Can't They just live and work in India?
Why in the world would they want to do that if given a choice? Sure they have a growing middle class and an Indian software developer lives pretty well considering he is living in India. He/she can afford to live in a reasonably furnished apartment without rats or vermin, afford to feed their family and eat well, and even achieve the pinnacle of middle class success in India, possession of your very own A/C unit to keep you cool in the sweltering summers (as long as the power actually works).
The one thing they will always live with however is the gross overpopulation, the crumbling infrastructure and the graft fraud and bribery that becomes a part of just daily living. A friend of mine from India told me to imagine your day, you get stopped by a cop for a minor infraction, pay a bribe or go to jail. You wait 8 hours in line to get your drivers license renewed unless you bribe the guy at the door to be queued ahead. Somebody can break into your home and steal what little you have and the cops just don't care.
He told me Americans are spoiled not because we are wealthy, but because we don't see Justice as the luxury it really is. Until you live in an overcrowded country that has 400 million starving people in the streets and has rampant corruption and a generally low value on human life, then you will never truly understand how valuable Justice in a society really is. He is slightly amused watching our countries political battles and scandals.
I appreciated his perspective and where he came from in life, and I wouldn't begrudge anybody who would want to come live here if they didn't care for that life anymore.
Right now their big push is adding Business Intelligence to their software.
If you ask any IT upper manager or executive in a US health system what Business Intelligence is then if they can give you any answer at all it is some recited drivel fed them by the plethora of vendors selling snake oil at the last HIMS conference.
Having nearly a decade of experience working as a software engineer for healthcare ISV's and healthcare systems, I have earned a bit of a perspective to why healthcare IT struggles behind nearly every other industry. To understand why things are dysfunctional and why such organizations are teeming with incompetence you need a bit of history into how many of these healthcare systems came to be.
These large non-profit organizations didn't spring up overnight, they usually started as a loose agreement between a university medical school in need of bright medical professionals for research and teaching, and a number of different hospitals that always have a need for top medical talent. These resulted in a loose confederation of hospitals. When healthcare became big business then the ranks of many of these healthsystems started to be run by MBA's and other executives with more of a business background. At this point things began to be more centralized and federated by consolidating all of the IT resources in the different facilities into one place. Many of these people though used to be nurses or were self educated kids who really knew nothing about IT outside of installing software on a doctors workstation in a small community hospital. Through tenure many of these people rose through the ranks and became the very managers and executives that run many of these healthsystems today.
So now we have a world today where non-profit health systems reaping MASSIVE profits and having MASSIVE budgets need reasons and excuses to spend so much of their money or else they risk losing their non-profit status. Incompetent management that is in over their head, highly political system of rank and advancement, duct-taped together legacy systems from a number of different hospitals with medical records, money-hungry vendors cashing in on easy sales for "Business Intelligence" and "Analytics" software packages that either don't work or aren't needed, and grueling death march projects that at times seem like a government jobs program with no other reason to exist than to spend money because the board of trustees in these health systems can only take so much of the profits.
This is all really a massive bubble propped up by massive amounts of money that must be spent, run by people who don't know what they are doing.
Making some bad choices when you are younger in life in America can ruin any chances of making something better of yourself. A friend of mine was charged with a felony and did jail time because he happened to be in a car that his friend had stolen unknowningly. He was poor and his parents could not afford a good lawyer. He got a very callous and uncaring public defendent who didn't even believe that he was innocent.
He is college educated and still can't get more than a job delivering pizza because he has a felony on his record. He is being punished for not even bad choices but just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Society shouldn't fail you on a few points. There should for non violent crimes always be a path to redemption or a path to recovery. To believe otherwise shows how callous and out of touch from your fellow man that you really are. You should be ashamed for believing such things.
Yes, if you're living on the edge, then small calamities become disasters. One hopes those are the circumstances where your community (church, neighborhood, or government) pulls together and helps you through.
Typical libertarian safety net of praying for a miracle. Thats not so much a net but more of falling from a tree and hoping a branch catches you on the way down.
And yet given the choice to be a French citizen or a Chinese citizen, I as would a vast majority of people if I can speak for all people in this one area, would still rather be a French citizen. Hell most people would rather be a Venezuelan citizen than a Chinese citizen. Happiness and contentment studies show Venezuela being one of the happiest places in South America despite not being a terribly rich country.
Why do you think that is? The safety net in France is a sure thing. If I get sick I know I can be taken care of. I have more personal freedoms and liberties. I have peace of mind in knowing that which is something that in capitalistic nations you need to spend or save an exorbitant amount of money to guarantee. Hell personal freedoms and liberty, freedom of speech and assembly, a non-corrupt justice system (for the most part...) are things that simply can't be bought on any market that I am aware of. Nobody can afford that in China unless you are politically connected.
