Dec 18

Top Diggers: Mr. Baby Man (MrBabyMan) & Muhammad Saleem (msaleem) have changed avatars to Christmas theme …

I think, everybody should do that! Merry Christmas!

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Dec 12

new fighter aircraft

Russia’s defense industry has started the construction of a prototype of a fifth-generation combat aircraft, the Air Force commander said Wednesday.

A Russian-Indian advanced multirole fighter is being developed by Sukhoi, which is part of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, under an intergovernmental agreement signed in October.

At present, we have prepared detailed work design documentation for the fifth-generation aircraft,” Colonel General Alexander Zelin said. “The documentation has been passed to the manufacturer and it has begun the construction of the prototype.

The new fighter aircraft, which will feature high maneuverability and stealth to ensure air superiority and precision in destroying ground and sea targets, will be built at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft-manufacturing plant in Russia’s Far East.

Flight tests of the fifth-generation fighter will begin as early as 2009 and mass production of the aircraft may start by 2015, the Sukhoi aircraft maker earlier said.

Dec 11

Men are from MarsWhen it comes to making impulse purchases online this holiday season, men and women in the U.S. act differently, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive Inc. for GSI Commerce Inc.

Women are more likely to make impulse online purchases during the holidays based on limited-time offers, according to the survey. The Online Holiday Shopping survey was conducted online between Oct. 19 and 23 among 2,818 adults 18 and over.

According to the survey, 55% of women ages 45 to 54 are more likely to make an impulse buy online based some type of limited-time offer such as a sale, rebate or free shipping. However, only 38% of the men in the same age group were likely to make an online purchase based on those criteria, according to the survey.

In addition, while 51% of the women ages 45 to 54 surveyed said they are influenced to impulsively buy something online if they can return it for free, only 36% percent of the men in the same age group said they would be swayed by the prospect of free returns.

And 59% of women — compared with 54% of the men surveyed — are somewhat or very likely to make an impulsive online purchase for something “perfect” for someone they know, according to the survey.

While men and women approach impulse buying differently, they’re pretty much aligned when it comes to other online shopping habits, according to the survey. Thirty-four percent of both men and women surveyed said they usually shop at the Web sites of well-known companies, and 46% of women and 47% of men said they’re more likely to shop at online retailers that have professionally-designed Web sites.

More women than men — 46% to 34% — said they are more likely to make a purchase at Web sites that offer convenient return policies.

Dec 11

Bilked Microsoft and other firms of $1 million in separate scams, say feds

Ex-microsoft managerA former Microsoft manager who acquired, registered and retired the company’s Internet domain names was arrested Thursday and charged with stealing more than $1.000.000 from Microsoft Corp., Expedia Inc. and a California company, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Carolyn Gudmundson, 44, of Kirkland, Wash., was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on 11 counts of wire fraud and seven counts of mail fraud. She faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250.000 for bilking the three companies over a four-year period starting in 2000.

According to the indictment, Gudmundson, who was authorized to use a company credit card for domain name purchases, submitted expense reports to Microsoft accompanied by doctored receipts with inflated domain name prices. In some cases, she didn’t provide receipts, but was still reimbursed by Microsoft for the amount she claimed in the expense reports.

Prosecutors also said Gudmundson had filed phony invoices with travel site Expedia.com for domain names that she had not paid for. She allegedly convinced a California domain-acquisition company, Marksman Inc., that someone named G.M. Lossman was due money for the transfer of multiple domain names to Microsoft.

In the Expedia.com scam, Gudmundson took advantage of existing agreements between the travel site and Microsoft under which the latter had already paid for the domain names registered to Expedia. The Marksman swindle, said the indictment, was different: Gudmundson duped a manager there into sending the G.M. Lossman checks to her mother’s mailing address, then cashed those checks.

Gudmundson was held in custody until a court appearance Friday afternoon, when she was released on her own recognizance. Arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 13, where she will reportedly plead not guilty.

- Ex-Microsoft manager faces 20 years for doctoring expense reports – ComputerWorld, 08.12.2007

Dec 10

A breakthrough transistor – the fundamental building block of integrated circuit (IC) chips used in electronic devices – that promises a significant increase in computing power will be engineered in Singapore.

 Breakthrough in Three-Dimensional TransistorsLeading technology research and development company Unisantis Electronics (Japan) Ltd and the Institute of Microelectronics (IME) today announced a collaborative research agreement to develop the world’s first three-dimensional transistor locally.

A team of researchers will be assembled in Singapore to develop the device, known as the Surrounding Gate Transistor (SGT). The agreement represents a world coup for Singapore that puts the country firmly on the global stage for cutting-edge semiconductor research.

