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Comment: This was one of the most interesting parts of MSFT (Score 1) 109

by ebusinessmedia1 (#47942607) Attached to: Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research
I've been there many times for forums and talks by some of Silicon Valley's smartest people. MSFT is on its way down; it's a behemoth. Balmer knew that and that's why he flew the coop. In fact, it's Balmer's crummy management of MSFT that led to this. Probably the most overrated CEO in the last 50 years.

Comment: Re:Let's do some math (Score 2) 200

Agreed. Add to this fine a special penalty for senior officers (who are living) who had anything to do with this outrage. Something like forbidding them to cash in stock options for the next 3 years; or, forbidding them to pursue work outside their current company for a period of two years (to mimic the grif they caused workers who were "locked in" via their unlawful collusion.

Comment: Chinese control from center is fatal flaw (Score 3, Interesting) 93

by ebusinessmedia1 (#47742729) Attached to: A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October
China has been controlled from the center for millennia; this is China's fatal flaw. Attempts to control population in a wired world is going to limit exposure to social and intellectual capital. Long run, it's a dead-end strategy. China should be most famous for wasting more social and intellectual capital than any culture in the history of humanity, entirely due to closing off possibility via control from the center.

Comment: Fatal flaw: China can't adapt (Score 4, Interesting) 115

China has always been controlled from the center. In past eras, China has had technological and exploration advantages over the West that were wiped out by intrusion and isolation commanded from China's locus of concentrated power - whether via emperors, or the current regime.

Long run (maybe, even near-long-term) this does not bode well for China's prospects, because when one is sealed off from outside ideas and innovation, one will ultimately fall behind and adapt only in suboptimal ways. What results is a waste of social and intellectual capital.

Comment: Re:And no one will go to jail - just like bankers! (Score 4, Insightful) 266

I'm a moderate, who leans a but left, but I can say without equivocation that this administration has really let people down. Little knownn is that our current Attorney General, Eric Holder, was a lawyer who defended banks prior to coming to Washington. That not ONE of the banking CEO's or their very senior staffers is in jail for what was done several years ago, is an outrage! Unless we start JAILING people who otherwise think they can scoff at the law due to wealth or political connections, we are going down a road that violates the very tenets of our nation's forming.

Comment: How much of this work has been, or was outsourced? (Score 2) 144

It would be interesting to know what % of this work was outsourced, or in-sourced, to foreign corporations/workers. Also, it would be interesting to know 1) how contracts for this work were let, and how they were monitored along the way; 2) what incentives for good work were included, or disincentives for bad work were included. Does anyone know?

Comment: Putin will receive major blowback (Score 1) 667

by ebusinessmedia1 (#47497951) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

This will put a crimp in Putin's attempt to make a "New Russia" with a more sizable sphere of influence. Putin is a very smart guy; definitely a sociopath; and, ex-KGB (which means that he *remains* KGB, at heart.

What saddens me is that after the Berlin Wall fell, Western powers didn't do everything they could to help democratize Russia, or at leastinvest in a way that started to create a serious economic infrastructure that more Russians could participate in. Instead, KGB and high level Soviet cronies bought out Russia's infrastructure for a song; the mafia got more involved; the West disengaged. Sad, really sad. Now, Russia and Russians are in for another generation or more of killers like Putin and his cronies.

Comment: Corporate outsourcing fraud permeates STEM sector (Score 5, Informative) 234

by ebusinessmedia1 (#47159865) Attached to: Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

There is ample evidence that many American corporations have been actively discriminating against American Workers for well over a decade. This is especially true when it comes to STEM work skills. India, China, and Russia have been the main sources of off-shoring (and now, in-shoring). India is the absolute worst, with India's goovernment actively pushing for more H1-Bs because they would rather America hire them than India build proper educational and business infrastructure systems. Indian government is one of the most corrupt on earth (easily as corrupt as some of the worst African states).

Want proof? Unemployment is a problem in America, and so are our sticky problems with immigration. Undercover of helping those immigrants who have so long labored in our agricultural sector, the American IT sector has seen fit to use the sentiment to help agricultural workers to create a Landslide of advantage for itself.

The H-1B fiasco has cost Americans **$10TRILLION** dollars, since 1975. For anyone who wants to know the truth, read on.

One of the most respected technology pundits in Silicon Valley has this to say about the H1-B worker problem

Here's an attorney and his consultants teaching corporations how to manipulate foreign-worker immigration law to replace qualified American workers:

H1-B abuse if accompanied by other worker-visa abuse L-1 Visa (H1-B's are only the tip of the iceberg). There are more than 20 categories of foreign worker visas.

Professor Norman Matloff's extremely well documented studies on this problem.

Federal offshoring of website http://www.economicpopulist.or...

How H1-B visa abuse is hurting American tech workers

There is no stem worker crisis in America

Marc Zuckerberg and wealthy tech scions continue to perpetuate this trend


Also, little known is the tactic of creating many different kinds of sub-visa categories to "fool the system". There are almost TWENTY different kinds of work visas. The whole thing is a sham and a lie, designed to drag down wages and keep from having to re-train Americans. Never thought I would see this day!

Some of the information presented in the aforementioned links will shock most Americans, because American corporate leaders don't want us to know the truth, and they are paying off policy makers with contributions to keep the truth from us. Bill Gates, John Chambers, Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt, and many, many others - including the principals of the most prominent immigration law firms, who profit from this outrage, are lying through their teeth. There is NO shortage of STEM workers in the US!!

Comment: Re:Irresponsible (Score 0) 354

by ebusinessmedia1 (#47156733) Attached to: 3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom
The suicide angle is showing to be pretty lame. It's clearly shown in statistics and epidemiological studies that if one owns a gun, you are more likely to die by gun if one suicides. Guns are far more lethal as suicide weapons than other means. Reducing the number of guns would therefore reduce the number of death attempts by suicide. The fact is that we already have too many guns in America, well over 300 million of them. And like it or not, no matter how you fudge the stats, 33-35,000 Americans DIE by gun, every year. We are FOURTH in the world in that statistic. What gets me is when gun lovers say "we should only care about gun homicides". Really? What about accidental gun deaths? What about the 10's of thousands maimed by guns?

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