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+ - Musician Releases Album of Music to Code By->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Music and programming go hand-in-keyboard. And now programmer/musician Carl Franklin has released an album of music he wrote specifically for use as background music when writing software. 'The biggest challenge was dialing back my instinct to make real music,' Franklin told ITworld's Phil Johnson. 'This had to fade into the background. It couldn't distract the listener, but it couldn't be boring either. That was a particular challenge that I think most musicians would have found maddening.'"
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+ - Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In-House->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "One of the knocks against Silicon Valley giants as "job creators" is that the companies themselves often only hire high-end employees; support staff like security guards and janitors are contracted out to staffing agencies and receive lower pay and fewer benefits, even if they work on-site full time. That now seems to be changing, with Apple and Google putting security gaurds on their own payroll."
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+ - Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough-> 1

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, handset manufacturers are making all the right noises about support for Windows 10, which will run on both ARM- and Intel-based phones and provide an experience very much like the desktop. But much of the same buzz surrounded Windows 8 and Windows 7 Phone. In fact, Microsoft has tried and repeatedly failed to take the mobile space by storm."
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+ - One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "When Mt. Gox collapsed on Feb. 28, 2014, with liabilities of some ¥6.5 billion ($63.6 million), it said it was unable to account for some 850,000 bitcoins. Some 200,000 coins turned up in an old-format bitcoin wallet last March, bringing the tally of missing bitcoins to 650,000 (now worth about $180 million). In January, Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, citing sources close to a Tokyo police probe of the MtGox collapse, reported that only 7,000 of the coins appear to have been taken by hackers, with the remainder stolen through a series of fraudulent transactions. But there’s still no explanation of what happened to them, and no clear record of what happened on the exchange."
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+ - Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "A team of researchers in Sri Lanka set out to test whether common refactoring techniques resulted in measurable improvements in software quality, both externally (e.g., Is the code more maintainable?) and internally (e.g., Number of lines of code). Here's the tl;dr version of their findings: Refactoring doesn’t make code easier to analyze or change; it doesn't make code run faster; and it doesn't doesn’t result in lower resource utilization. But it may make code more maintainable."
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+ - $415M Silicon Valley Salary-Fixing Conspiracy Settlement Heads For Approval->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "A lawsuit last year argued that the biggest players in Silicon Valley, including Google, Apple, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar had engaged in a conspiracy to fix and suppress employee salaries; an initial settlement in the suit at over $300 million was deemed by a judge to be too low. Now a $415 million settlement is headed for approval."
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+ - Mississipppi Attorney General Conspires With MPAA To Revive SOPA->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a subpoena last October seeking information about Google’s search and advertising practices in areas related to banned substances, human trafficking and copyrighted material. But a Federal judge has now quashed that investigation — and information from last fall's Sony leak made seemed to indicate that Hood had agreed to work with the MPAA to launch it in the first place, as part of a move to revive the reviled SOPA legislation through other means."
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+ - Why Computers Still Struggle To Tell the Time-> 1

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "It’s pretty much impossible for a computer to keep exact time, although accuracy can be improved to the extent that users are willing to spend more money on the problem, said George Neville-Neil, a software engineer who helps financial institutions and other time-sensitive organizations maintain ultra-precise measurements of time. To keep internal time, computers use a crystal oscillator that creates an electromagnetic signal, or a vibration that the computer uses to coordinate processor, memory, bus and motherboard operations. But computer makers often use inexpensive crystals costing only a few cents each, which can compromise accuracy. 'If you buy server-class hardware, you will get cheap crystal, and time will wander if you don’t do something about it,' Neville-Neil said."
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+ - Google Prepares To Enter Wireless Market As An MVNO->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Google is getting into the wireless connectivity business, but doesn't mean you'll be able to use them as your wireless connectivity provider any time soon. The company isn't building its own cell network, but will rather be a "mobile virtual network operator" offering services over existing networks. Google says it won't be a full-service mobile network in competition with existing carriers; instead, the MVNO will offer a platform through which it can experiment with new services for Android smartphones."
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+ - EU Political Youth Orgs Demand Net Neutrality->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "In Europe, most political parties have wings specifically for young people, which weild much more influence than their American counterparts. The European Council is currently trying to backtrack on net neutrality rules there, and these youth groups have come out strongly opposed to regulations that would allow ISPs to favor some kinds of Internet content over others. The opposition spans the political spectrum from left to right."
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+ - How a Blu-ray Disc Could Install Malware on Your Computer->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Stephen Tomkinson of NCC Group, a U.K.-based security consultancy, engineered a Blu-ray disc that detects the type of player the disc is running on and then picks one of two exploits to land malware on a computer. One of the problems is in PowerDVD, an application made by Taiwanese company CyberLink for playing DVDs on Windows computers. The second vulnerability lies in some Blu-ray disc player hardware. Tomkinson presented the research at the Securi-Tay conference at Abertay University in Scotland on Friday."
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+ - Google Reverses Decision To Limit Sexually Explicit Content On Blogger->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Relax, Google isn't taking away your Blogger porn. In a reversal of a policy change it announced earlier this week, Google said it will continue to permit sexually explicit content to be publicly shared on Blogger. Instead of making blogs with adult content private, the search giant will 'step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn,' Google said Friday in a post on its product support page."
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