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+ - I'm so sick of sexism in tech, it needs to be a more accessible environment->

Submitted by Kaneda2112
Kaneda2112 (871795) writes "Note to IBM executives: If you're going to openly discuss why you think young women make bad hires in the tech industry, you might want to make sure you're not having lunch next to a young mom who's also a coder. As a father of a daughter, I'd like to think that companies look for skill and innovation from wherever they can find it and not basing decisions on someone'sm age or reproductive profile....this just p****ed me off. Is this another sign of IBM's continued decline...?"
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Comment: Re:Here's the real story (Score 1) 182

by Kaneda2112 (#46366385) Attached to: IBM Begins Layoffs, Questions Arise About Pact With New York
Perhaps that is true of Watson Jr, who had a more public philanthropic image, but Sr. was a piece of work. I've read 'IBM And The Holocaust' cover to cover, a thoroughly researched and scholarly work - - http://www.ibmandtheholocaust.... and it's profoundly disturbing what was done in the name of profit. In the modern era you just need to look at IBM's record at stepping into South Africa during apartheid to help scoop up more profits. Profit and not morality is what drives most companies, especially if there are analyst expectations. IBM is no different. It seems treasonous to me that the current execs behave in a fashion that allows them to gorge themselves at the expense of the already hollowed out middle class in North America and sadly, I'm sure they sleep just fine.

+ - How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages->

Submitted by Kaneda2112
Kaneda2112 (871795) writes ""The latest NSA revelations further expose the tensions between Silicon Valley and the Obama administration. All the major tech firms are lobbying the government to allow them to disclose more fully the extent and nature of their co-operation with the NSA to meet their customers' privacy concerns. Privately, tech executives are at pains to distance themselves from claims of collaboration and teamwork given by the NSA documents, and insist the process is driven by legal compulsion." Who the heck do you believe anymore?"
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+ - Spain busts 'ransomware' cybercrime gang->

Submitted by Kaneda2112
Kaneda2112 (871795) writes "MADRID—Spanish authorities on Wednesday announced the breakup of a cybercrime gang that used a “ransomware” virus to lock computers throughout Europe, display false messages claiming the action was taken by police and demand payment of $135 to unlock the computers.

The gang, operating from the Mediterranean resort cities of Benalmadena and Torremolinos, made at least $1.35 million annually, said Deputy Interior Minister Francisco Martinez. Their notices to victims were accompanied by false threats claiming they were under investigation for accessing child pornography or illegal file-sharing."

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Sci-Fi

Doctor Marries Doctor's Daughter, TARDIS Explodes 326

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the try-saying-that-five-times-fast dept.
techmuse writes "In a veritable Who's Who of Doctor Who, 10th Doctor David Tennant is marrying Georgia Moffett, the daughter of 5th Doctor Peter Davison, who played the Doctor's daughter in an episode of Doctor Who. Except that the Doctor's daughter was a clone of the Doctor, which meant that she really was Who. So a newer Doctor is marrying an older Doctor's daughter, who is a clone of the newer doctor, but only has half the DNA of the older Doctor."
AMD

AMD One-Ups Intel With Cheap Desktop Chips 362

Posted by samzenpus
from the price-war dept.
CWmike writes "Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday announced inexpensive desktop microprocessors with up to six cores to put pricing pressure on rival Intel. AMD's new chips include the fastest AMD Phenom II X6 1075T six-core processor, which is priced 'under $250' for 1,000 units, AMD said. AMD also introduced a range of dual-core and quad-core Athlon II and Phenom II desktop microprocessors priced between $76 and $185. By comparison, Intel's cheapest six-core processor is the Core i7-970 processor, which is priced at $885 per 1,000 units, according to a price list on Intel's website."
Microsoft

Microsoft Clears MechWarrior4 Free Launch 131

Posted by Soulskill
from the done-and-done dept.
Vamman writes "If you've been following the drama surrounding the free release of MechWarrior4, then you're probably aware that the initial announcement, made last summer, was a bit premature. Now, nearly a year since that announcement was made, MekTek Studios has announced that Microsoft Legal has given clearance for the free release of Mechwarrior4. This move by Microsoft Games couldn't come at a better time for the community, as the owners of MechWarrior are attempting a reboot of the franchise."
The 2000 Beanies

Battlefield Earth Screenwriter Accepts Razzie 295

Posted by timothy
from the right-gentlemanly dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The New York Post has a story about J.D. Shapiro, and his gracious acceptance of a Razzie award for writing Battlefield Earth. He first offers an apology to anyone who has seen it, then he offers a funny, outsider's perspective of dealing with Scientologists, and the subsequent mangling of his script for what was once allegedly referred to by John Travolta as 'The Schindler's List of Sci-Fi.'"
Programming

Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C 582

Posted by kdawson
from the non-obfuscated dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Wondering where all that bloat comes from, causing even the classic 'Hello world' to weigh in at 11 KB? An MIT programmer decided to make a Linux C program so simple, she could explain every byte of the assembly. She found that gcc was including libc even when you don't ask for it. The blog shows how to compile a much simpler 'Hello world,' using no libraries at all. This takes me back to the days of programming bare-metal on DOS!"
Upgrades

NVIDIA Driver Update Causing Video Cards To Overheat In Games 155

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-thought-this-only-happened-to-ati dept.
After a group of StarCraft II beta testers reported technical difficulties following the installation of NVIDIA driver update 196.75, Blizzard tech support found that the update introduced fan control problems that were causing video cards to overheat in 3D applications. "This means every single 3D application (i.e. games) running these drivers is going to be exposed to overheating and in some extreme cases it will cause video card, motherboard and/or processor damage. If said motherboard, processor or graphic card is not under warranty, some gamers are in serious trouble playing intensive games such as Prototype, World of Warcraft, Farcry 3, Crysis and many other games with realistic graphics." NVIDIA said they were investigating the problem, took down links to the new drivers, and advised users to revert to 196.21 until the problem can be fixed.

Comment: Re:Ayn Rand's Manifest Destiny (Score 1) 1197

by Kaneda2112 (#31274008) Attached to: Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?
These are complex issues with no 'silver bullet' answer.

I would imagine that in the US it would be difficult to retro-fit a Canadian or UK style system given the power of lobby groups - from the doctors, to the insurance companies and to the pharmaceutical industry - in your style of government.

The world seems to be heading in the direction that John Brunner wrote about many years ago in 'The Sheep Look Up'

Anyway, it's an interesting discussion.

Cheers.

Comment: Re:Ayn Rand's Manifest Destiny (Score 1) 1197

by Kaneda2112 (#31237022) Attached to: Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?
Oh yeah, and you don't even treat your vets with respect either -

Harvard researchers say 1.46 million working-age vets lacked health coverage last year, increasing their death rate - Over 2,200 veterans died in 2008 due to lack of health insurance

http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/november/over_2200_veterans_.php

Comment: Re:Ayn Rand's Manifest Destiny (Score 1) 1197

by Kaneda2112 (#31236974) Attached to: Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?
I find this a fascinating debate -

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE58G6W520090917

Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year -- one every 12 minutes -- in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found.

You have over 45 million people without insurance - to quote the article: "For any doctor ... it's completely a no-brainer that people who can't get health care are going to die more from the kinds of things that health care is supposed to prevent," said Woolhandler, a professor of medicine at Harvard and a primary care physician in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

And yes, I'm Canadian. Our system is not perfect...but that doesn't happen.
Businesses

Failed Games That Damaged Or Killed Their Companies 397

Posted by Soulskill
from the cause-or-symptom dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Develop has an excellent piece up profiling a bunch of average to awful titles that flopped so hard they harmed or sunk their studio or publisher. The list includes Haze, Enter The Matrix, Hellgate: London, Daikatana, Tabula Rasa, and — of course — Duke Nukem Forever. 'Daikatana was finally released in June 2000, over two and a half years late. Gamers weren't convinced the wait was worth it. A buggy game with sidekicks (touted as an innovation) who more often caused you hindrance than helped ... achieved an average rating of 53. By this time, Eidos is believed to have invested over $25 million in the studio. And they called it a day. Eidos closed the Dallas Ion Storm office in 2001.'"
Businesses

Treading the Fuzzy Line Between Game Cloning and Theft 235

Posted by Soulskill
from the welcome-to-the-world-of-policeactioncraft dept.
eldavojohn writes "Ars analyzes some knockoffs and near-knockoffs in the gaming world that led to problems with the original developers. Jenova Chen, creator of Flower and flOw, discusses how he feels about the clones made of his games. Chen reveals his true feelings about the takedown of Aquatica (a flOw knockoff): 'What bothers me the most is that because of my own overreaction, I might have created a lot of inconvenience to the creator of Aquatica and interrupted his game-making. He is clearly talented, and certainly a fan of flOw. I hope he can continue creating video games, but with his own design.' The article also notes the apparent similarities between Zynga's Cafe World and Playfish's Restaurant City (the two most popular Facebook games). Is that cloning or theft? Should clones be welcomed or abhorred?"

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