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Comment Re:Time for the Judges ruling? (Score 1) 475

Yeah, I'm wondering how all of this boils down to how much Bell Labs (or Lucent or IBM or whoever owns the Unix copyrights) is going to start suing for using stdio.h, stdlib.h and string.h!

Those header files are the same as the Java API; and if this is a copyright issue then the authors of those works can still claim it (Life+70 years!).

Submission + - 7 Warning Signs That Your Hiring Process Sucks (venturegrit.com)

venturegrit writes: Steve Jobs said that “no matter how smart you are, to be successful you need a team of great people“. But hiring well is really tough. Here are some warning signs that your hiring process needs some improvement. They're all real stories from startups in Silicon Valley.

Submission + - A new Space Quest game? The Two Guys from Andromeda are back! (guysfromandromeda.com)

XanC writes: The Two Guys from Andromeda (Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe), the geniuses behind the classic Space Quest series of adventure games, have joined forces once again. They're working on a new "Space Adventure" (I'm assuming they legally can't call it Space Quest), and have a fun site where you can learn more. It brings back great memories of Space Quest past, and hope for the future as well!

Submission + - iCloud Powered by Landfill-Fueled Bloom Boxes (datacenterknowledge.com) 1

1sockchuck writes: Apple's North Carolina data center will tap landfills for biogas, which will then be converted into electricity using fuel cells from Bloom Energy. The 24 "Bloom boxes" will have a capacity of 4.8 megawatts of power, and along with a large solar array, will provide Apple with a significant on-site generation of sustainable energy. Microsoft is also developing biogas-powered data plants where modular data centers will be housed near water treatment plants and landfills. GigaOm has a useful primer on biogas in data centers, as well as video of the new higher capacity Bloom boxes that will support Apple's server farm.
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Submission + - Tim Cooks Wins Where Steve Jobs Failed: Java (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: "As Woody Leonhard writes, the recent Flashback Trojan that infected nearly 700,000 Macs exposed a big rift between Apple and Oracle on who should take responsibility for keeping Java securely patched. Leonhard traces the history of Java's stewardship on the Mac and other platforms, and shows how by refusing to take on active responsibility for Java patches, new Apple CEO Tim Cook finally got what former CEO Steve Jobs long wanted: The ownership to go back to Oracle, just as Adobe takes responsibility for Flash and AIR vulnerabilities and Microsoft does for Office flaws."

Comment Re:How to change email account? (Score 1) 88

Did it get hacked into before or after you added the two step auth?

Also, are you using Google Account Reports? It now tells you exactly where and how you've logged into your Google Accounts; I think the SMS that you get are actually from this, not the two-step auth.

I feel much safer with the application one-time passwords and two-step hardware keycodes than any other service.

Does your Linode Server have two step auth to access email? And can you do that on your phone?

Comment Instagram (Score 1) 71

I believe that Instagram is 100% hosted on AWS EC2 instances and S3. We'll see if they move to Facebook's data centers.

The $1B valuation of that company would not have been possible without using Amazon as their provider. Amazon is definitely doing something right.

Comment Re:passwords? (Score 1) 645

The article is speculating. What you start to hear is that they were storing their password answers as plain text, Sony has never said that their passwords were stored as plain text. Meaning, that the answers they would use to recuperate their forgotten passwords (e.g. "What is your mother's maiden name?") were what was compromised.

Now, combined with the rest of the personal information, I think that the password answers to their security questions may lead to more identity theft than actual passwords.

Submission + - Digitally filtering out the drone of the World Cup 1

qubezz writes: World Cup soccer fans may think a hornet's nest has infiltrated their TVs. However the buzz that is the background soundtrack of the South African-hosted games comes from tens of thousands of plastic horns called Vuvuzelas, that are South Africa's version of ringing cowbells or throwing rats. It looks like the horns won't be banned anytime soon though.

A savvy German hacker, 'Tube' discovered that the horn sound can be effectively filtered out by applying a couple of digital notch filters to the audio at the frequencies the horn produces (another summary in English). Now it looks like even broadcasters like the the BBC and others are considering using such filters on their broadcasts.

Comment Re:Wot? (Score 1) 515

That's actually the reason that the US government will most likely never go to a physical denomination higher than the $100 bill.

If I understand correctly, all large electronic transactions (>$10k) are auto-monitored by the banks, and tracked by the government. It is a lot harder to pay someone $50 million dollars if you do it in cash due to the size of the physical dollar bills than if you do it as an electronic payment. Given that the government wants to monitor criminal activity, super large drug cartel type money movement is a lot harder with smallish $100 bills.

$3000 being prohibitive? Try to stuff $30mil into your wallet!

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