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Comment $45k/year? (Score 1) 660

That's under the H1B salary minimum of $60k/year. You don't pay enough. Even the "body shop" contracting agencies pay more than that for junior devs in 3rd tier cities. I lived and worked in one of the poorest cities in the US and starting contractor wages were $28 an hour as a w2 consultant through an agency. You are very much out of line with the market and that's why you have a problem. Even during the worst of the recession, that wage would be very bad.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 4, Insightful) 726

This desperation is what happened when factories left the Midwest. The good jobs are gone for the unskilled. The remaining jobs need training that the unskilled can't afford. This is the guy's best option right now. If he could just stop being poor, he would. His best option is to sleep in a parking lot where he could freeze to death in a Chicago winter. Think about how bad things must be to have that as your best available option. This man isn't the only one making this choice. There is a bigger problem, and telling people to just stop being poor won't solve the bigger problem.

Comment Stay where you are and spiff up the resume. (Score 1) 261

See if you can turn that part time position into a full time position. Everyone I've ever met has had a crappy first job. You are lucky in that you at least like yours. Once you get some kind of work experience, you have a much easier time finding the second job that you really like. Even if the current job is a dead end, you can easily find hackathons, programming contests, and meetups to learn new skills. This is a habit you'll need to pick up anyway, so start doing it now while you're not important to be busy all the time. There are so many companies out there that make themselves look good on paper, but unless you start networking you won't know which ones are faking it and which ones are the real deal. Building your network not only saves you from this, but it will come in very handy later when you know what you really want to be doing.

Comment Machines make customers irrelevant too. (Score 1) 541

We are only a means of production. If all of the means of production are automated, then we employees will be useless. The machines will do the production part. Why bother with employees when the machines will just create what their owners want? We will be cut out completely, and we will no longer have value.

Comment IMO this is a problem of experience. (Score 5, Interesting) 280

I've seen some shady things, and it was ALWAYS in a setting full of people too junior to ask questions. Junior people are sometimes naive, and will believe management when told that certain shady things are normal. Junior people may have no resume to speak of and are basically forced to look good at their first real job. Junior people may not be able to afford to quit without having something else lined up, and don't want to be marked as job-hoppers. Senior people have the marketability to leave, and the experience to see through BS. They may also have enough savings to quit out of principle and take a sabbatical, or the ability to shift gears to their side business. I don't really know how to solve the problem, given that young adults need to eat regardless of their ethics. I do know that the problem is hardly contained to computing. Maybe we gravitate to this field because we love logic, but the rest of the world isn't logical. We still have to deal with human nature in this field too.

Comment While this is a very tacky response... (Score 1, Informative) 813

It's worth noting that calling, or even visiting in person, are the most effective ways to get a response from a public official. As stated in the article, public officials are deluged with email. Phone calls and visits are less common, therefore getting more attention than other ways of communicating. Something as serious as a request for an investigation is serious enough to warrant the time investment into a more personal method of communication.

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