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Polish Researcher: Oracle Knew For Months About Java Zero-Day

ExE122 No (367 comments)

This is not a sign that you need to start ditching Oracle. The reason more security loopholes are discovered in Oracle are because it is the most widely used JVM. Other VMs will still have a ton of issues, they just don't get attacked as much (yet).

A similar argument used to be debated years ago with Apple v Microsoft... Apple toted it's superior security over MS when in reality, nobody gave a crap about attacking Mac users which only made up 10% of the market. Once they gained popularity, they started getting hit more as well.

The real scary part is that MS at least takes its security flaws somewhat seriously. Oracle seems to have smugly ignored Mr. Gowdiak. He can now smugly turn around and give them a big "I told you so!"

more than 2 years ago

US Survey Shows Piracy Common and Accepted

ExE122 Re:Who decides? (528 comments)

Our government is ran by the people

No, it's run by representatives. These tend to be lobbyist-funded politicians that have managed to fool enough people into voting for them (usually by taking a popular stance one single issue or another). Once they are in office, the people have no say other than to threaten to not vote for them next term.

I personally believe some forms of copyright are necessary, but if the majority of the people believe we should have none, then we should have none.

I don't think the majority think we should have none... I think it's more that the majority of people think that the current model sucks.

it seems that the more the people feel copyrights are too restrictive, the more the laws become more draconian.

I don't think one causes the other directly... The more people feel copyrights are too restrictive, the more they start pirating. Instead of fixing the copyrights, draconian laws are passed as scare tactics (that obviously don't work).

if you disagree with a law, it's your job to let your representatives know it's bad and to try to get as many people that agree with you to tell them also.

Problem is they listen to the big industry money guy funding their campaign more than they listen to Joe the plumber.

If you aren't proactive with your government you really aren't doing everything you can to let your side of the argument be heard and considered. If you aren't happy with a law, don't fall into the rut of thinking there is nothing you can do, but begin letting everyone know why it needs to be changed. You should be able to decide, rather then just be stuck to follow, on what course you want your legislature to steer the nation.

This is a refreshing view of how the government should work. Perhaps I have become to cynnical, but this article just confirms that the government has been choosing the interest of the industries over an overwhelming popular opinion. Do we really need to become as radical as OWS or the Tea Party to get any kind of attention these days?

about 3 years ago

RIAA Says LimeWire Owes $1.5 Trillion

ExE122 Re:We've been laughing at you for years... (510 comments)

Yeah, we should be more like the British! They don't ever come up with any silly legal ideas like us Yanks do! Oh, except the following:

