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Comment The real problem (Score 5, Insightful) 299

is giving estimates without a detailed design.

Imagine this interaction:
Customer: I want you to build me a house.
Contractor: Ok, How many square feet?
Customer: I don't know. When can you start?
Contractor: We can't start until we have plans drawn up.
Customer: I don't have time for that. How much will it cost?
Contractor: I can give you a rough idea once we've nailed down the square footage, number of stories, type of foundation, and some other details.
Customer: You are wasting my time with all these questions.
Contractor: Go Away.

Yet software developers agree to this situation, or are forced to agree to it, all the time.

Comment Body Shops get most of the H1-Bs (Score 2) 441

As a manager at a company that does to hire the best and the brightest, I can say that people calling for more H1-B visas are full of s#!t.

The biggest users of H-1Bs are consulting companies, or as Ron Hira calls them, "offshore-outsourcing firms."

"The top 10 recipients in [the] last fiscal year were all offshore-outsourcers. And they got 40,000 of the 85,000 visas — which is astonishing," he says.

Here is the break-down of my reports.
15 - born in the USA.
3- naturalized citizens when I hired them.
2- from Egypt on L1 visas (we have an office in Cairo)
2- from Korea that had green cards when I hired them
1- from China that was a grad student that we supported. F1 students visa changed to H1B by obtaining a sponsorship position with an H1B sponsor company.
1- from India that was a grad student we supported. F1 students visa changed to H1B by obtaining a sponsorship position with an H1B sponsor company.

It is fairly easy to convert F1 visa for a student that has completed graduate school in the USA to an H1B, and as far as I can tell there is no limit.
(I am not an immigration lawyer, nor do I play one on TV.)

If tried to hire highly qualified individuals from outside the US and was told that I would not be able to get them H1B visas because they were all taken (by the body shoppers). These people had PhDs from prestigious Universities and years of relevant experience. They made the unfortunate mistake of not attending a US
graduate school.

So the solution is quite simple. Stop giving H1B visas to "consulting companies".

Comment Re:Better / Faster / Cheaper: Pick Two (Score 1) 215

Better / Faster / Cheaper: Pick Two is an 'old saw' that pertains to
any one project. Over time it is obvious that we can have
all three. I think Musk/SpaceX is demonstrating that.

Do Boeing or Lockhead or ULA have a vehicle cleared for
carrying cargo to and from the ISS? Do they have a launch
system in production that they are trying to get certified to
carry people?

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.