In a socialist country you start out 10,000x as wealthy as you would in China by default because of the very popular government programs in place. So China's middle class has unprecedented growth. Cool whatever, I can show you a bunch of penny stocks that have had over 100% growth but they are still risky as hell. I could get rich on them but more than likely I will lose most of my money on them. Some people would rather buy a blue chip stock that tend to be much safer.
There have been a number of attempts at making coding easy enough that non engineering types will be able to conceive their requirements in software then communicate these through a tool, usually in a visual manner and turns this into functional software. This has come in many different forms over the years, Powerbuilder, FoxPro, Scratch, BPEL, etc...
The fundamental flaw is one of the software development industry, especially when it comes to line of business applications. Analysts writing requirements have been and always have been an inefficient and flawed model as most requirements documents are woefully incomplete and tend to not capture the true breadth of necessary functionality that ends up existing in resultant software. Analysts are business oriented people and they will think about the features and functionality that are most valuable and tend to miss or not waste time on what are deemed as low value or low risk items. Savvy technical folks have needed to pick up the slack and fill in the gaps with non-functional requirements (Architecture) or even understand the business better than the analysts themselves for quality software for the business to even be realized.
I have seen this song and dance enough. True story, IBM sales reps take some executives to a hockey game, show them a good time, tell them about an awesome product that will empower their (cheap) analysts to visualize their software needs so that you don't need as many (expensive) arrogant software engineers always telling you no and being a huge bummer by bringing up pesky "facts" like priorities and time. So management buys Process Server, snake oil doesn't do it justice, without consulting anybody remotely technical. Time passes, and analysts struggle to be effective with it because it forces them to consider details and fringe cases. Software engineers end up showing them how to use it, at which point it just becomes easier for the software engineer to just do the work instead of holding hands and babying the analysts all day. Now your company is straddled with a sub par product that performs terribly, that developers hate using, that analysts couldn't figure out and that saved the company no money.
Regardless of how you feel about the beta, we all agree that the Slashdot mobile site was fucking terrible. This site redesign solves that problem by embracing responsive design. It looks decent on my wide screen monitor as it does on my tablet and also my phone.
Commenting is much easier too.
I have been following this site for over a decade, and I approve this beta. Stop pretending like you have a fake universal consensus and stop flooding every other story with your pathetic Fuck Beta campaign
Why don't we have 95% of the population exploring one branch of science or another? Why can't more books be written? More movies be done? More people help those who need help?
With the exception of helping others, I think the real problem is that the remaining work to be done requires significant training, natural talent, or high intelligence. Most people don't possess these skills and are incapable of obtaining them with any amount of effort or drive. As sad as it sounds I very much believe we are reaching the upper limits on the capabilities of humanity as a whole.
We see it plain as day in the software industry. Probably 8 out of 10 software developers or business analysts are completely incompetent and even with years of education and multiple certifications seem to be unable to not only be productive, but instead be a net drain on productivity and quality of software as a whole. Many of these people are doing this job because the demand for even mediocre software talent is so high and the lack of mindless blue collar work forces people into IT fields that they have no natural talent or ability for. Fifty years ago many of these people would be pushing brooms in a steel mill.
Too bad it's not untrue.
In which you provide no objective evidence or studies to back up your anecdotal experiences. You shouldn't use such strong language.
An eye-opening experience for me was a co-worker I had a while back. She was kind, hard-working, and fair. She wasn't afraid to let me know when I was wrong about something and she didn't fly off the handle when I told her she was wrong about something. Then again, I don't recall many times other than when she was new that I had to let her know her perception of how something worked wasn't accurate.
Unfortunately, she get pulled down by the drama and decided to find another job.
It must be difficult working as a woman. Every other woman sees you as a target, somebody to claw down. The heartbreaking thing is watching this happen to somebody, watching things that are wrong and things that aren't even wrong or are sheer lunacy get thrown around just to smear somebody. Sometimes when it gets really bad I'll see things like official documentation get surreptitiously screwed with. One thing one has to be careful about in a workplace that's dominated by womyn-born-womyn is when one woman asks you to make one change to some software and then another woman asks you to make a very similar but different change.
Hoo boy, I've learned attempting to reconcile the two individuals requesting different things from me is a complete mistake when they're both womyn-born-womyn. I have a feeling that's what got the co-worker I liked working with in over her head. The most frustrating thing is that attempting to bring this to the attention of both individuals invariably is seen as picking sides. Sure, guys do this from time to time (just like having a vagina does not make one above sexism, having a penis does not make one above pettiness), but with a womyn-born-womyn you can count on it. It's not honest, but I've found the best way is to work through each nuance of the request, implement the parts of each that seem most correct, and then just tell both requesters it's all set. I don't know if they ever go back to check if I did what they asked, but the important point to a lot of womyn-born-womyn is that you were asked to do something so you did it without involving them in the details.
