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— R. Colin Johnson, Advanced Technology Editor, EE Times

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— R. Colin Johnson, Advanced Technology Editor, EE Times

At the end of my talk, the best foil beanie was awarded a prize. But who could we persuade to judge such a momentous event? Well, I asked Luke Dubord on the basis that — since he was the only person at ESC Brazil who had any experience in landing a rover on Mars — he knew more about the effects of radiation and the protective capabilities of aluminum foil beanies than anyone else there. Luke was kind enough to oblige as you can see in the following image (and in the video, of course).

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All in all, ESC Brazil 2014 was a wonderful experience. The Brazilian venue is relatively recent for ESC, but the enthusiasm of the attendees and the exhibitors was palpable. I only hope that I’m invited to return next year, speaking of which… it really is time we started to turn our attention to ESC 2015.

In fact, we are looking at a bumper crop next year, because there will be Embedded Systems Conferences around the globe.

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First up we have ESC Boston in May. Next we have ESC Silicon Valley and ESC India, both in July. These will be quickly followed by ESC Brazil in August. And we close the season with ESC Minneapolis in November. Phew!

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Do you know, out of all the places there are to visit in the world in general, and out of all the venues listed above, I just realized that I’ve never been to Minneapolis before. I wonder if those who don the undergarments of authority and stride the corridors of power at EETimes/UBM Tech will send me there. If so, do you think I will see you there?

— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting

M. Rajesh, joint general secretary of the Nokia Employees Union, told the Economic Times that the suspension of operations was a hard blow. The 28-year-old worked as a machine operator in one of Nokia production lines. He said the employees left behind at Nokia have been there for a minimum of five years, so jumping ship would be difficult for them. We just feel stranded.” Union representatives met the assistant commissioner of labor in their district but could not come to any solution, he said, because the government can only advise in such matters.

Big blow to Make in IndiaThe news is certainly a setback to the image of India as a global manufacturing hub, coming close on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-discussed Make in India campaign.

The campaign is part of an effort to attract foreign firms to bring in investment and set up more manufacturing facilities in Asia’s third-largest economy. But many foreign firms remain wary about doing business in India because of its reputation for red tape, bureaucracy, and retrospective amendments to tax laws governing the indirect transfer of shares.

For example, Vodafone has been locked in a long-running legal battle with Indian authorities over allegations that it owes nearly $2.2 billion of taxes in a takeover deal. Though the nation’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of Vodafone in 2012, the laws were changed that same year, allowing the country to impose taxes retroactively. Vodafone said it would use international arbitration to resolve the dispute.

Shell India Markets Pvt. Ltd. (the local unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc), LG Electronics Inc., the Singapore property group Ascendas Pte. Ltd., the French IT services firm Cap Gemini SA, and the chocolate maker Cadbury are among the global companies involved in transfer pricing disputes in India, Reuters reported in March when Nokia’s case came up.

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