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Submission + - Microsoft Research Focusing on Dev Tech? (

msmoriarty writes: Long-time Microsoft watcher Mary-Jo Foley recently highlighed several upcoming Microsoft Research technologies she thinks could have the biggest impact. Of those, three are directly related to development: Xax, a browser plug-in that gives developers "a mechanism for delivering native legacy code as Web applications"; Orleans, a programming model for cloud computing from the company's eXtreme Computing Group; and Codebook, a social networking site for developers. There's no way to know if any of these will ever be released, although there are indications Microsoft Research is taking a more practical approach nowadays: "I've found most recent MSR projects to be anything but research for research's sake," Foley wrote.

Submission + - Factory Will Churn Out Modular Data Centers (

1sockchuck writes: The data center industry continues to move towards an industrial production model. i/o Data Centers has opened a new factory in Phoenix to manufacture modular data centers. The company says it expects to build up to 18 megawatts of data center capacity every month. The server-filled containers can be deployed at a customer site or in one of i/o's huge data centers. HP and Dell have also built specialized facilities for container assembly and deployment.

Submission + - Duke Nukem Forever not edited for Australia (

dotarray writes: In case you still somehow didn’t believe yesterday’s news that Duke Nukem Forever had been given an MA15+ rating in Australia – effectively evading the notoriously strict censors, GamePron now has confirmation that the Duke has not been edited in any way for an Australian release.


Comment Re:Proud moment for the US Constitution (Score 1) 316

Clearly your unqualified to comment on something you no nothing about.

In the US, its the constitution Axioms which protect citizens from abusive 3rd world dictatorial abusers like the moronic employer who thought they could just suspend this ladies freedom of speech as if they were a government power. It also is the sounding board state and federal bureaucrats and the average every day citizens use in principle to prevent abuses.

It was the government which reminded the petty point haired bosses they have no standing, and you think they did it for her to be generous?

Comment Proud moment for the US Constitution (Score 0) 316

My opinion is;
It should have been obvious to the pointy haired bosses they would loose the case when their lawyers explained the territory in which they found themselves was not a 3rd world country. Pointy haired bosses everywhere should know if your going to be a petty dictator, find a 3rd world country to be it in.

Hooyaaa out to the founders of the US Constitution!
This is where the foundation of US freedom shines brightest.

Guess what she wrote they did not want to refute and it must not have been malicious or surely a competent lawyer would have advised them to they would have advised to bring slander libel suit before loosing the war of public opinion.

Talk about profound and poor legal decisions on the part of the pointy haired boss & lawyers.

Submission + - Verizon's dataplan bait-and-switch (

An anonymous reader writes: It’s a bit of a bait-and-switch. One of Verizon’s selling points for its version of the iPhone is that it would come with an unlimited data plan — a marked contrast to AT&T, which eliminated its unlimited data plans last year.

Verizon didn’t send out press releases to alert the public of this nationwide change regarding data throttling and so-called “optimization.” The only reason this news hit the wire was because a blogger noticed a PDF explaining the policy on Verizon’s website, which Verizon later confirmed was official. Obviously it’s bad news, so Verizon wanted to keep a lid on it.


Submission + - An iOS Hearing Aid, or Superman's Ears? (

adamengst writes: In this article over at TidBITS, Jeff Porten relates how he discovered that a $2 app could turn his iPhone and earphones into a poor man's hearing aid. But switching to his iPod's mic-less earbuds turned the iPhone into a surprisingly effective eavesdropping device.

Comment Re:Keep the Taint (Score 1) 203

Bingo, your right on the money. One has to wonder how that conversation went.

I picture a guy raising his ringer twirling it around his goatee saying "Sure no user would expect a full featured motherboard, and we predict demand will be even Higher the next cycle when its made whole, besides we all know consumers have the attention span of the common Afghan sand flea!"

Well call it Profit ++, thanks Intel!


Submission + - Alien Dalvik Brings Android to Non-Android Devices (

An anonymous reader writes: Myriad Group has announced Alien Dalvik, a packaging system for Android applications which allows them to be installed on non-Android devices as if they were native applications. Making use of Myriad's Dalvik Turbo virtual machine, Alien Dalvik builds run on non-Android devices with performance levels equivalent to running the application on an Android device with similar hardware specs. Check out the Alien Dalvik demo running on a Nokia N900.

Submission + - iPad archaeology - the design was out there (

brindafella writes: The Register has found the origin of the iPad, in the sci-fi children's TV show The Tomorrow People from UK TV in the early 1970s. The telepathic teens also use what appears to be an iPad-like portable computer. The Register notes that Apple's British-born stylist, Jonathan Ive, was a sub-teen and part of the show's target audience at the time of the series being aired. Enter, the future.

Submission + - Java Floating Point Bug Locks-Up Servers (

An anonymous reader writes: Here we go again: Just like the recently-reported PHP Floating Point Bug causes servers to go into infinite loops when parsing certain double-precision floating-point numbers, Sun/Oracle's JVM does it, too. It gets better: you can lock-up a thread on most servers just by sending a particular header value. Sun/Oracle has known about the bug for something like 10 years, but it's still not fixed. Java Servlet containers are patching to avoid the problem, but application code will still be vulnerable to user input.

Rick Regan has the story at

Submission + - On The Trail of A Fake Virus Scammer (

vik writes: A sysadmin of my acquaintance recently received a phone call from "Computer Maintenance" purporting to be on behalf of Microsoft, and smelt a rat. The scammers want you to visit ( or perhaps ) and want remote access to your computer, to install malware, your credit card or both. This is how he tracked Rajat Kumar Jain of JARS services to his lair.

Submission + - CouchOne, Membase merge, form NoSQL powerhouse (

Julie188 writes: CouchOne and Membase, two of the most popular noSQL projects, have merged in an attempt to become an open source database powerhouse. Even the company's new name is merged: Couchbase. The founders of the new Couchbase say they will offer the ability to scale from the largest data center and distributed cloud environments all the way down to smartphones and other mobile devices. As is the standard disclaimer during merger announcements, the leaders also promise to continue their support for their open source, community versions of their programs.

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