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Comment Re:Big deal (Score 1) 201

You can't discuss H1B and say that it "isn't about immigration". I don't know how many H1Bs are, effectively, immigrants, but it's a significant proportion. Every single one I know - myself included - is in the process of applying for a green card; and quite a few citizens and green card holders that I know are also ex-H1Bs.

You can say that H1B is for "temp workers who are supposed to leave", but what exactly is then there for those who want to work and stay?

Anyway, my point is that the problem you're talking about is only a problem if your imported workforce is temporary. Therefore, the obvious solution is to discourage that, and encourage it being a track to permanent immigration.

Comment Re:Further proof of the H1B visa myth (Score 1) 201

New people that are imported don't just "use up" work, they also create work. They rent apartments and buy homes, they buy groceries and other goods and services, they buy a car and drive it, they marry and have kids and pay for their education etc. This is especially true of skilled workers at the higher end of the pay scale, who have a lot of disposable income to spend on luxuries.

The unemployment problem that exists in US has nothing to do with imported labor. Outsourcing is far more relevant here.

Comment Re:H1B Scam (Score 1) 201

I'm an H1B. I get way, way more than a living wage (I can basically comfortably support myself and my partner - a citizen, by the way - rent a large condo in a nice and expensive neighborhood, pay all bills, and still set aside a nice pile of cash for my savings account every month. I can assure you that I don't consume less than an average American (or even an average American in a similar job). I've also got significant raises every year since I came to the States.

It would seem to me that if an American would be willing and able to do this job, the company that hired me wouldn't have to pay me anywhere near as much (don't forget that they also paid the bill for my relocation - from another continent, no less - paid for my H1B, and are now paying for my green card process).

So, whose job am I "stealing", again?

Comment Re:Look at the bright side (Score 1) 201

I'm a person who is on H1B, and I get paid more than most citizens that I know who do the same job.

It all really depends on the company in question. Some use the program as it was intended, to complement the local hiring pool; others use it to implement wage slavery with a twist.

Comment Re:Look at the bright side (Score 1) 201

It all depends on which company you're talking about. Microsoft, Google and Amazon all not only pay their H1Bs the fair wage, but they sponsor them for green cards, which is directly contrary to the notion that they're better off with an H1B than with a citizen. That's because skilled workers are seen not as cheap "use them for 3 years and dump them" resource, but an expensive one with a lot of upfront investment that can only be repaid over years of work, so they're interested in people staying long-term.

On the other hand, you have companies like Infosys, which are all about cheap, expenable labor. Those are the guys who use every trick in the book to 1) hire an H1B even if the position can be filled otherwise, and 2) pay them as little as they can get away with.

Comment Re:Big deal (Score 1) 201

Importing workers only skews the playing field if those workers leave back to their country of origin after their contract ends. If they choose to remain in the country, then they have the same living expenses, taxes etc as any other resident.

The problem with US immigration system is that it doesn't really have a properly designed track to citizenship through employment for a skilled immigrant. There's the "superstar" O visa, but the bar that it sets is so extremely high that even a very skilled professional generally doesn't qualify. So, in practice, people come in on the "non-immigrant" H1B, and then apply for a green card, but that process is extremely drawn out (5+ year queue to begin with), and if you change jobs you start from scratch. Compare to Canada, where you can come into the country on a work visa, and then after a year apply for permanent residence through the provincial nominee program - and get it within 1-2 years. This means that far more people who come to work, stay and settle there.

Comment Re:Big deal (Score 1) 201

The problem is that if you have a sponsored green card application in progress (which a lot of H1Bs do - it's pretty much the only readily accessible skilled immigration path to US), and you switch employers, then you need to reapply, and are pushed back to the beginning of the queue. Given that the queue for green card applications is over 5 years now, and gets bigger with every year, this is a very major drawback. As an H1B myself, I know that I would personally be very hesitant to change jobs for this reason alone.

Comment RMS will hate it (Score 2) 58

As I recall, Stallman has specifically stated that GCC is not extensible this way out of the box, because he didn't want the dirty proprietary plugins piggybacking on top of the GPL'd frontend & backend. He said it's why the entire protocol between front-end and back-end is deliberately not standardized. It's also why the license specifically excludes the intermediate output from the usual "output is not covered by GPL" exemption:

"Target Code" refers to output from any compiler for a real or virtual
target processor architecture, in executable form or suitable for
input to an assembler, loader, linker and/or execution
phase. Notwithstanding that, Target Code does not include data in any
format that is used as a compiler intermediate representation, or used
for producing a compiler intermediate representation.

The "Compilation Process" transforms code entirely represented in
non-intermediate languages designed for human-written code, and/or in
Java Virtual Machine byte code, into Target Code. Thus, for example,
use of source code generators and preprocessors need not be considered
part of the Compilation Process, since the Compilation Process can be
understood as starting with the output of the generators or
preprocessors.

A Compilation Process is "Eligible" if it is done using GCC, alone or
with other GPL-compatible software, or if it is done without using any
work based on GCC. For example, using non-GPL-compatible Software to
optimize any GCC intermediate representations would not qualify as an
Eligible Compilation Process.

You have permission to propagate a work of Target Code formed by
combining the Runtime Library with Independent Modules, even if such
propagation would otherwise violate the terms of GPLv3, provided that
all Target Code was generated by Eligible Compilation Processes
. You
may then convey such a combination under terms of your choice,
consistent with the licensing of the Independent Modules.

Comment Re:When will the sheep look up (Score 1) 394

Who cares? If it's truly the Russian intelligence services behind all this, hats off to them. Truth is the most damaging form of propaganda, and the best part of it is that its target has no-one but themselves to blame. If NSA didn't do all the shit it did, it wouldn't be in hot water now. Let this be a lesson for the future.

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