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HP

Submission + - HP's Chinese Factory Puts Apple To Shame (muktware.com)

sfcrazy writes: A leaked video shows the working conditions in HP's manufacturing facilities in China. This was an unstaged footage recorded by a webcam. One might expect that this webcam would have captured the horrendous working conditions inside HP factories, resembling what we say inside Apple's factories. Nothing sort of that happened. Everyone is sitting quietly, comfortably on his/her chair as the devices are being assembled. This video is a major PR disaster for Apple which is fast losing respect and brand image in the market.

Submission + - best open source language for building an XML API

sziring writes: "I need to build an in-house website that will interface with an API connection (manipulating XML data back and forth). I can either reuse some older code written in Java or explorer newer options. I am looking to use this as a personal learning experience and the end result be that I can apply what I learned and build other API connections to new social media platforms...
Yeah, Java is an easy choice but wanted to see what other mature open source options there were (IE Python, PHP) to manipulate XML and reliably leverage WSDL 1.1 and SOAP 1.1
Below are requirements:
The API is a standards-based Web Service that is built on the J2EE Model2 (MVC) framework. For more information on Web Services Architecture, please refer to the W3C Working Group Documentation: http://www.w3.org/TR/ws-arch/ .
Requirements
        A SOAP v1.1 implementation library (specific to the programming language used)
        A WSDL v1.1 implementation library (specific to the programming language used):"
Linux

Submission + - Razor-Qt: A New Qt-Based Desktop Environment? (razor-qt.org)

aglider writes: Phoronix has an interesting piece of news about a new emerging desktop environment. And it's Qt based!
From the project home page:

Razor-qt is an advanced, easy-to-use, and fast desktop environment based on Qt technologies. It has been tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, and an intuitive interface. Unlike most desktop environments, Razor-Qt also works fine with weak machines.

Someone has already tagged Razor-Qt as

a KDE ripoff

What we have so far is version 0.4 as announced on a blog and, very important, a number of easy ways to install and test it on a few main Linux distributions. Maybe time has come for something really new in the desktop environment arena almost completely occupied by GNOME and KDE.

Software

Submission + - How to grow a one man start up?

Gob Gob writes: I've developed a web based recruitment system that I have sold to a handful of clients. I support it from end to end from software development, to help desk to sales. Now I have taken on a few new clients who are more demanding in terms of support. I'm one the cusp of taking it from a lifestyle business to needing to get serious about taking on a few people to run the business.

Being a start up cash is short and so is time. I am tempted to get a sales person and leave me to code but worried that no one can sell the product as well as I can. Alternately I was looking to make relationships with people with similar businesses so that we could pool support and cover for each other.

How did you grow a one man start up into an empire? Where do you put the budget sales, development or support? What are the risks?
Communications

Submission + - 186Gbps Long Distance data transfer breaks world r (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The team achieved two-way data rates of 186Gbps, breaking their previous record of 119Gbps set in 2009. The data's fastest speed in a single direction was 98Gbps.

By contrast current fibre optic networks have a top speed of about 1Gbps.

The distances spanned nearly 131 miles (212km) and relied on the latest optical equipment, highly tuned servers and ran over a 100Gbps circuit, set up by CANARIE, Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network.

KDE

Submission + - KDE Plasma Active Two Boosts Performance (kde.org)

jrepin writes: "Mobile devices that adapt to who you are, reflecting what you are doing when you are doing it. This concept is at the heart of the Plasma Active user experience. Plasma Active One was released in October 2011, providing early adopters the first opportunity to experience Activities on a tablet. Since then, the design and development team behind this open source touch interface has been hard at work on an update. The fruits of their labor were released today, December 14, 2011 as Plasma Active Two."
Crime

Submission + - DOJ: Violating a Site's ToS is a Crime (cnet.com)

ideonexus writes: "CNET has obtained a statement to be released by the Department of Justice tomorrow defending its broad interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) that defines violations of "authorized access" in information systems as including any act that violates a Web site's terms of service, while the White House is arguing for expanding the law even further. This would criminalize teenagers using Google for violating its ToS, which says you can't use its services if "you are not of legal age to form a binding contract," and turns multiple attempts to upload copyrighted videos to YouTube into "a pattern of racketeering" according to a GWU professor and an attorney cited in the story."

Submission + - Non-Google Enterprise Search Options? 1

ossuary writes: I have been looking into some enterprise search options to index intranet and file share servers. It would need to run on linux, only be hefty enough for a 1,000 user group, and require little babysitting. A stand-alone Google Mini seems a good bet, but because it is Google, it would quickly be punted out of consideration from The Powers That Be. I know of several other possibilities such as Constellio, SearchBlox, or Solr, but have trouble finding published instances of where organizations are really using it. Have any of you had particular good luck with an open source search product?
Microsoft

Submission + - What patents have in common with viruses (1place.com.au)

AnyPerson writes: Contagion of ideas: the meme

In The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins coined the term “meme” as a unit or measure of cultural transmission – the process in which ideas, behaviour, style or other aspects of culture spread, “transmit” or self-propagate much in the way that genes propagate in the gene pool.

