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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

andy1307 Re:Silly argument (529 comments)

There's a false comparison being made here... who says the Nokia engineer or the Xbox content maker being laid off has the same skills as the programmer they are wanting to hire?

Facts don't matter when THEY'RE TAKING OUR JOBS!!!

about 3 months ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

andy1307 Romney was right (534 comments)

corporations are people, my friend....

people with guns and flashbang grenades.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech

andy1307 Re:And this is just fine. (302 comments)

In the slashdot universe, age bias is a thing that absolutely exists....but gender bias...meh...

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Any Development Shops Build-Test-Deploy On A Cloud Service?

andy1307 Re:50%+ cheaper not to use the cloud (119 comments)

This is why I browse slashdot. "Insightful" posts like this backed up by solid data.

about 7 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

andy1307 Bailout (712 comments)

Remember when the economy went south and google got bailed out by the government for purchasing bad assets?

about 8 months ago
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Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US

andy1307 Re:Labor laws need to be changed (397 comments)

Jobs are moving overseas because we, as consumers, demand cheaper and cheaper devices.

about 9 months ago
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India Frees Itself of Polio

andy1307 Re:it'll be back (309 comments)

Playboy isn't that popular in India so I don't think we need to be worried...

about 9 months ago
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Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

andy1307 Betteridge's law of headlines (612 comments)

The answer is no....slashdot used to be a great site....now it's all about theodp's jihad against code.org and "the man"

about 10 months ago
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The Yin and Yang of Hour of Code & Immigration Reform

andy1307 Re:When You Hear Talk About Any Reform (220 comments)

Zuckerberg is worth 19 billion. Assuming facebook saves 50k$ per year with every H1B hire...assuming zero costs for the hire...and assuming all of this is going straight into Zuckerberg's pocket, that's still chump change...

about 10 months ago
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Indonesian Politicians Plan To Quiz Snowden Following Visit By Russians

andy1307 Failing to see (121 comments)

Failing to see how Australia spying on Indonesia protects my 4th amendment rights.

about a year ago
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Facebook Patented Making NSA Data Handoffs Easier

andy1307 Makes business sense (137 comments)

making it easier for the government to get the information is not

If you have no choice but to hand over the data, wouldn't it make more sense to automate the process and save your own people some time and frustration?

about a year ago
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What Employee Lock-In Means At Facebook

andy1307 Re:Bad summary (391 comments)

You're missing theodp's point.

  1. The Man's keeping you down
  2. They're going to take yer jobs

about a year ago
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Schneier Has Something Good To Say About Airport Security

andy1307 Red channel/Green Channel (226 comments)

I think he's mistaken. There are two "channels" when you pass through customs. Red channels if you have something to declare. Green channel if you have nothing to declare. If you go through the red channel, you have to declare the good you are bringing into the country. Going through the green channel isn't a free pass. You could still get your bags inspected.

about a year ago
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MS Handed NSA Access To Encrypted Chat & Email

andy1307 Burying the lede (379 comments)

Targeting US citizens does require an individual warrant, but the NSA is able to collect Americans' communications without a warrant if the target is a foreign national located overseas.

about a year ago
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Silicon Valley In 2013 Resembles Logan's Run In 2274

andy1307 Re:29 years old (432 comments)

Currently IT is in the midst of another bubble. Unlike the bubble in the 1990s with the .coms, this one is fuelled by federal monetary policy holding interest rates abnormally low, which means there is excess money coming in from venture capitalists.

Can someone please explain to me why the Fed's QE means there is excess money coming in from venture capitalists/

about a year ago

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White House announces reforms targeting patent trolls

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  about a year ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "According to Politico and The Wall Street Journal, the White House on Tuesday plans to announce a set of executive actions President Barack Obama will take that are aimed at reining in certain patent-holding firms, known as "patent trolls" to their detractors, amid concerns that the firms are abusing the patent system and disrupting competition. The plan includes five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations. They include requiring patent holders and applicants to disclose who really owns and controls the patent, changing how fees are awarded to the prevailing parties in patent litigation and protecting consumers with better protections against being sued for patent infringement."
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How U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "The New York Times has an article on why the iPhone is not made in the US.

When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley’s top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president. But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke, President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own: what would it take to make iPhones in the United States? Mr. Jobs’s reply was unambiguous. “Those jobs aren’t coming back,” he said, according to another dinner guest. Apple executives say that going overseas, at this point, is their only option. One former executive described how the company relied upon a Chinese factory to revamp iPhone manufacturing just weeks before the device was due on shelves. Apple had redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly line overhaul. New screens began arriving at the plant near midnight. A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day. “We sell iPhones in over a hundred countries,” a current Apple executive said. “We don’t have an obligation to solve America’s problems. Our only obligation is making the best product possible.”

