MrCrassic writes "To address troubling budget concerns, the University of Florida has outlined in its Budget Cut Plan a strategy to drastically cut funding and teaching and advisory positions from its Computer Science department. From the PDF:
Under this proposed plan, all of the Computer Engineering Degree programs, BS, MS and PhD, would be moved from the Computer & Information Science and Engineering Dept. to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. along with most of the advising staff. This move would allow us to support these degree programs using the existing faculty support staff in other depts. Roughly half of the faculty would be offered the opportunity to move to ECE, BME or ISE. These faculty would continue to support the graduate and research mission in the Computer Engineering degree track.
As more and more young people graduate from college with mounds of unresolved loan debt, financial experts and bankruptcy attorneys are calling the progressively worsening dilemma the "next debt bomb." According to a new survey conducted by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), 81 percent of bankruptcy lawyers report that the number of prospective clients with student loan debt has increased "significantly" or "somewhat" in the past few years.
MrCrassic writes "If Google TV left you unsatisifed, their next pet project might be for you. From the article:
The Web giant has considered adding TV services to a previously announced high-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kansas, the Journal said, citing people briefed on the company's plans. Google has reportedly hired cable TV executive Jeremy Stern to lead talks with media companies such as Disney and Time Warner.
MrCrassic writes "It looks like the glory days of Google Buzz have finally come to an end. Google has formally announced the termination of this service to concentrate their efforts on Google+. From the article:
In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won't be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.
Other products, such as the Google Labs website (http://labs.google.com) and Jaiku, will also be on the chopping block. Makes you wonder." Link to Original Source
MrCrassic writes "It looks like another competitor has joined the fight for tablet market share. Amazon released specs and pics of its newest offering, the Kindle Fire, which is bound to turn heads at $199. However, I wouldn't sell your Nook Color or iPad just yet.
From the article:
The Kindle Fire doesn’t have an embedded camera or a microphone. The device offers Wi-Fi connectivity, though not 3G access, and comes with a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, the company’s $79-a-year membership service that includes streaming video and free two-day shipping.
MrCrassic writes "Looks like HP needed yet another remodeling, as they are tapping Meg Whitman to take Leo Apothaker's chair by this afternoon. From the article:
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is poised to be named CEO of Hewlett-Packard later today after the markets are closed, said multiple sources close to the situation.
The full board of HP, which is meeting today in Silicon Valley, has not officially voted on move and the situation could certainly change, sources said it is nearly a done deal.
MrCrassic writes "Working at home isn't vacation...or is it? From the article:
Almost one in five Americans who work from home only clock in for an hour or less a day, according to a survey, while a third stay in their pyjamas.
Forty per cent of telecommuters say they work between four and seven hours, 17 per cent are doing the bare minimum and just 35 per cent are working eight or more hours, the CareerBuilder survey of 5,299 people revealed....
Stay-at-home workers also said getting dressed for the day was far too strenuous: 41 per cent of women and 22 per cent of men – a third in total – stayed in their PJs.
MrCrassic writes "Looks like it might be the beginning of the end for webOS presence at HP, as The Register just announced that they laid off 525 webOS developers. From the article:
HP is laying off up to 525 staff from its global webOS hardware biz, according to reports.
The tech titan confirmed last month it is shuttering the unit that produced the ill-fated TouchPad and Pre3 devices.
“As communicated on 18 August, HP will discontinue the development of webOS devices within the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which ends 31 Oct 2011,” an HP spokesperson told AllThingsD in the US.
MrCrassic writes "iPhone users that accidentally upgraded to 3.1 may possibly be able to downgrade using hosted ECID and SHSH hashes, as described here.
From the iPhone Dev-Team blog:
Now, there are ways to ensure that even after taking an official 3GS update (which you really shouldnÃâât do!), that youÃââll nonetheless be able to revert to a jailbreakable 3GS (this is NOT true for the unlock, see NOTE #1 below). WeÃââve been explaining these methods (like the iTunes/tmp technique) over the last few weeks, and thereÃââs been some great discussion and feedback for the methods in the comments.
Having said all that, we realize that some of you updated your 3GS to 3.1 anyway. If you want to come back to the world of the jailbreak (but NOT the sim unlock, sorry!) then saurikÃââs new ÃâÅ"on fileÃâÂ server may be able to help. HeÃââs got all the details in a new article so do check it out.
