Tunnel Rat posted on April 29, 2014 10:19

American Insurgents have known about this for years!

Silicon Valley’s Giants Are Just Gilded Age Tycoons in Techno-Utopian Clothes

The $300 million payout from tech giants like Google and Apple to settle a lawsuit brought by employees makes it clear that Silicon Valley is out for profit, not to change the world.

Silicon Valley’s biggest names—Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe—reached a settlement today in a contentious $3 billion anti-trust suit brought by workers who accused the tech giants of secretly colluding to not recruit each other’s employees. The workers won, but not much, receiving only a rumored $300 million, a small fraction of the billions the companies might have been forced to pay had they been found guilty in a trial verdict. 

The criminality that the case exposed in the boardrooms the tech giants, including from revered figures like Steve Jobs who comes off as especially ruthless, should not be jarring to anyone familiar with Silicon Valley.  It may shock much of the media, who have generally genuflected towards these companies, and much of the public, that has been hoodwinked into thinking the Valley oligarchs represent a better kind of plutocrat—but the truth is they are a lot like the old robber barons...

...One might excuse the hagiographies prepared by the Valley’s ever expanding legion of public relations professionals, and their media allies,  but the ugly reality remains. The  Silicon Valley tech firms tend to be  every bit as cutthroat and greedy as any capitalist enterprise before it. We need to finally see the tech moguls not as a superior form of oligarch, but as just the latest in long line whose overweening ambition sometimes needs to be restrained, not just celebrated.

 

THERE WILL BE RETRIBUTION

 


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Think I'll get a good reference?

Not that I care.  

I lasted 4 1/2 months at a place that turned out to be a frat-house.  Guys flashing porn pics, day trading, playing FPS in the open, screaming and cussing, and not a clue how to do software dev.  They tried put me full-time on a CMS project and I told them to shove it.  

Plenty of leads in the job market.  Three onsite interviews this week and a lot of calls.  Most interesting one was a well funded startup with an open-office.  I get led in, wearing my wing-tips and suit and tie, and see a guy in cargo shirts, t-shirt, and no shoes on, not even flip-flops.  Immediately took off my tie and sat there for four hours doing a gang bang of interviews.  Probably should have left after the manager in the first interview said she knew the manager at the place I just left.  I didn't flip her off, but I am sure that word got around :-)

But the open office thing is weird.  Too quiet and no privacy.  Anyway, got turned down today.

Then I interviewed with this Russian guy (I am pretty sure Russians hate Hungarians like me).  He started waving my resume around and saying "All these jobs, I don't like this!  I don't want someone who will be here 6 months and leave!!"  Douche.  And that guy also knew that same manager from my last place.  WTF? 

So those two gigs won't be happening.

But all of the sudden these assholes are calling me a job hopper because I've been consulting and contracting for the last 20 years.  Never mind that companies in the last 5-7 years have been downsizing, merging, and re-orging like crazy.

Anybody who has been at the same place for the last 5 years must be a serious ass-kisser and collaborator.

So, I've decided to go all slumdog on my resume.  Change dates, add bogus skills, hype and fabricate shit.  Nothing outrageous, like 25-yr. old Kumar with 15 years of ERP experience, but basic shit that I can BS past in an interview.  

The companies lie to us, so we need to do the same.  Maybe the slumdogs were on to something.

 

 


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Tunnel Rat posted on April 7, 2014 08:07

...resulting in a large amount of anti-H1B comments:

Wanted: Foreign workers. H-1B visa requests leap

Here are some good ones:

  • The ones who get degrees here are the worst! The entire purpose of the student visa is for people to study here then go back to their homeland to build up their native nations. NOT to stay in the US so they can live large. Such people are not only greedy and opportunistic, but unpatriotic and I believe that character should figure into immigration laws. What is the difference between a foreign STEM grad and an American STEM grad? Answer: the foreign STEM grad is taken by the hand and ushered into an extremely desirable American job. Whereas the American STEM grad has to move home and wait tables. This must end.

 

  • It is all about bringing in chaper labor from India . Does anyone really beleive that we don;t have the skilled labor in IT and acounting to do these jobs? If you do I have a bridge in NYC to sell you cheap. Its all about outsourcing to cheaper labor. Have to raise profits to keep investors happy. Can;t do it by 9increasing revenue so need to cut Laborl. Look at IBM . IN 10 years they have gone from over 200K employees in US to a target number of about 40K by 2015 yet the World wide number of employess is about flat. WHY ? Cheaper labor to grow profits. Look at the top 3 companies applying for the Visa.....they sure aren;t American companies and they sure do have access to some really cheap labor.

 

  • this is a perfect example of what these H1B d**cks do. They steal from each other in their own country, and then they come here and steal, and then they justify it by saying "everyone does it", so now stealing is ok, or they call it some fancy name like "globalization". They can't make their own country livable/it's filthy, so they come here and rob others, and then make it sound like everyone is a thief, like them. At least you're honest about how you all operate, I'll give you that.

 

  • Tech firms aren't even bothering to interview domestic candidates, despite the resume queues being full of them, before they hire foreigners. Its absolutely a travesty. Top grads can spend years sending out job applications not even to receive the basic courtesy of a response from many of those named employers.

 


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