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+ - Software development employment rises 45% in 10 years->

Submitted by dcblogs
dcblogs (1096431) writes "Software employment is rising at 4 to 5% a year, and may be the only tech occupation to have recovered to full employment since the recession. Other tech occupations aren't doing as well. In 2001, there were more than 200,000 people working in the semi-conductor industry. That number was less than 100,000 by 2010, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute. Darin Wedel, who was laid off from Texas Instruments, and gained national attention when his wife, Jennifer, challenged President Obama on H-1B use, said that for electrical engineers, "unless you are in the actual design of circuits, then you're not in demand." He said that much of the job loss in the field is due to the closing of fabrication facilities. Wedel has since found new work as a quality engineer."
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+ - Canonical crowdsources to make Ubuntu smartphone called Edge-> 1

Submitted by nk497
nk497 (1345219) writes "Canonical has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise $32 million in 30 days to make its own smartphone, called Ubuntu Edge, that can also hook up to a monitor and be used as a PC. If it meets its funding target on Indiegogo, the Ubuntu Edge is scheduled to arrive in May 2014. To get one, backers must contribute $600 (£394) on the first day or $810 (£532) thereafter. Canonical will only make 40,000 of the devices."
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NASA

+ - SPAM: NASA beams Mona Lisa to Moon with laser

Submitted by Julian Wordsmith
Julian Wordsmith (2807863) writes "In a major advance in laser communication, NASA scientists have beamed a picture of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, Mona Lisa, to a powerful spacecraft orbiting the Moon. The first laser signal carrying the iconic image, fired from an installation in Maryland, beamed the Mona Lisa to the Moon to be received 384,400 km away by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which has been orbiting the Moon since 2009. By transmitting the image piggyback on laser pulses, the team achieved simultaneous laser communication and tracking. The success of the laser transmission was verified by returning the image to Earth using the spacecraft's radio telemetry system."
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Ubuntu

+ - nVidia: new linux driver doubles performance, hints at imminent steam beta->

Submitted by Tribaal_ch
Tribaal_ch (1192815) writes ""With this release, NVIDIA has managed to increase the overall gaming performance under Linux," said Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at Valve. "NVIDIA took an unquestioned leadership position developing R310 drivers with us and other studios to provide an absolutely unequalled solution for Linux gamers."

For the number hungry, the press release goes on to say:

"Comparing 304.51 driver performance of 142.7 fps versus 310.14 driver performance of 301.4 fps in beta build of Left for Dead 2. All tests run on the same system using Intel Core i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz with 8 GB memory, GeForce GTX 680 and Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit""

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The Military

+ - DARPA is pushing big data on the military->

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sarfralogy
sarfralogy writes "Armed with a 1.8 gigapixel camera rig, A U.S. Army Hummingbird copters over Afghanistan looking for suspicious insurgent activity. On board, a robo cameraman called ARGUS pulls focus on 36 square miles and shoots six petabytes of video – all in a day’s work. Somewhere in that ocean of media, a military spy mission is accomplished. Somewhere on the ground, a bleary-eyed analyst stares at six petabytes of what the military calls Death TV. It’s not a wrap. And there will be a mountain more tomorrow, generated by other drones, blimps, spy planes and covert cameras patrolling the Afghan countryside, looking for the perfect shot. Air Force, Army – and even Homeland Security – now boast Hollywood technology, but can’t scale qualified personnel fast enough to view, process and communicate the montage of surveillance footage piling up in the name of freedom.
The U.S. Military has a big data problem. And DARPA, the neo-Frankenstein brains behind national security, has been trying to fix it through the Mind’s Eye, a brainy collective tasked to develop machine-based visual intelligence. And, as part of President Obama’s “Big Data Initiative,” DARPA has a new project called XDATA in March, a DoD related program focused on developing computational techniques and software tools for processing and analyzing large volumes of mission-oriented data collected by federal agencies. If they can build a flying humvee, maybe DARPA has enough imagination to transform big data into a strategic differentiator."

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Games

+ - Gamers: No PS4 Or Xbox 720 = Boring E3->

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jfruh
jfruh writes "This year's recently wrapped up E3 conference didn't have a lot of buzz around it, and blogger Peter Smith thinks he knows why: an absence of new hardware from Sony or Microsoft, and pre-show announcements on most of the major games. But he thinks that's not quite a fair assessment, as we saw many pre-announced games in action for the first time, including the much anticipated Assassin's Creed 3."
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+ - Man with explosives detained at US airport-> 1

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dotancohen
dotancohen writes "A man has been detained after trying to go through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport with explosives in military-grade wrapping. An FBI spokesman declined to say whether the man was in military uniform or how many explosives were found in the bag. The man identified himself to investigating officials as being active in the military."
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Software

+ - how to re-enter the job market as a software engin-> 4

Submitted by martypantsROK
martypantsROK (1413651) writes "It's been over 15 years since my main job was a software engineer. Since then I have held positions as a Sales Engineer, then spent a few years actually doing sales as a sales rep (and found I hated it) and then got into teaching. I am still a teacher but I want to really get back into writing code for a living. In the past couple of years I've done a great deal of Javascript, PHP, Ajax, and Java, including some Android apps.
So here's the question...how likely would I be to actually get a job writing code? Is continual experience in the field a must, or can a job candidate demonstrate enough current relevance and experience (minus an actual job) with a multi-year hiatus from software development jobs? I'll add, if you haven't already done the math, that I'm over 50 years old."

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+ - No Security At Russian Rocket Plant 3

Submitted by theshowmecanuck
theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Reuters reports that there is little or no security at one of the main factories in Russia responsible for military and Soyuz rocket manufacture. Blogger Lana Sator was able to walk right into the empty (off hours) facility through huge gaps in the fences that no-one bothered to repair, and there was no security to stop them aside from some dogs that didn't bother them either. In fact Lana even has one picture of herself posing next to an apparently non-functional security camera, another of her sitting on what looks like to be possibly a partially assembled rocket motor (someone who knows better can fill us in), and has about 100 photos of the escapade all told on her blog about this (it's in Russian... which I don't speak... any translators out there?). Russian officials are said to be deeply concerned. I wonder if this has any bearing on why Russian rockets haven't been making it into space successfully, or whether it and the launch failures are all part of some general industrial malaise that is taking place."
GNOME

+ - GTK+ 3.2 Released With HTML5 And Wayland Backends ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "GTK+ 3.2 has been released with two eagerly expected features: experimental support for Wayland and HTML5 "Broadway" backends. The HTML5 "Broadway" backend allows rendering GTK applications in HTML5-capable browsers. That means that you can run Gedit, GIMP and other applications in a web browser (both local and remotely)."
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