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  • Another Major Democratic Email Scandal the News Media Is Ignoring

    02/24/2017 9:08:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2017 | Fred Fleitz
    In the midst of allegations of Russian ties to the Trump administration and in the aftermath of the hacking of Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee emails, there is a new email scandal involving Democratic House members that could amount to a covert effort by foreign actors to penetrate the House of Representatives' computer system.According to the Daily Caller, three brothers who managed information technology (IT) for Democratic House members – Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan – were suspended on February 2, 2017 for serious misconduct, including accessing the computer accounts of House members without their knowledge and stealing equipment...
  • Congressional Computer Admins In Criminal Probe Owed Money To Hezbollah-Connected Fugitive

    02/22/2017 12:06:27 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 21, 2017 | By Luke Rosiak
    Congressional aides suspected of criminally misusing their access to House computer systems owed $100,000 to an Iraqi politician who is wanted by U.S. authorities and has been linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Middle Eastern terrorist outfit. Imran Awan and four of his relatives were employed as information technology (IT) aides by dozens of House Democrats, including members of the intelligence, foreign affairs and homeland security committees. The aides’ administrator-level IT access was terminated earlier this month amid a criminal probe by U.S. Capitol Police of a suspected security breach, including an off-site server housing congressional data. The Daily Caller News...
  • Chilling New Scandal Hits Democrats

    02/21/2017 9:14:45 AM PST · by KyCats · 58 replies
    Allen B West, Right Wing News ^ | February 21, 2107 | Allen B West, Cassy Fiano
    It turns out that congressional staffers have been taking money from an Iraqi politician. These staffers just happen to be the ones who were fired for attempting to access sensitive information. Imran, Abid, and Jamal Awan took $100,000 Dr. Ali al-Attar, money that — according to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group — was “funneled through a company with ‘impossible’-to-decipher financial transactions that the congressional information technology (IT) staffers controlled.” All three of the brothers are now under a criminal investigation. Imran Awan provided IT services for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the disgraced Democrat who was forced to resign as...
  • Why Corporate America Has Conniptions about Trump’s H-1B Visa Reform

    02/19/2017 1:35:05 PM PST · by Tours · 49 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 2/6/2017 | Wolf Richter
    “This is now standard practice in the technology industry.” US tech companies, and other companies with large IT departments, are having conniptions about President Trump’s immigration policies, particularly the leaked draft of an executive order that includes references to reforming the H-1B visa program for foreign tech workers. In light of the 85,000 foreign tech workers allowed to be brought into the US annually under the H-1B visa program – a limit tech companies have been clamoring to raise – here’s a stunning forecast by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to...
  • Three Muslim Brothers, IT Professionals Fired from Capitol Hill for Spying – Funneled House Data

    02/09/2017 8:50:21 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 121 replies
    GP ^ | 02/09/17 | Jim Hoft
    Three brothers who managed office IT for government officials were relieved of their duties last week on suspicion that they accessed specific computer networks without permission, also known as hacking.   Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday.   They accessed computers unauthorized. They were getting foreign information. The three brothers were making $161,000, $165,000, and $160,000. One of the brothers has a criminal background.   Now this… The three brothers funneled House data to an external server. The Daily Caller reported:   Chiefs of staff for dozens of Democratic...
  • Three Muslim IT Staffers Fired in Security Probe of House Intelligence Members

    02/06/2017 6:31:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 45 replies
    Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including...
  • ALERT: House IT staffers abruptly FIRED for bone-chilling reason…

    02/05/2017 11:22:05 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 119 replies
    Allen West.com ^ | 2/4/2017 | Matt Palumbo
    It goes without saying that Democrats have had a number of problems with computer security over the past few years, whether it be the controversy that arose through Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, or the following hacks into the DNC. Most blamed Russia for the hack, and they quite well could be responsible, but while their eyes were on Russia, they forgot about any threats to their security from inside. According to the Daily Caller; Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly...
  • EXCLUSIVE: House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs Committee Members Compromised By Rogue IT Staff

    02/04/2017 12:58:37 PM PST · by dynachrome · 291 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2-4-17 | LUKE ROSIAK
    Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computer networks without permission. Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned. Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis.
  • Looking inward on H1-B

