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Comment: Re:The death of College Hiring (Score 1) 341

by superdana (#47339447) Attached to: If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

Here's the thing I don't understand whenever the H-1B thing comes up. In 2012 the US issued about 134,000 H-1B visas, which are good for three to six years. Meanwhile the total US labor force is about 150 million. So that's about 0.3% to 0.5% of US jobs filled by people here on H-1B visas. Unemployment is what, 7% right now? Take away the H-1Bs and that drops to... still 7% if we're being honest about sig figs?

It just seems like the rhetoric around H-1B visas is totally out of proportion to its actual impact. Am I missing something?

Comment: This always happens. (Score 1) 264

by superdana (#41278021) Attached to: NYC Taxi Commission Nixes Cab-Hailing Apps
This happens in every city Uber operates in. SF tried to shut them down and so did DC. But so far nobody has been able to stop them, and I hope it stays that way. While I can't say I'm a fan of their prices (Uber fares tend to be about 1.5x-2x a normal taxi fare), they're solving real problems in a calcified industry that treats its customers like crap.

Comment: Re:That does not compute. (Score 1, Informative) 148

by superdana (#40761481) Attached to: Amazon Offers To Help Train Workers For Other Jobs
You can become a fully qualified, FAA-certified airframe or powerplant tech with a two-year degree from most community colleges, as long as the school is certified under FAR Part 147. I know people like to look down their noses at community colleges but these graduates really are qualified, and they have to pass the same FAA exams as every other mechanic.

Is your job running? You'd better go catch it!