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Submission + - IT Departments Fear Growing Expertise of Users

flatfilsoc writes: "The current issue of CIO Magazine has a nice article about the emergence of the growing expertise of users calling this the, THE SHADOW IT DEPARTMENT, or the tale of users who know too much (and the IT leaders who fear them). The article argues that the boundary between a users' workplace and home have broken down making the formal IT jobs harder as they bring or download more "gadgets" to work for increasing their own work productivity. The article also argues that the tendency for the formal IT department to fight is self-defeating and outlines strategies for peaceful co-existence. ml?page=1"

Submission + - Koji Kondo Performs at GDC

njkid1 writes: "The CMP Game Group today announced that Video Games Live will be performing during the final night of the Game Developers Conference (GDC). This concert will be taking place at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium on Friday, March 9 at 8 PM. As a special treat, Koji Kondo, the music composer for games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Star Fox, will make an appearance and perform one of his favorite songs. cid=AOLGAM000500000000020"

Submission + - Hayabusa to begin long journey back to Earth

Sparky writes: "Japan is planning to set the Hayabusa spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth next month after a delay of more than a year, but it's far from certain that it will get back safely. It was supposed to retrieve asteroid debris, but it's thought that a computer error meant that this didn't happen. A fuel leak means that it's chemical thrusters are out of action, and the craft is relying on it's weaker ion engines. The journey back will take 3 years, and the capsule will be on Earth in June 2010 — even if it is empty."

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