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Comment Re: Make America Great (Score 2) 619

Says someone who has never been through it.

When you've been through H1-B, you can not form an unbiased opinion on the program itself. You can testify to the difficulty and unfair practices by employers.

H1-B by itself is a good program. What's missing is the enforcement of its prerequisites. LCA is way to easy to get, and reported abuse is not investigated (think Disney).

The scam only becomes apparent when viewed with a larger perspective. Let's be honest: most temp workers have immigration intents. Balu from Mumbai who gets an H1-B only wants his employer to sponsor a greencard. And luckily most employers are willing to do so. However, The combination of the H1-B influx and current greencard caps means that Balu now needs to wait up to 10 years for his greencard. That's 10 years without getting a new job easily. That's 10 years without having the same protections and wages. That's 10 years without knowing for sure whether or not he can stay in the country he loves.

That's the scam, and the human cost that nobody realizes when discussing H1-B.

25MAR05 is the current EB-3 priority date for India.

Comment Re:Clearly hate speech (Score 1) 233

That is the prevailing opinion but I find it extremely dangerous since it means that Americans effectively do not have freedom of expression.

I agree that Twitter is wrong here, but your statement is false. Twitter is paying for the services to keep the platform up, and if they decide not to host something, that's their decision.

Every American is free to shell out $25, pay for a VPS and host whatever the F they want.

Comment Re:Speaking of airlines (Score 0) 135

It does not matter that he paid for a seat.The man should not feel entitled to fly just because he thinks he is more important than every other passenger on the plane.

You should go and read this again. A medical doctor, flying to a patient for surgery, with a paid ticket, an assigned seat, sitting in that assigned seat after boarding that aircraft, is not entitled to fly?

Congratulations, you just made my top 10 of /. dumbest posters.

Comment Re:It's not April 1, and yet ... (Score 1) 163

Both flights originated within Canada.

I would argue no, because the root causes were very different.

In case of the Gimli Glider, the root cause was fuel starvation because of a switch from retard system to metric system. All of the crew involved failed to spot a calculation error which caused a lot less fuel to be added than requested (only 0.454%, to be exact).

The Air Transat flight had a fuel leak which was caused by inadequate maintenance. During an engine swap, there was a bracket required which was not included with the engine. The technicians improvised by using a similar bracket. This cause two pipes to rub against each other, which caused a fuel like. The crew then made the critical error to open the crossfeed valves, moving fuel from other fuel tanks into the leaking tank.

Both cases were preventable, but are totally not related.

Comment Re:It's not April 1, and yet ... (Score 1) 163

No need for refueling ? Let us know how that works out for you ( hint : you might want to Google "Gimli Glider" ).

I'm sure others will chime in with ridicule, so that's all the time I am going to spend on this utter bullshit.

But TFA says so! </sarcasm>

Not a lot of people realize the need for 45 minutes of flight time required for IFR flights. Not a lot of people realize that a theoretical range of 700 miles does not mean that you can actually plan to fly 700 miles.

Oh, and while Gimli was an impressive one, I'll one up you with Air Transat landing on the Azores.

Comment Re: And you don't think they will make up stuff (Score 1, Interesting) 352

Neither do foreigners....

Wrong. Fake news.

As outlined in Executive Order 12968, Access to Classified Information, eligibility for access to classified information may only be granted to employees who are United States citizens. However, an exception is allowed in specific situations wherein there are compelling reasons for limited access to be granted to an immigrant alien or foreign national employee who possess a special expertise that is needed for specific programs, projects, contracts, licenses, certificates, or grants.

And isn't that special expertise precisely why people are eligible for an H1-B?

Comment Re:#MAGA (Score 1, Insightful) 310

Imagine this: you live in the slums in Mumbai. Your father goes thru trash every day, hoping to find tin cans to sell, and your mother tries to sell home-made bread on the market to feed all of your 6 brothers and sisters. Now you get the opportunity to get a three year degree in software engineering and go to the U.S. to work for a tech company. You have no clue about all the politics surrounding H1-B in the U.S., and you don't know that you will be grossly underpaid comparing to your American peers.

Who would not take this opportunity with both hands?

I've worked with many Indian people on an H1-B, and my anecdotal evidence is that they really are just like everyone else. Some are good, some are a bit less. But all share the same hope and dreams of being able to permanently stay in the U.S. and doing it the legal way.

Instead of only discussing those pesky Indians taking American jobs, let's keep this in mind as well. Let's focus on the companies that are responsible for the abuse of the program. Southern California Edison, Disney, etc. Wipro and Infosys committing visa fraud. These are the bad guys, not Balu from Bombai.

Comment Re:Skeptical (Score 1) 165

It seems you aren't one of those 30%.

MSc from a regionally accredited U.S. University here.

And for the record, I was not trying to bash the U.S. I was merely trying to point out that it's an individual's intellect and skillset that matters, not where they are born.

Nobody controls where their mom was when they were born. Nobody controls what elementary school, and in most cases what middle/high school they went to. And not everyone was able to even go to college.

I was replying to an AC who effectively asserts that India is a third world country where people poop in the streets, and that because of that, its engineers can't be good. My point is that each individual should be judged on their personal abilities, not on the country they were born in.

Just like not every American is a cousin-marrying hillbilly who shoots up schools. But then again, I live in California so I've rarely even seen a real hillbilly.

Comment Re:Skeptical (Score 0, Flamebait) 165

I'm skeptical that India is REALLY producing engineers worthy of replacing Americans, or any other Western country.

The same can be said about the U.S.

Rednecks in the deep south still marry their sisters. Racism is still a big problem in society. Misogynistic execs in billion dollar companies like Uber.

It's not about the country, it's about the individuals. I've seen Indian engineers who are absolute rubbish, not worth the paper their H1-B is printed on. But I've also seen brilliant ones, smart and respectful. Keep in mind that in most countries, only 30% of people have the intellectual capacity to earn a college degree.

Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 1) 566

Mod up a hundred times. We have too many politicians who are unwilling to compromise to make progress. The only form of government where somebody gets everything they want is a dictatorship.

Agreed, my kingdom for modpoints. I'd mod parent and grandparent up.

Most European democracies have a multi-party system, not a bi-party system. My former home country, The Netherlands, just had an election where the outcome means that at least 4 parties have to work together (read: compromise) in order to form a government. This means that each party leader will give some, but will also get some. In the end, everyone will be able to claim victory as they will be able to negotiate at least something that's really important to them.

Many things in the EUSSR are broken, but this is one item that the U.S. voter should consider to adopt. The biggest problem in November was that there was no decent candidate with any chance of winning the presidency. The "independents" (non-GOP/DEM) had no chance, and both mainstream candidates were.... let's be honest... rubbish.

Comment Re:Taking your ball home... Good riddance. (Score 1) 56

Screw these guys.

Sure, two guys who started with this project fresh out of college to do good for the community, and somehow missed your e-mail because they were too busy trying to find jobs and/or keeping their platform up.

I know both of them personally, and will vouch for them. They are two cool dudes with the highest integrity. Much higher than an AC ranting like this.

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