I wish I could get one of those jobs. I guess I'm not enough of a sociopath.
Agreed. I've been in the first wave too many times to not know it for truth. I still haven't learned how to kiss ass.
I agree with this, and I'm a US citizen.
The US government needs to issue green cards on a fast track to technically skilled people, who then compete fairly in the market with other residents and citizens. Eliminate the incentive for companies to abuse their H1-B indentured servants, and then use that abuse to force citizens and green card holders to work under equally crappy conditions.
A fast track green card program for technically skilled people would provide the ability for those people to become fully invested in American society sooner. Plus, it would really prove how much of the 'skilled labor shortage' is real, and how much is really just a 'cheap skilled labor shortage'.
Most companies I've worked for paid H1-Bs less, usually by giving them a lower title for the same qualifications and not giving them raises during their visa.
They are also ~20% cheaper, overall.
They announced layoffs where I work in a memo that had at least 38 buzzwords in it, some more than once. The more buzzwords in the memo, the worse the news. I swear some of these C-suite people have translators just to convert ordinary English into buzzword bullshit.
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So, basically, you're cheap and only wanting to hire young kids with no experience. You get what you pay for.
You aren't willing to pay experts, but you are willing to pay a bunch of noobs with "new" "hip" "modern" language skilz to recode your entire platform. So you are not only cheap, but penny wise, pound foolish.
Ugh. I still have TCL nightmares. Space delimited crap;, clunky as hell. Ugh.
No. Take a look at Anaconda, and then try to tell me Python is readable.
Try hiring people who are over 30.
The real headscratcher to me is the number of programmers who assume that because a language isn't adding features every couple years it is dead.
This. I hate working with "new" "elite" languages that every new version that comes out breaks existing code in weird ways. (Python, I'm looking at you.)
I've done maintenance on perl code written by people in love with their own intelligence. It's painful. I've tried it on similar stuff in python (see my breaking with new versions comment above.) It's impossible. I rewrite it in something stable and universal - shell or perl.
Agreed, which is why I get really annoyed with Python bigots. My main exposures to python have been trash piles like Anaconda and cowboy crap that is seven layers of libraries to implement and process check that has such poor syntax that it can't even fail, no matter how screwed the process.
Give me "unsophisticated" and/or heavily commented code, thank you.
All self-checkout systems I have used have horrible user interfaces. That's why they get taken out -- the customers hate them.
The voice and the 'dialog' on the ones at Safeway and Lowes drives me insane. It is both irritating in tone, and infuriatingly condescending. I don't need a machine to talk loudly at me like I was a five year old in a snotty teacher voice like it was talking to a barely sentient animal. Plus, the work flow assumes that you scan, pile up, then bag your purchases in store provided bags. If you are in a municipality that requires that you bring your own bags, it breaks the workflow and the ****ing thing nags at you loudly until you do everything its way, regardless of how inconvenient or inefficient it is. I don't like being essentially yelled at like a bad puppy by a machine.
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