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Submission + - The new IT survival guide: After the recession (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: It's the term the business folks love to toss around: the "new normal," or how businesses will operate and prioritize as they come out of the recession. For IT, the "new normal" means some significant changes in priorities and how they think about their role, reveals InfoWorld's Bill Snyder. That could be a tough switch for some. But there's a silver lining to the cloud: Some longstanding IT skills and efforts remain critical, so in the "new normal," IT pros can continue to do some of what made them successful before while they figure out how to adapt to the new requirements.
Businesses

Submission + - FCC will tackle cell phone "bill shock" (thehill.com)

GovTechGuy writes: The FCC is expected to launch a proceeding at its Thursday meeting that could force wireless providers to change their billing practices. The agency wants to prevent consumers from unknowingly racking up oversized bills on their phones when they go over their minutes, a situation the agency calls “bill shock.” The agency released a survey earlier this year that showed one in six American consumers had been surprised by a cell phone bill. The FCC's proposed rules would require carriers to send text or voice alerts before and when minutes are used up. Notifications would also have to accompany out-of-country charges, and carriers would be required to clearly disclose any tools they offer to simplify billing.

Submission + - Hungary: any company can be nationalized by decree (theunitedpersons.org) 1

qpeter writes: Parliament of Hungary voted by an overwhelming majority yesterday that any company can be nationalized by government decree. Shareholders of limited liability companies may be liable with their personal assets.
Today, the government nationalized the company responsible for the toxic sludge spill from a ruptured reservoir one week earlier.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban also announced the arrest of the company's CEO, Zoltan Bakonyi, who stands accused of endangering the public and harming the environment.
The law stipulates that the government must freezes all MAL's assets and appoint a new board. The company will be headed by the government's disaster response service. He is in charge of determining the company's responsibilities, launching a compensation scheme for the victims and making sure that similar accidents do not happen again.
The company is co-owned by Arpad Bakonyi, Lajos Tolnay and Bea Petrusz, all three of whom appear in a list of the 30 richest people in Hungary. The Hungarian press puts the fortune of Tolnay at 85 million euros, while Bakonyi and Petrusz are estimated to have 61 million euros each.
According to the PM Orban, shareholders of MAL will be liable with their personal assets as well.

Government

Submission + - Germany to grant privacy at the workplace (googleusercontent.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The German government is proposing a bill deciding employees do have an expectation of privacy at the workplace. Among other provisions, the bill would ban employers from surveilling their employees by cameras or logging and reading their emails.Also, potential employers would not be allowed to view an applicant's profile at facebook or any other social network that hasn't actually been made for this purpose.

Submission + - Electronic voting machine hacker arrested in India (indianevm.com)

whatajoke writes: Hari Prasad, a security researcher in India who had demostrated the vulnerability of Electronic voting machines (EVM) used in all elections in India, was arrested by the Police on charges of stealing an electronic voting machine. The election commission of India has maintained that EVM are non hackeable. The election commission had previously provided access to the device to the security researchers for a day and asked for a hack in only that time.

Submission + - Exploding Lake Provides Electricity for Rwanda (discovery.com)

reillymj writes: There are three known "exploding lakes" in the world, where volcanic gases build up near the lake bottom until they suddenly fizz over, suffocating people with huge amounts of carbon dioxide. But the lakes also hold methane and one of them, Rwanda's Lake Kivu, is being actively tapped as a source of natural gas to fuel a power plant on the lake's shores. The government hopes that within two years, the plant will be covering a third of the country's needs. By siphoning off the gas, engineers simultaneously defuse a ticking time bomb in the lake and provide power to local communities.
Crime

Submission + - Building a traffic radar system with speed capture

cbraescu1 writes: I live in a multi-million city (someplace in the Middle East, the country is not important) and I am mad as hell. The car traffic is going from bad to worse and I'm sick of all the car accidents that keep happening (one of the biggest accidents and mortality rates per km/mile of road or per 1,000 vehicles). It seems like there is no way of stopping the kamikaze drivers. I just witnessed a car accident a few hours ago, and in the last months I've given first aid to 2 other car accidents, all happening within 500 meters / 1,600 feet from each other. Today's victims escaped alive but the motorcycle (who was responsible) just run away and the police wasn't equipped with radiostations to catch them. There are laws but not much willingness to enforce them, no traffic lights at all.

After speaking with some of my friends we decided to take the issue in our hands: build a traffic radar system with speed capture, install it on our own expense, and share the generated penalties with the city government (all subject of their approval, of course). We want to start on the main avenue (more than 15 km / 9.3 miles) and to "roll" the income from the penalties into covering new streets (so that perpetrators will basically finance the system). We're not rich and we will not ask for our money back. We just need to make the system start and we're confident the penalty fees will cover its spread.

So, I'm asking Slashdot: what would be a workable way to build such system? It must withstand drivers claiming the system is cheating, and it must withstand high temperatures, high levels of humidity, and crappy electricity. Please help. This is about technology saving lives — literally.
Java

Submission + - Introducing JITB: A Flash player built on the JVM (joa-ebert.com) 1

MBCook writes: "Joa Ebert has started working on a new program called JITB. Announced in a talk at FITC San Fran, it's a Flash player written to use the Java JVM to run ActionScript, and in simple graphics test case (making 1 million flash.geom.Point) was 30x faster than Adobe's Flash player. There is an impressive demo video on YouTube showing the point test."

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