    02/02/2017 1:45:39 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    The Pioneer, Ideal Media ^ | Thursday, February 2, 2017 | Editorial
    LOOKING INWARD ON H1-B Indian IT firms must ramp up salary structures The odd thing about the H1-B reform Bill introduced in the US House of Representatives is the person who introduced it. Zoe Lofgren is the Democratic Party Congresswoman representing California's 19th Congressional District, an area that covers most of the city of San Jose. As any visitor to the city can testify, it is not a white-majority constituency. Indeed, a majority of the population in the area is of Hispanic origin, but almost a quarter of the population is Asian. For the most part, those are Indians particularly...
  • Redesigning the journey to critical benefits for Americans

    01/15/2017 7:02:28 AM PST · by spintreebob
    United States Digital Service via Medium.com ^ | 1/14/2017 | Jess Kahn & Mollie Ruskin
    The United States Digital Service is a startup at The White House, using design and technology to deliver better services to the American people. www.usds.gov For people who need timely access to critical benefits, interacting with the government can become as time consuming as a part-time job. As William has encountered time and again, enrolling in these programs can be cumbersome, duplicative and at odds with the demands of working and caring for one’s family. In recent years, non-profits, academia and state and federal government agencies alike began studying and experimenting with a shift toward a more family-centered — as opposed to...
  • How did President-elect Trump handle press conference? Nailed it

    01/11/2017 2:56:15 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 32 replies
    CNN (Heh!) ^ | Jan 11,2017 | Timothy Stanley
    How did President-elect Donald Trump's first press conference go? He nailed it. It was strange, abusive, occasionally misleading. But he nailed it. And while the media will complain that he tried to silence individual reporters -- which he did -- the reality is that the conference was about as raw and detailed as you're likely to get from a president-elect. He gave us a dozen headlines from just one encounter. This is the Trump paradox: Trump and the press hate each other yet they feed off each other.
  • Someone is trying to take down the Drudge Report — and it's a mystery who's behind it

    01/08/2017 8:08:13 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 78 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oliver Darcy
    The Drudge Report, the highly trafficked conservative news website, has been knocked offline for extended periods of time over the course of the last two weeks, succumbing to large distributed denial of service attacks, according to its founder, Matt Drudge. And it's a mystery who's behind it all. Drudge wrote on Twitter that a December 30 attack was the "biggest DDoS since [the] site's inception." A DDoS attack is executed by using hijacked computers or electronic devices to flood a website with redundant requests, aiming to overload the website's hosting server and render it unavailable.
  • Former Disney IT Workers Claim Discrimination In Lawsuit

    12/15/2016 6:37:41 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 12/15/16
    A group of information technology workers laid off by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts claims they were victims of discrimination. The say they were forced to train their replacements from India before they were fired. On Monday, the 30 former IT workers filed a suit against the company in an Orlando federal court. They’re seeking punitive damages. The lawsuit contends that 250 IT workers in Florida were told they would need to train their replacements before they were fired at the end of 2014. Each replacement worker was of Indian origin, and was either brought from overseas or working outside...
  • Over 60K IT Jobs In India Could Go In Next Five Years: Report

    07/06/2016 12:43:00 AM PDT · by Cronos · 25 replies
    NDTV ^ | 5 July 2016 | NDTV
    India's $150 billion IT industry is one of the biggest employment generators, accounting for around 3.5 million white collared jobs in the country. However, the IT industry is experiencing tectonic shifts amid rising competition and increasing trend of automation. A report from US research firm HfS Research says that automation has put to risk 6.4 lakh low-skilled jobs - or nearly one in five jobs - in India's IT and BPO sector in next five years. At biggest risks are more routine or repetitive tasks in the IT sector. Automation is already making its presence felt in the Indian IT...
  • Verizon is offshoring jobs, records say [moving call center and IT work overseas]

    04/19/2016 3:02:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    IT World ^ | 04/19/2016 | Patrick Thibodeau
    A key issue raised by labor unions in their weeklong strike against Verizon is the offshoring of work. The unions say Verizon has plans to send more jobs overseas. Verizon isn't saying what it is doing in this respect, but there is a paper trail of documents filed by its employees that point to offshoring. The union contends that Verizon wants, in a labor contract, to shift more jobs to contractors. Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers are on strike. "They want the ability to contract work -- as much as 50% -- the great majority of that is offshore," said Marilyn...
  • IT employees at EmblemHealth fight to save jobs from being outsourced to India's Cognizant

