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Nov. 10, 2015 H1B Workers Underpaid

On Nov. 9, 2015 Wendy Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote a story about H1B workers being underpaid. The US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division’s assistant district director Michael Eastwood revealed a federal judge ordered Scopus Consulting Group and Orian Engineers to pay $84,000 in back wages and $103,000 in fines. “In one case a worker earned $5,000 a month when the worker should have been paid $5,900 a month.” This is about an fifteen per cent cut in what are commonly already underpaid H1B positions. Many of the 85,000 workers are afraid to speak out. Apple, eBay, Cisco or other companies using Scopus or Orian have not responded to this article. Silicon Valley is an expensive place to live. Degreed professionals should be paid for their extraordinary skills no matter where they are from.

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Nov. 3, 2014 The New Yorker

On Nov. 3, 2014 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Le Divorce” about when mergers become divergers. Hewlett-Packard is spinning off Symantec, Symantec is spinning off Veritas and eBay is spinning off PayPal. One effect is that high performing employees get more money.

Jess Row wrote a short story called “The Empties” about a woman surviving an apocalypse in Vermont.

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Jun. 20, 2013 SVForum Gayatri Patel

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June 20, 2013 in Palo Alto at SAP, SVForum’s Engineering Leadership SIG hosted Gayatri Patel eBay’s Director, Product Management, Marketplace Analytics & Platform Technologies. Her presentation was “Being “You” . . . An Executive Entrepreneur’s Experience of the Journey to Greatness in Career and Life.” Patel talked about finding yourself and success with your personal and professional life.

Also on hand was Kimberly Wiefling’s Miss Scrappy ready for summer. :-)

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Oct. 13, 2012 ACM Data Mining Camp


On Saturday, October 13, 2011 in San Jose at eBay, the San Francisco Bay ACM held an unconference Data Mining Camp. ACM Data Mining SIG Chair Patricia Hoffman and organizer Greg Makowski welcomed the crowd. Andrew Ng of Stanford gave the keynote “The Online Revolution: High-Quality Education for Everyone.” He showed how it was possible to teach, grade and accredit millions of students around the world. It may solve the logistical problem of educating seven billion people.

Also on hand were:

Junling Hu on recommender systems are being used by an increasing number of E-commerce sites to help consumers find products to purchase.

Peter Kassakian on Inferring Statistical Structure.

Bob Kirby on Representing Knowledge using Conditional Probabilities and Primitives.

Nick Kolegraff on using Data Zen to battle data dementia.

Dave Nielsen on Big Data Analytics systems such as Apache Drill, Dremal, Druid and IBM Stream

Paul O’Rorke on data science and building and contributing to strong analytics, data engineering and data science groups.

Antonio Piccolboni on RHadoop, an open source project combining the convenience and sophistication of R with the scalability of Hadoop.

Liana Ye on Transparent Information Infrastructure. A transparent information system means transparency in five different aspects: data, engineering, inner self, business and politics.

Michael Zeller on what Zementis and PMML.

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Aug. 15, 2008 SDF Innovation and Research Fair

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On Aug. 15, 2008 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, SDForum held the Corporate Innovation and Research Fair. Technology leaders from eBay, HP, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and Sun talked about innovation and collaborating with entrepreneurs. You would think that all these fierce competitors under one roof would be like watching a watering hole in Africa. In fact everybody faced the same challenges of creating something new and getting it in the hands of customers. Text from DJCline.com. Continue reading Aug. 15, 2008 SDF Innovation and Research Fair