Critical Facilities (850111) writes "Facebook will build a data center near Forest City in Rutherford County, investing about $450 million and creating about 250 construction and mechanical jobs during the building phase. “After a rigorous review of sites across the East Coast, we are pleased to locate our new data center in Rutherford County. The team we will hire here will help us provide faster, more reliable and more robust service to people around the world who rely on Facebook to connect and share,” said Tom Furlong, Director of Site Operations for Facebook. North Carolina, as well as the Triad market, have emerged as leading markets for data centers, with site selection experts citing the reliability and affordability of utilities among the leading incentives." Link to Original Source top
Critical Facilities (850111) writes "A man named Eloi Cole was discovered by CERN Security as he was rummaging through garbage bins at the LHC apparently looking for his "time machine power unit". According to the article, Cole claims to be from the future where "the discovery of the Higgs boson led to limitless power, the elimination of poverty and Kit-Kats for everyone.". I've always been more of a Twix man myself, but I could adjust to a world full of Kit-Kats." Link to Original Source top
Critical Facilities (850111) writes "With some speculating that Charles Phillips is the heir apparent to Larry Ellison, the timing of the "affair first exposed on pricey billboards plastered throughout New York's Times Square, San Francisco and Atlanta" certainly raises some questions about the motivations at work here. It seems pretty suspect that such a "key player" should have this news be made public with the looming merger." Link to Original Source top
Critical Facilities writes "Apparently, Neumont University, also referred to as "Geek Heaven" has implemented several programs which attempt to socialize/normalize their admittedly eccentric student body. According to the article, "The 6-year-old school places its graduates in high-tech jobs at such companies as EBay Inc., Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp. If trends hold up, more than 90% of the 59 students graduating with bachelor's degrees today will find work within three months...Administrators forced them to close their laptops in class, established social clubs and required them to take courses in interpersonal communications and public speaking."
As would be expected, there is a major shortage of women attending this particular university. In typical geek fashion, those women who do attend the school don't appear to be particularly appreciated by their male colleagues as evidenced by a quote from student Cameron Murray who is quoted as saying, "the women at Neumont "are more like dudes with long hair," which hurts the dating scene."" Link to Original Source top
Critical Facilities writes "In what is either many geeks' dream combination or a sure sign of the apocalypse, it seems that Hiroshi Seo, has created something called Ubunchu which is, believe it or not, a manga style comic based on Ubuntu Linux. Like Dave Rosenburg states in this article, "I await the episode where Mark Shuttleworth flies his open-source spaceship to Japan to meet the students."" Link to Original Source top
Critical Facilities writes "It may come as a surprise to some, but the rumors are continuing that IBM may be laying off as many as 16,000 workers during the week of January 19th. One IBM union member was quoted saying the rumor, "puts everybody in panic mode. People are worried if they get cut from IBM, where are they going to get another job?" Nothing is confirmed at this point, but with the state of the economy, as well as layoffs and potential layoffs at Mircosoft, HP/EDS, and Sun, it's not the most far fetched rumor I've heard recently." Link to Original Source top
Critical Facilities writes "Apparently the recent Wall Street woes are affecting even the mighty Google. According to this article, "The online search giant issued a memo to its Big Apple workforce earlier this week noting slimmed-down cafeteria hours and food selection as part of an effort "to find areas where efficiency can be improved."" Link to Original Source top
Critical Facilities writes "Here's some news sure to make math geeks across the country jealous: Verlyn and Judith Adamson of Mount Horeb each claimed a $350,000 jackpot this week for having the winning numbers in the state SuperCash drawing last Saturday. Verlyn , an accountant, said earlier in the week that he's a big fan of math puzzles. He claims he developed a formula for lottery picks, but his winnings have been small until now." Link to Original Source top
Critical Facilities writes "It looks like things are going from bad to worse for the poor folks at The Planet: "With the first floor of its damaged Houston data center still without power, The Planet is now offering to physically migrate customer servers to another data center it operates in the city. The dedicated server provider made the offer this morning after a generator failure delayed the restoration of power to the first floor of its H1 data center, which suffered extensive damage in an electrical explosion and fire Saturday night." Suffice to say, someone's got some explaining to do." Link to Original Source top
Critical Facilities writes "After reading through this article and some of the comments, I thought a discussion might be interesting. I studied CS for a brief period in the early 90's, but left college for another field. During that time, I studied COBOL, RPG, Fortran, VBasic, MVS JCL, and a few other languages. I never got far enough into the courses to gain any practical programming chops, and while I don't work in the field, I'm still interested in learning how to do some programming for my own enrichment. What would most Slashdotters recommend as a good language to try to teach one's self, and what method(s) do you find work well? That is, apart from reading a book, what projects, courses, sample "homework", or other resources are out there to "try out" your developing skills? I have no business need to build an application, but would love to learn a language and make attempts at using it to write something so that I would gain the experience of thinking through the project." top
Critical Facilities writes "In an unprecedented feat of biological alchemy, researchers have turned human skin cells into stem cells that hold the same medical promise as the controversial embryonic stem cells.
Scientists believe stem cell research will be able to cure numerous diseases and regenerate failing bodies. The new technique, however, doesn't require the destruction of embryos, or use human eggs or cloning. Thus, it sweeps aside the ethical objections to stem-cell research." Link to Original Source top
Critical Facilities writes "I stumbled across this story which should make any "Star Trek: The Next Generation" fan drool uncontrollably with envy. From TFA:
Someone thought it would be a good idea to model their home theater after the Enterprise NCC-1701D from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The result is super geeky, but actually rather cool. Named the best theme theater installation at CEDIA 2007, this Palm Beach County, FL home features motion-activated air-lock doors with series sound effects, and a "Red Alert" button on the Crestron TPMC-10 controller to turn all of the LEDs bright red and flashing.
I'm just interested as to whether or not the bartender has to dress like Guinan and if Starfleet Uniforms are required for access." Link to Original Source top
Belgian Benoit Lambert's hot-air balloon, in the shape of Darth Vader's mask, is harder to navigate than traditionally shaped balloons. But Lambert says he flies confidently because "the force is with us."
"the album [would] come as a 48.4 MB ZIP file containing 10 x 160 [kilobits per second], DRM-free MP3s."
To the casual music listener, the e-mail would be little more than an order confirmation (if not, you know, totally confusing), but to a segment of Radiohead's fanbase — aand to anyone who frequents file-sharing sites — it was a call to arms.
This begs the question if a nitpick like bitrate (particularly when it's better than most iTunes bitrates) really constitutes misleading one's fans." Link to Original Source top
Critical Facilities writes "Digg has signed a new advertising deal with a new advertising partner — Microsoft. The three year deal means that Microsoft will exclusively provide the display advertising and keyword targeted adverts on the Digg site. Details can be read here." Link to Original Source top
Critical Facilities writes "According to this story:Microsoft Corp. will soon submit a new photo format to an international standards organization that it says offers higher quality images with better compression, the company said on Thursday. While light on the details, this is an interesting development that begs the question, is this another attempt to gain a proprietary foothold. That is, if this turns out to be true and catches on (and that's a big IF), would that mean yet another reason people would "need" Windows?"