Traffic engineers pull a "Die Hard 4" on Los Angeles

Who pays attention to unions anymore? A bunch of carpenters picket your office because of a grievance with a contractor who works for the facilities department of the company on the floor below you. They might as well stencil WE ARE POWERLESS on their placards. But a couple of Los Angeles traffic engineers who work for … » 11/06/08 4:00pm 11/06/08 4:00pm

Dell wants employees to practice being laid off

Call it Company (Red). Michael Dell is asking employees at his computer maker to take five unpaid days » 11/05/08 11:40am 11/05/08 11:40am off and thus help the company trim costs instead of slashing jobs. Extorting your people by suggesting they take a small hit now as opposed to a larger hit later on isn't particularly original. “We’ve seen a slowdown …

I remember working around the corner from these guys at 100 View in Mountain View and feeling jealous at how well they were doing, at least on the surface. Now that things have turned out this way and I left the startup I was working at that point I don't feel as jealous. » 10/30/08 6:10pm 10/30/08 6:10pm

NASA's shame: Hubble Space Telescope runs on a 486 chip

Two weeks ago, NASA spokespeople acknowledged that the $6 billion Hubble Space Telescope had stopped transmitting data » 10/16/08 5:20pm 10/16/08 5:20pm back to Earth. Today, the optimistic news is that ground control technicians have remote-booted the telescope's . The Hubble's No. 2 system is built around a pre-Pentium Intel 80486 microchip. Five of …