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S & P rates Berkshire Hathaway's $8B in notes 'AA+'

February 5, 2010 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Friday placed an "AA+" rating on $8 billion of notes issued by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.The rating is the next to the highest long-term credit rating S&P offers.The notes issued Thursday will be used to help Warren Buffett's investment company buy the...

Chinese man gets 2½ years for phony Cisco parts

February 5, 2010 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese businessman who sold phony Cisco computer parts to U.S. buyers has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison.The U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles announced the sentence Friday against Yongcai Li. He also was ordered to repay nearly $800,000 to Cisco Systems Inc.Li had a...

Select the Best Isolated Brick DC-DC Converter For Your Application

February 5, 2010 10:11 am | by Paul Knauber, Field Applications Engineer, Murata Power Solutions | Articles | Comments

Selecting the best isolated brick DC/DC converter for an application can pose a challenging task for the design engineer. There are a number of circumstances that can motivate a particular choice. These could be transient response, efficiency, environmental conditions, or mechanical packaging.

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Another Land Pattern Mixup

February 5, 2010 9:54 am | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

Here's an interesting error that doesn't show up very often. Notice that the opening in the solder mask matches about what the copper land pads should be, but the pads themselves are really tiny. To start with, it's not an...

Some People You Won't Meet at SolidWorks World

February 5, 2010 9:53 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Blogs | Comments

I think we can all agree that meeting new people (or seeing old friends) is one of the highlights of SolidWorks World. It's next to impossible to meet everyone though, and there are some very cool folks that you will likely never have the opportunity to meet. Laurie Davis and Kerry Healey...

/ CORRECTION - Trinity

February 5, 2010 8:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the news release, "The Epiphany Faith & Family Values 100 Fund Celebrates Its Third Anniversary With a 4-Star Morningstar Rating," issued Thursday, February 4, 2010, by Trinity, we are advised by the company that the first sentence of the first paragraph should read "Trinity Fiduciary Partners,...

Tysabri (Natalizumab): Update of Healthcare Professional Information

February 5, 2010 7:51 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

Risk of developing progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) increases with increasing duration of exposure to Tysabri.

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Clamshell Socket for 0.8mm Pitch BGA Packages

February 5, 2010 7:50 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics has recently introduced a new high performance BGA socket for 0.8mm pitch BGA 194 pin IC’s. The CG-BGA-4010 socket is designed for 12X12 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 6.5 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss.

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Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

February 5, 2010 7:39 am | News | Comments

A Russian cargo ship delivered food, water, fuel and other supplies to the International Space Station on Friday, space officials said.

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Rulings cloud issue of school MySpace suspensions

February 5, 2010 7:36 am | News | Comments

Federal appellate judges wrestling with whether schools can discipline students for Internet speech posted offsite reached different rulings Thursday in two Pennsylvania cases. One 3rd U.S. Circuit Court panel upheld the suspension of a Schuylkill County eighth-grader who posted sexually explicit material along with her principal's photograph on a fake MySpace page.

Prius problems put spotlight on car electronics

February 5, 2010 7:31 am | News | Comments

Your most expensive piece of electronics probably is not your flat panel TV or your computer. More likely, it's your car, which can pack 50 microprocessors to control everything from the fuel mix to the rearview mirrors.

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IBM to provide cloud computing solution for Air Force

February 5, 2010 6:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Air Force has enlisted “Big Blue” itself, IBM, to develop a worldwide cloud computing infrastructure. The architecture would encompass nine major commands, nearly 100 bases, and 700,000 active military personnel around the world. Essentially, “cloud computing” refers to software applications and other functions that are “rented” online rather than hosted on company servers.

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Quizam Media Corporation Named as Part of 2010 TSX Venture 50

February 5, 2010 6:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The TSX Venture Exchange today announced that Quizam Media Corp. (TSX VENTURE: QQ) has been named as one of the TSX Venture 50, a ranking of strong performers listed on TSX Venture Exchange. TSX Venture 50 is comprised of 10 emerging companies in five industry sectors that have been identified as...

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Are We Falling Into a Trap?

February 5, 2010 5:55 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

Why is management making the workplace more and more comfortable? Is it because they're trying to be nice, or are they slowly trying to enslave us? Consider this your Admiral Akbar moment. I only hope it isn't too late....

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Crow Using a Sequence of Three Tools

February 5, 2010 5:54 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

This crow was the first animal observed using 3 tools in the correct sequence, without explicit training. Related: Brainy Crows – Cool Crow Research – Friday Cat Fun: Cat and Crow Friends

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