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Submission + - Buffett bets $US10.7b on IBM (

An anonymous reader writes: US billionaire Warren Buffett says his Berkshire Hathaway investment firm has bought $US10.7 billion ($10.4 billion) worth of shares in information technology giant IBM since March.

Buffett told business television network CNBC his investment amounts to about 64 million shares, the equivalent of a 5.5 per cent stake.
The investment would make Berkshire Hathaway IBM’s largest or second-largest shareholder — investment advisory group State Street holds more than 64 million shares.


Submission + - AOL/MS/Yahoo Ad Deal's Devilish Details (

itwbennett writes: "Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft last week announced that they will pool together display ad inventory that goes unsold by their direct sales teams and link their sales platforms so that they can offer each other's ads. The idea is to increase sales and margins for all three companies by making the process of buying and selling these tier 2 display ads simpler. But for Rebecca Lieb, an Altimeter Group analyst, the value for media buyers isn't clear, because they have increasingly more and more options for acquiring this type of ad inventory from 'myriad' ad exchanges."

Submission + - Games Will Finally Be Completely Mainstream In 5 Y (

donniebaseball23 writes: Sure, Mario may be known to most, but how many people actually know about Skyrim or Uncharted 3? Games have come incredibly far, but they're still not recognized on the same level as many movies. That's likely to change soon though, if you ask online games maker Nexon. Won ll Sue, vice president of business development at Nexon, commented to IndustryGamers: "The game industry is much bigger than the box office industry but it’s not relatively mainstream like movies because games still cater to a relatively core audience. Give us five years and I think as many people will know about the gaming as they do about who made the latest movies."

Submission + - Duqu Virus Detected in Iran (

Pierre Bezukhov writes: "We are in the initial phase of fighting the Duqu virus," said Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran's civil defense organization. "The final report which says which organizations the virus has spread to and what its impacts are has not been completed yet."

Jalali added that Iran had developed software to combat the virus, and would thoroughly check all computers at main sites to keep the virus at bay.

Duqu first surfaced when security researchers at Symantec, based in Mountain View, Calif., learned about the threat from a customer. The bug is called Duqu because the files it creates have the prefix "DQ," but Symantec believes the bug is "a precursor to a future Stuxnet-like attack."

Many experts believe Stuxnet was likely designed as an American-Israeli project meant to sabotage computers Iran's nuclear sites.

It is still unknown if Duqu is motivated by politics or state movements, but Symantec believes the virus is designed to gain remote access capabilities and gather data for future cyber attacks.

"If it is the Stuxnet author, it could be that they have the same goal as before," said Symantec CTO Greg Day. "But if code has been given to someone else they may have a different motive."


Submission + - Leaked BlackBerry London is real, launching in Q3 (

An anonymous reader writes: We’ve just heard from a trusted source that the dummy device The Verge posted an image of earlier today is indeed a real BlackBerry, and it should in fact launch as the company’s first BBX-based smartphone. Our source told us that the BlackBerry Colt, the first QNX-based handset RIM had been working that looked just like a smaller PlayBook, was scrapped in favor of the BlackBerry London.

Submission + - Macroscopic wave–particle duality ( writes: A 'walking' drop on a liquid surface behave like a particle with wave properties: diffraction, interference patterns, vibration quantization.

First, in a vibrating container they put a liquid like silicon oil, vibrations are just bellow the Faraday instability threshold. Then a drop of the same liquid is dropped on the surface, but it does not coalesce, it bounces. And further bounces make a static wave pattern on the liquid surface just bellow the drop and its immediate neighborhood. As the spike grows, instability increases and the drop slides down the spike, and start moving horizontally.

Then they have a combo object drop+wave pattern moving at 1/10th the speed of wave in this liquid, straight. They call it a walker.

What is really amazing is that the wave pattern below the drop has some kind of memory: it has accumulated energy from several drop bounces. It can also make the drop see "forward", as the small wave pattern bounces back from nearby obstacles. So the drop is "aware" of its environment and "recall" the path it has followed.

