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Submission + - Microsoft is sitting on six million unsold Surface tablets (ibtimes.co.uk) 1

DavidGilbert99 writes: Microsoft took everyone by surprise last year with the Surface tablet. It was something completely new from the company everyone knew as a software company. However nine months later and the sheen has worn off the Surface tablet and Microsoft's financial results on Thursday revealed it has taken a $900 million write down on the Surface RT tablets, leading David Gilbert in IBTimes to estimate it is sitting on a stockpile of six million unsold tablets.

Submission + - Dell XPS 18 Portable All-In-One: 18-Inch Windows 8 Tablet or Desktop, You Decide (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Dell recently combined two trending PC design styles into a single system and called it the XPS 18 Portable All-In-One Desktop. The machine has all the power of an AIO desktop system and some of the portability of a tablet. To be clear, Dell isn't suggesting you'll want to tote this thing across town in ways that you might use an iPad. It's portable in that you can snatch up the 18.4-inch Full HD display from your home office and take it to the living room to switch gears from Google Docs to gaming with the kids, or take it upstairs for some late night surfing before bed. The system is powered by an Intel Core i5 3337U dual-core 1.8GHz CPU that can Turbo to 2.7GHz, 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, and a 500GB HDD / 32GB mSATA SSD hybrid storage subsystem for faster response times. The main attraction, however, is that the PC itself is a portable display featuring an 18.4-inch IPS panel with a 1920x1080 resolution and full touch support. Performance-wise the XPS 18 holds its own versus mainstream all-in-one touch PCs, but with added ability to pick the 5 pound system up go virtually anywhere with it on a moment's notice.

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Submission + - The VZW Samsung Galaxy S4 Delayed Due to Imposed Branding

noc007 writes: Images of VZW's version of the SGS4 have leaked. According to the source, the reason for the lack of pre-order or release date is due to VZW requiring Samsung to make the home button larger to host a larger Verizon logo. In addition to having to fondle the logo each time you want to do something, their "4G LTE" logo will be tiled on the back of the phone so there's no mistake on which carrier is taking the owner's money.

Submission + - New director chosen at Fermilab (fnal.gov)

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that Fermilab has chosen a a new director. The refuse to release the name of the new director, only referring to him as "The Doctor." Citing their primary reasons for choosing him

It was his extensive experience, as well as his vague yet somehow still impressive educational background, that tipped the scales in the Doctor's favor, members of the committee said. This despite the fact that none of the members could determine with any certainty exactly what the new lab director's doctorate is in. "After facing down Daleks, Cybermen and the Master, I can't think of anyone more qualified to take on a congressional budget committee," Oddone said. "I think the Doctor is a perfect choice."


Blackberry

Submission + - BlackBerry creative director caught using iPhone (blogspot.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: So it looks like Alicia Keys the new "creative director" for BlackBerry doesn`t have too much love for the new BlackBerry Z10 she SHOULD be using. Why? Well she`s been sending tweets from her iPhone thats why.
Security

Submission + - At Davos the Elite Ponder Stale Cybersecurity Issues—and Charlize Theron (cio.com)

Curseyoukhan writes: "At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland—where the elite meet to secrete—much of the talk is about cybersecurity. Specifically, attendees are wondering if the U.S. government should be doing more to protect American companies. And, as is frequently the case at gatherings like this, the talk is out of date.

In case you are unfamiliar with the WEF, it’s where the rich and powerful and Charlize Theron* get together to discuss Very Important Issues without having to listen to the opinions of the hoi polloi.

Cybersecurity is on the minds of the Davos-ians because it could cost them money. Apparently they have just learned that "there is barely a large company out there today which has not had its infrastructure and systems breached.""

Science

Submission + - Kentucky lawmakers shocked to find evolution in biology tests (arstechnica.com) 2

bbianca127 writes: Kentucky mandated that schools include tests that are based on national standards, and contracted test maker ACT to handle them. Legislators were then shocked that evolution was so prominently featured, even though evolution is well-supported and a central tenet of modern biology. One KY Senator said that he wanted creationism taught alongside evolution, even though the Supreme Court has ruled that teaching creationism in science classes is a violation of the establishment clause. Representative Ben Wade stated that evolution is just a theory, and that Darwin made it all up. Legislators want ACT to make a Kentucky-specific ACT test, though the test makers say that would be prohibitively expensive. This is just the latest in a round of states' fight against evolution — Louisiana and Tennessee have recently passed laws directed at teaching evolution.
Facebook

Submission + - Wall Street Investors Considering Removal of Zuckerberg as Facebook CEO (latimes.com)

TrueSatan writes: "There is a growing sense that Mark Zuckerberg, talented though he may be, is in over his hoodie as CEO of a multibillion-dollar public company," said Sam Hamadeh, head of research firm PrivCo. "While in many cases a company founder can, and does, grow into the job, things are happening so quickly that there is precious little time here for Zuckerberg to do that."

  Zuckerberg would remain as the creative force propelling Facebook's technological innovation. But the 28-year-old would cede the CEO title to someone better suited to overseeing operations and building rapport with finicky investors — mundane but essential duties for which Zuckerberg has shown little appetite or aptitude.

Linux

Submission + - SCO Group files Chapter 7 (groklaw.net) 3

rkhalloran writes: The remnants of the failed litigation engine that was SCOX has finally filed for liquidation under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code. "There is no hope for rehabilitation". At this point the lawyers will suck the marrow from the carcass and leave the bones to bleach out in the sun.
Programming

Recommendation Algorithm Wants To Show You Something New 90

Several sources are reporting on a new metric that computer scientists are going after with respect to recommender systems — recommendation diversity. "In a paper that will be released by PNAS, a group of scientists are pushing the limits of recommendation systems, creating new algorithms that will make more tangential recommendations to users, which can help expand their interests, which will increase the longevity and utility of the recommendation system itself. Accuracy has long been the most prized measurement in recommending content, like movies, links, or music. However, computer scientists note that this type of system can narrow the field of interest for each user the more it is used. Improved accuracy can result in a strong filtering based on a user's interests, until the system can only recommend a small subset of all the content it has to offer."
The Media

Submission + - The tortured business of game reviewing (arstechnica.com)

Dinkelfustem writes: In the wake of the recent GameSpot controversy, Ars Technica has a piece that lays out the pressures under which game reviewers work, and the perks that are dangled before them.

"One gaming company even sent a few members of the gaming press onto a zero-g flight to promote its game. The trip would have cost thousands of dollars if purchased, and one writer who went gushed about how the gaming company made his dreams come true. Again, it's not paying for a review or positive coverage, it's just a very expensive gift. When you hear writers say things like 'they cannot thank so-and-so enough' for a gift like that, you know it's a lie. There is a very specific way to thank them. That is why the money was spent."

When your entire site ends up funded by one small group of advertisers, it's hard to avoid the pressure.

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