mangu writes "Siddarth Hariharan, a former software engineer for Lucasfilm, filed a class action suit in California accusing a number of companies of antitrust violations and unfair competition. At the core of the suit is a series of agreements among the corporations, with Apple in the central role, to limit the competition among them for technology workers. Besides Apple, the companies mentioned are Pixar, Lucasfilm, Adobe, Google, Intel, and Intuit. Basically, the interconnected agreements consisted in not to “cold call” one another’s employees. Considering that switching jobs is one of the few opportunities a technology worker has to get a significant pay raise these agreements imposed strong limits on career evolution." Link to Original Source top
mangu writes "Intelsat has signed a contract with Canadian MDA to refuel satellites in geostationary orbit. The $280 million contract will buy half of the 2000kg fuel carried by the space servicing vehicle. Besides refueling aging satellites, the vehicle will also be able to tow failed satellites away from the geostationary orbit." Link to Original Source top
mangu writes "Iran said on Saturday it is removing the fuel from the reactor of a Russian-built nuclear power plant, a move seen as a big blow to its controversial nuclear program. The plant was first launched by the shah using contractors from Siemens. It was shelved after the Islamic revolution and it lay unfinished through the 1980s. In the early 1990s, Iran sought help for the project after being turned away by Siemens over nuclear proliferation concerns. In 1994, Russia agreed to complete the plant and provide the fuel, with the supply deal committing Iran to returning the spent fuel. The plant has faced hiccups even after its physical launch, with officials blaming the delays in generating electricity on a range of factors, including Bushehr's "severe weather." But they deny it was hit by the malicious Stuxent computer worm which struck industrial computers in Iran, although they acknowledge that the personal computers of some personnel at Bushehr were infected with it." Link to Original Source top
"Jack was a showman, a gentleman, an orator and a passionate champion of this country, its movies and the enduring freedoms that made both so important to this world," his successor, Dan Glickman, said in a written statement announcing Valenti's death. "He also embodied the theatricality of our industry with his conviction, quick wit and boundless energy. In a very real sense, he was the ultimate leading man."
mangu writes "The Brazilian government Public Ministry, that is, more or less equivalent to the Attorney General's office in the USA, is threatening to sue Google unless they get the identities of people who have created Orkut communities on subjects such as racism, neonazism, homophobia, abuse against animals, and religious intolerance. So far Google has refused to supply data about the identity of the persons involved, but they have agreed to remove the infringing Orkut communities.
Despite the nominal protection on freedom of expression in the Brazilian constitution, the legislation allows many exceptions that effectively limit the subjects which may be discussed publicly in Brazil. Publishing any text that incite "apology of crime", "racial prejudice", or "religious intolerance" is a felony according to Brazilian federal law."