cyclocommuter writes "From this Computerworld article: There are anti-outsourcing efforts in almost every state, but few are as loud and aggressive about it as Ohio. This is a state that has suffered major job losses in manufacturing, and the anger about those losses has put offshore outsourcing in the cross-hairs of state politics." Link to Original Source top
cyclocommuter writes "From TFA: Former Intel CEO Andy Grove is dead on about the dire need to come up with policies to create more manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Look no further than the bustling economies in Asia if there is any doubt." Link to Original Source top
cyclocommuter writes "From the NYT article: Ian R. MacDonald, an oceanographer at Florida State University who is an expert in the analysis of oil slicks, said he had made his own rough calculations using satellite imagery. They suggested that the leak could “easily be four or five times” the government estimate, he said." Link to Original Source top
cyclocommuter writes "From the article: The gas pedal system used Toyota Motor Co.'s recall crisis was born from a movement in the auto industry to rely more on electronics to carry out a vehicle's most critical functions.
The intricacy of such systems, which replace hoses and hydraulic fluid with computer chips and electrical sensors, has been a focus as Toyota struggled to find the cause for sudden acceleration of vehicles that led the company to halt sales of eight models this week." Link to Original Source top
XMas Bomber allowed to fly due to a spelling error
cyclocommuter writes "Excerpts from the ComputerWorld article:In a story that's receiving widespread attention, the Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that Iranian-backed groups in Iraq and Afghanistan were tapping into live feeds from Predator drones using a $26 software tool called SkyGrabber from Russian company SkySoftware. The hitherto largely unknown software product doesn't require Internet connectivity and is designed to intercept music, photos, video and TV satellite programming for free. Insurgents in Iraq, however, were able to use SkyGrabber to grab live video feeds from unmanned Predator drones because the transmissions were being sent unencrypted to ground control stations.
Once again, yet another multi-billion dollar system is rendered vulnerable by cheap off-the-shelf components." top
cyclocommuter writes "Interesting snippet from this article from The Register: "If the goal of.NET was to see off Java, it was at least partially successful. Java did not die, but enterprise Java became mired in complexity, making.NET an easy sell as a more productive alternative. C# has steadily grown in popularity, and is now the first choice for most Windows development. ASP.NET has been a popular business web framework. The common language runtime has proved robust and flexible."
The article also continues: "Job trend figures here show steadily increasing demand for C#, which is now mentioned in around 32 per cent of UK IT programming vacancies, ahead of Java at 26 per cent."" Link to Original Source top
Sudden acceleration due to Toyota computer glitch?
cyclocommuter writes "Some Toyota owners are up in arms as they suspect the accidents have been caused by some kind of glitch in the electronic computer system used in Toyotas that controls the throttle. Refusing to accept the explanation of Toyota and the federal government, hundreds of Toyota owners are in rebellion after a series of accidents caused by what they call "runaway cars."" Link to Original Source top
cyclocommuter writes "From this CNET Blog: Home audio connoisseurs will likely take offense, but complicated home stereos may be going the way of the baby boomer. The blog may have a point, kids nowadays listen to their music mostly via 3 piece Logitech speakers hooked up to their PCs or using the headphones connected to their iPods. Also, does anyone still buy a pure CD player?" top
cyclocommuter writes "Interesting ARS Technica article on how Major League Baseball is targetting Slingbox users for watching games outside the confines of their living rooms. This appears to be yet another instance where a big corporation is putting the pressure on another small innovative company... Napster, bittorrent, the list goes on." top
cyclocommuter writes "This BBC article touches on how mobile phones make and break the news in Iraq's conflict. Case in point was the leaked mobile video of Saddam that showed more than what was broadcast via the officially released video. Recently, "Kramer's" tirade was also caught on cell phone video and was widely distributed on the net. With more and more mobile phones equipped with digital and video cameras, not to mention the proliferation of closed circuit TV monitoring on big cities and so on, one wonders what the effects of all this in the long term. Will it be a boon or a bane to governments?" top
cyclocommuter writes "This article on Wired talks about Digg's attempt to fight its own users for control. At the center of the controversy is a group of about 30 users that appears to have banded together using Digg's "friend" system to dig up or down stories.
From TFA: "Some of the generals in Digg.com's army of volunteer news readers are in revolt over new abuse controls that could undermine their influence on the site.""