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teknopurge (199509) writes "I actually like most MS products, which is why I was shocked to stumble across this story. 'KYE recruits hundreds-even up to 1,000-"work study students" 16 and 17 years of age, who work 15-hour shifts, six and seven days a week. In 2007 and 2008, dozens of the work study students were reported to be just 14 and 15 years old. A typical shift is from 7:45 a.m. to 10:55 p.m.....Along with the work study students-most of whom stay at the factory three months, though some remain six months or longer-KYE prefers to hire women 18 to 25 years of age, since they are easier to discipline and control' Now I'm all for a global economy and the re-balancing of markets that comes with it, but it seems that there is some serious normalization that needs to be done in these economic cycles. The trend has been to move toward cheap-labor centers for the past 10 years or so. When is the backlash in the markets going to take place?(wages increases abroad, better working conditions, near-shoring becuase the off-shore costs are rising, etc...)" Link to Original Source top
teknopurge writes "After using the software for years I was shocked to find that one of my favorite open-source projects, Zabbix, had its code stolen, rebranded and sold for profit as Firescope. Touting thier product as "revolutionary", Firescope has apparently copied the Zabbix repository and themed the interface without adhering to the GPL that Zabbix is distributed with. Is this not the worst fear of every open source project?" Link to Original Source top
teknopurge writes "We've all seen those Firescope ads, even here on slashdot, for their great monitoring software. they just skinned the Zabbix GPL'd codebase, and are refusing to release the code. As valuable an asset as the Zabbix platform has been, should companies be allowed to profit form the work of others without credit?" Link to Original Source top
teknopurge writes "I have been spending a lot of time looking at the Java Kernel.(Formerly the Consumer JRE) It looks like during the past 10 years while Java has made huge inroads within larger businesses and web applications a small team has been working on a JRE that solves the largest issue with client Java uptake: speed. The new Java Kernel is much smaller and built for speed.(no joke, think native load times.) The tricks they are doing with memory mapping the class files reminds me of the utter brilliance and ingenuity of the Amiga graphics pipeline design. Could this be the final piece of the huge end-around the Java platform has take the past 15 years? With all the enterprise services already available to Java clients, will the Java Kernel crush rich.NET clients and Flash proliferation?" Link to Original Source top
teknopurge writes "Apparently Hushmail has been providing information to law enforcement behind the backs of their clients. Billed as secure email because of their use of PGP, Hushmail has been turning over private keys of users to the authorities on request. Yet another reason to use private hosting." top
Apple's iPhone update creates new species of Brick
teknopurge writes "They warned you, depending on the "educational" tool you used, you are now the proud new owner of a paperweight. Though not as expensive as bricks of gold, you're unlikely to find such costly building materials at your local Home Depot." Link to Original Source top
teknopurge writes "Vertical computer has filed suit against Bill & Co. alleging that the whole of the.NET framework uses one of their patents. The article is light on details, but what would the damage be to MS if the fundamental design of.NET, the CLR, was in violation of this very specific patent?" top
teknopurge writes "AYBABTU, but seriously now, the much anticipated iPhone is here, and first impressions show that they hype leading up to the device came up short: it's pretty and has multiple spacial sensors. Check out the play-by-play at http://www.macrumorslive.com/."