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Comment Why Are You Training Replacements? (Score 4, Interesting) 813

H-1B Visas are meant to cover skills not readily available in this country. I would argue that if the current workers are training their replacements, then the skill set is readily available in this country. To quote Wiki :

The regulations define a "specialty occupation" as requiring theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in a field of human endeavor[1] including but not limited to biotechnology, chemistry, architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, law, accounting, business specialties, theology, and the arts, and requiring the attainment of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent as a minimum[2] (with the exception of fashion models, who must be "of distinguished merit and ability").[3] Likewise, the foreign worker must possess at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent and state licensure, if required to practice in that field.

Tell the university that you simply don't have the skill set required to train your replacement...

Comment Re:How do you know? (Score 1) 279

In a word, yes. But not multiple routers, just something capable of segmenting traffic securely (or as securely as you can hope for...)

The precautions that you have used for years in a corporate network apply to a home network. You have computers or tablets that need access to your bank, your utility companies, your email and your family photos and then you have other devices that just need access to the internet. In other words, you need a protected network and a DMZ.

I run pfSense at home and have a VLAN for my sensitive workstations and another for those things that just need to access the internet. If I can, I even lock down the cameras and thermostat to the web site they need to get to. Using something like pfSense also lets me monitor where those devices are going to.

Comment Re:Older = Better (Score 2) 235

But the more about the ancients we discover, the less primitive the people seem

The older I get, the more I learn about the other people sharing this planet and those that preceded us, the more I believe that we are all the same, for the most part. We all have the same basic wants and needs, the same basic drives. What separates me from a Roman living under Augustus or an Egyptian living in the time of Ramses is more a matter of the trappings of technology than the core of our beings.

As a kid I was always struck by this quote from Khan in the Star trek episode Space Seed

Nothing ever changes, except man. Your technical accomplishments? Improve a mechanical device and you may double productivity, but improve man and you gain a thousandfold. I am such a man.

There's no Khans running around yet. So we are pretty much as we have always been, except for some immunity to some diseases that our ancestors paid for.

Comment Re:Was logging in to post exactly this (Score 1) 338

I'd train my replacement. And I would gladly tell my next employer that I happily trained my replacement.

Of course, whether that training is of any value would be hard to determine. After all, I am not an educator or technical writer of any sort and training someone whose first language is not English will, I'm sure, lead to a lot of room for errors in translation.

So when my replacement removes rather than reviews the firewall rules on the last day of the month, I'm sure that was just an error in the way they heard me...

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