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Submission + - Federal Prosecutors actually prosecuting H1-B Fraud (

McGruber writes: The Associated Press is reporting ( that Federal Prosecutors have filed conspiracy charges against a part-owner of two information technology firms and an employee for fraudulently using the H-1B program.

Prosecutors said the conspirators falsely represented that the foreign workers had full-time positions and were paid an annual salary. They said the workers were only paid when placed at a third-party client and the defendants sometimes generated false payroll records. The defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit visa fraud and obstruct justice and conspiracy to harbor aliens. They face up to 15 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Comment Re:It's already known (Score 1) 307


The federal government has exclusive sovereignty of U.S. airspace. Congress delegated to the FAA the ability to define “navigable airspace” and the authority to regulate “navigable airspace” of aircraft by regulation or order. 49 U.S.C. 40103(b)(1). While it is clear that navigable airspace falls under the purview of the FAA, the boundaries of that airspace remain unclear.

According to Federal Aviation Regulations, “navigable airspace” is defined as “airspace at and above the minimum flight altitudes prescribed by or under this chapter.... For airplanes, the minimum flight altitude while flying over congested areas or open air assemblies of persons is 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle.... Over uncongested areas, airplanes can operate at an altitude of 500 feet above the surface. However, airplanes can operate even lower when over “open water or sparsely populated areas.” When flying over those areas, aircraft may not operate closer than 500 feet to any person, vehicle, or structure....

Comment Re:It's already known (Score 1) 307

At no point, anywhere, does the FAA indicate the altitude below which you "own" the airspace around private property.

Of course not, the FAA has absolutely no authority over ownership of airspace above private property. You might as well assert that setbacks don't exist because the FAA does not indicate so...

Submission + - ITT Tech Shuts Down (

McGruber writes: The Washington Post is reporting that the IIT Educational Services ended operations at all of its ITT Technical Institutes on Tuesday, citing government action to curtail the company’s access to millions of dollars in federal loans and grants, a critical source of revenue. The shutdown occurred two weeks after the federal Education Department said ITT would no longer be allowed to enroll new students who rely on federal loans and grants, award raises, pay bonuses or make severance payments to its executives without government approval.

The shutdown of ITT campuses puts hundreds of millions of dollars in federal financial aid on the line because the government is obligated to forgive the federal loans of students affected by the closure. ITT reported almost $850 million in total revenue in 2015, roughly $580 million of which was sourced from federal aid, according to the department.

Earlier this year, Slashdot covered the Massachusetts Attorney General suing ITT Tech for exploiting computer network students ( and how the SEC charged the company for fraud over its student loan programs (

Submission + - WaPo Media Columnist defends online comments attached to articles (

McGruber writes: While NPR and other media outlets are no featuring comments from readers on their website, the Washington Post's Media Columnist Margaret Sullivan says that "reader comments an irreplaceable guide to my constituency." Sullivan also explains the importance of online comments attached to articles: "I find value in reader comments that can’t be adequately reproduced elsewhere. The argument that the conversation has migrated to Facebook and Twitter is flawed. Those are good places for discussion, but they are no substitute for having discussion take place where the story itself lives. I’m convinced that many smart readers with something to contribute will not follow a story onto social media to talk about it. News organizations should fix online comments rather than ditch them."

Sullivan concludes her article by describing how open-source tools from the Coral Project ( can improve online commenting.

Submission + - Delta Airlines seeking a "Operations Manager IT - Crisis Management" (

McGruber writes: Delta Air Lines, grounded around the world after an unexplained computer glitch (, has an opening for an "Operations Manager IT — Crisis Management" ( The job responsibilities include "Help to resolve identify, troubleshoot and resolve Crisis Situations within the IT organization; Ensure the availability, performance and operational integrity of the Information Systems and Networks serving the Delta enterprise; and Communicate the business impact and ensure the right resources are available and engaged to quickly resolve any technology issue."

Comment Report: Fire destroyed generators (Score 4, Informative) 239

A fire at the datacenter caused the outage, according to a post on post from "walterD" in's "Delta computers down ..." thread:

According to the flight captain of JFK-SLC this morning, a routine scheduled switch to the backup generator this morning at 2:30am caused a fire that destroyed both the backup and the primary. Firefighters took a while to extinguish the fire. Power is now back up and 400 out of the 500 servers rebooted, still waiting for the last 100 to have the whole system fully functional.

Comment uMatrix (Score 2) 195

I love uMatrix, an extension for Firefox. It's like noscript, but much more powerful: "uMatrix puts you in full control of where your browser is allowed to connect, what type of data it is allowed to download, and what it is allowed to execute. Nobody else decides for you: You choose. You are in full control of your privacy."

Comment Re:I'm totally shocked... (Score 1) 614

It's a joke that someone can put 40 hours in per week with one employer and still need to work a 2nd job or require government assistance simply to pay the bills and put food on the table.

That's only the setup. The punchline is that thanks to computerized "optimization" of shifts, those kinds of workers don't get told what their schedule is until a few days before, and you know if they miss a shift they're fired, the result of which is that one cannot hold two such jobs.

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