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Comment: Re:No, they're replacing. (Score 2, Interesting) 341

by Arethan (#47339159) Attached to: If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

The reality is that immigrants, particularly illegals, are the ones performing jobs that others don't want. Hard to believe that not everyone grows up hoping to become the guy that scrubs the toilets and changes the paper towels at an office complex, or installing a new roof in 98 degree heat, but apparently these jobs are always looking for more people even in poor economic times.

That said, H1B was never designed to provide an alternate citizenship avenue. It was meant to allow the US to brain drain the rest of the world for our own benefit. Let the geniuses have a stay in our country for a while, get them to like the amenities, and then they will want to become residents. What it's turned into, however, is an alternate path to general citizenship for the unwashed masses. We already have an avenue for that. People should stop trying to game the system. Too many H1B's are lackluster and need to go home, yet continue to fuck up our economy with their poor job execution and language barriers. The latest is the recent college grad foreign exchange student, that tries to land some job where their mediocrity can get by just long enough to become the one guy in the company that knows how to do X, and then suddenly they become "critical" with "irreplaceable knowledge", as defined by lazy managers.

I specifically avoid hiring the average performing H1B's and foreign exchange students for this very reason. If I'm blown away by their abilities, then great, welcome to 'Merika. If not, then fuck them. Finding a local monkey is easy, and they generate far less paperwork for HR and don't drain on the economy.

Comment: Who really wants to hand w/ Stephen Hawking?? (Score 0) 465

by Arethan (#45854335) Attached to: Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

So I'm a time traveler, and I can go to any time and place that I choose. Why in this world would I go to Stephen Hawking's lame-ass party? History already recorded that it sucked. F-that, I'm gonna go crash one of Kanye's parties, get some sex from a drunk/drugged troglodyte-hooker, and score some low-priced kanye-coins before they catch on. Then I go home and be a billionaire, like I always wanted, and still get some sex from drunk/drugged troglodyte-hookers.

Honestly, Stephen, you're supposedly a great physicist, you should know better than to think that this sort of crap could ever work.

Lame. Try harder, or stop pretending to know what the fuck you're talking about.

Java

Java EE 6 Platform Draft Published 74

Posted by Soulskill
from the rather-drafty dept.
synodinos writes "The public draft of the Java EE 6 Platform specification has been published and will remain open for public review and feedback until the 23rd of Feb, 2009. Perhaps the most notable part of this delayed draft is the Web Profile, which is first profile in the history of the Java EE platform. The draft is available for download and contains both the Java EE 6 Spec and the Web Profile Spec. There is a poll running at java.net regarding what the community thinks about the new spec. Although participation is yet rather small the results tend to show that the released draft did not cause any excitement."

Comment: Re:Waiting.. (Score 2, Insightful) 449

by Arethan (#26618239) Attached to: Apple Awarded Patent For iPhone Interface

Nope! Go get a BlackBerry Storm. Touch screen device that is improved via mechanism to detect difference between touching a widget and pushing a widget. I used to have one of those other touch screen phones, and navigation was a complete pain in the ass. My new phone with the clicky screen is much better, and it still uses multi-touch for on-screen text selection purposes. Interface improved, patent improved, life goes on.

What we really need is some patent reform to keep up with modern engineering and manufacturing speeds. A 20 year patent is a little long these days since time to market from prototype is often well under 2 years. Maybe 5-8 year patents are in order. Long patent durations encourage competitors to embrace/extend. Short patents encourage the original patent holder to continue making improvements, rather than sitting on their duff.

5 Predictions for Apple in 2007 257

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the gross-conjecture-and-speculation dept.
Michael writes "2006 is coming to a close, and all anyone can think about (in regards to Apple, at least) is the upcoming Apple phone, but what happens next? What are we going to be salivating over and speculating about after Macworld? What changes are in store for Apple in 2007? No one knows for sure, but it sure is fun to take a guess."
Encryption

HD-DVD and Blu-Ray AACS DRM Cracked 432

Posted by samzenpus
from the that-didn't-take-long dept.
EGSonikku writes "According to this article on Endgadget, the AACS DRM used in HD-DVD and Blu-Ray has been cracked. The program allows one to decrypt and dump the video for play on a users hard drive, or it can be burned to a blank HD-DVD and played on a stand-alone player. According to the accompanying video, a source release for the program will be made available in January. Time to get that $200 Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive?" Warning: this link contains video.
Amiga

AmigaOS 4.0 released 225

Posted by timothy
from the users-thrilled-plan-to-show-entire-retirement-home dept.
tmk writes "After five years Hyperion announces the availability of AmigaOS 4.0: 'Amiga OS 4.0 is the most stable, modern and feature-rich incarnation to date of the multi-media centric operating system launched by Commodore Business Machines (CBM) in 1985 with which it still retains a high degree of compatibility.' But there is a snag: the new OS supports only the AmigaOne, which is not available anymore. According to Hyperion, the new hardware platform will be announced by third parties early 2007."
Wireless Networking

RFID Fitted Throughout Tokyo Ginza Shopping Center 55

Posted by timothy
from the dadburned-radiation-burns dept.
Liam Cromar writes "In one of several RFID trials being held in Japan, the famous Ginza shopping area in Tokyo has been blanketed with around 10,000 RFID tags and other beacons. The trial got underway earlier this month, and general trials should start on January 21st 2007. Four languages, including English, will be supported by the service, which uses hand-held RFID terminals to get information about shops in the centre, including special offers and restaurant menus."
Education

First Russian Anti-Evolution Suit Enters Court Room 485

Posted by Zonk
from the popular-thing-to-do dept.
sdriver writes "If you thought it was only the US giving Darwin a hard time, Russia has its own problems starting with evolution. A student has 'sued the St. Petersburg city education committee, claiming the 10th-grade biology textbook used at the Cervantes Gymnasium was offensive to believers and that teachers should offer an alternative to Darwin's famous theory.' The suit, the first of its kind in Russia, is being dismissed out of hand by the principal and teachers. The teacher of the science class had apparently even taken the step of stating at the start of the school year that there were other theories on the origin of life."

Them as has, gets.

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