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twins.fan
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3/9/2013 | 4:04:38 PM
re: IT Talent Shortage Or Purple Squirrel Hunt?
Last year, HP laid off 39,000 STEM workers that bought into that logic. Now HP is on the forefront lobbying for more foreign workers by expanding the H-1B visa.

No doubt there were a bunch of those 39,000 workers that were comfortable in their position, that felt safe and protected, that ignored the signs of trouble, that sat silent when one of their subordinates was replaced with an H-1B visa recipient. They sat silent and now they are on the outside looking in, wondering what they could have done differently.

When you give up, you lose. I am not giving up!
twins.fan
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3/9/2013 | 3:53:50 PM
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In some cases, it is not a matter of being trained by the corporation, training is simply not even an option. Training that is being made available to Indian workers simply is not being made available to US STEM workers, those Indian workers that are being groomed to come to the US on an H-1B visa, an L-1 visa, a B-1 visa, etc.

Corporate America is erecting insurmountable barriers preventing US workers from being trained, while simultaneously PAYING Indian workers to be trained.
moarsauce123
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3/9/2013 | 1:05:45 PM
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It depends on how you presented your skills. Today nobody cares if you can operate "4.7mhz IBM-PC's with cassette drives"...and the plural is quite different from the possessive.
So which currently sought after skills do you have? Did you continue learning new things?
moarsauce123
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3/9/2013 | 1:03:27 PM
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It is not so much a matter of pay, it is a problem of getting a job in the first place. The salaries reflect the relative skill set and the cost of living in the region. And if the income does not secure the outcome then the job is not worth taking, especially when competing with low cost slave labor.
I also have yet to see an entry level programming job paying six figures outside of NYC and even there you are hard pressed to find that. So please, if you have proof that there is such a thing post it here.
moarsauce123
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3/9/2013 | 12:59:33 PM
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I agree with the Dow Jones index comment. About 10% of Americans hold 80% of the US stock. So a rise in the Dow Jones only means that the rich get richer. And maybe not even that because the Dow Jones is not adjusted for inflation. After transferring the index to reality it isn't as great as mainstream media makes it look like. But who cares about facts these days.....
moarsauce123
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3/9/2013 | 12:57:06 PM
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One thing not noticed by anyone in the article is that there is also the option for companies to train the talent they need. They will not get the skills from anyone for brand new tech unless that person worked on creating that tech.
The rules should be changed that before applying to H1B visa companies need to show that they hired candidates and trained them, but still are short on talent. And to help that along by quite a bit increase the H1B application fees by at least a factor of 50 if not more. If a company truly needs the talent to stay competitive then investing in that talent will be an expense that has to be made. The ridiculously low H1B application fees are the main reason why this program gets abused that much. It costs a company just a few thousand bucks to import a slave from India or other places.
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3/9/2013 | 4:26:03 AM
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I keep my assault rifle oiled and ready to go the day this country becomes total chaos. Been keeping a list of names of CEO's, CIO's, politician's, etc. because the day all h breaks loose I'm going hunting. It's new age, the French did it with a guillotine, today it's an AK-47. Pay back time!
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3/8/2013 | 7:16:14 PM
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Shortage or Not, it is what America Inc. wants it to be.

We should learn to live with it or live a lifetime of angst, frustration & hang ups. I suggest we accept the reality of greed and move on or you could re-strategize and find a niche on the current game.

If you attempt to analyze and make sense of it all, it will just make it worse.
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3/8/2013 | 7:06:04 PM
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Recent events have caused everyone to realize that US business and government computer networks are poorly defended against hostile attack. What makes such attacks far more dangerous is having trusted insiders onsite. H1-Bs in general have no great reason to be loyal to the US, as they spend 6 years working, often exploited, before they maybe get a green card. China is the second biggest user of H1-B, and Russia is also a major user.

"ChinaG«÷s intelligence services, as well as private companies, frequently seek to exploit Chinese citizens or people with family ties to China who can use their insider access to U.S. corporate networks to steal trade secrets using thumb drives or e-mail, according to a report by the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
Bill_Kennedy
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3/8/2013 | 6:07:23 PM
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This will give some idea of how eager major American corporations are to win the goodwill of China's rulers by transferring technology and production there:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06...

WASHINGTON G«Ų A Canadian subsidiary of the Connecticut-based military contractor the United Technologies Corporation pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges that it had illegally helped the Chinese government develop an attack helicopter now in service there.

... It is being mass produced in China...

Technology for the engines, the authorities said, had originally been created for United States military helicopters.

According to the settlement, Pratt & Whitney Canada pleaded guilty to illegally exporting to China the American military software used to operate the engines.

Pratt & Whitney Canada G«£anticipated that its work on the Z-10 military attack helicopter in China would open the door to a far more lucrative civilian helicopter market in ChinaG«• that may have been worth $2 billion to the company, according to the Justice Department.
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