As one of the much derided supposedly wage suppressing immigrants, allow me to point out a few things:
1. Not once was I made an offer below market wage or below what American citizens were being offered. If anything, I was made higher offers, as were many of my other international friends. In fact, I was almost always made an offer first and immigration status usually never came into the picture until I had indicated that I would accept. And I make way above what the average American makes - so I'm not the one suppressing your wages.
2. I have never been passed over for promotions or opportunities because of my immigration status, nor have any of my immigrant friends. Most people in the organizations I've worked in are simply unaware that I'm not a citizen.
3. MS is offering to pay for GREEN CARDS for their employees. If the argument here was wage suppression, why the hell would you get your employees Green Cards? Once you get a green card, you can work anywhere, thus undercutting the indentured labor argument that people often make (including normally astute people here on
4. If there are even 20 Sergey Brins, Vinod Dhams and Vinod Khoslas in every year's crop of immigrants, the US will come out ahead in terms of jobs created vs. jobs lost to immigrants. I suspect the number has traditionally been higher but might be lower now on account of the increasing prevalence of body-shoppers.
5. People claim that fewer Americans are studying STEM subjects and CS because of immigrants and wage suppression. This is simply utter crap. Go look at salary surveys and you'll find that engineering jobs consistently pay more than most non-STEM jobs, and even if you wanted to work on Wall Street, you are more likely to get hired if you were an engineer because you have domain knowledge which is in high demand on Wall Street and in business these days. CS graduates from my school were routinely offered over $100K after MS degrees (with a BS, it was usually somewhere between $80-100K, typically on the higher end of that range). Some CS majors were making more than McKinsey consultants or Goldman bankers straight out of college (the latter is only true if you look at the hourly wage).
The flaw in my argument that I'll readily admit: my sample is biased because most of the immigrants I know are the cream of the crop, and so my experience is likely not representative of the majority of immigrants, particularly in IT and those from India (I say this as an Indian).
All that said, there is undoubtedly wage suppression that happens but you might want to retrain your guns from the Microsoft to the Indian IT companies and the smaller IT consulting shops.
The bigger problem in IT and CS jobs is *age*. That's the elephant in the room. People don't lose their job because of immigrants, they lose it because IT companies don't like older employees.
The article is a little light on details, but am I right in thinking that people's session cookies were being sidejacked? AFAIK, despite FB not sending everything over https, the password is sent over https. So I don't see how a keylogger like approach would work to intercept the pw, unless the Tunisian government was smart enough to run something like Moxie Marlinspike's sslstrip where they did a MITM attack and sent unencrypted http traffic to the user and then stole their password. I doubt this was the case because a) they don't seem smart enough and b) no security measure would circumvent this unless people knew not to log in over http.
So now we just wait until the government uses sslstrip...
P.S. - It's unbelievable that in this day and age FB doesn't encrypt the whole session given how trivial session-jacking is.
"At that point, Facebook offered Twitter around $100 million in cash, with the rest of the deal in stock. Facebook said it would come up with the $100 million by selling more of its stock to outside investors. Twitter agreed on one condition: that the Facebook stock it received be valued at the price company shares garnered on the open market. Facebook blinked and the deal talks ended. "They wanted to buy us but there was not much conviction," the person says."
"Analytics Web site Compete shows Twitter has 6 million unique users, up from around 800,000 last year. Yet Twitter doesn't generate any revenue, despite its surge in popularity."
And finally the best quote of all from Portfolio's interview with Twitter's CEO:
I can't imagine how many times you've been asked, "But how will you make money?"
We will make money, and I can't say exactly how, because we can't predict exactly what's going to work.
Which gets us to InPhase's target market: archiving. That's why they were showing at NAB.
I don't get it. No matter how valuable your content, why would you pay $18,000 for a burner and $180 for for a 300GB disc? Just for the price of the media, you can mirror your data across three different brand-new hard disks. Surely the odds of 3 hard disks failing at the same time are lower than that of an untested, brand-new technology with no redundancy?
Maybe I'm too thick, but why would anyone buy this at this price? (Other than the coolness/my dick is bigger than yours factor, of course.)