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Comment Re:I don't come to slashdot for these stories (Score 1) 271

Then why did you click the link? You could have spent 3 seconds reading the headline and scrolled on to the next article.

If he hadn't click the link, the OP wouldn't have had something to bitch about. Some people need to bitch about trivial things to have a faux feeling of accomplishment.

Comment Re:Unionize (Score 1) 346

H1B's can change jobs. Who said they can't?

LOL. In what fantasy universe do you come from? To remain in the US as a H1B you need an active sponsor. You leave your employer, you leave your sponsor. And no one will sponsor you as you want to change gigs. That is just reality, independently of legal fantasies.

Comment Re:Unionize (Score 2) 346

Here's a hint: the professional associations for lawyers, doctors and so on are actually unions.

Brilliant... it's not a Union, it is a Professional Association. If doctors and lawyers can do it, why can't IT?

(and no, I am not being sarcastic)

We cannot yet, because we lack the primary requisite for making it happening: licensing. Doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers and nurses, vets and plumbers need state-sanctioned licenses (where licenses are legal instruments.)

It is this requirement of a legal instrument that allows the creation of a professional association.

This would actually nuke the shit out of H1B visas. Not necessarily a good thing (because, when done right, H1B programs have their place). However, a software/IT professional association or guild would completely obliterate the practice of replacing US professionals with temporary foreign ones.

Another way to destroy this practice would be to require H1B workers to be paid 10% above the median average for that position per metropolitan area, and/or give a H1B worker the freedom to change sponsors after 1 year.

The average H1B worker is bound to a sponsor in very brutal ways. And that pretty much makes them indenture servants, and that is not fucking right now matter how we cut it.

Don't needlessly replace US workers with H1B visas, and don't treat H1B workers as indenture servants. One would think our political classes would get behind that concept.

Comment Re:how will you verify? (Score 1) 346

"prove you have done a qualified job search" just how do you think this will work? You've seen the ads "Seeking experienced Scala developer with 15 years experience, Must know CICS, JCL, DOS/360, C, Java, Python, Perl, FORTRAN, PL/I, SNOBOL, LISP. PhD preferred. Starting pay depending on qualifications, 50-60k/annually"

Funny thing, nobody responds, and they file the certification "Unable to locate qualified person".

And you can't go "person actually hired must match requisition", because that really doesn't happen for anyone, imported or not. Realistically, employers publish an ad that is a "wish list", not a "must have", and then they look for the maximal fit between "wish list" and "resume" to call for an interview, where they refine the "what I really need" vs "what you have to offer".

And that is the problem that needs fixing. Whoever they get via H1B must match those qualifications (and this should/must be verifiable by law). That is, H1B hires must match very specific openings, down to the T (and that is what is not being verified nowadays.)

Comment Re:2) Re:Racism v. Bias v. Intelligence (Score 1) 444

replying to myself...


I do not agree that TFA makes a good point of the discrepancy being racial in nature. it is not race as the primary factor, not even discrimination (as in willful discrimination). It's economics. Economic classes in this country are, not always ,but in general, proxies to race, but the underlying factor is just that, economics.

I can afford my wife to stay home and help my kids with their homework, then KUMON and extra curricular activities. And on summer, I can afford to send them to Japan to study there (my wife is from Japan). And most of my buddies at the same middle/upper-midddle income bracket can do the same (wife at home, or hire a tutor, throw money at summer activities, etc.)

My kids are at a significant advantage over that kid whose parents are working multiple part-time jobs just to meet ends, who are trying their best, but with a system rigged against those at the lower end of the economic spectrum.

It would be the same disadvantage for a poor black kid in Oakland, or a poor hispanic kid in Austin, or a poor white kid in West Virginia or a poor Hmong kid in St. Paul. As I said, it just happens that economic classes tend to map to race in many regions.

And this points to the fundamental problem of public education in the US - there isn't. There is a policy of sending kids to a specific place, not to a school where means of education are guaranteed, as in Germany, Japan or Argentina, but a just a place with walls typically funded by real state taxes.

With a system such as this, more in common with a 3rd world country than with a 1st world country, there should not be any surprise in the educational discrepancies (in terms of fundamental subjects) that we see across economic groups.

Comment 1) Re:Racism v. Bias v. Intelligence (Score 1) 444

I'm Asian and my parents neither pushed nor helped me in schooling. In fact, they were downright unhelpful. By the complaints of people saying that programs are racist, I should have been an underperformer in school. I was not. Without even trying, I was put into the gifted programs and such.

Why can't people just acknowledge that intelligence is very heavily influenced by heredity (hence the preponderance of Ashkenazy Jews in most fields) instead of playing the tiresome racist card?

At least with blacks, I can see how they could have a legitimate claim of generational racism. But Hispanics? Are Asians somehow "whiter" than Hispanics despite the fact that Hispanics (meaning from the Ibernian peninsula) have European blood in them? Why didn't the racist policies of this country put Asians at the bottom of the economic and academic ladder?

