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+ - Secret Death Traps: Cheap Phone Chargers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Cheap phone chargers are prevalent on sites like Amazon.com and other after-market sites, but could you really be buying a trip to the morgue by saving a few bucks on a non-OEM charger? This article highlights not only the severe safety repercussions caused by knockoff manufacturers omitting safety-ensuring components to cut costs, but also the more subtle damage they cause to your phone's touchscreen."
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Idle

+ - Open Source is insecure says Disney-> 1

Submitted by dgharmon
dgharmon (2564621) writes "'A Disney sitcom .. has slipped in an insult to open source software .. In the offending episode .. a squeaky-voiced, glasses-and-argyle-jumper-wearing kid who is clearly meant to be a nerd, is asked to fix another character's stricken computer. His diagnostic repartee sees him ask':

“Did you use open source code to save time, and the virus was hidden in it?”"

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Programming

+ - Large NYC Realtor Stole My Code, What Do I Do? 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I am a website software engineer in South Carolina, and a person in New York contacted me for a website job — one half of a job (the "front end") she was given by a very prominent NYC real estate company to redo their site as HTML5.

After agreeing over email to do the work in exchange for an emailed invoice and to receive payment no later than 2 weeks after the work is completed, I spent 10 hours on the work and sent the $1,000 invoice for the completed job. Along the way, a technical limitation within web browsers was discovered (a XSS security safeguard) that caused one page to require to be implemented differently than the others' structure, so I emailed her to seek approval to use a workaround that, while being an exception to the way the other pages were implemented, did not harm the site's look or functionality. She approved it via email, the page was completed as agreed on, and she emailed me that it was fine and thanked me.

After the site was completed, she cited the above workaround (which she, via email, approved) as a reason not to pay the invoice, along with other negligible requirements which were not documented at any point during the work (such as "don't delete code, just comment it out").

I asked her to pay the invoice twice during and after the two week period, but received no response. I also called the NYC real estate company the code would wind up in the hands of and explained the situation, and though they said they would look into it (a VP and principal of the company via three-way, documented phone call), I heard nothing more.

A month has gone by, I have received no pay nor correspondence from any party involved, and today I discovered that the real estate company's production site is hosting the code I wrote, serving live traffic and being used to provide real estate services for profit to customers.

Is this not a simple case of stolen property on behalf of the woman I wrote the code for, and the real estate company hosting the stolen property all the same as if they downloaded a Hollywood MPAA movie and allowed people to play it free on their site?

Also, a little research shows that I can sue businesses across state lines (though not individuals) in small claims court, which in SC is up to $5,000 in damages. Can this be confirmed and maybe further evidenced via precedent? Will there be a pretrial hearing to establish jurisdiction here since I wrote the code here? And finally, should I sue the original lady client's sole proprietorship (which all the emails were sent to, her domain name for her business therefore establishing that she was acting under her business and not "under the table tax-free" I'd imagine) first to establish that property was stolen before going after the realtor for hosting my stolen property citing the previous trial as a precedent?"
Social Networks

+ - Digg.com Being Scrapped By Betaworks->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Betaworks is scrapping Digg.com, but not entirely. A new ad campaign launched via Twitter at ReThinkDigg.com promises to "make Digg a startup again" and "create a new v1 from scratch," essentially "baptizing" the site from its negative press it has accumulated over the years. But other than piggybacking on the site's rank to generate new hype and revenue, what's the point? Is Digg really even relevant anymore following all the sock-puppeting and "pay for Diggs" schemes?"
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Programming

+ - Twitter Is Officially Killing the API-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Several blog posts on the Twitter development blog, statements issued, app updates and the now-tarnished Twitter-LinkedIn deal following the micro-blogging service cutting LinkedIn off from using its API all strongly support the fact that Twitter is phasing out its API in lieu of forcing users to use its own access methods to drive ad clicks and monetization. But is the service shooting itself in the foot by killing off custom user-facing apps, automated publishing methods and other niche apps in favor of the bland stock app?"
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Iphone

+ - iPhone 5 Drawings Based On Latest Rumors->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Hi,

Concept drawings of the iPhone 5, based on the very latest rumors (A 19-pin port, dimensions of 120mm x 58.6mm x 7.9mm, 4-inch screen, Liquidmetal Back Plate), have been attached.