    04/19/2016 2:50:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Computer World ^ | 04/19/2016 | By Patrick Thibodeau
    IT employees at EmblemHealth are organizing to stop the New York-based employer from outsourcing their jobs to offshore provider Cognizant. Employees say the insurer is on the verge of signing a contract with Cognizant, an IT services firm and one of the largest users of H-1B workers. They say the contract may be signed as early as this week. m.2 SSD shootout: PCI Express blows away SATA and M.2 in throughput testing For the better part of a decade now, the traditional interface for hard drives has been Serial ATA READ NOW They fear what a contract with an IT...
  • Indian IT Services And Modern Day Slavery

    03/21/2016 10:00:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Linkedin ^ | 03/21/2016 | Karthik Sundaram President & CEO, Purplepatch Services LLC
    Recently, social media was up in arms when Marc Andreessen made an out-of-order comment on his portfolio company's failure to implement FreeBasics in India. The 1B Indian population was "offended" and lashed out in various outbursts. We pride ourselves in being free and open. On another note, we seem to be completely blind to some glaring inside issues in the India IT services industry and how it grinds the brightest of brains into slave-level drudgery. The biggest manifestation of this modern-day slavery is the H1B Visa game played by the large multi-billion dollar firms.On April 1, 2015, the USCIS received...
  • Fox News: Pagliano a ‘devastating’ witness in FBI’s Hillary investigation

    03/14/2016 12:29:33 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 31 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/14/16 | Dan Calabrese
    As he should be. The Clintons lie in all kinds of different ways. One, of course, is when they deny something that turns out to be true. They’ll continue doing that way past the point when everyone knows they’re lying. But another way in which they lie is when they claim to be happy about things that actually terrify them. So when Hillary claims she’s “delighted” that her former IT guy Brian Pagliano is cooperating with the FBI in its investigation of her schlock, homebrew e-mail server, that’s sort of like the time General Motors Chairman Rick Wagoner said in...
  • Second State employee refuses GOP questions on Clinton server

    03/13/2016 7:21:16 PM PDT · by Mariner · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | March 13th, 2016 | By Rachael Bade
    A State Department staffer who oversaw security and technology issues for Hillary Clinton is refusing to answer Senate investigators’ questions about the former secretary of state’s use of a private email server — marking the second time an ex-State employee has declined to talk to lawmakers. John Bentel, a now-retired State employee who managed IT security issues for the top echelon at the department, declined to be interviewed by GOP staff on the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security committees, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO. The chairmen of both committees, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), are...
  • Hmmmm.... Is This Why Clinton Aide Bryan Pagliano Is Taking the 5th?

    09/05/2015 4:18:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/05/2015 | Rick Moran
    Hillary Clinton aide Bryan Pagliano’s attorney said last week that his client would not cooperate with the FBI and would exercise his Fifth Amendment rights. What does he have to hide?In fact, he may have already hidden information that will get him into a pile of legal trouble if he admits it.It was revealed today by the Washington Post that Pagliano was paid to run Hillary’s private server — out of Hillary Clinton’s own pocket. She paid Pagliano an initial sum of $5,000 to set up the server. Pagliano dutifully reported the sum on his financial disclosure form in...
  • WOMEN CRY FOUL AS GLAMOUR MAGAZINE NAMES BRUCE JENNER ‘WOMAN OF THE YEAR’

    10/25/2015 8:14:35 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/25/2015 | THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
    The politically correct Glamour Magazine has reportedly waived the one defining requirement of candidates for its “Woman of the Year” honor—a double X chromosome—in conferring the title for 2015 on crossdresser Bruce Jenner, a move many women are finding insulting. The magazine is expected to formally announce its choice of Jenner as woman of the year, along with actress Reese Witherspoon, on November 3. Criticisms are already piling up from women who find the choice of Jenner to be demeaning, and are falling into two main camps. First, out of all the real women in the world, could Glamour not...
  • Now we know why IT support hate Macs

    10/19/2015 8:00:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 53 replies
    Computerworld ^ | October 19, 2015 | By Jonny Evans
    You can’t blame them I suppose. They don’t really know any better, but the latest IBM report is attracting attention because, well, it pretty much tells any open-minded person that Macs are a better deal, even in the enterprise.Mindfulness This shouldn’t surprise anyone who has been watching the digital transformation of the workplace over the last few years. That’s a period in which computers have evolved from being beige boxes on your desk to becoming solutions you carry in your pocket, wear on your wrist or access through the cloud.Not only is technology changing, but workplace habits are being...
  • Donald Trump may be good news for India

