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Submission + - Lawsuit accuses Apple of foxing worker pay (

mangu writes: Siddarth Hariharan, a former software engineer for Lucasfilm, filed a class action suit in California accusing a number of companies of antitrust violations and unfair competition. At the core of the suit is a series of agreements among the corporations, with Apple in the central role, to limit the competition among them for technology workers. Besides Apple, the companies mentioned are Pixar, Lucasfilm, Adobe, Google, Intel, and Intuit. Basically, the interconnected agreements consisted in not to “cold call” one another’s employees. Considering that switching jobs is one of the few opportunities a technology worker has to get a significant pay raise these agreements imposed strong limits on career evolution.

Submission + - New Rechargeable Battery Uses Water (

fergus07 writes: Scientists at Stanford have developed a battery that uses nanotechnology to create electricity from the difference in salt content between fresh water and sea water. The researchers hope to use the technology to create power plants where fresh-water rivers flow into the ocean. The new "mixing entropy" battery alternately immerses its electrodes in river water and sea water to produce the electrical power.

Submission + - CNET sued over LimeWire downloads (

suraj.sun writes: Alki David, the wealthy film producer and entrepreneur behind sites like FilmOn, has sued CNET and its owner, CBS, for providing hundreds of millions of downloads of LimeWire P2P software over the last decade. He argues that CNET had "direct participation in massive copyright infringement on peer-to-peer systems, such as LimeWire, that are used to copy and distribute songs, films and other artistic works," and that CNET's was the "main distributor" of the software. P2P software isn't illegal, though companies that use it to induce or encourage copyright infringement can be held liable. The principle, most famously articulated by the US Supreme Court in the Grokster shutdown, was extended to LimeWire last year when a federal judge shut down most of the company's activity.

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Submission + - Almost '11 Whats the oldest file you can restore? 2

turtleshadow writes: Now that Its almost '11 who kept backups since before the Y2K non-event: Have you personally/professionally had to recover something from 10+ years ago?

If so share the interesting "hows" especially if you had to do multiple media transfers and file formats to get it "usable file format" on a modern hardware platform of your choice?
Native solutions are rated higher than Emulation. Also whats your plans for recovering in 2021?

Street cred goes to the oldest, most technical and complex restores... that are of course successful.

I'm working the night shift Christmas/NewYears, I ask everybody still stirring and hardcore SysOPs

Submission + - Six Ways Travel Industry Can Use Social Media

TravelCarma writes: This post by TravelCarma incorporates six ways of using Social Media in travel industry. The travel connection can be set up by using parameters like customer approach, risk communications, online deals and discounts, setting-up of online communities and real time information flow along with connections with the general public.

Submission + - Why WikiLeaks is good for America (

Kickassthegreat writes: Evan Hansen, Editor-in-Chief of, has taken the bold move of standing up for WikiLeaks in an editorial posted tonight on Will more media outlets follow their lead, or will we soon see denounced by American politicians for 'providing material aid to terrorists'?

Submission + - Habitual multitaskers do it badly ( 1

AliasMarlowe writes: Those who multitask regularly, and consider themselves good at it were compared with those who generally single-task and consider themselves poor multitaskers. The comparison involved multitasking with a number of attention or context related tests. For the study, multitasking was defined as consuming multiple media sources at once — gaming, TV, IM, email, etc. Interestingly, the habitual multitaskers were much worse at multitasking than the single taskers in these relatively straightforward tests. In self-assessment the multitaskers considered themselves good at it and the single taskers considered themselves bad at it. An extreme case of the Dunning-Kruger effect, perhaps, with consequences for business and society.

Submission + - Enigma: from predator to plant and back

SilverEar writes: Imagine a creature that swims and preys on others. But once it eats a certain kind of plant, that plant grows inside it, the predator loses its ability to prey and starts using sunlight to make its food. Its preying mouth is replaced by an eye that is needed to find sunlight. This is the Hatena "enigma" in Japanese. The kicker: when Hatena reproduces, one offspring is a peaceful photosynthesizer with the sun-seeking eye, while the other is yet again a predator with the voracious mouth. Well, at least until it eats the "magic algae". Read about it in Byte Size Biology.

Submission + - Plank Telescope is Coolest Spacecraft Ever

Hugh Pickens writes: "Launched in May, BBC reports that Europe's Planck observatory has reached its operating temperature, a staggering minus 273.05C — just a tenth of a degree above what scientists term "absolute zero." and although laboratory set-ups have got closer to absolute zero than Planck, researchers say it is unlikely there is anywhere in space currently that is colder than their astronomical satellite. This frigidity should ensure the bolometers will be at their most sensitive as they look for variations in the temperature of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) that are about a million times smaller than one degree — comparable to measuring from Earth the heat produced by a rabbit sitting on the Moon. Planck has been sent to an observation position around the second Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system, L2, some 1.5 million km from Earth and Planck will help provide answers to one of the most important sets of questions asked in modern science — how did the Universe begin, how did it evolve to the state we observe today, and how will it continue to evolve in the future. Planck's objectives include mapping of Cosmic Microwave Background anisotropies with improved sensitivity and angular resolution, determination of the Hubble constant, testing inflationary models of the early Universe, and measuring amplitude of structures in Cosmic Microwave Background. "We will be probing regimes that have never been studied before where the physics is very, very uncertain," says Planck investigator Professor George Efstathiou from Cambridge University. "It's possible we could find a signature from before the Big Bang; or it's possible we could find the signature of another Universe and then we'd have experimental evidence that we are part of a multi-verse.""

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