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Submission + - Microsoft sees 60% jump in profit with Windows 7 (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has reported a 60% jump in profit, thanks largely to "exceptional demand" for Windows 7.

Net profit came in at $6.66bn (£4.13bn) for the three months to 31 December 2009, up from the $4.18bn it made in the same period a year earlier.

"We are thrilled by the consumer reception to Windows 7," said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer.


Submission + - Where have all the tech students gone? (

CertifiedSpaceCadet writes: "Where have the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) students gone? NASA wants to know. In the 1950's you could reach them with science fiction stories. In the 1970's it was the first personal computers and hands-on programming. No more! Where are the technically talented young people hiding? Are they passively watching the Science Channel? Are they off playing War Craft? Are they twittering their lives away? I am now working on the idea to search for them on Second Life. Are there enough of them there to make that virtual space worth checking out?"

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