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Readers respond: IBM Watson, Nokia-Microsoft, and Facebook privacy

Computerworld Staff | Feb. 17, 2011
How do IT news and reviews affect your life? Be you CIO or CTO, vendor or client, developer or helpdesk tech, we want your opinions and arguments on the latest Computerworld stories. Here are some comments that caught our eye this week:

In response to QuickPoll: Is Facebook doing enough to protect your privacy?:

I've been in IT for 49 years. I'm a major believer in on-line, smartphones, et al. But I'm probably also in a very small minority of my peers in that I have not joined any of the Facebook, Twitter, et. al. sites. I am just not interested in exposing my information to the world in the fashion these sites not only allow, but encourage. I would like to be able to participate, but only with the guarantee that only the information that I want to provide is required to sign up and only what I want to allow is exposed to the world. When that day comes, I'll sign up.

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In response to Top H-1B visa user of 2010: An Indian firm:

To me, the H-1B should be assigned to the client company, not the contracting firm, if it is going to be assigned to a company at all. It really should be assigned to the individual H-1B visa requester/holder, who should be allowed to change employers. This would make it so their visa-sponsoring company ... would be forced to pay real American going rates instead of being able to hold them in indentured-service. If the H-1B holder, a temporary worker by definition, is without work for 90 days or more, revoke their visa status.

25-Yr IT Professional
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In response to London Stock Exchange in historic Linux go-live:

I've never noticed any significant performance difference between Linux or any other OS. It really comes down to hardware. The native verse some kind of interpreted or byte code application system would definitely make a difference, but then you're giving up flexibility and faster development to save on relatively inexpensive hardware. I would pick any Unix over Windows simply because it's so much easier to administrate.

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