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Comment Re:How It's Made (Score 1) 88

You kids with your cheap Chinese labor... GET OFF MY LAWN!

I thought that was the case with advanced circuits before I started working with them, but... nope. All work done in the USA. I know you're generally stating a good point about the world, but... I thought it would be good to point this out. There are some PCB houses out there that do in fact have the work done in China, but not Advanced Circuits. I was really impressed with how cheap 60 square inches of PCB was. And one more point of clarification... if you're designing boards with a package like Eagle CAD or whatever (basically anything that isn't the software they give you for free to design boards) you can get some basic outline routing done without running outside their inexpensive $33 each product. It's pretty awesome. I don't do a lot of boards, and i have no formal training, but I have run half a dozen orders through them and have been really happy with the quality every time. Even moreso now that I can get my boards routed to the outline I need to fit my project cases.


SolarPHP 1.0 Released 125

HvitRavn writes "SolarPHP 1.0 stable was released by Paul M. Jones today. SolarPHP is an application framework and library, and is a serious contender alongside Zend Framework, Symphony, and similar frameworks. SolarPHP has in the recent years been the cause of heated debate in the PHP community due to provocative benchmark results posted on Paul M. Jones' blog."

Eight PHP IDEs Compared 206

snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Rick Grehen provides an in-depth comparative review of eight PHP IDEs: ActiveState's Komodo IDE, CodeLobster PHP Edition, Eclipse PHP Development Tools (PDT), MPSoftware's phpDesigner, NetBeans IDE for PHP, NuSphere's PhpED, WaterProof's PHPEdit, and Zend Studio. 'All of these PHP toolkits offer strong support for the other languages and environments (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SQL database) that a PHP developer encounters. The key differences we discovered were in the tools they provide (HTML inspector, SQL management system) for various tasks, the quality of their documentation, and general ease-of-use,' Grehen writes.'"
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Steve Jobs Takes Leave of Abscence (

johnsonav writes: Steve Jobs has announced he will be taking a "medical leave of absence" until the end of June. His medical issues have proven to be worse than thought. Tim Cook, the current COO, will be taking over Job's responsibilities.

Submission + - Mac users' Internet experience to remain seamless 2

thefickler writes: Mac users will continue to see the Internet as it was intended, thanks to the renewal of a font licensing agreement between Microsoft and Apple. At TypeCon2007 Microsoft and Apple announced they have renewed their font licensing agreement, giving Apple users ongoing use of the latest versions of Microsoft Windows core fonts.

Back in 1996 Microsoft started the "Core fonts for the Web" initiative. The idea of this initiative was to create a a standard pack of fonts that would be present on all or most computers, allowing web pages to be displayed consistently on different computers. While the project was terminated in 2002, some of the fonts defined as core fonts for the web have gone on to become known as "web safe fonts", and are therefore widely used by Internet developers.

Submission + - Democrats hire RIAA shill for PR

ahbi writes: Today it was reported that Jenni Engebretsen was named "Deputy CEO for Public Affairs," for the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Denver — but she is better known as the Director of Communications for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The RIAA is the most hated "company" in America, according to a recent poll on the Consumerist. The RIAA's campaign of suing thousands of American music lovers has been the single biggest PR disaster in recent industrial history — which is why Engebretsen's employer beat out Halliburton, Blackwater and Wal-Mart for the coveted "Worst Company" slot.

Engebretsen's PR approach is centered around stonewalling and avoiding difficult press calls.
The Internet

Submission + - New Law Lets Data Centers Hide Power Usage

1sockchuck writes: "Just days after Google announced that it may build a huge data center in the state, Oklahoma's governor has signed a bill into law that will effectively exempt the largest customers of municipal power companies from public disclosure of how much power they are using. Officials of the state's power industry say the measure is not a "Google Law" but was sought "on behalf of large-volume electric users that might be considering a move to Oklahoma." Others acknowledge that data center operators were among those seeking the law, apparently arguing that the details of their enormous power usage are a trade secret. Google recently acquired 800 acres in Pryor, Oklahoma for possible development as a data center, and is reportedly seeking up to 15 megawatts of power for the facility."

