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+ - Sony is reaping their rewards 1

Submitted by Gr8Apes
Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Sony has for many years been the poster boy for how to treat your customers poorly. On Friday, Sony reported a second quarter net loss of $1.2 billion, and confirmed it's on track to lose $2.1 billion this fiscal year. Adding on top of their woes, Fitch and Moody's downgraded the company to "junk" status. Standard & Poor's warned it could soon do the same"

+ - Virtual boss keeps workers on a leash.->

Submitted by Gr8Apes
Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Hitachi has created a "perfect virtual boss"

"Hitachi, the big electronics company based in Japan, is manufacturing and selling to corporations a device intended to increase efficiency in the workplace. It has a rather bland and generic-sounding name: the Hitachi Business Microscope (paywalled).

But what it is capable of doing ... well, just imagine being followed around the office or the factory all day by the snoopiest boss in the world. Even into the restroom."

We may pine for the privacy of Orwell's 1984...."

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+ - The First Cyber Super Weapon?->

Submitted by Gr8Apes
Gr8Apes (679165) writes "The realm of science fiction keeps shrinking. Those annoying viruses and malware that can interrupt your perusal of /. will now have to take a back seat to real cyber threats

From the article: Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target: a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant."

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Space

+ - Help the Galactic Census

Submitted by Gr8Apes
Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN has a story about scientists needing your help in a galactic census. From the story: They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. Astronomers say computer programs have been unable to reliably classify the star systems. With 10,000 to 20,000 people working to classify the galaxies, the process could take as little as a month. With /. alone, they might be able to do it in a week. Give them a helping hand by signing up at Galaxy Zoo."
AMD

+ - AMD's Barcelona to outpace Intel by 50%

Submitted by Gr8Apes
Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD is upping the performance numbers for Barcelona by stating that "Barcelona will have a 50% advantage over Clovertown in floating point applications and 20% in integer performance 'over the competition's highest-performing quad-core processor at the same frequency'". AMD also claims that the new 3.0 GHz Opterons beat comparable Intel Xeon 5100 series processors in three server-specific benchmarks (SPECint_rate_2006, SPECint_rate2006, SPECompM2001) by up to 24%."
Privacy

+ - Walmart Employee Eavesdrops on Cell Communications

Submitted by Gr8Apes
Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN is reporting that Walmart "fired a systems technician for intercepting text messages of non-Wal-Mart employees and recording telephone conversations with a New York Times reporter without authorization". The story further goes on to state that the recordings were in violation of their policy since they did not have authorization from their legal dept. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't wiretapping illegal without court authorization as shown by the HP scandal?"
AMD

+ - AMD's showcases Quad-Core Barcelona CPU

Submitted by Gr8Apes
Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD has showcased their new 65nm Barcelona quad-core CPU. It is labeled a quad-core Opteron, but according to Infoworld's Tom Yeager, is really a redefinition of x86. Each core has a new vector math processing unit (SSE128), separate integer and floating point schedulers, and new nested paging tables (to vastly improve hardware virtualization). According to AMD, the new vector math units alone should improve floating point operation by 80%. Some analysts are skeptical, waiting for benchmarks. Will AMD dethrone Intel again? Only time will tell."
Privacy

+ - Bush Creates Line Item Veto?

Submitted by Gr8Apes
Gr8Apes (679165) writes "From an Associated Press article in the Boston Herald:
President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.
As this directly contradicts the law as passed by Congress, has Bush created the line-item veto by fiat?"
AMD

+ - Dell goes AMD for consumer PCs

Submitted by Gr8Apes
Gr8Apes (679165) writes "ARS reports that Dell has announced they're rolling out 4 new AMD consumer model PCs. From the story:
While Dell has released servers with AMD processors in their consumer computers earlier this year, this is the first time that they have offered AMD chips in their consumer products.
Looks like AMD may make their 33% marketshare after all."
The Media

+ - ClearChannel wants even more stations

Submitted by Gr8Apes
Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Clear Channel wants ownership rules relaxed even further to allow it to own up to 12 stations in major markets. Clear Channel states that it has already hit the maximum number of stations (8) in most major markets. They further argue that this artificial limit impedes its potential for growth, and with the emergance of satellite radio that the terrestrial radio market has changed and should allow loosening of the restrictions.

Since Clear Channel owns a significant share of XM already and has stations on XM, this argument seems rather weak. Does anyone else feel like Clear Channel is attempting gain more leverage to drive you to subscription radio?"

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