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+ - Silicon Valley has created an imaginary staffing shortage->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry's assertions of labor shortages."
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+ - UK government officially adopts Open Document Format->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "There's some pointed language in the announcement, which includes a canned quote from Mike Bracken, executive director of the Government Digital Service to the effect that “Using an open standard will mean people won’t have costs imposed on them just to view or work with information from government.”"
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+ - A week before MS layoffs announcement, Bill Gates calls for more imported labor->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "We believe it borders on insanity to train intelligent and motivated people in our universities — often subsidizing their education — and then to deport them when they graduate. Many of these people, of course, want to return to their home country — and that’s fine. But for those who wish to stay and work in computer science or technology, fields badly in need of their services, let’s roll out the welcome mat."
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Comment: Bill Gates calls for more imported labor. (Score 1) 272

by walterbyrd (#47484005) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

As a side note. The announcement of the huge Microsoft layoffs come one week after Bill Gates calls for more imported labor.

Break the Immigration Impasse
By SHELDON G. ADELSON, WARREN E. BUFFETT and BILL GATESJULY 10, 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/opinion/sheldon-adelson-warren-buffett-and-bill-gates-on-immigration-reform.html?_r=0

+ - Comic's character "Archie Andrews" is going to be shot, and killed->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "And unlike a lot of comics deaths, it looks like this one is going to stick, because the comic in which it's happening will be ending its run next month, publishing just one additional issue after Archie dies. (August's final issue will pick up one year after his death to examine how his friends and loved ones have moved on in the wake of his death.)

And he won't just die. He'll die because he took a bullet to protect his good friend, gay senator Kevin Keller, as part of a storyline that examines issues of gun control."

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Comment: Re:I've always thought that the best way for Israe (Score 1) 379

by walterbyrd (#47443043) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Wrong.

Israeli airstrikes are a response to Palestinian aggression. Were it not for the rocket attacks, Israel would not have launched air strikes.

The entire thing started because Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered.

Hamas is committed to the death of all Jews - it's right in the Hamas charter.

Israel may not be perfect, but let's not pretend that the Palestinians are just innocent victims in all this.

+ - Linux Lands on NSA Watch List->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "According to a report first published in German on Tagesschau on July 3 and followed up by an English language report on DasErste, Linux users are an area of specific interest for surveillance. The report details rules in the XKeyscore source code that identify visitors to the Linux Journal Website, the Tor Onion Router site as well as the Tails Linux distribution site. NSA's interest in Tor has been previously documented in an October 2013 report."
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+ - Study: Going vegetarian can cut your food carbon footprint in half-> 1

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "Food production is responsible for as much as 25 percent of the greenhouse-gas emissions that are heating up the planet. And meat tends to have a bigger footprint than fruits and vegetables do — partly because meat takes more overall energy to produce, but also because cows tend to burp up a lot of methane."
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Comment: Cannot trust Microsoft (Score 0) 178

Microsoft's motives are obvious. Other nations are adopting open-source, because nothing is hidden, and Microsoft is saying "me too." Microsoft is just trying to stop other countries from adopting open source.

Problem is: as soon as you start trusting Microsoft, Microsoft will pull the 'ol switcheroo. Then once Microsoft has you vendor-locked: it's problem solved - for Microsoft.

Microsoft's basic strategy has been the same for decades. Anybody who trusts Microsoft at this point is an ignorant fool.

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