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Study Questions H-1B Policies

wpiman Of course... (361 comments)

employers want to bring more people in. If we didn't, people in the STEM fields could demand more money. We should have H1B Visas for lawyers and politicians. It would be amazing how quickly the program would be shut down then.

about a year ago
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New Study Suggests No Shortage of American STEM Graduates

wpiman Stem shortage... (344 comments)

of course it is a myth. It is just a ploy by large businesses to boost the H1B Visa program to increase the supply in order to push wages down.

about a year ago
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Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

wpiman Re:We are the 30% (724 comments)

Microsoft has an ulterior motive to cell their OS powered phones now. I haven't used on but apparently they are quite good. This might be a teaser to companies-- "hey, you can't use Blackberry anymore. Iphones are nice-- but you can't do work on them. Look at our new Windows phones!"

about 2 years ago
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Google Giving Google TV Another Shot

wpiman I like my Google TV because... (199 comments)

it integrates so well with my TV. It controls my cable box, Blue ray player, stereo, etc.... Until all content is streamed-- this is the perfect box to have. The Boxee, Apple TV, and Roku are all stand alone. This is Google's real advantage-- you can migrate over.

more than 2 years ago
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Zynga To Employees: Surrender Pre-IPO Shares Or You're Fired

wpiman Re:Mafia (554 comments)

Typically they just issue new shares and dilute current shares; while giving management and investors a number to keep their percentages the same. This is a far more insidious way to screw over the little guy that the old way.

more than 2 years ago
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Comcast Offering Home Security Bundle

wpiman Re:Homeseer.... (102 comments)

It is Zwave compatible....

more than 3 years ago
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Friday's Big Swings, Mostly Down, Illustrate Bitcoin Value Volatility

wpiman Perhaps... (476 comments)

Perhaps the value of the Bitcoins stayed the same just the US dollar swung wildly around it.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Launches Fastest Phenom Yet, Phenom II X4 980

wpiman I am surprised... (207 comments)

They released their fastest processor? Wow-- unusual for chip makers to make improvements to speed and design.

more than 3 years ago
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FCC Commissioner Blasts Verizon On Net Neutrality

wpiman huh? (157 comments)

Private islands on the internet? Isn't that what we have now? I pay for a subscription to the WSJ and there is content and comments in there reserved for subscribers. I fail to see how this is a bad thing. If my traffic was being shaped so I cannot access the islands I want-- different story. I would switch ISPs in a heartbeat if they did this. I don't really trust the big ISPs, but I trust the government even less. You can bet your boots that any net neutrality bill would have loads of other provisions in there that we don't want.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Says It Owns 'Book'

wpiman I hope.... (483 comments)

I hope they throw the book at them......

about 4 years ago
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Global Warming 'Undeniable,' Report Says

wpiman Re:More Info & Dashboard (1657 comments)

Yes-- but being a lay person we can look at past predictions made by scientists in various fields and point out their mistakes. Climate scientists have made predictions in the IPCC report for 1990-2010. 1990-2000; they were very accurate. Their predictions for 2000-2010 were horribly inaccurate.

I follow the same philosophy with astrology. I know nothing about star and planet alignment, but I am qualified to call them bunk.

more than 4 years ago
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Federal Judge Says Corps of Engineers Liable For Katrina Damage

wpiman What? (486 comments)

The people who knowingly decided to live below sea level bear no responsibility?

Seriously; this look to government to protect one's self has gone too far.

more than 4 years ago
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Landmark Health Insurance Bill Passes House

wpiman Re:I don't care about the average life expectancy (1698 comments)

Amen. It is selfish but we are supposed to take care of ourselves- it is our primary responsibility.

This bill will increase demand but does NOTHING to address the supply side issue.

If you really want health care costs to plummet; allow 100 medical schools to open up. In 8 years we will have doctors clamoring for business and dropping prices with each other to compete; and we can then abolish Medicare/Medicaid because prices will be cheap.

Unfortunately, AMA has congress by the balls so this sort of true reform will never happen.

more than 4 years ago
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What is the Current State of Home Automation?

wpiman Re:Doing it wrong (409 comments)

The product I use is called Homeseer (in OP) and it does much of what you say. It uses a 900 Mhz wireless protocol mesh network called Zwave which communicates to various devices. It is supported by multiple manufacturers. I have light switches, thermostats, motion sensor, light sensors, temp sensors, appliance modules, door locks, and door sensors that all run Zwave. Big names like Trane and Schlage support it. In addition there are other sensors (water sensors, humidity sensors) you can get. Zigbee sort of hasn't caught much traction. You can buy zwave products at lowes.

It runs on Windows; which some say is a minus-- but doesn't bother me.

There is a slick iphone interface cause HSTouch which allows you to create your own screens for control (works on Windows/Linux/CE and Mac too I believe).

When I get home- I pull out my iPhone and unlock my doors; turn on the light and the heat.

Zwave is still growing; and I imagine integration into these products is forthcoming. The beauty of zwave over wifi is that it comes little power; so battery operated devices are plausible. Throughput it 9600 -> 40 kbps.

To add devices; I just bring my zwave usb stick to a device; click a button on each; and it adds. The network self optimizes.

Again; long way to go but the community is pretty strong.

more than 4 years ago
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EPA To Reuse Toxic Sites For Renewable Energy

wpiman Good idea... (183 comments)

Good idea. We should give him an environmental award just for coming up with it.

more than 4 years ago
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Artificial Heart Recipient Has No Pulse

wpiman Sorry... (465 comments)

the public option won't pay for this...

more than 4 years ago
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G20 Protesters Blasted By "Sound Cannon"

wpiman Re:Department of Orwellian Reasoning (630 comments)

I don't know what footage you have seen; but the videos I have seen have kids sitting around on the street not really doing much. I think we will find out that the cops probably went a little overboard here; but that is speculation and I will wait for the official inquiry.

more than 4 years ago
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Teenager Invents Cheap Solar Panel From Human Hair

wpiman Re:It's green... (366 comments)

Damn spellchecker. Even doesn't know spell checker is one word.

more than 4 years ago
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Radar Map of Buried Mars Layers Confirms Climate Cycles

wpiman You mean (114 comments)

There is climate change on mars? I didn't realize they had Hummers there.

Learn something new every day.

more than 4 years ago
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Teenager Invents Cheap Solar Panel From Human Hair

wpiman Re:It's green... (366 comments)

All you have to do it rub a bunch of balloons against this thing and viola; free electricity.

about 5 years ago

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Apple Sues Nokia

wpiman wpiman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wpiman (739077) writes "Nokia is suing Apple for iPhone patent infringements.

According to the suit:

"The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for," said Ilkka Rahnasto, Vice President, Legal & Intellectual Property at Nokia. "Apple is also expected to follow this principle.

Details are sketchy, but this brings up huge implications on the creation of standards. Isn't a standard open for anyone to interface to?"

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Theory of everything

wpiman wpiman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wpiman (739077) writes "A surfer has stunned the physics community by suggesting and publishing a "theory of everything". It has received some rave review from scientists. Read the paper here. What do you think?"

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