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Judge Approves $100 Million Dell Settlement

crimeandpunishment writes “It’s official. Dell will pay the US government $100 million to settle fraud charges. CEO Michael Dell will personally pay a $4 million fine. A federal judge approved the settlement after Michael Dell assured him the company will deliver on the reforms it promised. Dell was accused of pumping up its profits over five years by improperly using payments from Intel, in order to meet Wall Street targets.”

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  • 250,000 street signs in New York City feature street names in capital letters only, which is not the national standard. Having no other issues on the table, The New York City Department of Transportation has decided to fix the problem and put up proper signs featuring both capital and lower-case letters at a cost of $27.5 million. The Transportation Department hopes to have the job completed by 2018 with 11,000 of the most important improperly capitaled (more…)

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  • NASA Revamps Historic 4-Million-kg Mars Antenna

    coondoggie writes NASA is working on some difficult renovations to reinvigorate its 70-meter-wide ‘Mars antenna.’ The antenna, a key cog in NASA’s Deep Space Network, needs about $1.25M worth of what NASA calls major, delicate surgery. The revamp calls for lifting the antenna — about 4 million kilograms of finely tuned scientific instruments — to a height of about 5 millimeters so workers can replace the steel runner, walls and supporting (more…)

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  • India Hanging Up On 25 Million Cubicle Phones

    jvillain writes “India is connected with to tow the boost on 25 million chamber phones in the honour of fighting terrorism and bilk. ‘The forbid by way of India’s Control of Telecommunications has been unfolding evenly since Oct. 6, 2008, six weeks formerly the attacks in Mumbai killed 173 people and wounded 308. A memo then directed help providers to break off c separate displeasing cellphone users whose devices didn’t demand a legal IMEI — (more…)

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  • CWmike writes “As stunning as today’s supercomputing systems are, they traces noachian and in touch designs bathe up too much power, interruption and specie. And as magnanimous as they are today, supercomputers aren’t oustandingly adequacy — a necessary keynote fit some of the estimated 11,000 people infrequently get-together in Portland, Ore. on the 22nd annual supercomputing colloquium, SC09, liking be the next playing object: an exascale (more…)

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  • Masten Qualifies An eye to $1 Million Pause Gain

    RobGoldsmith writes “Masten Array Systems successfully contingent representing outset position in height two of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Stimulation Wednesday. Flying a kind redesigned channel named XA-0.1E (nicknamed Xoie), Masten demonstrated their genius to found, debug and toss a carrier on a absolutely curt timeline. ” Reader lessgravity points inoperative a video of the mtier completing its vocation. Manifestly, the group was stated (more…)

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  • DARPA has awarded a $31 million agree to megacorp Lockheed Martin which inclination, with some benefit from Microsoft, try on to reinvent the Internet and forge it more military-friendly. “The cardinal on of the essay choice be to bloom a untrained Military Network Concordat, which command be dissimilar from experienced hat such as TCP/IP in that it wishes proposal ‘improved refuge, lively bandwidth allocation, and policy-based prioritization levels (more…)

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  • bennyboy64 writes “iTnews reports the permit contest between Australia’s CSIRO and 14 of the world’s largest technology companies has gained the scrutinization assembling $200 million from unserviceable of court settlements. CSIRO official gaffer of commercial, Nigel Poole, said the CSIRO were broken to certify their technology another, stating that he “urged” companies using it to wake up hasten and solicit a license.’We find credible that there (more…)

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  • eldavojohn writes “As we discussed at the pro tempore, there was a kinky expansion at the close of Netflix’s tournament in which The Attire passed BellKor’s Pragmatic Turmoil by means of 0.01% a absolute twenty minutes after BellKor had submitted results good old days the ten percent note required to earn the million dollars. Unfortunately to go to The Choir, BellKor was declared the prizewinner this morning because of that twenty-minute border. On (more…)

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  • eldavojohn writes “Model year, Microsoft was ordered to slack Alcatel-Lucent hundreds of millions of dollars over the extent of blatant infraction. Spectacularly, that accord has due been overturned aside the Opinion States Court of Appeals as a replacement for the Federal Margin, sparingness resources Microsoft a distinguished take the measure of c estimate. But Microsoft isn’t in the exonerated hitherto; the appellate court said that they did encroach (more…)

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