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Submission + - Are IT Support Staff Going the Way of the Dinosaur? (wvtf.org)

skinfaxi writes: Yesterday I heard Neal Conan interviewing Farhad Manjoo on "Talk of the Nation" regarding "A Look Ahead At The Future Of Tech." Among other things, Manjoo said "I feel bad for ... IT people in general because, you know, the office IT person, the person who would help you with your technology, I think that role is, sort of, going away..." because, BYOT+ Google. Do you agree? Are offices going all BYOT? Is Google going to save you when your computer is trashed by malware?

Submission + - Quality is Surprisingly Variable at Cloud Companies (infoworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: InfoWorld went to Amazon's EC2, booted up 36 different machines, and ran some benchmarks. Were the results identical? No and some were so different that the article calls one machine a "lemon". I thought the cloud was supposed to be built of a vast array of identical machines like the clone army in "Star Wars".

Submission + - Video poker bug reaped rewards for player and CFAA charge (wired.com)

JoeyRox writes: Over the course of playing $12 million worth of video poker, Las Vegas resident John Kane stumbled onto a firmware bug in IGT's "Game King" machines that allowed him to cash out for 10x the amount of his winnings. John and friend took advantage of the vulnerability to the tune of $429,945. John's friend was arrested by U.S. marshals and charged with violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, but a federal magistrate ruled that the law doesn't apply and recommended dismissal. The case is currently being argued in a U.S. District Court.

Submission + - ESEA League Stuffed Bitcoin Mining Code inside Client Software (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA) League has admitted to embedding Bitcoin mining code inside league’s client software. What began as an April fool’s day joke, the code ended up mining as many as 29 Bitcoins worth over $3700 for ESEA league in a span of two weeks. According to Eric Thunberg, one of the League's administrators, the mining code was included as early as April and tests were run for a few days after which they "decided it wasn't worth the potential drama, and pulled the plug, or so we thought." The code was discovered by users after they noticed that their GPUs were working away with unusual high loads over the past two weeks. After users started posting on the ESEA forums about discovery of the Bitcoin mining code, Thunberg admitted to existence of a problem – a server restart for "a setting getting changed which enables it for all idle users."

Submission + - Most Startups are Turds 1

theodp writes: If you're thinking of joining a startup, make sure you do your due diligence. 'Most tech jobs at startups are shit,' warns Ardit Bajraktari. 'There is a lot of demand for engineers in general, but what is offered to them is usually poor and unstable environments, long and unreasonable working hours and no job security/financial safety.' Ardit's advice? 'You can learn more by being in a company that offers reasonable hours while you can have a side project. An open source project, a small app, something your parents can use, anything that you either enjoy, try to make it big, or just make the world a better place. You will never have the time to do that if you work on most startups out there.' Remember, all programming and no play can make Jack an insane boy.

Submission + - Android 4.0 Tablet Selling Under £100 in UK (dcemu.co.uk)

YokimaSun writes: Today Android News has posted details of the first 10inch Android Tablet running 4.0 of Googles OS in the UK for less than £100. With a Vimicro 1.2GHz Frequency processor , 4G NandFlash HDD , 1GB DDR3 RAM & 2D/3D Graphics Hardware Acceleration it may not be a genuine rival for the iPad but at a quarter of the price of an iPad 2 would you consider it?

Submission + - IT price hike inquiry kicks off: Submissions wanted (delimiter.com.au)

wirelessduck writes: After some recent complaints from a Labor MP about price markups on software and technology devices in Australia, Federal Government agencies decided to look in to the matter and an official parliamentary inquiry into the issue was started.

"The Federal Parliament’s inquiry into local price markups on technology goods and services has gotten under way, with the committee overseeing the initiative issuing its terms of reference and calling for submissions from the general public on the issue."

Open Source

Submission + - Software patents good for open source? (itnews.com.au)

schliz writes: The Australian software patent system could be used by open source developers to ensure their inventions remain available to the community, a conference organised by intellectual property authority IP Australia heard this week.

