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+ - Iraqi whistleblower imprisoned and tortured->

Submitted by wwmedia
wwmedia (950346) writes "One after another, the men and women who have stepped forward to report corruption in the massive effort to rebuild Iraq have been vilified, fired and demoted.

Or worse.

For daring to report illegal arms sales, Navy veteran Donald Vance says he was imprisoned by the American military in a security compound outside Baghdad and subjected to harsh interrogation methods.

There were times, huddled on the floor in solitary confinement with that head-banging music blaring dawn to dusk and interrogators yelling...."

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+ - Surface Computing

Submitted by wwmedia
wwmedia (950346) writes "First Look: Microsoft Surfacing Computing!

First Look: Microsoft Surfacing Computing! [VIDEO]

What is Microsoft Surface?

It's a powerful technology that is visually compelling. Surface is a horizontal display on a table-like form factor that morphs from an ordinary table-top into a new, vibrant way to bring connected entertainment and digital content to users. The cool factor is the way you interact with digital content by using your hands to get what you need. Surface provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. Because Surface is essentially housed in a table, it's easy for individuals or multiple people to gather around it in a way that feels familiar — making collaboration more powerful and fun.

more info here [requires Flash]"

+ - Microsoft kills off J# language

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twofish writes "Microsoft have announced that J#, its Java clone for .NET, and the Java Language Conversion Assistant will be discontinued and will not appear in the next version of Visual Studio. At the same time they have announced pans for a 64-bit version of the J# Redistributable this year."

+ - Tax Accounting Evil at Google?

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theodp writes "In its annual report, Google said it's done no tax-accounting evil, but the search giant acknowledged that both the IRS and SEC are taking a look at the way in which it accounts for income tax. Google is one of a number of U.S. companies that have come under fire for allegedly practicing 'profit laundering', i.e., moving book profits offshore to evade millions and even billions in taxes to the country where it really operates. In past SEC filings, Google has credited its Irish subsidiary for reducing its effective tax rate."
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Journal: I hope somebody tells them to go to hell ..."Devil's Game"

Journal by OldHawk777

"Devil's Game", "Blackwater Mercenaries", Islamist/Christian/Jewish fundamentalist .... My observation is there are to many smokey-screens to reject the probability that there is a group of arsonist profiteering from incinerating people, burning buildings and towns, and destroying limited and valuable assets to increase the value of available remaining resources. This is why I am always collectively referring to corporatist, politicians, mega-church/temple/mosque televangeli

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990