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Submission + - L'impôt homme commeth pour Google / The Tax Man Commeth For Google In Paris

ClockEndGooner writes: The BBC Reports that French finance officials have raided the Paris offices of US internet giant Google as part of a tax fraud investigation. Reports say about 100 tax officials entered Google's offices in central Paris early in the morning.

The EU is starting to investigate more multinational firms with more than €750m / $835m in annual sales to ensure that companies are meeting their tax obligations on a country-by-country basis, as many U.S. based tech companies are holding their cash reserves overseas and might have also relocated their registered company headquarters in another country to avoid paying additional taxes back in their country of origin.

Submission + - U.S. Navy Launches a 50-50 Biofueled Carrier Battle Group 1

ClockEndGooner writes: In attempt to reduce costs, dependencies on foreign fossil fuels, reducing a very heavy carbon footprint, and to save lives of military personnel during resupply missions, the Carrier Strike Group for the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis was just launched for a seven month deployment where supporting combat vessels were running on a mixture of 90% petroleum and 10% biofuels, including a mixture made from beef fat. Amid disagreements within the U.S. Defense Department on the feasibility of Navy Carrier Groups running on a mixture of 50% nuclear power and 50% biofuels, the test for its plan of a "Great Green Fleet" are underway. As part of the program, "the Navy bought 77 million gallons of the 10 percent biofuel mix at $2.05 a gallon to fuel its ships off the West Coast this year."
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was quoted that

"In 2010, we were losing too many Marines in convoys carrying fossil fuels to outposts in Afghanistan, and the prohibitive cost of oil was requiring us to stop training at home in order to keep steaming abroad, a dangerous and unsustainable scenario."

Comment Cleaning Up Temporary Files & Defrag (Score 1) 517

I know it's been mentioned elsewhere, but Disk Defragmentation of hard disk drives with Windows 7 installed can offer a significant boost in minimizing boot times. In addition to cleaning up cached and temporary files from applications and web browsers before defragmentation can help. You might also want to look into the contents of the \Windows\WinSxS directory for backup sets of previous OS files updated by the installation of Microsoft patches and updates as described in the posting at [Tip] Reclaim Free Space by Removing Old Windows Updates Files in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 on

Submission + - The Planetary Society's LightSail Cannot Deploy Due To A .CSV File Size Bug (

ClockEndGooner writes: A software bug related to frequenet logging beacon packets written out on The Planetary Society’s LightSail test unit, caused the LightSail's flight system to crash when the beacon telemetry log file exceedeed 32MB in size. As explained by the Planetary Society's Digital Editor, Jason Davis, "Every 15 seconds, LightSail transmits a telemetry beacon packet" and each telemettry beacon packet is writtin out to a .CSV file, beacon.csv. Davis continues, "The manufacturer of the avionics board corrected this glitch in later software revisions. But alas, LightSail’s software version doesn’t include the update." The team is now working on uploading, configuring and rebooting the Linux based software that runs the avionics board to get the satellite's sail to deploy.

Submission + - Land Art Park Significantly Reduces Jet Engine Noise Near Airport

ClockEndGooner writes: A study conducted by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research [TNO] found that low frequency and long wavelength jet engine droning noise was significantly reduced in the fall after farmers ploughed their fields near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, as the remaining furrows "had multiple ridges to absorb the sound waves, deflected the sound and muted the noise." This lead to the development of the Buitenschot Land Art Park, a buffer park featuring "land art" that has significantly reduced aircraft noise without requiriung cuts in the number of allowed flights in and out of the airport. The land art park has also provided neighbors with additional recreational paths and sports fields in the same space. The impact of the Land Art Park is covered in a recent article from The Smithsonian Magazine.

Submission + - Microsoft Releases Visual Studio Code Preview For Linux, OS X & 64-Bit Windo

ClockEndGooner writes: Microsoft is still extending its efforts into cross platform development with the release of a preview edition of Visual Studio Code, "a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows." . Derived from its Monaco editor for Visual Studio Online, the initial release includes rich code assistance and naavigation for JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js, ASP.NET 5, C# and many others.

Comment How Soon We Forget.... (Score 1) 172

From the post: " with Apple releasing its AppleWatch in early 2015, things are going to change.". Hmm, how soon we forget the development partnership between Microsoft and Timex for the Timex Datalink series of watches. At best, I think there's a needless rush to this platform where the technology to make smart watches a partial, let alone replacement for a smart phone compared to an overpriced, under developed and thought out proprietary dongle to a smart phone.

Submission + - How To Build A Newtonian Reflector Telescope Using A 3D Printer

ClockEndGooner writes: Researchers at the University of Sheffield have created a new Newtonian Reflective telescope using a 3D printer. The telescope, dubbed the Pikon, has 160x maginification, and a Raspery Pi based camera that already captured a number of impressive pictures of the Moon on its first try. The cost for the parts and the Raspberry Pi came in at £100, roughly $163 (3D printer not included in the price). From the article, "Physicist Mark Wrigley, one of the creators of the Pikon, says he hopes this new telescope will be a game changer, affording young scientists accessibility to the stars for a very low price, while encouraging interest in the new technology of 3D printing." Plans on how to build the telescope will be posted soon on Thingiverse.

