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Comment Re:even stopping it won't stop it. (Score 5, Interesting) 305

I've never seen a successful software project where the entire application was written overseas. It's not easy to gather detailed requirements from US workers and throw it overseas and have foreign workers completely build it. The only way the offshore model works is to have American developers gather the requirements, plan out the work, give detailed tasks to foreign developers and then monitor the progress daily to clear any impediments / misunderstands and make sure the quality is acceptable. Then you have the problem of who is going to maintain the software for the next decade? To maintain software, you either need excellent documentation (which foreign workers suck at) or you need the same offshore developers to stick with the application through it's lifetime (good luck with that). At some point you lose that application knowledge and end up having to pay new people to learn it from scratch.

By the time you factor in the oversight overhead, the language barrier, the time lost in misunderstands, the quality gap, and the cost of having to pay new developers to maintain the application, I personally don't think the offshore model saves any money. But trying to convince the beancounters that is a waste of breath. All they see is that they can pay offshore developers half as much per hour.

Building software isn't like building an iPhone. An iPhone has detailed specs that foreign workers just need to reproduce over and over again. Each software application is a unique product that needs to be designed, built, and maintained from the ground up. That fact makes it much hard to just throw specs over the wall and have offshore workers execute it.

Comment Re:A small part of me (Score 1) 591

The Democrats crafted this law in back rooms. They forced votes on it without giving anyone time to read the massive law. When Ted Kennedy died and they lost their supermajority in the Senate, they pushed this massive law through a reconciliation process instead of going through the standard vote process. Not a single Republican voted for this law. The Democrats had to make deals with centrist Democrats (the LA purchase, Cornhusker kickback) just to get enough votes to scrape it by. After it went into effect and the lies were noticed ("if you like your dr you can keep your dr"), Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D) could have amended the law to fix it but he refused to do so. Yet somehow it is the Republican's fault???

Comment Re:What can *we* do? Serious! (Score 1) 145

Can you imagine the ramifications if the American people actually got fed up enough with both parties to elect a 3rd party candidate as the President? The Democrats and Republicans would suddenly be falling on themselves to appease "the people" again. All it would take is one presidential election to change the game for decades. If only enough Americans would get the balls to do it.

Comment That path isn't so easy anymore... (Score 1) 170

The path Zuckerberg took is much harder today because of people like Zuckerberg. The most common programmer path today consists of being a barely adequate developer from a 3rd world country who is willing to come here and work 70 hrs per week for less money than American developers. You don't have to be all that great of a developer and you certainly didn't have to play video games.

Comment Just Political Posturing (Score 4, Informative) 407

I believe this is just political posturing before they sign the bill to substantially increase the number of H1Bs. Now they can say that they "attempted" to punish companies who violate the rules of the H1B program.

From TFA:
"This letter is a significant development in this contentious issue. It arrives at the same time that lawmakers are pushing a substantial increase in H-1B visas under the I-Squared bill, legislation that would raise the H-1B cap. Two of the co-sponsors of the I-Squared bill also signed the letter asking for an investigation into H-1B program practices."

Comment Re: Saudi Arabia, etc. (Score 1) 653

There is a pretty big distinction between providing service to someone and being forced to participate in an action that you find morally reprehensible. See if you can spot the difference:

A black baker is forced to attend a KKK rally to cater it.

A black man is forced to bake a cake for a KKK member that will be used at a KKK rally.

Comment Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 347

I agree. Estimates aren't a problem for teams that understand what "estimate" means. It isn't exact. It can't be exact. As long as you respect it for what it is, then it is a powerful planning tool.

The next time a business person gripes about estimates not being accurate enough, ask him/her to estimate (to the minute) how long it will them to drive home during rush hour traffic. When they start complaining about how an unexpected accident would cause the estimate to be very inaccurate, then a light bulb will go off.