If You’re Being Laid Off From Sun And You’re A Dev, I Can Assist In The Job Hunt


Sun says it’s slashing jobs *again* before the end of the year in an effort to return to profitability.

This is a damn shame.

Contact me if you work for Sun, or any other software manufacturer, and are being laid off or *fear*Β you will be laid off. My team at work needs C/C++/C# developers, especially if you have Test skills or are willing to learn Test theory.

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Is This Man Cheating On His Wife?

Wall Street Journal has an article on the dilemma facing people that have ‘real’ lives and a virtual life in ‘Second Life’, here’s the link.

One married man in Phoenix has a virtual life so strong with a woman that when he needed surgery in real life, she ponied up almost $500 real cash to cheer him up online through an extravagant purchase. Now the relationship has reached the point where the virtual characters are contemplating virtual marriage.

Now the question being asked is: Is that cheating?

Choice quote from the woman he’s legally wed to, who is not amused:

It’s really devastating. You try to talk to someone or bring them a drink, and they’ll be having sex with a cartoon.

Here’s a pic of the happy online couple:

Second Life couple


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HTC P5550, Another Slider

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A week or so ago I mentioned the HTC S710 that I was slobbering over with the slide out QWERTY keyboard.

Here is another new HTC with a slider coming soon but it’s also Touch capable. It’s the HTC Touch II P5500. It’ll host Windows Mobile 6, should be released ‘real soon now’ with a 400MHz CPU, 128M ROM, 64MB RAM, 240×320 Display with a 2.8″ screen. This consumer phone below will also sport an FM receiver, GPS & WiFi.

Besides Touch, the other difference with this slide out is that it exposes just a standard number dialing pad as opposed to the S710’s QWERTY.

HTC P5550 Touch

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Four-Galaxy Collision Could Form Übergalaxy

One of the biggest galaxy collisions ever observed is taking place at the center of this image below (clicky) and scientists think it could wind up being one of the biggest in the universe, up to 10x the size of the Milky Way.

The four white blobs in the middle are large galaxies that have begun to tangle and ultimately merge into a single gargantuan galaxy. The whitish cloud around the colliding galaxies contains billions of stars tossed out during the messy encounter. Other galaxies and stars appear in yellow, orange and red hues. Blue shows hot gas that permeates this distant region of tightly packed galaxies.

Our own Milky Way is fated to collide with Andromeda in ~ 5billion years.

Read MSNBC for more.

4 Galaxy Collision

Girls Gone Wild And Gettin’ Nerdy

CES 2007 and Girls Gone Wild

This is a video from i4u.com at CES 2007 talking to some booth babes (Molly & Jana) working for “Girls Gone Wild” (<–GGW site NSFW) that are in a cross promotional deal for a new handheld video camera.

The fellow from I4U asks the girls a few non-technical questions about the gadgets in the purses and about the video camera they’re promoting, it all makes for terrific viewing to tell the truth when you see clueless newbs trying to act like they understand the tech. πŸ™‚

A few interesting things we learn from Molly and Jana:

  • They’re also there for Girls Gone Wild “Sexin’ up in Vegas vol 2”
  • The video player has a “UBS adapter” to plug into your computer
  • Sony makes the iPod and the Nintendo Gameboy has a touchscreen
  • One of them hates on the T-Mobile Sidekick

It’s actually lighthearted fun, enjoy.

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Ex-Supergirl Visiting Smallville

supergirl 1984

Former Supergirl star Helen Slater (above) will appear in an episode of The CW’s Smallville next season, Variety reported. Slater is set to guest-star in the sixth episode of the season as the aunt of the show’s Supergirl, played by Laura Vandervoort.

Smallville has a history of bringing in actors associated with other adaptations of the Superman comic. Dean Cain, who starred in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, will also appear as a villain in the fourth episode of the season.

Geek News Roundup: 8-7-7


How To Beat Google To Tech Talent
If you talk to people who have worked inside Google’s recruiting operation–or people who have competed against it–they’ll tell you that the Silicon Valley’s ultimate hiring machine can be beat. The trick: use Google’s consensus-driven decision-making process–and exacting standards–against it.

Sensory organ holds key to hot mouse sex
Female mice became sexually voracious and tried to mate like males after scientists disabled a small sensory organ, casting fresh light on how gender-specific behavior develops in animals.

Bluetooth to gain “audiophile-quality” sound
Audio transmitted across Bluetooth could provide “perfect, audiophile-quality sound” as soon as next year, according to Open Interface North America Inc. (OINA). The company claims its proprietary, patent-pending “SOUNDabout Lossless” Bluetooth codec to be capable of delivering remote digital audio that is “bit for bit” faithful to the original.

Zimbabwe: Researchers Urged to Simplify Scientific Terms
A cabinet minister has urged researchers in the country to desist from writing research findings in scientific terms that cannot be understood by the ordinary people.

Sunspot Abundance Linked To Heavy Rains In East Africa
Terra Daily
A new study reveals correlations between plentiful sunspots and periods of heavy rain in East Africa. Intense rainfall in the region often leads to flooding and disease outbreaks. The analysis by a team of U.S. and British researchers shows that unusually heavy rainfalls in East Africa over the past century preceded peak sunspot activity by about one year.

Chinese Navy To Build Two Carriers With Russian Help
Kanwa, a Hong Kong defense news agency, said Friday purchases by China of Russian aircraft carrier components suggested that Beijing was planning to build one or two aircraft carriers, possibly by 2015.

PayPal Is Old And Busted / Amazon Flexible Payments Service Is The New Hotness


[I like this old-school logo I found for Amazon. Yes, i’m easily amused by little things like this. And by shiny objects]

Look out PayPal, Amazon is in the payments business now and it’s looking like it’s more extensible and developer friendly.

They’re calling it Amazon FPS (Flexible Payments Service) and it’s not tied to purchases of product advertised or sold through their online stores or partner’s stores. This is a set of APIs designed from the ground up specifically for developers.

The set of web services APIs allows the movement of money between two entities, humans or computers. It’s built on top of their reliable and scalable payment infrastructure so you know it’s already robust and trust worthy.

Check the FPS – Beta page for details such as transaction fees, rules developers can apply to transactions and a good high level overview of the FPS functionality.

From that page you can also sign up for their Beta program and you can enter the FPS Sandbox. The FPS Sandbox is a test environment where you can use the Amazon Flexible Payments API without sending real money or providing real financial information.