Diffraction is observed and explained by the multiple reflexions the wave makes when the drop passes through a small hole, randomizing the wave pattern and the angle of the path afterward. Interference patterns observed are explained a la de Broglie: as the drop passes through one of the two holes, its associated wave passes through both, carrying forward the message of the second hole to the drop and changing the statistical repartition of the drop's path direction. One more stunning result: they are circling the drop by moving the container (Coriolis), then the associated wave adopts a discrete series of pattern, depending on the speed and radius. Very much like the energy quantization of electrons.
English (and French) abstract
A short article (French but it has photos and formulas)
Full thesis (French,10Mb)


Submission + - Symantec Dumps Stake in China Joint Venture (

wiredmikey writes: China based Huawei Technologies said today that it would pay $530 million to acquire Symantec's 49 percent stake in Huawei Symantec Technologies, the Hong Kong-based joint venture established by Huawei and Symantec in 2008 that provides IT security, storage and systems management solutions.

Security concerns over chips, routers, and other technical equipment coming from China have been highlighted in government reports and in the media recently, and these concerns could have played a part in Symantec’s decision to distance itself from the venture.

This fall Huawei was blocked from participating in a government bid to build a national wireless network for first responders around national security concerns. A Pentagon report on the Chinese military singles out Huawei as a company that maintains “close ties” to the People’s Liberation Army.


Germany Considers Banning Wild Facebook Parties 100

An anonymous reader writes "Wild Facebook parties tend to occur when a Facebook Event invitation to a typical small gathering is mistakenly posted publicly, and then goes viral. This results in injuries and arrests as hundreds or even thousands show up for a party meant for a handful of people. A recent wave of these out-of-control Facebook parties has left German officials and politicians trying to figure how to deal with the trend."

Nintendo 3DS GPU Revealed 133

An anonymous reader writes "The GPU for the Nintendo 3DS has just been revealed, and it's not made by Nvidia, ATI, or even Imagination Technologies. Instead, Nintendo has signed up Japanese startup Digital Media Professionals (DMP) in a deal that sees the company's PICA200 chip churning out the 3-D visuals. For the first time in Nintendo's history, the 3DS will feature a GPU with programmable shaders, rather than a fixed-function pipeline, meaning the 3DS is more graphically versatile than the Wii. Among the PICA200's features are 2x anti-aliasing, per-pixel lighting, subdivision primitives, and soft shadows. As well as featuring DMP's own 'Maestro' extensions, the PICA200 also fully supports OpenGL ES 1.1. The architecture supports four programmable vertex units and up to four pixel pipelines."

Woman Jailed For Starting Office Fire To Leave Work Early 136

A Florida woman was sentenced to nine months in jail, followed by five years of probation, for starting an office fire so she could get out of work early. From the article: "Pasco sheriff's investigators said Michelle Perrino, 40, started a fire at Bayonet Point Oxygen on May 12, 2009. Perrino drew suspicion when she mentioned the fire's origin — a filing cabinet — during an employee meeting. Employees had not been told where the fire started." I hope she had the good sense to start the fire on Friday so she could have a long weekend.

Comment Obvious answer (Score 1) 918

My story is similar to yours, except that I am 42 now and got my bachelors degree at 40. I am currently working on my masters degree and will finish in 2010 - at 43. I have been working in the IT industry for about 10 years so that is an advantage, but IMO I am just reaching my prime in the industry, and have plenty of growth ahead (and $$$).

As opposed to many certifications, a college degree LASTS FOREVER, so get one whether you think you are an old man or not. You will be thankful down the road. You will get hired upon completing the degree and after a few years in the field you will have many opportunities. You will be promoted to management faster (if you choose to go that direction) and will grasp concepts quicker than the younger crowd if your mind and passion is truly in the IT field.

The thing you have that no 22 yo graduate has is life experience. You know how people behave in situations from living many years more than the younger crowd. If you have a house, wife, kids, car payments, etc., this shows a level of responsibility that a youngster cannot claim at that point in their life.

As Nike used to say - Just do it! You will have no regrets - until the student loans come due of course...

Comment Re:If I were from colorado.. (Score 1) 530

Why are you linking that stuff here? You think anyone from and IT department that lauds the security of IE6 actually reads Slashdot? ;)

I am from the CO state IT department (not a webdev), and frankly I find this thread hilarious! I only use FF and when this site didn't work the other day (I did not heed the warnings), I used my handy FF add-in, IE Tab.

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