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Networking

+ - AT&T calls telecommuters back to cubicle life->

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bednarz
bednarz writes "AT&T is requiring thousands of employees who work from their homes to return to traditional AT&T office environments, sources say. "It is a serious effort to reel in the telework people," says the Telework Coalition's Chuck Wilsker, who has heard that as many as 10,000 or 12,000 fulltime teleworkers may be affected. One AT&T employee says rumors have been circulating since AT&T's merger with SBC that the new upper management is not supportive of teleworking: "We'd heard rumors to that effect, and all of a sudden we got marching orders to go back to an office.""
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Networking

+ - Navisite Massively Botches Datacenter Move->

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9InchRails
9InchRails writes "In a move to consolidate a newly acquired datacenter, web hosting provider Navisite shutdown, boxed and transported hundreds of servers, effectively stranding in excess of 200,000 web sites and authoritative name servers. This fiasco is in its fourth day as noted here and here. How could a company been so completely incompetent?"
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Desktops (Apple)

+ - Jobs Responds to Greenpeace FUD

Submitted by EccentricAnomaly
EccentricAnomaly (451326) writes "Steve Jobs has posted a response on the Apple homepage to the Greenpeace Green My Apple campaign in which he basically makes a case for the Greenepeace campaign being a heaping pile of FUD. On one hand, you could say that Greenpeace shouldn't expect a company that has spent years battling Microsoft to just roll over. On the other, it looks like Apple is agreeing to do most of what Greenpeace has been been demanding."
Robotics

+ - Intel working on Claytronics: morphing robot grit

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nanotrends
nanotrends writes "Intel is working on Claytronics an emerging field of engineering concerning reconfigurable microscale robots. The researchers propose to make moving, physical, three-dimensional replicas of people or objects, so lifelike that human senses would accept them as real. When you finished using a replica for one purpose, you could transform it into another useful shape. A human replica could morph into a desk or a chair. This would be a step towards utility fog and systems for synthetic reality.

Researchers have already created a prototype catom that is 44 millimeters in diameter. The goal is to eventually produce catoms that are one or two millimeters in diameter-small enough to produce convincing replicas. Utility fog is made of 100 micrometer foglet. This would have 1000 times less volume than a 1 millimeter spherical catom. Still Claytronics would be a significant step in the direction of utility fog."

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