Submission + - Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With A Video Game Publisher

ClockEndGooner writes: Professional club football in Europe, or soccer, as it's known here in the States, is perhaps the most expensive and costly professional team sport in the world. Yesterday, Spain's traditional powerhouse, Real Madrid, fielded a starting eleven roster that cost the club over $637 Million (£382 Million Pounds Sterling) to acquire and assemble over the past six seasons against rival club Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup match played in Cardiff, Wales. With billions of dollars spent by the top teams in the world's most competitive leagues in Europe, and billions more at stake from TV royalties and commercial licensing rights, its crucial talent scouts, general managers or "gaffers", sporting directors and club owners and the rest of their back office staff do their homework before recruiting and signing new players. Prozone Sports Ltd. has turned to game publisher Sports Interative's popular Football Manager video game to include more player data and archived video footage of tens of thousands of players from across the world in its Prozone Recruiter application to help clubs make better and more informed decisions on player performances and strengths. Though not officially published, it is known that many of the top clubs in England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Holland and Russia rely on Prozone Recruiter.

Submission + - New Findings On Graphene As A Conductor With IC Components

ClockEndGooner writes: Philadelphia's NPR affiliate, WHYY FM, reported today on their Newsworks program that a research team at the University of Pennsylvania have released their preliminary findings on the use of graphene as a conductor in the next generation of computer chips. "It's very, very strong mechanically, and it is an excellent electronic material that might be used in future computer chips," said Charlie Johnson, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. From the article: Future graphene transistors, Johnson said, are likely to be only tens of atoms across.

Comment "The Mystery Men" & "Independence Day" Go Phra (Score 1) 701

"We’ve got a blind date with destiny and it looks like she’s ordered the lobster.”
William H. Macy in
Kinka Usher's 1999 film, The Mystery Men as
The Shoveler (a.k.a., Eddy)

"Let's kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy!"
Harry Connick, Jr. in
Roland Emmerich's 1996 film, Independence Day as
Captain Jimmy Wilder

Submission + - SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Florida

An anonymous reader writes: After two months of delays, SpaceX was successful today with its launch of six Orbcomm telecommunications satellites. All six satellites have been successfully deployed in orbit. The 375-pound satellites will offer two-way data links to help customers track, monitor and control transportation and logistics assets, heavy equipment, oil and gas infrastructure, ships and buoys, and government-owned equipment. From the article: "SpaceX plans to use Monday’s launch to test a landing system it is developing to fly its rockets back to the launch site for refurbishment and reuse. During Falcon 9’s last flight in April, the first stage successfully restarted some of its engines as it careened toward the ocean, slowing its descent. The rocket also was able to deploy stabilizing landing legs before toppling over in the water. The booster, however, was destroyed by rough seas before it could be retrieved by recovery ships. Monday’s launch was the 10th flight of Falcon 9 rocket, all of which have been successful."

Submission + - Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

ClockEndGooner writes: Looking for a 3-D printer to help you out with a home project or two? If you're in one of the 12 pilot program areas here in the U.S., stop into Home Depot to take a look at and purchase a MakerBot 3-D Replicator printer. "MakerBot printers have been available on Home Depot's website for about a month, and sales have exceeded expectations, said Mr. Pettis. The stores will put up specially-designed kiosks where shoppers can see the machines in 3-D action. Trained MakerBot retail staff will also be on-site for the indefinite future in order to put the machines through their paces."

Comment I Wasn't Entitle-d (Score 1) 164

For a company of Adobe's size, technical resources and experience, and for their tremendous investment in the cloud, I was quite surprised that they didn't have any failover capability with their Web services, and that it took as long as it did to analyze and correct the problem, er, "maintenance issue". During this time, I wasn't able to download my monthly eBooks from Entitle, as their catalog of titles are all protected with Adobe's DRM and their eBook Reader applications connect directly to Adobe for authentication.

Granted, not being able to access some recreational reading material was no great loss or inconvenience, but for those whose independent businesses and livelihoods depend on a robust, well maintained and well managed and set of high availability of Web services, it must have been excruciating. But this also makes me wonder that for other online vendors that are so dependent on Web Services, how well are contracted service levels and availabilities thought out by both businesses, how would Adobe price out these services, and do they have any type of services protection or insurance for loss of business and to reimburse other vendors?

Submission + - Cygnus ISS Launch Delayed Due To Sun's Coronal Mass Ejection

ClockEndGooner writes: A giant coronal mass ejection from the Sun yesterday has resulted in a higher than normal level of radioactivity, and in turn, forced Orbital Sciences to postpone their first mission launch of the Cygnus space truck to the International Space Station. Citing concerns of the increased level of space radiation may have on the Antares launcher and Cygnus avionics, the NASA and Orbital launch team is now evaluating if conditions will improve for a launch on Thursday with Cygnus arriving at the ISS on Sunday morning.

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