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How To Find Bad Programmers Screenshot-sm 359

AmberShah writes "The job post is your potential programmer's first impression of your company, so make it count with these offputting features. There are plenty of articles about recruiting great developers, but what if you are only interested in the crappy ones?" I think much of the industry is already following these guidelines.

Amazon Pulls Purchased E-Book Copies of 1984 and Animal Farm 645

Oracle Goddess writes "In a story just dripping with irony, Amazon Kindle owners awoke this morning to discover that 1984 and Animal Farm had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for, and thought they owned. Apparently the publisher changed its mind about offering an electronic edition, and apparently Amazon, whose business lives and dies by publisher happiness, caved. It electronically deleted all books by George Orwell from people's Kindles and credited their accounts for the price. Amazon customer service may or may not have responded to queries by stating, 'We've always been at war with Eastasia.'"
Linux Business

Submission + - Asus Says: If You Want Linux, Go To Toys R Us! (

judgecorp writes: "Despite virtually inventing the netbook as a low-cost Linux device, Asus has now given up on Linux versions of its Eee. Asus' UK site lists Linux as an option on all Eee version, but callers are told that the company no longer provides Linux SKUs, only XP. eWEEK Europe asked for a Linux Eee and was told to buy one from Toys R Us or Misco."
The Courts

RIAA Victory Over In Copyright Case 289

ozydingo writes "The RIAA has scored a victory in a decision on a copyright case that they filed back in 2007. US District Judge Harold Baer ruled in favor of the music industry on all its main theories: that is guilty of direct, contributory, and vicarious infringement. In addition, and perhaps most important for future cases, Baer said that can't claim protection under the Sony Betamax decision stating that companies can't be held liable of contributory infringement if the device is 'capable of significant non-infringing uses.' Bear noted that differed from Sony in that the sale of a Betamax recorder was a one-time deal, while's interaction with its users was an ongoing relationship. The RIAA stated in a brief note, 'We're pleased that the court recognized not just that directly infringed the record companies' copyrights but also took action against the defendants for their egregious litigation misconduct.'"

Submission + - Microsoft Mud Won't Stick To Google (

Michael_Curator writes: "Microsoft is trying to discredit Google's enterprise push by highlighting a bug that probably affects fewer users than there are Democrats in the state of Utah. The issue revolves around Google's sync feature for Microsoft Outlook; while it doesn't pose a significant threat to Microsoft in and of itself, add this convenience to the price comparison between a $50 per user cost and the cost of the Microsoft Exchange, Office and PowerPoint stack, and you see the beginnings of a serious impact on Microsoft's dominance. Put this together with the growth in market share of the Android operating system (for laptops as well as smartphones), the sharp rise in adoption of Google's Chrome browser and the growing dominance of Web-based business software, and you have the makings of a veritable avalanche rushing Microsoft's way."
The Courts

Submission + - No right to anonymous blogging, UK court rules

DesScorp writes: "In the UK, the High Court ruled that a policeman that has been blogging has no right to anonymity under UK laws. A newspaper, The Times, discovered the identity of the blogger, Detective Constable Richard Horton, and argued in court that his identity should be public knowledge, as he often revealed sensitive details of investigations in his blog, as well as criticizing public officials. The court agreed, stating " Mr Horton had no "reasonable expectation" to anonymity because "blogging is essentially a public rather than a private activity"." The officer argued that revealing his identity put him at risk with his superiors, but the court stated that as an officer, he had no right to escape disciplinary measures for violating Lancashire Constabulary policies. Detective Horton has indeed been disciplined as a result, and has been issued a "written warning"."
Social Networks

Submission + - Twitter Overhyped Says Study (

Yacoby writes: The BBC reports that a Harvard study of 300,000 users found that just 10% of Twitter users generate more than 90% of the content. While estimates suggest it now has more than 10 million users and is growing faster than any other social network the Harvard team found that more than half of all people using Twitter updated their page less than once every 74 days and most people only ever "tweet" once during their lifetime.

"Based on the numbers, Twitter is certainly not a service where everyone who has seen it has instantly loved it," said Bill Heil, a graduate from Harvard Business School who carried out the work.

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