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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

poached How many affected are H1-Bs? (383 comments)

During several rounds of layoffs I experienced in 2009, all of the workers laid off were non-H1-B holders. H1-Bs have better job security than their American counterparts (until they get their green card). I won't be surprised that the 18,000 are going to be either Western European or Americans. Hey at least in Western Europe they have better social services and losing your job won't be the end of your health care and other necessary services. America? Fuck it, you are out on the streets if you didn't save like a hawk. In this economy, finding a job will be very difficult, especially with that many hitting the streets at once.

Get rid of the dead weight and retrain the rest. You won't ever need H1-B to fill any jobs if your workforce is always trained and on the cutting edge.

about two weeks ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

poached Re:It will never work (548 comments)

Girls like to find good mates, like we all do. Is sitting in front of the computer all day and only interacting with socially awkward nerds through IM going to help them? No. Is being a part of a marketing team working on a big marketing project and meeting with clients and co-workers going to help them? Much more so than the former. Making money isn't the end-all-be-all measure of work satisfaction, especially for women. Men are deluded to think that money==power==pussy, but it's much more than that to most women. Otherwise most of us would have incredibly hot wives and girlfriends.

about a month ago
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Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

poached the same companies (150 comments)

are also heavy users of H1-B visas which also depress wages. I say fuck them all. But I don't know how to actually go about fucking them over.

about a month ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

poached Re:seems like a back door (566 comments)

You seem to confirm my theory that it is easier to land a job as a H1-B than as a US citizen.

Could it be that H1-Bs have firmly and thoroughly infiltrated the corporate world that the hiring manager would prefer to hire someone of their race, religion, culture, etc? Or that because of the corporations and managers are willing to shell out the excessive amount of money to hire a foreigner over an American for guaranteed six years of service and no job hopping? Turn overs are expensive. It takes probably one year for someone regardless of background to get completely up to speed. If that person leave at the end of one year, I wouldn't have gotten back my return on investment. But six, and at which point you can hire someone cheaper to start over, sure, that sounds a lot better!

We all know that the white HR team have no say in who the manager decides to hire. The manager at this point in time is more likely going to be a) Indian or b) white but thoroughly believes in saving his own ass by hiring replaceable H1-Bs.

about 3 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

poached Re:work is survival (566 comments)

Not to mention all of your supposed "friends" avoid you like the plague once you have no work.

about 3 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

poached Re:Wow seriously? (566 comments)

And since both parties are controlled by corporations, they both support H1-Bs.

about 3 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

poached Re:Wow seriously? (566 comments)

We're not a democracy and corporations control the government. We have no say.

about 3 months ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

poached Re:AWS is NOT cheap (146 comments)

That's great that your service is 1/4 the cost of AWS, but do you have a data center in Europe that I can run my apps on? How about South America, Asia Pacific? Yeah, it may cost more, but I get to have my apps and services running in all major geographies so that customer can actually have a good experience. Can you provide that kind of service at your current price point?

about 3 months ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

poached Re:Immigration not H1B (325 comments)

It doesn't look like country of origin is a required disclosure and I don't think companies voluntarily discloses information that it doesn't need to.

http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/co...

about 4 months ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

poached Re:Immigration not H1B (325 comments)

I wish it is a law for H1B employers to disclose the percentage of their company who are on H1B visas. I don't have a problem with foreigners, per se, but I don't trust that the reverse is not true - that those H1Bs are not going to bring their old world rivalries and discrimination against me. Especially with most of the H1Bs coming from the same country, India, there is a strong monoculture forming in these places that I would rather avoid. Interviews don't really tell the whole story because they can always select who they want you to meet during the brief time you have there.

about 4 months ago
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App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

poached Re:Web Bubble 2.0 (161 comments)

I just checked - NASDAQ is up significantly over DOW and S&P500, just like the dot-com days (98-99), whereas for the most part between 2001 and 2008, NASDAQ was on the same level as the other indices.

