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  • Dec 30th, 2011 @ 8:49am

    Re: Marketing or deep discounts??

    I also find it curious that Godaddy would change their stance on SOPA, if their pro-SOPA stance was bringing in more business for Godaddy.

    Godaddy was clearly strongly pro-SOPA. I think Godaddy even wrote parts of SOPA. But after the boycott, Godaddy changed their stance, even though - according to Godaddy - the boycott was less than ineffective.

  • Oct 1st, 2011 @ 9:24am

    Maybe we should use tablets instead of eReaders?

    The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 is going to be a 7" tablet for $199. It may not be available in the US right away, but it shows where things are going.

    With a tablet, you can read any format, and install any application. You are not vendor locked. Plus tablets have things like sim slots, cameras, 3G, and usb ports.

    Might to hurt to grab the eInk Kindle for $79, to have something to read in bright sunlight, or whatever. But for LED devices, maybe we should wait a few months and buy an actual tablet on black friday, or whatever.

  • Sep 2nd, 2011 @ 7:01pm

    The scox-scam was a success for Microsoft

    It was really a Microsoft scam all along. Microsoft funded the entire thing. Microsoft was behind scox every step of the way.

    You have to remember: scox was dead anyway, even before scox filed the lawsuit. Scox had never been profitable, and was gushing red ink, scox's share price was in the toilet. Scox would not have lasted two more years, if not for all that Microsoft money. Scox had everything to gain, and nothing to lose.

    The idea of the scam was to smear Linux, to make people afraid to use Linux, and - especially - to make companies afraid to contribute to Linux. In that, I think the scam was fairly successful.

    You have to remember, to Microsoft, $100 million is nothing. Microsoft spends more than that on one of their idiotic commercials. I think Microsoft, easily, got their money worth out of the scox scam. The scox execs did well also.

    IMO: those who think the guilty were punished, don't know what they're posting about.

  • Aug 13th, 2011 @ 2:07pm

    Re: Flawed study

    Excellent point! What's more, this study seems to have been published in 2008. This is hardly breaking news.

  • Aug 13th, 2011 @ 1:34pm


    H1Bs are not creating jobs. In fact, H1Bs are not legally allowed to create jobs. An H1B is a temporary work visa. H1Bs have to be sponsored. H1Bs cannot go into business for themselves. H1Bs are not immigrants.

    Also, about 99.99% of H1Bs are nothing special. We already have the O-1 visa for the truly gifted.

  • Aug 13th, 2011 @ 1:27pm

    Re: Re: Don't you ever get tired of going off the deep end?

    > "If we bar all the intelligent educated hard-working talented people from entering the US, I'm sure the situation here will improve."

    Most H1Bs are ordinary people, doing ordinary jobs. This has been confirmed by the US General Accounting Office. In fact, the GAO confirmed that over 50% of H1B jobs are entry level.

    These jobs could be done by US workers, but employers prefer indentured servants, and lowered paid employees. Also, hire a lot of H1Bs makes it that much easier to offshore the jobs, which is the eventual goal.