Day: October 29, 2013

Steve Jobs’ childhood home designated ‘historical resource’

The modest single-story house in Silicon Valley designated a protected historical site due to its association with the late Apple cofounder…….

Dream Chaser’s first flight a success but with bumpy landing

Looking to develop the first commercial spacecraft to bring US astronauts to the International Space Station, Sierra Nevada Corporation begins flight tests of its winged Dream Chaser…….

Dell goes private: Stock ceases trading, now Big Mike’s baby once again

Deal cost Texan tech titan and pals $24.9bn……

NBN Co cleanses rollout website

NBN Co has removed key rollout data from its website, leaving hundreds of thousands of premises that had been scheduled to get the NBN in the next three years in doubt…….

‘Mamoris’ chair doubles as a helmet

Meet a multitasking chair from earthquake-prone Japan. You can sit in it and, if needed, use it to protect your head from falling debris…….

Google Glass trade-in program includes a new earbud accessory

At least the sound should be better on the next generation of Glass…….

How Your Compiler Can Compromise Application Security

jfruh writes “Most day-to-day programmers have only a general idea of how compilers transform human-readable code into the machine language that actually powers computers. In an attempt to streamline applications, many compilers actually remove code that it perceives to be undefined or unstable — and, as a research group at MIT has found, in doing…

NZ government nets NZ$176m from 4G spectrum sale

The New Zealand government has raised NZ$176 million from selling the bulk of its 700 megahertz radio spectrum, flagged for fourth-generation mobile phone use, and is still considering what to do with the remainder…….

Infosys Fined $35M For Illegally Bringing Programmers Into US On Visitor Visas

McGruber writes “The U.S. government fined Infosys $35 million after an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department found that the Indian company used inexpensive, easy-to-obtain B-1 visas meant to cover short business visits — instead of harder-to-get H-1B work visas — to bring an unknown number of its employees for…

Salesforce’s data-center design: ‘Go for web scale, and build it out of s**t!’

Oracle sits at the core, but after that things get ugly – and cheap!……