Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

The worst thing about tech bubbles isn't what you may think

You may recall how the last tech bubble 15 years ago resulted in staggering market losses, numerous failed start-ups and increasing IT unemployment. Less noticed was the bubble's eerie correlation to undergraduate enrollments in computer science.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau27 July 15 20:10

Woman recruited by Google four times and rejected, joins suit

There was something about Cheryl Fillekes that Google really liked. Over a seven-year period, Fillekes was contacted by Google recruiters four different times for jobs. In each case, she did well enough in the phone interviews to get an invitation for an in-person interview.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau22 July 15 06:49

In Scott Walker's state, Democrats seek outsourcing penalties

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one of the polling leaders in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, is still a cipher on offshore outsourcing and the H-1B issue. But Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced anti-outsourcing legislation that could shed light on Walker's views, if the bill makes it to his desk.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau21 July 15 06:26

Will the White House disappoint on H-1B displacements?

A top White House official told House lawmakers this week that the replacement of U.S. workers by H-1B visa holders is troubling and not supposed to happen. But it is hard to tell whether the administration will do anything about it. The signals are mixed.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau17 July 15 20:45

Some enterprise users feel neglected by Apple

As use of Apple products expands in the enterprise, IT managers say Apple's interest in helping them comes up short. It can even be a little strange.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau17 July 15 00:08

A look at California's effort to build an H-1B firewall

California lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it difficult for state-regulated utilities to replace U.S. workers with H-1B workers. It may be one of the most significant anti-offshoring measures in years.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau02 July 15 20:23

A California backlash rises over foreign IT worker replacements

California lawmakers have taken steps to attack the use of foreign labor to replace U.S. workers. One effort seeks to use the state's regulatory powers to prohibit utilities from shifting jobs overseas. Another legislative attack calls on federal agencies to investigate the H-1B program.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau01 July 15 20:44

Obama's trade win brings H-1B unease

There is wariness about President Barack Obama's push for new trade agreements that's likely to grow with the Senate's final approval Wednesday, by a 60-38 vote, of fast-track negotiating authority.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau25 June 15 20:15

IT workers replaced by foreign labor may regain federal benefit

As Southern California Edison (SCE) began replacing its IT workers with foreign labor, several IT employees asked the U.S. government for help. They submitted an application for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), and explained why they believe trade played a role in their job loss.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau24 June 15 20:07

One in three datacentre servers is a zombie

A new study says that 30% of all physical servers in data centers are comatose, or are using energy but delivering no useful information. What's remarkable is that that percentage hasn't changed since 2008, when a separate study showed the same thing.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau20 June 15 02:36

Stung, White House orders rapid cybersecurity fixes

The White House has ordered federal agencies to take immediate steps to make some basic cybersecurity fixes. The move follows a massive breach of government employee records.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau16 June 15 06:16

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