The Upside of Coronavirus

By | March 25, 2020

Like most of you, I get a lot of spam. It sucks. Just cleaning out the junk mail folder can be time consuming because the auto-detection sometimes auto-detects the wrong thing. Here is a piece of spam which made me smile.

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Spam for a petition to extend h1b visa grace period

This is something I didn’t really know. The length of the grace period between being canned and being sent home. I did know after going home one could have to wait up to a year before re-applying. This made me smile. Companies have been wholesale replacing IT workers with foreign workers. In many cases illegal foreign workers. In 2013 IBM, Tata, and Infosys quietly agreed to fines for their use of illegals.

Let me be clear here. If you are in this country on a visa which doesn’t allow you to receive payment for work, (i.e. a non-work visa) and you take a paying job of any kind you are now doing something that is illegal. To many this makes you an illegal alien because you are illegally working in this country when your visa says you came to spend money being a tourist or something.

Uber even ramped up foreign labor use while in the midst of a big layoff. Then there was Southern California Edison.

It’s not just China that steals technology. Have a read about Tata (TCS) stealing intellectual property from Epic Systems.

MBA programs are so void of ethics, they will throw national security under the bus for a fast buck.

On the bright side, according to this petition, if the country stays on lock down for 60 days, Disney might have to re-hire American workers. In fact many companies will, including AT&T. This program is seriously abused.

I guess you can simply look at this list of the top 25 H-1B visa sponsors to see who will be most impacted by a 60+ day nationwide lock down.




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Roland Hughes started his IT career in the early 1980s. He quickly became a consultant and president of Logikal Solutions, a software consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS application and C++/Qt touchscreen/embedded Linux development. Early in his career he became involved in what is now called cross platform development. Given the dearth of useful books on the subject he ventured into the world of professional author in 1995 writing the first of the "Zinc It!" book series for John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc. A decade later he released a massive (nearly 800 pages) tome "The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" which tried to encapsulate the essential skills gained over what was nearly a 20 year career at that point. From there "The Minimum You Need to Know" book series was born. Three years later he wrote his first novel "Infinite Exposure" which got much notice from people involved in the banking and financial security worlds. Some of the attacks predicted in that book have since come to pass. While it was not originally intended to be a trilogy, it became the first book of "The Earth That Was" trilogy: Infinite Exposure Lesedi - The Greatest Lie Ever Told John Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars When he is not consulting Roland Hughes posts about technology and sometimes politics on his blog. He also has regularly scheduled Sunday posts appearing on the Interesting Authors blog.