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Submission + - Virgin America's Web Meltdown (

harrymcc writes: "Virgin America--the fast-growing airline that caters to tech-savvy travelers with features such as Wi-Fi on all flights--switched to a new reservations system on October 28th. Nearly four weeks later, the Virgin site still has severe problems with everything from booking flights to checking in to frequent-flyer accounts. It says it hopes to be back to normal by December 1st, but the extended period of instability shows how bad things can get when a major software transition goes bad."

Comment Re:How long till they can print money? (Score 1) 212

Actually, we have been living in a very similar situation since home power-tools became available. There is so much stuff you can make for yourself literally in minutes.

People in the eastern bloc actually lived a lot like that. Food, electricity and housing (and a scarce collection of consumer goods) were provided by the state, a lot of the rest was made at home. They used to get blueprints for clothes they wanted and produce them themselves.

It just gets problematic as long as there is any discernable difference between the self-made product and a commercial alternative. Any small defect in the self-made product will lead to a percieved lack of value.

Otherwise, the economy will get more intellectual property based, I guess.

BTW, power and water are already provided by the state in some western countrys. Food and land though, not so much.

Submission + - Martin Jetpack Climbs 5000 Feet Above Sea Level (

rh2600 writes: For years the Martin Jetpack has stayed just a few feet off the ground, invoking frequent suspicion about its true abilities. Well, today that all changed with the first climb test in New Zealand (with weighted crash-test dummy) reaching over 5,000 feet above sea level. The emergency parachute test was also a success. Kiwis can indeed fly.

Submission + - Tiny cores are here, and they change programming ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: Intel is returning to in-order cores after two decades with Atom and Knights. ARM is already building in-order cores for iPhones, iPads, and Androids. IBM has switched to in-order cores after building generations of out-of-order cores. This indicates a clear trend that in-order cores are back in the mainstream. Highlighting the performance characteristics of in-order and out-of-order cores, Dr. Aater Suleman's article explains why programming for in-order cores is very different from programming for the now-traditional out-of-order cores. Thus, this new trend requires a change in compilers, tools, and programming techniques. Compilers need to get better at removing useless code and instruction scheduling. Programmers need to weigh new trade-offs and perform classic optimizations that have been forgotten. I liked this article particularly for the very simple code examples and a simple explanation of in-order and out-of-order differences. The message is clear: programmers and compilers need to understand in-order cores and target their code better.

Submission + - SPAM: PayPal sues Google – Round 1 – FIGHT

hasanabbas1987 writes: "Just when Google was about to celebrate its big mobile payment thing, PayPal came and ruined everything. Bloomberg reports that PayPal filed a lawsuit against the G company today in California Superior Court, alleging that ex-PayPal executive, Osama Bedier siphoned off company’s trade secrets. The lawsuit also points finger at Stephanie Tilenius, also an ex-PayPal employee, who violated her contract in recruiting Bedier. The details of this leaked trade secrets are still unclear to us but let us wait and see what time unravels."
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Submission + - FTC Cracks Down On Foreclosure Fraud Operation (

glacierwong writes: "

By Michael Kling on March 16, 2011


As many homeowners continue to have trouble meeting their mortgage payments, foreclosure scams have proliferated.

Saying it is cracking down on foreclosure scams, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) broke up a national operation based in Florida that it says targeted financially distressed consumers using direct mail, the Internet, and telemarketing. These borrowers were falsely promised loan modifications.

Giving an idea of how pervasive these foreclosure scams are, the state of Florida foreclosure prevention website, the Hardest Hit Fund, begins by warning about copycat websites. Website visitors, the Hardest Hit Fund website warns, should verify that the website is the official site before providing personal information. Application for and participation in the program is free.

According to the FTC, the scam operation promised loan modifications even to homeowners whose lenders had already denied their modifications or who had already received foreclosure notices. The scam artists charged up to $2,600, typically ask for half of the fee up-front, claiming a success rate of up to 100 percent.