If you'd like to use one of the images, feel free to email me:

http://postimage.org/image/6gsb5goo1/
http://postimage.org/image/6rszpj4wf/

Best regards,

Nickolay"

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Google

+ - Employment at Google->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Bean bag chairs, nap pods, free meals, high pay and an atmosphere encouraging innovation are just a few of the many reasons one would wish to work at one of Google’s many locations around the world. But unfortunately, most of us don’t have Ph.Ds from Ivy-league universities under our belts. However, fear not for there is another route to getting into the company that many overlook due to its obscurity — though not without a cost."
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Microsoft

+ - The Xbox 720, Windows 8, and Surface Will Unite Computing->

Submitted by Anthony_Cargile
Anthony_Cargile (1336739) writes "The Xbox 720 is nearing, along with the coincidental(?) release dates of Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface. With all three exhibiting the Metro interface and integrating cloud computing within their operation, it’s no surprise that Dave Cutler (of DEC VMS and Windows Azure fame) has joined the Xbox team to work on the 720 – but what implications does this bring about for the integration of Microsoft’s flagship operating system, gaming platform, and now tablet? A world of fully integrated and seamless computing is very near in the realm of Microsoft products."
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Cloud

+ - Facebook's Infrastructure Flaws->

Submitted by Anthony_Cargile
Anthony_Cargile (1336739) writes "Facebook just released pictures (shown in article) of the servers and disk trays that comprise their server infrastructure, along with the novel idea of moving power supplies outside of the server separately on the rack. But with the innovation comes very inherent flaws: lack of seismic bracing, no DC bus in favor of lossy cables, and questionable heat management practices are quickly apparent in the released pictures from the eyes of experienced systems engineers."
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Cloud

+ - The Xbox 720 and Dave Cutler's Windows Azure Integration->

Submitted by Anthony_Cargile
Anthony_Cargile (1336739) writes "The Xbox 720 is nearing, along with the coincidental(?) release dates of Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface. With all three exhibiting the Metro interface and integrating cloud computing within their operation, it’s no surprise that Dave Cutler (of DEC VMS and Windows Azure fame) has joined the Xbox team to work on the 720 – but what implications does this bring about for the integration of Microsoft’s flagship operating system, gaming platform, and now tablet? A world of fully integrated and seamless computing is very near in the realm of Microsoft products."
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Cloud

+ - Where Are the Smart Grid's Solid State Transformers?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In the early 1900s, Nikola Tesla pioneered the concept of applying Faraday’s law of inductance to alternating current electric power transmission/distribution through the use of iron-core transformers. The year is 2012 and despite the many advances in silicon-based power conversion, even going so far as to put direct current back on the grid via silicon-powered long distance HVDC lines, iron core transformers still form the backbone of the "smart" power grid.

Even with all the hype of a "smart grid" that self-regulates and even carries data, these ancient and outdated behemoths glare in the face of Siemens and General Electric’s research into the subject. So why aren’t switched-mode power supplies used on the grid at the distribution-level? Let’s analyze this in-depth."

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Idle

+ - The Amazing Complexities of Light Bulbs' Flickering->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Incandescent light bulb flicker is an amazingly more complex subject than most might think: everything from electric power distribution anomalies to quantum effects of tungsten filaments and alternating current harmonics can cause lights to flicker, along with just external forces shaking them of course. This page goes in-depth with all the numerous possibilities of light flickering, described for anyone of any background in Science to understand more about a common-yet-complex everyday observation."
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Cloud

+ - The State of the "Smart Grid"->

Submitted by be new here
be new here (1431563) writes "The "smart grid" has been hyped for years, with talks of everything from utility frequency changes and better energy management. But what is the current state of the smart grid, and what changes are imminent in the immediate future? This article analyzes the smart grid in terms of the consumer/business end and the utility companies' end (the micro- and macro-side, respectively) as to what makes the grid "smart" now, as well as what we can expect within the next year or so. Also interesting is Cisco's involvement in the grid with their new "rugged" FAR grid routers, featured in the R&D stage in the article's video."
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Cloud

+ - SSDs in the Enterprise and the Software Driving Them->

Submitted by Anthony_Cargile
Anthony_Cargile (1336739) writes "Solid state disks are being rapidly deployed in the datacenter by numerous big names, and with their physical deployment comes an interesting paradigm shift in the software that runs atop them: a modernized return of the mainframe era's single level store coupled with XIP (eXecute in place) technology to remove layers of costly abstraction between database software and physical media for better optimized performance to meet cloud demand. Top 10 enterprises are already making this a reality, and open source movements are following in their footsteps."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Releases Tablet: Microsoft Surface->

Submitted by Anthony_Cargile
Anthony_Cargile (1336739) writes "Microsoft's Steve Ballmer just released Microsoft's tablet, Microsoft Surface (the name of an existing technology being extended by Windows 8 to the mobile market). It does not include any collaboration by Barnes and Noble, quelling those rumors, and is Windows 8-based running software very similar to what existing Microsoft Surface products have been running in restaurants for over a year now."
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