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Comment Re:Require pay and benefits parity (Score 1) 612

Give them full legal residency and give them the option to stay instead of sending them home after 6 years and perpetuating the "shortage".

I've been saying that for years! Right now if they lose their jobs they have 2 weeks to find another one or they have to leave. Of course they're willing to accept lower pay and all kinds of abuse from their employers. At the least, make the green card automatic after one year. Then it'll be obvious if there is really a skilled worker shortage or if employers are using H1Bs to undercut the job market. Employers don't have to pay competitive salaries to H1Bs (as required by law) unless the workers are free to accept a better offer.


Submission + - British police using microdrone for surveillance (

randomjohndoe writes: From the Wired Danger Room blog, British police are using a remotely operated microdrone from Microdrones GmbH for aerial surveillance. TFA includes an embedded video which '...contains some footage shot from a Microdrone, which gives an impressive display of its powers. Zooming in on a sunbather in a bikini as a demonstration is not likely to allay fears about how intrusive this technology might be. And the ability to hover outside a window and peer in is one which is equally open to use and abuse.'

All that's needed to complete the aerial assassin in Dean Ing's 1993 novel, Butcher Bird, is the frickin' laser beam.


Submission + - Mars mission borrows technology from PS3, Xbox 360 (

jbrodkin writes: "The same IBM processors in your Xbox 360, PS3, the car you drive and some of the world's fastest supercomputers are leaving for Mars today to support a NASA mission searching for extraterrestrial life. And this is no mere coincidence. Lessons learned from the incredible video throughput of the PlayStation 3 and the extreme scalability and reliability of mainframes factor into the processors being used on the Phoenix Mars Lander. Similarly, the experience building processors that make the most efficient use of energy on a spacecraft is helping IBM make data centers on Earth more efficient in a time when limitations of space and power are increasingly important. "This is the onboard machine that runs all of the functions that will have to be performed somewhat autonomously on Mars when it lands," explains Dave McQueeney, chief technology officer for IBM's federal contracting business. "These are the computers inside the spacecraft that are responsible for the navigation, control, scientific instruments, power management ... the things that are the brains of the Lander itself.""

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