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Submission + - India IT Companies Tumble As US Re-Introduces Immigration Bill (barrons.com)

An anonymous reader writes:

India’s IT services companies tumbled on Friday after two U.S. Congressmen re-introduced a bill to curb the use of H1-B visas, a type of work visa for professionals. The new bill requires the annual salary of applicants to be at least $100,000, up from $60,000 currently, and eliminates a Master’s degree exemption. In other words, you’ve got to be highly educated and paid to be eligible for the H1-B visa.

Could this be the start of preventing companies from using H1-Bs as cheap indentured servants?

Comment Re:High unemplyment and we suddenly need more robo (Score 0) 157

"The wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea. They will be fought in space, or possibly on top of a very tall mountain. In either case, most of the actual fighting will be done by small robots. And as you go forth today remember always your duty is clear: To build and maintain those robots."

Comment Re:Pay no attention to what I'm actually doing! (Score -1) 44

"Ars Technica also contacted the Entertainment Software Association for their thoughts on the matter. Surely there is room for consumers to modify the systems they buy if they don't pirate, right? "The technological measures that video game companies use to control or manage access to their works and to prevent unauthorized copying are essential to ensuring the viability of a vibrant video game marketplace," Ken Doroshow, ESA General Counsel & Senior Vice President, told Ars. "These technological measures protect the intellectual property rights on which video game companies depend to create and publish new games." The ESA's view is that you can't mess with your systems, no matter how benign your intention. "Circumventing these protections is never 'harmless fun,' as it erodes the foundation on which video game industry depends for its success.""

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2009/08/modder-arrest-a-reminder-that-most-console-hacks-are-illegal/ Conflicting statements in the article, but my guess is that if a console maker wanted to sue him, they probably could, just on the basis of protecting design copyrights.

Comment Old is just an excuse (Score 0) 629

My company prefers older workers; we use a lot of older hardware/software on our production lines that suit their skill sets better than younger workers. You can get a job, you just have to get off your butt and go find it. Sorry, but working at a home is a right given to a) cheap outsourced work (think Indian programmer) b) a master of a given field, where remote help is a company's only option to get their help c) you've worked with that company for X years and they can't afford to lose you (a subset of "b")

Comment Nobody benefits from these, except the lawyers (Score 0) 163

Corporation that was "punished" finds ways to cost cut to make up for losses, which usually means jobs are lost. People wronged get a laughable amount of money. The lawyers make out like bandits though...but when don't they? There needs to be a better way of doing this.

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