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Submission + - Where to volunteer in an IT capacity in Michigan?

Jazz-Masta writes: I’ll be moving from Canada to the US (Lansing, Michigan) in a few months. My wife will be going over on a TN Visa, which means I can get TD status but cannot work. I can volunteer though. I was a sysadmin (Windows and Unix) for 5 years, and have been an IT manager for 1 (latest). The NAFTA list won’t get me anywhere (should have been an ‘analyst’), nor will an H1-B, and according to the immigration people, the specialist category typically requires 10 years experience in a field (which I don’t have). I would like to stay active in IT even if I cannot work. My question is: where should I start looking for volunteer opportunities in the Lansing/Detroit area in relation to IT? Anyone part of a volunteer organization that is looking for IT help? Thanks for your help!

Submission + - SPAM: Why CEOs Don't Owe Shareholders a Return on Market

yuhong writes: "HBR has an article on the problems of the quarterly earnings game based on meeting expectations set by Wall Street. It uses Cisco as an example and says that "Trying to raise expectations indefinitely is not only impossible, it's positively damaging." and that " The fact is, despite their belief to the contrary, neither boards nor management actually owe public shareholders an attractive return on the market value of the stock they purchased.""
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Apple

Submission + - Tinkering, R.I.P.? 1

theodp writes: Having cut his programming teeth on an Apple ][e as a ten-year-old, Mark Pilgrim laments that Apple now seems to be doing everything in their power to stop his kids from finding the sense of wonder he did: 'Apple has declared war on the tinkerers of the world. With every software update, the previous generation of 'jailbreaks' stop working, and people have to find new ways to break into their own computers. There won’t ever be a MacsBug for the iPad. There won’t be a ResEdit, or a Copy ][+ sector editor, or an iPad Peeks & Pokes Chart. And that's a real loss. Maybe not to you, but to somebody who doesn’t even know it yet.' Time for Woz to have a sit-down with Jobs?
Google

Submission + - FCC probes Google, T-Mobile for double-whammy fees (networkworld.com)

Julie188 writes: On Monday, the FCC asked Google, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon to explain how they tell their customers about early wireless contract termination fees. Notice that Google is the only handset retailer in the bunch. That's because if someone buys a Nexus One phone from Google with a two-year T-Mobile contract, and the user wants out of that contract, the user is expected to pay two "early termination fees." One fee would be charged by Google and a second charged by T-Mobile.

Comment Re:It's Not Hans (Score 1) 348

Sure, let him access a computer about which no one of the staff has any clue about freely. Add an UMTS USB dongle and you have the perfect communications gateway for all inmates. I am not saying that they don't have the off phone stashed away anyway, but let's not make things too easy ;)

I do basically agree that it is always better to give inmates something to do, preferably something they enjoy and can use in the real world once they are out. But I am not convinced this specific idea is good.

The Courts

Submission + - RIAA's First Trial Starts Today in Duluth

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA's first trial starts today, in Duluth, Minnesota, in Virgin v. Thomas. The case is being widely covered by, among others, Associated Press, Wired, and Ars Technica. Since a number of people have indicated they will be going to the courthouse and watching the trial, I am hoping for citizen coverage as well. If any of you get to the trial and can report back, drop a comment here as well. The day before the trial the Judge excluded 784 pages of documents the record companies needed to prove they actually own the copyrights to 14 of the recordings in question, because they had failed to turn over the documents when they were supposed to, instead waiting until 2 weeks before the date of trial."
Censorship

Submission + - AT&T Silences Criticism in New Terms of Servic (bellsouth.net) 1

marco13185 writes: AT&T's new Terms of Service give AT&T the right to suspend your account and all service "for conduct that AT&T believes"..."(c) tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries." After cooperating with the government's violations of privacy and liberties, I guess AT&T wants their fair share. AT&T users may want to think twice about commenting if they value their internet service.

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