>>19876>>19887>>19902>not having a hobbyist COBOL open-source project>not having your personal website run off CoC (COBOL on Cogs)>not rewriting coreutils in GNU COBOL
saying you can't learn cobol because nobody wants you to fuck up their mainframe is like saying you can't learn java because nobody will let you deploy on their infrastructure. COBOL is a programming language. If you want to know it, write a compiler for it. All you need for that is the specification.>>19854
h1b salaries are going to be significantly lower because of the negotiation position the dev is forced into.>>19683
Google has offices all over the place. Mountain View is the largest but they're basically in every major metropolitan area in the US (Seattle, I think Portland but maybe not many teams there, SF/MV, LA, Chicago, Boston, NYC, the DC office is just lobbyists and the Atlanta office is just sales now). Similarly, most big companies have satellite offices in more affordable areas.
The real trick is to get hired at one of the main campuses and find a reason to work full remote and live in the sticks in West Virginia somewhere, if you can pull that off you get paid the bay area prices with all the cost savings that comes from living in an area predominantly populated by sasquatches (sasquatchen?) and the descendants of a single family of settlers in 1688.>>19680
If you work for the government you get paid a federal salary. You can look up what the federal salary brackets are. You won't get a bonus based on performance, you won't get stock, and while you will get a pension, with the economy the way that it is that isn't as reassuring as it was years ago. Public sector is a dead end.
Also it's not hard to get a job at google. Just pitch a messaging app in the interview and they'll hire you as a director on the spot.