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Infosys Fined $35M For Illegally Bringing Programmers Into US On Visitor Visas

pkphilip Re:Big deal (201 comments)

What you are proposing will actually make the situation worse. H1B visas are relatively hard to get compared to the B1 visa that Infosys was abusing.

A B1 visa is easier to obtain as it is intended for short visits for things like negotiating a business contract, a marketing/sales visit and so on. It does NOT allow for the person to receive a salary from the US entity or to engage in any production work such as software development.

However, since H1B is difficult to get and since many contracts can be executed without having developers in the US for 3 years (that is the case with H1B), many companies abuse the B1 visa.

about a year ago

Obama's Privacy Reform Panel Will Report To ... the NSA

pkphilip Re:They aren't taking the issue seriously (569 comments)

Why don't you guys at least do something more than posting on a news website? Why don't you start by boycotting products from the top 5 companies involved in cooperating with the NSA - Google, Apple, Microsoft, ...

Don't buy their products, or use their services.

Then start by boycotting the big banks and wall st firms like Goldman Sachs, BoA, JP Morgan etc.

If enough people do this instead of going after the new and shiny, it will empower the small players who will see the writing on the wall - and as for the treacherous big players - well, they may at least stop paying the kind of money they have been paying the politicians thus far.. and so the politicians may lose their interest just a tiny bit to protect these lobbies.

about a year ago

Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google

pkphilip Re:not really a "fight" - thank God... (481 comments)

You are a completely different demographic from the people Gates Foundation tries to help. You can be sure that someone living in a shack in Africa isn't going to be looking up Malaria on the web when their child seems to be suffering from a high fever.

about a year ago

Using Kickstarter Data To Predict Ubuntu Edge's Success

pkphilip Missing option (113 comments)

They should have had another option below $10,000/-. Something like a $5000 option which includes 3 phones + and invite to the unveiling meeting. I think the $10,000/- with a single phone option won't be attractive to a lot of people.

about a year ago

Bolivian President's Plane 'Rerouted Over Snowden Suspicions'

pkphilip Re:Bullies and thugs ... (621 comments)

I feel sad for my many American friends, many of whom will be completely ashamed of what is happening and who feel helpless that they can't stop this.

about a year ago

NSA Surveillance May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts

pkphilip Re:They need to open up to the American people (327 comments)

The biggest con ever pulled on human beings is that their vote once every few years is the great control that they wield over the government.

Your ONE vote among a few MILLION - even assuming that the politicians haven't already figured out a way of gaming even the voting process, you are still talking about just one vote.

And then once you have voted, you go back to your sorry, pathetic lives and the poltiicians have a wonderful time looting everyone dry all the way upto the next election. What happens to your contribution in keeping the government under check during the interim period - that is the period between the two elections?

Unless the populace is willing to do much more than merely vote during elections - unless the populace is willing to actually prevent the government from becoming corrupt, ruthless and inept by real action in the interim period between two successive elections, we will get nowhere.

about a year ago

3D Printers For Peace Contest

pkphilip Re:Mother Theresa is an unfortunate choice (273 comments)

No, there was no controversy because a lot of what Hitchens said is absolute hogwash. They interviewed a few people who worked in the hospice, did they? Well, damn! that is amazing - then it must be true, right?

How many of the poor have they interviewed to determine the truth? How many of those people ever stated that their situation was made worse by coming under Mother Teresa's care? Many of those who decry Mother Teresa have no idea about the type of suffering the poor undergo on a regular basis in India.

You know why there is no outrcy? Because to the poor, Mother Teresa is almost a god. They have benefited hugely by what Mother Teresa did for them - they saw her sacrifice and have seen her love.

But for someone like Hitchens who made it is life ambition to target anyone religious and especially religious leaders, Mother Teresa was a prime target. He couldn't allow a avowed Christian to be seen like a saint - that wouldn't sit well with his proclaimed position and the agenda which he pushed hard with every book, every TV show, every press conference.

about a year ago

3D Printers For Peace Contest

pkphilip Re:Mother Theresa is an unfortunate choice (273 comments)

None of you westerners who decry Mother Teresa know squat diddly about her work in India. None of you have a clue as to the type of suffering the poor undergo in India and the type of relief Mother Teresa brought into their lives. Hitchens and people like him who sit on a high horse and pronounce judgments on Mother Teresa have probably not done much to help the poor at all - yes, they may have given a few pounds to charity every once in a while but that is quite different from actually living with the poor and becoming one of them even as you serve them - this is precisely what Mother Teresa did.

I speak as someone who lives in india and who works among the poor.

about a year ago

3D Printers For Peace Contest

pkphilip It is Gandhi not Ghandi! (273 comments)

Please get this right.

Ater all, It has only been a few years since he has been famous /sarcasm.

about a year ago

One Boston Marathon Bomb Suspect Dead, Other At Large After Shootout With Police

pkphilip Re:Watch the total absence (1109 comments)

As much as I fully agree with your comment that it is unfair to believe that if there is a terrorist attack it must certainly have been caused by muslims, I would also like you to consider the fact that in muslim-dominated countries, practitioners of other religions very often live under serious threat of violence - or to put it another way, under terror imposed upon them by the muslim majority - and no, you can't blame the US, UK or any other country for that. In these nations, muslims are targetting people of their own nationality - other citizens, and forcing them to live in fear.

In many of these nations even just changing your religion is seen as a capital offence. Examples: Pakistan, Maldives, Most countries in the ME, parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. Try taking in a Bible into Saudi Arabia. Forget that - try just *getting* into Mecca as a non-muslim.

