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Submission + - NASA Budget Bill to Cancel JWST (

voodoosteve writes: The House appropriations panel that oversees NASA unveiled a 2012 spending bill July 6 that would pull the plug on the budget-busting James Webb Space Telescope as part of a broader $1.6 billion cut that would roll back spending on the nation’s civil space program to pre-2008 levels.

Submission + - Kindle ebooks outselling paperback books on Amazon

rufey writes: In their 4th quarter financial release, Amazon has reported that for the first time, books sold for their Kindle e-readers have surpassed sales of paperback books. This is in spite of growth in paperbook sales. From the release: ..."after selling millions of third-generation Kindles with the new Pearl e-ink display during the quarter, Kindle books have now overtaken paperback books as the most popular format on Last July we announced that Kindle books had passed hardcovers and predicted that Kindle would surpass paperbacks in the second quarter of this year, so this milestone has come even sooner than we expected — and it's on top of continued growth in paperback sales."

Comment Re:There's an even bigger problem: selling votes (Score 1) 123

Except for absentee voting, or voting my mail. Where I live (Utah), you can vote absentee by filling out a ballot at home (or abroad if you are not currently in the state) and mailing it in. Whats to prevent someone from paying you to vote a certain way, by having you fill out the ballet, giving it to them, and if you have followed their instructions, they pay you and they put the ballot in the envelope and mail it for you.

Further, in the county where I live, they are providing a "vote by mail permanently" type program, where you can vote by mail every time, even if you are in town on election day.


Submission + - Mark Hurd quits as HP CEO

rufey writes: Mark Hurd, the CEO of Hewlett Packard since February 2005, announced today that he is stepping down due to the results of an investigation into charges of sexual harassment.

Hurd said: "As the investigation progressed, I realized there were instances in which I did not live up to the standards and principles of trust, respect and integrity that I have espoused at HP and which have guided me throughout my career. After a number of discussions with members of the board, I will move aside and the board will search for new leadership. This is a painful decision for me to make after five years at HP, but I believe it would be difficult for me to continue as an effective leader at HP and I believe this is the only decision the board and I could make at this time. I want to stress that this in no way reflects on the operating performance or financial integrity of HP."

Comment Re:I guess (Score 1) 70


Agree to very limited contact with the outside, and limited and/or prohibited personal use of cell phone, texting, e-mail, Facebook, etc., during the residence period.

Absolutely no visitors overnight or when the Museum is closed to the public.

You must be available to live in the Museum for 30 days with no outside personal or work responsibilities.

Comment Re:Heading this off--see link to juror (Score 3, Informative) 418

If the person mentioned was on the jury, and there is nothing I've read of his to suggest otherwise, I highly recommend reading his recent posts on his slashdot user page:

I learned more in 5 minutes about the case than I have over the past 2 years reading Slashdot and news stories. And, as it turns out, most of what I've read up until today has been embellished or simply was an opinion of someone who knew little about the case.

Comment Re:This is nothing. Think of the Syrians. (Score 1) 618

Do you know the song Ninety Nine Red Balloons? The original German was Neun und Neunzig Luft Balon (SP?). I understand it was inspired by a wayward bundle of helium balloons that was mistaken by the Soviets as a missile launch.

Not quite, but close.

One of Nena's band members saw balloons floating away at a Rolling Stones concert in the Allied sector of Berlin and thought about what would happen if/when they crossed into the airspace over the Soviet sector.

Comment Re:SIGH (Score 2, Informative) 338

Flying through dense enough ash clouds can cause significant problems. British Airways flight 9 from London to New Zealand is just one example.

And it can affect more than just the engines. In the above cited incident, the windscreen was sandblasted to the point that it was nearly impossible to see out through it.

Comment Re:Users of alternative e-book readers rejoice. (Score 1) 203

Ummm, the techdirt article is based on an unsourced report - and if you look at the article that techdirt links to, it's a totally unsubstantiated piece of garbage, Are you really going to believe Amazon is losing money on every e-book transaction because of this nonsense article? No "facts" are provided, just unfounded conjecture.

Comment Re:"Openness" defines shift from 20th to 21st cent (Score 2, Interesting) 283

Corporations and organizations in general exist because when transaction costs become to high, it may become more efficient to conduct business within a hierarchical, rigid organization, rather than in a merketplace (read Coase "The Nature of the Firm"). While the whole "digital revolution" thing reduces transaction costs in some areas, I doubt it will ever make organizations obsolete in all areas of economy. For instance in healthcare or law, the relatinship between agents and principals is determined by the enormous information assymetries (read Arrow "Uncertainty and the welfare economics of medical care"). While they may be reduced to some extent, so far things like personal health records did not get much traction neither with patients, nor with doctors. Well, maybe we the information technology is just not mature enough, maybe we are not yet ready for it, maybe we will never be--and keep holding to the good old "trust relationship" with our doctors instead of shopping for them on the amazon. The point is, openness or closeness are not the ends in themselves, neiter are they good or bad. It is all the question of economic efficiency and common sense.

Comment Re:How are these getting indexed? (Score 1) 241

Though of course, it may even be yet another site responsible for the problem.

Someone posts on their blog "Hey, [link to search engine with 'love beads'] love beads are great.

Google then follows this link to the search engine. The page returned from the search engine contains search results and an affiliate link to "Buy 'love beads' at Target" linking to the target search page. Google follows this link and voila, we have the issue at hand.

No malice on Targets part (though they could do more to make sure it's not indexed).

Comment corporate culture. (Score 2, Insightful) 283

there's something like that. corporate culture is created by the initial visionholders of a company. then, this affects their hirings. in the end entire corporation becomes something shaped with the vision, and continues to operate as such. there are numerous corporations which are maintaining a definitive culture over 100 years in europe. there are corporations which had their corporate culture shaped in front of our eyes, like microsoft. corporate culture makes or breaks corporations.

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