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+ - IBM Paying $1.5 Billion to Shed Its Chip Division->

Submitted by helix2301
helix2301 (1105613) writes "IBM will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. IBM will make payments to the chipmaker over three years, but it took a $4.7 billion charge for the third quarter when it reported earnings Monday. The company fell short of Wall Street profit expectations and revenue slid 4 percent, sending shares down 8 percent before the opening bell."
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+ - Dr.Who to teach kids to code ->

Submitted by DCFC
DCFC (933633) writes "The BBC is releasing a game to help ten 8-11 year olds get into coding. Based on Dr.Who, it alternates between standard platform game and programming puzzles that introduce the ideas of sequence, loops, if..then, variables and a touch of event driven programming...and you get to program a Dalek to make him more powerful, apparently the BBC thinks upgrading psychopathic racist death machines is a good idea."
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+ - European Health Levels Suddenly Collapsed After 2003 And Nobody is Sure Why->

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Europeans are living longer. But since 2003, they’ve suddenly enjoyed fewer years of healthy life. For example, in Italy between 1995 and 2003, life expectancy increased from 75 to 80.1 for men and from 81.8 to 85.3 for women. At the same time, the number of years of healthy life increased from 66.7 to 70.9 for men and from 70 to 74.4 for women. But since 2003, while life expectancy has increased further, the number of years of healthy living has plummeted to about 62 for both sexes. More worrying still is that demographers say the same trend has been repeated right across Europe. Only the UK, Denmark and the Netherlands appear to have escaped. That raises an obvious question: what happened in 2003? One idea is that the weather is to blame. In 2003, Europe experienced an extreme heat wave that led to some 80,000 extra deaths across the region. And the higher temperatures could also have triggered ill health, particularly in older people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes. That has important implications for governments who have to pay for health costs in Europe. And it raises the possibility that climate change is already having a bigger impact on human health than anyone imagined."
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+ - Jury: Newegg infringes Spangenberg patent, must pay $2.3 million-> 1

Submitted by qwerdf
qwerdf (2767125) writes "Newegg, an online retailer that has made a name for itself fighting the non-practicing patent holders sometimes called "patent trolls," sits on the losing end of a lawsuit tonight. An eight-person jury came back shortly after 7:00pm and found that the company infringed all four asserted claims of a patent owned by TQP Development, a company owned by patent enforcement expert Erich Spangenberg."
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+ - UNIX 03 Certified Inspur K-UX is RHEL Under the Hood

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, I browsed through the list of certified UNIX 03 vendors. A new company I haven't heard of called Inspur Co., Ltd was granted a certificate last December for K-UX 2.0.

I wanted to learn more but was unable to find any download site or product manuals. After more research, I ran across this page:

It's in Chinese, so you have to use Chrome to translate the page. The wording of this page reads almost as if it's instructions on how to turn RHEL 6.4 rpms into Inspur K-UX rpms.

If you follow the Inspur rpms, they match RHEL 6.4 rpms. For example:

binutils- (for Inspur K-UX)
binutils- (for RHEL)

Can another company take RHEL, rebrand as their own and go through the certification process to make them UNIX 03 compliant through The Open Group?

Can you take RHEL, repackage/rebrand and call it proprietary UNIX? Inspur does!

Doesn't this technically make RHEL 6.4 UNIX 03 compliant, too?"

Comment: Re: Oh No! Global warming is wrong! (Score 1) 238

by PianoComp81 (#41875077) Attached to: Hyundai Overstated MPG On Over 1 Million Cars

In my experience the EPA figures have usually off by several MPG, with "American" cars typically having lower MPG than the EPA estimates and "foreign" cars typically higher. It's odd that I don't see GM and Chrysler being investgated. Or perhaps the EPA itself needs to be investigated...

This used to be true. The EPA revised how MPG is calculated a few years back (2008 I think). It's more-accurate now. That's why you'll see a people posting below that they get better than the EPA estimate.

Comment: Re:What other products (Score 1) 1019

by PianoComp81 (#37542980) Attached to: Healthcare Law Appealed To Supreme Court

I'm really sicked by people that make those arguments that the poor don't have it so bad since they have a TV. Oh it's so hard to acquire a TV. Let's just chuck those old CRT's in the landfill then while we buy our new flat screen TV's rather than give them to people that lack one.

The complaining's not about the poor having TVs. It's about the poor paying for satellite or cable TV when the basic channels are free over-the-air (that's the theory anyway - assuming they have a good antenna).

Comment: Re:dumb article/crappy developer (Score 2, Interesting) 272

by PianoComp81 (#30736270) Attached to: An Android Developer's Top 10 Gripes

Point 2. The Tyranny of the Activity

Android, by contrast, pushes you to design everything as small, self- contained mini-applications

That sounds a bit like the old UNIX principle. And what's wrong with having applications that do small things and do it well. I don't want a picture application with it's own twitter functionality, I have a proper twitter client for that. etc.

The biggest reason he gives while this is bad is because it destroys then recreates an activity upon rotating the screen. What I've noticed on my droid is that application refresh the screen when the screen is rotated. To get around the refreshing, developers have to hack around google's API.

Comment: Re:Magic smoke (Score 3, Insightful) 348

by PianoComp81 (#27340379) Attached to: Companies Waste $2.8 Billion Per Year Powering Unused PCs

What about the computers that are powered by a nuclear reactor?

It's still wasting company money. Who cares about how much CO2 is put out when really all the company really cares about is how much money they're wasting? For that matter, if we turned our computers off at home, we'd save money on our own bills. I know my power bill would probably be $20-$30 less if I turned my computer off when it wasn't in use.

Comment: Re:Cincinnati? (Score 1) 587

by PianoComp81 (#26494403) Attached to: Circuit City Closes Its Doors For Good

You must be from Cincinnati. the geography is familiar, as are the experiences.

Not the GP, but I grew up not too far from Tri-County mall. Microcenter is definitely the best electronics store in that area. I went there while visiting my parents back during Christmas; it was the busiest I've ever seen it just a few days after new years - the parking lot is just not meant to be at full capacity.


Similar DNA Molecules Able to Recognize Each Other 84

Posted by Soulskill
from the dna-gps dept.
Chroniton brings us a story about research into DNA which has shown that free-floating DNA strands are able to seek out similar strands without the assistance of other chemicals. From Imperial College London: "The researchers observed the behaviour of fluorescently tagged DNA molecules in a pure solution. They found that DNA molecules with identical patterns of chemical bases were approximately twice as likely to gather together than DNA molecules with different sequences. Understanding the precise mechanism of the primary recognition stage of genetic recombination may shed light on how to avoid or minimise recombination errors in evolution, natural selection and DNA repair. This is important because such errors are believed to cause a number of genetically determined diseases including cancers and some forms of Alzheimer's, as well as contributing to ageing."

Be sociable. Speak to the person next to you in the unemployment line tomorrow.