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Comment: Re:Here here! Well said. (Score 5, Informative) 795

by timjones (#41781949) Attached to: Cringley: H-1B Visa Abuse Limits Wages and Steals US Jobs
Yes, this is because the 65k plus 20k caps are annual caps. Thank you for pointing the accumulative effect of this policy have been in place for 20 years! Out of hundreds of H-1Bs I have worked with, I have personally seen only one return home, and it was because of a medical issue.

Comment: 65,000 is just the tip of the iceberg! (Score 4, Interesting) 795

by timjones (#41781889) Attached to: Cringley: H-1B Visa Abuse Limits Wages and Steals US Jobs
65,000 is only one of the caps. There is a separate cap of 20,000 that applies to guest workers with advanced degrees, and these folks bring their wives, children and extended families on H4 visas. They are valid for 3 years, can be renewed up to six, and most of them expect a green card at the end of six years, because by this time, they have purchased homes and have borne new (American) children. Then there are L-1 visas which have NO cap at all, which are used to displace teachers and nurses and other occupations. InfoSys got caught sending people over on B-1 visas to do contract work, which isn't what that type of visa is for, but they were falsying applications and coaching their employees on how to lie about the reason for the trip.

Both political parties dutifully ignore the issue, as they have been paid to do.

They are "Guests" who never go home, essentially.

Look up the writing of Kim Berry, John Miano, and Norm Matloff for more.

Comment: Re:Union Talk (Score 1, Interesting) 795

by timjones (#41781659) Attached to: Cringley: H-1B Visa Abuse Limits Wages and Steals US Jobs
For most companies, it's all about competing on COST instead of QUALITY of work. Example: A lot of internal-corporate software is now written in Java, instead of a better, more efficient language simply because the cheapest engineers have been trained in Java, to the exclusion of everything else.

NASA To Cryogenically Freeze Satellite Mirrors 47

Posted by Soulskill
from the ain't-it-cool dept.
coondoggie writes "NASA said it will soon move some of the larger (46 lb) mirror segments of its future James Webb Space Telescope into a cryogenic test facility that will freeze the mirrors to -414 degrees Fahrenheit (~25 K). Specifically, NASA will freeze six of the 18 Webb telescope mirror segments at the X-ray and Cryogenic Facility, or XRCF, at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in a test to ensure the critical mirrors can withstand the extreme space environments. All 18 segments will eventually be tested at the site. The test chamber takes approximately five days to cool a mirror segment to cryogenic temperatures."

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.