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WSJ reports Verizon iPhone

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  about 4 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "According to this article in the Wall Street Journal(paywall), Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple. Separately, Apple is also developing a new iPhone model, said people briefed on the matter. One person familiar with the new iPhone plan said the fifth-generation iPhone will be a different form factor from those that are currently available"
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Andriod helps Verizon gain on AT&T

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "According to this article in the New York Times, Google's Andriod OS has helped Verizon make significant gains in the smartphone race with AT&T. Despite the pull of the iPhone, Verizon has managed to steadily increase its share of the smartphone market, to 26 percent in May, from 20 percent in late 2008. In the same period, AT&T’s market share slipped to 40 percent, from around 45 percent(Those numbers do not take into account the impact of the popular iPhone 4, released last month). In big cities, AT&T’s network has buckled under the data-heavy demands of the iPhone, frustrating customers. Verizon has managed to avoid similar problems while working with Google, Apple’s latest nemesis, to offer several strong rivals to the iPhone that use the Android operating system from Google. When the phone proved to be a hit, Verizon appeared to be left out of the race for versatile phones running programs from third-party developers. Verizon was also not particularly friendly with Google, whose participation in an auction of precious wireless spectrum angered Verizon executives. Verizon has since collaborated closely with Google to develop six phones running Android, helping to give Google’s mobile operating system 13 percent of the smartphone market in the United States. In contrast, Apple has a 24 percent share."
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US manufacturers can't find skilled workers

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "The New York Times has an article in the business section about the inability of US manufacturers to find workers with the right skills. During the recession, domestic manufacturers appear to have accelerated the long-term move toward greater automation, laying off more of their lowest-skilled workers and replacing them with cheaper labor abroad. Now they are looking to hire people who can operate sophisticated computerized machinery, follow complex blueprints and demonstrate higher math proficiency than was previously required of the typical assembly line worker.

Makers of innovative products like advanced medical devices and wind turbines are among those growing quickly and looking to hire, and they too need higher skills.

Supervisors at Ben Venue Laboratories, a contract drug maker for pharmaceutical companies, have reviewed 3,600 job applications this year and found only 47 people to hire at $13 to $15 an hour, or about $31,000 a year. All candidates at Ben Venue must pass a basic skills test showing they can read and understand math at a ninth-grade level. A significant portion of recent applicants failed. In a survey last year of 779 industrial companies by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, the accounting and consulting firm, 32 percent of companies reported “moderate to serious” skills shortages. Sixty-three percent of life science companies, and 45 percent of energy firms cited such shortages."

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US military's overuse of powerpoint

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "The New York times has an article on the overuse of PowerPoint by the US military high command. The article leads with an incredibly complex slide describing the US strategy in Afghanistan. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was shown a PowerPoint slide in Kabul last summer that was meant to portray the complexity of American military strategy, but looked more like a bowl of spaghetti. Like an insurgency, PowerPoint has crept into the daily lives of military commanders and reached the level of near obsession. The amount of time expended on PowerPoint, the Microsoft presentation program of computer-generated charts, graphs and bullet points, has made it a running joke in the Pentagon and in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Not every one in the higher echelons is as enamored with Powerpoint. “PowerPoint makes us stupid,” Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, the Joint Forces commander, said this month at a military conference in North Carolina. PowerPoint "ties up junior officers — referred to as PowerPoint Rangers — in the daily preparation of slides, be it for a Joint Staff meeting in Washington or for a platoon leader’s pre-mission combat briefing in a remote pocket of Afghanistan. ""

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HP reports memristor breakthrough

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "Hewlett-Packard scientists on Thursday will report advances demonstrating significant progress in the design of memristors, or memory resistors. The researchers previously reported in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they had devised a new method for storing and retrieving information from a vast three-dimensional array of memristors. The scheme could potentially free designers to stack thousands of switches on top of one another in a high-rise fashion, permitting a new class of ultra-dense computing devices even after two-dimensional scaling reaches fundamental limits."
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Journalists (Yahoo) E-Mails Hacked in China

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "According to this article in the New York Times, In what appears to be a coordinated assault, the e-mail accounts of at least a dozen rights activists, academics and journalists who cover China have been compromised by unknown intruders. The infiltrations, which involved Yahoo e-mail accounts, appeared to be aimed at people who write about China and Taiwan, rendering their accounts inaccessible, according to those who were affected. In the case of this reporter, hackers altered e-mail settings so that all correspondence was surreptitiously forwarded to another e-mail address. The victims of the most recent intrusions included a law professor in the United States, an analyst who writes about China’s security apparatus and several print journalists based in Beijing and Taipei, the capital of Taiwan."
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Apple sues HTC over patents

