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Comment Re:Protectionist propaganda (Score 1) 795

I've worked with many very talented foreign born engineers, but in all cases, the most capable people I've worked with didn't want to be H1B. They wanted to stay.

And they do stay!

Cringely may be right about the wage depression, but he's misleading about the H-1B's implications. It is officially a dual-intent visa, and allows people who have that status to apply for a Green card. Most qualified H-1B's get green cards that way - not through marriage as he claims. In fact most foreigners with STEM jobs who have green cards get it through H-1B and not through the O program.

I say, don't accept foreign students to US colleges unless we would be willing to let them immigrate afterwards

You're pretty much saying "Admit them and let them work on H-1B", because the US allows people on H-1B to apply for green cards.

Comment Re:This article is ridiculous. (Score 1) 795

This article fails to even mention that H-1B visas are dual intent - green card applications are common for H-1B visa holders, and many large tech companies encourage green card application as an employee retention mechanism.

You're right, although it doesn't really detract from the main point of his article. He also claims most H-1B folks get green cards via marriage. While many do, it's not that many. I don't have hard numbers, but I'd guess 20%, and can easily believe less than 10% get their green cards through marriage. Most will get it in the manner you described.

Comment Re:HTC underestimated geeks. (Score 1) 280

What would you do if you were a non-techie, you ask the one computer guy you know which phone to get, and he tells you HTC, hands down? Versus seeing a TV commerical with a spiffy-looking unknown phone?

Word-of-mouth advertising is the best advertising. Plus, it's free.

Sorry to be a jerk, but do you have data to back that up?

As the local techie, everyone asks me which PC/camera/TV/ereader etc to get. I tell them. Almost none of them follows my advice.

You see, I'm the weird guy who has the stuff that none of their other friends have. They don't want to be that weird guy in front of all their friends.

Never underestimate the power of conformity.

Comment Re:Wrong question -- (Score 1) 112

He's a Bishop. He has a temple recommend. He still goes to church, even on the campaign trail. Sure, he had to be a little shifty on his opinions of abortion, but that's because he's a politician.

Oh dear. You really don't know devout people.

They don't judge others by religious education, but by things like morality. Does he lie? Does he cheat? Will he walk all over people for personal gain?

If yes, he's not devout. Period. That's how a Mormon who cares about his/her faith will view him. They may still vote for him (most of the country votes for idiots anyway), but they won't think of him as religious.

Comment Re:Wrong question -- (Score 3, Insightful) 112

Sure, but the people who make important policy decisions are, in all likelihood, not very devout.

That will change if Romney wins.

Wow. You really don't know Mormons. Had he been an ordinary dude not running for office, most LDS adherents would die of laughter at the suggestion that he's devout.

Comment Re:So let's see... (Score 3, Informative) 362

Of the 176,745,364 people in Pakistan (according to World Bank), they chose 130 and managed to get more than half who were related to the "474 to 884" people who've died.

Not at all sure what your point is. I haven't read the report, but your comment is without merit.

They targeted a lot of people who were relatives of the deceased. They didn't randomly sample the country and then happen to get over 65 who were related to the deceased.

And the problem with that is...?

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