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Comment Re:This is the real reason H1B scares Americans (Score 1) 267

Look at the first link... I'll concede that the US overall ranks 11th with cost factored in. However:

It ranks 5th on "quality care", 3rd on "effective care", 7th on "safe care", 6th on "coordinated care", 4th on "patient centered care", 11th on "healthy lives"... none of those factor in cost.

Comment Re:You usually get what you pay for (Score 1) 267

From my experience, a lot of the resumes you see have been doctored by the recruitment agency/company in India. One team member went to such and such university for a summer class, the whole team suddenly graduated "magna cum laude" from such and such university. One team member went to a RedHat event, the entire team is RHCE/RHCA.

To be honest, that problem exists to some extent with all recruitment/sourcing companies in the world. I once accidentally received my own resume doctored by a recruitment company as it had landed on a colleague's desk. I had met the recruiter for a specific position and didn't give them the authorization to send my resume to other clients. They were trying to sell me for a pure dev role for less money than I was actually making at the time. It took me a few minutes to even acknowledge it was my resume as they had inserted a ton of bullshit in my previous jobs.

Comment Re:This is the real reason H1B scares Americans (Score 3, Insightful) 267

The US healthcare system is #11 out of 11 on outcomes ( and #37 out of 191 on efficiency ( hardly the best, hardly the worst. It is however definitely #1 in costs.

People with money travel from all over the world if they have cash, because expensive untested treatments are available in the US but not in other places.

Comment Re:This is the real reason H1B scares Americans (Score 1) 267

North America pays better, twice to three to seven times better.

Yeah I could increase my income by moving to the San Francisco office from the European office (doubling it, tops). However, the mortgage on my house is currently ~12% of my pre-tax income (2% fixed rate on 20 years)... there's no way I could find a house for a similar fraction of my salary 1h from the office. Most of my colleagues from the SF office drop 50% of their paycheck on accommodation outside the 1h commute belt. Once I throw in health services, pension, the cost of quality food, the cost of good education if I get kids, PTO... moving to SF is at very best status-quo and most likely a losing proposition.

H1B, outsourcing to Europe or Asia is always undercutting and threatening. There is just so much pressure on the American software developer to always keep improving and running ahead of the endless hordes of lower cost options snipping at the heels.

While I agree that there's top notch talent in the US, my experience over the last 20 years with US companies (automotive, banking, big iron, start-ups) is that there's tons of dead wood as well. People that are stuck in the way of doing things they learnt in college and never updated their skill set. People that will piss crap undocumented code that isn't maintainable by anyone else or do the worst possible architecture choices, in order to protect their god-given-right to a decent salary.

I'm currently working for a 10+ years old "start-up" that keeps stumbling on the most basic things, there's close to no documentation, there's close to no process and the entire thing relies of heroics to stay up and running. I'm currently fixing issues in our core business application because the dev teams in the US can't even be arsed to look at P1 issues that have been reported 22 months ago. As the program management team is made up of non-technical people, they don't even spot bullshit when the dev team announces 2 weeks of solid work for a whole team to add an item in a drop-down list (Spring/MVC app). So far in a week, while handling my regular work and auditors, I have fixed 3 of those P1 bugs, refactored the code to get rid of anti-patterns and make it easier to maintain in the future.

Comment Re:Bingo! (Score 3, Insightful) 83

Let me sum up ITSM in plain terms

Repeatable builds - you shouldn't have unique/fragile artifacts all over your infrastructure (Infra/platform as code). Provisioning standard services shouldn't require manual interventions.

Change management - changes should be prioritized and ordered. There shouldn't be multiple changes happening at the same time. All key players (network, security, operations, dev, DBA, the business owner of the change) should assess the impact of the changes. This requires a...

CMDB - you should have somewhere a list of the functional services IT renders to the business, and what machines/technical services are delivering those functional services. You can then quickly assess the impact of changes/incidents This will also greatly simplify the task of the person implementing monitoring.

Documented processes - or even better, automated processes. Because nothing satisfies a senior sysadmin better than hand-editing config files across hundreds of hosts(/sarcasm)

DevOps is basically ITSM-light mixed with the best practices of industrial management.

Comment Re:I don't mean to go all 'Papierin, mein herr,' b (Score 3, Interesting) 627

To date, my electronic devices have only been inspected (beyond "can you turn it on?") by the US border control. Granted, there may be others in the world but I normally don't travel to totalitarian hell-holes.