So their (muslim) oft-quoted justification that the west is terrorising them and therefore they are just responding does not hold when the people they are attacking have nothing whatsoever to do with the west.

about a year ago

Remote Desktop Backend Merged into Wayland

pkphilip Re:Actual Information from the FreeRDP Project (215 comments)

Wow! great stuff. Thanks a lot for all your work. You guys kick ass [insert picture of Marc-Andre Moreau kicking donkey here].

about a year and a half ago

Scientology On Trial In Belgium

pkphilip Re:Here it comes... (540 comments)

There is a lot of difference between most religions and Scientology.

1. No other religion copyrights the scriptures and actively discourages members from sharing the scriptures with others. CoS goes after websites or any other organisation who may publish things about Scientology especially the high level stuff.
2. The only church-sanctioned way of accessing the content of the "scriptures" is to pay for the different programmes.
3. No other reilgion actively infiltrates government with the explicit purpose of thwarting investigations.
4. Scientology and Islam are the two religions which go after any detractors using any and all sorts of tricks and violence. It is actually codified into their system of working. Read about "Fair Game".
5. There are multiple quotes by Ron Hubbard about how it makes sense to setup a religion to make money.

about a year and a half ago

Ramanujan's Deathbed Conjecture Finally Proven

pkphilip Re:Guy was so smart it's scary. (186 comments)

Newton was very much after glory and fame. Became an MP, attended the House of Lords, (but never delivered a speech ever), got himself appointed as the Controller of the Mint and excessively obsessed about priority and credit.

Where did you get that bit of information?

BTW logarithms were calculated by John Napier, not Newton.

This statement seems unnecessary and implies that Newton was found of taking credit for other people's work. Newton's accomplishments are huge - even his work in the Royal Mint.

Yes, Ramanujam was great, but why put down Newton's reputation to exalt Ramanujam?

about a year and a half ago

How Do You Eat a Triceratops? Start By Ripping the Head Off

pkphilip Re:Taking down a triceratops? (113 comments)

The most interesting evidence are fossil bones of T.Rex prey that have partially-healed tooth marks that could only have been made by T.Rex.

How does one go about confirming that a specific mark on the vertebrae of an animal definitely came about because a T-Rex bit it? Couldn't it have been caused by a tree trunk falling on the animal or be caused by another animal other than a T-Rex? Even herbivorous animals fight with each other and can cause serious damage to each other.

about 2 years ago

Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

pkphilip Wow! 15 years!! (229 comments)

Congratulations to the team! Learnt much by sticking around here. Great website which has spawned 1000s of clones but none have been quite as good.

about 2 years ago

Rob Malda (CmdrTaco) Joins the Washington Post

pkphilip Congratulations Taco! (232 comments)

Long time Slashdot user here. Congratulations Taco. Slashdot is still one of the best sites for tech news. You have managed to build an extraordinary community here where even the top nerds regularly post. I am sure you will do a wonderful job at WaPo. Best of luck.

- from a grateful user

more than 2 years ago

White House Refuses To Comment On Petition To Investigate Chris Dodd

pkphilip Give it a week (765 comments)

Don't worry.. give it a week.. we will be back to talking about IMPORTANT things such as if iphone is better than Samsung Galaxy.

more than 2 years ago

Why America Doesn't Need More Tech Giants Like Apple

pkphilip Re:Americans (631 comments)

I absolutely agree.. Full disclosure: I am an Indian.

The management of businesses in the US and the first world make it seem like the Asians are all hardworking geniuses and that is why all the work is being outsourced to Asia - but the truth is that the work is only being farmed out because the salaries in Asia are much lower than in the first world.

The truth be told, for the most part, the Asians aren't as skilled or as educated as their western counterparts. Not to say that Asians don't have degrees - there may in fact be more Asians with postgraduate degrees than the first world.. and not that Asians are stupid or lazy either.

It is just that the educational institutions in most Asian nations are there simply to hand out degrees not an education. In the west, a lot of students take up courses because they enjoy the subject - but most Asian students take up courses with a view of getting a high paying job - with very little interest in the subject. And this impacts the quality of their skill and also their overall understanding of the subject.

By the way, when I say Asians, I am also including Indians into this - we are also part of Asia.

more than 2 years ago



Raw data about global warming lost or destroyed cl

pkphilip pkphilip writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pkphilip writes "The world's source for global temperature record admits it's lost or destroyed all the original data that would allow a third party to construct a global temperature record. The destruction (or loss) of the data comes at a convenient time for the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in East Anglia — permitting it to snub FoIA requests to see the data."
Link to Original Source

Raw data about global warming lost of destroyed cl

pkphilip pkphilip writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pkphilip writes "The world's source for global temperature record admits it's lost or destroyed all the original data that would allow a third party to construct a global temperature record. The destruction (or loss) of the data comes at a convenient time for the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in East Anglia — permitting it to snub FoIA requests to see the data."
Link to Original Source

First green housing project in India is complete

pkphilip pkphilip writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pkphilip (6861) writes "The first completely solar-powered housing project has been completed in Kolkata, India —

Built in Kolkata, Rabi Rashmi Abasan is India's first completely solar-powered housing complex. The complex has been built on a plot of 1.76 acres at Action Area I in New Town. The 58 kilowatt project consists of 26 photovoltaic systems comprising 464 units of Conergy C125W solar modules.



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