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+ - 10 Ways IT Can Prepare For Recession #2->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "With the possibility of a follow-on recession in the air, Gartner Research is suggesting that IT leaders should prepare ahead of time by, among other things, doing more with less. Now, CIO magazine columnist Thomas Wailgum is offering a few of his own ideas for recession prep, like cutting out that excess spending on social activities at work, making a land grab for unpaid interns, and skipping that upgrade to Windows 7. Hey, XP's been working just fine, hasn't it?"
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Patents

+ - Apple Seeking Virtual Closet Patent->

Submitted by Dotnaught
Dotnaught (223657) writes "Two Apple patent applications filed on Thursday indicate that the company is exploring technology to enhance the experience of shopping for clothing through social networking and mobile devices. One patent application that describes a Virtual Closet could help people keep track of their outfits, facilitate clothing sharing, and even indicate which items of clothing need to be washed."
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+ - IT Career Burnout: When the Thrill Is Gone->

Submitted by twailgum
twailgum (1179013) writes ""Burnout is as predictable in an IT professional's career as the long hours that precipitate it," notes a CIO.com article. "The demanding nature of IT jobs, coupled with a perceived lack of respect and appreciation, leads many IT professionals to lament, à la blues great B.B. King, that 'the thrill is gone.' Many eventually wonder whether a career in IT is still the right choice." What follows are seven practical ways to reignite your passion for your IT job, as suggested by IT professionals who've experienced burnout first-hand."
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Microsoft

Microsoft a Weak Link In Possible Cyber War 371

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the almost-as-bad-as-hfcs dept.
climenole writes 'Microsoft has vast resources, literally billions of dollars in cash, or liquid assets reserves. Microsoft is an incredibly successful empire built on the premise of market dominance with low-quality goods,' says former White House advisor Richard Clarke in a recent book. Microsoft makes the list of risks because so many people have installed its software for critical systems.
Image

The Star Wars Kid Is Back 275

Posted by samzenpus
from the embrace-your-fame-you-will dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It was eight years ago that Ghyslain Raza slashed his way into our hearts with his Star Wars Kid video. Sadly, Raza suffered from severe bullying and abuse for his video and eventually ended up in a psychiatric ward for children. However, his video was seen 1 billion times and multiple thousands of geeks came immediately to his defense. While those must have been the worst years of his life, things are now looking up."
Windows

+ - Stupid Geek Tricks: Win7 on a Thumb Drive RAID->

Submitted by blackbearnh
blackbearnh (637683) writes "Every once in a while, you run across an article that begs the question, why the frack did anyone bother to do this? Such is the case with a recent piece in IT Expert Voice, in which the author details how he created a RAID 1 drive out of two 4GB USB sticks, and installed Windows 7 on it. Not surprisingly, what he ended up with is a software RAID slower than using the drive in a vanilla fashion. What's next? How to download movies using 110 baud modems?"
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Crime

Police Seize Computers From Gizmodo Editor 1204

Posted by Soulskill
from the stuff-just-got-real dept.
secretcurse writes "California police have served a search warrant and seized computers from Jason Chen, the Gizmodo editor who unveiled the 4th-generation iPhone to the world. Gawker Media's COO has replied claiming that the warrant was served illegally due to Mr. Chen's status as a journalist. The plot thickens..."
Apple

+ - Apple: An Evil Empire in the Making?->

Submitted by twailgum
twailgum (1179013) writes "It's Star Wars in Silicon Valley: Is the adored, charismatic Apple CEO Steve Jobs secretly the Dark Lord of the Sith in a black turtleneck? The buzz in the universe is that we're all being duped, like Jar-Jar Binks of the Senate Republic, stupidly voting for our own enslavement. Sure Apple has made some devious maneuvers lately (how's it working out for you, Adobe?), but what is the master ("evil") plan in place? Here's an inside look at the Apple Tech Manifesto."
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Cloud

Flash Comes To the iPad Via RipCode 117

Posted by kdawson
from the around-the-maginot-line dept.
suraj.sun writes "Texas-based company RipCode has announced a new 'clientless Flash video codec' that will allow Flash content to be streamed on Apple's iPad. This would include sites like Hulu and YouTube, assuming the respective companies don't find a way to block it. According to RipCode's press release, the TransAct Transcoder V6 captures the iPad's request for Flash content and converts it into a special format that the device accepts and plays. This is all done without a local client or user intervention. 'RipCode's Transactional Transcoding platform enables an alternate and immediate solution to this issue, opening up video content to users without requiring the content hoster to move to HTML5 or pre-transcode entire video libraries from Flash to an iPad-accepted container format. By transcoding the content "in the cloud," it is essentially analogous to a network-based Flash to MP4 or MPEG-TS video adaption layer.'"
Cellphones

