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Comment: Re:Let's talk about nursing for a minute (Score 1) 795

by Frodo (#41794913) Attached to: Cringley: H-1B Visa Abuse Limits Wages and Steals US Jobs
From what it looks like the reason why H1B company can afford to pay lower wages and not have personnel leave in a couple of months after they learned which paper posts job ads - is because of the H1B setup that binds the worker to the workplace. In the absence of such setup the companies paying below market wages would experience a constant and expensive personnel churn, when the new workers leave as soon as they accomodate to the country, workplace procedures, cultural/language environment, etc. and find out how to shop for better job - i.e. at the same time as they become most productive. So now, to solve this problem one would logically advocate abandoning this binding and allowing unrestricted mobility of the workers within the workforce. But the people that use lower H1B wages as an argument almost always advocate exactly the opposite - more and stricter limits! >> Quit using the government to skew the market in your favor. Does this include using the government to artificially limit labor force supply by excluding qualified applicants having non-US citizenship?

Comment: Re:Respect the First Amendment! (Score 4, Insightful) 109

It's even simpler than that. 1st Amendment protects you from prosecution by the government for the fact and the content of your speech. It does not imply that you speech will have no consequences at all, including legal ones. If you damaged somebody by your speech - or intended to damage - you still can be prosecuted and sued. If, for example, you wrote a program and used it to steal money from the bank - you can not avoid prosecution claiming programming is like speech so it's protected by 1st amendment. It may be like speech, but stealing money isn't. In the same vein, saying "I own Facebook" is protected speech. Undertaking fraudulent legal actions with intent to steal Facebook's money under false premises of owning Facebook is not protected at all. Ceglia is getting a lesson about it right now.

Comment: Re:yet more biblical contradictions (Score 1) 916

by Frodo (#39105971) Attached to: Why People Don't Live Past 114
In Judaism, it's also about choice. God told Adam what to do - so basically Adam had to rely on God in his knowledge of right and wrong, like a child that relies on his parents to tell him how to behave. Adam instead decided to find out by himself what is right and wrong. So God basically told him - ok, you want it - go and find out by yourself. One can say Adam has been doing that ever since.

Comment: Fair, shmair (Score 1) 377

by Frodo (#34354164) Attached to: Every Day's a Tax Holiday At Amazon

This is total bullshit. Amazon employees enjoying some benefits in some other state has nothing to do with me having to pay sales tax in California. I do not have a moral duty to ensure California gets as much tax revenue as possible from me. And if California businesses feel disadvantaged by the huge taxes - they should either complain to the California legislature or enjoy the fruits of the out service California government provides them for this money. Either way this has nothing to do with "fairness" or my private transactions with Amazon.

Comment: Re:Yea? so it was a targeted job listing.. (Score 2, Interesting) 354

by Frodo (#34336660) Attached to: Seagate To Pay Former Worker $1.9M For Phantom Job

PERM ads are for *Green card*, not H1-B's. Which means the applicant *would not* be limited to one employer after he gets it, and so if HP or anybody else would really want cheap hitech slave labor, it would make zero sense for them to do it. The reason they do it is because they need more people than US-only market can provide them, and they are ready to go through considerable expense that PERM/GC process involves because they have no other way to get enough people that they need. They would not be cheaper or in any way linked to the employer once they have the GC - the only way to keep them would be to pay them the same as US citizens. And since hiring them involves additional expense there's absolutely no monetary or otherwise reason to prefer them to qualified US citizens - if those were available.
The reason why they do it is very simple - they already have a person that they know fits the job and they want to keep her on the job. The government, however, doesn't let them to do just that - they require to post fake job ads, even though there's no real intent to hire - because nobody wants to replace known trained good worker with unknown newbie. This farce is a direct consequence of government meddling, as most bureaucratic farces in US are.

It is sad that the post which gets basic facts wrong gets moderated as "Insightful"...

Comment: Re:Isn't freedom great? (Score 5, Informative) 496

by Frodo (#34214180) Attached to: Facebook Postings Lead To Arrest for Heresy In the West Bank

Yes, exactly, If you go around saying judaism is fake, absolutely nothing is going to happen to you. Well, some people may be pissed off, but that's it. Nobody is going to arrest you, send Mossad after you, have black helicopters take you to secret prison. Some people may yell at you, that's about it.
Yes, I am Israeli and lived in Israel for 13 years, and I know what I am talking about. Looks like you do not.

Comment: No fixed vacation (Score 1) 371

by Frodo (#34156946) Attached to: Do Firefox Users Pay More For Car Loans?

