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United Kingdom

Submission + - Inside the London 2012 Olympics IT Control Centre (itpro.co.uk)

twoheadedboy writes: "With the London Olympics less than a year away, IT preparations are fully underway. IT Pro got to have a poke around the testing facilities as well as the shiny Technology Operations Center. It's an IT project like no other and not just because of the technological asks. The seriously strict deadlines and immovable budgets have made this a truly strenuous initiative — one that we'll be able to judge by this time next year."
Microsoft

Submission + - How a Microsoft-Adobe Pact Could Impact Developers (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister provides a developer perspective on recent Microsoft-Adobe talks. While an acquisition may not be in the offing, a renewed partnership seems certain, and the focus of this pact could very well be developer mind share. 'Adobe desperately wants to make greater inroads into the enterprise market with its authoring tools, particularly by catering to developers,' McAllister writes. Meanwhile, Microsoft has never really cracked the UI design market. 'By teaming up, Microsoft and Adobe could not only consolidate their respective designer and developer customer bases, they could also form a united front against Oracle, which has promised to integrate its JavaFX RIA technology more tightly with the Java platform.'"

Submission + - IT's last hope: a job in the boonies? (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: Offshoring, cloud computing, automation, "do more with less" — all of these have been chipping away at U.S. IT workers' ability to have a job. But some companies now dangle a new possibility: Move to rural areas for lower-paying "onshoring" jobs that can compete with lower overseas salaries. InfoWorld's Bob Violino talked to IT workers who've made the move and discovered that although it's no "'Green Acres' meets 'Big Bang Theory'" experience, a move from the big city to the hinterlands appeals mainly to just some IT worker segments, even as it provides new opportunities for others.
Apple

Submission + - Verizon Will Sell iPad on Oct 28th (apple.com)

wiredmikey writes: Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that iPad will be available at over 2,000 Verizon Wireless Stores nationwide beginning Thursday, October 28. Verizon Wireless will offer three bundles, all featuring an iPad Wi-Fi model and a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, for a suggested retail price of $629.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi, $729.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi and $829.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi. Verizon Wireless is offering a monthly access plan to iPad customers of up to 1GB of data for just $20 a month. In addition, Verizon Wireless will also offer all three iPad Wi-Fi models on a stand-alone basis.
Privacy

Submission + - Data miners scraping away our privacy (correntewire.com)

Presto Vivace writes: "Twig, writing for Corrente reports on data scrapers. They are not looking for passwords and such; scrapers are looking at blogs and forums searching for material relevant to their corporate clients. We are assured that the information is “anonymized” to protect the identities of forum participants. However, a new tool, PeekYou permits users to connect online names with real world identities. No worries though, if you have a week to spare, you can opt-out of some of the larger data banks."
United States

Submission + - Immigration Monitors Facebook for Applicant Fraud

Pickens writes: "According to documents obtained by the EFF, that since at least 2008 the US Immigation Service has been tracking social networks like Facebook to monitor and detect potential fraud from people who are applying for US citizenship. According to a May 2008 memo by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, social networking sites give the government an opportunity to reveal fraud by friending people who are applying for citizenship, then monitoring their activity to see if they are being deceptive about their relationships. "Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuels a need to have a large group of “friends” link to their pages and many of these people accept cyber-friends that they don’t even know," says the memo. "This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activities." The memo doesn't say that officials need to be forthright about their own identities when "friending" immigrants, "leaving open the possibility that agents could actively deceive online users to infiltrate their social networks and monitor the activities of not only that user, but also the user's friends, family, and other associates.""
Idle

Submission + - Background noise affects taste of foods (bbc.co.uk)

gollum123 writes: The level of background noise affects both the intensity of flavour and the perceived crunchiness of foods, researchers have found. Blindfolded diners assessed the sweetness, saltiness, and crunchiness, as well as overall flavour, of foods as they were played white noise. While louder noise reduced the reported sweetness or saltiness, it increased the measure of crunch. It may go some way to explaining why airline food is notoriously bland — a phenomenon that drives airline catering companies to heavily season their foods. In a comparatively small study, 48 participants were fed sweet foods such as biscuits or salty ones such as crisps, while listening to silence or noise through headphones. Also in the group's findings there is the suggestion that the overall satisfaction with the food aligned with the degree to which diners liked what they were hearing — a finding the researchers are pursuing in further experiments.
Math

Submission + - Statistics find the best picture on dating sites (okcupid.com)

Cirvam writes: "OkCupid shows what pictures get the best responses on their dating site. Using statistical analysis they show that MySpace angle shots actually result in the best response rate from people and as women get older they post more shots of themselves outdoors. Many well held beliefs about pictures on dating sites are disproved by their data."
Biotech

Submission + - Genetic Based Match Making (okcupid.com)

Cirvam writes: "According to this article, the online dating site okCupid is now requiring users to submit a blood sample to be matched properly with their new matching system. Supposedly it will provide better compatibility and matching by analyzing your genetic predisposition to the other people on the site. While it is free, it is not an optional service so all new users and all existing users will be required to submit their blood sample. While I'm not sure that this will actually help people match up better it seems like this really forces Match.com and other dating sites to up their ante."

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