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Submission + - Justice Department Slaps IBM Over H-1B Hiring Practices 1

Dawn Kawamoto writes: IBM reached a settlement with the Justice Department over allegations it posted discriminatory online job openings, allegedly stating a preference for H-1B and foreign student visa holders for its software and apps developer positions. The job openings were for IT positions that would eventually require the applicant to relocate overseas. IBM agreed to pay $44,400 in civil penalties to the U.S., as well take certain actions in the way it hires within the U.S. The settlement, announced Friday, comes at a time with tech companies are calling for the U.S. to allow more H-1B workers into the country.

Submission + - AMD and DICE Bring Low-Level, High-Performance Graphics API To PCs With "Mantle" (

MojoKid writes: In addition to unveiling a new family of GPUs this week, AMD has also announced Mantle, a “low-level high-performance console-style” graphics API for the PC. Mantle will ostensibly allow developers to work “closer to the metal”, like they do with console GPUs. As it turns out, it's AMD GPUs that will be powering all next generation consoles, so the whole concept flows out of AMD’s experience with both consoles and PCs. AMD’s angle is that PC graphics present several challenges that hamstring both performance and programmability. For instance, you have to support a huge range of hardware, from the slowest to the fastest platforms out there, and the GPU has to be fed workload by the CPU, limiting the full power of a modern GPU in some cases. Essentially, AMD feels that devs can get more performance out of GPUs and tap into their real capabilities better with Mantle. AMD has already partnered with DICE to co-develop Mantle and EA's Frostbite 3 engine will render natively with Mantle as well as make use of standard DX11 rendering on Radeon GPUs.

Comment Re: Yeah, right! (Score 1) 404

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

What we have here is a massive data grab that can be mined many ways by who knows how many people. Bush set the infrastructure, & Obama doesn't see any reason not to use it. The head of the IRS has met with Obama more times than every other head of the IRS combined has met with a president. we already know Obama has targeted his political rivals, & the American media does a big yawn at this new scandal!!!!!!!

Comment Re:congratulations are (Score 0) 243

Are we talking about the same Iran???? Truth and public data are not a part of there vocabulary. In truth, these are probably spy satellites. They'll probably use them to target Israel and the US with their new nuclear missiles. You are highly delusional. Muslims have only one insatiable appetite...the spread of Islam!

Comment Re:I think most people missed the point (Score 1) 429

I you people are missing the point. The original movie was about this fantasy world inside the computer--which at the time was a great imaginative way to see it. You could also look at the original movie as a VR world in which artificial programs help people accomplish tasks. If I remember correctly, the master controller was on a main frame and was a AI. All this is within the realm of possible for imagination.

      The way I saw the new movie was like this: Flynn was trying to create a VR world to mirror the one he experienced in the original movie. Every program in there was an AI. Some created by him in his search for creating the perfect world, and another group that came into existence. The movie was about the continuing war between those who want to control freedom and expression and those who wish to express their freedom and express themselves. It mirrors our battle in the real world with balancing the rights of a freedom with the need to maintain an ordered framework to express that freedom without causing anarchy and chaos.

Comment Re:The future of what? (Score 1) 101

Actually, my work is currently installing hands-free faucets in the bathroom sinks. The sensor battery is recharged with a small water turbine, and you only need to change the battery when it no longer works. Creating more technology like this would be better for the green movement than Al Gore's movie. Although, I doubt it is cheap enough yet for use by everyday folks.

Comment Re:This Guy (Score 1) 337

I know this is a little late, but I will reply anyways because this is the first time I have checked back on my post (frankly, I don't care what a bunch of liberal keyboard jockeys think). The people at wikileaks could have used some brains and realized they were endangering the lives of people. Just because you can do something, doesn't mean it is the right thing to do. My anger was directed at the right people because without a sucker to post the information publicly, the information would have gotten little attention. I stand by my original claim. If these guys were reporting behind the lines in Germany, they would be the type of "journalist" who would publish the names of the Ally informants in Nazi German newspapers. Also, they probably would use the lame excuse of "we just published the information" when the Nazi's rounded up the informants and killed them. Grow up people and realize that freedom of information has a cost--you have to be intelligent to handle it. You can't just say what ever you want. You are not a "hero" just because you get information and post it that supports your idea that something is wrong. Hero's have the brains to think that innocent people may get hurt and they filter the information first. If they contacted the Obama administration first, they would probably have helped them because it is something Obama would have supported. I hope the whole staff at wikileaks pays some price--how ever many that may be!

Comment This Guy (Score -1, Flamebait) 337

This guy, and his source(s), are despicable! He released information that has put the lives of innocent people--people who wanted to improve their country by providing information-- in danger. I am sure the informants thought they were providing the information anonymously. Now, thanks to the acts of a "journalist" (I use that term in the very loosest sense), these informants are in danger. If these guys were reporting behind the lines in Germany, they would be the type of "journalist" who would publish the names of the Ally informants in Nazi German newspapers. No matter what your stance on the war in Afghanistan, everyone with intelligence should be mad at these people! They have no common sense at best! I think it is wrong for the Swiss to protect him. I hope they give him over to the United States.

Comment Re:Cost (Score 1) 710

Don't forget the tree-huggers will not let us mine for it because we'd probably desturb the mating habits of some dung beetle or something. One only needs to look at California to understand that we are stuck in a stalemate. The tree-huggers don't want to use oil products to produce energy (California could be in the black instead of the red if it actually drilled for oil), coal, wood, and even nuclear. China's starting to create a strangle hold on REE that's needed for the green technologies they swoon over which doesn't produce the same bang for your energy buck as the other stuff. Do you actually think think for a moment the tree-huggers will let any mining happen? They would rather live in the dark ages.

Submission + - Ooops...They were wrong

jmccay writes: Apparently, Al Gore was wrong. The science behind global warming is not settled. All the past models and results can now be thrown out the window. Summarised here. The computer models apparently were not set up properly with the correct data. Here is a better description.

Linus Torvalds For Nobel Peace Prize? 541

An anonymous reader writes "I'm as much of a Linux fanboy as anyone else, but I've never thought of anything in computing as being worth a Nobel Peace Prize. Apparently, there are those who take global collaboration seriously, though..." The suggestion has been bouncing around the Portland Linux community, where Torvalds lives. Is it worthy of wider attention and discussion?

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