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Apple

+ - An inside look at how iPads are made [video]->

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye (2330148) writes "Apple’s iPad and the conditions under which it is built are topics that surface regularly on technology blogs and in the mainstream media. While the company did recently initiate a review by the Fair Labor Association, human rights organizations regularly take Apple to task for not doing more to ensure factory workers employed by its China-based manufacturing partner Foxconn are treated well. Foxconn and parent company Hon Hai employs hundreds of thousands of workers, however, and hundreds more travel from around the country each day to line up and apply for jobs at Foxconn’s various plants. Marketplace Shanghai bureau chief Rob Schmitz was recently given a rare opportunity at operations within Foxconn’s Shenzhen iPad factory, and his crew was permitted to film a number of active stations on the iPad assembly line that have never been seen before..."
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Science

+ - We Come From Earth Bearing Life

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "About 65 million years ago, Earth was struck by an asteroid some 10 km in diameter with a mass of well over a trillion tonnes that created megatsunamis, global wildfires ignited by giant clouds of superheated ash and, the mass extinction of land-based life on Earth. Now astrobiologists have begun to study a less well known consequence: the ejection of billions of tons of life-bearing rocks and water into space that has made its way not just to other planets but other solar systems as well. Calculations by Tetsuya Hara and his collegues at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan show that a surprisingly large amount of life-bearing material ended up not on the Moon and Mars, as might be expected, but the Jovian moon Europa and the Saturnian moon Enceladus also received tons of life-bearing rock from earth. Even more amazingly calculations suggest that most Earth ejecta ended up in interstellar space and some has probably already arrived at Earth-like exoplanets orbiting other stars. Hara estimates that about a thousand Earth-rocks from this event would have made the trip to Gliese 581, a red dwarf some 20 light years away that is thought to have a super-Earth orbiting at the edge of the habitable zone, taking about a million years to reach its destination. Of course, nobody knows if microbes can survive that kind of journey or even the shorter trips to Europa and Enceladus. But Hara says that if microbes can survive that kind of journey, they ought to flourish on a super-Earth in the habitable zone (PDF). "If we consider the possibility that the fragmented ejecta (smaller than 1cm) are accreted to comets and other icy bodies, then buried fertile material could make the interstellar journey throughout the Galaxy," writes Hara. "Under these circumstances fragments could continue the interstellar journey and Earth origin meteorites could be transferred to Gl 581 system. If we take it is viable, we should consider the panspermia theories more seriously.""
Programming

+ - Is drag and drop programming the future?-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A developer from a large company recently led me to believe that his team doesn't write a lot of code by hand anymore. They drag and drop functional blocks in Simulink and, when they are done, the code is automatically generated. In fact, Simulink is tied into Code Composer so that the program is loaded on the target processor. You can then do "hardware-in-the-loop". The target processor does its thing and Simulink imitates the rest of the system. In theory it looks like you could create, model and verify a complete embedded system without having to write even a single line of code. Matlab has a webinar called "Model-Based Design in Practice: A Survey of Outcomes for Engineers and Business Leaders" which can be found at: http://www.mathworks.com/company/events/webinars/index.html?language=en&by=application

Is this the future? Does this mean that we will need fewer developers? Does this mean that developers need to develop a new skill set?"

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Facebook

+ - Google+ Ruined Google, Former Executive Says->

Submitted by CoderExpert
CoderExpert (2613949) writes "You may remember when the longtime Google engineer Steve Yegge accidentally shared his rant about the service for the whole world to see. He is now getting support from other ex-Google executives, who are saying that Google ruined itself with the Google+ service. James Whittaker, a former google exec, revealed that enthusiasm in Google+ among company employees has been far from universal. Whittaker, who left Google after working as an executive for three years, is arguing that the focus on competing with Facebook in social networking is helping to destroy the search company's innovative culture. "It turns out that there was one place where the Google innovation machine faltered and that one place mattered a lot: competing with Facebook. Informal efforts produced a couple of antisocial dogs in Wave and Buzz. ... Google awoke from its social dreaming to find its front runner status in ads threatened. Google could still put ads in front of more people than Facebook, but Facebook knows so much more about those people"."
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Stupid Tech Support Tricks: IT Calls Of Shame-> 1

