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Pittsburgh's always been a strong college town with CMU and Pitt, especially with the extremely strong UPMC hospital group. A few years ago, city leadership finally figured out that if they encouraged those students to stick around post-graduation, they might just have something there. Furthermore, housing prices were depressed in Pittsburgh before the housing bubble, so values increased to more in line with actual worth, as opposed to going far beyond. When the bubble burst, there was little to no drop in values.

Oh, and the NYTimes has been written a couple nice articles lately.

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Antique geek: A working 1964 woodgrain modem (

el_benito writes: "K.C. aka phreakmonkey, recovered a circa 1964 Livermore Data Systems "Model A" Acoustic Coupler Modem and through trial and error has gotten it up an running. This is a pre-Hayes command set modem which functions via modulation of a constant tone. This sexy woodgrain box contains no digital circuitry and tops out at a breathtaking 300 baud."

Submission + - World's smallest RFID microchip created

zemien writes: The world's smallest RFID microchip with a built-in antenna has been successfully developed under the Malaysia Microchip (MM) Project. The smallest version measures 0.7 millimetres by 0.7 millimetres.

The chip, which cost US$50mil (RM180mil) to develop, uses Japanese technology and is the first with multi-band frequencies. The microchip is so tiny that it can be embedded on paper. Each chip has its own serial number.

The Malaysian Government plans to start embedding it in marriage certificates, and maybe even bank cheques and university diplomas. Another hope is to replace the barcodes in baggage handling systems with the chip. Is the Malaysian government's faith in RFID chips to provide authentication and security misplaced? Or logical?

Software Bug Halts F-22 Flight 579

mgh02114 writes "The new US stealth fighter, the F-22 Raptor, was deployed for the first time to Asia earlier this month. On Feb. 11, twelve Raptors flying from Hawaii to Japan were forced to turn back when a software glitch crashed all of the F-22s' on-board computers as they crossed the international date line. The delay in arrival in Japan was previously reported, with rumors of problems with the software. CNN television, however, this morning reported that every fighter completely lost all navigation and communications when they crossed the international date line. They reportedly had to turn around and follow their tankers by visual contact back to Hawaii. According to the CNN story, if they had not been with their tankers, or the weather had been bad, this would have been serious. CNN has not put up anything on their website yet." The Peoples Daily of China reported on Feb. 17 that two Raptors had landed on Okinawa.

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