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June 10, 2008

LOTD for June 10

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 9:14 pm

Interesting bill being pushed by two US senators to give foreign nationals who earn advanced degrees in the US permanent residency. Amazing that a job offer will mean a Green Card to those who earn advanced degrees!
Infoworld article

Nuclear power plant was shut down after a single computer received a software update. Utilities are putting nuclear power plants control online in order to improve efficiency, but they apparently are vulnerable now to cyber attacks. Internal cyber accidents could result in even greater problems than hacker attacks:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/05/AR2008060501958.html

Some research conferences were caught spending lavishly on their attendees. I’ve never been to a conference like this–the last conference I went to they didn’t even give us lunch or dinner!
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/06/06/eveningnews/main4161345.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_4161345

iRobot is moving into the autonomous underwater vehicle market:
http://finance.boston.com/boston?GUID=5696477&Page=MediaViewer&Ticker=IRBT

Research about a school of robotic fish studies how to get teams of underwater robots to cooperate:
http://uwnews.org/article.asp?articleID=42371

Iraqi lawmakers claim that the US is demanding 58 bases in Iraq, plus control of Iraqi airspace below 30,000 feet and immunity from prosecution for US troops and private contractors such as Blackwater:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/5828511.html

Taser lost for the first time in court and was ordered to pay more than $6 mil in damages for a man’s death in Salinas:
http://www.montereyherald.com/crime/ci_9511484

Salmonella incidents have resulted in 3 varieties of tomatoes being pulled from stores and restaurants:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/20080610-9999-1n10tomatoes.html

The problems with the tomatoes have been traced to either tomatoes from Mexico or Florida. So, Mexican growers have stopped shipments to the US:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/mexico/20080610-1026-mexico-tomatoes.html

The Florida tomato industry is in “total collapse” and $40 mil of Florida tomatoes may be wasted:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/20080610-0634-food-tomatoes-florida.html

AT&T’s chief executive talks about the 3G iPhone. Interesting that this is the first iPhone that AT&T is subsidizing. Some analysts say that AT&T may actually be subsidizing the iPhone by up to $499 per iPhone! AT&T says that they will make their money back by reduced churn and by increasing the unlimited data fee from $20 to $30 per month:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121305706681259335.html

Apple’s competitors (who already have 3G phones on the market) reacted strongly to some of what Steve Jobs said yesterday:
http://www.forbes.com/technology/2008/06/09/3G-iphone-rivals-tech-ebiz-cx_ew_0609iphone.html

More negative reaction to the 3G iPhone by Apple’s competitors:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9964258-7.html

The Belmont States had WiFi coverage via a network recently installed by Meru Networks:
http://rfdesign.com/next_generation_wireless/news/racetrack_deploys_wifi_0610/index.html

More than 1/3 of US tech workers would take a pay cut if they could work from home:
http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSN1033002320080610

Article about how geeks do not necessarily make good jurors in tech cases. Funny line about how Silicon Valley jurors often know more than the expert witnesses who testify or “at least think they do”:
Infoworld article

FedEx and Facebook teamed up to send virtual packages:
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/digital-downloads/broadband/e3i69ca9ccee6f4473d070d828b00379fdd

Rich 80-year-old widow in India threw a lavish party for 100,000 people, hoping that it would please the gods and give her a spot in heaven:
http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSDEL27714220080606?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews

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