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Comment: Re:Radiation! (Score 1) 420

Ever been to Utah? Ra-di-a-tion. Yes, indeed. You hear the most outrageous lies about it. Half-baked goggle-box do-gooders telling everybody it's bad for you. Pernicious nonsense. Everybody could stand a hundred chest X-rays a year. They ought to have them, too. When they canceled the project it almost did me in. One day my mind was full to bursting. The next day - nothing. Swept away. But I showed them. I had a lobotomy in the end. Friend of mine had one. Designer of the neutron bomb. You ever hear of the neutron bomb? Destroys people - leaves buildings standing. Fits in a suitcase. It's so small, no one knows it's there until - BLAMMO. Eyes melt, skin explodes, everybody dead. So immoral, working on the thing can drive you mad. That's what happened to this friend of mine. So he had a lobotomy. Now he's well again.

+ - Steve Ballmer's Big-Time Error: Not Resigning Years Ago->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Any number of executives could take Ballmer’s place, including a few he unceremoniously kicked to the curb over the years. Whoever steps into that CEO role, however, faces a much greater challenge than if Ballmer had quietly resigned several years ago. Ballmer famously missed the boat on tablets and smartphones; Windows 8 isn't selling as well as Microsoft expected; and on Websites and blogs such as Mini-Microsoft (which had a brilliant posting about Ballmer’s departure), employees complain bitterly about the company’s much-maligned stack-ranking system, its layers of bureaucracy, and its inability to innovate. Had Ballmer left years ago, replaced by someone with the ability to more keenly anticipate markets, the company would probably be in much better shape to face its coming challenges. In its current form, Microsoft often feels like it’s struggling in the wake of Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook."
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+ - The Guardian: Snowden *did not* leak to the Independent

Submitted by hazeii
hazeii (5702) writes "In an interesting twist, the Guardian is reporting that Snowden responded this morning that he is not the source of the Independent's reporting of the earlier Slashdot story revealing the UK's Middle East fibre-interception base. The suggestion seems to be that this is a deliberate (that is, official but unattributed) leak intended to discredit Snowden, Greenwald et al. by "unofficially" releasing information that may be of genuine use to terrorists."

+ - Mozilla, Foxconn confirm Firefox OS partnership->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Firefox OS maker Mozilla has confirmed reports that indicated a probable collaboration with Foxconn for development of Firefox OS based devices. Announcing the "wide ranging partnership" with Foxconn Mozilla’s SVP of Mobile Devices noted in a blog post that collaboration between the two companies “demonstrates the full potential of Firefox OS,” and it would not only enable the smartphone “but also a wide range of mobile devices"."
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+ - Will users get paid for their slice of the "big data" economy?->

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "Better healthcare, more efficient government, cheaper goods and services — it's all possible in the age of "big data." According to the big companies hoping to make a killing off all that information, anyway. But will the people generating that valuable data — Joe and Jane Consumer — ever get a piece of the action?
A few startups are trying to establish first-party marketplaces for personal data, compensating users directly for contributing high-quality information about themselves. The World Economic Forum is also involved, hoping that one day, "a person’s data would be equivalent to their money ... controlled, managed, exchanged and accounted for just like personal banking services operate today." But some entrepreneurs think it might be too late in the developed world, where a consumer's data fingerprint is already very well documented."

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+ - Koobface Facebook Worm Returns From The Dead ->

Submitted by judgecorp
judgecorp (778838) writes "Kobface, the Facebook worm which Facebook reported dead last year, has returned from the dead. Last year, Facebook published the names of those it believed were behind the worm, which at one stage had control of 800,000 PCs, and redirected traffic to affiliated advertising sites, making money for the gang behind it. McAfee reports that sightings of Koobface have tripled in the last three months."
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+ - IBM Uses Roomba Robots To Plot Data Centre Heat ->

Submitted by judgecorp
judgecorp (778838) writes "IBM is using robots based on iRobot Create, a customisable version of the Roomba vaccum cleaner, to measure temperature and humidity in data centers. The robot looks for cold zones (where cold air may be going to waste instead of being directed to the servers) and hotspots (where the air circulation may be breaking down. IBM is putting the robots to commercial use at partners — while EMC is at an early stage on a strikingly similar project."
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+ - Study shows most controversial pages on Wikipedia, by country.->

Submitted by Bearhouse
Bearhouse (1034238) writes "Researchers have identified the most-edited pages in Wikipedia — the subject of so-called 'Wikiwars'.
It's interesting to see how these differ by country; in the USA, GWB tops the list.
For the Czech republic, it's homosexuality.
Regarding Germany, 9/11 conspiracy theories are in third place, after Croatia and Scientology.
Just as weird and interesting as Wikipedia itself."

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