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Submission + - University of Florida drastically cuts Computer Science department. (

MrCrassic writes: "To address troubling budget concerns, the University of Florida has outlined in its Budget Cut Plan a strategy to drastically cut funding and teaching and advisory positions from its Computer Science department. From the PDF:

Under this proposed plan, all of the Computer Engineering Degree programs, BS, MS and PhD, would be moved from the Computer & Information Science and Engineering Dept. to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. along with most of the advising staff. This move would allow us to support these degree programs using the existing faculty support staff in other depts. Roughly half of the faculty would be offered the opportunity to move to ECE, BME or ISE. These faculty would continue to support the graduate and research mission in the Computer Engineering degree track.


Submission + - Bankruptcy Lawyers Predict Student Debt 'Bomb' ( 1

MrCrassic writes: "From the article:

As more and more young people graduate from college with mounds of unresolved loan debt, financial experts and bankruptcy attorneys are calling the progressively worsening dilemma the "next debt bomb." According to a new survey conducted by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), 81 percent of bankruptcy lawyers report that the number of prospective clients with student loan debt has increased "significantly" or "somewhat" in the past few years.



Submission + - Cable TV might be in Google's future. (

MrCrassic writes: "If Google TV left you unsatisifed, their next pet project might be for you. From the article:

The Web giant has considered adding TV services to a previously announced high-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kansas, the Journal said, citing people briefed on the company's plans. Google has reportedly hired cable TV executive Jeremy Stern to lead talks with media companies such as Disney and Time Warner.

Is anyone even more afraid of Google's impending takeover of the world?"


Submission + - Google Buzz buzzing away. (

MrCrassic writes: "It looks like the glory days of Google Buzz have finally come to an end. Google has formally announced the termination of this service to concentrate their efforts on Google+. From the article:

In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won't be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.

Other products, such as the Google Labs website ( and Jaiku, will also be on the chopping block. Makes you wonder."

Submission + - Amazon Kindle Fire surfaces. (

MrCrassic writes: "It looks like another competitor has joined the fight for tablet market share. Amazon released specs and pics of its newest offering, the Kindle Fire, which is bound to turn heads at $199. However, I wouldn't sell your Nook Color or iPad just yet.
From the article:

The Kindle Fire doesn’t have an embedded camera or a microphone. The device offers Wi-Fi connectivity, though not 3G access, and comes with a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, the company’s $79-a-year membership service that includes streaming video and free two-day shipping.



Submission + - Meg Whitman to become HP CEO. (

MrCrassic writes: "Looks like HP needed yet another remodeling, as they are tapping Meg Whitman to take Leo Apothaker's chair by this afternoon. From the article:

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is poised to be named CEO of Hewlett-Packard later today after the markets are closed, said multiple sources close to the situation. The full board of HP, which is meeting today in Silicon Valley, has not officially voted on move and the situation could certainly change, sources said it is nearly a done deal.

Cringely got this one right."

Submission + - 1/5 telecommuters work less than one hour per day. (

MrCrassic writes: "Working at home isn't vacation...or is it? From the article:

Almost one in five Americans who work from home only clock in for an hour or less a day, according to a survey, while a third stay in their pyjamas. Forty per cent of telecommuters say they work between four and seven hours, 17 per cent are doing the bare minimum and just 35 per cent are working eight or more hours, the CareerBuilder survey of 5,299 people revealed. ... Stay-at-home workers also said getting dressed for the day was far too strenuous: 41 per cent of women and 22 per cent of men – a third in total – stayed in their PJs.



Submission + - webOS Developer Layoffs Begin at HP (

MrCrassic writes: "Looks like it might be the beginning of the end for webOS presence at HP, as The Register just announced that they laid off 525 webOS developers. From the article:

HP is laying off up to 525 staff from its global webOS hardware biz, according to reports. The tech titan confirmed last month it is shuttering the unit that produced the ill-fated TouchPad and Pre3 devices. “As communicated on 18 August, HP will discontinue the development of webOS devices within the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which ends 31 Oct 2011,” an HP spokesperson told AllThingsD in the US.


Submission + - iPhone 3GS users can potentially downgrade to 3.0 (

MrCrassic writes: "iPhone users that accidentally upgraded to 3.1 may possibly be able to downgrade using hosted ECID and SHSH hashes, as described here.

From the iPhone Dev-Team blog:

Now, there are ways to ensure that even after taking an official 3GS update (which you really shouldnÃâât do!), that youÃââll nonetheless be able to revert to a jailbreakable 3GS (this is NOT true for the unlock, see NOTE #1 below). WeÃââve been explaining these methods (like the iTunes /tmp technique) over the last few weeks, and thereÃââs been some great discussion and feedback for the methods in the comments.

Having said all that, we realize that some of you updated your 3GS to 3.1 anyway. If you want to come back to the world of the jailbreak (but NOT the sim unlock, sorry!) then saurikÃââs new ÃâÅ"on fileÃâ server may be able to help. HeÃââs got all the details in a new article so do check it out.


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