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Comment It's about control (Score 1) 166

Most of the time philanthropy is a good thing, money goes to where it is needed. Since the 90's some of it is about tax payer funding through tax deductions and break granted to wealthy doners who use their philanthropy to influence and many case outright control an industry or market.

Comment Re:Cognitive Dissonance (Score 1) 166

They will not be software engineers they will be asking folks if the want fires with that. One of the many fails with outsourcing and H1B is that after destroying an industry the visa people can go home and outsource slave shops can just lay off. Regardless, the cost of living will make sure they kill off any interest inworking in an industry they target in the US.

Comment Plainly stupid (Score 2) 795

BillWG in his greed is trying to create a self fulfilling prophecy. Look at the state of CS at US universities. CS has gone from being a major pillar of many universities back to nothing but a math curiosity. Who would want to spend 60k on getting a degree so you could struggle against some foreign worker with made up credentials to be paid less then most executive assistants. If the politicians don't do anything about the visa abuse and rein in outsourcing you can kiss IT goodbye in the US.

Comment War of the ants (Score 1) 216

So what will be the next teleporting hammerdin? I hated that about D2, players taking advantage of the system, Blizzard saying it's not a bug but a feature and then not doing anything about it. If anything was done about it it took the form of nerfing the ability making the class ability next to useless.

Comment Outsourcing and visa abuse (Score 2, Informative) 608

It and engineering pay has suffered badly because of outsourcing and visa abuse. According to Love to Know here: http://jobs.lovetoknow.com/Facts_and_Figures_on_Outsourcing It seems that if the Obama administration was to take job creation seriously and curb outsourcing of American jobs to cheap foreign contractor slavers it would save close to 1.5 million jobs for Americans. Most of those in IT are familiar by now with the visa abuse that takes place in the US. Many unscrupulous companies are playing games and pulling stunts to meet even the lax standards setup for foreign nationals to obtain work visas in the US. If the Obama administration were again to take job creation seriously then they could come up with almost 5 million US jobs by simply denying visas per the US State Department. http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/FY09AnnualReport_TableXVII.pdf

Comment The more the merrier (Score 2, Insightful) 184

If you stop to think about it what purpose does the Iraq and Afghanistan wars serve the US? It is not about "Democratization" as some have said as both countries have been allowed to reform under demagogues. Iraq could have been about oil but the PRC has most of the contracts. It could be about Billions to be made by insider contractions "servicing" the war.

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