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Submission + - 7 Warning Signs That Your Hiring Process Sucks (venturegrit.com)

venturegrit writes: Steve Jobs said that “no matter how smart you are, to be successful you need a team of great people“. But hiring well is really tough. Here are some warning signs that your hiring process needs some improvement. They're all real stories from startups in Silicon Valley.
Power

Submission + - iCloud Powered by Landfill-Fueled Bloom Boxes (datacenterknowledge.com) 1

1sockchuck writes: Apple's North Carolina data center will tap landfills for biogas, which will then be converted into electricity using fuel cells from Bloom Energy. The 24 "Bloom boxes" will have a capacity of 4.8 megawatts of power, and along with a large solar array, will provide Apple with a significant on-site generation of sustainable energy. Microsoft is also developing biogas-powered data plants where modular data centers will be housed near water treatment plants and landfills. GigaOm has a useful primer on biogas in data centers, as well as video of the new higher capacity Bloom boxes that will support Apple's server farm.
Education

O'Reilly Now Competing With Sun Java Certificates 44

Joel Aufgang writes "O'Reilly Media's O'Reilly School of Technology in partnership with the University of Illinois has just launched a Java Programming Certificate Series, which looks like it's intended to compete with the Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) certification. According to O'Reilly's press release, this is not an exam-based certification but rather a series of project based instructor-led courses that, if you pass, earns certification backed by the University of Illinois. Also interesting is the use of Eclipse as the preferred learning platform as opposed to Netbeans."
Software

Submission + - Pick a Codeweavers package free on Tuesday only (arstechnica.com)

Robotech_Master writes: "As a result of falling gas prices, Codeweavers is going to offer a code good to download one of its commercial emulation software packages for free to anyone who visits the Codeweavers website on Tuesday only. Pick one of its "Windows-software-on-Linux," "Windows-software-on-OSX," or "Gaming" packages. This is one heck of a freebie; don't miss out!"
Security

World Bank Under Cybersiege In "Unprecedented Crisis" 377

JagsLive sends in a Fox News report on large-scale and possibly ongoing security breaches at the World Bank. "The World Bank Group's computer network — one of the largest repositories of sensitive data about the economies of every nation — has been raided repeatedly by outsiders for more than a year, FOX News has learned. It is still not known how much information was stolen. But sources inside the bank confirm that servers in the institution's highly-restricted treasury unit were deeply penetrated with spy software last April. Invaders also had full access to the rest of the bank's network for nearly a month in June and July. In total, at least six major intrusions — two of them using the same group of IP addresses originating from China — have been detected at the World Bank since the summer of 2007, with the most recent breach occurring just last month. In a frantic midnight e-mail to colleagues, the bank's senior technology manager referred to the situation as an 'unprecedented crisis.' In fact, it may be the worst security breach ever at a global financial institution. And it has left bank officials scrambling to try to understand the nature of the year-long cyber-assault, while also trying to keep the news from leaking to the public." Update: 10/11 01:15 GMT by T : Massive spyware infestations might be good cause to reevaluate the TCO of non-Windows systems on the desktop.

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