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Comment Re:Not hard to fix... (Score 1) 522

Switching companies on H1B apparently isn't that hard. Had one worker get our company to renew his H1B and do all the necessary paperwork, and as soon as the processing was done he quit and went to a different company.

I think H1B is really a small visa problem, there are lots of other abuses of visas elsewhere. Like the rotation of workers into the US for temporary work, overstays of student visas,etc. Outsourced workers are not visa holders either, but whenever I hear people gripe about H1Bs they start talking about outsourcing firms.

Comment Re:Sure, if they had the willpower... (Score 1) 522

Too hard to define what those firms are in legal terms. There are many multinational companies out there with workers in many countries. Are they outsourcing or not? I used to work for Nokia, they had workers in the US, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Poland, China, India, etc. Were the an outsourcing company? Then there's a real outsourcing company in my view, who has workers in the US, Europe, and India. The only thing that says to me that they're an outsourcing firm and Nokia isn't is that their primary product is cheap lower skilled tech workers. So would a law define the difference here, if all the outsourcing firm has to do is manufacture something then that's not hard to do. Some of these outsourcing firms have their headquarters in the US as well.

To outsourcing firms, H1B is a minor issue - they only want a few workers in the US on visas to be team leaders to all the grunts back home. Cut out the H1Bs then they just move to having daily 6am conference calls instead.

Comment Re:Why Fox? (Score 2) 522

Cut military spending by 1/3 and we could afford health care without losing any military superiority. Other countries have good health care because that is what their government decided is important. The US government doesn't really think health care is that important, or jobs, or quality of life, etc. The US government is mostly interested in federal programs to the military industrial complex and a few other industries. Toss in a few local issues to keep certain senators in office. They may make it sound like they care about the citizens but have not really shown it for many decades.

Comment Re: Holy Blinking Cursor, Batman! (Score 3, Interesting) 231

I agree there. I have used many programming languages and so many of them make up their own terms for things that were previously well known by different names in the industry. Most of these new terms were for things that were known in the 70s and 80s. I think a lot of people who are in their own bubble, making up their own terms, without knowing what goes on elsewhere.

Comment Re:Holy Blinking Cursor, Batman! (Score 1) 231

For some of this I disagree. Liskov Substituion principle is not the sort of thing you run across in school or in the workplace, unless you hang out with the sorts of people who have memorized all the design patterns by name. Now if you're in a specialized field of sofware design then you're much more likely to know Liskov substitution prinicple but outside of that I think it's rare.

Analogously I ask about Priority Inversion and Deadlock, because that's the context I'm dealing with. I am not surprised if some people don't know priority inversion but I am a bit dismayed if they don't know deadlock (and didn't take the time ot cram before the interview) because it occurs everywhere and not just on low level systems. Then I meet a guy who says he's building his own RTOS and yet admits he doesn't know what a deadlock is during an interview and I have to struggle to keep a straight face.

Comment Re:Holy Blinking Cursor, Batman! (Score 1) 231

If you're a senior programme who claims to be programming every day, then a coding problem on an interview should be a piece of cake. If the candidate struggles at this then the message being sent is that the candidate will need hand holding and remedial training and will not be able to function as a mentor.

Comment Re:Millennials (Score 1) 207

White flight never really left. They just call it something different now, like "I just want a good school". Public schools get dumped on, those new "gentrification" people still go and send the kids to private schools if they can, or home school if they can't, while those in more affluent neighborhoods already have good public schools with tons of funding and iron clad resistance to bussing. And then to top if off they blame the whole thing on teachers.

Comment Re:Wonder why (Score 1) 207

Depends on the locale. ie, most high tech jobs in the SF Bay Area are in the medium density suburbs, not in the high density urban centers. The commute from low density suburban to medium density suburban can be a lot better than from urban to suburg. Although in the Bay Area most traffic is due to not enough roads in too cramped an area so that traffic jams are inevitable. Compare to a lot of other urban areas that are more open geographically, a lot of major corporate and industrial work areas are out along the ring roads and suburban areas and not in the increasingly decaying urban cores.

Comment Re:What advantage does cutting off employees provi (Score 1) 76

Not just Silicon Valley. Almost everywhere I've worked since the 80s, the work place is not near what one would call normal restaurants. Most cubical farms, labs, and manufacturing areas are not located in dense urban hubs. Within walking distance it's either a grubby corporate cafeteria, an overcrowded sandwich place squeezed in among the warehouses, or a roaming roach coach. So the majority of workers who didn't bring in their lunches got in their cars and drove elsewhere. This is a big loss of productivity for companies. So getting and improving the cafeteria is not just a perk it's a way to get more value out of the employees.

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