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In Case of Emergency, Please Remove Your Bra 123

An anonymous reader writes "Caught in a disaster with harmful airborne particles? You'd better hope you're wearing the Emergency Bra. Simply unsnap the bright red bra, separate the cups, and slip it over your head — one cup for you, and one for your friend. Dr. Elena Bodnar won an Ig Nobel Award for the invention last year, an annual tribute to scientific research that on the surface seems goofy but is often surprisingly practical. And now Bodnar has brought the eBra to the public; purchase one online for just $29.95."
Microsoft

iPhone App Wins Microsoft-Campus Programming Contest 233

imamac writes "Startup Weekend was a 54-hour coding marathon held on Microsoft's campus last weekend. It was designed to encourage the use of MS programming technologies. However, the winner of the contest was an iPhone app: '"Awkward," whispered Startup Weekend organizer Clint Nelsen into the microphone upon announcing the top vote getter.'"
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PS3 Folding like crazy

hlimethe3rd writes: We've seen numerous articles about the Playstation 3 being a total flop as a gaming machine. But now, the machine is tearing through Folding@Home. It already accounts for almost 75% of the FLOPS for the whole project . Much in the same way as the GPU client produced amazing results, the PS3's cell architecture is ideally suited for Folding calculations. So don't buy one as a gaming console, buy one to save your grandmother.
Software

Submission + - New sort, quicker than QuickSort

ThomasCR writes: "AI goes unexpected directions. Here, in a collaboration of humans and a program, a new sorting algorithm has been developed. Considerably faster than the well known QuickSort, for which it has been long thought, that it is the fastest way to order an array of integers or floating point numbers. Apparently not, according to this site: http://critticall.com/underconstruction.html Is something like that possible at all?"
Data Storage

Submission + - What do you do when you can't afford a SAN?

An anonymous reader writes: What's the next best solution to having a full SAN setup for central data storage? Setting up an enterprise level SAN is so expensive that the company I work for wants to know what other solutions there are to this situation. NAS is cool for at home, but would it work for a high trafficked website? I don't know of any self contained NAS solutions that offer data redundancy. The only way I can think of to get that would be to have an actual server with RAID set up on the disks. I have searched the web, reading white papers and other material, but I would like to hear from the horse's mouth what works best and is easiest to set up. One thing to keep in mind, and I know many /. readers will not like this but, we are in a Windows environment, and the gears that turn will not be able to change this.
Oracle

Submission + - Oracle deteriorating: Sony Pictures CIO

daria42 writes: Sony Pictures chief information officer David Cortese has slammed Oracle's aquisition strategy claiming customer service levels have dropped and its products have become "stale". Cortese's application portfolio in recent years has included PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Demantra and Hyperion. All have been acquired by Oracle in the last few years. "The good thing is I only have to write one cheque instead of four. The bad news is it's Oracle," he said.
The Courts

Submission + - Man Sues Viacom for Sponge Bob Rights

mposth writes: "A Bay Area man is suing Viacom for $1.6 billion over rights to Sponge Bob Square Pants. Cartoonist Troy Walker claims he created Bob Spongee, an unemployed cartoon sponge, in 1991. Walker created a comic strip and sold 1,000 "Bob Spongie" dolls. Viacom's attorneys have said in court documents that "Sponge Bob" is different from "Bob Spongee." But Walker says: "It is more than ironic that two working class sponges are named Bob. Both characters are unemployed. Both characters live in a house concept.'' Walker filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Nickelodeon, Viacom Inc., Paramount Studios and Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob. Just Tuesday, Viacom slammed Google's YouTube with a $1 billion copyright infringement suit. http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/l ocal/16872168.htm"
Businesses

Submission + - If you could do it all over, would you choose IT?

An anonymous reader writes: Given some of the complaints against IT and software as careers (long hours, offshoring, visa workers, ageism, boring projects, etc...), what would you do differently if you could do it all over again? Knowing what you know now, would you choose the same college major and the same career?
Biotech

Submission + - Genetic origin found for autism

etherlad writes: "Researchers at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children and the Offord Centre for Child Studies in Hamilton teamed with scientists and clinicians from centres elsewhere in Canada and eight other countries to scan the entire human genome for autism-related genes. The consortium of scientists — 137 from 50 centres worldwide that make up the Autism Genome Project — analyzed DNA from about 1,600 families with autistic children to try to zero in on a specific group of brain cells and the genes that affect their development and function. Their analysis led them in part to a region on chromosome 11, as well as to a gene known as neurexin 1, part of a family of genes believed to be important in communication between neurons, particularly during the brain's development."
Businesses

Submission + - CIO Jobs Morph Into Strategy

Carl Bialik from WSJ writes: "The job of CIO is being transformed from technology manager to corporate strategist, the Wall Street Journal reports. From the article: 'As the longtime chief information officer for Northrop Grumman Corp., Tom Shelman's duties mainly consisted of managing the defense contractor's vast network of computer systems. So he was shocked when the company suddenly changed his job description several years ago. Mr. Shelman was asked to be more "strategic" and "transformational." He was told he would be expected to meet with customers, use technology in new ways and help win new business — in short, to help the Los Angeles-based company grow. "I had to sit down and do some soul-searching," says Mr. Shelman, 48 years old. "It was a significant change; it sounded exciting, but it also scared the hell out of me." '"

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