The team will be headed by Unisantis’ chief technology officer Fujio Masuoka. A world-renowned scientist, Prof Masuoka invented the flash memory storage format that allows handheld gadgets like digital cameras and MP3 players to retain stored information even after they are switched off. He has also been involved in the research and development into numerous types of computing memory devices, including programmable read-only memory and random access memory.

According to Prof Masuoka, the SGT comprises a vertical silicon pillar surrounded by memory cells, electrical contacts and other components. Such a design methodology greatly reduces the distance that electrons – which transmit information-bearing electrical signals – must travel within the SGT.

Next-generation IC chips fabricated with the SGT could be up to 10 times faster than existing chips built using conventional, two dimensional transistors with horizontally-arranged components. In addition, SGT-based chips could generate less heat and cost less to produce compared to existing ones.

“The SGT also allows further improvements in silicon-based semiconductors, in terms of transistor size and processing speed, for at least 30 more years before the theoretical limits are reached. Such improvements are necessary for new-generation IC chips to meet the computing power demanded by IT products and computing networks of ever-increasing functionality and complexity,” said Prof Masuoka, who has been awarded the prestigious 2007 Medal with Purple Ribbon by Emperor Akihito of Japan and the 2005 Innovation Award by The Economist.

With the Unisantis-IME collaboration, Prof Masuoka – who has been working on the SGT for 20 years – will bring his considerable expertise in semiconductor electronics and related fields to Singapore.

He will spearhead the research and development team, planned to comprise more than 30 professionals, throughout the project. Both organisations envision the team to comprise academics, engineers and scientists from countries including Singapore, China, Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan.

IME will provide its expertise in silicon nanoelectronics research and complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) processing, as well as state-of-the-art laboratory facilities at its premises in Science Park II for prototype development.

The agreement will be in place for 24 months beginning immediately, and may be extended if necessary.

Source: Institute of Microelectronics

Dec 6

 moscow millionaire fair 2007

Pay all your eyes and ears here if you happen to miss the live telecast of Moscow Millionaire Fair. Folks at Moscow Times have invested good time in capturing the heart and power of the Russian billionaires, which is growing outrageously. Model throwing moneyThe idea behind organizing Moscow Millionaire Fair is to entice the king of the lot with all eyes on bejeweled accessories. The 2007 Moscow Millionaire Fair hosted the moguls of the international luxury goods industry.

Some of the highlights included a set of diamond-covered rims that sell for $1 million (they also throw in the $250,000 Bentley Coupe and the services of a security guard), taxidermic models of extinct animals including a saber-tooth tiger and the giant skeleton of a Siberian bear, real estate offers and diamond-covered cellphones.

One of the most striking items was a Mercedes-Benz covered in swirls of Swarovski crystals but the sellers recommend that the $350,000 car only be used on special occasions, some of the crystals were already falling off. The platform also offered a rescue pill for the Russian residents getting used to bear the frigid climate by offering them tailored “cold rooms” from Criohome that can move down to -85 degrees Celsius and are considered to augment good health and even heal hangovers by residing inside it getting freezed for couple of minutes.

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Dec 5

Patients usually got better in two weeks with or without meds, study says

Just in time for runny nose season, new research suggests routine sinus infections aren’t really helped by antibiotics and other medicine that’s often prescribed.

In the British study, people suffering from facial pain and a runny nose with greenish or yellowish mucous generally improved within about two weeks — whether they took the standard antibiotic amoxicillin, steroid nose spray or fake medicine.

The results, based on patients’ reporting whether their symptoms had improved, echo previous findings in children.

Antibiotics, particularly the penicillinlike drug amoxicillin, are among the most commonly prescribed medicines for sinus infections.

Steroid sprays sometimes are used, but the study found they also were no better than dummy drugs, although they appeared to provide some relief for patients with only minor symptoms.

The study should lead to a “reconsideration of antibiotic use for acute sinusitis. The current view that antibiotics are effective can now be challenged, particularly for the routine cases which physicians treat,” said lead author Dr. Ian Williamson of the University of Southampton in England.

Physicians can focus on effective remedies that improve symptom control,” which include ibuprofen and other over-the-counter painkillers, Williamson said.

Inhaling steam and squirting salt water into the nose to flush out thick mucous are among other methods that sometimes provide relief, he said.

The study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers randomly assigned 240 adults to receive one of four treatments: 500 milligrams of amoxicillin three times daily for seven days and 400 units of steroid spray for 10 days; only amoxicillin; only steroid spray; or fake medicine.

Patients on the drugs didn’t get better quicker than those using the placebo.

Sinus infections are diagnosed in about 31 million Americans each year and are among the most common reasons for doctor visits.