    08/24/2015 9:05:16 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    Niti Central, niticentral.com ^ | Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | Sitaramarao Yechuri
    There have been many news stories in recent days about Donald Trump's proposed policy on H1-B visas and how that would be bad for India. Trump has advocated raising the minimum wage for H1-B visas, lowering the H1-B visa cap and generally making H1-B visas more difficult to obtain. Trump points out that his competitor Florida Senator Marco Rubio has introduced a bill to triple the H-1B visas and Trump contends that this would lower the average wage because the H1-B workers are willing to work harder for a lower wage because they want to get a green card. News...
  • Revealed: IT company that housed Hillary’s server was a “mom and pop” business

    08/18/2015 9:34:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/18/2015 | AllahPundit
    A nifty piece from the Daily Mail. You would think a cabinet member who had every reason to assume that classified information would be circulating on her server would insist on a company renowned for security. Instead she went with a small outfit in Colorado, largely unknown outside the region, whose pipeline to the Clintons appears to have been the fact that their VP of sales was a big Democratic booster and got them some work at the 2008 Democratic convention.Were state secrets being stored on a server in an apartment bathroom? One [former Platte River Networks employee], Tera...
  • As Floridians Are Displaced, Rubio Demands More Foreign Workers

    05/19/2015 11:42:06 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 19, 2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    .....Disney, Southern California Edison and most recently Fossil Group have together fired hundreds of American tech workers and forced them to train their foreign replacements, many of whom were flown in specifically to take their job.....On their last day of employment, he and the other replaced workers were asked to turn over their badges, their Disney season passes, and their laptops and then asked to leave.... “It was just a complete shock that you could do that in this country,” he said........ “It’s just so humiliating and so anti-American. It’s just, it’s just terrible. It’s just awful.”Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker...
  • Is the internet killing middle class jobs?

    04/05/2015 5:14:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 152 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/04/2015 | James Pethokoukis
    The Robopocalypse for workers may be inevitable. In this vision of the future, super-smart machines will best humans in pretty much every task. A few of us will own the machines, a few will work a bit — perhaps providing "Made by Man" artisanal goods — while the rest will live off a government-provided income. Silicon-based superintelligence and robots will dramatically alter labor markets — to name but one example, the most common job in most U.S. states probably will no longer be truck driver. But what about right now? If you're unemployed or working part-time instead of full-time, or...
  • State's first transgender lawmaker charged in bomb threat

    03/13/2015 12:46:54 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    wmur.com ^ | Mar 12, 2015 | wmur
    NASHUA, N.H. —A woman who in 2012 became the state's first openly transgender elected official has been charged in connection with a bomb threat called in to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center last month. Nashua police arrested Stacie Laughton, 31, of Nashua. No suspicious devices were found at the hospital. Laughton is believed to be the first openly transgender person elected to a state Legislature in the United States. She resigned after media reports about a prior felony conviction raised questions about her right to serve.
  • Chelsea Manning Can No Longer Be Called ‘He’ by the Military, Court Rules

    03/06/2015 3:45:41 PM PST · by detective · 59 replies
    Time ^ | March 6, 2015 | Sabrina Toppa
    The U.S. military is now required to refer to former soldier Chelsea Manning with a feminine pronoun or the gender-neutral Private First Class Manning, according to a new court order. Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence in a Kansas prison for releasing classified documents to WikiLeaks, is undergoing gender reassignment from male to female. She legally shed her masculine name, Bradley, in 2014, but in January the government objected to Manning's decision to adopt female pronouns in filings, saying the 27-year-old was banned from doing so.
  • Anti-H-1B senator to head immigration panel - claims shortage of highly skill labor a 'hoax'

    01/23/2015 2:15:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Computer World ^ | January 22, 2015 | Patrick Thibodeau
    ..............[U.S. Senator Jeff] Sessions last week accused the tech industry of perpetuating a "hoax" by claiming there is a shortage of qualified U.S. tech workers. "The tech industry's promotion of expanded temporary visas -- such as the H-1B -- and green cards is driven by its desire for cheap, young and immobile labor," wrote Sessions, in a memo he sent last week to fellow lawmakers. Last summer, Sessions attacked Microsoft's push for more H-1B visas as it laid off 18,000 employees. Now, as subcommittee chairman, Sessions will have the ability to conduct investigations and hold oversight hearings. That Senate memo...
  • Spiciest/Hottest Thai Food or any for that matter.

