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Bill Gates testified before Congress in 2009 about a tech worker shortage.
These New York Times reporters are either dumb -- or lazy. Here's a story about how tech companies are training up a new generation of workers because of a shortage of technical talent. They never even bother to investigate whether there's a discrepancy between what companies tell them, and the qualifications of laid off workers:
There are likely to be 150,000 computing jobs opening up each year through 2020, according to an analysis of federal forecasts by the Association for Computing Machinery, a professional society for computing researchers. But despite the hoopla around start-up celebrities like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, fewer than 14,000 American students received undergraduate degrees in computer science last year, the Computing Research Association estimates. And the wider job market remains weak.
?People can?t get jobs, and we have jobs that can?t be filled,? Brad Smith, Microsoft?s general counsel who oversees its philanthropic efforts, said in a recent interview.
Big technology companies have complained for years about a dearth of technical talent, a problem they have tried to solve by lobbying for looser immigration rules to accommodate more foreign engineers and sponsoring tech competitions to encourage student interest in the industry. Google, for one, holds a programming summer camp for incoming ninth graders and underwrites an effort called CS4HS, in which high school teachers sharpen their computer science skills in workshops at local universities.
Anyone who's been around the IT industry knows what a bunch of horse hockey this is. From the Global Affairs blog:
The so called "shortage" is a self made shortage by the companies who want to hire the knowledge at cut rate prices. Individuals in their 40s and 50s find themselves increasingly locked out of jobs they can easily do because the company doesn't want to pay them for that experience. Even when individuals are desperate for that job, and are willing to take any pay just so they can work, it's a rare occurrence indeed to be even granted an interview. And the longer one is unemployed, the worse it gets as now the company will claim that you've been out of the field too long and aren't current on today's technology.
So the next time you see some CEO crying about how it's so damned difficult to fill their spots, stop and think about what they're really saying. What they really mean is they're unable to find some kid who can do the job for peanuts and don't want to hire anyone out of the existing glut of unemployed tech experts who would kill for just an interview.
Norman Matloff, a professor of computer science at UC Davis, puts it this way:
But won't those laid-off HP engineers be snapped up by the booming tech sector? Many will not.
The tech job market is excellent for younger workers, but many of those who are laid off and over 35 will find the market less welcoming. They're perceived as too expensive. The HP layoff will consist disproportionately of older workers. Indeed, jettisoning the veterans is often the hidden agenda in mass layoffs. It's no coincidence that many of the U.S. core engineering openings at HP have titles like Recent Graduate, Intern and Post Doc, all aimed at the younger crowd.
The difficulties of older techies have been investigated statistically in studies at American University and the National Research Council, but a very public human face was placed on this recently in an online town hall meeting with President Obama.
The wife of electrical engineer Darin Wedel explained to the president that her husband has never found a permanent job after being laid off by the electronics giant Texas Instruments. Granted, family issues restricted him to the Dallas area, but if the hype regarding a seller's market for engineers were true, Wedel should have been able to find something in that region, which sadly has not been the case.
We've seen it over and over. Tech companies insist Americans can't fill their positions (at slave wages), so they push for more H-1B visas for workers who are willing to work for much lower salaries. And so it goes in our brave new world.
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Ask Americans about Jimmy Carter, and the most popular response may well be: ?Um. Wait. Was he a president or something?? After all, the man left office more than three decades ago, long before many voters were born. Unlike the Reagan years, there was nothing definitional about Carter?s presidency?which was one of its problems. And unlike Bill Clinton, the Man from Plains didn?t preside over a boom time?which was another one of his problems. He?s been a swell ex-president, but normal people don?t pay much heed to ex-presidents, especially the ones who run around doing fine things for humanity (yawn). Sure, to some politicos, ?Jimmy Carter? is still synonymous with a gloomy and failed presidency. But for everybody else, Jimmy Carter was yesterday?s news 20 years ago.
But he?s about to make a dramatic comeback, if the Romney campaign has anything to say about it. At Salon, Craig Unger reported today on the grand turnaround strategy that Team Romney is ?chortling with glee? about: ?to portray Obama as a helpless, Jimmy Carter-like president and to equate the tragedy in Libya with President Carter?s failed attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran in 1980.? They?re calling it the Jimmy Carter Strategy, or the October Surprise. It hinges on releasing some intelligence that purports to show Obama knew about plans to attack the U.S. embassy in Libya before it happened?and then using it to paint Obama as ?weak on terrorism,? just like Carter.
Of course, folks like Karl Rove and Paul Ryan?and Romney himself, in his far-too-soon critique of Obama while the crisis was still roiling?have already been howling about Libya. And the mixed-up messages of Obama and his aides, who still can?t seem to decide on what really happened, has certainly put a small chink in the president?s formidable terror-fighting armor. Potentially damaging stories are starting to trickle out about the pre-attack intel. But the idea that Jimmy Carterizing the president is the magic bullet that the Romney campaign has been waiting for? It gives new meaning to ?grasping at straws.? Even if Obama=Carter somehow caught on like wildfire, as the Romney folks are betting, there?s no history of October Surprises working wonders; today, Kevin Drum at Mother Jones has a history of Surprises dating back to the 1940s that suggests they?re about as likely to turn an election as the mythical ?debate bounce.?
?In debate, @MittRomney should ask Obama why autobiography states, ?born in Kenya, raised in Indonesia.??
?Donald Trump?s idea of a great debate ?zinger? for Romney
Sixty-seven percent of voters can pinpoint Mitt Romney as the progenitor of the "47 percent" comments dominating election coverage the past few weeks, while 29 percent don't know who said those things. Fifty-five percent of those who know it was Romney report a negative reaction, while 23 percent of respondents react positively. When you split the reactions by party, not surprisingly, the differences grow stark?54 percent of Republicans find positive connotations (!) in the secret video remarks, while 88 percent of Democrats react negatively.
For more polling information, go to the Prospect?s 2012 election map.
Michele Bachmann is slowly devolving into a mean parody of herself, and considering where she started from that is saying something. Here are her "thoughts" on the president's last speech to the U.N.
It almost sounds like he?s trying to speak as ??Emperor of the World,? telling the world what to do, as opposed to being the President of the United States who should be adamant and say it?s outrageous that these Islamist countries should be calling on the United States to take away the constitutional protections of the American people. This is very important to think that the United States would restrict speech of Americans. Now the president did talk in his remarks about the fact that we do have a constitutional right to free speech but really the only focus of that speech should have been under no circumstances will the United States ever subvert the Constitution to Sharia law. We didn?t get that kind of a forceful statement from our President.
I'm trying to imagine, here, a president going up in front of the United Nations and devoting an entire speech to the notion that America and our Constitution was under attack by forces bent on establishing Muslim religious rule, but that this would not stand. I'm not seeing any scenario in which the president (any president) would not come off as a freaking crazy person.
It seems that Bachmann is getting more unhinged by the week. I'm not sure if her new invisible-Muslims conspiracy is something she honestly believes or if it's just some sort of Glenn Beckish performance art meant to keep the worst of her base happy, but she's gone off the deep end either way. It's not even parody material at this point, it's just ... unhinged.
Well, whatever. Hopefully her district is getting as sick of her as the rest of her party seems to be. Please donate $3 to Jim Graves, who has an uphill climb in unseating this crackpot.
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