Posts Tagged ‘June’

SEC Investigates Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Over Facebook Posting

December 6th, 2012 12:20 admin View Comments


alexander_686 writes “The SEC is investigating Netflix CEO Reed Hastings over one of his Facebook postings. The agency is questioning his July 1 Facebook posting, seen by 200,000 followers, in which he said customers watched ‘over 1 billion hours’ of videos on Netflix in June. He had previously posted on his company blog that members were viewing ‘nearly a billion hours per month.’ From the article: ‘“We think the fact of 1 billion hours of viewing in June was not ‘material’ to investors, and we had blogged a few weeks before that we were serving nearly 1 billion hours per month,” Hastings said in the filing today. “We remain optimistic this can be cleared up quickly through the SEC’s review process.”’”

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Message In Bottle Found After 98 Years Near Shetland

August 30th, 2012 08:29 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes A drift bottle released in June 1914 by Captain CH Brown of the Glasgow School of Navigation has been found. Part of a project to help map currents, 1,890 scientific research bottles were released around Scotland. Only 315 of them were ever recovered. From the article: ‘Mr Leaper, 43, who found the bottle east of Shetland, explained: “As we hauled in the nets I spotted the bottle neck sticking out and I quickly grabbed it before it fell back in the sea. It was very exciting to find the bottle and I couldn’t wait to open it.”‘”

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RIM CEO On What Went Wrong

July 11th, 2012 07:52 admin View Comments


AZA43 writes “After releasing some very ugly financial numbers in late June, BlackBerry-maker RIM went on a media blitz to downplay the significance of its latest earnings and counter increasingly negative media attention. … But a new Q&A with BlackBerry chief Thorsten Heins offers a unique take on what exactly went wrong at RIM — Heins blames the company’s downfall [partly] on LTE in the U.S. — and he actually seems genuine in his answers.” A peek into the mind of RIM’s upper management.

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2013 H-1B Visa Supply Nearly Exhausted

June 12th, 2012 06:07 admin View Comments


CowboyRobot writes with news on the FY2013 allocation of H-1B visas. From the article: “As of June 1, the government had issued 55,600 standard H-1B visas out of the annual allotment of 65,000, according to United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS). The feds also issued 18,700 H-1B visas reserved for graduates of advanced degree programs in the U.S., out of 20,000. ” CowboyRobot continues, “Last year work visas did not run out until late November, but this year the pool of visas is almost entirely claimed and it’s still only June. One interpretation of this is that the tech industry is hiring much more actively than it was a year ago. Some companies, such as Microsoft, have been lobbying to increase the number of available visas (currently limited to 65,000) while others argue that offering visas to foreign workers reduces job prospects for Americans.” A bit more from the article: “Industry lobby group Partnership for A New American Economy last month released a study that claims the U.S. will face a shortage of 224,000 tech workers by 2018 unless immigration rules are loosened.”

Source: 2013 H-1B Visa Supply Nearly Exhausted

After a Year In Orbit, US Air Force’s X37-B Will Conclude Its Secret Mission

June 5th, 2012 06:10 admin View Comments


SomePgmr writes “The U.S Air Force’s highly secret unmanned space plane will land in June — ending a year-long mission in orbit. The experimental Boeing X37-B has been circling Earth at 17,000 miles per hour and was due to land in California in December. It is now expected to land in mid to late June. And still, no one knows what the space drone has been doing up there all this time.”

Source: After a Year In Orbit, US Air Force’s X37-B Will Conclude Its Secret Mission

Everything You Need To Know About the June 5/6 Venus Transit

May 30th, 2012 05:25 admin View Comments


The Bad Astronomer writes “Next week, on June 5/6, there will be the last Venus transit across the face of the Sun until the year 2117. There are dozens of sites issuing press releases about it — online resources, watching live, viewing advice — so I’ve collected them into a single blog post with tons of links and my own advice on how to observe this (most likely) last-in-a-lifetime event. This complements the previous article on Slashdot from a few weeks ago.”

Source: Everything You Need To Know About the June 5/6 Venus Transit

Venus To Transit the Sun In June, Not Again Until 2117

May 1st, 2012 05:05 admin View Comments


revealingheart writes with this quote from ScienceDaily: “On 5 and 6 June this year, millions of people around the world will be able to see Venus pass across the face of the Sun in what will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It will take Venus about six hours to complete its transit, appearing as a small black dot on the Sun’s surface, in an event that will not happen again until 2117. …Transits of Venus occur only on the very rare occasions when Venus and Earth are in a line with the Sun. At other times Venus passes below or above the Sun because the two orbits are at a slight angle to each other. Transits occur in pairs separated by eight years, with the gap between pairs of transits alternating between 105.5 and 121.5 years — the last transit was in 2004.” You can check this chart to see whether it’ll be visible at your location, and when you should look. You’ll need a safe way to watch unless you are Vulcan. And yes, there’s even a phone app to help you out.

Source: Venus To Transit the Sun In June, Not Again Until 2117

June 6 Is World IPv6 Day 2012: This Time For Keeps

January 17th, 2012 01:01 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “On 8 June 2011 many companies (big and small) enabled IPv6 to their main web sites by published AAAA records; 24 hours later, almost all of them disabled it after the test was done. This year, on June 6th, many of those same companies (Google, Bing, Facebook) will be enabling IPv6 again, but this time there won’t be any going back. In addition to content providers, several ISPs are also participating: Comcast, AT&T, XS4ALL, KDDI, and others. CDNs Akamai and Limelight are on board, as well as network equipment manufacturers Cisco and D-Link. Is the chicken-and-egg problem of IPv6 finally, slowly coming to an end?”

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Leap Second Coming In June, 2012

January 5th, 2012 01:52 admin View Comments


Zoxed writes IERS have just announced a leap second due at midnight, June 30th this year. Are your systems ready?” The last leap second added was at the end of 2008.

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Progressive Era Hacker Griefed Marconi Demonstration

December 28th, 2011 12:36 admin View Comments


nbauman writes “In June 1903, Gugliemo Marconi and his partner Ambrose Flemming were about to give the first demonstration of long-range wireless communication at the Royal Institution in London, which, Marconi said, could be sent in complete confidentiality with no fear of the messages being hijacked. Suddenly, the silence was broken by a huge mysterious wireless pulse strong enough to take over the carbon-arc projector and make it sputter messages in Morse Code. First, it repeated the word ‘Rats’ over and over again (abusive at that time). Then it tapped out, ‘There was a young fellow of Italy, who diddled the public quite prettily.’ Further rude epithets followed. It was Nevil Maskelyne, a stage musician and inventor who was annoyed because Marconi’s patents prevented him from using wireless. It was the first hacking, to demonstrate an insecure system.”

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