Submission + - Lost White House E-mails

walrus2517 writes: I'm sure everyone has seen the headlines the past few days about the White House "accidentally" deleting quite a few e-mails (rumored at nearly 5 million), many regarding the 8 attorneys fired by AG Gonzalez. More details seem to be uncovered everyday, including the excuse that they "lost" their e-mails when upgrading from Outlook 2002 to 2003. These "accidental" deletions and the incredible amount of time the White House is taking to recover them has led many to speculate, including Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who went so far as to say "I've got a teenage kid in my neighborhood that can go get 'em for them". I'm not an IT guy, so I was wondering if the /. community could help me understand how difficult it really is to uncover deleted e-mails? It seems as though government agencies usually have no problem getting deleted material off of people's computer when they want, so what is taking so long?

Submission + - Paying for Better Math and Science Teachers

Coryoth writes: "While California is suffering from critical shortage of mathematics and science teachers, Kentucky is considering two bills that would give explicit financial incentives to math and science students and teachers. The first bill would provide cash incentives to schools to run AP math and science classes, and cash scholarships to students who did well on AP math and science exams. The second bill provides salary bumps for any teachers with degrees in math or science, or who score well in teacher-certification tests in math, chemistry and physics. Is such differentiated pay the right way to attract science graduates who can make much more in industry, or is it simply going to breed discontent among teachers?"

Submission + - Wilkes University Going All-Mac

Snowgen writes: In Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Wilkes University issued a press release stating that "...over the next three years, Wilkes University will become an all-Mac campus." Another article covering the same story states that "Apple overtook Dell in the UK education market as report indicated gaining popularity among students at college campuses." If that wasn't enough, "Apple also announced that it landed two particularly large educational institutional sales during the September quarter, but did not provide details."

Submission + - Patent Office Going Web 2.0

Winton Davies writes: "The Patent Office is going to start soliciting user evaluations using web 2.0 techniques, such as ratings, wiki-editing etc.
Full Article: le/2007/03/04/AR2007030401263.html

From the ACM summary: The United States Patent Office will soon allow members of the online community to post and evaluate information concerning patent proposals on a new wiki-style Web site. "For the first time in history, it allows the patent-office examiners to open up their cubicles and get access to a whole world of technical experts," said IBM's David J. Kappos. The pilot project will start this Spring and feature a community rating system that prioritizes the most respected comments. During the pilot phase of the project about 250 software design applications will be posted on the Web site since examiners have an especially difficult time finding documentation for them. Any user can post information relating to patent proposals, but a "reputation system" will be put in place to rank submitted materials and measure the expertise of contributors. In order to develop a reliable reputation system, the Patent Office has forged partnerships with several e-commerce specialists. Patent examiners will be able to award "gold stars" to those who provide exceptionally useful information. The information submitted will eventually be voted on by registered users, with the top 10 items being sent along to an examiner who will make the final decision on the patent. "The idea is to make something as important as decision-making about innovation more transparent to the public and more accountable to the public," says new York Law School Professor Beth Noveck. The system is expected to go through some changes, specifically the voting process, which may limit the ability to vote or give more weight to some votes."

Submission + - Symantec hands out tips to malware coders

thefickler writes: Malware coders relax. While new security features in Windows Vista will make it harder for you to develop worms that target operating system vulnerabilities, Symantec is tipping that you'll turn your attention to other vulnerabilities, like Vista's new Windows SideBar and gadgets.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Copyright deal threatens Internet radio businesses

Zecheus writes: The US Copyright Office has released their new set of rates for the payment of royalties by Internet Radio. The new rates are high enough to put the nascent internet radio industry out of business. Checkout the blog of Radio Paradise founder Bill Goldsmith for an operator's perspective and plea for help.

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