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Comment Re:Corporate owned media (Score 1) 660

ComputerWorld has taken up the cause of highlighting all the H1B abuses out there, like the concept of training foreign replacements. They list all company names (e.g. Disney, Abbott Labs, Southern California Electric, University of California, SunTrust), are glad to interview people who are only too happy to badmouth their former employers--often in violation of their severance agreements. Hopefully these companies now realize that there's quite a bit of bad press hurting goodwill. To add, there are many lawyers who are more than happy to take on reverse discrimination lawsuits--further besmirching these companies' "good names" in the process...

The most audacious example was SunTrust saying to its laid-off employees--"as part of your severance, for the next 2 years, you'll need to be available to come into your former office, on weekends, with no pay, to help us if we need it". This sparked a backlash, especially since the words "slavery" & "indentured servitude" started being associated with SunTrust--not to mention some comments by the Dept. of Labor of some states. Took them 4 days to remove that clause... Wonder how that offshore transition is 1.5 years and counting--without that free labor?

http://www.computerworld.com/a...

Comment Re:The US is screwed (Score 1) 660

...needed a programmer at $45k/yr. I was fine with a new college grad...

Really? I graduated with an IT degree and made that salary straight out of college--in 1998.

That's why you couldn't find anyone--you're so far off the mark as to what you should be paying... Recent (under)grads with most business degrees make that much, with IT notably more--like $55k+.

But now you're part of the problem. You hired a foreigner and ultimately undercut wages for US citizens & permanent residents. Thanks...

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 389

I was establishing a comparison between the two. If you KNOWINGLY had something on your computer you know you shouldn't have and send it to repair, you're incurring in the same risks. I can't imagine someone as a surgeon not having even the slightest hint that such a thing might happen if he had something to hide.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 389

If you give your keys to a contractor for him to perform some work in your house, don't you have the common sense to predict that if he's there alone, he might be doing more than just the work he was supposed to like browsing through your stuff including your garbage?

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 389

or just someone who downloaded some file expecting it to be something else and deleted it immediately... hence it being in the trash.
Stories of people downloading stuff, either by direct download or P2P and ending up with something different aren't all that rare.

Which is why if you do accidentally download something like that, you must clear your cache, empty the recycle bin and repeatedly overwrite all the free space on your disk.

Yes, because everyone knows how to do that. And of course, the commands to perform those actions are so easily available...

would a person smart enough to be a surgeon be dumb enough to send the computer for repair with a third party knowing it had child pornography inside?

Emphatically YES! Smarts in one narrow field doesn't guarantee smarts in every field: John Podesta is a Smart Guy, but he was stupid enough to fall for a phishing attack.

It's not a "field", it's common sense. He doesn't need to be an IT expert to know that he's taking chances if he sends a knowingly tainted computer for repair. It's just pure common sense, nothing else.

Comment Re: No shit Sherlock (Score 1) 389

Nobody has the right, but that doesn't mean they won't do it. No one has the right to pick your pocket or break into your house, but... you know where this is going.

Even I don't have any illegal stuff of any kind in my computers and, a few months ago, when I sent a laptop to repair the keyboard (single key replacement), something that absolutely needs no software interaction by the technicians, I wiped my drive completely. More than the fear of anything illegal being found, I was afraid for my own personal data, the probability of identity theft, my work falling into the wrong hands and the like.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 389

Yes, he might be paedophile, or just someone who downloaded some file expecting it to be something else and deleted it immediately... hence it being in the trash.
Stories of people downloading stuff, either by direct download or P2P and ending up with something different aren't all that rare.
Even a few months ago there was a story of someone downloading what they believed to be Ubuntu ISOs (IIRC), only to find out they were pretty nasty hardcore porn.
And like the article says, would a person smart enough to be a surgeon be dumb enough to send the computer for repair with a third party knowing it had child pornography inside?

Comment Let's go after the low-level phone people as well (Score 3, Insightful) 139

In addition to those who perpetuated the scam, I feel that since the Thune, India police know the low-level employees who actually spoke from the scripts, I'd love to see the US indict those people, have them beg their families for Rupees to fight extradition in an Indian court, lose that fight, put them on a plane to the US, then let them beg their families again for $$$ for an expensive American lawyer, then rot in a Federal prison for the next 5+ years, then be banned from the USA for life over the felony conviction. With enough stories like that to go around, even destitute people will refuse to work for scammers--including those working for "Windows Company Support".

I have no sympathy for anyone at any level of this scam, including the low-level people following the scripts and making/answering the calls--those pretending to be IRS agents & scaring old ladies into giving up their life savings. These people know English and therefore know they are impersonating an agent of a foreign government (in this case, the big bad US Government, and its unlimited resources). It stands to reason that the foreign government in question might come after them one day. They probably also got a (teeny tiny) cut of each successful con, which makes this all the worse... Make an example out of them...

Submission + - Feds charge 61 people over Indian call center IRS scams

BUL2294 writes: Following the arrests earlier this month in India of call center employees posing as IRS or immigration agents, USA Today and Consumerist are reporting that the US Department of Justice has charged 61 people in the US and India of facilitating the scam, bilking millions from Americans thinking they were facing immediate arrest and prosecution.

"According to the indictment — which covers 20 individuals in the U.S. and 32 people and five call centers in India — since about 2012 the defendants used information obtained from data brokers and other sources to call potential victims impersonating officers from the IRS or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services."

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