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I read this article in which the author seems surprised that some companies abuse H1B's in the IT sector... That surprises me. Every single shop where I've worked with H1Bs, I've seen them abused in some manner.

The author's ignorance is not surprising to me, because I believe that the ignorance problem goes way beyond stating that the author of that article has simply not been exposed to the proper information.

I do not have a quick and simple way to say what the ignorance problems are beyond stating that "the scope of the computer hardware and software job market is very diverse. As a result, there is going to be a lot of unknown unknowns out there or issues that are not applicable to everybody".

I am going to quickly compare the H-1B article with another one from the same website (see below). Imo, the article mentioned below does a good job of describing how brutal residencies actually are or how American doctors "still in training mode" get abused. The main difference between the two articles is that I as an article reader can extrapolate that abuse across an entire industry and understand that this abuse is something that is applicable to all American doctors.

Why So Many Young Doctors Work Such Awful Hours

Yes doctors get abused during residency. This is well known and it does suck. However once in private practice people like us pay them $250 to see them for 10 minutes. Its not uncommon especially if they are a specialist. Doctors get theirs in the end.

Contrast that with IT people where the only getting they get is short end of a pink slip where you were replaced with someone cheaper.

Nope. They screw them big time. A guy I work with has his h1b visa being held by the consulting company so he is trapped.

All of the wire between the two Zyxcel units is new copper, so yes, it is a long run but optimal in terms of materials. No old post wiring and no aluminum wiring (a plague from 1970s houses, I'm told.)

If the MOCA adapters are > $70 apiece I just think that's a bit high in light of how alternatives are priced. You need to buy one for each end, I surmise.  Unless that's a price for a pair.

It depends on your router, Verizon's router runs Moca by default so you only need to buy the end point where you want the ethernet. If your router does not have Moca you will need to buy one for the router as well.

You are right about the aluminum wiring, its a scourge. I don't know what years it was prevalent but my Dad warned me about it in house and its to be avoided apparently.

There's another really good solution that uses somewhat cheaper adapters: powerline ethernet.

I bought these last year when I was investigating having an antenna and a streaming TV device in our detached garage. The powerline adapters achieved at least 80 mb/s when I ran a testing program against them. And this is a detached garage with its own breaker panel with at least 80 feet of power line between the adapters.

The one downside of powerline ethernet is that the adapters depend on the juice from the socket they're plugged into which is also how they physically connect ethernet to the powerlines, and they won't work if you plug in them into a UPS because of the isolation of the signal. So they won't work when you lose power, whereas with your MOCA solution you could keep power going.

I was going to use the Powerline solution till I heard about Moca. I really didnt want to run wire no matter what. I am glad the Powerline adapters work great for you. I have read that in older houses or depending on how your house is wired you may have problems. Our house is about 110 years old and still has paired wire in some places (the original wiring). And has you said UPS and surge protectors can cause problems too.

The good thing is there are options if you dont want to run ethernet.

We only have coax in tow of the bedrooms and the living room downstairs. In one of the bedrooms I put in Ethernet a long time ago for work. Running cable is a huge ordeal and do not really want to do it.

The beauty of this is anywhere you have coax in the house you now have ethernet. Like for our TV in the living room, we only have coax so if I used Roku or anything like that it had to be over the air. I had wanted to put it on ethernet for a while but the ordeal of running the wire has deterred me. Now thats not an issue any more.

Problem 1: If you stream anything over the air like games or movies you are subject to network latency. WiFi is just not as fast as a wired network. You get stuttering and pixelation at times.

Problem 2: You want Ethernet in a room but getting the wire there can be a huge ordeal. Many times you do have coax cable there already.

Solution: MOCA Networking.

My friend at work told me about this after I mentioned that I wanted to put ethernet where we watch TV but it was going to be a huge ordeal running the wires. He said do you have a coax cable in the room? I said yes and he said you can use MOCA networking. He explained how it works.

Basically MOCA allows TCP/IP to run in an empty section of the bandwidth in a coax cable. Its a standard among the cable companies. Why its not advertised more is beyond me because its much faster than WiFi and as fast as ethernet.

The installation consists of buying a Moca adapter. Moca adapters have an Ethernet port in them. Verizon routers already have Moca built in and enabled so I only need to buy the Moca adapter in the room where I want the Ethernet. If your router does not have it built in you need to buy one that attached to the router and one for the end point. This is the Moca adapter I bought from Amazon:

After you have the Moca adapter - you split the coax cable with a splitter. The Moca adapter has a built in splitter but per my reading its better to split the cable - one side goes to your cable box or TV and one side goes to the Moca box. Plug in the power cube and you have instant Ethernet network. The Moca adapter has an Ethernet port in it - you can connect a Roku, Ethernet switch, whatever... now that you have an Ethernet port in the room. 

I only bought one Moca adapter to try it out. Attached to the coax in our bedroom and it was totally painless. I did some speed tests on it and compared it the wired Ethernet in my home office. Its FAST, really FAST. As fast as Ethernet.

For the $72 for the adapter it solves a bunch of problems and is worth it. Here are my speed tests:

Discussions - Public / New Office Sensors Know When You Leave Your Desk
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:22:42 AM »

I guess its time for a lead shield around your employee badge and maybe turn your cell phone into a mobile jammer.

FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Temp work in Europe
« on: February 14, 2017, 08:24:25 AM »
My friends in the UK say its a cesspool of body shops just like here. There is a huge Indian/Pakistani population that get preferential treatment as minorities. Same as here in the US.

I have been in several industries already: insurance (life and property), telecom, telecom DoD, investment banking, pharma. Every single one of them is full of H1bs except for telecom DoD. Though some companies are worse than others, it greatly depends on the company's culture.

