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Submission + - Mistreated Foxconn Brazil Workers Threaten Strike (

An anonymous reader writes: More bad news comes from Apple's iDevice manufacturing partner Foxconn that is sure to ruffle the feathers of Apple fans. From the story:

Factory workers at a Foxconn plant in Jundiaí, Brazil are complaining of overcrowded buses, poor food and a lack of water and have threatened to strike unless the issues are resolved by May 3. According to a report by Brazil's Tech Guru (Google Translation), over 2,500 Foxconn employees have complained about conditions at the factory. Workers reportedly met last Monday to raise the concerns and have given the company 10 days to address them.

Submission + - Amazon to pay Texas sales tax (

An anonymous reader writes: The Houston Chronicle is reporting that purchases from will soon pay sales tax in the state of Texas. What happened to the Texas Miracle?

Submission + - New Apple Campus "In Peril," Says Austin Official (

redletterdave writes: "Apple's plans to build a sprawling new campus in the heart of Austin, Texas, looks to be in trouble. Dave Porter, the senior VP for economic development at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, said Apple's plans are currently up in the air as the Travis County Commissioners Court continues to deliberate on the conditions of the incentives deal. 'This deal is not done,' Porter said. 'It remains in peril. And Apple is frustrated.'"

Submission + - The Decay of the Atom Processor (

Phopojijo writes: "It is easy to pass judgment on the netbook form factor but the problem was always its processing ability — the form factor just inherited the blame by association. Low-voltage adaptations of mainstream architectures will soon collide against ARM and leave low-power x86 architectures with no legitimate room to exist: “Intel is likely to continue on with Atom in computers, but only because it will be easy to offer the fruits of its smartphone endeavors in desktop and laptop PCs. There’s no particular reason for Intel to kill it but – in regards to laptops and desktops – there’s no reason for Intel to make it better.”"

Submission + - Wii LetterBomb Exploit – System 4.3 Hacked (

An anonymous reader writes: LetterBomb is a new exploit for the Wii running system menu 4.3. It works by exploiting the Wii’s message board functionality hence the name “LetterBomb”.

The exploit requires for you to be running system menu 4.3, an SD card, and your Wii's Mac Address.

Submission + - Getting your Money's Worth From Your ISP ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Do you ever wonder what your ISP service is really like? Are you getting your money's worth? How do DNS public services perform compared with those of your own ISP — in the long run? These guys at Northwestern University have the answers you were looking for.

Submission + - SPORE dropping things from the Space Station (

garymortimer writes: "NASA has awarded Aurora Flight Sciences a contract to develop Small Probes for Orbital Return of Experiments (SPORE). Aurora Flight Sciences has teamed with Georgia Institute of Technology to develop SPORE within the NASA Small Business Technology Transfer program. The SPORE flight system architecture will utilize a modular design approach to provide low-cost on-orbit operation and recovery of small payloads."

Submission + - IT Architects Emerge As Tech's New Gurus (

CWmike writes: Maybe it's a stretch to refer to the new types of IT architects as Yoda-like — but there are more than a few similarities. The architect sought by IT managers today is versed in multiple disciplines and is capable of seeing across a range of technologies and processes to be able to deal with converging trends, such as cloud and mobility, that require increased levels of integration and understanding. Knowing the technical facts 'isn't good enough anymore,' said Bruce Carver, vice president and CIO at engine maker Cummins. 'You have to have sixth sense about what's under the hood.' Finding IT employees who are likely candidates for the new architecture role isn't easy, execs say. David Giambruno, senior vice president and CIO at Revlon, said the way he finds architects is to propose skunk works projects that look generations ahead.

Submission + - HP blog post about recent salary increases (

yuhong writes: "This blog post from HP details how they are restoring their salaries of employees that was affected by the pay cuts made in 2009, among other things. It says that "The vast majority of HP employees who were affected by the base pay reductions during the economic downturn in 2009 will have their base pay reinstated. Importantly, and in keeping with our pay-for-performance culture, employees must meet certain performance criteria to be eligible.""

Submission + - Utah Vs. NASA On Heavy-Lift Rocket Design (

FleaPlus writes: Utah congressmen Orrin Hatch, Bob Bennett, Rob Bishop, and Jim Matheson issued a statement claiming that NASA's design process for a new congressionally-mandated heavy-lift rocket system may be trying to circumvent the law. According to the congressmen and their advisors from solid rocket producer ATK, the heavy-lift legislation's requirements can only be met by rockets utilizing ATK's solid rocket boosters. They are alarmed that NASA is also considering other approaches, such as all-liquid designs based on the rockets operated by the United Launch Alliance and SpaceX. ATK's solid rockets were arguably responsible for many of the safety and cost problems which plagued NASA's canceled Ares rocket system.

Submission + - Apotheker Pops Up In CA for HP Earnings Call (

itwbennett writes: On the lam no more! Leo Apotheker (or a man calling himself Apotheker) on Monday spoke publicly for the first time since being appointed CEO of HP in late September. During a conference call with journalists to discuss the company's quarterly earnings report, Apotheker said that he'd been meeting with employees and customers around the world 'from California to Massachusetts and Germany to Singapore with many stops in between.' When one reporter asked where he was, Apotheker noted that was an odd question but answered that he was in Palo Alto, California, at HP's headquarters. 'Would you like a picture?' he quipped.

Submission + - Witcher 2 torrents could net you a fine (

An anonymous reader writes: Gamers who download upcoming PC exclusive The Witcher 2 illegally could receive a letter demanding they pay a fine or face legal action.

If gamers refuse to pay the fine, which will be more than the cost of the game, they could end up in court, developer CD Projekt told Eurogamer.

"Of course we're not happy when people are pirating our games, so we are signing with legal firms and torrent sneaking companies," CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwiski said.

"In quite a few big countries, when people are downloading it illegally they can expect a letter from a legal firm saying, 'Hey, you downloaded it illegally and right now you have to pay a fine.'

"We are totally fair, but if you decide you will not buy it legally there is a chance you'll get a letter.

"We are talking about it right now."

Interestingly, The Witcher 2 will be released digital rights management free – but only through the CD Projekt-owned digital download shop

That means owners will be able to install it as many times as they like on any number of computers – and it will not requite an internet connection to run.


Submission + - Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fall Worldwide in 2009

Hugh Pickens writes: "The Christian Science Monitor reports that the good news is that emissions from burning coal, oil, and natural gas fell 1.3 percent compared with emissions in 2008 primarily because of the global economic downturn and an increase in carbon-dioxide uptake by the oceans and by plants on land. One big factor was La Niña, a natural seesaw shift in climate that takes place across the tropical Pacific every three to seven years, where the climate is cooler and wetter over large regions of land in the tropics, encouraging plant growth in tropical forests. However the bad news is that even with the decrease in emissions the overall concentration of CO2 rose from 385 ppm in 2008 to 387 ppm in 2009, as concentrations continue to rise even as emissions slip because even at the reduced pace, humans are pumping CO2 into the atmosphere faster than natural processes can scrub the gas. “We’re concerned that if the natural sinks can't keep pace with the increased CO2 emissions, then the physical and biological impacts of global warming will accelerate over the next century.” says Richard Feely, an oceanographer at NOAA's Marine Environmental Laboratory. Many countries have agreed in principle to try to stabilize emissions at 350 parts-per-million by century's end which would result in a 50 percent chance of holding the increase in global average temperatures to about 2 degrees C over preindustrial levels."

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