Microsoft, Facebook, and lots of other big corporations want to bring in lots more cheap H1B-visa workers. They say they can’t find Americans with tech skills. But the truth is, in their own words, they want to hire the cheaper foreign workers. They even work together with legal firms to use tactics like “fake ads” and finding “a legal basis to disqualify them for this particular position. In most cases, that doesn’t seem to be a problem.” Actual quote.
Check out this training session on how to shut out American workers and hire H1Bs:
Running a casual nmap scan against my home LAN (HLAN?) some time back, I noticed something new: what looked like a server offering several ports was running inside my firewall! I had a moment of intense cold sweat before I remembered we’d bought a new Sony Bluray player, a nice little Internet-connectable jobbie that I plugged into my Ethernet with hardly a thought.
Now I was giving it a thought. Hmm, what was this thing running? A quick OS scan turned up VXworks, an OS used extensively in set-top boxes. Which made me think immediately: Hmm. Anti-virus? Firewall? Administration interface? Debug modes?
Ten more minutes of search dug up the fact that yes, many VXworks devices shipped with debugging turned on. Uh-huh. (I once worked with a developer who had joined our Coldfusion team who looked at the output of the testing server, which had debug/regenerate turned on, and cried “Look at this! It’s making like a thousand calls to every routine on the site!”
Five more minutes of research: Yup. McAffee and Windriver are already teaming up on anti-malware products.