Google Finance

about 4 months ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

poached Two kinds of H1-Bs (325 comments)

Why do people consistently forget that there are two kinds of H1-Bs and mix them up in the same context all the time.

You have the 65,000 for the foreign workers.
And there is the 20,000 for U.S. educated graduate students.

Facebook, MSFT, Google, etc want the U.S. educated foreigners. They are usually better and are better to work with because they have had 1.5 to 5 years of acclimatization. The 65,000? Run hard if it's one in the 65,000 who also got a U.S. MBA, which just reinforces their "I deserve this" attitude, plundering jobs from the U.S. while hiring more H1-Bs.

We can do without the 65,000.

And even 20,000 might be too much. That's the number of student enrolled in 8 elite Ivy league schools, combined, each year. source

about 4 months ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

poached Re:Cost of transaction processing (455 comments)

The cost of credit card transactions are nowhere near zero. Transaction processing in any form is not cheap, even at high volumes. There are significant costs for both on the front end (credit card machines + computers + accounting + banking fees), and on the back end (computers, customer service, accounting, security (yeah, ironic I know), billing, payment transaction costs, marketing, and more).

Some of those things you have listed (credit card machines, computers, more computers) are fixed cost and should not be factored into transaction fees, which are a variable cost.

What's strange is why is the fee a percent? It should cost more to process a $10,000 purchase than a $1.59 stick of gun.

about 4 months ago
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MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

poached Ph.D.? (70 comments)

I didn't know soldering some electronics together and porting a language to a platform is Ph.D. level work.

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

poached Professors and administrators are crooks (538 comments)

I recently graduated with a masters and many years after college, so I was not as naive as I was. The administrators are worthless and each of them earning a great salary for doing almost zero work. Once a year they review the applications and figure out who gets in and whatnot. Then they don't really do anything for the rest of the year. And you think your professor are altruistic and doing because he cares about the youth? No, the professor is top dog at the university. The smaller salary compared to their private sector counter-parts is easily offset by the power and influence they wield. And I would think that they probably make more than a private sector person, after factoring the reports they are commissioned to write. Each and every one of the engineer professor at this top-8 engineering school had a SBIR shop on the side where they are on the board. The company's business model is to bid on DoD Small Business Innovation Grants. I worked at one that has been in existence for 10+ years, never ever trying to use that grant to develop any commercial solutions (because that takes work and is risky!), but rather collecting the various 6 digital loans they get, pay their freshly graduated Ph.D. student (H1-Bs) a measly salary and pocket most of the grant money.

On top of that you are paying for these professors to be condescending towards you, for the administrators to not give a shit about you. Why? If you pay for a product or a service, shouldn't you demand a certain level of service? Not with Universities!

about 4 months ago
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Silicon Valley's Youth Problem

poached Re:Barrier to entry (225 comments)

Good for you. But perhaps that's why there are so many startups? If I have no experience and can't get a job, I might as well start a company and get the experience myself.

That is assuming you have rich parents or can get VC funding.

about 5 months ago
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Computer Science Enrollments Rocketed Last Year, Up 22%

poached Re:I've seen this before (137 comments)

Yeah and given the lackluster employment options to our college-bound or recent college graduates, it's no surprise that more are looking into CS where unemployment is still relatively low. Absolutely correct on H1-B and outsourcing too.

about 5 months ago
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Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

poached Re: looser immigration laws (303 comments)

I was laid off 5 years ago and I saw a lot of citizens and greencard holders also get laid off. But not one single H1-B was laid off.

I would be more in favor of H1-B immigration if it allows the immigrants to be on the same playing field. But it's not. And for some perverted reason they actually have better job security than American workers.

I know a few H1-Bs who survived the recession, got to night school for MBAs, and are now program managers on the way up - hiring more H1-Bs from their home country and not hiring workers from other countries. If the H1-B system was not fundamentally broken we would have a more equal representation of immigrants from all over the world - Brazil, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia, Ukraine, etc. But no, we have a monoculture, and while we are playing fair, they are not.

about 5 months ago

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