What you described is common workplace pettiness typically demonstrated by business stakeholders and analysts in a dysfunctional software development company. Lower level business analysts and project managers might have a much higher propensity to being female in many industries, Eg. Healthcare, where many of the domain experts and business experts used to be nurses or technicians that already have a higher propensity for being women. Your presumptions about the natural state of women are based on a painfully small subset of professional women as a demographic. Keep in mind as a software developer I have seen the same behavior as you describe but based on a more worldly view I am not jumping to such big conclusions as you describe because I have also certainly seen pettiness in the same subset comprised of men. Perhaps it is something about non-technical people being under the gun and stressed about something they don't truly understand that causes people to lash out and bring out the claws.
It's not important to be objectively correct to womyn-born-womyn. They have other priorities, values, and ways of knowing. There's a lot of what that article calls "Subjective Knowledge: The inner voice" going on. Unfortunately that "way of knowing" simply doesn't lend to success when you're writing a computer program. For many womyn-born-womyn, it's just simply unimportant to move to another "way of knowing," and why should they? What benefit would using "Procedural Knowledge: Separate and connected knowing" or "Constructed Knowledge: Integrating the voices" that incorporate both personal subjective knowledge and external objective knowledge have to a Mother?
In what ways have you incorporated external objective knowledge to form your negative view of women?
That I think is a big problem. I cannot have children, and being trans I also have no family or any other way to influence a child with a reproductive system on the inside to have other aspirations than getting rich in sales or medicine or being Mother. Instead, it seems they continue to be influenced by Mothers and the increasingly womyn-born-womyn dominated elementary school.
The only solution I can think of is that we have to stop giving entitlement benefits to womyn-born-womyn solely on the basis that they got themselves pregnant. Require them to have a career or some other way to support a family before they choose Mother. Unfortunately, I think a lot of womyn-born-womyn would continue to limit themselves to being a Mother, but at least maybe they'd just be a lower-case mother and there might be a father involved instead of wage garnishment.
Welfare and the choice to be a mother isn't about supporting a womans right to be a leech on society, it is about protecting children. The only thing you solve by not assisting single low income mothers is making it harder for them to care for their children and causing those children to suffer and not have a fair shot at life.
I look at you cisgendered people, and a lot of times I'm at a loss for many of the ways objectivity goes out the window when it comes to gender. Do I want women "back in the kitchen?" No, but I struggle to see any other outcome as long as all we do is blame anyone and everyone assigned the male gender at birth for life choices and the drawbacks of those life choices that individual womyn-born-womyn make. It takes two to tango; it's time to start putting some accountability for the lack of womyn-born-womyn in CS and STEM on the individuals who are making the choice to pursue other interests.
I'll tell you what I hear and see. I hear a lot of men who are saying they'd love more womyn-born-womyn especially in CS. I see girls interested in engineering and CS right up until they find out they can make twice as much and retire at 35 if they pursue erotic dancing for example or else decide to start a family before they've even gone to college.
No other choice but to go back in the kitchen... that women would rather pole-dance than pursue a more dignified career because money is the only thing important to them... Your bias is showing.
I see a lot of kvetching from feminists and white knights about the outcome of these facts of life. I hear women who are seeking careers in CS complain about how they get job offers simply because they're the only woman who was interviewed for the position and, thanks to the white knights and feminists, the interviewers are too scared not to offer her the job. I also know a number of womyn-born-womyn who believe that I can program computers because of my assigned gender!
This is where I had to stop reading. As soon as you pulled out those lame misogynistic 4chan derogatory terms you showed your true colors not as somebody trying to make a valid point but somebody so hopelessly deluded by their own wrongheaded world view. Resorting to derogatory name calling as a means to control the debate and debase a series of arguments or thought that conflict with your worldview where you have no objective evidence to the contrary to refute. This is a classic logical fallacy.
You are blinded by hatred, so much so that what little evidence you do have has been cherry picked to support your worldview that you find most palatable.
You are missing some important details that add even further to the bigger idea of what is actually going on at these organizations.
Non-Profits can often have a board and investors that benefit greatly from profits as well, but to a government this distinction is awarded based on either donations to charity or proof that money spent is going to charitable good. Healthcare systems exploit this by totaling up all of the unpaid medical care that they have given out to poor and uninsured people who happen to show up at the emergency room to receive free care. These amounts are put on the books as "charitable good" that they give to the community when the fact of the matter is they are obligated by law and ethics to not turn away people in need of immediate medical care.
So that money they would have written off as a business loss anyway on the taxes they otherwise would still have to pay on the already handsome profits they turn year after. They meet this percentage of total revenue requirement for charitable good and they retain their privileged tax free status operating in pretty much exactly the same way as a for profit corporation.
The funny thing is that with ACA greatly increasing the amount of insured people on the market it will be harder and harder for them to use these dwindling operating losses as charitable good meaning they might actually be at risk of losing their Non-Profit status unless they are able to donate substantial sums of money to charitable organizations. Donation to charity can already be written off from their taxes anyway so they actually stand to lose money and make considerably less profits by serving more insured people and giving less free healthcare from their Emergency Rooms. A funny thing is American Healthcare.