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Comment Re: Is other news... (Score 1) 132

try understanding them on the phone...not gonna happen.

Most Indian recruiters read from a checklist where all the answers are "yes" except for one question. Even if I don't understand what the person is saying, I can say "yes" until the recruiter sound confused, changed my answer to "no," and then keep answering "yes" to the remaining questions. Surprisingly, I've gotten a few interviews that way.

Comment Re:Visa Success? (Score 1) 132

And yet you're frequently complaining about how underpaid you are while living in Silicon Valley.

I'm frequently pointing out that I can live in Silicon Valley on $50K per year by living a modest lifestyle. Most people who want big cars, big house, big wife and big kids will find Silicon Valley very expensive. Some people think I'm underpaid relative to everyone else who want the American Dream of having it all. BTW, in my blue-collar family, I'm the highest wage earner.

Comment Re:Visa Success? (Score 1) 132

Long term you need a strategy.

I read a study after the dot com bust that the IT industry will have a shortage of 1M skilled workers by 2030, when all the baby boomers are retired and foreign workers return home to build a middle class lifestyle. A more recent study put the shortage at 1M+ by 2030. I went back to school after the dot com bust to get into IT support. Best career choice I ever made.

Comment Re:Visa Success? (Score 1) 132

I've noticed in my dealings with Indian shops that they usually have one guy, per project, that knows his shit, and then you have 10 people underneath him that couldn't code their way out of an if statement.

The first time I've ran into an Indian shop was at a Fortune 500 company in 2005. they had 21 Indians inside a small conference room. While 20 sat at tables that faced the wall, one guy sat at the center and screamed at the top of his lungs to be heard over the chatter for a conference call.

Comment Re:"With an average annual salary of $8,600" (Score 2, Interesting) 132

I've heard stories of Silicon Valley engineers saving up their money, moving down to Mexico or Central America, build what the locals would consider to be a mansion, and then marrying an underage girl from the local village that the elders allow because the village will inherit everything eventually.

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