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Comment: Re:NO (Score 1) 190

I have to add, however, that UC Davis has been a top research university for many years, but that has not led to the creation of a large number of start-ups. Having a bleeding-edge academic institution in the region may be a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for creating a tech innovation hub.

Comment: Re:NO (Score 1) 190

Tech innovation hubs are centered around bleeding edge academic institutions because start-ups need academics to consult for them. Sacramento does not offer this.

UC Davis, as the article states, is a top research university. Here are some statistics, collected by UC Davis itself (http://admissions.ucdavis.edu/about/rankings.cfm):

* 14th in research funding among U.S. ranked public universities and 22nd for public and private universities
National Science Foundation 2011 R&D Expenditures

* 9th among public research universities nationwide and 39th among public and private research universities
U.S. News & World Report's 2014 "America's Best Colleges"

+ - A Game About What Really Matters->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Most video games, it's safe to say, revolve around fighting: whether you're a soldier shooting up terrorists or a plumber stomping on Koopa Troopas, there's almost always going to be combat of some sort.

And then there's The Novelist, a game created not to satisfy primal bloodlust, but to tell a story about a single family's struggles."

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+ - Consumer Device Hacking Getting Lost In Translation->

Submitted by ancientribe
ancientribe (1057834) writes "Hackers who hack insulin pumps, heart monitors, HVAC systems, home automation systems, and cars are finding some life-threatening security flaws in these newly networked consumer devices, but their work is often dismissed or demonized by those industries and the policymakers who govern their safety. A grass-roots movement is now under way to help bridge this dangerous gap between the researcher community and consumer product policymakers and manufacturers. The security experts driving this effort appealed to the DEF CON 21 hacking conference audience to help them recruit intermediaries who can speak both hacker and consumer product and policy."
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Comment: Re:Care to mention which study? (Score 2) 274

by mrheckman (#44138171) Attached to: Immigration Bill Passes the Senate, Includes More H-1B Visas

One more thing,

The study says that "there is a higher departure rate of older workers in STEM occupations with greater young skilled immigration into the firm. This heightened old/young differential is especially pronounced for workers earning over $75,000 a year."

Why didn't the NY Times reporter mention that?

Comment: Re:Care to mention which study? (Score 2) 274

by mrheckman (#44138113) Attached to: Immigration Bill Passes the Senate, Includes More H-1B Visas

Would the author care to mention the name of the study, who it was performed by, or even (*gasp*) provide a link? Otherwise a reference to "one recent study" has no credibility whatsoever.

The OP was quoting from the NY Times article that was linked to in the post. There are even quote marks in the post to indicate that. The times article gives a link to the study: http://www.people.hbs.edu/wkerr/Kerr_Kerr_Lincoln%20Feb2013.pdf .

One could blame the OP for not providing some personal commentary on the article that he or she quoted, but you can't blame the OP for not citing the study. On the other hand, one can and should blame the reporter who wrote the Times article for not summarizing the study better.

The study says that hiring of "young skilled immigrant employment, where young workers are defined as those under 40 years old" is correlated with "expansions in other parts of the firm's skilled workforce". And "a 10% increase in a firm's young skilled immigrant employment correlates with a 6% increase in the total skilled workforce of the firm." That seems logical -- a firm on a hiring spree will look for engineers from many sources. But it doesn't say anything one way or another about why the companies are hiring the immigrant workers. Is it because there's a shortage or because the immigrant workers will work for less money? The study does not say. Moreover, the study does not seem to consider that hiring of foreign workers means that fewer native workers are hired who would otherwise be hired, even if there is an overall increase in the number of native workers hired.

And I wonder how the researchers who published the study would deal with companies who lay off much of their IT staffs and replace them with contractors through Cognizant and the other large consumers of H1-B visas. The company who laid off their staff does not directly hire the H1-B visa holders, but Cognizant does. Naturally, Cognizant hires support staff and some native engineers to support the buildup of the H1-B staff. This conforms to the study's conclusions, but the net effect is that many native engineers have lost their jobs.

Comment: Re:I am about to abandon job search. (Score 1) 242

by mrheckman (#42597691) Attached to: IT Job Market Recovering Faster Now Than After Dot-com Bubble Burst

I am about to abandon job search.

I have an excellent academic profile, I have successfully created my own business, and I cannot get a job because I want to switch to a technology where I don't have 2 years of experience.

I have applied for many graduate jobs as well as junior ones but still nothing.

Well, I don't need the money, so I will be programming some open source which I like...

But, if you program open source projects for two years, that will give you the resume-worthy experience you need to get a tech job. But, by then, you'll probably have your own tech business and won't need to look for a job anywhere else.

Comment: Prediction: Bye-bye "re-shoring" (Score 5, Interesting) 242

by mrheckman (#42597555) Attached to: IT Job Market Recovering Faster Now Than After Dot-com Bubble Burst

Employment in high tech is cyclical - boom to bust, followed by boom again. It seems to happen roughly every 10 years (1991, 2001, 2009 come to mind, but there was another boom around 1980). When employment booms, there's a shortage of skilled engineers and programmers, so companies look to off-shore. Meanwhile, the number of CS students in the US skyrockets. Then those students graduate, and not long after, the industry tanks, the job market softens, and there's a local surplus of skilled workers who are suddenly more affordable vis-a-vis off-shore workers. Seeing the surplus of skilled on-shore workers, companies start "re-shoring" -- bringing jobs back to the US. But lots of unemployed engineers and programmers go on to other things and, seeing so many engineers and programmers out of work, CS enrollments plummet. When the next boom hits, there's a shortage of workers again and the cycle continues.

Comment: Maybe it was just a fad (Score 4, Insightful) 250

by mrheckman (#42586533) Attached to: Instagram Loses Almost Half Its Daily Users In a Month

A change in usability could explain the drop in users, or maybe it was a fad and people have moved on to something else. Most of social media is faddish. It's like the night club business. It's very difficult to maintain popularity, even if you achieve success, because people are moving on to the next hot club.

Comment: Workers leaving in droves (Score 2) 101

by mrheckman (#42553173) Attached to: GM CIO Says HP Hiring Probe "Not the Best Use Our Legal System"

HP layoffs (not all layoffs, really, but also including early retirement offers accepted and attrition without replacement) total over 120,000 for the past decade (includes the 29,000 in the latest round announced last Spring and increased by 2,000 in September, but not all yet realized). The issue with the workers jumping to GM is simply whether GM violated the contract. If those employees had gone, en masse, someplace else, HP would not have grounds to question it. From my point of view, the employees in question helped HP get closer to reaching the downsizing goal.

+ - Change the ThinkPad and it will Die->

Submitted by ErichTheRed
ErichTheRed (39327) writes "Here's an interesting editorial piece about the ThinkPad over at CNN. The basic gist of it is what many ThinkPad devotees have been saying since Lenovo started tweaking the classic IBM design to make the ThinkPad more like a MacBook, Sony or other high-end consumer device. I'm a big fan of these bulletproof, decidedly unsexy business notebooks, and would be unhappy if Lenovo decided to sacrifice build quality for coolness. tl;dr: You can have my 1992 clicky IBM ThinkPad keyboard when you pull it from my cold dead hands. :-)"
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