Microsoft Unveils 'Pink' Phones As Kin One and Two 278

Posted by kdawson
from the japanese-schoolgirls-have-moved-on dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "Microsoft has recently launched two new phones known as the Kin One and Kin Two, previously codenamed 'Pink.' The phones are designed to appeal to social-networking-focused teens, which is probably why the marketing team has tried to spice up the packaging of the phones. According to a Microsoft official the phones are named Kin because they 'knit together ... kindred spirits.' The phones have a keyboard. The Kin One has a 5-megapixel camera, while the Kin Two's 8-megapixel camera can shoot 720p HD video. Both cameras include an LED flash. The One has a mono speaker, the Two's is stereo. One includes 4GB of on-board memory and the Two has 8GB. Both Kin phones have touch screens. According to the hands-on, the Kin phones are based on the same Windows CE core as Windows Phone 7, and they have an IE-based browser. These phones have no downloadable apps, no games, not even a calendar. They're not meant to be expandable smart phones; instead, very good messaging phones."
Image

Professor Says UFO Studies Should Be Taught At Universities 311

Posted by samzenpus
from the alien-grading-curve dept.
New York anthropology professor Philip Haseley wants young people to get the best education possible, and part of that education, he says, should be about UFOs. Haseley thinks universities should offer classes on UFOs and other unexplained phenomena from space. "[A sighting] happens to millions of people [around the world]. It's about time we looked into this as a worthy area of study. It's important that the whole subject be brought out in the open and investigated," he said. I want to believe the truth is out there in 500 words or less.
Security

Apache Foundation Attacked, Passwords Stolen 214

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the yeah-we-meant-to-do-that dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "Combining a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability with a TinyURL redirect, hackers successfully broke into the infrastructure for the open-source Apache Foundation in what is being described as a 'direct, targeted attack.' The hackers hit the server hosting the software that Apache.org uses to track issues and requests and stole passwords from all users. The software was hosted on brutus.apache.org, a machine running Ubuntu Linux 8.04 LTS, the group said."
Canada

Look At Sick People To Give Your Immune System a Boost 271

Posted by samzenpus
from the taskmaster-HMO dept.
Scientists at the University of British Columbia have found that looking at someone who appears sick boosts your immune system. Subjects had blood taken before and after watching a 10-minute slide show that contained disturbing images including people who appeared sick. Results of the blood tests showed people who had seen the sick people had a stronger immune system. From the article: "In the study, young adults were asked to watch a 10-minute slide show containing a series of unpleasant photographs. Some pictures included people who looked obviously ill in some way. The subjects' blood samples were then tested for levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), a substance produced by the immune system that indicates your immune system is ramping up to more aggressively fight infection. As a control, pictures of people brandishing guns were also used on some participants—and they barely resulted in a significant increase in IL-6 production, signifying that IL-6 production is not simply a reaction to stress."
Image

Jordanian Mayor Angry Over "Alien Invasion" Prank 217

Posted by samzenpus
from the war-of-the-worlds dept.
krou writes "Jordanian mayor Mohammed Mleihan has taken a dim view of local newspaper Al-Ghad's April Fools prank, which saw a front page story claiming that 'flying saucers flown by 3m (10ft) creatures had landed in the desert town of Jafr.' The paper claimed that communication networks had gone down, and people were fleeing the area. The mayor called the local security authorities, who combed the area, but they were unable to find any evidence of the aliens. Mr Mleihan is now considering suing because of the distress it caused to residents: 'Students didn't go to school, their parents were frightened and I almost evacuated the town's 13,000 residents. People were scared that aliens would attack them.'" I guess they've never heard of Orson Welles in Jordan.
IBM

IBM Breaks Open Source Patent Pledge 359

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the who-saw-that-coming dept.
Jay Maynard writes "IBM has broken the pledge it made in 2005 not to assert 500 patents against open source software. In a letter sent to Roger Bowler, president of TurboHercules SA, IBM's Mark Anzani, head of their mainframe business, claimed that the Hercules open-source emulator (disclaimer: I manage the open source project) infringes on at least 106 issued patents and 67 more applied for. Included in that list are two that it pledged not to assert in 2005. In a blog entry, the NoSoftwarePatents campaign's Florian Mueller said that 'IBM is using patent warfare in order to protect its highly lucrative mainframe monopoly against Free and Open Source Software.' I have to agree: from where I sit, IBM likes Open Source only as long as they don't have to compete with it."

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