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Comment: Re:An alternative (Score 1) 572

by hwstar (#48221121) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Spot on.

The root of the issue is the FTDI chip is to damn expensive. It performs a relatively trivial function and is not cost effective. It's only claim to fame is it works on a large number of platforms without installing any device drivers. This is why the Chinese want to make counterfeit chips. The genuine part costs too much.

Comment: Re:Flee To Where? (Score 1) 257

by hwstar (#47732247) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Is the product or service absolutely essential? If not, what about doing without? We pay money for a lot of things which are not absolutely required and end up with a garage full of stuff which we never use and pay to have stored. We also use things which appear to be "free" but have hidden costs. These things are a burden, and should be eliminated.

Comment: Financial Independence: It's your only hope (Score 1) 441

by hwstar (#47731433) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

There is only one way out of this mess. Become financially independent before age 50. Do not let yourself become enslaved by debt. Reject materialism, and seek out providers of the lowest cost products and services.For more details, read some of the articles on This guy was an engineer, and
through will power and determination saved enough money to not be subject to the whims of employers.

+ - H-1B visas are bad news for older workers->

Submitted by hwstar
hwstar (35834) writes "The H-1B visa reform contained in S744 will result in continued high unemployment of older experienced US citizens, and make it very difficult for older workers to remain in a technical field.

There is a caviler attitude being propagated by high tech executives regarding older STEM workers:

The 29-year-old self-proclaimed social media phenom also quipped, “Young people are just smarter,” something he later apologized for. However, Zuckerberg also recognizes the profitably of hiring H-1B visa holders over American kids. Critics call it the immigration lottery, as most foreign students will work twice the hours for half the pay as their U.S. counterparts in order to gain legal status in America.

The industry uses younger STEM workers because they work longer hours for less pay then when they
cast them aside:

"Oftentimes the result of the H-1B visa program is that 35+ and older workers are thrown away like yesterday’s newspaper. Nelson said the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill S744 would be a disaster for Americans."

The article also describes that "dark money" is being used to lobby Congress for H1B reform:

With the help of political PACs, STEM employers use “dark money” (a term used by 501(c)(4)s and 501(c)(6)s donors who wish to remain anonymous), in a calculated effort to continue the flow of foreign workers.

With the help of political PACs, STEM employers use “dark money” (a term used by 501(c)(4)s and 501(c)(6)s donors who wish to remain anonymous), in a calculated effort to continue the flow of foreign workers.

Finally, Salary parity between H-1B and Domestic technical workers is a farce:

Rep. Zoe Lofgren told Computerworld that “the average wage for computer systems analysts in her district is $92,000, but the U.S. government prevailing wage rate for H-1B workers in the same job currently stands at $52,000, or $40,000 less. ‘Small wonder there's a problem here, we can't have people coming in and undercutting the American educated workforce.’”"

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Comment: US will become an Autocratic Plutocracy (Score 1) 1216

by hwstar (#45501579) Attached to: Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

The US will go the way of China if this ever becomes popular enough to happen. The US business community, the far right, and the southern states will not tolerate such a change, and a "second business plot" will happen and be successful. The rest of the industrialized world has decent laws in place to protect its employees, but not the US and China. Where else will the fat cats go to if a maximum wage is adopted in the US? China? I would think that would not want to go to China unless they are assured they will have complete control there as well. With no place to flee to with thier capital, they will fight to the bitter end here in the US.

Comment: Re:Time to update California laws (Score 1) 172

Did Intel, Qualcomm, Cisco, Oracle or move out of California?... I thought not... If they do, then it will be an issue.

Also, Texas allows non-competes and it is this reason, along with the horrible weather, and no state initiative and referendum why I would never move there.
I do like the gun laws in Texas though....

Comment: Re:Time to update California laws (Score 0) 172

All citizens deserve a basic level of protection against exploitation from greedy entities. This isn't Lake Wobegon where everyone is "above average". As I stated previously, this type of behavior needs to be discouraged. There are too many "fish being shot in the barrel" in this country. Time focus our efforts on something more worthwhile...

Comment: Re:Employment Contracts for stellar peformers (Score 2) 172

People who are truly good at what they do should be paid well....

Actually it is quite the opposite: MoneyInTheBank == Freedom. If you truly want to be free, you must make the effort and do this, otherwise you will always get the short end of the stick.

If you really want indentured servitude, just continue with the secret no-poach agreements, and the H-1B visa program....

Comment: Re:Time to update California laws (Score 2) 172

California has one vital thing going for it: Weather. Executives want to live here because of it. Executives want to have there employees close to manage them. (Especially at a start up) That's why Gov. Perry was largely unsuccessful in wooing California tech companies to Texas. While large scale manufacturing can be done anywhere, R&D is still predominately stateside and on the Left coast due to the favorable weather.

MS-DOS must die!