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+ - Microsoft Shoots Own Foot in Iceland-> 1

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David Gerard
David Gerard writes "The Microsoft Certified Partner model is: an MCP buys contracts from Microsoft and sells them to businesses as a three-year timed contract, payable in annual instalments. Iceland's economy has collapsed, so 1500 businesses have gone bankrupt so aren't paying the fees any more. But Microsoft has told the MCPs: "Our deal was with you, not them. Pay up." The MCPs that don't go bankrupt in turn are moving headlong to Free Software. Taking most of the country with them. (Warning: link contains salty language and vivid imagery.)"
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Education

+ - First Programming Language for Kids? 1

Submitted by
Markus
Markus writes "When I was nine or ten years old, I taught myself BASIC V1.2 — nothing else available — on my (way older) brother's Laser 210 from a book. Now, my son has started school last summer and can now sufficiently read and write to start programming. As in coding, that is, not as in script kiddies.

With the information age on the rise, conscious use of IT becomes a vital skill for following generations — and when I see how teachers over here use computers, I do certainly not want to trust schools with this. So as the days of 10 CLS:? "HELLO WORLD!" are over, what would be a good programming language for a six year old to start with? What concepts are most important to teach first to a kid? Is there something like "Eclipse Kids Edition"? And as our daughter is also due for school in two years — does it also come in pink? :o)

In addition, we want the kids to learn the social aspects of coding, so "free and open source" is a must."

Comment: COBOL guys, make sure to get advance payment! (Score 1) 1139

by tonk (#24486949) Attached to: California Can't Perform Pay Cut Because of COBOL

As the financial problems of the state of California are quite obvious, any COBOL programmers who are capable and willing to do the job should make sure to get their money before they even look at the code or the documentation (if any).

And, by the way, can they contract programmers without having a budget?

Privacy

+ - NXP RFID Cracked

Submitted by kamlapati
kamlapati (666) writes "The Chaos Computer Club (Hamburg, Germany) has cracked the encryption scheme of NXPs popular Mifare Classic RFID chip. The device is used in many contactless smartcard applications including fare collection, loyalty cards or access control cards. NXP downplays the significance of the hack. So much for the security of RFID: http://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=YLPVK3WYXCTVEQSNDLSCKHA?articleID=207000946"
Microsoft

Microsoft Hyper-V Leaves Linux Out In The Cold 212

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the some-things-never-change dept.
whitehartstag writes to mention that Microsoft has announced their new Hyper-V as feature-complete. Unfortunately the list of supported systems is disappointingly short. "No offense to SUSE Enterprise Server crowd, but only providing SUSE support in Hyper-V is a huge mistake. By not supporting Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, and BSD, Microsoft is telling us Hyper-V is a Microsoft only technology. More Mt. Redmond, Microsoft center of the universe thinking. That's disappointing. Sure, if you are a Microsoft only shop, Hyper-V will be an option for virtualization. But so will VMware and XenServer. But if you run a mixed shop, Hyper-V won't solve your problems alone — you'll have to also add VMware or Xen to your virtualized data center portfolio. Or just go with VMware and Xen and forego Hyper-V."
Space

Astronomers Discover New Class of Pulsating Star 35

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the shiny-new-toys dept.
KentuckyFC writes "It doesn't happen very often but astronomers have discovered a new class of pulsating white dwarf. The work began last year when the Sloan Digital Sky Survey found a few exotic white dwarf stars with carbon atmospheres. A mathematical model of these stars showed that in some circumstances the dwarfs could pulsate as the carbon was cycled through the atmosphere by convection. Now a few days observation of one of these stars has shown that it does actually pulsate as predicted."
Communications

Wireless Auction Ends With Mixed Feelings 62

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the endless-positioning dept.
Macworld is reporting that the conclusion of the wireless auction has ended with many participants having mixed feelings. While bigger companies hailed it as a success, including Google who didn't actually bid to win but was able to get open access rules introduced, many smaller companies were left feeling that they were doomed from the start. "A former mail carrier, McBride has been trying his luck at FCC auctions since 1996. He said new rules for the auction favored large companies with deep pockets. For example, the FCC shortened the amount of time that the winners would have to build their networks. "All that did was prevent small businesses from coming in. They were scared of the build-out requirements," he said."
Data Storage

Array-Based Memory May Put a Terabyte On a Chip 93

Posted by kdawson
from the need-ramback-now dept.
Lucas123 writes "A new type of flash memory, called array-based memory, could offer a terabyte of data on a single chip within the next decade by bypassing current NAND memory technology, which is limited by the miniaturization capability of lithography. According to the Computerworld story, start-up Nanochip Inc. is being backed by Intel and others, and over 11 years has made research breakthroughs that will enable it to deliver working prototypes to potential manufacturing partners next year. And by 2010, the first chips are expected to reach 100GB capacity."

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