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New networking hire’s lazy habits pull down the team

Ever had to deal with an IT team member who didnrsquo;t pull their weight? Herersquo;s my experience.We had an open position in the networking team to fill.

A junior co-worker knew of a person hersquo;d worked with in the past.

A phone interview was conducted, and we invited the candidate in for a face-to-face meeting. [ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, wersquo;ll send you a $50 American Express gift cardmdash;and keep you anonymous.
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He did OK in the interview process, having some experience in routers and firewalls, and was hired as a network engineer, level 1.
I was selected to train him on the processes we used, documentation standards, and backing up the systems. He took notes, asked questions, and seemed to be getting with the program.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

HP to scale up its 3D printer business

After announcing its first revenue from sales, HP Inc. today said it is now focused on scaling up its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing business that it believes will rival standard manufacturing technologies, such as injection molding.While HP is planning some direct sales of its new Jet Fusion printer lineup, the vast majority of the machines will be sold through about 30 resellers in North America and Europe, where the company is focusing its attention. HP[ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous.
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Hack the server room! No tech required

As we are all painfully aware, IT security comes in many forms, from technical details to physical barriers.

But a word of advice: Double-check all your new security measures.

Then step back and think through anything that could be related to the changes you put in place.

Finally, check to make sure those, too, are secured adequately.I worked at one company some years ago where I was given an office near a server room. Not long before then, the IT execs had asked for measures to be taken to better secure the servers.[ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card—and keep you anonymous.
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The concern arose because this server stored data for a billion-dollar operation that contained sensitive information we were required to preserve.

They wanted to tightly control access to the room.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Spam and phishing in Q1 2017

Although the beginning of Q1 2017 was marked by a decline in the amount of spam in overall global email traffic, in March the situation became more stable, and the average share of spam for the quarter amounted to 55.9%.

The US (18.75%) remained the biggest source of spam, followed by Vietnam (7.86%) and China (7.77%).

Trump to order wholesale H-1B reform

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday dubbed “Buy American, Hire American” that calls for sweeping reform of the H-1B visa process.Its centerpiece is the replacement of the H-1B lottery with a system that distributes visas on the basis of wages, skills and education.[ Give in to the dark side: 10 steps to becoming a horrible IT boss. | Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous.
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“We want to switch away from a random lottery system, in which it’s weighted toward the lowest wage workers, towards a system that prioritizes higher skilled, higher paid workers,” said a senior administration official, in a background briefing to reporters on the condition that officials not be identified.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

With robots on the job, it won’t be IT as usual

With robotics making great strides and more companies welcoming robots into the workforce, IT managers need to start prepping for the changes coming their way."Robotics will probably touch every business over the next decade," said Dan Olds, an analyst with OrionX. "I think we're nearing a tipping point where more businesses will be adding robots and robotics to their operations.

They'll be doing everything from manufacturing, to delivering food to restaurant tables to cleaning chores and farming -- and lots of stuff in between."[ Give in to the dark side: 10 steps to becoming a horrible IT boss. | Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous.
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While robots have been working on assembly lines and in giant warehouses for some time, they've become much more than giant hulking arms moving car doors and stacking boxes. With advances in technologies like artificial intelligence, computer vision and mobility, robots are taking on a host of new roles.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Twitter sues the US government for demanding it unmask an ‘alt’...

Twitter is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and alleging the government is misusing an investigative tool as part of an internal witch-hunt to uncover who is behind a Twitter account critical of the immigration service.The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in California, comes on the heels of a report that visitors to the U.S. could soon be routinely asked to hand over email and social media account passwords to the immigration service.[ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous. Send it to offtherecord@infoworld.com. | We've all been there: 7 hardware horror stories from the help desk. | Follow Off the Record on Twitter and subscribe to the newsletter. ]In its lawsuit, Twitter says that U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have demanded it hand over information regarding the @alt_uscis Twitter account.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

H-1B employers face stricter rules

The federal government is doing something it has never done before: It’s encouraging people to file H-1B abuse complaints.This week the U.S.

Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Labor each posted information about how to file a complaint against suspected H-1B abuse.
It’s a clear signal that government scrutiny of H-1B use will intensify and that the U.S. may challenge employers.[ Give in to the dark side: 10 steps to becoming a horrible IT boss. | Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous.
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But it creates a dilemma aptly summed up by Norm Matloff, a professor of computer science at the University of California at Davis, in a blog post titled, “American Victims of H-1B Get Their Chance—Will They Take It?”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Justice Dept. says replacing U.S. workers may bring lawsuit

Critics of the H-1B program have little to celebrate, so far, from President Donald Trump. He promised reforms of the visa program during the campaign, but nothing has happened of consequence -- at least until Monday.The U.S.

Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a warning to H-1B employers not to use the visa program to discriminate against U.S. workers.

And it promised to investigate and prosecute employers who do so.[ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous.
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By itself, the Justice Department notice may be a poor consolation prize to critics who wanted more.

But if the DOJ files a lawsuit alleging discrimination against U.S. workers "because of their citizenship or national origin in hiring, firing and recruiting" it may be breaking ground.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Trump ‘actively’ considering new H-1B spouse work rule

President Donald Trump’s administration has decided to “actively reconsider” an Obama-era rule allowing certain H-1B spouses to hold jobs, according to court documents filed Monday.
It is asking the court to give it until September to consider changing the H-4 work authorization rule.This is becoming a high-stakes case for approximately 180,000 spouses of H-1B visa holders who gained the right to work in 2014.

These are spouses of H-1B visa holders who are seeking a green card.[ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous.
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The motion was filed in a Washington federal appellate court, under the case name Save Jobs USA, in a case brought by former Southern California Edison (SCE) IT workers.

These workers trained visa-holding replacements in 2015 before losing their jobs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

As computing changes, Intel takes a fresh approach to chip design

For more than 30 years, Intel has made a name with its CPUs, which rule the PC and server markets.

Chip advances have helped Intel make devices smaller, faster, and more power-efficient.Computing is now spreading into cars, robots, drones, smart devices, and a wide range of other electronics.

Chip requirements have changed with new hardware and applications like artificial intelligence and graphics.[ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous.
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Intel is preparing for the future and making big changes in the way it designs chips.
It is realizing that CPUs aren't a big enough business model and has acquired a wide variety of chips to put into devices.

The company is even researching quantum computers and neuromorphic chips.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Go west, young techies, for IT jobs

If you want a tech job in the United States, your chances are better living in California.According to industry analyst group CompTIA in its Cyberstates 2017 report, California still leads the rest of the country when it comes to total tech sector employment.

But cities in other states are also making a good showing. New York City (and New York state in general); Austin, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Boston,; Washington; Atlanta; and Chicago are all major hot spots for tech jobs by one measure or another.[ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous.
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What’s more, the overall trend for the U.S. tech job market in 2016 was positive, no matter where you lived.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here