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What's the Oracle Trial Against SAP Really About?

BadDoggie Re:Pretty Simple (160 comments)

It wasn't lousy internal security, it was a company violating all terms on a server which is open to the public, which also got its customers to act illegally for it, scraping the content servers for documents, patches and updates which they would then diff and repackage as their own updates. And SAP knew that's what TomorrowNow was doing when they bought them.

The difference between what TomorrowNow did with Siebel software and what Larry did with Red Hat Linux is that RHEL is open; Siebel doesn't have a line of FOSS code in it.

more than 4 years ago

Martian Meteorite Gets NASA Mars Rover's Attention

BadDoggie Pronouncing 'Oileán Ruaidh' (94 comments)

Since the island itself is in the northwest the Conamara (or Connemara) accent is probably the one to use, so it would be OH-lun ree. However, most Irish Gaelic speakers would pronounce it OH-lun r(ue)-ee'. Fun, huh?

more than 4 years ago

The Fastest ISPs In the US

BadDoggie You have to be kidding! (199 comments)

People are proud of a 1Mb connection? What's the latency? Even here in Germany a provider would be ashamed to show his face if he couldn't do at least four times that for a fucking rural area!

A year and a half ago, 100 times that speed was considered good and in a year and a half from now Korea expects to have ONE THOUSAND times that fucking speed. I know people in US states who can still only connect with a fucking 33.6Kbaud modem.

more than 4 years ago

EU Conducts Test Flights To Assess Impact of Volcanic Ash On Aircraft

BadDoggie Hooray for the EU! (410 comments)

Sending multiple 50M aircraft into ash clouds to prove what we already knew: that even a brief encounter with volcanic ash will fuck your turbines up but good. And your surfaces. And your Plexiglass. And your ventilation system. And and and...

more than 4 years ago

Studying For Certification Exams On Company Time?

BadDoggie Here in Germany it's sensible (281 comments)

A company can require a cert as a condition of employment but if they require maintenance, they must foot the bill for time to learn/study and for the (passed) testing (no paybacks for the failed attempts). It's a matter of "reasonableness", "human rights", working hours laws and social justice, the latter being very important here.

Unless there's something in the contract explicitly putting all the burden on the guy needing certs (nearly impossible and unenforceable), the company pays to maintain. If you think that's bullshit, remember that the company itself profits from that maintenance and a n experienced worker.

more than 4 years ago

Armed Robot Drones To Join UK Police Force

BadDoggie Childishly easy, huh? (311 comments)

I see a commenter who's never been tased.

more than 4 years ago

Kimchi in Space

BadDoggie Re:Only one 'r' in 'óramat' (270 comments)

I meant óramat, not kimchee which I also like (although I prefer kadokee -- same shit but with daikon radish instead of cabbage.

more than 5 years ago


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BadDoggie BadDoggie writes  |  more than 12 years ago Wish I had some of the oldest ones.

Life of a star & Jupiter can't ignite:

Really bad Taco spelling and a thread on why it's important:

The easy sell: How to sell Linux to constituents:

Taco misunderstands talking beer mugs:

Amusing NYT typo:

Anti-telemarketing idea not so good:

Have to see the parent to see why it's funny:

Distributed functions in Mathematica:

About VW's 239MPG concept car:

kernel 2.6 (and what to do with a 486 or P75):

Transrapid (MagLev) Test not cost-effective
a thread which spawns may responses and makes my calculator spit trillions instead of billions:

Simple question (to ask about Shared Source vs. Open Source):

Where to sue when using a state's junk fax law:

The Ma Bell similarity: Michigan First With A Law That Could Outlaw VPNs
Much comment on this thread, 5 entries from me:

Apple Plans to Purchase Universal Music (and someone didn't know they had the money):

Penny Arcade and Strawberry Shortcake: Fair Use or Tradmark violation:

Using GPS to Hail Cabs:

Minitel Hits Twenty (nobody got the joke):

Microsoft not making stupid claims like Oracle:

Working at Oktoberfest (spawned from dupe about auto-signalling beer glasses:

Question for Neil Gaiman (not used) about author's rights:

Letter to Forbes in re: Dan Lyons:

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