MrCrassic writes "Like many students this year, I am graduating and heavily considering my options for graduate school. My career path is already set, so with that covered, I'm looking into researching ways in balancing my career with furthering my education. As an undergraduate, I wanted to choose a program that would allow me to continue building on my technical skills, while letting me explore other possibilities, so I went with Computer Engineering. However, I'm much more certain now that I want to stay in IT as a systems administrator (for now), which I'm discovering is a bit outside the purview of a graduate program in this field.
I'm thinking about getting a Master's degree in Information Systems, which seems to be more aligned with the kind of work that I'm doing. I've thought (and am still thinking about) about going the Computer Science route, but I'm unsure if I really want that broad of an education at the moment. However, MIS seems too specific and too directed towards the managerial aspect of IT, which I really want to avoid right now (though I know that the money looks good in that area).
So I come to the bastion of all that is science and technology (or something like that). For those that were in similar straits, what options did you choose and why? Are you folks happy with your decision, or is there something that you would have changed? Additionally, should I decide to go down the Comp. Sci. track, how can I expect to use that knowledge in practically and vocationally improving my ability as a systems administrator?
MrCrassic writes "It seems that Google might have a little more than Android up its sleeve; the search giant, along with Intel, Time Warner, and other tech conglomerates, have formed an alliance dedicated to constructing a nationwide wireless data network.
From the article:
A who's who of technology and telecommunications companies announced Wednesday that it intended to build the first of a new generation of nationwide wireless data networks.
The consortium includes a disparate group of partners: Sprint Nextel, Google, Intel, Comcast, Time Warner and Clearwire.
The partners have put the value of the deal at $14.5 billion, a figure that includes radio spectrum and equipment provided by Sprint Nextel and Clearwire, and $3.2 billion from the others involved.
They expect the network, which will provide the next generation of high-speed Internet access for cellphone users, to be built in as little as two years, but there is no timetable on when it will be available to users and the price is not determined. The partners are seeking to beat Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless to the market."" top
"Microsoft hiked its offer to $33 a share, but Yahoo was holding out for $37 a share, the source said. The two sides met face to face again Saturday, but remained far apart.
Although price was a key issue, Microsoft also had strategic concerns and saw it as unlikely to achieve a friendly integration process. According to a source close to Microsoft, Yahoo founder and CEO Jerry Yang had "unrealistic expectations."
MrCrassic writes "RIM is now trying to enter the self-retail market by opening up its first store in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The purpose of the store seems to be oriented towards (obviously) selling Blackberry devices as well as accessories and other RIM-provided services. The stores will also guide new Blackberry users into getting familiar with the technologies used by it.
From the article:
The store is an exclusive deal between Ontario-based Research In Motion, BlackBerry's parent company, and Wireless Giant, which is headquartered in Madison Heights.
The retail center offers BlackBerry phones, accessories, add-on software applications and activation from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The five-member staff also will train users at the store or on work sites.
MrCrassic writes "There are talks floating around surrounding Google's possible talks with Verizon and possibly T-Mobile to establish an agreement for the carrier to deliver phones carrying Google's speculated mobile operating system.
According to the article, one of the main hurdles slowing down the product are concerns about user privacy and advertising, one of Google's well-renowned strengths. With over 6 million customers potentially at their disposal, could this be "the deal" that establishes Google's hegemony in the internet sphere?
After opposing Google Inc.'s moves to dramatically reshape the wireless industry, Verizon Wireless is now in serious discussions with the Internet company over carrying phones tailored to a new Google operating system, a person familiar with the discussions said.
Within two weeks, Google is expected to announce new software and services that handset makers could use to build customized Google-powered phones. The company needs wireless operators to sign onto the project in order to get Google-powered mobile devices in front of consumers by the middle of next year.
MrCrassic writes "It seems that Facebook will start to grow some Microsoft roots, as the company has just won a tight bid for a minority stake in Facebook. Part of the agreement indicates that Microsoft will have some control over advertisements posted on the social network. From the article:
The Microsoft agreement comes after intense lobbying by Microsoft and Google Inc. for Facebook's hand. In recent weeks executives including Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer have courted the three-year-old Palo Alto, Calif. company, which this year expects a profit of $30 million on revenue of $150 million, according to people familiar with the company.
