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Jose Daniel M Member Since: Jul 11, 2016
41 of 53

I hear they have the internets in Venezuela now.

 

It depends. Internet cables are being stolen on a daily basis, and the national ISP that pretty much monopolizes the internet here (CANTV) doesn't have enough money to repair them. Thus, a lot of places lost their internet service years ago. Also, even if you have the possibility of requesting internet, you have to wait years to get a number assigned.

 

I personally use Netuno, which I pay in $. When I moved out I had to choose a place where Netuno was available, which makes it even harder since, due to rent laws, renting is almost impossible for young couples (TL;DR: if you have a son, the landowner can't take you out and by the time the child is old enough, the rented have the same amount they have lived in that place to leave). 

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Christine A Member Since: May 4, 2016
42 of 53

Jose Daniel M wrote:

I hear they have the internets in Venezuela now.

 

It depends. Internet cables are being stolen on a daily basis, and the national ISP that pretty much monopolizes the internet here (CANTV) doesn't have enough money to repair them. Thus, a lot of places lost their internet service years ago. Also, even if you have the possibility of requesting internet, you have to wait years to get a number assigned.

 

I personally use Netuno, which I pay in $. When I moved out I had to choose a place where Netuno was available, which makes it even harder since, due to rent laws, renting is almost impossible for young couples (TL;DR: if you have a son, the landowner can't take you out and by the time the child is old enough, the rented have the same amount they have lived in that place to leave). 


Wow, how awful. I spent the past winter in Mexico and had a crappy Internet connection for about a week in one little village that I was staying in; I was nearly tearing my hair out in frustration. I can't begin to imagine what it's like to have to deal with that, especially when you've got a family to support.

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Jose Daniel M Member Since: Jul 11, 2016
43 of 53

Checkout this year's blackouts. Quick reminder that Venezuela only has drought season and hot rain season.

 

And to be honest, you eventually get used to it. It's the worst part of course, but there is nothing you can do as an individual. Do your best with what you have.

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Christine A Member Since: May 4, 2016
44 of 53

Jose Daniel M wrote:

Checkout this year's blackouts. Quick reminder that Venezuela only has drought season and hot rain season.

 

And to be honest, you eventually get used to it. It's the worst part of course, but there is nothing you can do as an individual. Do your best with what you have.


Yeah, I went through flooding in my same Mexican apartment after a bad rainstorm, followed by a 9-hour blackout. That was fun. I spent the evening in my completely dark apartment reading with a flashlight while trying to eat most of the food in my fridge before it spoiled (it was 41 degrees Celsius outside). Fun times. You don't even realise how much you take for granted and how quickly things can all go wrong.

 

Thanks for putting all our whiny little problems into perspective. :-)

 

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Jose Daniel M Member Since: Jul 11, 2016
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That but imagine it happening for five days straight. That was, at least in our city. Some places stayed without power for weeks. Zulia (eastermost state) got it so bad that even as wek speak they get power a few hours a day. That's crushingly bad for that incredibly humid and hot state.

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
46 of 53

Hermann, are you saying that Upwork should replace the information it provides based on millions of jobs and hundreds of thousands of clients with your personal experience? Why?

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Hermann M Member Since: Jul 8, 2018
47 of 53
I'm not sure what you mean
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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
48 of 53

Hermann M wrote:
I'm not sure what you mean

You suggested that Upwork should change it's statement about the average time to hire--which would, of course, be the average across hundreds of thousands of posted jobs--an instead use numbers closer to those matching your extremely limited personal experience.

Doesn't it seem likely that Upwork's broad-based data yields a more accurate average than a one-freelancer sample across a limited time period in a single field?

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Hermann M Member Since: Jul 8, 2018
49 of 53

I do not believe that there is any reality base in the 3 day statement - it
may have been so 6 months ago, but it is certainly not now - they simply
have not changed it since it sounds a lot better than 6 weeks to never and it is not just my personal experience since of the 36 I send out each has now 50+ proposals and not a single one was hired which obviously means that at least 50x36 freelancers have the same experience

 

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
50 of 53

Hermann M wrote:

I do not believe that there is any reality base in the 3 day statement - it
may have been so 6 months ago, but it is certainly not now - they simply
have not changed it since it sounds a lot better than 6 weeks to never


 

The average time to hire (obviously) does not include clients who don't hire at all.

 

 

 

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