The group often mislead homeowners to believe they are affiliated with, or approved by, the homeowners’ lenders. They told consumers not to contact their lenders and to stop making mortgage payments, claiming that falling behind on payments will demonstrate the consumers’ hardship to lenders.

The defendants, listed as U.S. Mortgage Funding Inc., Debt Remedy Partners Inc., Lower My LLC, David Mahler, Jamen Lachs, and John Incandela, Jr., also known as Jonathan Incandela, Jr., allegedly violated the FTC Act and the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule. They were not accused of breaking the FTC’s recent Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule, which bans providers of mortgage foreclosure rescue and loan modification services from collecting fees until homeowners accept a written offer from their lender or servicer, since their ads predated the rule.

The FTC filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Filing a complaint indicates the FTC believes that laws were broken but is not a ruling that the defendants broke the law."

Submission + - Easy for Germany to end nuclear power ( 1

mdsolar writes: "A rapid phase-out of nuclear energy would have only a modest impact on Germany’s economy, according to a Federal Environment Agency (UBA) report.

The report, seen by the Frankfurter Rundschau argued that if nuclear power plants were completely shut down by 2017, electricity prices would increase from 0.6 to 0.8 cents per kilowatt hour and there would be “no significant loss” in economic growth.

A shutdown would “have substantial benefits and outweigh the modest increases in electricity prices,” the report said.

The report also said the withdrawal could be achieved without the risk of electricity blackouts because “sufficient surplus reserve capacity” exists."


Submission + - "Cookiejacking" Puts 900 Million IE Users At Risk (

dkd903 writes: An independent Computer security researcher and expert — Rosario Valotta has devised an attack on Microsoft's Internet Explorer (MSIE) which can remotely hijack your browser cookies and potentially cause damage to you by stealing digital credentials of your various user accounts on sites like Facebook, Twitter and more.

Comment Interesting, but not a "Nano-Viewing Record" (Score 2) 65

SNOM (Scanning Near-field scanning optical microscopes) can easily resolve images at 100 nm at visible wavelengths and have done so for some years now. You can actually buy these microscopes commercially. I'm sure this new method is better than SNOM in some regard, or has the potential to be, but the resolution they achieved is not really a "Nano Viewing Record". More a lens building record.

Non-optical methods like scanning force microscopy have resolved far better than that for years now, of course. Albeit without the ability do do spectroscopic measurements.

Interesting approach though.
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Submission + - AP Files FOIA Request for Bin Laden Photos

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Atlantic reports that President Obama's decision to withhold the visual evidence of Osama bin Laden's death has created a fundamental disagreement between the White House and the Associated Press, one of the largest journalism organizations in the world, prompting the news organization to file a Freedom of Information request for the bin Laden photos. "This information is important for the historical record," says Michael Oreskes, senior managing editor at The Associated Press. "That's our view." AP's FOIA request includes a reminder of the president's campaign pledge and a plea to be more transparent than his predecessor. "The Obama White House 'pledged to be the most transparent government in U.S. history," writes the AP, "and to comply much more closely with the Freedom of Information Act than the Bush administration did.'"The AP isn't alone in wanting more insight on the specifics of the raid. When it eventually surfaced that bin Laden was not killed in a firefight, his wife wasn't used as a human shield, there was no live footage of the event and the "mansion" where he lived was only worth between $250,000 and $480,000, many became skeptical of the White House's narrative. Other organizations that have filed FOIAs include Politico, Fox News, Judicial Watch and Citizens United. Oreskes sympathizes with the president. "This is obviously one of his most difficult decisions and we understand that.""

Submission + - End of an era: Microsoft antitrust oversight ends (

angry tapir writes: "A U.S. court's antitrust oversight of Microsoft is ending after eight and a half years, with some observers questioning what the long fight accomplished. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's oversight of a twice-extended November 2002 settlement agreement between Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice ends Thursday."

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