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "According to the New York Times, "Apple said on Tuesday that it had filed lawsuits against HTC, the Taiwan-based phone maker, accusing it of infringing on 20 Apple patents tied to the iPhone. The suits, filed with the office of the United States International Trade Commission and the United States District Court in Delaware, say HTC violated patents covering the phone’s user interface, internal architecture and hardware.". The article goes on to say that Google isn't mentioned in the suit."
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Freakonomics interview of programmer turned escort

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "Normally slashdot wouldn't be the place for "Allie the escort answers your questions" type blog posts. But this escort is different. She is the "Allie" featured in the great book Superfreakonomics. In this NYT freakonomics blog post, Allie answers questions from readers, including the question "What was your occupation before you became a call girl? What made you go into this line of work?". Turns out, Allie was a programmer before she became an escort. Why the switch? In her words, "At that time, the reason I gave up my programming job was the free time. I was caring for a family member with a serious illness — the free time and money was a huge benefit.""
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U.S. and Russia Open Talks on Limits to Cyberwar

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "According to the New York Times, "The United States has begun talks with Russia and a United Nations arms control committee about strengthening Internet security and limiting military use of cyberspace. American and Russian officials have different interpretations of the talks so far, but the mere fact that the United States is participating represents a significant policy shift after years of rejecting Russia’s overtures. Officials familiar with the talks said the Obama administration realized that more nations were developing cyberweapons and that a new approach was needed to blunt an international arms race. While the Russians have continued to focus on treaties that may restrict weapons development, the United States is hoping to use the talks to increase international cooperation in opposing Internet crime. Strengthening defenses against Internet criminals would also strengthen defenses against any military-directed cyberattacks, the United States maintains."
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whitehouse.gov switches to Drupal

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "According to the New York Times, whitehouse.gov has switched to Drupal. In an example of how little mainstream media understands FOSS, the article headline from the AP is "White House Opens Web Site Programming to Public ". From the article "It will be a much faster way to change the programming behind the Web site. When the model was owned solely by the government, federal contractors would have to work through the reams of code to troubleshoot it or upgrade it. Now, it can be done in the matter of days and free to taxpayers.""
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US govt Launches Web Site to Track IT Spending

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "

According to this article in the Washington Post, Vivek Kundra, the federal chief information officer, on Tuesday announced a new Web site designed to track more than $70 billion in government information technology spending, showing all contracts held by major firms within every agency. The site shows detailed information about whether IT contracts are being monitored and budgets being met. The data also show which contracts were won through a competitive process or in a no-bid method, which has been criticized by good-government advocates for excluding firms from business opportunities. Each prime contractor is listed as well as the status of that project; sub-contractors are not yet shown on the site.

The website is http://usaspending.gov/. The view dashboard link has already been slashdoted."

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Bill introduced to federalize "Cybersecurity&#

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "According to the Washington Post, lawmakers are crafting proposals that would empower the government to set and enforce security standards for private industry for the first time. The private systems would include systems that control essentials such as electricity and water distribution. The bill calls for the appointment of a White House cybersecurity "czar" with unprecedented authority to shut down computer networks, including private ones, if a cyberattack is underway, the officials said. The Rockefeller-Snowe measure would create the Office of the National Cybersecurity Adviser, whose leader would report directly to the president and would coordinate defense efforts across government agencies. It would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology to establish "measurable and auditable cybersecurity standards" that would apply to private companies as well as the government. It also would require licensing and certification of cybersecurity professionals."
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FCC report supports use of white spaces.

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  about 6 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "According to this article in the Washington Post, the major telcos disagree with the FCC's report that concluded that using white spaces to provide free wireless internet would not cause major interference with other services. But several large wireless carriers, including T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and AT&T, argue that using the spectrum will in fact interfere with their own broadband services operating in adjacent airwaves. FCC engineers conducted field tests last month in Seattle to determine the level of static between the services. The FCC concluded that sufficient technical protections would prevent major problems. FCC chairman Martin's proposal is to auction off the spectrum, with some rules attached. Some of the spectrum would be used for free Internet service, which would have content filters to block material considered inappropriate for children."
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DHS allowed to take laptops indefinitely

