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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.

Comment: They didn't fix anything (Score 5, Insightful) 388

by hyrdra (#18685605) Attached to: DVD Security Group Says It Has Fixed AACS Flaws
They didn't fix any flaws. They just deactivated old keys and issued new ones. Supposedly InterVideo will be patched to be more secure (aka try to hide the new key). Maybe that is what they are talking about but it still does not fix any flaws by a long shot. Just look at all the cracked versions of software out there that have all kinds of fancy safety and protection mechanisms and are still cracked daily. As long as its in memory in unencrypted form for any amount of time, it can be obtained.

What they have done is analogous to re-keying a lock that is susceptible to being picked -- it's only a matter of time before it is picked again. Lather, rinse, repeat. And how long before a hardware player is cracked? If I had one I'd bust into it to see what kind of flash it has. It probably has an on-board JTAG or other programming port to dump the memory like most consumer devices which are mass produced and then flashed assembly style, making obtaining the key quite easy. When the players come down in price I fully expect them to be cracked on a daily basis.

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."

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?

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