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Comment Re:"AGW refugees" my ass (Score 1) 175

My guess would rather be that they neither heard about the ice age scare nor the global warming craze, but they simply saw that water is coming, that floods are getting more numerous and that it's safer to pack up and GTFO.

Some people don't need no statistics to know when to flee some place. Wet feet are more convincing than any amount of statistics.

At 6 feet above seal level, how can you even tell floods are more numerous? High tide is over 5 feet. At least once a month, you are going to get flood even if there is no significant weather.
They started fleeing the encroaching waters back in the 1970s when the sea level was still dropping.

Comment Re:Not on the list: time for getting new client (Score 1) 122

Yes, getting a new client takes a lot of time, and you don't always know exactly when one will end, so it is hard to schedule another one to start until you are definitely done with the old one. In may case, I have several clients and I don't spend 100% of my time with any one of them, but your situation is very different because you are "supplemental staffing" which means they need you the bulk of the time.
In my last experience with independent consulting, back when the economy collapsed due to 9/11, it was hard to find any job, contracting or otherwise. Even if you tried to go back into full time employment, recruiters and companies treated former consultants like red-headed stepchildren. How DARE you go out and try to earn what you are worth! As punishment, you can't have a job with us. The job postings would even say stuff like "corporates only", "must have corporate culture", that sort of thing. That's probably illegal now, but back then if you did consulting and then tried to come back into a full time employee role, you were blacklisted.

Comment Re:Not on the list: time for getting new client (Score 1) 122

How do you compete with India? Can't they get a team of 6 devs for the price of you?

Indian development is not that much cheaper than paying somebody local. Most of the difference is hype and buy-in from corporations that aren't including all of the costs and only looking at the upfront small difference in outlay. The actual consultants are definitely much cheaper, but the consulting house that is paying them charges about 125% of the price of a regular full time employee's salary. It may seem stupid to replace an employee with someone who charges more, but employing people has extra costs, some, but not all of which are removed by hiring a consultant.

Comment Re:Not on the list: time for getting new client (Score 1) 122

Does your field (which sounds like app development) allow you to charge a premium rate so you can drive down the number of hours worked? Solo shops and microshops in other professional services (like PR/marketing) essentially plan on only 50% billable time, with the remainder going to biz-dev and a little admin. But for that to work at a decent salary equivalence, your hourly rate (or equivalent if you do fixed-fee work) needs to be $100 an hour or more. Is that reasonable in your field?

I bill $100 an hour and I find that to be extremely cheap for the work that I do. I recognize that when I was working at a company with all the meetings and interruptions, that the amount of work that I got done in a day now takes me about an hour to do on my own. So i am turning around $1500 or more of work in an hour, but only billing $100 for it.
A local medium sized business does daily rate for it's consultants. An entry level consultant bills out at $1,500 a day. That is almost $200 an hour right there. Big companies like S&P were billing out at $400 an hour 20 years ago. So no, I don't think $100 an hour is unreasonable at all. It is downright cheap.

Comment Re:uh? (Score 2) 122

Do you stupid fucks seriously think I want to work like this with no insurance and dental and being afraid of starving?

You apparently are not aware that it is possible to obtain insurance and dental without getting it from an employer? Well, it is a relatively new thing that started in only the 1920s.
In fact, I have had insurance outside of my employer (several different employers in fact) for about 20 years now. Although the employers like to make you think you are stuck with them and their insurance is cheaper, in fact that has never been the case. Why would anyone even think that buying insurance from the company store would be cheaper than buying it from hundreds of companies that are competing for your business? I have always maintained outside insurance for my family because it was cheaper than the family plan offered at my employer. Occasionally it was cheaper to insure myself with the company because the company would cover part of it. At other times, where the company listed health insurance as a benefit, it was in fact you, the employee, who paid 100% of it, so how is that a benefit, especially when it is available cheaper outside of the company?

Comment Re:60% tax (Score 3, Interesting) 122

You automatically rank in the highest tax category as a freelancer. Of every buck you make, 60 cents go to the state.

You are automatically in whatever income bracket your income qualifies you for, just like anybody else.

You have to keep your own pension in mind, and let us face it, most programmers are not that good at selling themselves. While exceptions are there, once you start as a freelancer, you might start to appreciate those pesky sales droids a lot more.

Pension? BWAHAHAHA. Oh, thank goodness the company has my back. Yeah, right! These days, when you work at a company, you ARE an independent contractor. There is no pension. There is no retirement unless you are paying into it yourself (and they might match you for a few percent). As soon as they can find somebody that they think can do your job for a nickel cheaper, you are out the door. There is no loyalty from the company, but if you aren't loyal to the company and not willing to work 12 to 16 hour days every day, then you are "unprofessional". If you don't give two weeks notice, you are "unprofessional". But they can walk you out the door at a moment's notice, and that is supposed to be okay.

Comment Re:"AGW refugees" my ass (Score 1) 175

Of course not. Nobody is fleeing from climate. They're just fleeing from the flood and their islands going under.

Fleeing from a climate, how silly a concept.

At the present rate, their island will go under in about 500 years, so they can probably take their time fleeing. But that is okay because they have been "fleeing AGW" for decades before anyone even knew that there was AGW going on. In fact, they started fleeing back when the coming ice age was the current scary disaster.

Comment Re:Yep, Unions do nothing (Score 1) 122

Why someone works overtome when he is not payed for it, is beyond me. Do you live in a dictatorship with corrupt courts, that you can not sue for your payment?

Working 12h for an extended time is illegal in most countries.

Welcome to America. If you are not working 12 hours a day, there is someone else with no family fresh out of college who doesn't know any better (and also has no work experience, but they are willing to overlook that) who will happily work 12 hours a day for less than you are getting.

Comment Re:Not Contractors (Score 1) 122

So if a friend offers to drive you to the airport to catch your plane, and you pay for gas, that friend needs to get commercial insurance?

No. But then that is not what Uber does. If it did, then we wouldn't need Uber as a company to oversee. However, they are taking a cut, which makes it a commercial venture.

No. I don't think zero cents is feasible. I think if someone is grossing less than $2k/year, regular auto-insurance should cover it.

It only covers it if he only drives friends. And only then if the friends are close enough not to sue him if he has an accident.

Comment Re:jobs (Score 1) 171

Believe it or not, Indian owned companies will hire Americans. I've worked for several small contracting firms that were owned by Indians in the DC metro area. Have you ever tried looking for a job at an Indian owned firm? Or would your racism not allow for such a thing?

I get called by them all the time, but when they ask my visa status and I don't have one because I am a citizen, then they lose interest.

Comment Re:jobs (Score 4, Insightful) 171

You merely contract to an overseas resource. The Indian company sells their services to mega-corp US, and use you as part of a pool of developers. Don't expect a decent income, though. Most globals are doing this already. They buy coding resources from India, get the source back, bang it into shape. It's far cheaper to get 90% for not a lot, and fix the bugs. The banking/c-card industry got in their first. Manufacturing and retail will be next.

The Indian companies won't hire Americans. They only believe in Globalism when it benefits them.

Anything cut to length will be too short.