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Comment Re:The irony.... (Score 1) 352

>> How about "enabling American workers to fill highly qualified positions"?

Well, if you can find Americans to fill those positions, more power to you and you should give preference to hire them as you can avoid the cost of processing an H-1B visa, let alone avoiding visa processing period. But if you are not finding the person in the US, you can not create one out of the thin air. Experience comes with hard work and doing your time on any given subject. If the remaining 10 candidates who can do this job, don;t want to work at this position, what should the employer do ? Let it go unfilled ? Of course not.

Having said that, making a position look like it requires million different skills and when you hire a person for that position, making this person to fill a help desk seat is not uncommon. So, I am not raising my hopes too high on this statement.

The most effective way to prevent these indian abusers of H-1B visa would be to issue the visa to the individual and eliminate his or her indentured servant status. Let's see, which one of those companies would shell out $2000+attorney fees for someone who can jump ship 2 days after starting to work for them making peanuts money compared to the rest of his/her peers.

Comment Trophy for participation recipients. (Score 1) 197

Well, I am in my 50's and can relate to the OP. I have degrees in EE and I started working in electronics production line as a test engineer and got involved in computer aided testing, because I took a couple of Fortran IV classes in college. Nobody told me how this is done. They handed me an half-assed HP instrumentation manual and a HP Rocky Mountain Basic users manual and said, go figure it out. Took me a while but I did it and liked it so much, 7 years later I was leaving electronics and converting into a full time IT role. But, while I was a kid, or I was in school, I mean from elementary to college, I was taught to never give up, until you find the solution to your problem. Nowadays, I am noticing, fresh grads don't come with that mind set. For instance, we were interviewing for a sysadmin position and I asked, "All of a sudden you noticed that your connection to the network has dropped. What would you do ?" Answer was very disconcerting: "I call help desk and log a ticket to get it fixed. You have a help desk for this. Right ?". I would have expected an answer like, I would check my network settings and see if anything has changed, then ask people near me, if they are experiencing similar issues. I mean basic steps of troubleshooting, but no, heeeeelllll no. Why bother while you can offload that to someone else ? Then they have the audacity to cry then do not get paid as their friends in this and that company. Maybe, just may be if they could be a little more into what the position entails, they might get ahead faster. But with that "it is not my job" attitude, it is very hard to respect these people. And when OP says generic engineers, I see past the derogatory meaning that most people seem to be stuck on. He means, engineers who are stuck in their line of specialization and don't want to look outside for other, relevant things. In my opinion, teaching this type of person, something new, is damn near impossible. The only way is to hire engineers with open minds. They will end up learning these tools on their own.

Comment Re:Move (Score 1) 391

If one's duties can be performed by someone on the other end of the planet for a fraction of the cost, those American-Made values will soon be replaced by another Value, called profits. So the job security aspect of your mid-west living is just a pipe dream. It may buy you another 2-3 years if you are lucky but after that, those people will also need to compete with the same people, who are getting their IT done at a much cheaper cost. It is a lose-lose deal. There is no winner in this scheme who is an American worker, living in the US, needing higher than world average compensation, because, those $4K/mo mortgages do not adjust due to your job being outsourced. If all my creditors and suppliers (as in food, cleaning, utilities etc) were willing take 25% of what they are getting from me now, I'd be happy to work for 25% of what I am making right now. Is that gona happen ? Fuck NO ! So, why would I lay down and take this bullshit as it comes, as some obviously foreign people are suggesting smugly ? What I say to them, go to your hell hole of a country and stew in your own dirt instead of spending big words like globalism.

Comment There might be light but it is not the big picture (Score 5, Interesting) 166

Unlike other people, attacking the article, just because they have nothing to contribute, yet want to leave their brain droppings on every topic, I have actually something to say, from personal experience as a type-2 diabetic. Beta cell regeneration is fine and dandy and may help a small portion of type-2 diabetics, but in the US most type-2 diabetes sufferers, are not suffering from not enough beta cells. They are suffering from the condition called insulin resistance. Their body generates enough or some time more than enough insulin. But if the insulin receptors in the cells are not opening up to take in this insulin, it goes to waste. And we have the HFCS to thank for this unfortunate condition in our SAD (Standard American Diet) which the politicians dictated to save the corn field plowing people of the midwest in its day. I hope to see a miracle cure for insulin resistance before I die. RIght now the only thing that works, is a very strict diet (calorie and carb controlled) and a very rigorous physical training for a long-long years time, to reprogram the insulin receptors. Unfortunately, nobody with a day job and family responsibilities, can follow such rigorous program in my opinion, let alone eating in the guidelines of this diet (a.k.a. starvation) Tried and failed miserably after few short weeks, of course with no results to show for. Now shooting Insulin 4-5 times every day, in a vicious circle.

Comment More the reason (Score 1) 660

This is the very same reason why unqualified H1-B people should not be let slide in. H1-B is designated to augment where the trained workforce is not avvailable, not to import cheap labor, train them and send them back to their homeland to compete against the US workers. Abolishing H1-B is counter productive as US can not be expected to have highly trained workforce in every possible scientific discipline, but importing candidates for managing Windows servers is just wrong.