About CarMax not having fixed vacation - I think it's super-clever from their side. I know that I constantly accumulate more vacation time than I take and I have hit the company cap sometimes and took time off just not to lose it - and if I leave they have to pay me all the vacation time I have accumulated. However if they don't have a fixed vacation - nothing of it applies, they can just rely on tech people being workaholics (which happens quite often) and not take too much vacation (if one does, you can always fire him...) - but they don't pay any additional money for unused vacation time! This is pure genius.

United States

New York Judge Rules 6-Year-Old Can Be Sued 799

Posted by Soulskill
from the court-is-more-interesting-than-kindergarten-anyway dept.
suraj.sun sends this snippet from Reuters: "A girl can be sued over accusations she ran over an elderly woman with her training bicycle when she was 4 years old, a New York Supreme Court justice has ruled. The ruling by King's County Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten stems from an incident in April 2009 when Juliet Breitman and Jacob Kohn, both aged four, struck an 87-year-old pedestrian, Claire Menagh, with their training bikes. Menagh underwent surgery for a fractured hip and died three months later. In a ruling made public late Thursday, the judge dismissed arguments by Breitman's lawyer that the case should be dismissed because of her young age. He ruled that she is old enough to be sued and the case can proceed."
Earth

BP Claims Gulf Well Has Been Stopped 601

Posted by timothy
from the ha-ha-only-serious dept.
An anonymous reader writes with word that BP has announced the Gulf oil spill has been stopped. Another reader adds more detail: "The last valve on the new cap has been closed, and the flow of oil and gas into the sea has stopped. That doesn't mean it's over. It is unclear whether the steel casing deep in the well can contain the pressure. The risk is that it could burst, which would eventually cause a rupture on the sea floor that would make things much messier to deal with. However, they're monitoring the pressure buildup carefully and if the pressure holds over the next 48 hours (indicating there is no leak below the sea floor), they'll assess what to do next. If it doesn't hold at the expected readings, then they'll re-attach the pipe used for producing to the surface and start collecting again. Regardless of what happens the relief well still has to be completed to permanently plug the well with cement, which could take a couple more weeks."
The Internet

+ - How 136 people became "7m illegal file-sharers-> 5

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Barence
Barence writes "The British Government's official figures on the level of illegal file sharing in the UK come from questionable research commissioned by the music industry. The Radio 4 show More or Less examined the Government's claim that 7m people in Britain are engaged in illegal file sharing. The 7m figure actually came from a report written about music industry losses for Forrester subsidiary Jupiter Research — that report was privately commissioned by none other than the music trade body, the BPI. The 7m figure had been rounded up from an actual figure of 6.7m, gleaned from a 2008 survey of 1,176 net-connected households, 11.6% of which admitted to having used file-sharing software — in other words, only 136 people. That 11.6% was adjusted upwards to 16.3% "to reflect the assumption that fewer people admit to file sharing than actually do it." The 6.7m figure was then calculated based on an estimated number of internet users that disagreed with the Government's own estimate. The wholly unsubstantiated 7m figure was then released as an official statistic."
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Databases

+ - How a Team of Geeks Cracked the Spy Trade->

Submitted by drunken_boxer777
drunken_boxer777 (985820) writes "The Wall Street Journal has a fairly lengthy and interesting article on a small tech company that is making the CIA, Pentagon, and FBI take notice:

One of the latest entrants into the government spy-services marketplace, Palantir Technologies has designed what many intelligence analysts say is the most effective tool to date to investigate terrorist networks. The software's main advance is a user-friendly search tool that can scan multiple data sources at once, something previous search tools couldn't do. That means an analyst who is following a tip about a planned terror attack, for example, can more quickly and easily unearth connections among suspects, money transfers, phone calls and previous attacks around the globe.

And yes, their company name is a reference to what you think it is."
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Announcements

+ - Comcast makes you subject to Non-US laws-> 4

Submitted by boyfoot_bear
boyfoot_bear (316834) writes "I just received an email from Comcast that tells me "we're introducing an updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, effective October 6, 2009." Included in the terms of service (which can be found here http://www.comcast.net/terms/web/2009-10/) is the following:
You specifically agree not to:
* use the Comcast Web Services to undertake or accomplish any unlawful purpose, including but not limited to, posting, storing, transmitting or disseminating information, data or material which is libelous, obscene, unlawful, threatening or defamatory, or which infringes the intellectual property rights of any person or entity, or which in any way constitutes or encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, or otherwise violate any local, state, federal, or non-U.S. law, order, or regulation;

It sounds to me like Comcast is making me subject to the laws of, say, China. I don't know about you but I sure don't know all of the non-US laws, orders or regulations that even this post runs afoul of but I am sure that Comcast is overstepping its authority."

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