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Businesses

Submission + - FCC set to finalize rules for next-gen wireless (thehill.com)

GovTechGuy writes: The FCC's agenda for Thursday include a vote on the final rules for unlicensed devices making use of unused TV spectrum known as "white spaces." Industry and lawmakers have predicted the opening up of the white spaces could result in the biggest leaps forward in wireless technology in the past 25 years. Among the benefits is so-called "WiFi on Steroids" which allows a large number of users within a 50-mile radius to tap into a single high-speed broadband connection for the same price as a traditional WiFi router. The FCC is expected to approve the move, but Google and other companies warn that the devil is in the technical details of the rules.
Moon

Submission + - Microwave Map of Entire Moon Revealed (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: The first complete microwave image of the Moon taken by Chinese lunar satellite Chang'E-1 has been revealed. Chang’E-1 is China’s first scientific mission to explore planetary bodies beyond Earth and the on-board Lunar Microwave Radiometer has made it possible for the first time to globally map the Moon in microwave frequencies. Radar observations of the Moon are unable to provide thermal information, and microwave observations taken from Earth cannot reach the far side of the moon. So Chang'E-1's (CE-1) orbit was conducted at an altitude of 200km (124 miles) and allowed it to observe every location of the moon with a nadir view and at high spatial resolution.

Submission + - Dalai Lama tweets to China (skunkpost.com)

crimeandpunishment writes: The Dalai Lama used Twitter Friday to try to hold a rare direct conversation with people inside China. In the one-hour session, the exiled spiritual leader answered questions about the fate of Tibet, and criticized the Chinese government's policies there. The question remains, how many Chinese people actually read the comments. Twitter is blocked in China, but many Chinese have managed to work around the government's restrictions.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft bets the farm on GPU-accelerated HTML5 (conceivablytech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In an already apparent new browser war with Google, Microsoft has placed its chips on HTML5 and GPU-accelerated visualization of content. IE9 breaks with a long run of so-so evolutionary IE browsers and brings much more revolutionary features than any other new IE since version 4 in 1995, which was the first browser to fully support IE4. While the upcoming IE9 is only available as a rough preview version at this time, and while it IE9 may not be able to fix all IE8 flaws, Microsoft seems to be serious again about offering a unique browser with a unique value that will attract a vanishing user base back to IE. The target is Chrome, not Firefox.
Games

Submission + - New Record in Pac Man (twingalaxies.com) 2

inKubus writes: "40-year-old David Race of Beaver Creek, OH has become the 6th gamer in history to gain a perfect score on the original Pac-Man video arcade game. Even more noteworthy is the fact that he's done it in faster time than any gamer in history, putting him at the top of a short list of gamers who have acheived perfection on the original arcade machine."
Idle

Quarter of Brits Think Churchill Was Myth 3

Just so you don't think Americans are the only people who have no clue when it comes to their history, a recent survey found a fair number of British people believe that Churchill, Charles Dickens, and Mahatma Gandhi were fictional characters. Who made the "real people" list? Over half the people asked thought Sherlock Holmes was real. Many people were surprised to find out that The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was not a documentary.
Idle

Yes, You Can Haz Punitive Damages 3

JusticeLink, a multi-jurisdictional court computer system, will be rolled out in New South Wales over the next 12 months. Attorneys will log in to a bulletin board and type their arguments, which would then be sent to a judge by email. Justice should be swift, so judges make rulings in real time. I'm interested to see what sort of jail time swapping scams the Nigerian spammers come up with.
Businesses

Submission + - Dell begins their largest layoff ever. 3

cyphercell writes: Dell has begun their largest series of layoffs ever. This morning at about 10:00am more than two hundred employees at Dell's Roseburg Oregon Call center found out that they no longer had jobs. Sparking what appears to be the beginning of year long run of layoffs for the company. http://www.newsreview.info/article/20070802/NEWS/7 0802014

Refuting local suspicions of malice Dell spokesman David Frink states:

... the closure has nothing to do with a lawsuit filed by employees of the Roseburg center in February, claiming Dell violated federal and state wage and hour laws.
http://www.newsreview.info/article/20070213/NEWS/7 0213020

and later says

...plans to reduce employment worldwide by 10 percent at the end of May.


Their plans to reduce employment can be found here:
http://www.statesman.com/business/content/business /stories/technology/06/01/1dell.html

Here are some highlights:

Dell set to shed 8,800 workers...

Dell has 82,200 permanent workers, including 18,000 in Central Texas, and 5,300 temporary workers worldwide. The layoffs are expected to affect both groups...

In its last large-scale layoffs, Dell cut more than 5,000 jobs in Austin after the high-tech bust in 2001.

...many of the layoffs could come in Central Texas, where Dell is headquartered. In a March 29 report to clients, Goldman Sachs analysts said Dell might reduce the work force at its test and assembly facilities in the U.S. and Malaysia.

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