Comment What kind of a labor shortage we are talking about (Score 0) 477

I mean, since when cutting and pasting code from a code base and creating a sub-par application is called skilled labor ? Has anyone ever worked with so called wonderful java code that one of these H1B abusing Indian companies' employees produced ? I personally did. One of my old employers had a team of Indian "Java programmers" As a sysadmin, I had to talk to them daily to inform them about problems we were encountering daily. And the solution was to copy another piece of code from a screen and paste it into their source code and compile it and hand it out to me to test again. No optimization , no garbage collection or nothing like that. I know a few people who barely graduated high school and can do a job like that. You don't need no stinkin' (and I mean it figuratively and literally together if you can catch my drift) H1B abusing Indians to do that ? When someone has the title of "Programmer" I expect them to know how to actually write efficient code, not copy someone else's work and hope for the best. Not the way it should be, but according to these H1B abuser outfits, US needs this kind of workers from India. Pfffft... I don't think so. They can now go home, roll up the java code they wrote printed on rough paper and shove it up where sun never shines.

Comment Self serving anyone ? (Score 5, Insightful) 477

"unfairly target some of its members" ??? Are they kidding ? What about their sham operations unfairly replacing American workers ? And "it will not solve US Labor shortage" ?? Again which labor shortage ? The one where people refuse to work for poverty range salaries, whereas the 4 Indians crammed into a one bedroom apartment sharing one car, making 40% less than the American worker they are replacing ? That is not called a labor shortage. It is called slave driving. All those infosys, tata, wipro, etc companies can go to hell as far as I am concerned.

Comment Wasn't it supposed to be that way ? (Score 2) 834

I mean wasn't the existing American workers would be given priority and in the case that no one has been found in a certain time like 3 weeks or so, then the position would be open to H1B wrkers. At least this is what I remember from my H1B days back about 20 years ago. But I know these indian a-hole companies, one of which was my visa sponsor and their recruitment ad was a page of incomprehensible goobledy-gook about my position , posted on an obscure bulletin board where I worked. At the time, the high school grad, so called sysadmins were turning their nose down to salaries I have been given and there was no word about recession. So, I did not think too much ab out it. Once I was on my way to my green card, thru marriage (and not a sham one if you have to ask) when I lost my job at the 2001 dot com bust, I realized what a peon I had been first time around. Nowadays, H1B is another way of saying cheap labor. At least at the time I was hired, I was being paid a market average salary. Now, I know Indian workers in So Cal, making 2/3 of what I was making in the same position and I was barely making the ends meet. T hey obviously were living in below standard levels. I do not have anything against these people as long as they are getting paid a salary as good as an american worker gets but companies undercutting the American workers by offering headcount 10-20-30% less than an their American equivalents is a sham, from which ever point you look at. Hence F*** Zuckerberg,, F*** Nadella, F*** Pichai and all their cohorts. Do not use these visas for things they are not introduced for. Taxpayers are not supposed to pay fr your way to the top. You are running a business. Bear the expenses like any smaller company does..

Comment Maybe, just May Be... (Score 1) 332

... if a small percentage of those who are contemplating to emigrate to Canada, go ahead and actually do this, I think this country would be better off. But, keep in mind, no backsies. Really, as an immigrant to Canada in a far far away time in my life, I remember the ordeal and under no circumstance, I would want to go back and live in a socialist world. Yet again I am living in California, the state as communist as it can get in the union, I know, it is not saying much. For the god's sake, think once what the voters have said, by rejecting Clinton before thinking about the worst outcome. This is not an approval of Trump. This is a rage against the last 8 years of ripping the country apart and what it stood for during the Obama administration and Ms Clinton, did not say anything different than keeping the status quo. American people, especially the ones outside the Silicon Valley echo chamber are fed up with this bullshit. May be trying a new approach is what was needed. After all, you have to endure it for no more than 4 years. We have endured do-nothing Obama administration for 8 years. We can do 4 if Trump turns out to be the worst pres ever. Anyone remember Jimmy Carter ??

Comment Last sentence sums it up very well. (Score 1) 2837

"...it was a decisive demonstration of power by a largely overlooked coalition of mostly blue-collar white and working-class voters who felt that the promise of the United States had slipped their grasp amid decades of globalization and multiculturalism." This is what Clinton propaganda machine was not able to refute and skew obviously. Not that I am happy with the choice as president, even though I voted for him, he is the lesser of evil in today's political environment.

Comment Gimme free data. Yeah right ! (Score 2, Interesting) 57

Glassdoor shows no effort for research. If you want to know what you are worth, first you need to tell them about yourself to great extents, which in turn will be shown to others like you as their earning potential. I refuse to provide free data, to those who will turn around and make a profit out of it. And the audacity of these people, when you ask them "what's in it for me ?" their answer almost always is, "you are helping your fellow colleagues" without mentioning, you are providing data to us, which we package and sell for razor sharp targeted advertising. Go pound sand glassdoor.

Comment Re:really? (Score 2) 813

I just saw this in the captiva screen they have in our office building elevators: more than half the US millenials who have bank accounts, have less than $1000 in their savings account, as in emergency funds. To top it off, close to 1/3 of those people do not have a red penny saved. This is what you get by raising sheep by instant gratification, telling them, "Don't worry, government has your back" And we see the government who has your back in people like Diane Fu(%stein idiot, whose main purpose for being in senate is to get re-elected, not representing her constituents. Vote liberal you idiot millenials.

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