  • Under the reign of Elizabeth I, any person found guilty of "harboring a Catholic priest" would be tortured or even hanged. Any priest of the Catholic faith that was caught would be hanged, drawn, and quartered.
  • With the exception of carrots, most goods may not be sold on Sunday.
  • All English males over the age 14 are to carry out 2 or so hours of longbow practice a week supervised by the local clergy. Explanation: This law dates from the middle ages when there was no standing army, so in times of war each gentry was required to produce a quota (depending on its size) of knights, archers, infantry, etc. As the church was the only centralized instrument of bureauacracy (the lords were independent for the most part), they were used for such tasks.
  • London Hackney Carriages (taxis/cabs) must carry a bale of hay and a sack of oats. Explanation: The London Hackney Carriage Laws covers hackneys in other towns too and have remained unaltered for over 100 years. Firms have been known to manufacture very small bales of hay to carry in a taxi during disputes during local councils (who license the hackneys everywhere except London). Also the vehicle has to be tethered at a taxi rank, and the council have to supply a water trough at said ranks (that could be fun on a Saturday night!). The one about urinating against the back wheel is a Hackney Carriage Law too, and has also been done, on mass, during taxi/council disputes (allegedly).
  • The severest Penaltys will be suffered by any commoner who doth permit his animal to have carnal knowledge of a pet of the Royal House (enacted by George I).
  • It is illegal to be drunk on Licensed Premises (in a pub or bar).
  • It is illegal for two adult men to have sex in the same house as a third person. Explanation: Introduced to outlaw "molly houses" which began to appear in the big cities of England in the late 16th Century. In these bordellos, homosexuals engaged in sex, sado
  • masochism, transvestitism etc., and they were perceived as a threat to public morality, and so outlawed.
  • Any person found breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end will be sentenced to 24 hours in the village stocks (enacted by Edward VI).
  • It is illegal to stand within one hundred yards of the reigning monarch when not wearing socks (enacted by Edward VI).
  • Chelsea Pensioners may not be impersonated. Explanation: Chelsea Pensioners are entitled to enhanced state benefits and subsidized accommodation, so pretending to be one is simply fraud!
  • A bed may not be hung out of a window.
  • It is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates on a public conveyance.
  • Mince pies can not be eaten on Christmas day. Explanation: Ingredients of mince pies and plum puddings were pagan in origin, and their consumption part of ancient fertility rituals. The law dates from the Puritan era, the same time that dancing in church, maypoles, and holly and ivy decorations were outlawed. The laws were never officially repealed because upon the restoration of the monarchy, (in the form of Charles II) all laws formed under the protectorate were ignored as invalid.
  • Any boy under the age of 10 may not see a naked mannequin.
  • It is illegal to leave baggage unattended. Explanation: Many terrorists in the UK favor the practice of placing a bomb in a bag, then leaving the bag to explode later. Since this became a real threat, this law was passed to deter the crime and prosecute those who commit it.
  • Picking up abandoned baggage is an act of terrorism. See above.
  • It is illegal for a Member of Parliament to enter the House of Commons wearing a full suit of armour. Explanation: The law dates from the renegotiation of royal/political power on the accession of Charles II, designed to stop the MPs storming the house if it makes a decision they disapprove of. The Monarch is not allowed to enter the House of Commons (the legislative house) for similar reasons
  • Destroying or defacing money is illegal.
  • If a steam locomotive is driven on roads, a man must walk in front of the vehicle with a red flag during the day and a red lantern at night to warn passersby.
  • All steam locomotives are limited to 4mph on roads.
  • Anal sex is prohibited.
  • You may not make out in public.
  • It is legal for a male to urinate in public, as long it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle. Explanation: One of many Hackney Carriage Laws that have been unaltered for over 100 years, and it has alledgedly been done on mass during taxi/council disputes.
  • Committing suicide is classified as a capital crime.
  • Interfering with the mail or sleeping with the consort of the Queen is classed as treason, and as such, carries a maximum penalty of death.
  • Placing a postage stamp that bears the Queen (or King) upside down is considered treason.
  • One may not "blemish the peace".
  • A license is required to keep a lunatic.
  • Damaging the grass is illegal.
  • In Chester, you can only shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow inside the city walls and after midnight.
  • You may not shoot a Welsh person on Sunday with a longbow in the Cathedral Close in Hereford.
  • In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless in public except as a clerk in a tropical fish store.
  • In London, companies may vote in local elections.
  • In York, excluding Sundays, it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow.

more than 4 years ago

Astrium Hopes To Test Grabbing Solar Energy From Orbit

ExE122 Umm.... (144 comments)

system would collect the Sun's energy and transmit it to Earth via an infrared laser, to provide electricity

To "provide electricity" or to "discuss the location of the hidden rebel base"?

Is anyone else scared?

about 5 years ago

European Commission Approves Oracle-Sun Merger

ExE122 Re:Forget MySQL, What about GlassFish and NetBeans (144 comments)

GlassFish competes directly with Oracle AS, and Weblogic (which Oracle acquired through BEA's acquisition a while back).

NetBeans competes directly with Oracle's JDeveloper.

I wonder if Oracle will keep these tools around. Personally, I think Oracle would be a fool not to. The NetBeans/GlassFish combo is by far the most productive way to develop server side Java Applications.

I agree, and I don't think Oracle will be pulling the plug on these. Some of these technologies might get integrated, and some will probably just continue on.

Look at how they've handled BEA. They have silently admitted that WebLogic is superior, but are still integrating it with some components of OAS to make an even better product. I think we can probably expect something similar with their IDEs.

As far as Glassfish/MySQL... I really don't think they will get rid of these either. WebLogic/OracleDB are powerful (and expensive) enterprise class closed-source products. However, there will still be a large community of open-source developers that Oracle will probably want to hang on to. This should allow Glassfish/MySQL to live on.

I think if they do for whatever reason try to get rid of these, there will be a huge migration of developers to other FOSS products, ultimately leading to more competition for Oracle.

What I'm really curious about is the O/S and server fronts. "Oracle Solaris" and "Oracle Fire" just don't sound right.

about 5 years ago

Failed Games That Damaged Or Killed Their Companies

ExE122 Re:Whatever happened to (397 comments)

I saw MYST available as an iPod app. I didn't feel like dishing out $5.99 for it so I can't tell you if it's any good. However it's a sign that somebody somewhere is still getting picking up some loose change from it.

The "remastered" original Monkey Island game is also available on Steam and iPod. It has received high marks on both.

about 5 years ago

Pieces of stamped mail I sent in 2009:

ExE122 Go Postal (297 comments)

From reading these comments, it's quite clear that stamped mail is still preferred for financial transactions. Quite interesting to see. I guess the fact that an average slashdot user spends the day reading articles about hacked systems and identity theft might have something to do with it.

