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Comment: Re: H1-B debate? (Score 1) 398

by Duhavid (#48559977) Attached to: Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

"The company owes me..." types. They are not everywhere.

"We hired a bunch from...and they sucked". I didn't say that.

"Distribution of talent". Yes, quite. Which is part of why the "Americans cant program" strikes a nerve. We can and do. They can and do.

"Have to offshore". Not totally against it, personally, but the increasing "Americans cant program"/"Cant find programmers here" so "they" can justify offshoring is nonsense. It is about costs. Maybe not for your organization, but in general.

"Business operate for profit". Never said otherwise. But profit on what time scale? When the US middle class is gutted, who will these businesses sell to? At what prices?
And is this migration good for everyone?
( I would argue that we are looking at a decrease in worldwide "good" as America gets economically weaker ).

"Punishment and confiscation". Not a good thing, But paying reasonable taxes and reasonable costs is acceptable and necessary.

Comment: Re: H1-B debate? (Score 1) 398

by Duhavid (#48559055) Attached to: Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

I am ( and have been ) in a management position, and I have worked with a large number of programmers.
Including a good number of people from other cultures, and many here on H1B's.

I don't see a "The Company... owes ME" attitude from US citizens.
And most were/are the primary means of support for a family, large or small, right here.
They were/are hard working, honest decent people. No different from those abroad.
And if they *are* "less complaining", why is that? It looks to me like duress.
Why is that a good thing?

I reject the inability to accept other cultures or racism angle, personally.
I have not seen it in those who work around me. I have seen lots of acceptance.
Comments here, perhaps some are racially motivated. Perhaps they are not.
I don't know what is in their hearts and minds. I suspect you don't either.

As to business doing exactly what it should, what exactly is it that you say it should do?
Hire only compliant workers? Or cheap?
Or workers that get the job done, and provide the revenues to the economic system they depend on?

Comment: Re: H1-B debate? (Score 1) 398

by Duhavid (#48548435) Attached to: Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Business model...

Its not a business model failure. Its costs failure. The H1B doesn't have the cost structure a US citizen has, by and large.
So, they can work cheaper.

Here is the business model failure. While those "in charge" of the US economy keep chasing cheaper wages, the spending power in the US falls.
The more it falls, the worse that economy will do. Prices will have to fall in alignment with this.
Those prices are on the items those "in charge" of the US economy are selling in the US.
Prices that are higher because people can afford them, having wages in line with those prices.
They are slitting their own throats. But they are not the ones experiencing the pain, they just enjoy the fruits the arbitrage, while it lasts.

Comment: Re:I hate this name (Score 2) 140

by Duhavid (#48533483) Attached to: NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Haven't seen it, but basically yes. I had not thought about the issue of how the load would distribute across his arms, I just assumed ( bad, I know ) he/they/it/etc would somehow manage that. I guess I figured he would use his body more...

Loved the old "Man of Steel, Woman of kleenex" story....

I also hate the "asteroid about to hit earth, pulverize it with a nuke" scenario. They usually show the asteroid just about to hit, like within a small handful of earth radii, then all that mass being turned into large rocks instead of one rock is somehow supposed to change things from "nothing much will survive" to "oh, look at the pretty light show".

Comment: Re:I hate this name (Score 1) 140

by Duhavid (#48531479) Attached to: NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Its more than the heat shield. Mass is imperative.
If you impart the energy from a nuclear explosion to such a small item, you will accelerate it beyond any possibility that a human occupant could survive.

Aside, that is my objection to movies where they show someone falling, then someone swoops in just as they were about to hit the ground and stops their earthward acceleration, changing it to some tangential acceleration. The reason you die on hitting the ground is that your body rips and tears internally when subjected to the acceleration ( deceleration ) forces on hitting the ground. Changing to another set of acceleration forces in a different direction isn't going to help much.

Comment: Re:Stay out of space (Score 1) 140

by Duhavid (#48531363) Attached to: NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

I think saying space exists and is harmful is a poor repudiation of intelligent design.
Otherwise, you could stop with animals, rocks, gravity and all the killing devices brought to us by our marvelous brains.

He made us capable of both good and evil, and left enough in our hearts that most of us don't feel good when we act evil.
We can be as He, we have to choose it, though.

Comment: Re:The Same Game (Score 1) 454

by Duhavid (#48463981) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

"A hard crackdown on migrant labor and a invitation for local unemployeds to work the fields - a few dozen showed up and none lasted more than a couple of days."

How many could get to where the fields were?
How many knew about it?
What kind of wage was being offered?

And the capper, why would anyone start in such a field ( pun in intended ) when you know for dang sure that the migrant workers will be back and you will not?
Probably in a matter of days. And in the mean time, heck, you made money this month, no more unemployment benefits for you, and you get to start the application process all over. After waiting till the end of the month. And wait to hear if you got in. And wait for benefits to start.

I agree completely on wall street killing the middle class. They don't seem to know where their money is coming from.

Comment: Re:Number of interviews... (Score 1) 454

by Duhavid (#48461951) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

"I honestly don't think salaries are out of line. Tech workers should make less than management, they have a smaller scope of responsibility."

A, do they?
B, so what if they do?

"Really, most people should plan to work until they reach retirement age and refrain from buying a yacht or private jet."

Who is talking about being entitled to a yacht or private jet?

"$100k is so far above the poverty line that the poster (a ways) above who was dissatisfied with it is a joke."

So, salary caps for everyone, at 100k. CEO's, doctors, lawyers, etc. President. Hedge fund manager.

"There is a culture of overworking tech workers though, that I think needs to end."


"I would be perfectly happy with a $70k job where I could show up at 8, leave at 5, and not give it a passing thought after I walk out the door."

I like being able to do some of the things a higher salary has allowed me.
I like being important to the company I work for, and 8 to 5 doesn't allow for that, really.
I like having stepped out of the "there is more to do, let me do it" and spending time with family.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981