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+ - New ruling allows spouses of guest workers to get jobs->

Submitted by walterbyrd
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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+ - Apple developer writes a scathing review of Apple's new MacBook->

Submitted by walterbyrd
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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+ - Congress Seeks to Quash Patent Trolls->

Submitted by walterbyrd
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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Comment: Better idea: manage immigration and visas better (Score 1) 1089

by walterbyrd (#49735159) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Imagine: you want to sell your car for $4000, and I want to buy it for $4000. Now imagine the government tells you can't sell the car for that price, so the deal is off.

What is the difference between that, and mandatory minimum wage?

Stop the flood of illegals, and stop the flood of visa workers, and wages would rise naturally from the laws of supply and demand.

+ - H-1B visa employees are crowding out other workers says new study->

Submitted by walterbyrd
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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Comment: Re:Where do I *start*? (Score 1) 393

> After 9/11, for *months*, the pilots' union was saying that for trips under 300-400 mi, the train was very much the better option. Republicans, who are willing to spend tons of public money on airports, and to a lesser extent, roads, have *consistently* underfunded Amtrak.

1) Isn't Amtrak a private company? If so, you can hardly compare money spent for roads, or even airports, with money spent to subsidize Amtrak.

2) Why do you only blame republicans?

3) Do we know that this has anything to do with funding? Maybe it was operator error?

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