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snydeq
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's JR Raphael offers up six memorable tales of trouble and triumph from the tech support desk. 'Working in tech support is a bit like teaching preschool: You're an educator who provides reassurance in troubling times. You share knowledge and help others overcome their obstacles. And some days, it feels like all you hear is screaming, crying, and incoherent babble.' Pronoun problems, IT ghosts, the runaway mouse — when it comes to computers, the customer isn't always right."
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Comment: Games dont effect sexuality (Score 1) 1069

by rivin2e (#39588597) Attached to: EA Defends Itself Against Thousands of Anti-Gay Letters
Plenty of people, even before the internet, where homosexual. Mass media in the world today may contribute to people be curious about it, but it doesn't force anything on kids. On another note... Mass effect is an NC17 game isnt it? Arnt most games where same sex relations coming into play already NC17 to begin with? I think I have to side with EA on this.
Linux

+ - {Video} How is Linux Actually Built?->

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jencloer
jencloer writes "While Linux is running our phones, friend requests, tweets, financial trades, ATMs and more, most of us don't know how it's actually built. This short video takes you inside the process by which the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing is organized. Based on the annual report "Who Writes Linux," this is a powerful and inspiring story of how Linux has become a volunteer-driven phenomenon."
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Robotics

+ - TSA shuts down airport, detains 11 after 'science project' found-> 3

Submitted by OverTheGeicoE
OverTheGeicoE (1743174) writes "A group of students and a professor were detained by TSA at Dallas' Love Field. Several of them were led away in handcuffs. What did they do wrong? One of them left a robotic science experiment behind on an aircraft, which panicked a boarding flight crew. The experiment 'looked like a cell phone attached to a remote control car with some exposed wires protruding.' Of course, the false alarm inconvenienced more than the traveling academics. The airport was temporarily shut down and multiple gates were evacuated, causing flight delays and diversions."
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Microsoft

+ - Credit Card Numbers Recovored From Xbox->

Submitted by butilikethecookie
butilikethecookie (2566015) writes "Restoring an Xbox 360 console to factory settings before selling it apparently isn't enough to remove your personal information.Drexel University researcher Ashley Podhradsky said that her team had successfully retrieved credit card data from a refurbished Xbox using simple modding tools. The software gave them access to the console's files and folders, letting them extract information that hadn't been wiped even by the Microsoft-authorized reseller."
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Power

+ - Researchers Generate Liquid Fuel Using Electricity->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "While electric vehicles have come a long way in the past decade, they still have many disadvantages when compared to internal combustion engine-driven vehicles. The lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles have a much lower energy storage density when compared to liquid fuel, they take longer to “refuel,” and they lack the supporting infrastructure that has built up around conventional vehicles over the past century. Now researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a process that could allow liquid fuel to be produced using solar generated electricity."
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The Internet

+ - Could Anonymous bring down the web?

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EliSowash
EliSowash writes "I once heard Anonymous described as "a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots.” But, they've made it pretty clear they intend to "shut down the internet" on March 31 in what they call Operation Global Blackout. Their "plan" is to knock out the 13 root DNS servers. Seems easy enough, right? The IP addresses are published, there's only 13, seems a prime target for a DDoS.

But, as Cricket Liu explaints , the real world just ain't that easy. The boffins that manage the root DNS servers have designed a fault tolerant and resiliant infrastructure. Those 13 IP addresses actually represent about 280 individual name servers, unicasting across the internet in such a way that a DDoS is practically impossible."
Privacy

+ - Should have seen it coming: Twitter sold your tweets->

Submitted by JR-Fire
JR-Fire (2547186) writes "That's right. After introducing censorship (http://mashable.com/2012/01/26/twitter-to-censor/) and ads in your stream (http://www.shoemoney.com/2010/04/20/want-to-advertise-on-twitter-with-promoted-tweets-here-is-the-skinny), Twitter finally gave — your old tweets, to the marketers. From the article,
“You thought that tweets you posted months ago had vanished, or were simply hidden away so deeply and awkwardly on the Twitter website that they would be too difficult to uncover? Think again,” Graham Cluley from security firm Sophos says, as quoted by The Daily Mail web edition.

It turns out that Twitter had archived every tweet and will now be rewarded for its ingenuity. Datasift, for instance, will charge companies up to £10,000 a month to analyze tweets posted each day for anything said about their products and services."

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The Internet

+ - Why Didn't The Internet Take Off In 1983?-> 2

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jfruh
jfruh writes "An amazing pair of videos from the AT&T archives tout a service called Viewtron that brought much of what we expect from the modern Internet to customers' homes in 1983. Online news, banking services, restaurant reviews, shopping, e-mail — all were available on your TV set, controlled by a wireless infrared keyboard. The system had 15,000 customers in cities on the U.S. east coast, but was shut down after $50 million was spent on it. But why did it flop? Was the world just not ready for it?"
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