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Comment Overall Competitiveness of American Companies (Score 1) 417

This is obviously counter to the prevailing thought flow here, and I'm more than willing to admin that companies can exploit both H1B Visas AND the employees hired under it, but I've never seen /.ers discuss much about how it would affect overall competitiveness of American companies if they could not hire cheap labour from developing countries and bring them in. Some points I see, qualitatively are: 1) Companies in developing world will have a huge cost advantage in IT, and the more significant IT costs are to an industry/company the more significant this advantage/disadvantage will become. 2) Knowledge is generally free of country barriers, and I think most people here would want it that way, which means it is foreseeable that IT products & companies can develop in developing countries at a much lower cost and export it cheaper compared to the same product made say in developed countries. H1B to some extend mitigates this risk in developed countries, and also pulls out the better talent from the developing countries inhibiting , also to some extend, actual product/mature IT product companies growth in these companies. I'm talking about something like having an MS or GGL in US with H1B talent being more competitive to a potential Indian MS or GGL - you dont really hear about (yet) an Indian company with a fully developed OS or IT Product as much as its industry size suggests. I'm sure there are counter points that would likely mitigate against these risks, but I think these points could have a real , if not absolute impact to the industry as well, and in that sense, H1B might be doing good for the developed countries ( since we're talking about H1B, I suppose I should just come out and say the US..)

Comment hold your horses. (Score 1) 48

Woah.. lets not go on to full Singapore bashing mode .. the country (city-state) has achieved some incredible things.. not least of which is continued economic prosperity amidst the carnarge, as well as an incredibly safe, stable and clean living habitat for the populace. Ofcourse there are gripes, freedom of speech does not stand up to the western definition of it..but atleast they are pretty honest about it. The city and its government has punched far above its weight. I think it would only be fair to analyse the state of affairs in that context.

Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do? 1397

jfruhlinger writes "If you use a Unix machine, it probably has a funny name. And if you work in an environment where there are multiple Unix machines, they probably have funny names that are variations on a theme. No, you're not the only one! This article explores the phenomenon, showing that even the CIA uses a whimsical server naming scheme." What are some of your best (worst?) naming schemes?

Comment Price, the only consideration? (Score 1) 249

"Contract manufacturers can generally produce computers more cheaply because their entire operations are narrowly focused on finding efficiencies in manufacturing, as opposed to large firms like Dell, which must also balance marketing and other considerations." - So Are Marketing and Other (Design, Reliability, QC? ) considerations no longer important?

Nanoscale Analysis Labs 20

FiReaNGeL writes "Imagine being able to rapidly identify tiny biological molecules such as DNA and toxins using less than a drop of salt water in a system that can fit on a microchip. It's closer than you might believe: in a paper appearing next week in PNAS, a team of researchers proves for the first time that a single nanometer-scale pore in a thin membrane can be used to accurately detect and sort different-sized polymer chains (a model for biomolecules) that pass through or block the channel. This could lead to rapid detection systems for pathogens and toxic chemicals."

Radioactive cats have 18 half-lives.