For example: telecom IMO is the worst of all. They were were doing the H1B long before everyone else. There were large numbers of H1Bs there prior to Y2K. There are still large numbers of H1bs there. I have a friend that is involved with the layoffs, she does the financial analysis on it. She tells me they are continually laying people off even now. Never mind they have been laying people off continuously since the early 90s. Its a pit of a place to work and they pay shit.

Telecom DoD is a different animal. They are usually set up as wholly owned subsidiaries of the parent company and you need a secret clearance or above to work there. No H1Bs at all but there are quite a bit of foreigners who got go the Federal minority owned business gravy train. Lots and lots of so-called Indian-American owned body shops who place bodies there though the bodies all have to be citizens and have to be able to get security clearance.

Insurance is full of them but the environment is at least calm.

Investment banking is full of them but the environment is very stressful.

Pharma is also full of them except in research. All their routine operational stuff is in India and there are tons of Indian body shops that come in via another vendor. But the environment is at least calm.

BTW outside of DoD, pharma pays better than all of them.

Discussions - Public / Re: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Review
« on: February 10, 2017, 05:54:04 AM »
I occasionally use Ubuntu, which I've installed in a VirtualBox virtual machine.  I see that I'm woefully out of date with my release, being 12.04 LTS.  It used to be mainly for learning software when I was working in IT.

I spend a lot of time in Word, which for me is the killer app bar none (along with Chrome and occasionally Excel).  I've never used any OpenOffice types of alternatives to Microsoft office, and I'd have to convince myself that they are as good as Word and Excel before I would regularly use Linux.

You can actually run Microsoft Office including Word, Excel etc on Linux using a product called Crossover Linux.  This is a compatibility layer built on top of Wine.  You can read up on it here and see what software runs using Crossover.
I'd have to use it Feb-April each year for TurboTax   :(.

Thats ugly. Shrink the Windows partition to the smallest that you can possibly need. Thats what I did + some some space for growth. I shrank mine to about 90GB and that includes 15GB for growth. The only apps I have installed are Windows itself, Office, Firefox, VLC.

Discussions - Public / Re: Here's why win drivers work so well
« on: February 10, 2017, 05:51:18 AM »
The easiest solution is to not use Windows :) . Problem solved.

Discussions - Public / Re: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Review
« on: February 08, 2017, 08:57:54 AM »
Thanks I might do this. Windows 10 is basically unusable due to the constant updates, the crapware, etc, all making it so sluggish as to be unusable for 3-4 hrs after I boot it up each time.

I'm never sure if the various Linuxes will work on any Windows machine or not. Sometimes it'll sort of work, but only if you spend lots of time with weird configuration settings in the bios or whatnot.

Ubuntu is publishing lists now of hardware that they know will cause no problems. Check it out:

Discussions - Public / Re: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Review
« on: February 08, 2017, 08:54:57 AM »
Something thats nice is its LTS (long term support) which means it will be supported for 5 years. It works pretty quick as I only have 4GB of RAM. In the past the wireless and video drives could be a hassle. Not this time, it picked everything up out of the box. I didnt do jack.

The only thing I did before I started I shrank the Windows partition. Typical to shrink a Windows partition in Windows is a huge ordeal so I used something called Gparted. I put it on a stick - its Linux with a utility to shrink the partition. The utility supports all these different file systems:

ext2 / ext3 / ext4
fat16 / fat32
hfs / hfs+
lvm2 pv
reiserfs / reiser4

It took all of 5 minutes to cut my windows partition in half. Than you reboot, Windows runs a check and you are done. Contrast that to Windows itself or any of the utilities you buy. If you do it Windows, windows cries about unmovable files and other crap. Not sure what the big deal is but after I did it, I rebooted it and played with it and it was fine.

Than I installed Ubuntu in the remaining space and used the Logical Volume Manager so I can expand/shrink partitions as I want.

The one thing I can say is its incredibly flexible. Dont like the way it looks? It can be changed to look like Windows or a Mac. The standard interface is very usable and the learning curve is not that steep.

I tried Fedora for a few weeks but the stock Gnome 3 interface drove me crazy. Example it didnt have minimize/maximize buttons by default. So you had to turn them on. I just didnt care for the way it worked. So instead of spending huge amounts of time getting it to work I decided to try Ubuntu. It works GREAT.

You can install software from the command line or through the software store. I already installed some tools to tweak it as I like, Opera and some other things. Opera is very quick as well.

Give it a shot, its a great Windows replacement. I have not used Libre much yet but will let you all know. In the past some of these open sources MS Office replacements were flaky. We shall see. That is a reason I kept my Windows partition. Truth being I dont use MS Office that much at home - about the only thing is to write my resume. I started using Google's spreadsheet for the house so I am off of that too.

My goal is to cut my self loose from Microsofts hang knot (and Apple too for that matter). I think this might be a way to do it. Give it a shot as its free.

Discussions - Public / Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Review
« on: February 08, 2017, 07:03:14 AM »
I am seriously fed up with Windows so on a whim I installed Unbuntu 16.04 (Long term support) along side Windows 7 in my laptop. I have to say it works GREAT. It picked up all my hardware with no grief. Its an HP 8440P and is a few years old. The interface takes some getting used too but its not a big deal.

I have used Linux in the past but to get it to work smoothly was always a hassle. This one I had to do nothing. It came with Firefox pre-installed along with Libre Office. It all works out of the box. Everything I could ever do on the machine is easily done. And you can change the interface to be whatever you want it to be.

For those that have been avoiding it, its a great choice. Frankly I am sold on it.

Discussions - Public / Re: Unteachable Ignorance
« on: February 06, 2017, 09:12:08 AM »
Yeah its my wet dream to build someone else an application so you can get rich. All for the glory of you and being able to put it in my portfolio.

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