HanzoSpam writes "A new genetic study of a group of sub-Saharan peoples has challenged the prevailing view that modern humans emerged from one location in Africa before spreading out across the world. An international research team found that the Khoe and San groups from southern Africa are descendants of the earliest diversification event in the history of modern humans – 100,000 years ago. Instead of localising the origin of modern humans to a single geographic region in Africa, the researchers discovered a complex record of interbreeding and genetic stratification, challenging the view of evolution in one place." Link to Original Source top
HanzoSpam writes "IBM Corp.'s failure to protect state information under an $863 million data center consolidation contract has prompted the Texas secretary of state's office to pull its elections system from the project.
In August, the secretary of state got a "wake-up call" when a server crash led to a 13-day outage of the agency's business records filing system. It exposed serious weaknesses in IBM's ability to recover lost data, said secretary of state spokesman Randall Dillard." Link to Original Source top
HanzoSpam writes "Bizcovering notes "Todayâ(TM)s (Sept 15, 2009) the www.Street.com has an article written by James Rogerâ(TM)s entitled, âoeIBM: Best in Classâ- saying CEO Sam Palmisano- has been earning applause for successfully guiding the tech giant through the economic downturn.
But the truth of the matter Palmisano for going on the last five years has been the biggest de-porter of good paying benefit jobs to the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, Indonesia and China) countries. He has crafted the hugest layoff plan over these five years that the nation has ever seen in a 100 + year old technology company, and done it in the most brutal ways possible."" Link to Original Source top
HanzoSpam writes "U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's NASA transition team is asking U.S. space agency officials to quantify how much money could be saved by canceling the Ares 1 rocket and scaling back the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle next year.
Obama pledged during his campaign to inject an additional $2 billion into NASA aimed in part at narrowing the gap between the space shuttle's retirement and the introduction of a successor system. While NASA Administrator Mike Griffin and his senior managers are adamant that Ares and Orion are the right vehicles to fill that role, Obama did not endorse either system by name during his campaign." Link to Original Source