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Microsoft Writes Off $6.2 Billion From aQuantive Acquisition

DomHawken No one's mentioned Facebook? (115 comments)

Strange no one has mentioned the fabled IPO in any of these comments. Strikes me as a very similar analogy.

more than 2 years ago
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RunCore Introduces Self-Destructable SSD

DomHawken long distance deleting (168 comments)

I'd like a remotely deletable version of this for when I leave important government secrets on the train.

more than 2 years ago
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UK's Largest Specialist Video Games Retailer Enters Administration

DomHawken Re:Not a surprise (172 comments)

Gaming was the last straw for Woolworths. It started with the decline of music sales (the CD kind) and their move to online. At one time in the 90's, it was impossible to place in the UK top 40 music singles chart without Woolworths stocking your single - they sold that many. Since Woolworths buyers only stocked around 10 new releases in any one week, much of the labels plugging budget was invested in persuading Woolworths to stock theirs. The natural move to online distribution as bandwidth and storage continues to expand exponentially (and obviously the move to cloud-based distribution systems) will naturally kill of the current stores that don't either move fast to transition to online, or continue to specialise in niche markets that retain enough demand.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'

DomHawken I think he was just very, very naive (922 comments)

We had a similar thing in the UK with the riots a few months ago - there was a prison sentence of four years for someone who called for his friends to come to a riot on facebook, even though no-one other than the police turned up. The naivety is with the people that think it's acceptable to incite violence or make racist comments because it's on the internet. This is usually because they think thing like twitter and facebook are some big anonymous system and they won't get caught, whilst ironically in the UK this behaviour is currently less tolerated than similar crimes committed in person.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Heads Up Display Coming By the End of the Year

DomHawken Woop! (177 comments)

Epilepsy, migraines _and_ much longer spent with microwaves next to my head? No doubt I'll still buy one. Maybe this will be the kicker that finally pushes 3D TV take up past the post?

more than 2 years ago
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FCC Bars Lightsquared From Using Airwaves

DomHawken Adjacent channel interference (178 comments)

This ruling basically renders Lightsquared dead in the water - they will no doubt continue to challenge the FCC but it's extremely unlikely that it will be overturned. There's $14 billion invested from Harbinger Capital at stake, which I can imagine is a large chunk of funds and could also bring them down in the fallout.

Whats interesting here is that this part of the spectrum has been licensed to them (and presumably paid for), yet is unusable because up to 75% of GPS receivers, that use frequencies just up the range, next door to Lightsquared's spectrum, have insufficient adjacent channel rejection and will be jammed. This is not a problem of Lightsquared's making, it's because the GPS's have been built to poor design standards and allowed onto the market and into circulation.

Presumably there is therefore an agency that can be sued for allowing the spectrum to be compromised in this way? $14B is a lot of money...

more than 2 years ago
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The Zuckerberg Tax

DomHawken Investment in the company? (1065 comments)

I'm sure Investors will be very pleased to know that $5B of their money is going directly into Mr Zuckerberg's pockets rather than into the company for development and expansion etc. If an investor puts in capital to enhance and improve a business, the last thing he expects to see is that money being taken out by the business owners as wages.

Facebook over-valued. Facebook floats. Facebook buys real company (Sony?). Facebook growth stalls. Sony loses money. Bubble bursts. Remember AOL Time Warner?

more than 2 years ago
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Qt 4.8.0 Released

DomHawken Re:Qt (90 comments)

I believe 'rhythms' is the longest English word in existence without a verb.

Do you mean "vowel" rather than "verb"? If so, didn't you learn it in elementary school: A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y?

Not in England we didn't...

more than 2 years ago
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Qt 4.8.0 Released

DomHawken Re:Qt (90 comments)

I believe 'rhythms' is the longest English word in existence without a verb.

I think you mean "vowel"

Oops!

more than 2 years ago
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Qt 4.8.0 Released

DomHawken Re:Qt (90 comments)

I believe 'rhythms' is the longest English word in existence without a verb.

more than 2 years ago
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When Algorithms Control the World

DomHawken Canada to the West Country? (150 comments)

From TFA - 'Meanwhile, a transatlantic fibre optic link between Nova Scotia in Canada and Somerset in the UK is being built primarily to serve the needs of algorithmic traders and will send shares from London to New York and back in 60 milliseconds.'

Nova Scotia and Somerset - the trading capitals of the Western World. Perhaps building a link from New York to London might shave off an extra millisecond?

about 3 years ago
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Astronomers Find Largest Known Extraterrestrial Water Reserve

DomHawken Speed of light (183 comments)

Does that mean there was water there 12 billion light-years ago, the light from which we are viewing now, therefore it might still be there but we can't tell for sure?

more than 3 years ago
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Turn Your iPad Into a Star Trek PADD

DomHawken I like Star Trek (165 comments)

But this is just an advert, right?

more than 3 years ago
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Nuclear Crisis Stopped Time In Japan

DomHawken Legacy kit (188 comments)

There's still a bunch out there. The HF frequencies used for the time signal are also better at going through walls than the near line-of-sight needed for GPS satellites.

more than 3 years ago
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Software Matches Police Sketches To Mugshots

DomHawken I'm amazed this is new(s) (63 comments)

Gobsmacked that this hasn't been in use for years - at least to weed out the obvious mismatches before someone starts going through them one by one...

more than 3 years ago
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Kinect Creators To Make PC Controller

DomHawken Re:For games, maybe (96 comments)

I don't care if my arms hurt or the novelty wears off pretty quickly - ever since seeing Minority Report I've wanted to control my computers like that and I _will_ buy one...

more than 3 years ago

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UK launches competition to find cyber security exp

DomHawken DomHawken writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DomHawken (1335311) writes "A national public competition has begun to find people with a talent for keeping computers and networks secure.

The competition aims to find those with relevant analytical, forensic and programming skills using web-based games and challenges.

Without more computer security experts the UK will not be equipped to handle rising cyber crime, say professionals...."

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