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Comment: Re:"Shortage" (Score 1) 617

by Trondheim (#42955913) Attached to: Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers
So I'm supposed to bring in a roommate or two to live with me, my wife, and my kids. Am I also supposed to accept a lower wage and risk not being able to put my children through college? You're right about westerners not being willing to accept a lower wage. We've built up a lifestyle for ourselves by getting an education and working hard. Why should we sacrifice our lifestyle and financial goals so corporate execs can take home bigger bonuses?

Comment: Past exerience is baggage? (Score 1) 441

by Trondheim (#42018969) Attached to: It's Hard For Techies Over 40 To Stay Relevant, Says SAP Lab Director

"Shailesh Thakurdesai, business development manager at Texas Instruments India , says college hiring is a priority for the company because "freshers learn fast and do things differently, without the baggage of past experience..."

Wow, really? So experience is baggage? I know this analogy has been used millions of times in the past, but if I was having open heart surgery, I'd certainly want a surgeon with "baggage" versus a fast-learning "fresher."

What a tool. Is this guy for real?

Comment: Re:US-only problem? (Score 1) 913

by Trondheim (#36611514) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

You're kidding me, right? To say your single point discredits my argument is laughable. Sure, there are superstars out there with extraordinary talent that don't necessarily need a degree. But overwhelmingly, those people are the exception to the rule. Do you think companies like Pixar or Disney would hire animators without looking at the type of degree a candidate possesses? Do you think a company like IBM, Adobe, or Microsoft would hire technical writers or graphics designers without looking at educational background? Same with the New York Times hiring a reporter. And NBC, CBS, or ABC hiring script writers or CGI effects artists. I can guarantee you that those companies will look into a candidate's educational background.

As a systems engineer, I'm always amazed at the myopic, arrogant view of liberal arts majors by those in my profession. In my opinion, liberal arts majors are just as important to a functioning, civil society as science majors.

Comment: Re:US-only problem? (Score 1) 913

by Trondheim (#36579576) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?
Do you like to watch TV? Do you enjoy good movies? Do you enjoy the CGI effects in a movies and TV shows? Do you enjoy listening to music? Do you enjoy reading a good novel? Do you read the news? Or view the photographs in a news story? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions (and the list of questions could go on and on), most likely you have a liberal arts major somewhere to thank. I tire of these arguments that liberal arts majors are worthless and that a degree only "qualifies them to be a manager of a mall bookstore." How pathetically uninformed.

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