    01/06/2015 2:57:56 PM PST · by Vendome · 36 replies
    Vanity | 1/6/2015 | Vendome
    Okay. Doesn't fall under "Breaking News" but, I don't post articles very often. So, I drop off my Alki friend so he can do some walk in/walk out bail thing at the Sheriffs Department. I'm bored and spy a Thai restaurant across the street. At first my thoughts were just about some delish lemongrass soup. So I walk in and order their lemongrass soup. But, they offered a twist I hadn't been offered at othe Thai restaurants "You want regular or spicy?". "Huh? Why I'll take spicy. I love spicy anything" I responded Well, they tried to talk me out...
  • Top 10 IT Skills In Demand for 2015

    01/05/2015 1:12:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    IT CAREER FINDER ^ | 01/05/2015 | Daniel Greenspan
    IT pros and executives break down the most sought-after technology skills for 2015. As technology continues to become an increasingly vital part of how we do business, the race is on to secure top-notch talent in IT skill positions that will not only keep the organization running through 2015, but lay the groundwork for secure and successful expansion in the coming year and beyond.In its annual IT Forecast report, Computerworld surveyed 194 technology executives about the technical job roles they’ll be looking to fill in 2015 – here we present their findings, identify the hottest IT skill sets in each...
  • The 10 Most In-Demand Software Skills

    07/02/2014 9:19:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    CIO Insight ^ | 07/02/2014 | By Karen A. Frenkel
    The current job market has been very good for software developers, especially those with experience in several programming languages. The unemployment rate for software developers was 2.8 percent in Q1 of 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a notable drop from the 5 percent unemployment rate in Q2 of 2009, the quarter when the economic recession ended, and 5.5 percent in Q1 2010. This quarter's report by Dice.com reveals the most-requested skills and platforms, and notes that those with expertise in clusters of language skills are in demand. Furthermore, the Dice report looks at what skills may...
  • IRS Spent $4.4 Billion on IT: But IRS Commissioner says Agency lacked funds to save emails

    06/27/2014 12:12:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 06/27/2014 | Mary Lou Byrd
    The IRS under the Obama Administration has spent over $4 billion on contracts labeled under information technology and software despite IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifying this week that budgetary restraints prevented the agency from spending $10 million to save and store emails. Koskinen said “declining budget resources” at the IRS caused the agency decided to reject spending the $10 million needed to ensure emails were properly secured. A review of IRS spending by the Free Beacon shows the agency has spent a massive amount on what it labeled as IT/software and data processing contracts in the past five fiscal years....
  • Russian government dumps Intel and AMD in favor of homemade processors

    06/23/2014 8:38:15 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 84 replies
    engadget ^ | Sharif Sakr
    Russia's policy on Western technology is clear: The country can live without it, especially if key issues like economic sanctions, NSA spying and GPS cooperation aren't resolved to its leader's satisfaction. It looks like this tough stance extends to US-designed computer chips too, as a Russian business newspaper is reporting that state departments and state-run companies will no longer purchase PCs built around Intel or AMD processors. Instead, starting in 2015, the government will order up to one million devices annually based on the "Baikal" processor, which is manufactured by a domestic company called T-Platforms.
  • The IRS Had a Contract With an Email Backup Company

    06/21/2014 2:21:02 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 217 replies
    reason.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | By Peter Suderman
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said it can't provide emails sent between 2009 and 2011 that were requested by congressional investigators because of hard drive crashes. The agency said that emails stored on dead drives were lost forever because its email backup tapes were recycled every six months, and employees were responsible for keeping their own long-term archives. The IRS had a contract with email backup service vendor Sonasoft starting in 2005, according to FedSpending.org, which lists the contract as being for "automatic data processing services." Sonasoft's motto is "email archiving done right," and the company lists the IRS as...
  • DMV forces gender non-conforming South Carolina teen to remove makeup for license photo

