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Submission + - Google reportedly asked for 1 billion euros for tax evasion in France

Cochonou writes: French tax authorities have reportedly submitted a record-setting tax claim of 1 billion euros to Google. The company is accused to have channeled most of its French revenue through a Dutch intermediary and then to a Bermuda-registered holding, before finally reporting it in Ireland in order to avoid French taxes.
This claim follows a two year-long probe during which Google offices in Paris were searched, and evidence of abusive tax optimization techniques were discovered. On its side, Google maintains that it is in compliance with French national legislation.
Other internet giants keep a close eye on the development of this situation.

Submission + - First Amputee in the world with a prosthetic hand wired to nerves->

kalman5 writes: Dennis Aabo Sørensen is the first amputee in the world to feel sensory rich information — in real-time — with a prosthetic hand wired to nerves in his upper arm. Sørensen could grasp objects intuitively and identify what he was touching while blindfolded.
More (french) on: http://actu.epfl.ch/news/une-p...

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Comment hammer - all nails (Score 2, Insightful) 444

As soon people have an hammer on their hands, all the stuffs they see around are nails. The good IT worker is the one with different tools on his hands with the ability to choose the right one at the right time, and before you forget it remember that premature optimization is the root of all evil.
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Pentagon Seeks a New Generation of Hackers 134

Hugh Pickens writes "Forbes reports on a new military-funded program aimed at leveraging an untapped resource: the population of geeky high school and college students in the US. The Cyber Challenge will create three new national competitions for high school and college students intended to foster a young generation of cybersecurity researchers. 'The contests will test skills applicable to both government and private industry: attacking and defending digital targets, stealing data, and tracing how others have stolen it. [...] The Department of Defense's Cyber Crime Center will expand its Digital Forensics Challenge, a program it has run since 2006, to include high school and college participants, tasking them with problems like tracing digital intrusions and reconstructing incomplete data sources. In the most controversial move, the SANS Institute, an independent organization, plans to organize the Network Attack Competition, which challenges students to find and exploit vulnerabilities in software, compromise enemy systems and steal data. Talented entrants may be recruited for cyber training camps planned for summer 2010, nonprofit camps run by the military and funded in part by private companies, or internships at agencies including the National Security Agency, the Department of Energy or Carnegie Mellon's Computer Emergency Response Team.'"

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