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Submission + - UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers neither Best nor Brightest (informationweek.com)

CowboyRobot writes: "American companies are demanding more H-1B visas to ensure access to the best and brightest workforce, and outside the U.S. are similar claims of an IT worker shortage. Last month, European Commission VP Neelie Kroes bemoaned the growing digital skills gap that threatens European competitiveness. But a new study finds that imported IT talent is often less talented than U.S. workers. Critics of the H-1B program see it as a way for companies to keep IT wages low, to discriminate against experienced U.S. workers and to avoid labor law obligations. In his examination of the presumed correlation between talent and salary, researcher Norman Matloff observes that Microsoft has been exaggerating how much it pays foreign workers. Citing past claims by the company that it pays foreign workers "$100,000 a year to start," Matloff says the data shows that only 18% of workers with software engineering titles sponsored for green cards by Microsoft between 2006 and 2011 had salaries at or above $100,000."

Comment It's a third party not the ATO (Score 1) 84

A separate company that is managing a Publication Ordering Service for the Tax Office is storing passwords in plain text. I had to help set up access to the ATO portal at my last job and it requires installing company specific certificates per user or to be running a specific security application which, requires installing company specific certificates, the for the login screen to even show up

Comment Re:Summary (Score 1) 345

My domain (a .edu.au) started being blocked by the hotmail servers yesterday with BAY0-MC2-F2.Bay0.hotmail.com #550 OU-002 (BAY0-MC2-F2) Unfortunately, messages from 203.xxx.xxx.xxx weren't sent. Please contact your Internet service provider since part of their network is on our block list and it was due to not having an SPF record.
After having one created mail goes through, but they seem to automatically be sent to the Junk folder with This message looks suspicious to our SmartScreen filters even though I don't see how. Maybe it's because I haven't had my domain registered with their third party "Safe Senders" list.

Comment Re:Oh, one more thing (Score 1) 768

If you're playing some trickery where they're not "really" your houses, you merely have exclusive access to them and control over them but they're "actually" expenses on the balance sheet of a Burmuda Corp that you own through seven subsidiaries then I've got a problem with that.

In Australia that would be classed as a Fringe Benifit which is taxed at a higher rate than normal income, and the value must match the market value for a year's rent in the property. If you're caught then they will request the back taxes (with interest) or have you prosecuted for tax evasion.

Comment Re:TF2 Or GTFO (Score 1) 332

You don't even need beta access to run TF2. The steam.deb is fairly easy to find and you can bypass the beta check by starting the client with "steam steam://open/games/" from a terminal window

Being in the beta gets you access to extra features but there isn't a huge difference in what I could do before I received the beta invite to now.

Comment Re:The up to a meter claim. (Score 1) 253

Reading the claims it looks like the range is increased by using a series of peripheral antennas. The language is hard to decipher but I think it might be along the lines of having a base station next to your computer which transmits power to your keyboard and mouse,the keyboard and mouse then retransmit to additional devices.
IANAEE so my interpretation could be completely wrong

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