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Submission + - Uranium trade corrupt (wsj.com)

mdsolar writes: A Russian nuclear-energy official was sentenced to four years in federal prison and ordered to pay $2.1 million for arranging bribes to help U.S. companies do business with the Russian state-owned nuclear-energy corporation.

Vadim Mikerin, 56 years old, of Chevy Chase, Md., pleaded guilty in August to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Mr. Mikerin, who has been detained since October 2014, will get credit for time served. His lawyer, Jonathan Lopez said Mr. Mikerin plans to return to his home country.

Submission + - Microsoft's Modernized Development Workflow Begins To Show Cracks (petri.com)

An anonymous reader writes: As widely reported last year from various sources, most of Microsoft's QA staff in the Windows division was eliminated in their 2014 layoffs. According to an article at Petri, the effects are now starting to be felt and the results aren't nearly as positive as those reported by Yahoo's similar experiment:

"According to several people familiar with the new process who asked not to be named, the new workflow caused issues for developers as they were not quite sure how to balance time devoted to testing versus building. Further, having spent years coding and not performing detailed and prolonged testing, their methods for quality control were not to the same standards as those who were dedicated to the task. Under the new process, the time allotted to building out new features includes testing the code as well, which it previously did not, which means that those engineers who are accustomed to the old style, now find themselves under more pressure to turn out quality code in a shorter period since they have to do the detailed testing. The end result, as we have seen with Windows 10, is a product with more bugs and it's starting to show the weakness of the new process flow."

Apropos of nothing, ZDNet reports that the latest Windows Phone 10 release has been pulled because of bugs in the installation process and also reports on Microsoft's official apology for the numerous issues that have plagued it's recent Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices.

Comment Hush, Mr. Nye (Score 1) 387

Starting a flame war with people who try to out-brag each other with regard to who has seen the worst racetrack collision up close and personal isn't worth your time. Some of them might actually be red-state congress-critters that would take no pause in going after what little funding NASA has left.

Comment Distributed work (Score 1) 85

Encrypting data using a homomorphic encryption scheme allows for meaningful computation on the encrypted data producing the results of the computation in encrypted form, without the need for decrypting it or requiring access to the decryption key.

How long until someone comes up with a blockchain scheme that pays out for computational work done on encrypted data sets?

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