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+ - ULA to trim management by 30%

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: In order to make itself more efficient and competitive, ULA has decided to cut its management by 30%.

ULA CEO Tory Bruno has said ULA must shrink to remain successful under reduced U.S. military budgets and with Elon Musk’s SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) being certified to compete against ULA for national security mission launches. “To achieve that transformation, we are reducing the number of executive positions by 30 percent and offered a voluntary layoff for those interested on the executive leadership team,” said ULA spokeswoman Jessica Rye. “It is important for ULA to move forward early in the process with our leadership selections to ensure a seamless transition and our continued focus on mission success.”

This news should be looked at in the context of a proposed Senate bill that requires the Air Force to significantly cut funding to ULA.

Not only would the bill cut an annual $1 billion payment from the Air Force to ULA, it would put severe restrictions on the number of Russian engines ULA could use in its Atlas 5, which in turn will limit the number of launches the Air Force can buy from the company.

Comment: For future reference (Score 3, Insightful) 375

by tomhath (#49813925) Attached to: SourceForge and GIMP [Updated]

(And for future reference, user submissions are easily found in the firehose, listed in the order they appear, newest first.)

Just curious here. Does voting a submission up or down have any effect on whether it's accepted? It seems some stories appear on the front page as soon as they're submitted, others languish for days. Gives the impression the editors are selecting stories based on some agenda other than what slashdot readers want to see.

+ - Elon Musk's Growing Empire Fueled by Government Subsidies

Submitted by theodp
theodp writes: By the Los Angeles Times' reckoning, Elon Musk's Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and SpaceX together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support. The figure compiled by The Times, explains reporter Jerry Hirsch, comprises a variety of government incentives, including grants, tax breaks, factory construction, discounted loans and environmental credits that Tesla can sell. It also includes tax credits and rebates to buyers of solar panels and electric cars. "He definitely goes where there is government money," said an equity research analyst. "Musk and his companies' investors enjoy most of the financial upside of the government support, while taxpayers shoulder the cost," Hirsch adds. "The payoff for the public would come in the form of major pollution reductions, but only if solar panels and electric cars break through as viable mass-market products. For now, both remain niche products for mostly well-heeled customers." And as Musk moves into a new industry — battery-based home energy storage — Hirsch notes Tesla has already secured a commitment of $126 million in California subsidies to companies developing energy storage technology.

Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 3, Interesting) 422

by tomhath (#49804279) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

those affected throw their sabot into the gears when treated in a way they perceive is incorrect,

That only works once. You get yours (maybe), nobody else will have the opportunity to get anything. In this case it appears the terminated employees will get less than they would have if they had compromised rather than taking down the company.

Comment: Re:To those who never could run any business ... (Score 1) 422

by tomhath (#49804265) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

You think running a successful business takes some kind of extra special skill set?...But it seems more and more that the most important things successful businesspeople have are connections, and the skills and willingness to finesse the legal system to bribe the powerful and cheat the most vulnerable.

No sir, I did not ridicule anyone....

To say such a thing in our current climate is turning a blind eye to recent history. Who got bailed out in 2008? Not the homeowners.

Sure looks like ridicule to me. And people who took out mortgages they had no chance of repaying did indeed get bailed out.

+ - Mandriva CEO: Employee lawsuits put us out of business->

Submitted by Julie188
Julie188 writes: As you probably heard by now, Linux company Mandriva has finally, officially gone out of business. The CEO has opened up, telling his side of the story. He blames employee lawsuits after a layoff in 2013, the French labor laws and the courts. "Those court decisions forced the company to announce bankruptcy," he said.
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+ - SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2

Submitted by lister king of smeg
lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( , , ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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Comment: Obama Phone (Score 1) 407

Under previous administrations it was considered a "Lifeline" for those who had no other alternative. Obama didn't change the assistance program itself, but he greatly expanded the number of people who can get a free cell phone. For that reason it became known as the Obamaphone and for that same reason the program is far bigger and more costly that was was under previous administrations.

The best laid plans of mice and men are held up in the legal department.