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Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 202

In extreme cases, they are so locked in this mindset that they point-blank refuse to try anything else.

Yeah, I've had this kind of thing happen to me. One of the staff where I work thought I was installing hax on his computer (it was OpenOffice) because it was free. They were so adamant they were right that they went out and spent A$400 on a new copy of MS Office. This person uses Word to write two paragraph advertisements for houses - no formatting (Administration does that). Hey, he could have used Notepad for that.

Crap it annoys me. The only solace I get is that I can laugh in their face (behind their back, of course) at their stupidity.

United States

Submission + - H1-B visa cap hit in one day (

megaditto writes: USCIS has announced that it stopped accepting H1-B visa application for 2009 due to exceeding the current limit of 65,000. H1-B is a type of work visa issued to "highly skilled" foreign nationals, and commonly serves as a stepping stone to getting a permanent immigration permit (green card).

While reaching the H1-B cap within days is not unusual, this year USCIS has decided to alleviate the situation by extending all 12-month student work permits known as OPT to 29 months. This is done to allow current US-educated graduates another chance to apply for an H1-B in the future should the next Congress lift the H1-B limit.


Submission + - New backdoor unlimited H1-B visas from DHS

berkeleydb writes: "DHS last week created unlimited defacto three year H1-B visas by changing some of the rules regarding these visas. This comes after Congress is refusing to take up the issue during an election year. Apparently now any agency of the US government can create it's own extralegal immigration policy. There are one million foreign students in the US every year, and they don't study sociology or Sports Management. DHS calls it "Optional Practical Training." Read about it here: and here:"

Submission + - Bill Gates: H-!B Commando (

Anonymous Coward writes: "Microsoft's Bill Gates arrived on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning and proposed a four-pronged plan he says will help ensure the United States remains "the world's innovation leader." (For a full transcript of Gates' testimony go here.) Gates stressed to the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology the need for better educational opportunities for American students, increased federal funding for basic scientific research, incentives for private-sector research and development and the loosening of caps on H-1B visas, which allow highly skilled immigrants to work in the U.S. "The United States will find it far more difficult to maintain its competitive edge over the next 50 years if it excludes those who are able and willing to help us compete," Gates told the committee. His oral statements were documented in a 19-page written testimony submitted to the committee."

Submission + - SPAM: Study: H-1Bs Go Hand-in-Hand with Job Creation 8

narramissic writes: "A new study by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), a pro-immigration think tank finds that between 2002 and 2005, for every H-1B position requested, tech companies listed on the S&P 500 stock index increased their employment by five workers. For tech firms with fewer than 5,000 employees, each H-1B request corresponded with an average increase of 7.5 workers, the group said."
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Submission + - FBI Raids Liberty Dollar

Smeedoo writes: "The FBI has apparently decided that Liberty Dollar was taking too many liberties with their printing of private currency and raided them today. Liberty dollar has posted a page detailing the raid and what was taken (everything)."
The Military

Submission + - British nukes protected solely by bicycle locks

StationM writes: Newsnight at BBC2 has revealed that British were secured only by a bicycle lock and 'trust' in the integrity of the officers in charge of the weapons. "Newsnight has discovered that until the early days of the Blair government the RAF's nuclear bombs were armed by turning a bicycle lock key...The Royal Navy argued that officers of the Royal Navy as the Senior Service could be trusted:

"It would be invidious to suggest... that Senior Service officers may, in difficult circumstances, act in defiance of their clear orders".

Neither the Navy nor the RAF installed PAL (Permissive Active Link) protection on their nuclear weapons.

The RAF kept their unsafeguarded bombs at airbases until they were withdrawn in 1998."

sure makes me feel safe!

Submission + - 2006 saw largest rise in electirc rates in 25 year (

mdsolar writes: "The EIA announced that the average retail price of electricity increased by more than 9% last year. The average retail rate is expected to be 10.3 cents per kWh this Winter. The end of price caps associate with deregulation are considered to be the main reason for the rise. Also, in 2006, emissions of carbon dioxide from electricity generation fell 2.2%."

Submission + - WordHugger Introduces Micro Investing ( 1

Collin LaHay writes: "WordHugger is the first website to run on a micro investment system. Investors in the site pay $60 to own a word dedicated to their hobby, business, niche, or expertise in a field. With their selected word, they own the page associated with that word on the domain name. If an investor purchased the word "webhosting", their page would be Investors control 100% of the content on their page, and are even allowed to sell products or display advertisements to make money. Investors own their page for 10 years, and can resell their page at any time for whatever price they choose. WordHugger donates 50% of all profits to Kiva to support entrepreneurs in the developing world. If you are a blogger, website owner, marketer, looking for thousands of visitors, or an investor — I recommend you take a look into!"

Submission + - New Explanation for the Industrial Revolution (

Pcol writes: "The New York Times is running a story on Dr. Gregory Clark's book "A Farewell to Alms" with a new explanation for the Industrial Revolution and the affluence it created. Dr. Clark, an economic historian at the University of California Davis, postulates that the surge in economic growth that occurred first in England around 1800 came about because of the strange new behaviors of nonviolence, literacy, long working hours and a willingness to save. Clark's research shows that between 1200 and 1800, the rich had more surviving children than the poor and that this caused constant downward social mobility as the poor failed to reproduce themselves and the progeny of the rich took over their occupations. "The modern population of the English is largely descended from the economic upper classes of the Middle Ages," Clark concludes. Work hours increased, literacy and numeracy rose, and the level of interpersonal violence dropped. Around 1790, a steady upward trend in production efficiency caused a significant acceleration in the rate of productivity growth that at last made possible England's escape from the Malthusian trap. Why did the Industrial Revolution first occur in England instead of the much larger populations of China or Japan. Clark has found data showing that their richer classes, the Samurai in Japan and the Qing dynasty in China, were surprisingly unfertile and failed to generate the downward social mobility that spread production-oriented values."

Submission + - Does Caffeine Perk Up Memory? (

Raver32 writes: "Trying to cut down on your coffee consumption, ladies? Well if you're of a certain age, you might want to reconsider. A new study from France found that women — especially those 65 and over — who reported drinking three-plus cups of java daily did better on memory tests than compeers who drank one or fewer cups a day. "Caffeine is a psychostimulant which appears to reduce cognitive decline in women," study author Karen Ritchie of INSERM, the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research in Montpellier, France, said in a statement."

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