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Submission + - How to get hired as an entry-level programmer? 3

An anonymous reader writes: I received a state university degree in Computer Science. After graduation, I immediately took jobs in QA to pay the bills while waiting for other opportunities, which of course turned out to be as naive as it sounds. I've been working QA for several years now and my CV does not show the right kind of work experience for programming. For all intents I'm probably no better as a a candidate than any CS graduate fresh out of college. But all of the job postings out in the real world are looking for people with 2-5 years of programming work experience. How do you build up those first 2 years of experience? What kinds of companies hire programmers with no prior experience?

Submission + - Cold Fusion Researcher Scientific Misconduct (washingtonpost.com)

Geoffrey.landis writes: "A Purdue University panel investigated allegations against nuclear engineering professor Rusi Taleyarkha, finding that he was in fact had committed scientific misconduct in his work. Taleyarkhan had published papers in which he reported seeing evidence of nuclear fusion in the collapse of tiny bubbles in a liquid subjected by ultrasonic excitation — a finding that would be groundbreaking, if true, but one that apparently could not be replicated by other researchers.

The allegations against Taleyarkhan had been made in March of last year. A local Indiana paper gives the full list of allegations against Taleyarkhan and the resolution of each by the panel. Of the nine specific allegations of scientific misconduct, only two were found to comprise scientific misconduct. The committee "could not find any other instances of scientists being able to replicate Taleyarkhan's results without Taleyarkhan having direct involvement with the experiments," but notes that this comes "just short of questioning whether Taleyarkhan's results were fraudulent.""

The Internet

Submission + - Facebook Maxes Out Its Data Center Space (facebook.com)

1sockchuck writes: "Facebook is adding 2 million new users a week, and recently maxed out the data center space at its California facilities. The load on the company's servers "continues to increase at a pretty astounding rate," says Facebook engineer Jason Sobel, who said the fast-growing social networking service has added a data center in Virginia, which is now serving 30 percent of its traffic. Sobel also discusses how Facebook sorts out which data gets stored on the East Coast and West Coast, which has meant some fine-tuning of its MySQL code to properly update Memcached."
The Military

Submission + - Air Force drone hits Afganistan -- from Nevada (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "The US Air Force is reporting its satellite-controlled unmanned Reaper aircraft has made its first precision bomb strike in Afghanistan. The strike was launched Nov. 7 from the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. The remote pilot released two 500-pound laser-guided bombs, destroying the target and eliminating the enemy fighters, the Air Force said. In this case the Reaper was operating over the Sangin region of Afghanistan on the hunt for enemy activity when the crew received a request for assistance from a joint terminal attack controller on the ground. US Soldiers were taking fire from enemy combatants, the Air Force said. The local operator provided targeting data to the pilot in Nevada and the bombs were targeted and dropped. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/21744"

Submission + - Chemical Industry:Greenpeace Iphone report is BS (wired.com)

mytrip writes: "In round three of Apple vs. Greenpeace, the Cupertino company gets the backing of (surprise, surprise) a major chemical company trade body. On Monday, the Bromine Science and Evironmental Forum (BSEF) joined Apple's corner and claimed that much of the Greenpeace IPhone report was either exaggerated or misstated. First and foremost, the BSEF says that none of the chemicals used in the iPhone are banned under any environmental laws, and further argues that the brominates in the phone are actually essential in protecting against fire. "The Greenpeace report does not say which brominated flame retardants are present in the iPhone because it does not know," the group said in a statement. "Therefore, the report speculates about what substances might be present, and raises an alarm without any basis for doing so.""

Submission + - GnuTLS Removes TLS Auth Due to Patent Issue (blue-gnu.biz)

halfloaded writes: "From: Blue-GNU
GnuTLS, which released version 2.0.2 last week, removed the TLS Authorization capability, due in part to an effort to circumvent the IETF standardization process. Simon Josefsson, posted on the gnu.announce newsgroup that GnuTLS has been updated, and that, among the changes, TLS authorization support was removed. According to the post, "This technique may be patented in the future, and it is not of crucial importance for the Internet community. After deliberation we have concluded that the best thing we can do in this situation is to encourage society not to adopt this technique. We have decided to lead the way with our own actions."

