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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Duhavid Re: H1-B debate? (398 comments)

"The company owes me..." types. They are not everywhere.

"We hired a bunch from...and they sucked". I didn't say that.

"Distribution of talent". Yes, quite. Which is part of why the "Americans cant program" strikes a nerve. We can and do. They can and do.

"Have to offshore". Not totally against it, personally, but the increasing "Americans cant program"/"Cant find programmers here" so "they" can justify offshoring is nonsense. It is about costs. Maybe not for your organization, but in general.

"Business operate for profit". Never said otherwise. But profit on what time scale? When the US middle class is gutted, who will these businesses sell to? At what prices?
And is this migration good for everyone?
( I would argue that we are looking at a decrease in worldwide "good" as America gets economically weaker ).

"Punishment and confiscation". Not a good thing, But paying reasonable taxes and reasonable costs is acceptable and necessary.

about a week ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Duhavid Re: H1-B debate? (398 comments)

I am ( and have been ) in a management position, and I have worked with a large number of programmers.
Including a good number of people from other cultures, and many here on H1B's.

I don't see a "The Company... owes ME" attitude from US citizens.
And most were/are the primary means of support for a family, large or small, right here.
They were/are hard working, honest decent people. No different from those abroad.
And if they *are* "less complaining", why is that? It looks to me like duress.
Why is that a good thing?

I reject the inability to accept other cultures or racism angle, personally.
I have not seen it in those who work around me. I have seen lots of acceptance.
Comments here, perhaps some are racially motivated. Perhaps they are not.
I don't know what is in their hearts and minds. I suspect you don't either.

As to business doing exactly what it should, what exactly is it that you say it should do?
Hire only compliant workers? Or cheap?
Or workers that get the job done, and provide the revenues to the economic system they depend on?

about a week ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Duhavid Re:Contracts Not Really Enforceable (398 comments)

I advocate that the US should not allow other nations free trade while the other nation limits what trade is allowed.
I don't really know where you got your post from what I wrote.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Duhavid Re:Contracts Not Really Enforceable (398 comments)

If the "other" countries/companies were playing the same way, that would be excellent.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Duhavid Re:H1-B debate? (398 comments)

"But perhaps the "enough" that you'd have to pay is simply unreasonable"

The market will decide.
Funny how it is good when the market decides when workers are let go, when their wages "have to" fall, etc, but no, cant let the market decide corporate profitability.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Duhavid Re: H1-B debate? (398 comments)

Business model...

Its not a business model failure. Its costs failure. The H1B doesn't have the cost structure a US citizen has, by and large.
So, they can work cheaper.

Here is the business model failure. While those "in charge" of the US economy keep chasing cheaper wages, the spending power in the US falls.
The more it falls, the worse that economy will do. Prices will have to fall in alignment with this.
Those prices are on the items those "in charge" of the US economy are selling in the US.
Prices that are higher because people can afford them, having wages in line with those prices.
They are slitting their own throats. But they are not the ones experiencing the pain, they just enjoy the fruits the arbitrage, while it lasts.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Duhavid Re:I hate this name (140 comments)

Haven't seen it, but basically yes. I had not thought about the issue of how the load would distribute across his arms, I just assumed ( bad, I know ) he/they/it/etc would somehow manage that. I guess I figured he would use his body more...

Loved the old "Man of Steel, Woman of kleenex" story....

I also hate the "asteroid about to hit earth, pulverize it with a nuke" scenario. They usually show the asteroid just about to hit, like within a small handful of earth radii, then all that mass being turned into large rocks instead of one rock is somehow supposed to change things from "nothing much will survive" to "oh, look at the pretty light show".

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Duhavid Re:I hate this name (140 comments)

Its more than the heat shield. Mass is imperative.
If you impart the energy from a nuclear explosion to such a small item, you will accelerate it beyond any possibility that a human occupant could survive.

Aside, that is my objection to movies where they show someone falling, then someone swoops in just as they were about to hit the ground and stops their earthward acceleration, changing it to some tangential acceleration. The reason you die on hitting the ground is that your body rips and tears internally when subjected to the acceleration ( deceleration ) forces on hitting the ground. Changing to another set of acceleration forces in a different direction isn't going to help much.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Duhavid Re:Stay out of space (140 comments)

I think saying space exists and is harmful is a poor repudiation of intelligent design.
Otherwise, you could stop with animals, rocks, gravity and all the killing devices brought to us by our marvelous brains.

He made us capable of both good and evil, and left enough in our hearts that most of us don't feel good when we act evil.
We can be as He, we have to choose it, though.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Duhavid Re:Woohoo, let's explore (140 comments)

Its not a waste.

Making a "couple loopty loops" is a required step along the way.
The Apollo project didn't start by going straight to the moon. There was a lot of testing before
Earth orbit testing
Lunar orbit testing
Then landing on the moon.

about two weeks ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Duhavid Re:she almost crashed both Lucent and HP (433 comments)

Minor nit to pick: "WWII fighter pilot". No. WWII naval torpedo plane pilot.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Duhavid Re:The Same Game (454 comments)

"A hard crackdown on migrant labor and a invitation for local unemployeds to work the fields - a few dozen showed up and none lasted more than a couple of days."