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "According to this article in the Washington Post, Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed. Also, officials may share copies of the laptop's contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons, according to the policies, dated July 16 and issued by two DHS agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. DHS officials said that the newly disclosed policies — which apply to anyone entering the country, including U.S. citizens — are reasonable and necessary to prevent terrorism. Officials said such procedures have long been in place but were disclosed last month because of public interest in the matter. The policies cover "any device capable of storing information in digital or analog form," including hard drives, flash drives, cell phones, iPods, pagers, beepers, and video and audio tapes. They also cover "all papers and other written documentation," including books, pamphlets and "written materials commonly referred to as 'pocket trash' or 'pocket litter.' ""
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Al-Qaeda's Growing Online Offensive

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "The Washington Post has an article on Al-Qaeda's online presence. U.S. and European intelligence officials attribute the al-Qaeda propaganda boom in part to the network's ability to establish a secure base in the ungoverned tribal areas of western Pakistan. When Osama bin Laden wants to deliver a speech, a trusted video cameraman is summoned to a safe house somewhere in Pakistan, according to U.S. counterterrorism officials and analysts. The video file is then edited, stored on a tiny computer memory stick and given to a human courier. The memory stick usually passes through several sets of hands to disguise its route, until an operative finally sits down in an Internet cafe and saves the data to a password-protected Web site, they said. Analysts said that as-Sahab(AQ's propaganda network) is outfitted with some of the best technology available. Editors and producers use ultralight Sony Vaio laptops and top-end video cameras. Files are protected using PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, a virtually unbreakable form of encryption software that is also used by intelligence agencies around the world.

My favorite line from the article: "Al-Qaeda doesn't have a whole lot of choice. If they want to know something about the U.S., they either go to Gadahn(a California native and convert to Islam who moved to Pakistan a decade ago) or to Wikipedia.""
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FTC opens formal antitrust investigation of Intel

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "According to the New York Times, The Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation of Intel. The officials and lawyers said that in recent days Intel, its smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices, and several of the world's largest personal computer makers that buy semiconductors from the two companies have begun to receive subpoenas from the commission. The investigation into accusations that Intel's pricing policies have been designed to maintain a near-monopoly on the microprocessor market was authorized by William E. Kovacic, the new chairman of the trade commission, and has the support of the agency's other commissioners. It reversed a decision by his predecessor, Deborah P. Majoras, who had been blocking the formal inquiry for many months, frustrating other senior commission officials and some lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Ms. Majoras is a former senior official in the antitrust division at the Justice Department who was an architect of the Bush administration's antitrust settlement with Microsoft in 2001."
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Seagate files lawsuit against SSD company

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "According to this NYT article, Seagate has filed a lawsuit against SSD manufacturer STEC. Seagate contends that STEC's solid-state drive products violate four Seagate patents covering how such drives interface with computers. At the center of the suit is how solid-state drive technology interacts with computers, for purposes like error correction. Is this a desperate attempt by Seagate to stop the march of solid state devices? Of course not, says William D. Watkins, chief executive of Seagate. Mr. Watkins said the goal of the suit was to promote the kind of cross-licensing and partnerships that have always been part of the hard-drive market. We discussed the possibility of Seagate suing SSD manufacturers less than a month ago."
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Microsoft and NewsCorp in Yahoo bid talks

andy1307 andy1307 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

andy1307 (656570) writes "According to the New York Times, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is in talks with Microsoft about joining in its contested bid for Yahoo.Yahoo, which wants to remain independent, has been in a desperate search for white knights, holding conversations with Time Warner's AOL and News Corporation. If News Corporation throws its weight behind Microsoft's offer, that could allow Microsoft to raise its bid, putting even more pressure on Yahoo and its shareholders. At the same time, the alignment of Microsoft and News Corporation would remove a possible alternative for Yahoo, leaving it with fewer opportunities to escape Microsoft's grasp. The talks between Microsoft and News Corporation are at a sensitive stage, people involved in the discussions said. "There's a long way to go before anything is definite," one person involved in the talks said. On Wednesday, Yahoo suggested that it might be willing to cede part of its core business to Google, an archrival, to remain independent. Yahoo said it would begin outsourcing a small portion of its search advertising to Google. The limited test is meant to determine whether the company could extract more revenue if Google ran its search advertising system. The test results might also back Yahoo's contention that Microsoft's offer undervalues the company, a person briefed on the plan said. In the two-week test, Yahoo will use Google's search advertising system to deliver ads that appear alongside Yahoo's search results. Microsoft immediately blasted the idea of a search advertising partnership between Yahoo and Google, saying it would be anticompetitive. "Any definitive agreement between Yahoo and Google would consolidate over 90 percent of the search advertising market in Google's hands," Microsoft said in a statement."

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