Blue GNU previously reported that the FSF has issued a call for people in the community to send comments to the IETF by Tuesday, Oct 23rd."


Submission + - Homeland security's tech wonders (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: "The multi-billion dollar budget of the Department of Homeland Security has spawned a myriad of new, whiz-bang technology that includes things like keychain-size, remote-controlled aerial vehicles designed to collect and transmit data for military and homeland security uses. It also includes infrared cameras that capture license plate images to match them in milliseconds to police records. "Seventy percent of all criminal activity can be tied to a vehicle," says Mark Windover, president of Remington ELSAG Law Enforcement Systems, which is marketing its product to 250 U.S. police agencies."

Submission + - Solar plane stays aloft 54 hours (bbc.co.uk)

kwerle writes: "From the BBC News

A solar powered plane built by a UK defense company successfully stayed aloft through 2 nights (54 hours total). An unspecified fault cut it's flight short. A second flight of 33 hours was cut short by threatening thunderstorms.

The Zephyr is not the first solar-powered plane to fly through the night (SoLong: http://www.acpropulsion.com/solong/48_hour_flight. htm), but it claims to be the first that remained powered the whole time — as opposed to gliding occasionally.

The Zephyr has a 59' wingspan, and reached an altitude above 58,000'."


Submission + - AMD Launches Barcelona Native Quad-Core Opteron (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "AMD has officially launched their new Barcelona core Opteron quad-core processors today and specific model numbering details as well as speeds and feeds have emerged. These new, native quad-core AMD processors have 2MB of shared L3 cache on board, in addition to their individual 512KB per-core L2 caches and a top core speed currently at 2GHz. Also, in a move reminiscent of their campaign from long ago to debunk the "megahertz myth" with processor performance rating-type model numbers, AMD is announcing a new power consumption metric called "ACP" or "Average CPU Power". Finally, details of next generation AMD 45nm Shanghai quad-core and Sandtiger octal-core CPUs are listed here as well."

Submission + - The Corporate Tech Support Divide

theodp writes: "Even as they outsource IT, BusinessWeek reports that top execs still enjoy 24/7 in-house tech concierge assistance while the rank-and-file have to call India, fomenting help-desk rage. While lower-ranking employees fume about losing productive hours, CEOs have elite tech squads at their beck-and-call even on weekends to buy a replacement for that malfunctioning Blackberry or to set up equipment — including the kids' — at the house in the Hamptons."

Journal Journal: Is music quality decreasing, or it is just perception?

Slashdot is very adept at pointing out the antics of the MAFIAA (MPAA and RIAA), and their effort to sue people for downloading "undocumented" music and movies. There is always someone who makes a valid point that people are not paying for music simply because they are cheap and P2P is easier, but also because the quality of music has been degrading over time. So my question to slashdot, is this true?


Submission + - House Passes Patent Overhaul Bill (itworld.com)

narramissic writes: "ITworld reports that the House of Representatives has passed a 'bill to overhaul the nation's patent system, overcoming objections by many Republicans, small inventors and some labor unions.' From the article:

The Patent Reform Act, supported by several large tech vendors including Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp., would allow courts to change they way they assess damages in patent infringement cases. Currently, courts generally consider the value of the entire product when a small piece of the product infringes a patent; the bill would allow, but not require, courts to base damages only on the value of the infringing piece.


Submission + - Multiple .gov web sites hacked, serving exploits (blogspot.com)

cottagetrees writes: Security researcher Roger Thompson has discovered at least a dozen freshly hacked .gov web sites — all cities — hosting driveby-downloaded exploits and malware. Thompson blogged about his discovery here: http://explabs.blogspot.com/ and he posted a YouTube video documenting the hack here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_jh8lHb49w "The attacking pages seem to try one of three things. First they try an exploit to install their malware, and if that doesn't work, they try to trick you into installing a fake codec, and if that doesn't work, they run a fake antispy scan, and try to convince you that your machine is already compromised, but their software can fix it... just click the install button." According to the video, updated security patches will protect you from the driveby downloaded exploit, but won't protect victims of the social engineering ploy that tries to get them to download the fake codec, or install the fake anti-spyware.

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