    06/19/2014 5:41:15 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 39 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | 18 JUNE 2014 | MICHAEL WALSH
    No amount of makeup remover can erase how he feels. A gender non-conforming teen is fighting to retake his driver's license picture with the makeup he says the South Carolina DMV forced him to take off. Chase Culpepper, 16, who prefers male pronouns,wears girl's clothing and makeup every day as an outward expression of his inner self, but that freedom was allegedly stifled on March 3 at the DMV in Anderson.
  • Fierce Fighting Kills 18 in Libya’s Benghazi

    06/02/2014 2:14:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Arab News ^ | Tuesday 3 June 2014
    Fierce fighting between Islamists and a rogue Libyan general killed at least 18 people in Benghazi on Monday, triggering fears of an all-out war as hospitals urged citizens to donate blood. Officials at hospitals in the eastern city, the birthplace of the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi, said at least 11 soldiers were among the dead and that 81 people were wounded. The government of outgoing prime minister Abdullah Al-Thani said it was holding an “emergency meeting” on the violence, which residents said had eased in the afternoon. An air force commander said the clashes erupted when...
  • Jet Bombs Militants' Base in Benghazi

    06/01/2014 10:16:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    A Libyan air force jet bombed positions held by Islamist militants Sunday in the eastern city of Benghazi, a senior military official said, apparently as part of a renegade general’s ongoing offensive. The official said the bombing targeted a base belonging to a local militia group called February 17 and the area of Sidi Faraj, where members of the extremist organization Ansar Al-Shariah are located. An official from Ansar Al-Shariah said no one was hurt in the bombing and claimed that one of two rockets fired by the aircraft hit a car dealership. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity...
  • Silicon Valley Capitulates to Jesse Jackson Shakedown

    05/30/2014 11:25:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 29, 2014 | Carl Horowitz
    In the sixth year of the presidency of an African-American, and long after Jesse Jackson, Sr. is considered relevant to anything, Silicon Valley's biggest companies are rushing in to resuscitate his career as tribute artist. Jackson once again has resorted to his anachronistic but apparently still effective playbook. He issues an ultimatum for more "diversity." As he sees it, the company has a choice: 1) expand hiring, marketing and other activities in ways that favor nonwhites; or 2) get ready for a boycott, picketing, a lawsuit or other bad publicity, even though it has been years since he has...
  • Brood of vipers: Health care edition

    05/21/2014 11:52:45 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/21/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Anyone out there still believe that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has anything to do with improving health care, or making it affordable? The original claim was that ACA was all about getting those poor uninsured people insured. As I have stated many times, had they done this, it would have been admirable, and would have had my support. Except, that was never the goal, and besides, they were far too stupid to accomplish that anyway. Instead, the ACA has become a massive crony capitalism boondoggle whose only beneficiaries are the usual suspect health care parasites—in this case largely health...
  • This Horrifying Clown Is Haunting Staten Island

    03/25/2014 10:57:26 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    We at the Observer would advise skipping this story if you plan on sleeping without horrific nightmares ever again. If social media is to be believed, there is a man dressed as a clown wandering around Staten Island at night. Witnesses describe him as bald, wearing a trademark blue and yellow clown suit, holding balloons and OH MY GOD LOOK AT THIS PICTURE. The clown, which has reportedly been spotted hanging around the Grasmere and Richmond Valley train stations according to the SI Advance, has been snapped three times and uploaded to Twitter and Instagram, providing both internet buzz and...
  • [UK Govt. Minister] Maude criticises 'old style' US IT (Obamacare specifically)

    01/09/2014 5:56:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    MSN UK ^ | January 9, 2014
    <p>A government minister has risked irritating the US administration by criticising its "old style" approach to IT.</p> <p>Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude suggested US president Barack Obama should have learned from Britain when putting together the troubled Obamacare health insurance website.</p>
  • What IT skills and roles will be in demand this year (2014)? Recruiters share the scoop.