What could this possibly mean for the future of Facebook? How closely will Microsoft hold what seems to be one of the fastest-growing social networks on the Internet, and what more could they contribute to it?" Link to Original Source top
MrCrassic writes "It appears that Google is initiating talks with well-known PDA/smartphone manufacturer HTC to make the Google phone a reality. With impressive tech specs and an already impressive concept underway , could Google be the next company to make a mark in the wireless device industry?
From the main article:
However, a recent report by CrunchGear states that its own sources at mobile handset provider HTC have tipped the site off to multiple gPhone handsets being prepped for launch in the first quarter of 2008 and that the handsets will be coming out of Taiwan. There will supposedly be over 20 different handsets to choose from — some with GPS — and they will carry special versions of Google Maps, Google Calendar, Gmail, and VoIP-enabled Google Talk.
Speaking of software, Google is rumored to be developing its own operating system for the gPhone. According to reports by Engadget, the OS has been in development since 2005 after Google's acquisition of a mobile software company called Android. The Android team has since developed a Linux-based mobile OS while at Google — a detail that is corroborated by the CrunchGear report — which of course comes with tight Google integration. Both sites appear to agree that their sources indicate Google isn't currently looking to develop the hardware... for now.
MrCrassic writes "Forbes announces today that Palm is willing to sell 25% stake of its company in hopes of establishing tighter competition with other smartphone/PDA manufactuers. Could this mean that better times for Palm lie ahead?
From the article:
The deal with Elevation Partners — which agreed to invest $325 million for a 25 percent stake in Palm (nasdaq: PALM — news — people ) — will infuse new talent in the handheld computer pioneer as it battles stiffening competition that will only get tougher with Apple Inc. (nasdaq: AAPL — news — people )'s June 29 launch of the iPhone." Link to Original Source top
MrCrassic writes "A family in Chicago received the gift of pornography for Christimas — upon buying a "new" Microsoft Zune player for Wal-Mart, their daughter was surprised to find pictures and videos of homosexual orgies pre-loaded on her player. Click on the link for a video of the report and a quick read." top
The drug maker Eli Lilly has engaged in a decade-long effort to play down the health risks of Zyprexa, its best-selling medication for schizophrenia, according to hundreds of internal Lilly documents and e-mail messages among top company managers...Lilly's own published data, which it told its sales representatives to play down in conversations with doctors, has shown that 30 percent of patients taking Zyprexa gain 22 pounds or more after a year on the drug, and some patients have reported gaining 100 pounds or more. But Lilly was concerned that Zyprexa's sales would be hurt if the company was more forthright about the fact that the drug might cause unmanageable weight gain or diabetes, according to the documents, which cover the period 1995 to 2004.
Yes, I changed my official website to my MySpace profile. On Slashdot.
I hope I'm not the only one here to believe this, but I would like to stand up and denote this ideology as clean-cut bullshit.
I have been experienced in computers and information technology (in a roundabout sense) for nearly 13 years now. I have dealt with the many types of common users many people here have dealt with: the jock who thinks the monitor is the computer, the mother who forgets the function of the power button from time to time, and so forth. So because it is these types of people that somehow find a way to create, "pimp-ify," and publish their MySpace, I can't do this too? Is it that my knowledge of computers, electronics, and science in general forbids me from wanting to be "sociable" online?
I like the site. Despite all of the convolutions that exist within its framework and the amount of inconsistencies that users must deal with daily, I think that MySpace is a great place to make myself known to other people outside of my personal network. Now that I am starting to work, I will need a medium that I can be contacted in outside of Facebook or my school. Furthermore, I do not want to be restricted to other college students, since I have my pet peeves against the "college nature" that is sustained in our universities. I like being able to talk to all sorts of people and hear, not deal with, other people's stories and situations. This doesn't imply that I am going to befriend lost teenagers or jocks; I don't associate with them in real life, so why should I make that exception online?
My profile is http://www.myspace.com/over-engineered. Check it out. It's pretty clean, safely informative, and gives a pretty decent detail about me. You will not be killing kittens or losing brain cells looking at it (most likely), I promise. There's nothing wrong with MySpace aside from technical details, so in my mind there is nothing wrong with embracing the subculture, even for a techie-nerd like myself.