Malcom Gladwell likens a meme to “an idea that behaves like a virus that moves through a population, taking hold in each person it infects”: http://www.gladwell.com/tippingpoint/

So, what do patents have to do with memes?

The all-important filing date provides a clue to the answer. This is because patents are ultimately a product of their times. They reflect current cultural beliefs, values and trends – albeit with an eye to the future.

In this sense, patents are a form of meme, replicating and transmitting ideas from one mind to another. The patent system serves as a permanent, carefully maintained record of such ideas.

What cultural messages can patents convey?

We live in the Information Revolution. Our lives are driven by an explosion of information and technologies to improve access to, and the management, analysis and filtering of information. This is reflected by an increasing prevalence of patents for information and communication technologies (ICT). At “street” level, evolving ICT technologies are changing behaviour, with many consumers now owning and using several different internet-connected mobile devices.

The value of owning such patents has not been lost on the big technology companies, with the recent staging of the so-called smartphone patent wars. We witnessed Google’s losing bid in June 2011 for Nortel’s 6,000 patent portfolio. The successful bidder, for $4.5 billion, was a consortium including Apple and Microsoft. Two months later, Google successfully acquired Motorola Mobility and its 17,000 patents for $12.5 billion, making Google a major patent holder in the mobile and networking space: see WSJ.

ICT patents have formed an increasing proportion of the total number of patents filed since the mid 1990s. Interestingly, the OECD reports that the rapidly developing BRIC economies (Brazil, Russia, India and China) have enjoyed double the rate of increase in ICT patents (as a proportion of all patents) as in other OECD countries between 2003 and 2005.

Does this presage emerging dominance of the BRIC economies in the early twenty-first century, while the world’s largest economies falter?

Other trends can be seen by “drilling” into patent records at different times. The wonderful illustrations above come from the fabulously titled patent “Buoyant bulletproof combat uniform” (US 3398406). It was filed 30 December 1965 – during the Vietnam war. The patent sought to address the risk of drowning experienced in World War II, when many servicemen drowned during the invasion of Normandy Beach because they were unable to swim and because of the weight of the equipment they were wearing.

A single patent is not conclusive of any cultural trends. However, it exemplifies timely innovation in an area that is the focus of current collective thought. The patent system is thus a wonderful mechanism for reflecting on cultural trends, providing snapshots of cultural trends and mapping the contagion of ideas.

To paraphrase from Abraham Lincoln (who ranked the patent system as among the three most important developments in history):

“the patent system add[s] the fuel of interest to the fire of genius”.

Cloud

Submission + - Facebook Flaw: Page Creators Can Lose Admin Rights (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: There is a growing problem in the world of Facebook Pages. It is becoming known that administrators can remove the original creator's administrator rights. In many cases, this can result in years of work going down the drain.
User Journal

Journal Journal: one server, or one server with many virtuals? 4

So, I am in the planing of expanding my home network. I am going to include, a wordpress blog, email (including webmail, imap, etc) webserver (separate from wordpress), proxy server (with content filtering), file server, mysql, and a jabber server. I plan on centralizing logins by openldap. I will other people outside of my home accessing some of these services. My question to the masses is: should I run all of these on one box, or on a slightly bigger box in VM's. I am looking to keep co

Science

Submission + - Earth Ejecta Could Seed Life on Europa (technologyreview.com)

KentuckyFC writes: "Various astronomers have studied how far rocks can travel through space after being ejected from Earth. Their conclusion is that it's relatively easy for bits of Earth to end up on the Moon or Venus. But very little would get to Mars because it would have to overcome both the Sun and the Earth's gravity. Now the biggest ever simulation of Earth ejecta confirms this result with a twist. The simulation shows that Jupiter is a much more likely destination than Mars. So bits of Earth could have ended up on Jovian satellites such as Europa. Astrobiologists estimate that Earth's hardiest organisms can survive up to 30,000 years in space, which means that if conditions are just right, Earth ejecta could seed life there."
IT

Submission + - 10 Hard Truths IT Must Learn To Accept (infoworld.com) 1

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Dan Tynan takes a look at the 10 hard truths today's IT organizations must learn to live with. From the proliferation of unsanctioned devices, to compromised networks, to inevitable downtime, to non-self-supporting users, 'the gap between your dreams and cold hard reality just gets wider every day. That doesn't mean you should give up, but it does mean you need to get real about what you can change and what you must accept.'"

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