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Submission + - Ask /.: Why are American tech people paid so well?

davidwr writes: Ask Slashdot:

Why are American programmers and IT professionals paid so much when many programming and IT jobs can be outsourced overseas so easily?

If I'm a mid-career programmer looking for a job, why should I expect to be paid a whole lot more than my peer in India when applying for a job that could easily be outsourced to India? If I do get the job, why should I expect to keep it more than a year or two instead of being told "your job is being outsourced" before 2020?

Is my American education and 5-25 years of experience in the American workplace really worth it to an employer?

Should we, as an industry, lower our salary expectations — and that of students entering the field — to make us more competitive with our peers in India and similar "much cheaper labor than first world" economies? If not, what should we be doing to make ourselves competitive in ways that our peers overseas cannot duplicate?

Note — I'm not talking about jobs that can't be easily outsourced like on-site tech support or "security clearance required" positions, and I'm not talking about "rock star" or "near rock star" employees (the "top 10%" of the industry). I'm also not talking about positions that aren't almost entirely technical, such as management or sales positions.

(dis)claimer: I am an American-born, American-educated mid-career IT professional who is not currently looking for work.

Comment The danger of commonality (Score 1) 273

What this entire concept fails to acknowledge is that when everyone learns the same thing, you lose the benefits of everyone having a different educational experience. If we all learn exactly the same things, we take the risk that everyone fails. Why not do things differently in every state to see what works? Somebody needs to learn from basic experimental design...

Submission + - Do NDAs trump the law? Florida cops say it does when using their stingray (wired.com)

schwit1 writes: Police in Florida have offered a startling excuse for having used a controversial “stingray” cell phone tracking gadget 200 times without ever telling a judge: the device’s manufacturer made them sign a non-disclosure agreement that they say prevented them from telling the courts.

The shocking revelation, uncovered by the American Civil Liberties Union, came during an appeal over a 2008 sexual battery case in Tallahassee in which the suspect also stole the victim’s cell phone. Using the stingray — which simulates a cell phone tower in order to trick nearby mobile devices into connecting to it and revealing their location — police were able to track him to an apartment.

Submission + - Microsoft to continue supporting Windows XP in China (techienews.co.uk)

hypnosec writes: Microsoft has decided to continue supporting Windows XP in China unlike rest of the world where it will be pulling the plug on 14-year old operating system on April 8, 2014. Microsoft announced its decision through a post on its official Sina Weibo account on Sunday. Redmond will be partnering with local security vendors to continue supporting Windows XP. It is not yet clear how Microsoft will be chalking out the support strategy. It is not entirely clear why Microsoft is extending support for Windows XP in China as itself has noted that 70 percent of users in the country haven't updated their systems in the last 13 years.

Comment echo on supportive high schools (Score 1) 124

One of my teachers in high school gave me relatively unfettered access to a mac clones that had been booted from the computer lab. My experiments in getting mklinux working on it directly tie to my current career. I have relatively little doubt that my current career stems from having unstructured access to a computer and an internet connection. Sadly, our educational institutions are addicted to structure -- I would probably be doing something much less interesting if it weren't for a teacher that bent the rules and let me do something that might today be viewed as potentially dangerous.

Comment Re:"Concerns" (Score 2) 61

You damn well should be concerned about random medical devices made in someone's garage.

It's really not that simple. Almost anyone on slashdot is unbelievably wealthy by comparison to the the average denizen of our world. Risks that are unacceptable for a wealthy person are very acceptable for someone who has nothing. Think about it: if your choice is between certain death due to heart failure or using a pacemaker assembled by a tinkerer in his/her garage, a rational person would be willing to accept additional and substantial risks. Admittedly, I don't want a pressure cooker in somebody's kitchen to sterilize medical devices that I will be using, but I can certainly understand why someone else would.

Comment What a prize (Score 1) 260

top prize being a trip to the sponsoring company's headquarters to interview for a job

Last time I checked (a bit over a year ago), the normal cost of that "prize" is to spend a few hours on making an updated resume. Granted, I may be on the lucky side of having the experience needed to open doors, but I suspect that as a rule skilled people find more convenient ways to get doors open.

That stated, if the potential job had a particularly impressive salary, I might change my mind.

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