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Movable Clouds Migrate To Chase Tax Breaks 151

1sockchuck writes "State legislators have been offering huge tax incentives to attract data center projects from cloud-builders. But what happens if the political climate changes and the tax break disappears? If you're Microsoft, you can just take your cloud and move it someplace else. The infrastructure for the Windows Azure platform is being migrated out of a facility in central Washington after the state ruled that data centers no longer qualify for a tax exemption on equipment. Mike Manos, a key player in site selection for many major data centers, predicts that future cloud platforms will move often to chase lower taxes or cheaper power."

Comment Re:Example: Scripting Languages (Score 5, Interesting) 626

Perl has excellent support for building threaded applications. See . I code multi-threaded apps in perl all the time and they utilize my quad-code very efficiently - in fact, my biggest hassle with multithreading is keeping the CPU cooled! There's also a threads::shared module ( for handling locks, etc. I'd be hard pressed to imagine better language support for threading. Hardware, operating systems, and a lot of languages support threading. Granted, it isn't always easy/possible/worth it, but as things currently stand, the only bottleneck is programmers who are too lazy to design their algorithms for parallel execution.

Submission + - Open-Source 3D Printer Lets Users Make Anything (

An anonymous reader writes: Picture a 3D inkjet printer that deposits droplets of plastic, layer by layer, gradually building up an object of any shape. Fabbers have been around for two decades, but they've always been the pricey playthings of high-tech labs — and could only use a single material. A Fab at Home kit costs around $2400 and allows users to print anything from Hors d'Oeuvres to flashlights.

Submission + - New Technology can Identify Distorted Fingerprints (

Iddo Genuth writes: "Every crime scene investigator knows that warped fingerprints make identification extremely difficult. Now, thanks to a new technology developed at Warwick University in the U.K., partial, distorted, scratched, smudged, or otherwise incomprehensible fingerprints can be identified. The new system enables even faster identification than before, as the laborious task of comparing the scanned image to a given database has been significantly improved."

Submission + - BBC tech head: "BBC not in bed with Bill Gates ( 1

whoever57 writes: According to the BBC's head of technology, there are only a small number of Linux visitors to the BBC's website and this is the reason that the BBC's iPlayer only supports Windows XP Why he expects a large number of Linux based visitors to his site when the media downloads are Windows XP only is not clear. He also thinks that "Launching a software service to every platform simultaneously would have been launch suicide", despite the example of many major sites that support Linux (even if this is through the closed source flash player). How the small number of Linux visitors could cause "suicide" is not explained. Most software processes envisage launching to a select group first, then working out the bugs, then making it available to the largest group.

Submission + - Microsoft takes 20 software dealers to court

Stony Stevenson writes: Microsoft has filed lawsuits against 20 software dealers in states ranging from New York to California, alleging that the vendors are selling counterfeit copies of Windows, Office, SQL Server, and other Microsoft products. Most of the companies sued are small, independent dealers or Internet merchants carrying non-descript names such as ABC Rentals & Computers, The Computer Guy, and Best Price Computers. Microsoft is accusing the defendants of selling bootleg CDs containing its software or shipping computers with illegitimate copies of Windows installed. In addition to the court actions, Microsoft has set up a Web site — — designed to help consumers detect fake software.
United States

Submission + - U.S. Voting Machines Standards Open To Public (

Online Voting writes: "The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has published new voting systems testing and certification standards for 190 days of public comment. For all the critics of electronic voting, this is your opportunity to improve the process. This will be the second version of the federal voting system standards (the first version is the VVSG 05). To learn more about these Voluntary Voting System Standards see this FAQ."
The Courts

Submission + - Ohio University finds key to getting RIAA to stop 7

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, has found the key to getting the RIAA to stop inundating it and its students with "settlement" letters. According to the university's student online publication, the university paid $60,000, plus $16,000 per year "maintenance", to Audible Magic, the business partner of the RIAA's all-purpose expert witness Dr. Doug Jacobson, for its "CopySense" filtering software. Once it made the payments, the letters stopped. This of course raises a lot of questions as to the 'disinterestedness' of Dr. Jacobson, whose deposition in the UMG v. Lindor case was the subject of interesting Slashdot commentary."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Memory card adds wi-fi to digital cameras (

ISurfTooMuch writes: Gizmodo has a story on the Eye-Fi, an SD memory card that doubles as a wi0fi card. Plug the card into your digital camera, and it connects to a wireless router and automatically uploads any photos you take to your choice of 20 sites or your local computer. You can use it to automatically send your family photos to your PC, or, for the activists among us, you could use it to take pictures of protests and get them out on the Internet before someone can try to take your camera.

Submission + - Poll Suggestion

AmIAnAi writes: How much time did you donate to free software development in the last year?

1 — 10 hours
10 — 100 hours
More than 100 hours
I'm Cowboy Neal's code monkey.

Submission + - Recycle Waste CPU Wafers into Solar Panels (

Luyseyal writes: "IBM has developed a process for scrubbing the data clean from waste silicon wafers, allowing the otherwise highly secret waste to be sold. The silicon quality usually necessary for solar production is very high and the cost of solar panels reflects it. Recycling this waste should help bring down the cost in the long run and add a new profit vector for chip manufacturers."

Submission + - Where do you buy your "nerd" gear? 2

JCSoRocks writes: I've spent the last 9 years living about 5 minutes from a Fry's Electronics. Apparently, I was spoiled. I recently moved and made the mistake of going to Staples just to pick up some canned air and a network cable. I'm no stranger to online shopping (I just ordered my new machine from NewEgg and built it a few months ago) but sometimes you need something NOW! Between that Staples experience and the brutal Best Buy post from yesterday,, I'm left wondering — where the heck do you buy tech stuff anymore?
The Courts

Submission + - Seagate to pay for inaccurate kilobyte ( 2

Christopher Blanc writes: "Seagate Technology, the world's largest hard-drive maker, is offering customers a five percent refund on drives bought during the last six years following a lawsuit over the definition of a "gigabyte". As an alternative, customers can choose to receive free backup software.

Four people sued the company, saying they expected its drives to offer greater capacity than that actually provided. Seagate manufactures its drives based on powers of ten, with 1KB equalling 1,000 bytes. The claimants argued that 1KB of storage should compromise 1,024 bytes.,1000000091,39290393,00.htm"

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