As a college educated Hispanic (a term whole fabricated in the US to fit into their statistics pigeonholes), I could tell you the number of things I've saw and experienced that were extremely racist and detrimental. Even from some college professors, the mocking, the sneers, the unbelievable open suggestions again certain groups of people (black and hispanics) from pursuing graduate studies, etc, etc.

And then even when you complete and try to savor the fruits of your achievements, you get typecasted - how could he graduate? Are his skills legit? Affirmative action? Hand-out? My tests were the same as everyone else, my work the same, but that never matters? There is always the inference, the nefarious inference (think of it as a generalized birther movement.) Intelligence and effort is forever questioned. That is just how it is.

I've worked at times counseling kids, and it has been, not once, but several times that I've run into kids who have been told not to go to college by their HS professors for being Puerto Rican or whatever. You tell a kid that shit since elementary, that kid will believe it regardless of potential.

Or imagine living in a world when even when you are dressed with an impeccable business suit and expensive briefcase, that old lady still holds her purse a bit tighter, just in case I mug her. Or imagine, as in my case, that many cases I have to dress business casual when shopping for a home or condo in an affluent residential area (while any Asia or White person can just show up with flip-flops) because that is the only way to avoid someone telling me there are no more units to show (even though they are.)

Do you even get to grasp what that constant stream of shit does to a community's sense of self? To kids' sense of worth and capabilities?

I applaud you for being able to progress on your own. Welcome to the club, you are neither the only one, nor your personal anecdotes, however praiseworthy they might be) deny the reality of race in this country. Obviously, African-American and Hispanic communities have their own social problems when it comes to family dynamics and education, but that does not even start to take into account the subtle and yet rampant

Take it for what it is, believe it or dismiss it. It takes someone to walk on someone's shoes I guess.

Comment Re:Sorry Friend (Score 1) 288

When you opt for the Windows experience, you gonna get whatever experience they want you to get.

But any way I know of of blocking any updates blocks all of them. like pulling the cable or disabling wifi.

Sometimes you do not opt, but you get a mandate from above (say, current company merges with another one that has a bunch of windows systems to support). At this point we can try be professionals and do the best effort possible, or simply throw a tantrum and leave Windooze doesn't wanna play nice with you.

Right, just like I said - and your company better hope that the enterprise edition of Wondows 10 doesn't phone home with sensitive documents.

Well, like everything. You presume a risk, and you try to mitigate it. Shit happens, you fix it. It is not the technical challenges or the fact that you have to work with shitty software that makes a job shitty, but the work culture, schedules, etc. You take the good with the bad, and the bad with the good. You weight your options while always acting professionally.

Again, it is not what *you* opt, but what your tasks entail.

Comment Re:Sorry Friend (Score 1) 288

When you opt for the Windows experience, you gonna get whatever experience they want you to get.

But any way I know of of blocking any updates blocks all of them. like pulling the cable or disabling wifi.

Sometimes you do not opt, but you get a mandate from above (say, current company merges with another one that has a bunch of windows systems to support). At this point we can try be professionals and do the best effort possible, or simply throw a tantrum and leave Windooze doesn't wanna play nice with you.

Comment Re:Bjarne should not be writing that (Score 1) 262

He has a connecting to all the features he put into C++ and any coding guidelines should include thing that should not be used. First among those are exceptions, unfortunately Bjarne has never wanted to admit C++ exceptions were a mistake.

That's a hard call. Exceptions have their place. The thing I cannot stomach is the catch(...) construct. I understand the technical reasons for having it. I still think that was a bad design decision that outweighs the pros. It is almost always impossible to quickly pinpoint the origin of the error (specially if you do not have a core dumb to at least analyze.)

Comment Re:Nail everyone? (Score 2) 618

The hard part here comes from "get it in writing".

Not really. What I've done in very "interesting" situations (names will be withheld), is that I send an e-mail that would have the following structure (I'm putting the important part in bold):

As per our discussion/instructions today, we will implement X,Y,Z and that this has been cleared/authorized/whatever-adjective-you-see-fit, and that these steps are appropriate. (If there are any lingering concerns, I list them here.)

Please let me know if you have any questions or corrections. Otherwise, I will proceed with your approval.

Once I send that e-mail, I reply to it, to me, indicating the time and date the discussion/instruction took place.

The critical part is in bold. No reply to the contrary implies tacit approval. Not bullet proof, and I'm no lawyer, but I've gotten people to backtrack "strange" orders as soon as they get such an e-mail.

Even when they tell me their reversal verbally, I then send another e-mail just like that, acknowledging the reversal.

No shit happens unless I get it in writing, or force them to put it in writing. If it ever comes to a case when things become contentious at work after sending one such e-mail, that is a red flag to me that some weird shit is going on and that it is time for me to leave with my hands clean.

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