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Comment Soda is TOO expensive (Score 1) 406

How hard can it be for soda companies to figure that out.

$2.79 for a drink for a meal that costs $8???

McDonalds has the right idea.

Same thing in the stores. Coke seems to want $4.50/12 pack these days. Other brands want $3.00. So I don't buy coke products anymore even tho I love coke products.

Comment Re:Unionize (Score 1) 337

Nope, there are videos on Youtube of seminars where they teach how to prove that you've done a qualified job search and found no workers to fill them. Even has procedures to escalate workers who meet the qualifications to a manager who can find a reason to disqualify them.

Search for lou dobbs and h1b visa. It'll turn up.

Comment Re:My experience with Infosys (Score 2) 337

My experience with IBM was that they were highly skilled but also they were too expensive ($200/hr billed vs $30/hr offshore/$60 onshore billed for Infosys) to consider replacing skilled employees with IBM employees. They did replace low skill positions (like computer operators) because they gained economies of scale (one operator could work on 12 companies). But they did not replace programmers or analysts.

You are spot on with regards to your points 1-3.

Comment Re:Age discrimination is obvious (Score 1) 337

Did you ask them why it was a problem? Are employers worried about your health, your learning ability or the degree to which your skills are up-to-date?

One of the considerations of any potential employer is healthcare costs. Even if they can't legally discriminate based on that consideration, they will be making a conscious appraisal of your perceived health and how it will relate to the total cost of employing you.
If you are a healthy, active, 40+ person, let the employers know about it. They cannot legally ask for that information, but that does not mean you are legally prohibited from offering it. List your exercise routine as hobbies. Ask about the quality of the bike paths and running trails in the area. Inquire about the fitness center on site or if they offer discount gym memberships as a benefit.

Comment Re:Natural effects of a maturing field? (Score 1) 337

I disagree. The union movement was not hatched in the halls of government. In fact, government was (and is) usually on the side of the businesses and has engaged in numerous bloody crackdowns on people attempting to organize and go on strike. The political left is fond of reminding us how unions fought for better working conditions, a 40 hour work week, etc. Then what happened? Government decided that it was government's job to guarantee these things. As a result, unions have withered and died. What's the point of keeping the union strong and paying dues if workers think Big Brother is going to protect them? By contrast, if the union is the only thing standing between a person and a hazardous job with miserable wages, they have every incentive to keep the union strong.

Back in the infancy of unions, what you're describing is exactly what happened. Not only would individuals be fired for attempting to organize their co-workers, companies would share a blacklist of such troublemakers preventing them from getting work anywhere. It took a lot of courage to be an organizer and the work had to be conducted largely in secret.

What's to prevent the company from ignoring the union and firing everyone? Reprisals by the workers. Sit-in strikes, blocking replacement workers and customers from accessing the business, organizing boycotts of the products and basically anything else that can be done to make the company's life miserable. It's necessary to make the pain of paying union wages and benefits much less than the pain of firing everyone. Even sabotage and property destruction might be on the table for pissed-off unemployed people. Also, do you notice how unions are typically for the skilled trades and are organized at an industry level vs. a company level? By doing this, you make it hard for a company to find a large pool of willing replacement labor with the same skills.

Comment Re:My experience with Infosys (Score 5, Informative) 337

My experience with Infosys was different.

For older technology they were highly competent. For newer technology they were not competent. They were always training on our time.

They always said yes to every project which managers loved until the projects failed. You need to learn that when infosys personnel people say "I'll do my best" an american would say, "We probably can't make that deadline even working overtime" and think "WTF!?!? Are you batshit crazy? That's impossible."

One BIG thing to learn when Infosys specifically is brought in to "help" you is that 90% of your staff is on the chopping block within 5 years.

When Infosys walks in the door, unless you are the lead in the area and have superior business side skills, you should be walking out the door. Today- not tomorrow-- unless you want a nice severance package.

But don't underestimate their competence with technology once it's about 3 years old. Unlike most U.S. companies they pay for continuous formal training and certification for their staff. They DO catch up.

And from a business perspective, it's great to be able to "turn on" and "turn off" resources without paying unemployment and without spending 17 hours interviewing candidates over three months. Instead the new person is there-- next week.

And if all you need is "construction" coding by "code monkeys" combined with unit testing they fill that need as well as u.s. resources. If you are working for a company and you are a "code monkey"-- even a very good one- you need to think about a new job when they come onboard. Business analysts usually survive. But not programmers unless they are top 1% or have some very obscure specialty knowledge (and even then they are often hired by infosys for a year or two at best).


Comment Re:Ethics (Score 2) 337

That's really only true if buying products produced by a subsect of humans which are less expensive due to structural pay differences in their native countries is also unethical.

Enough knowledge has been transferred to other countries that if local companies do not hire remotely, then they will be driven out of business or forced to relocate overseas by cheaper competition.

There is no good solution except allowing wages to equalize and removing some of the barriers to capitalism which prevent us from buying products which are sold overseas much less expensively than locally. For example movies are about 1/10th the price, blood pressure medicine is about 1% the price, etc. Some can't be fixed-- housekeeping and lawn staff is about 3% of the price.

Unfortunately, under good growth projections (which don't look to hold for the coming 12-18 months) it will be 2045 before china approaches wage parity and 2065 before india approaches wage parity.

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.