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Businesses

Submission + - This Is the Way Facebook Ends (vice.com)

pigrabbitbear writes: "For the past eight years, Facebook has been the central neural network of the Internet’s link-sharing brain. But as the site has grown, so have our needs. Now that the company’s public, it’s crunch time, and the skeptics and haters are lining up to talk about how it might all end. One thing’s for certain: whether it’s a bang or a whimper, Facebook is not forever. How could it collapse? Let me count the ways."
Open Source

Submission + - Open Source Projects for Beginning Coders?

pyrosoft writes: After many years of using open-source software and system administration, I want to move from writing simple bash scripts to actually learning real programming skills and contributing back to the community. What are your suggestions for getting started? How do you pick a project that will welcome your (possibly amateurish) help? With a fairly limited skill set, how do you find a request that you can handle? What are common newbie mistakes to avoid?

Submission + - Turn off your PC – The cost of PC gaming (grano.la) 1

MBAFK writes: My coworker Geoff and I have been taking power meters home to see what the true cost of PC gaming is. Not just the outlay for hardware and software but what the day-to-day costs really are. If you assume a 20 hour a week habit and using $0.11 a KWH. Actually playing costs Geoff $30.83 a year. If Geoff turns his PC off when he is not using it he could save $66 dollars a year. Turn off your PC when you aren’t using it. The environment will thank you and so will your wallet.

Submission + - Should Cable Boxes Be Put to Sleep? (electronichouse.com)

ElectronicHouseGrant writes: "In the brave new world of home connectivity, making a set-top box energy-efficient becomes both a challenge and a necessity, as many set-top boxes will serve as gateways into the home not just for hundreds of video channels, but for Internet services, VoIP phone and networking—all features that require more energy and 24/7 network readiness.In light of this, Broadcom’s new BCM7425VMS chip set can allow for four different power states, programmable by the cable or satellite operator or hardware vendor"
Microsoft

Submission + - MS Office for iOS & Android by November (bgr.com) 1

udas writes: "BGR posted an image of an iPad running Office in Feb, too. But Microsoft refuted its autheticity. BGR now claims they have a reliable source. It does make sense, given Microsoft's (lack of) Smartphone market share. If this does happen, I wonder what that means for Microsoft's push towards the phone / tablet market, and, in corollary to Nokia."
The Internet

Submission + - Verizon Offers 150 Mbps FiOS Internet (conceivablytech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Verizon now offers a FiOS-based broadband connection that promises download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, while upload speeds reach 35 Mbps. According to the company, the new tier is the fastest mass-market broadband service currently available in the U.S. and has been rolled out to "the majority" of its 12.5 million FiOS home customers. By the end of the year, the new tier will also be made available to small businesses.
Idle

Submission + - Shaq sued for computer hacking. (nbcsports.com)

Cwix writes: An IT worker hired by Shaquille O'Neal is suing the NBA star, accusing him of computer hacking and destroying evidence, and contending that O'Neal attempted to frame another employee by planting child pornography on his computer. Also, that O'Neal covered up email evidence of an alleged affair by throwing a computer in a lake.

Some of the allegations:

        * Shaq hacked into the voicemails and phone systems of Darling and Vanessa Lopez, a mistress who is currently suing O'Neal. He deleted Lopez's messages and changed her password.

        * O'Neal used his law enforcement contacts, both active and retired, to obtain restricted information about one of his mistresses, Alexis Miller, while he was involved in a legal battle with her.

        * Shaq threw a personal computer holding much of this evidence in the lake behind his home.

        * Shaq conspired with active law enforcement as well as ex-members of law enforcement to frame Darling for a criminal offense and destroy any evidence that Darling might have against O'Neal.

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