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Comment Depends on the person and team (Score 4, Insightful) 120

I've been working remote as a software developer for almost 9 years now. It works well for me and I've been productive even in environments where some of my teammates have been in the office. It requires tools like online meeting software and chat rooms, but it can work really well. I think people feel that being in an office means you can make sure someone is doing their work, but I've had office mates get fired when management figured out they'd been working on personal projects all day long in the office for months.

If your team is structured so poorly that you can't tell if someone is doing their work, it's not a problem with where they sit. Teams can be good or bad, productive or not completely separately from co-location.

If the company is willing to provide the tools then it is just a matter of hiring the right people. And that's true no matter the remote work policy.

Comment Re:What field are these abused H1B visa workers in (Score 1) 267

According to this: http://www.myvisajobs.com/Visa... Cap Gemini do seem to be part of the problem. I've worked with two really good H1-B people and one of them ended up sent back to India because the company decided not to sponsor his permanent residency. I'm not sure what happened with the other one, but I think she got married and stayed in the US via marriage to a citizen. It's ridiculous to say the US economy is in desperate need of talent and then have the companies go hog wild over a temporary visa program. Either we need them and they should stay or we don't and it's just a game to keep costs low.

Comment The novelty requirement (Score 2) 103

You could also make some headway by enforcing the novelty requirement for patents. If a software troll can make piles of money suing 32 companies who accidentally independently created software that infringes the patent... I think you'd have to question the novelty. If enough other people have done it by themselves without your help or even a decent description of how you did it (as most software patents are written) then I don't think it would meet any sane person's idea of a novel idea.

Comment Re:What field are these abused H1B visa workers in (Score 1) 267

The problem is with a few IT body shops that specialize in outsourcing. Not off-shoring. See: http://www.epi.org/blog/new-da...

The idea is for places to simply close down their internal IT shop and send the work out to one of these hives. Often with the soon-to-be laid off current IT workers having to do a knowledge transfer for their foreign replacements. The use case of a few developers hired into a team to work along side them as equals is still not great, but it is not the source of most of the abuse either.

The solution is an accelerated permanent residency for foreigners with skills needed here. If we really need the skills, why futz around with temporary visas and indentured servitude?

Comment Re:give them green cards (Score 1) 267

I've said this for years. The problem with H1-B isn't about salary it's about indentured servitude. If we really need the talent that badly, why train them up on any kind of temporary visa? Give highly skilled tech workers access to an accelerated permanent residency and let them play on the same field as everyone else. I think you'd expose the lie about not enough resources in a hurry.

Comment Re:Damned Emails [Re: Theory vs. Practice] (Score 1) 318

H1-B isn't even the answer for that problem. An accelerated green card program for highly skilled tech workers would support immigration without creating indentured servants. The H1-B program is irredeemably broken because it creates a worker who cannot fight back without extreme consequences for themselves. It also creates people trained to work with Americans who are then sent home to be better offshore workers. Very bad for Americans and not so good for the imported workers either.

Comment Kill it with fire (Score 5, Interesting) 540

The only real solution to the H1-B problem is to eliminate it entirely. If somehow it's true that finding talent is so hard that we need to import it, then institute a proper accelerated green card program for properly qualified folks and let them compete with Americans on equal legal footing. The H1-B program creates indentured servants who risk getting tossed out on their ear if they don't stay in line. That is the edge they have over American workers who are free to leave oppressive conditions. I think that is what companies want out of it, not the talent. Just look at who is actually hiring these folks for proof.

So no, raising the minimum H1-B wage is just theater. Kill the program and replace it with something far more fair for everyone involved. Well, except the greedy companies sucking the job out of life.

Comment Re:Resonating with Americans (Score 1) 184

I think it's funny that you think Clinton is saying "we're doing great." All I've heard is "we're doing better now than the last time there was a Republican in the oval office." Which is not the same thing.

Trump is a narcissistic, juvenile, puerile, mean, petty, scheming, lying bullshit artist who's most common debate tactic is variations on "I know you are but what am I?" Every time he calls Secretary Clinton "crooked" or "liar" my head almost explodes from the irony.

Comment Re:How convenient (Score 4, Insightful) 180

I can understand a personality fit problem, but complaining about 'the right experience' is nonsense. Look for flexible people who can solve problems and they'll pick up whatever your flavor of the month is. Has hiring really come down to stupid HR lists? Must have 3 years of X and 2 years of Y. Please. You should be looking for problem solvers, not people who fit some arbitrary magical list. Yeah, it's harder to evaluate for 'smart, flexible' person than to scan a resume but the result is much better.

Comment Re:Sadly, yes (Score 1) 301

I had refused to sign up for Facebook for ages, for all the good reasons there are. And then I figured out my mom was sharing news of my step-dad's dying of cancer and everyone had been supporting her but me. And THEN I figured out I didn't know my cousin's married name despite her celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary. There are principles and then there's just accepting that family matters and they probably don't care about the same crap you do where computers are concerned. I gave in though I still post nothing personal and have no interest in random new "friends" there.

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