-making cases away from the hospital WITH unionized nurses, and then claim that the union is what's making the hospital lose money.

Nursing is a profession under siege. They're set up to fail at every turn by greedy administrators. I have no idea why they're training hygienist to be nurses, but I'll bet you they're LPNs that they can pay a pittance (certainly less than a hygienist makes).

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