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Submission + - Starbucks Shares Lessons of Going Mobile (

itwbennett writes: "Speaking at the Mobile Northwest conference on Monday in Seattle, K.C. MacLaren, director of mobile and emerging platforms at Starbucks shared tips from the company's experience offering mobile applications. One lesson: Don't lump iPads in with 'mobile': 'IPads are not mobile. You can't scan it and pay,' he said. Another tip: Think carefully about measuring usage. Starbucks has discovered that it cannot predict how people will use apps and that being able to collect data about usage is key in order to learn about what people want. It will often launch one new feature and find 10 ways to measure its usage."

Submission + - Supreme Court Approves Warrantless Home Searches ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The New York Times reports that the Supreme Court has ruled, by a vote of 8 to 1, that police may enter a home and collect evidence even without a warrant, if after knocking on the door and announcing themselves they "hear evidence being destroyed." Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg , who cast the lone dissenting vote, mused: "How 'secure' do our homes remain if police, armed with no warrant, can pound on doors at will and, on hearing sounds indicative of things moving, forcibly enter and search for evidence of unlawful activity?"

Submission + - SCOTUS Adds Exception to 4th Amendment ( 2

T Murphy writes: The US supreme court has ruled 8-1 that police may enter a residence without a warrant if, upon knocking, they hear sounds suggesting evidence my be getting destroyed. The ruling was made over a case where police pursuing a drug suspect into an apartment building knocked on the wrong apartment when they smelled marijuana smoke. They heard people moving and assumed evidence was being destroyed, so they entered and arrested the defendant for drug trafficking upon finding cocaine. Justice Ginsburg, alone in dissent, raised a concerning question: “How ‘secure’ do our homes remain if police, armed with no warrant, can pound on doors at will and, on hearing sounds indicative of things moving, forcibly enter and search for evidence of unlawful activity?”.

Submission + - Air France Black Box Found Intact (

clm1970 writes: Finding the proverbial needle in the haystack the Black Box from Air France Flight 447 has been recovered almost two years after the crash that killed all 228 passengers on board. Investigators have been able to download the data and can further sift for clues as to what caused the mysterious crash.

Submission + - Play Classic DOS Games On Google Chrome (

An anonymous reader writes: welcome NaClBox to the stage: A golden opportunity to play old school video games for free on your Chrome browser, no installs or downloads needed.

Submission + - Solar Winds Hold 100B Times Earth's Energy Needs ( 2

MikeChino writes: Researchers from Washington State University have published a paper in the International Journal of Astrobiology stating that energy from solar winds could replace conventional forms of renewable energy produced on Earth such as solar, wind and biofuel power. In the article, the scientists theorize that a giant solar sail, designed to harness solar winds, could generate 1 billion gigawatts of electricity. If implemented, these Dyson-Harrop satellites (named after the inventors) could tap a solar resource containing 100 billion times as much power as the Earth currently needs. The only problem is how to get the energy from space to Earth. Oh, and the fact that the solar sail would have to be 8,400-kilometer (5,220 miles) wide.

Submission + - Flying saucers in the sky (

falconwolf writes: "Skylifter an Australian aeronautical firm is developing flying saucer shaped lifting balloons as a method to transport heavy cargo including possibly buildings and ships. The flying saucer shape has advantages over other dirigibles such as blimps. The cigar shape of blimps means they have to be pointed in the direction of travel whereas a saucer can travel in any direction. They can go where trains don't. And they don't need traffic cops for wide loads on the road."

Submission + - Microsoft's next generation Surface. (

yvajj writes: Microsoft is already at work on it's next generation Surface system called LightSpace. It basically allows you to make an entire room interactive (Minority report style).

There's a pretty cool video which demo's some of what it's capable of. Let's hope they can turn some of this into a real shippable product!


Submission + - Same Botnet Attacks LinkedIn and iTunes Users (

wiredmikey writes: Following a massive campaign targeting LinkedIn users last week, Apple's popular iTunes platform has become a major target for hackers looking to steal credit card data from the service's millions of users. Cisco Security Researcher Henry Stern said in an email to SecurityWeek that this attack appears to be conducted by the same botnet as last week's LinkedIn attack.

Cisco's Security Division was able to provide some insight on the size and volume of emails being sent as part of the attack targeting iTunes users. Cisco's Henry Stern suggested that the gap in the chart where activity drops off is likely due to a spam run completing and the botmaster starting a new one shortly before 10:30AM on Saturday.

Comment Re:Interesting..... (Score 1) 289

Plenty of ex-cons get a second chance in the construction industry, for example. There are places that will hire ex-cons, but not many because they have chosen to demonstrate that they are toxic humans and only a fool or someone who can absorb what some of them will rip off will hire them.

We may WANT someone ELSE to hire an ex-com but unless it were a victimless crime such as (some) drug crimes I certainly wouldn't risk it. I can get solid workers who are motivated and have a good track record, so why risk when I don't have to?

You like 'em, hire 'em and have a blast.

Comment Re:Turn the servers 90 (Score 1) 116

So why lie them flat and try to force air front to back when it wants to rise?

A) You don't want 10% of the servers at the bottom getting ice build-up, while 20% at the top are about to burst into flames... Feeding the output from one server to the input of another is a bad idea.

B) It would be a horribly inefficient use of space to have your server taking up 0.5 meters vertically, and sprawling out across the floor.

C) Convection is horrendously weak. A little fan blowing horizontally probably provides 1,000 times as much pressure. And with low-pressure, and low volume, you need much larger cavities to cool well enough.

D) We already DO use convection... Cold air is piped through the floor, and hot air is removed from intakes in the ceiling.

Comment Re:Geese and golden eggs (Score 1) 406

If Microsoft is to be an "incorporated person" then it should pay taxes at the same rate you do. 9.5%, right?

It is absolutely absurd to suggest that Microsoft and its shareholders should profit from their employees use of the public infrastructure (not to mention the direct business uses of the roads; shipping CDs, etc.) without paying for it's upkeep.

Comment Re:Geese and golden eggs (Score 1) 406

This is a loaded question. If someone were to answer "yes", it would open them up to (intended) ridicule.

OK - that was beyond my conception. Intel lives within 3 miles of me and I consider them, by their tax breaks, taxes paid, and all other factors, to be giving back as least as much as it takes from our state, New Mexico.

Ridicule away - but seriously, I was shooting more for an even analytical response than as flame-bait, and would have been just as satisfied with a yes answer, or if nothing else, some compelling information that I was missing.

I did NOT know if the OP was a Washington resident in first place (so I asked that), and did not know if my factors had been considered (so I asked that next), and if he was a resident, and if he had considered those options, what the answer would be to: is Microsoft a good corporate neighbor?

Unlike you, I think questions are often just questions.

I didn't say that Microsoft was responsible for everything - and I'm not going to defend against things inferred that I did not imply.

Financial models are non-trivial, but in the end, an economy is simple.

My question was honest - kindly quote it in its full context:

You live in Washington, have considered these factors, and still believe that Microsoft is a good corporate neighbor?

If you want to attack me, why not attack me for the ignorance I was guilty of - that Washington residents don't pay state income taxes - THAT was the (erroneous) basis of my question, and that's what the OP has held me accountable for.

Had I known that, I *still* might have asked a similar question. Or - I might not. Personally, I don't know what I might have done in the past.

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal