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

No, that is not what s/he is saying.

There is not a blanket refusal of services to "Christians," "Atheists" or what ever other classification we can come up with.

What is being discusses is a very narrow good/service to something that some people find distasteful. In this case, some Christians find the act of gay marriage distasteful, so they would prefer not to take part in one. But, they would be more than happy to sell to them in 99.9% of other circumstances.

Comment I sniff B.S. (Score 1) 348

If there actually was a shortage, we'd see salaries rising and loosening of job requirements (i.e. willing to train people with half a brain, etc.)

Instead, it seems like there is a shortage of "good" people, which there will always be a shortage of regardless of field. Most people, by definition, are "average."

Comment Re:Yes... (Score 1) 809

Because everyone punts to the next guy.... Managers (often times clueless) wait too long to hire much needed people until everyone is on the dreaded death march. They don't want to have to deal with looking for people so they delegate to HR. HR delegate to the computer in the form of ATS systems.

I beg to differ that there's an actual talent shortage. It seems to me if HR/management got creative on actually getting out and meeting people, things would quickly be solved.

Comment Re:What a minute here!! (Score 1) 398

You're missing the point...

Supposedly, we want to bring in people on H1-B's because there's no one here who has specific skills that are valuable. In other words, you want to bring doctors who were at the top of their classes and invented stuff not the unwashed masses to code your inventory system in Java (because you can bring in almost any recent grad to do this)

Comment Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (Score 1) 441

You would be correct. I have read several articles about how you can play word games with titles and responsibilities. For example, posting a Job as a "programmer/analyst" role, you can get away with paying someone a programmer salary but have them do more analyst work. Also, there can be issues with how the government classifies these types of jobs.

Comment Re:Translation: Slash 18K jobs, apply for 18K H-1B (Score 1) 383

Even if they did check things, I've seen write ups on how to abuse the system, like writing job descriptions for senior level positions but listing the job as a more junior level position.

So, they list the job as a "Junior business analyst" or even "business analyst" and then when Uncle Sam comes knocking, they can say "we're paying market rates, here's the BLS data for the position" even though if you looked deeper, the employee is expected to do much more.

Comment Re:IBM (Score 1) 383

Haven't been there studies that prove this? I seem to recall some study that if a company ends up laying off some non-insignificant amount of people over a period of time, that they never really recover over the long term by most metrics - revenue, profits, margins, stock price. In other words it may make some sense to not be trigger happy.

Comment Re:Can't Tell Them Apart (Score 1) 466

I understand this bit, especially in a litigious society.

On the other hand though, you cannot say that there is a "talent shortage" if you are unwilling to consider (and ask about) this type of work. I know I have a little bit of a speech impediment/stutter and it gets worse when I am in an uncomfortable/unknown/nervous situation. But, it should have no issue programming and working with others. An interview like the OP suggests would quickly defuse the situation, and show that I am competent. In other words, it would level the playing field.

Comment Re:Want to write a kernel ? (Score 1) 392

Oh, I have heard the horror stories about people claiming to have senior level skills but perform at a junior level, or below.

The feedback I tend to get is that I am generally not as experienced as some of the other people they generally get, but I generally get good feedback - I don't throw a hissy fit if I don't know something, and can explain things well enough that if I don't get the syntax/algorithmn correct exactly correct.

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