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Comment Cloudformation (Score 2) 80

Amazons can get you 95% of the way there (add a few small scripts via Boto, or some integration with

A little elbow grease will get you the rest of the way without additional costs.

Comment Re:CDW, Newegg, etc (Score 1) 420

Disagree -- with video, it becomes cheaper, because you handle more at volume; At a video service provider I worked at, our cost per (unreplicated) GB was usually ~18c to acquire and 12c to maintain. Even with large scale replication, we didn't come near 30$/GB. At another company, Netapp was the name of the game, and there 30$ (replicated) gig was about right. Obviously those aren't directly comparable, but it's more about how you use your storage (and how it handles failure) than how much storage you use.


Submission + - Researchers creates skinlike self-mending material (

eeJones writes: This makes a lot of sense for airframes and other applications where structural continuity is of extreme importance and cracks from motion stresses are a risk. Depending on the speed of repair, it may even be useful in alternate-environment enclosures for vaccum, liquid, or other gases. The next generation of self-healing materials, invented by researchers at the University of Illinois, mimics human skin by healing itself time after time. The new materials rely upon embedded, three-dimensional microvascular networks that emulate biological circulatory systems.

Submission + - Sex in the MRI ( 1

ferespo writes: The paper is all about visualizing the arrangement of organs during coitus. People have tried to figure out how the pieces all fit together internally using cadavers and their imagination, by using a speculum and poking around with their fingers, and by clever tools, like hollow glass tubes shaped like a penis. This paper tries something different: the investigators had people have sex in an MRI tube, and snapped a few pictures while they were at it.

Submission + - Graduate with bad grades or repeat an year? 16

An anonymous reader writes: I'm a CS Student within one year of graduation.
Because of financial reasons I've been working on a full time basis for the past 2 years + worked on an open source project.
This has brought me from B+ & A in my first two years of college to somewhere in the mists of C and lower.
I now have enough money to sustain myself for two years of schooling.
I've got two choices:
  • a) repeat one year, repair all my bad grades and graduate with better grades but with a mark that I repeated one school year
  • b) graduate with lower grades but with no repeated year.
I'd like to know the opinion of recruiters out there: if you had two candidates which ranked similarly during the interviews but one is of type a) the other of type b), which would you favour?
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Women's Pay: Lagging From the Start

gollum123 writes: "Time magazine reports on new data that shows women are already earning less than men before the ink on their college diplomas has dried (,8599,1 613829,00.html ). The study, which looked at more than 10,000 people who received bachelor's degrees in 1999-2000, found that just one year after graduation, women who are working full time earn only 80% as much as their male counterparts do. The recent graduate numbers includes an apples-to-apples comparison of full-time workers who majored in the same subject, and the discrepancies are jarring. One year after graduation, female business majors are earning 81% of what male business majors earn. Among biology majors, women get paid only 75% as much as men. female engineers make 95% of what male engineering majors do, and women who majored in math earn only 76% of what their male counterparts earn. Part of the gap may be explained by the number of hours women work compared with men. But after controlling for all the factors known to affect wages — including occupation and parenthood — the study found that college-educated women still earn about 5% less than college-educated men one year after graduation and 12% 10 years after graduation. This gap, the study's authors go on to say, "remains unexplained and may be attributed to discrimination.""

Submission + - HP Moving to Jumbo-Sized Ink Cartridges

writertype writes: "Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday that the company plans to completely overhaul its consumer inkjet printer cartridges this year, adding an "XL"-sized printer cartridge that will hold about the double the ink of the standard cartridges. The motivation is the 80-20 rule, analysts said: 20 percent of customers use 80 percent of the ink, and HP's losing money to the third-party refillers. We've got estimated pricing and page counts at PC Magazine."
The Courts

Submission + - Jobs made me do it: Ex-Apple CFO cuts plea deal

PetManimal writes: "Apple's former CFO Fred Anderson has released a statement saying that Steve Jobs ordered him to backdate stock options. It looks like this is part of a plea deal with the SEC. From the article:

Anderson was told by Jobs in late January 2001 that Jobs had an agreement with the board of directors to grant stock options on Jan. 2, according to the statement from Anderson's attorney. Anderson "cautioned" Jobs that the grant for executives would have to be priced based on the date of the board agreement "or there could be an accounting charge," and also told Jobs the board would have to confirm it had given prior approval for the grant dates "in a legally satisfactory method." Jobs assured him that the board had given approval and Anderson "relied on these statements by Mr. Jobs and from them concluded the grant was being properly handled," the statement said.

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