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China Military Hacker – Not like the movie Hackers…at all!

What It’s Like to Be a Chinese Military Hacker

All-black stealth suits, fingers flying across keyboards, screams of unintelligible jargon at Matrix-style lines of code. These are the things that generally come to mind when you hear the phrase “foreign military hacking unit”—or at least the mind of anyone who’s seen a movie in the past 10 years. But as the Los Angeles Times discovered when they stumbled across the blog of...READ MORE

Optimization creates room for Innovation

New eBay Metrics Help Save Millions in Data Center Costs

As part of its Digital Service Efficiency effort to reduce power consumption in its data centers, eBay slightly changed some of its software code so that the code would require less memory. Less memory meant more operations could be performed on the same server over a given amount of time.  The end result? eBay cut its power consumption by about a megawatt and took 400 servers out of its data centers, saving some $2 million in equipment costs….http://tinyurl.com/amradlx

Preemptive Google Glass Ban (only in Seattle)

The Banning of Google Glass Begins (And They Aren’t Even Available Yet)

A Seattle bar has declared that ‘Google Glass’ (aka Google Glasses)–not yet available to the public–are banned “in advance” from the establishment.  Seattle’s 5 Point Cafe posted a message to their Facebook….http://tinyurl.com/bcjmmuj

How much Data does a Super Bowl eat… A LOT!

AT&T Data Use Explodes At The Super Bowl

We’ve all been there. You are at a crowded event, taking pictures with your smartphone and trying to share them on Facebook or Twitter but the damn photo just won’t upload. The data network you are using is clogged because too many people are trying to do the exact same thing you are: making phone calls, sending texts, uploading pictures and streaming video… http://ow.ly/hrCgn

 

Remember to communicate and don’t assume anything!

Communication is Key!

The scene: a woman goes to buy a cake for, oh, let’s say her cat Whiskers’s birthday. She decides to put a photo of Whiskers’s face on top of the cake…

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Sad and strange…but still this is amazing personal project management / outsourcing at its best.

How a ‘model’ employee got away with outsourcing his software job to China

Bob was his company’s best software developer, got glowing performance reviews and earned more than $250,000 a year.

Then one day last spring, Bob’s employer, an American infrastructure company, thought its computer network had been attacked by a virus… http://ow.ly/hdbZk

Cool…but claustrophobia may be too intense in these awesome mini tech apartments.

New York City unveils its vision for micro-apartments under 400 sq. ft.

New York City today announced the winner of its competition to design micro-apartments, between 250 and 370 square feet, intended to address a shortage of housing stock for single New Yorkers.

http://ow.ly/h2w8Z

Facebook goes BOOM with Graph…”watch this video”

Here’s What Using the New Facebook Search Looks Like

Facebook Graph Search is an amazing feature with a terrible name. It takes the massive, inordinate amount of personal information and experiences you’ve charted over the years, and pulls them up with a few keystrokes. Watch it in action.

http://ow.ly/gQIxM

Okay Microsoft, I’ll admit it…this is pretty darn cool…I want my MePhone…as in, my hand is the phone.

Meet Microsoft, the world’s best kept R&D secret

As far as 99.9 percent of the world population is concerned, Microsoft is a stodgy, old-guard technology company. Its bottom line is fully leveraged against PC operating systems and business software—hardly the building blocks of a future-thinking portfolio, right?…

http://ow.ly/gylom

PBS has a more highbrow show about Silicon Valley than Bravo…go figure.

Looks Like PBS Made A ‘Silicon Valley’ TV Show That Could Really Be Worth Watching

Those who dreaded the ‘Silicon Valley’ reality TV series that aired this past year on Bravo did not have much to worry about after all. The show received mostly negative reviews and had lalackluster performance in the ratings department, and it doesn’t seem likely to return — at least not to chronicle the tech scene here in California…http://ow.ly/go66Z

UPDATE – WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY ONLINE:

http://video.pbs.org/video/2332168287/