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Submission + - More huge layoffs for Microsoft workers in US->

walterbyrd writes: This follows an announcement last year that the company would be letting go of around 18,000 employees, a number that represents 18.18% of Microsoft’s overall workforce, and counts as one of the largest round of layoffs by any company.

Worth noting: Microsoft probably hires more visa workers than any other company in the US. Microsoft constantly lobbies congress for more visa workers, claiming that there are desperate shortages of US workers.

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Submission + - Lexus creates a hoverboard->

walterbyrd writes: Lexus says it won't be sold. It's for demonstration purposes. It operates using magnetic levitation, with liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets that "combine to allow Lexus to create the impossible." It says it is working with the world's leading experts in super-conductive technology.
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Submission + - European court decision: Websites are liable for users' comments->

walterbyrd writes: In a surprise decision, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that the Estonian news site Delfi may be held responsible for anonymous and allegedly defamatory comments from its readers. As the digital rights organisation Access notes, this goes against the European Union’s e-commerce directive, which "guarantees liability protection for intermediaries that implement notice-and-takedown mechanisms on third-party comments." As such, Peter Micek, Senior Policy Counsel at Access, says the ECHR judgment has "dramatically shifted the internet away from the free expression and privacy protections that created the internet as we know it."
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Submission + - Prenda Gets Hit Hard With Contempt Sanctions For Lying To Court->

walterbyrd writes: Given all of this flat out deceit, it's actually a bit anti-climactic that the court then orders sanctions of just $65,263 against Steele and Hansmeier for contempt of court over the lies. As for the obstruction of discovery, the court orders Duffy and Steele to pay Booth Sweet's costs, which the lawyers are told to submit. Some people (including us...) are still reasonably wondering why none of this pattern of deceit, lying and abusing the court system still have not resulted in anything more serious. However, these court records are likely to be useful for those facing either Steele or Hansmeier in their new careers as ADA trolls...
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Submission + - New ruling allows spouses of guest workers to get jobs->

walterbyrd writes: Technology workers who say they lost their jobs to immigrant workers lost their bid to halt President Obama’s latest guest-worker program after a court ruled Sunday evening that they couldn’t prove the new workers would specifically compete with them.

Federal District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan’s ruling means Mr. Obama’s controversial program can go into effect Tuesday as planned.

Under the program, legal guest-workers’ spouses, who now are generally barred from working, will be allowed to apply for work permits, giving them the chance to win jobs.

Judge Chutkan wrote in the 12-page ruling that the damage to the technology workers, organized as Save Jobs USA, was “highly speculative.”

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Submission + - Apple developer writes a scathing review of Apple's new MacBook->

walterbyrd writes: Instapaper Marco Arment is a very influential iOS and Mac developer who has long sung the praises of many Apple products. However, he’s also not afraid to let Apple absolutely have it when he thinks they’ve delivered a subpar effort and that’s exactly what he thinks they’ve done with the new 2015 MacBook. In a scathing review published on his blog, Arment rips into Apple for the design choices it made with the new laptop and he even expresses concern about whether the company has run out of ideas for improving its computers other than making them thinner.

So, what does Arment not like about the new MacBook? A lot of things, including:

The keyboard: "The MacBook’s keyboard is not good."
The trackpad: "It is also not good."
The processing power: "This is not a fast machine.
The overall usability: "I just hate using it.

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Submission + - Congress Seeks to Quash Patent Trolls->

walterbyrd writes: The process is moving quickly. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the bill by the end of the month, readying it for a final Senate vote this summer, and the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee is likely to vote this week on a similar measure. That gives observers optimism that Congress will finally enact patent-troll legislation after a failed effort last year. “The Senate version really does seem to be hitting some sort of sweet spot,” says Arti Rai, co-director of the Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy in Durham, North Carolina.
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Submission + - H-1B visa employees are crowding out other workers says new study->

walterbyrd writes: According to a new study published by researchers from the University of California, Notre Dame University and the US Department of Treasury, H-1B employees are crowding out other workers and new H-1B hires did not lead to an increase in patent applications.

The study, titled 'The Effects of High-Skilled Immigration on Firms: Evidence from H-1B Visa Lotteries,' says that companies gaining additional H-1B visas 'has an insignificant effect on patenting' and 'H-1B employees crowd out the employment of other workers quite substantially.'

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Submission + - More than 40% of US honeybee colonies died in a 12-month period ending in April-> 2 2

walterbyrd writes: While the precise cause of the honeybee crisis is unknown, scientists generally blame a combination of factors, including poor diets and stress. Some bees die from infestations of the Varroa mite, a bloodsucking parasite that weakens bees and introduces diseases to the hive.

Environmental groups also point to a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. In April, the Environmental Protection Agency said it would stop approving new outdoor uses for those types of chemicals until more studies on bee health are conducted.

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Submission + - Newly discovered species of frog looks a lot like Kermit->

walterbyrd writes: The newly discovered frog species Hyalinobatrachium dianae, with its bright green skin, protruding eyes, and oblong pupils, bears a striking resemblance to famous Muppet Kermit the Frog.H. dianae is a type of glass frog, which are known for translucent skin that makes their organs visible, and it was discovered in the Talamanca mountain range of Costa Rica.
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Submission + - RIP Paul Schenkeveld->

walterbyrd writes: Posted in open-bsd mic list:

It is very sad to have to communicate that our friend, Paul Schenkeveld, has passed away.

Just recently Paul held a tutorial at AsiaBSDcon 2015; as we know he enjoyed — or rather lived for — BSD conferences. He was particularily proud of the 2011 EuroBSDcon in Maarssen, for which he was the prime organizer. The Stichting EuroBSDcon (the Foundation behind every EuroBSDcon since then) came to life in the aftermath of the 2011 con, Paul was the driving force. He always wanted to create a community event for everybody involved with the BSDs, in particular, he always wanted EuroBSDcon to be a conference for ALL the BSD-derived Operating Systems, in a fair and balanced way. This desire last not least led him to get me on the foundation board.

Let us remember him for his enthusiasm, his warm and open nature, his endless desire to help where possible, and his accomplishments.

Just two weeks ago I had a very long, private conversation with him in Tokyo. I can't believe this should have been the last time to talk to each other. I've lost a great friend.

Rest in peace, Paul.

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Submission + - The systemd Project Forks the Linux Kernel->

walterbyrd writes: Now it appears as though the systemd developers have found a solution to kernel compatibility problems and a way to extend their philosophy of placing all key operating system components in one repository. According to Ivan Gotyaovich, one of the developers working on systemd, the project intends to maintain its own fork of the Linux kernel. "There are problems, problems in collaboration, problems with compatibility across versions. Forking the kernel gives us control over these issues, gives us control over almost all key parts of the stack."
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