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Submission + - Apple Goes Tumbling Down, Stocks Slip below $600 Mark (

hypnosec writes: Apple has taken a beating when it comes to its stocks as the share prices are going downhill since late September despite the launch of iPad Mini. During the early trading hours in the US, Apple’s prices went below $600 and as low as $591 i.e. roughly down by 2 per cent. This is in stark contrast to its performance during the months of July, August and early September where its stocks were enjoying an uphill trend and have never gone below the $600 mark. The possible reasons are departure of two of its senior executives and shortage of iPad Mini as holiday season approaches.

Submission + - Diesel Bucket Brigade Keeps NYC Data Center Online (

1sockchuck writes: Staff and customers at a New York data center have formed a bucket brigade to haul diesel fuel up 17 flights of stairs to keep their emergency backup generator running. The storm surge from Sandy flooded the basement levels of the building at 75 Broad, where the diesel storage and fuel pumps were housed. 75 Broad is one of multiple Manhattan data centers struggling with storm damage" from Sandy.

Submission + - NASA teams to build gyroscopes 1,000X more sensitive than current systems ( 3

coondoggie writes: "NASA today said it would work with a team of researchers on a three-year, $1.8 project to build gyroscope systems that are more than 1,000 times as sensitive as those in use today. The Fast Light Optical Gyroscope project will marry researchers from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center; the US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center and Northwestern University to develop gyroscopes that could find their way into complex spacecraft, aircraft, commercial vehicles or ships in the future."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Was Sandy good for New York and the people? 4

maroberts writes: Whilst sadly more than 40 people have died as a result of Storm Sandy, my colleagues and I are debating whether the storm is actually beneficial in terms of employment and mortality rate. For instance, we argue that deaths from murders and traffic incidents will be way down, as will injuries from the same.

Similarly all the renovation work will be a source of jobs for less skilled manual workers, and we will genuinely witness income flowing from rich to poor. Insurance companies will pay out, reducing their dividends.

So overall, should the US be wishing for more or less bad weather?

More Drones Set To Use US Air Space 223

Dupple writes with a quote from the BBC about more testing of Predator drones in U.S. air space: "Tests have been carried out to see whether military drones can mix safely in the air with passenger planes. The tests involved a Predator B drone fitted with radio location systems found on domestic aircraft that help them spot and avoid other planes. The tests will help to pave the way for greater use of drones in America's domestic airspace."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Army of IT Darkness: The 7 Scariest Monsters In Tech (

snydeq writes: "'They're the stuff that nightmares are made of, the rude beasts that haunt IT pros' dreams and make them wake up in a cold sweat. Look closely and you'll start to see them everywhere.' From Warewolves to Keyboard Zombies to Frankenhackers, these seven IT hellions can turn your tech department into a horror show — quick."

Submission + - A Bill to Create a Manhattan Project National Park Failed the House

derekmead writes: That was the idea behind the Manhattan Project National Historic Park, a GOP sponsored effort to celebrate the brilliant minds who gave America the bomb. The park was actually going to be in multiple locations, encompassing some of the labs that developed the first bomb, including ones in New Mexico, Tennessee, and Washington. The proposed bill to create the park needed a two-thirds vote to pass the House and failed yesterday with a vote of 237-180 amidst bipartisan (!) opposition.

112 Republicans voted no, citing budgetary concerns. And, really, it’s an argument that makes sense: National parks are woefully underfunded as it stands and even more budget cuts are looming, so where do they expect to find money to build a tri-state national park and maintain it?

On the other hand, there’s also the very real question of whether or not we should even be building massive monuments to the Manhattan Project at all. The Manhattan Project does represent some of the most incredible engineering and science work of the 20th century, and it would’t be hard to argue that opening the atomic age was quite possibly the most transformative event of the last 100 years. But Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich summed up the opposition best, saying “At a time when we should be organizing the world toward abolishing nuclear weapons before they abolish us, we are instead indulging in admiration at our cleverness as a species.”

Submission + - university sues student for graduating early (

pointbeing writes: A private German economics and business university is suing one of its students for lost income after he finished his Bachelors and Masters degrees in about a quarter of the normal time.

Marcel Pohl completed 60 examinations in 20 months, gaining a grade of 2.3, and was officially ex-matriculated in August 2011. Such a course usually takes 11 semesters, but he only needed three.

Now the Essen-based School of Economics and Management (FOM) want the 22-year-old to pay his fees up the end of 2011 — an extra €3,000.

Comment Other (Score 1) 223

Business Analyst, I work with the customers to figure out what they need and then put together requirements for the developers (or buy something OTS if available).

Submission + - Google Now Searches JavaScript (

mikejuk writes: Google has been improving the way that its Googlebot searches dynamic web pages for some time — but it seems to be causing some added interest just at the moment. In the past Google has encouraged developers to avoid using JavaScript to deliver content or links to content because of the difficulty of indexing dynamic content. Over time, however, the Googlebot has incorporated ways of searching content that is provided via JavaScript.
Now it seems that it has got so good at the task Google is asking us to allow the Googlebot to scan the JavaScript used by our sites.
Working with JavaScript means that the Googlebot has to actually download and run the scripts and this is more complicated than you might think. This has led to speculation of whether or not it might be possible to include JavaScript on a site that could use the Google cloud to compute something. For example, imagine that you set up a JavaScript program to compute the n-digits of Pi, or a BitCoin miner, and had the result formed into a custom URL — which the Googlebot would then try to access as part of its crawl. By looking at, say, the query part of the URL in the log you might be able to get back a useful result.

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