mk1004 writes: This is yet another story about H-1B workers displacing American workers. In the article from Computerworld, we hear about a loophole that allows companies to replace existing workers with H-1B workers.
mk1004 writes: The Atlantic has an article, based upon an Economic Policy Institute report http://www.epi.org/publication/bp359-guestworkers-high-skill-labor-market-analysis/, saying that America's tech-talent shortage is a myth. As noted in the article, the current immigration bill running through the Senate would greatly increase the number of H1-B visas, solving a non-existing problem. The EPI report states that "U.S. employers have access to the world’s largest body of STEM students."
mk1004 writes: From the Washington Post comes an article that says Google is petitioning the court, two weeks after the U.S. District Judge in San Francisco ruled that NSLs are unconstitutional because they “violate the First Amendment and separation of powers principles.” It reported that Google filed a petition to “set aside the legal process,” citing a provision that allows judges to modify or deny NSLs that are “unreasonable, oppressive, or otherwise unlawful.” EFF attorney Matt Zimmerman was quoted as saying “the people who are in the best position to challenge the practice are people like Google. So far no one has really stood up for their users.”
mk1004 writes: Patrick Thibodeau at ComputerWorld writes that lawmakers are listening, behind closed doors, to business owners who are opposed to bringing in IT workers using H-1B visas. Reducing H-1B IT workers could make careers in IT desirable again, argues one CEO.
mk1004 writes: The Dallas Morning News reports on a search for a convected felon at his brother's house. Surveillance cameras caught images of officers searching a parked car on the property, a duffel bag on the ground, and peering inside of the house. At one point, an officer turned one of the surveillance cameras, reportedly breaking the mount. There was an arrest warrant for the property owner's brother. Where's the line for unreasonable searches? There are videos of the officers in action at the link.
mk1004 writes: Yahoo news has an article explaining how the text-based CAPTCHA is giving way to ad-based challenge/response. It's claimed that users are faster at responding to familiar logos, shortening the amount of time they spend proving that they are human.
mk1004 writes: Slashdot hasn't been keeping up with the required one Raspberry Pi article per week, so here's this one: PC Magazine reports that Google is donating 15K Raspberry Pi to UK School Kids. Given this was the stated goal of the Raspberry Pi organization, it appears to be good news.
mk1004 writes: From CNET's Chris Matyszczyk we learn that Anthropologist Dr. Kirsten Bell has determined that Apple meets all of the requirements to be a religion. No, that doesn't mean that you can take what you've paid for Apple products as a charitable deduction. Are we wired to try to find spiritual fulfillment anywhere we can?
mk1004 writes: Groklaw has an interesting entry showing ITC Judge E. James Gildea's ruling against Apple regarding Samsung's claims for several of its patents. The article notes that the judge ruled that Samsung's price was not a violation of FRAND, that injunctions were permissible at the ITC, and that there was no patent exhaustion.
Interestingly, the judge noted that Apple didn't even try to negotiate a price using the procedures available to it as a member of ETSI, and instead was trying to use the courts as a negotiating tool.
mk1004 writes: Google revealed pricing for its Gigabit internet service: $70/month. An optional TV service can be added for $50/month. Interestingly, they will also provide a 5Mbps service with no monthly fees and a $300 installation fee. There was no indication of how Google might get revenue from these households opting for the slower service.
mk1004 writes: The Progressive Policy Institute, a self-proclaimed centrist group, has published a list of "Investment Heroes;" companies investing in infrastructure like equipment and software. How would you rank the companies in their list and why?
mk1004 writes: Computerworld says that the industry lobbying group TechNet is calling on Congress to eliminate the per-country cap on H-1B workers. Last year a bill was passed in the house, 389-to-15, to remove the cap. Grassley put a hold on the bill in the Senate, indicating that he would be willing to lift the cap if companies faced an annual audit. The US currently allows 140K H-1B workers, but allows only 7% of those to come from any one country.
mk1004 writes: US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has written both companies regarding their use of "military-grade spy planes." The Senator claims concerns ranging from voyeurism to terrorism. Suggested protections: Warn when areas are going to be imaged, give property
mk1004 writes: Discovery.com tells us about two spy satellites that have been given to NASA by the National Reconnaissance Office. The NRO won't tell what the intended use of the satellites was. It's pointed out the the satellites are more powerful than the Hubble. The biggest issue is that the satellites will need to be completely refitted and launched at NASA's expense.