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Submission + - Steve Jobs Told Obama Made-in-the-USA Days Over 9

theodp writes: At his Last Supper with Steve Jobs, reports the NY Times, President Obama had a question for Jobs: What would it take to make iPhones in the United States? 'Those jobs aren't coming back,' Jobs replied. The president's question touched upon a central conviction at Apple: It isn't just that workers are cheaper abroad; Apple execs believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers have so outpaced their American counterparts that Made in the U.S.A.' is no longer a viable option for most Apple products. 'The speed and flexibility is breathtaking,' a former Apple exec gushed, describing how 8,000 workers were once roused from company dormitories at midnight to address a last-minute Apple design change, given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. 'There's no American plant that can match that.' What's vexed Obama as well as economists and policy makers is that Apple — and many of its hi-tech peers — are not nearly as avid in creating American jobs as other famous companies were in their heydays. 'We don't have an obligation to solve America's problems,' a current Apple exec is quoted as saying. 'Our only obligation is making the best product possible.'

Submission + - Gigabyte Board Sets Intel X79 Overclocking Record (

MojoKid writes: "Renowned overclocker "Hicoookie" achieved a new high clock speed on the Intel Core i7 3930K processor by cranking the chip past 5.6GHz using a Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 motherboard, the first mobo in the world to achieve a mulitplier of 57x. There was a bit of a scandal with Gigabyte recently when a YouTube video showed one of its X79 boards going up in smoke. Gigabyte released a BIOS update for several of its X79 boards to prevent such incidents from happening, and there were outcries that the new F7 BIOS would essentially gimp overclocking performance Hicookie's achievement should erase those concerns."

Submission + - SOPA Blackout Simulator (

An anonymous reader writes: I've written up a quick and simple client-side Javascript function that obscures DIVs, or any other CSS selector you like, to show what the Web would look like if SOPA passes.

You can build this into your websites and give people a real sense of what an arbitrary and capricious SOPA web censorship regime might look like.

Submission + - BufferBloat: What's Wrong with the Internet?

An anonymous reader writes: Internet delays—we’ve all experienced them before and, unfortunately, they are becoming more common than ever. So what exactly is wrong with the internet? According to Jim Gettys (Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs) the problem is what he calls bufferbloat, which refers to “excess buffering inside a network, resulting in high latency and reduced throughput.” In this recent case study from acmqueue Gettys, along with Vint Cerf, Van Jacobson and Nick Weaver, examine the problem as well as discuss potential solutions.
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Submission + - The End of the Internet as Congress Knows It (

NicknamesAreStupid writes: Congresswoman and Silicon Valley defender Zoe Lofgren predicts that House Resolution 3261, entitled, "To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes." or, in short, "Stop Online Piracy Act" will effectively kill the Internet. See for a simple-minded summary. This bill, which looks like it would give America the opportunity to build a national Internet wall that might rival China's, covers everything from the sale of military weapons to illegal drugs to, you guessed it, pirated movies and songs. Fines go as high as $30 million, and violations can be as small as two songs in six months. There are very generous immunity claims for ISPs that act as Stasi to enforce these rules. Zoe, the best Internet wonk in Congress (and the best first name), vows to fight it. Of course, these are enough holes for any large multinational corporation to pilot a supertanker of copyright, trademark, and patent protected goods and services through without a snag. However, if you cannot afford the legal cover, the penalties will put you into debtors' prison and more. Minor issues such as "how do we really enforce this on other countries?" are glossed over. So, is Congress about to kill the Internet or just make the term "a Congress of baboons" seem indistinguishable from a congress of baboons? P.S. I dare you to RTFB. It is 78 pages.

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