According to Australian inventor Ric Richardson, whose company came out on top of a multi-million dollar settlement with Microsoft in March, a world without software patents would be "open slather for anybody who can just go faster than the next person".

Software developer Ben Sturmfels, whose 2010 anti-software-patent petition won the support of open source community members such as Jonathan Oxer, Andrew Tridgell, and software freedom activist Richard Stallman, disagreed.

Submission + - Biggest Kickstarter Project Ever Surpasses $10 Million; Cuts Off Funding (techdirt.com)

TheGift73 writes: "We keep hearing that these new business models and platforms really can't handle "big" projects. While part of the charm and power of these platforms is that they can fund smaller "long tail" projects that might never otherwise see the light of day, there's no reason that they can't do bigger projects as well. A few weeks ago, we told you about the Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble e-watch, which was the fastest growing Kickstarter project ever, surpassing $1 million in just 28 hours, and hitting $4.5 million by the time we got our post out."

Submission + - Same binary file on two different architectures? (jmp.no) 1

skurk writes: Is it possible to have a binary file run on two different architectures, without modifications? In this experiment, a binary file is crafted to run on 32-bit x86 and a Commodore 64. Even though this is just a proof-of-concept, can this serve a useful purpose on other platforms?

Submission + - Publishers SAGE & OUP win copyright case against Georgia State University (ajc.com)

McGruber writes: The Atlanta Journal Constitution (http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/judge-rules-largely-for-1437124.html) is reporting that a federal judge has ruled in favor of Georgia State University on 69 of 74 copyright claims filed by Cambridge University Press (http://www.cambridge.org/), Oxford University Press(http://www.oup.com/) and SAGE Publications (http://www.sagepub.com/) .

In a 350-page ruling, Senior US District Judge Orinda Evans found that "fair use protected a Georgia State University professor's decision to allow students to access an excerpt online through the university's Electronic Reserves System."

While the 69 of the 74 claims were rejected, the judge also found that five violations did occur "when the publisher lost money because a professor had provided free electronic access to selected chapters in textbooks." SAGE Publications (http://www.sagepub.com/) prevailed on four of these five claims, while Oxford University Press (http://www.oup.com/) won the fifth claim. Cambridge University Press (http://www.cambridge.org/) lost all its claims.


Submission + - CO2-eating light developed that runs on algae (geek.com) 3

An anonymous reader writes: Biochemist Pierre Calleja has a solution to reducing carbon emissions that doesn't require us to cut back on our use of carbon-producing devices. Calleja has developed a lighting system that requires no electricity for power. Instead it draws CO2 from the atmosphere and uses it to produce light as well as oxygen as a byproduct. The key ingredient to this eco-friendly light? Algae.

Certain types of algae can feed off of organic carbon as well as sunlight, and in the process produce carbohydrate energy for themselves as well as oxygen as a waste product. Cajella’s lamps consist of algae-filled water along with a light and battery system. During the day the algae produce energy from sunlight that is then stored in the batteries. Then at night the energy is used to power the light. However, as the algae can also produce energy from carbon, sunlight isn’t required for the process to work. That means such lights can be placed where there is no natural light and the air will effectively be cleaned on a daily basis.


Submission + - Adafruit creates plate kit board for Raspberry Pi (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Outside of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, it seems work is being done to support the tiny PC with add-ons. One of the companies set to launch such a product is Adafruit, which has just announced an electronics plate kit for the device.

The kit is currently in the prototype stages, but once released Adafruit is hoping to encourage people to use the board to prototype electronic circuits and create some embedded computer projects. It’s certainly an idea that will excite those coming to the Raspberry Pi who have experience with Arduino.

Submission + - State Threatens to Shut Down Nutrition Blogger (carolinajournal.com)

vvaduva writes: The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is threatening to send a blogger to jail for recounting publicly his battle against diabetes and encouraging others to follow his lifestyle... the state diatetics and nutrition board decided Cooksey’s blog — Diabetes-Warrior.net — violated state law. The nutritional advice Cooksey provides on the site amounts to “practicing nutrition,” the board’s director says, and in North Carolina that’s something you need a license to do. More at: http://www.carolinajournal.com

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