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Submission + - Foxconn Lays Down Employee Commandments ( 1

itwbennett writes: Foxconn, the company that produces Apple's gadgets, has put in place 8 commandments that it believes will stop suicides. While most of the list has to do with avoiding illegal activities, a few exceptions stand out: #5 Do not engage in improper male-female relations, i.e. extramarital affairs; #7 Do not participate in activities that are bad for physical or mental health; and #8 Employees who are on duty during long public holidays, or take an overseas trip, must sign an 'employee safety agreement' and inform the company of their whereabouts. The company had previously taken measures to try and reduce the numbers of suicides by raising workers pay and improving their working conditions, and, according to a recent Slashdot post, was on the verge of pulling out of China altogether.

Submission + - Space Music Vol. 12: Solar Music Explained (

OMGTSFS writes: Remember the "solar music" or "music of the sun" sound clips that made the rounds last month without much in the way of explanation of what we were hearing and why? Well here's an explanation from a solar astrophysicist about what it all means (if anything). No science babel! Just answers!

Submission + - SPAM: Students design early labor detector

GHMOU writes: The birth of a baby is usually a joyous event, but when a child is born too early, worrisome complications can occur, including serious health problems for the baby and steep medical bills for the family. To address this, Johns Hopkins graduate students and their faculty adviser have invented a new system to pick up very early signs that a woman is going into labor too soon.

Submission + - MS Releases Tool to Fix Shortcut Risk ... Sort of ( 1

eldavojohn writes: "Last week, we heard that Microsoft has no plans to fix a shortcut file exploit in Windows. This week, Krebs walks you through a sloppy stopgap that Microsoft threw together instead of asking the user to edit their registry by hand. For your average joe user, Krebs warns that the "fixit" button you click on Microsoft's tool will restart your computer and "remove the graphical representation of icons on the Task bar and Start menu bar and replace them with plain, white icons.""

Submission + - A Shake Up At Nokia May Be Needed (

RedEaredSlider writes: Amid rumblings that Nokia, the world leader in mobile phone market share, may miss analysts' expectations, some said a change at the top may be what the company needs. But that will bring its own challenges.

(Olli-Pekka) Kallasvuo, nicknamed OPK within the company, has been chief executive officer of Nokia since 2006. The company's stock has been in free fall, having declined 40 percent since April, and revenues are at their lowest point in more than a decade.


Submission + - First control system worm sparks concern (

suraj.sun writes: The security world is aflutter over new malware that has been spreading via USB devices and is programmed to steal data from systems running specific software used in utilities and industrial manufacturing plants.

The attack involves several components: a worm that spreads via USB drives and exploits a previously unknown vulnerability in Windows and a Trojan backdoor that looks to see if an infected machine is running a specific type of software created by Siemens used in control systems including industrial manufacturing, utilities and even nuclear powered aircraft carriers.

The worm, dubbed Stuxnet, propagates by exploiting a hole in all versions of Windows in the code that processes shortcut files, ending in ".lnk," according to a Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog post. Merely browsing to the removable media drive using an application that displays shortcut icons, such as Windows Explorer, will run the malware without the user clicking on the icons. The worm infects USB drives or other removable storage devices that are subsequently connected to the infected machine.

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Comment Irresponsible quote (Score 1) 248

There are indications of a possible increase. We're not sure that it is correct. It could be due to bias, but the indications are sufficiently strong... to be concerned.

Isn't that kind of statement extremely unprofessional and irresponsible regardless of the actual topic. The researcher must have known that only the "indications are sufficiently strong to be concerned" will be the only part remembered for years to come by millions of people who will conclude that the study confirmed actual danger.

Or should we blame the journalist? There is a ... in the middle of the quote. Might the actual words have been cooked to make it sound scary?

Comment Re:It's True. (Score 2, Interesting) 239

>>>Euro games that crashed and burned if you had anything besides an Amiga 500 with no fast ram and a floppy drive. 2-8 megs of fast ram?

My Amiga 500 has 1 megabyte of RAM (half chip/half fast) and runs everything just fine. The only time I get a Guru is when I'm doing something stupid, like trying to run two games at once. The MMU in the 68020 eliminates most of those conflicts, by stopping programs from overwriting one another.

Perhaps the problem you had was trying to run those 50 hertz games on a 60 hertz machine? Even today with modern hardware like a PS3 or Wii, that won't work properly. The console will work for awhile, but eventually it will crash.

As for Amiga versus PC versus Mac, it took them about 10 years to match Amiga's hardware and preemptive multitasking ability (Win95 and OS X). I'm glad I owned an Amiga during that period (1985-95) and had a chance to enjoy an awesome computer, rather than be stuck with a PC that went "beep" and only displayed 4 or 16 colors.

IMHO if Commodore had moved-over to a PowerPC + addon cards structure like Apple did, they probably would have survived to the present day.

Comment Guullly, Sarge! (Score 1) 97

The paper in this article is pretty interesting, but I don't think it explains the newest features seen in these gullies; the way they terminate in the sand looks more like a liquid flow than solid. I suspect that the authors can explain many gullies on Mars, but not all the gullies. There may be more than one mechanism at work here!

Comment Re:i develop for the web (Score 1) 472

I have the exact same feelings as you when comparing Chrome and Firefox. The key difference I tend to focus on more though, other than speed, is the obtrusiveness of their plugin and download screens. After using Chrome and going back to Firefox, I've become increasingly annoyed by the little window that pops up telling you about plugin upgrades when starting firefox. Additionally, I've never been too savy with the seperate window it opens when you want to download something. To me, these are on par with pop up ads.

Artificial Gecko Adhesive, Now In Experimental Glue 102

thefickler writes "Scientists at the University of Dayton have created a peel-on, peel-off glue which mimics the wall-climbing abilities of Spiderman. The substance, based on the feet of the Gecko lizard, is three times stickier than existing adhesives. The material is so strong that a 4×4mm pad would be enough to hold a 1.5kg object such as a hardcover book. However, it's likely too expensive for consumer use: one British scientist calculates that a single Post-it note using the glue would cost around a thousand dollars." We've mentioned the possibilities of synthetic gecko technology several times before, including as applied in this wall-climbing robot; commercial applications have seemed just around the corner for a while now.

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