HockeyPuck writes: The House Oversight Committee has ordered Reddit to preserve deleted posts believed to be written by Paul Combetta, an IT technician the committee suspects may have deleted Hillary Clinton emails that were under subpoena. This follows up on an earlier report on reddit users' findings
HockeyPuck writes: This week, WrkRiot, began unraveling in a highly public fashion. Its former head of marketing revealed that the start-up had been mired in internal chaos and had sometimes paid employees in cashier’s checks before delaying payment...
HockeyPuck writes: One year after 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing a “suspicious-looking” homemade clock to class, his family has filed suit against his former Texas school district, the principal of the high school and the city of Irving.
The lawsuit filed Monday claims that Ahmed’s civil rights were violated in the incident that made the 9th grader go viral last September.
HockeyPuck writes: IPv4 addresses are now so valuable that criminals are setting up shell companies so they can apply for addresses, then resell them to users desperate to grow their networks. Criminals are doing so because there are no more IPv4 addresses left. Hence criminals' interest in ways to land themselves IP addresses, some of which were detailed this week by ARIN's senior director of global registry knowledge, Leslie Nobile, at the North American Network Operators Group's NANOG 67 conference.
HockeyPuck writes: Late Wednesday, the blood-testing startup, Theranos, said that Sunny Balwani, the company's president and chief operating officer, is stepping down and retiring. Theranos will also be bringing in three new members to its board, including biotech veteran Fabrizio Bonanni. The other two — William Foege and Richard Kovacevich — will move over from Theranos' board of counselors. Theranos has been embroiled in a controversy ever since a Wall Street Journal report questioned the accuracy of its tests. Later, an investigation by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that Theranos' Northern California lab was putting patients in "immediate jeopardy."
HockeyPuck writes: In Hewlett-Packard's latest round of layoffs, some employees have been given a layoff ultimatum: Within 48 hours, take a new job at Ciber where HP has a contract-work agreement, and take a 50% pay cut, or be fired with no layoff package severance.
HockeyPuck writes: Herbalife filed a “discovery before suit” petition this week in Illinois court asking Twitter to provide information that would help identify the Twitter user @AfueraHerbaLIES. That user joined the service in January of this year and has tweeted fewer than 2,000 times, exclusively about the negative practices, news and products of Herbalife.
HockeyPuck writes: A blog by John Willis explores the story of one industry peer, Carlo Flores, and his battle against Karoshi or "Death from Overwork". All-night, holiday work, excessive hours, excessive sales efforts, bullying, fear of losing one’s job, and of course screwed up management. Most of the modern day startups have all kinds of tales of employees and ex-employees telling stories related to these stresses., whom can we turn to when we're burning and stressing out? We can turn to each other.
HockeyPuck writes: IBM has just launched their newest mainframe, the first in 3 years. The z13 powered by up to 12 Z CPUs each having with 12 cores and each core managing 8 threads simultaneously accessing 10TB of RAM. Additionally, there are 11 Level-3 caches on chip and a custom chipset called Centaur that provides a level 4 cache with 410 GB/s memory bandwidth. It includes hardware engines dedicated to encryption and providing analytics of transactions in real-time, all while being able to support 8,000 virtual machines.
HockeyPuck writes: I'm cleaning out the house in preparation for a newborn, and I've come across boxes of old (mid 90s) college engineering/compsci text books. Most used books stores won't take them and I'm hoping to avoid having to put them in the recycle bin. I'm not a developer so EE or programing books are useless to me and shipping books to a Books for Africa depot is too expensive. Anybody within the/. crowd have some ideas?
HockeyPuck writes: Although selling almost 12million of the computer accessories, Sony has announced that it will nolonger be manufacturing the floppy disk. The decision is the final nail in the coffin for floppies, which since they were first developed in 1971 have helped consumers store documents, pictures and data on an easy to use format. Floppy disks will continue in popular culture thanks to them being used to illustrate the "save" icon in most computer programmes. How long will it be before a company decides to use a picture of a USB stick instead?
HockeyPuck writes: When I was a kid, playing with my matchbox cars, I used to say "VROOOM VROOOM..." to pretend my toy cars had big engines in them. Well it seems that Toyota has decided to do the same thing with the Prius by optionally installing, in Japan, external speakers to alert pedestrians of oncoming Prius'.
HockeyPuck writes: Before a color guard and the wife of a hero, they said goodbye Wednesday to a famous artifact of space and the Cold War — Onizuka station (aka Sunnyvale's "Blue Cube,") — named for pioneering Asian-American astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who was killed in the 1986 Challenger crash. The windowless blue box that housed secret operations for four decades. In its first 25 years, the people at the center did critical work as a global antenna for military and civil satellites. In many ways, it is a monument to technology long since supplanted. The Cube was built to house big mainframe computers, which demanded temperatures in the 60s. Even now, the rules of classification forbid the Cube's veterans from talking about most of what they did, but they can tell a few fond stories of how they did it.
HockeyPuck writes: Liu Jun sleeps in a room so small (180sq ft), he shares a bed with two other men. It's all the scrawny computer engineering graduate can afford in Tangjialing, China (a city on the edge of Beijing). It's so expensive that the average white-collar professional can't afford to buy a home. "Unlike slums in South America or Southeast Asia, these villages are populated with educated young people as opposed to laborers or street peddlers," says Lian Si, who teaches at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Liu is one of millions of engineers struggling to find a job to pay the bills in which there are more graduates than jobs. These are the ant tribes."