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Submission + - Google to Hire More Than 6,200 This Year

mvar writes: Google Inc. plans to hire more than 6,200 workers this year — boosting its work force by at least a quarter — in the biggest expansion yet by the Internet's most profitable company.

The hiring spree comes as President Barack Obama emphasized the need for more jobs during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Google CEO Eric Schmidt was among a group of business leaders who met with Obama last month to discuss ways to bolster the economy.

But Google's push to further expand its work force, which grew by 23 percent last year, may not be well received on Wall Street. The Internet search leader's spending has annoyed some investors who prefer a more frugal approach in hopes of fatter returns.

Submission + - Microsoft ports NetBSD to eMIPS (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft Research has recently ported NetBSD to their eMIPS architecture (a MIPS-based CPU with the option of creating and adding new features on the fly), and it got committed to the NetBSD tree yesterday.

(Seeing "" as the kernel build machine feels vaguely wrong)

Comment Re:I like the double-standards that BBC reveals (Score 1) 1060

More of those? Which ones and who gets to decide? You? What makes you so much more qualified to do so than people in government?

A good question, but the answer is not so simple IMHO. To take an earlier example, most of those people who are most affected by the Iraq war don't have any influence on the US government (they can not vote for/against them). And I guess even the US public needs more information to decide whom to trust.

Comment Re:I like the double-standards that BBC reveals (Score 1) 1060

So in other words anything that has had public finance needs to be open?

No. Not any information. But more of those with public finance than of other institutions. And I asked that question because you treated wikileaks and the US government on the same level.


What a childish argument.[...] Right, well in that case I guess your medical records should be made public then. You want to start the ball rolling and publish them yourself or shall we just get Jesus, sorry , Julian to do it for you?

Please don't transform it into some kind of personalities. Thank you.

Comment Re:Population density (Score 1) 424

Almost everyone outside US disagrees, and laughs at how Americans yearn for bucolic rural lifestyle [...]

Almost everyone except for me, who live in a city in Europe (although on the less glamorous, Eastern side of the EU). But I agree: longing after rural harmony and destroying that beloved quietness every day driving a big car to the hated city is ironic.

Comment Re:Where do the authors live? (Score 2, Insightful) 424

While I share Your feelings about extreme Malthusians (I mean the people, who publicly welcome any catastrophe because it lowers population) - I have yet to meet any "eco-extremists" (or "dark greens" as others like to label those people). In the same time every related discussion is ripe with hate towards e.g. "Al Gore's followers" (rutinely used to those who accept the science of anthropogenic global warming) or those anecdotal "eco-extremists". But it's just my impression, I'm not American (I guess You are) maybe we are just surrounded by different types of people.

Comment Re:Population density (Score 1) 424

That is my main problem with cities in general. You can eliminate pollution, make the city bike- and walk-friendly, reduce crime etc., but living together with tens of thousands of people tends to increase psychological stress. Well at least it increases my level of stress living in a city, but I guess I'm not alone.

Another factor against large cities sounds rather strange, (and I'm not really sure it should be decisive choosing your place of living): resistance to disaster - be it a flood, earthquake or a war. I remember seeing a presentation somewhere from the '50s which recommended developing suburb-like living areas because human casualties would be lower there in case of a nuclear explosion, than in a dense city.

That said I think there are major factors, other than wether you will live near a target if a nuclear war breaks out, or if Gozilla will stomp over your apartment (those monsters just love dense cities :)

Submission + - Chuck Norris attacks Linux-based routers, modems (

angry tapir writes: "Discovered by Czech researchers, the Chuck Norris botnet has been spreading by taking advantage of poorly configured routers and DSL modems. The malware got the Chuck Norris moniker from a programmer's Italian comment in its source code: "in nome di Chuck Norris," which means "in the name of Chuck Norris." Chuck Norris is unusual in that it infects DSL modems and routers rather than PCs. It installs itself on routers and modems by guessing default administrative passwords and taking advantage of the fact that many devices are configured to allow remote access."

Submission + - Fantastic video game weapons vs their real-life eq (

antdude writes: This two pages GamesRadar article compares the fantastic computer/video game weapons and their real-life equivalents — "There are certain things we just accept in video games. An overweight pipe technician can jump five times his own height. A first aid kit will instantly heal bullet wounds and replace lost blood. And any theoretical physics model can be cleanly packaged into a lightweight, handheld weapon with the minimum of fuss. But in certain cases, that last one isn't too far off the truth.

As guano loopy as most game weaponry is, some of it definitely isn't implausible. In fact some of it exists already. Kind of. Stick with us, and we'll talk you through the exciting/mortifying truth of what could be just around the technological corner..."

Seen on Blue's News.


Submission + - How Banker Trojans Steal Millions Every Day ( 1

redsoxh8r writes: Banker trojans have become a serious problem, especially in South America and the U.S. Trojans like Zeus, URLZone and others are the tip of the iceberg. These toolkits are standard-issue weapons for criminals and state-sponsored hackers now. Just like Zeus, URLZone is also created using a toolkit (available in underground markets). What this means is that the buyer of this toolkit can then create customized malware or botnets with different CnCs and configurations but having all the flexibility and power of the original toolkit. Having such a tool kit in the hands of multiple criminal group paints a scary picture. It's simply not enough to eliminate a particular botnet and criminal group to solve this problem.

Submission + - Twitter Hit By BZPharma LOL Phishing Attack (

An anonymous reader writes: Twitter users are being warned not to click on messages saying "lol, this is funny" as they can lead to their account details being stolen.

A widespread attack has hit Twitter this weekend, tricking users into logging into a fake Twitter page — and thus handing their account details over to hackers.

Messages include

Lol. this is me??
lol , this is funny.
ha ha, u look funny on here
Lol. this you??

followed by a link in the form of

http://example/ [dot] com/?rid=http://twitter.verify.bzpharma [dot] net/login

where '' can vary. Clicking on the link redirects users to the second-half of the link, where the fake login page is hosted.

In a video and blog entry, computer security firm Sophos is warning users that it is not just Twitter direct messages (DMs) that carry the poisoned links, but they are appearing on public profiles due to services such as GroupTweet which republish direct messages.

Sophos also reports that the site being used for the Twitter phishing has also been constructed to steal information from users of the Bebo social network.

Affected users are advised to change their passwords immediately.

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