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US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal 490

theodp writes "Many US colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing US companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are US citizens. 'In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements,' advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own US students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same message is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago."

Comment Re:Nvidia have already open sourced what they can (Score 1) 134

Not a proprietary cable, just a DVI to HDMI cable that I picked up off the shelf of a local retailer.

This is the card in question:

It would appear that the card is able to detect when a DVI to HDMI cable is being used (the TV indicates that it is connected via HDMI), and sends audio out over the DVI port. (Some Radeon HD cards require the dongle, others, like this one apparently, do not). Since HDMI does not have any dedicated audio pins, the audio has to be encoded as part of the signal (and research I have done seems to indicate this).

So, a bastardization of the DVI spec, yes, but the HDMI spec, no. All the card is doing is treating the DVI port as an HDMI port (HDMI contains a subset of the DVI pins, so it's kosher).

And yes, I double-checked my PC, there is nothing connected to the audio ports. :) There's also no internal connection needed, as the video card has it's own sound processor.

-- Joe

Submission + - Is Software Piracy Killing Jobs?

Murthy DN writes: During his visit to India, Steve Ballmer (CEO, Microsoft)said "By reducing piracy by just 10%, it would lead to the creation of 50,000 new jobs in India.". The full article is here.
Do you think software piracy is killing jobs?

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