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11 posts • joined 30 Sep 2007

'Bulletproof' ISP for crimeware gangs knocked offline

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Ofcourse they didn't reply to emails requesting comment

Their internet is down!

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Foreign IT pros in USA get paid more than Americans - study

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Well, no fucking shit?

This is a REQUIREMENT to get an H1B visa; you HAVE to pay them more than the prevailing wage - this actually makes sense as it shows that the employer has a preference for that specific employee and is willing to pay for it. It's also designed to not have cases in which Indian IT people are just hired for half the prevailing wage and imported to San Jose.

See : http://www.dol.gov/compliance/guide/h1b.htm

"The INA sets forth certain prerequisites for employers wishing to employ H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 nonimmigrant workers. To obtain H-1B or H-1B1 status approval, the employer must first file a Labor Condition Application (LCA), Form ETA 9035 or Form ETA 9035E, with the Department of Labor. The employer must state that it will:

* Pay the nonimmigrant workers at least the local prevailing wage or the employer's actual wage, whichever is higher; pay for non-productive time in certain circumstances; and offer benefits on the same basis as for U.S. workers; "

See also: http://www.workpermit.com/us/investor_h-1b.htm

Any US employer can sponsor an H1B petition, provided it has an IRS Tax Number, also known as an IRS Number or Tax ID Number. This number is needed for obtaining approval of the Labor Condition Application (LCA), which is an essential preliminary to the H1B petition itself. However, employers should take note that sponsoring an H1B petition involves them making a number of undertakings, enforceable by heavy civil and criminal penalties: These undertakings are:-

* To pay the H1B worker at least the higher of the wage paid to similar workers in the same company or the "prevailing wage" (usually determined by the relevant State Employment Services Agency) for the occupation in the area the worker will be employed;

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Is Ocarina missing a trick?

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That's crap.

"Most of the images are on people's PCs"? Where do you get that?

A corporation that has to be compliant with document retention policies has terabytes upon terabytes upon terabytes of scanned OCR'd documents. A physics lab maintains petabytes of image data from experiments in bubble chambers. Astronomical research? petabytes as well.

This is not even to mention the M&E market segments which maintain petabytes of images, with tons of redundancy too (each picture frame in an animated HD movie has a lot going on with the surrounding picture frames).

Who the hell even wants to get near the consumer market with a 10 foot barge pole when there are so many untapped resources that can actually PAY the premium that such software requires? not to mention that CPU bound means exactly that - it means that you need a dedicated CPU (which is why AFAIK why Ocarina sells an appliance, not software) just for dedup if you want to get anything else done.

No no. Ocarina's business strategy is sound - deduping images on a phone is perhaps a good idea in 5,10,20 years when you have 50 terabytes of capacity on your phone and you're snapping pictures like a motherfucker, and the phone's CPU can support. For now, leave the damn thing where it fucking is.

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Israel to test ducted-fan robot air jeep 'within two months'

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What? No "Israelis are bad because they kill Palestinian" comments?

Seriously, people, it's an article about Israeli technology! Isn't anyone going to threaten a boycott or something? I'm truly disappointed. I shall be removing El Reg from my bookmarks.

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DataSlide reinvents hard drive

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It's one of those "why didn't I have this idea" kick myself kind of ideas

If this really works it truly is revolutionary. It makes you think "why the hell did they make hard discs the way they did back when they did it, it all is rather silly, really."

If it does what it says on the box, at a reasonable price, it will make a lot of hard drive manufacturers go "hmm", and then "ohshit".

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Prepare for Apple's self-resizing iPhone interface

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Why not?

It's not an obvious idea; it's definitely useful. I'm kind of kicking myself for not thinking of it myself. They deserve a patent. I've never seen this as prior art before (though GPS systems sometimes zoom out when you go fast and zoom in when you go slow - this is not exactly the same thing)

Kudos to Apple I say. This will make their device more usable.

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IBM fingered over early Linux mistakes

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zOMG! Oh NOOEESS! IBM is a company with interests!

When will the Linux zealots get it? Companies are there to make money, PERIOD. Of-course IBMs involvement in the kernel was to further their own interests. No fucking shit, sherlocks. They wouldn't have done it otherwise. It costs them money and engineers - why would they pay their paycheck if not to further their interests?

I worked in software companies utilizing open source software. This is the _correct_ strategy: Find out what you need the software to do - suggest ideas to the freetard crowd and make them feel it was their own - help them to do it - reap the rewards. You really think companies are in it for the ideology?

I say kudos to IBM.

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Notorious Israeli Pentagon hacker on ATM fraud rap

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He's a fucking idiot

ahm: http://seclists.org/vuln-dev/2002/Feb/0226.html

I think that about sums the intelligence of the so called "hacker".

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US customs: Yes, we can seize your laptop, iPod

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It's their friggin' country

If they want to search everyone that enters its borders, it's their prerogative. Just don't go there if you don't like it.

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AVG update nails down stability bugs

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Gates Horns

Too late

After a few weeks with AVG 8.0 constantly prompting me to reboot so it could "update" I got sick of it. I installed Avast. So far, so good.

AVG 7.5 was OK. AVG 8.0 vacuums canine testicles. I'm guessing they're going to rapidly lose market share soon.

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SGI fires up fancy NAS for dummies

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He forgot a few markets!

"InfiniteStorage Nexis NAS packages are designed for areas of enterprise HPC [high-performance computing] that include database transactions, data mining, media rich online social networks, departmental consolidation and vertical market applications including media production, oil and gas exploration, scientific and engineering modeling, business intelligence, satellite and medical imagery, stashing porno and warez, programming, engineering, MP3s, furniture design, car manufacturing, DSP design, processor design, RAM design, storing pictures, storing files, storing blocks of data or areas needing something that makes a lot of noise and has pretty blinking lights." SGI marketing manager Don Grabski told eWeek.

Egads.

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