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Comment: Re:The title game (Score 1) 121

Or better yet, untie H1Bs from a company, make it a 2 year visa, and let them go wherever they want. My guess is the companies will not be so hot on using H1B labor at that point.

A lot of people (including, obviously, you), don't understand that that's how H1B works already:

H1B Visa Transfer FAQ

Comment: Re:Not really that rare (Score 1) 170

I myself competed in D1 college wrestling at an EIWA school while getting an engineering degree and I now have two master's degrees, one in business and one in engineering.

Not to take anything away from your achievements (I certainly couldn't compete in any sport at that level), but college wrestling isn't exactly "professional-level sports". Your athletic activity was still a part-time one while focusing on your education... The professional athletes, whose full-time job is to play sports, are exceedingly rarely accomplished academics at the same time.

Comment: Re:Not yet statistically significant (Score 1) 408

Anywho; 4 out of 48 is a LOT.

Is it? What is the normal (i.e. cars with drivers) average?

A random Forbes article I googled says that on average, every driver gets into an accident once every 18 years. Cut that down to 1.5 years, and you get one out of 12 cars get into an accident in 1.5 year period... (which is same as 4 out of 48)

It seems about average.

Comment: Re:Technology allows (Score 1) 636

by Pulzar (#49606079) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

The question is, as U.S. government revenue dries up from so many unemployed or underemployed - who's going to (1) pay for all the social costs to support U.S. citizens and, perhaps more important, (2) how will the U.S. government survive as its tax revenue shrivels up into nothingness?

The H1-Bs and L1s (and their spouses, L2s) all pay taxes. Why would tax revenue shrivel into nothingness?

And, how does L1 visa go after trade jobs? L1 has been around for a long time, why is it bad now?

Comment: Re:Can people with H1B visas start companies? (Score 1) 442

You are extrapolating based on a very limited window. With the current priority date for EB3 from India being 11 years, there's nobody out there who's waited more than 11 years.

We'll see how it moves going forward, but even it moves only 4 months per year, it'll be another 14 years before the priority date falls behind 20 years, making it "decades".

Comment: Re:Can people with H1B visas start companies? (Score 1) 442

Europeans can get out of H1Bs into green cards much much faster. The US diversity law only allows at most 10% of the immigrants every year to be from one country and so, Indians and Chinese nationals have to wait in line for their turn to come up. There is no line for Europeans.

It's a little misleading to say "Europeans"... *Every* country except for India and China has a shorter waiting list, including all other Asian and South American countries, as well as Canada and Mexico.

And even China is only about 3 years behind the rest of the world. Only India has a real problem where the current wait is 8-11 years (*not* decades).

Comment: Re:what about TN visas? (Score 1) 442

It's good and easy to get, but has a few bad downsides... First, it offers no direct path to immigration -- it's there for your to do the work and leave when you're done. That's fine for temporary jobs, but not a good way to grow your company. There is no real time limit, however if it looks like you've used it to permanently move to US, the renewals could be denied.

The second is that because it offers no path to green card, the spouses are never allowed to work (unless they get their own TN visas independently), which is not very attractive to families.

Because of these issues, many TN holders apply and transition to H1-B while working in US.

Comment: Re:Keep the foreigners at bay! (Score 1) 442

What makes science and technology different? Why do we need a large specialty VISA program specifically for what we do? "Normal" immigration is fine for every other sector of the economy.

"The best" foreign people in science and tech are more likely to be here on a different program anyway. I just did a round of interviews for my company. Three of the top applicants were foreign born. One was in the real "exceptional technical ability" temporary visa program (O-1), one was a greencard holder (EB-2), and one was a naturalized citizen. These program work a lot better than H-1B (they have more protections for the employee as well), why don't we expand those instead?

You are quite misinformed about immigration works. What is this "normal immigration" you speak of? There's only two ways to immigrate into US -- through a family petition, and through employment (there are a bunch of other very special cases, but they are minor in numbers... such "visa for victim of human trafficking", or "iraqis support US military"). Naturalization and EB-2 green cards are the end-result of employment-based visa programs such as H1-B, L, and O visas -- they are not some separate programs that work "better".

Your EB-2 and naturalized citizen candidates most likely got in through H1-B or L-1 (inter-company transfer) originally, which are the two most common employment-based visas that allow eventual transition to green card.

Comment: Re:Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More R (Score 1) 187

by Pulzar (#49158447) Attached to: Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More Robots

So we need to restructure out of wasteful mass consumption and shift to more sustainable with a focus on quality, durability and fit for life (products that last your lifetime, rather than fad or disposable products).

That only works for things like furniture and other simple solid objects. For everything else, the technology advances too fast to make this practical. Why make a car that works for 100 years when in 10-15 years the cars will be much more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, and we'll be better off having everybody switch to them? If the Nokias from 10 years ago were made to last a 100 years, would that make any difference in how quickly they disappeared?

Comment: Re:The answer is always no (Score 1) 332

by Pulzar (#48893915) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

No, no they won't. 1080p is already really good.

When it comes to TVs, yes... but projectors would see a huge benefit. When you project 1080p onto a 120+" screen, things definitely start getting a bit fuzzy.

Of course, that's a niche market, but it could be enough to drive the prices down into somewhat reasonable category. Projectors themselves have gotten cheap enough that way..

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