    01/07/2014 10:16:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Information Week ^ | 01/07/2014 | Kevin Casey
    Sorry, IT job-hunters: If you're hoping for surprising predictions about what 2014 has in store, you're probably going to come away dissatisfied. That's because it's unlikely there will be any seismic shifts that completely upend the technology skills, roles, and titles that employers want."There's nothing that I would say is the new 'hottest thing ever' " coming in 2014, said Jack Cullen, president of IT staffing firm Modis, in an interview.Indeed, much of what follows should sound familiar. This could be a good thing. Earth-shattering predictions have a knack for missing the mark. (Apocalypse 2012, anyone?) So the job-market calls...
  • Tech experts: Working Obamacare site should have cost at most ‘$5 million to $10 million’ [VIDEO]

    12/04/2013 11:14:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 5, 2013 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor
    Get ready to smash your head against a wall. On Wednesday night, Sean Hannity had two tech experts on his Fox News show to discuss the continuing problems of the Obamacare website. At the end of the interview, Hannity asked the experts how much it would have cost them to build a site similar to healthcare.gov that both operated properly from the beginning and was built secure to protect users’ sensitive information. “I would say to build a site like this with the infrastructure, the architecture around it, you are looking at maybe $5 million to $10 million at a...
  • Obama's 'Tech Surge' Consisted of Six People

    12/03/2013 7:55:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | December 2, 2013 | John Sexton
    President Obama stood in the Rose Garden and promised a "tech surge" to fix healthcare.gov. In reality, the surge was a tiny influx of "about a half-dozen people." In a multi-page story on the effort to rebuild the troubled website, the NY Times reported Saturday that one of the President's fixes was actually a bit of hyperbole. The "tech surge," which the President announced during a Rose Garden speech last month, was not a wave of software engineers. It was a tiny handful of people: In fact, the surge centered on about a half-dozen people who had taken leave from...
  • Technology failures grow all too common in government projects

    12/02/2013 12:58:19 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 2, 2013 | Joseph Tanfani
    "..........Experts point out that troubled information technology projects aren't unusual in private companies either. But the government's problems, involving taxpayer money, are pervasive and add up to billions in waste. Washington will spend more than $76 billion this year on information technology. A federal report in January found that 700 projects, accounting for $12.5 billion, were in trouble. "Clearly the federal IT system is broken," said Michael Krigsman, an industry analyst who is often hired to analyze project failures. The problems seen with HealthCare.gov are not unique, he said. "There are whole strings of failed IT projects where everybody points...
  • IT Worker Throws Out Hard Drive, Loses $7.5 Million Bitcoin Fortune

    11/28/2013 1:20:17 PM PST · by zeestephen · 61 replies
    NBC News ^ | 28 November 2013 | Alexander Smith
    LONDON -- An IT worker threw out a computer hard drive without realizing it contained $7.5 million worth of the digital currency Bitcoin. The device is now buried somewhere in a vast landfill site. The hard drive is so valuable because it contains the key to 7,500 bitcoins [now worth $1,000 per coin], a currency which exists only in the digital world.
  • 10 IT Skills That Are Becoming Obsolete

    11/15/2013 7:52:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Enterprise CIO ^ | 11/11/2013 | Esther Shein
    One of the givens of working in IT is that the pace of technology changes rapidly, and so too, do the skills that are needed to stay current. Here are 10 that John Hales, a VMware instructor at Global Knowledge says are going away:1. Windows XP/2003 and earlier. Why? Mainly because the operating systems are reaching their end of life and won’t be supported/updated by Microsoft any longer. Also, new applications no longer support them.2. Silverlight. This was Microsoft’s answer to Adobe Flash and it can’t be used with the new Windows Store (metro) apps or on a Windows phone.3....
  • Million Lines of Code Pictorial, and Obamacare Has 500 Million Lines (geek alert)

    10/29/2013 9:43:03 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 15 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | October 28, 2013 | Ex-skf Blogger, Information is Beautiful
    Good luck Mr. President "fixing" the mess of Obamacare code (at the very bottom in the graphic below) by December 1, 2013. Oh I forgot. He didn't know. He didn't know this either. (What DOES he know anyway?) (What did they use? Cobol? Fortran? Basic? Stacks of punch cards?) From Information Is Beautiful:
  • The Best and the Brightest: Obama to Hire Special Teams of IT Experts to Fix Healthcare.gov

    10/22/2013 9:02:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/22/2013 | Yuval Levin
    The administration’s effort to respond to the catastrophic rollout of the federal Obamacare exchange seems at this point to consist of having special teams of IT experts from inside and outside the government — in the president’s words, “the best and the brightest” — come in and help fix the Healthcare.gov site. Even if you put aside the fact that the phrase “the best and the brightest” was popularized by the title of a David Halberstam book about how smart people can do stupid things (in that case, mismanage American foreign policy and march the nation into the Vietnam War),...