How many could get to where the fields were?
How many knew about it?
What kind of wage was being offered?

And the capper, why would anyone start in such a field ( pun in intended ) when you know for dang sure that the migrant workers will be back and you will not?
Probably in a matter of days. And in the mean time, heck, you made money this month, no more unemployment benefits for you, and you get to start the application process all over. After waiting till the end of the month. And wait to hear if you got in. And wait for benefits to start.

I agree completely on wall street killing the middle class. They don't seem to know where their money is coming from.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Duhavid Re:Number of interviews... (454 comments)

"I honestly don't think salaries are out of line. Tech workers should make less than management, they have a smaller scope of responsibility."

A, do they?
B, so what if they do?

"Really, most people should plan to work until they reach retirement age and refrain from buying a yacht or private jet."

Who is talking about being entitled to a yacht or private jet?

"$100k is so far above the poverty line that the poster (a ways) above who was dissatisfied with it is a joke."

So, salary caps for everyone, at 100k. CEO's, doctors, lawyers, etc. President. Hedge fund manager.

"There is a culture of overworking tech workers though, that I think needs to end."

Yep.

"I would be perfectly happy with a $70k job where I could show up at 8, leave at 5, and not give it a passing thought after I walk out the door."

I like being able to do some of the things a higher salary has allowed me.
I like being important to the company I work for, and 8 to 5 doesn't allow for that, really.
I like having stepped out of the "there is more to do, let me do it" and spending time with family.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Duhavid Re:Duh (454 comments)

It is hard to support "they are happy to pay that cost" unless they are saving more than that 5000 on the labor rate for the worker. Which means they are paying less.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Duhavid Re:Well Duh (454 comments)

Is it legal for me to complete with them? No.
Why is their salary lower? Because they live where their costs are lower. I am limited in what I can do about that. Sell my kids for medical experiments? Sell my kidneys?
Can I immigrate there? No.
What happens in/to the US? Wages go down. More unemployed. More unemployment to be paid ( or not, causing unrest ).
Less money available, less moving around, less revenue for companies selling to US customers/clients/etc. More layoffs due to these lower revenues.
The Pollyanna "innovate", "become an entrepreneur" are great, but carry risks and usually require capital. And see above, less money to access.
It doesn't look like free trade from where I sit, but blood sucking.
You see it differently, I am guessing. Good for you. But, if the positions were reversed, and your economic elites were selling you and yours down the river, would you smile and offer the same platitude?

about three weeks ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Duhavid Re:How do I refill it? (194 comments)

"Electricity is not free. Any business that provides 1 or more "high speed chargers" has to pay for the hardware AND the cost of the electricity. They are in business to make money, and if any good at "business", they want to maximize profits. They will do this by passing on the costs associated with the "high speed chargers" on to their customers, in the form of higher prices. Those people who do NOT have a need for "high speed chargers" will not be pleased to subsidize the few who do (pay the higher prices), and will more than likely take their trade (money) elsewhere."

Replace "electricity" with "Political Participation", and amend the rest to make sense in context.

about a month ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Duhavid Re:no dimocrats (551 comments)

"Non-Aggression Principle. Simply stated, the NAP says that any time a human coerces (or directly harms) another human (through physical or other forces) to do things against their will, they're being unethical"

OK. But it's yet another Utopian "if only all people everywhere will just abide by this one principal, all will be well" thing.
We know that pure communism is hard, people can be lazy and corrupt.
We know that pure capitalism is hard, people can be greedy and seek power.

This one is just we know that Mind your own Business is hard, people can be controlling and seek dominion over others.

Where/how can you enact this? How will you, without force, without mind control, without a "lets bring them up knowing only this" education system make this work?.

about a month ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Duhavid Re:Lies, damned lies, statistics (551 comments)

Why should a corporation be allowed to engage in politics in any way or at any level.

Each of the people involved in the corporation has a voice.
They can go out and use it. Why do they need an additional voice?

"want to censor corporations because you disagree with them"

No, I don't want them to participate if I agree or disagree.
It is supposed to be "we the people...".
As things stand, it categorically is not. It is "we the corporations and the wealthy".

""it must be bribery" when it's a corporation, and not when it's any other group of people"

A corporation is supposed to seek profit, no? ( Yes, they are ( not at any price, but yes ) ).
So, why would a corporation, seeking profit, want to participate in politics?
It would be about seeking profits through those contributions.
So, how is it not bribery?

How is it not distorting the political process?
How is it not disenfranchising the less wealthy?

Who looses their voice if we bar corporations?
No real person does. Zero ( 0 ),.

about a month and a half ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

Duhavid Re:Manufactured crisis. (574 comments)

Outsourcing = lower expenses
True
Also true, lower expenses => lower wages here
Good thing? Well, until the economic contractions lead to prices here falling.

about a month and a half ago
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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

Duhavid Re:Their answer to oversubscription as well (243 comments)

"If a highway carries 10,000 vehicles per day, do you complain that it doesn't have 10,000 lanes?"

I certainly do.

about a month and a half ago

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