One of my previous employers made a policy in 2008 about what devices could be taken through the US border control and under which circumstances. Exec summary: if not on official business, no device from the employer can be taken to the US. If on official business, a loaner laptop is handed out and it will be re-imaged on return.

Comment Re:NIMBY in full effect (Score 1) 445

That is BS. Most people given CPR/defib don't survive or only survive for a few miserable hours or days, and even those that last longer usually have a very poor quality of life. They often are confined to bed or a wheelchair and often suffer brain damage.

I was given the defib in 1981 following a severe reaction to intravenous corticosteroids (lungs and heart stopped) and CPR in 1984 following a fall where I landed flat on my back with a stone between my shoulder blades (lungs and heart stopped again). While I agree with you that I wasn't running and jumping a few minutes later in either case, here I am 35 years later leading an active life like nothing happened.

Comment Re: Dear Apple fans: (Score 1) 471

Ireland doesn't deny the sweetheart deal, they deny that it was illegal... while they were already phasing it out with a target date of 2020 because it was illegal.

Apple is also not paying tax on money made in the US through cross-licensing of IP, to the tune of $13B a year, from a shell entity in Dublin that doesn't pay tax in anywhere. There are at least two separate Apple corporations in Ireland, one has employees while the other just has a management board.

Comment Re:Gay porn (Score 1) 135

I don't know if it's true and still the case, but about 10 years ago a British colleague told me that gay porn videos couldn't legally be produced in the UK. The legal argument was that gay sex was only tolerated in the privacy of your own home, and that a camera counted as a third set of eyes in the room... therefore making it an illegal lewd act in public.

Comment Re:Doesn't Matter (Score 1) 609

But but but... tyranny and oppression from unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, curvy bananas and 300 rules on pillows. I've actually read on this very site that nobody in the UK has ever voted for the European Parliament.

A quick summary of the events to date: The UK PM went up to Brussels to "negotiate a better deal" by threatening to leave the UK because that had always worked before. Before going, he told the population that he would call for a vote on E membership if he didn't get another discount and a few more exemptions. The EU called his bluff this time around and he went back home without a special deal. Boris Johnson saw an opening to take the leadership of his party by running on the BREXIT side against his party leader. I don't think he ever expected the leave camp to win the vote, otherwise he wouldn't have "retired" the day after the vote. The full effects of that internal party politics gamble won't be known for another 2 years, but the price of non-local food has already started to creep up.

As for the leaving date, at this point the government may say that they'll trigger before the end of March 2017 but they may have to take some seriously nasty shortcuts to make it happen. The Supreme Court ruling on the appeal launched by the government won't be released before January 2017. The government is now considering sending a bill to trigger Article 50 before the Supreme Court ruling, which may trigger some interesting side effects.

I'm working in the financial service industry, and the biggest effect I foresee on BREXIT is going to be the foreign banks reducing their operations in the UK or even fully relocating them abroad. A lot of those banks are based in the UK because they can easily passport their financial licence to the rest of the EU. Once the UK is out, that's no longer an option. EFTA members can't passport financial licences, which is why UBS has such large operations in London. From discussions with my local financial regulator, they've been swamped with licence applications from the morning of June 24. So swamped that they have rented new office buildings and are recruiting new personnel to be able to process them in a reasonable time frame. While I do sort of understand that part of the BREXIT camp can see high-paying jobs leaving the country as a positive (possibly lowering the rents), I don't think they thought about the secondary effects (less money circulating in the local economy, secondary services jobs earning less or going away, ...).

Comment Re:Doesn't Matter (Score 1) 609

So have you prepared your derogatory remarks for the next country that leaves? Maybe you're right. Maybe it's just the crazy girlfriend thing.

What derogatory remarks? I'm just stating reality: the UK has been playing Europe's special snowflake card from day 1. Do you think they got all the nice exemptions they have by asking nicely? They have received them by threatening to leave at pretty much every summit. If you actually listen to the BREXIT crowd in the UK, the EU is going to give them all they want while they're not going to give the EU anything... how's that not pining for the good old days of the British Empire?

While you probably are going to be right, stalling requires someone to first stall. There hasn't been time to do that.

I don't know, I seem to recall that on June 23 someone decided to pack their shit and go. Yet we're now on November 7 and not only are still there, they don't even want to commit on a date. You know, that sort of stalling.

Too bad it doesn't seem to be triggering a similar discussion in the EU. Yet.

Well, the UK hasn't left yet, nor have they officially announced they were leaving... going back to the cat analogy.

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