My guess is that almost nobody still uses stamped mail for personal letters other than wedding invitations and Hallmark sentiments.

about 5 years ago

$300 Sci-Fi YouTube Video Lands $30m Movie Deal

ExE122 Sam Raimi (315 comments)

Who knew that the man behind Spiderman, The Grudge, Evil Dead, and Drag Me to Hell is a fan of cheesy low budget special effects.

more than 5 years ago

Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus

ExE122 What do you mean? (205 comments)

Is it an African or a European octopus?

more than 5 years ago

LHC Knocked Out By Another Power Failure

ExE122 Large Hardon Collider *ouch* (338 comments)

From the article:

We ourselves find it hard not to suspect the involvement of some pan-dimensional police force, seeking to prevent humanity acquiring parallel-universe portal capability before we're ready to use it responsibly.

I have devoted a large portion of my life to playing countless hours of Doom and Halflife, reading Kurt Vonnegut novels, and watching numerous reruns of Quantum Leap and Sliders... I think I'm "ready to use it"!

Oh, wait... "responsibly"... hmm...

more than 5 years ago

Engineered Bacteria Glows To Reveal Land Mines

ExE122 Pitch (248 comments)

...making mine detection a snap

I dunno, sounds like a sales pitch to me... you should have either written it in all caps Billy Mays style or said, "Made in Scotland... you know the Scottish make good stuff"

Reguardless, the article has already been /.ed so here are some other sources: Discover, Treehugger, and DNA

more than 5 years ago

How Vulnerable Is Our Power Grid?

ExE122 Re:Who's We? (359 comments)

Please let me know from what nationality a poster to Slashdot actually believes his is the only one represented on this website

United Federation of Planets, duh

more than 5 years ago

The Myth of the Isolated Kernel Hacker

ExE122 Re:The Myth of the Isolated Colenel Hacker (282 comments)

Linux just isn't ready for the desktop yet.

Translation: I haven't tried it.

the average computer user isn't going to spend months learning how to use a CLI and then hours compiling packages so that they can get a workable graphic interface to check their mail with

I've always thought Ubuntu has very extensive driver support, as do many other distros. Who needs the CLI when there are multiple desktop environments to choose from? How many does Windows have? Oh, right, one...

I'm not the only one who thinks they are user-friendly... Already many big-name vendor laptops are coming out with some form of Linux pre-loaded. Take a look at the HP laptops that are now being offered with Mobile Internet O/S... from the page: " Mobile Internet is a user-friendly, all-inclusive interface built on Linux."

especially not when they already have a Windows machine that does its job perfectly well

haha, good one!

and is backed by a major corporation as opposed to Linux which is only supported by a few unemployed nerds living in their mother's basement somewhere.

Red Hat is a major corporation. It's publicly traded on the NYSE (ticker: RHAT) and doing rather well. You should consider investing. You should also know that Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a fully supported release which offers several high availability service contracts... which is why a lot of US Government systems are now running RHEL. Not to mention it's faster, less expensive, and more secure.

The last thing I want is a level 5 dwarf (haha) providing me my OS.

I don't blame you, I'd want at least a level 12 mage!

more than 5 years ago

'Awful' Internet Rules Released

ExE122 you young whippersnappers... (106 comments)

Perhaps the real problem is a lack of understanding. It seems that many lawmakers who try to deal with internet law have next to no technological knowledge about how the internet works, especially when it comes to e-commerce. (this looks like a good place for the obligatory 'tubes' link).

It seems like a lot of these laws are made with "good intentions" in that they are trying to prevent something they see as wrong: It sounds like the Maine law was trying to control the personal information dispersal of minors, and the law in New York was trying to keep it's residents from evading state taxes. They don't realize that the Maine law destroys a huge teenage market base in an already struggling economy, and that the New York law stifles e-commerce and causes a hastle for everyone outside of the state.

Unfortunately it looks like a lot of these laws are being proposed by individuals (I had originally written 'old farts' here but deleted it because it's unfair to old people... and to farts) have too narrow of a view to fully grasp the repercussions.

It's the same old complaint, I know (-1 Redundant) but I guess as long as there's slashdot, there will always be a place to bitch about it.

more than 5 years ago

AMD Releases 2 Low-Power 64-bit Processors

ExE122 Re:Cool (121 comments)

I didn't look at individual pricing, but the AMD Turion Neo X2 L625 is alread being offered in a laptop from HP - listed at a base of $569.99 but the processor is a $75 upgrade... or so you think, as soon as you select it you are told you need to upgrade the video card as well!

Either way, they wasted no time getting this on the market. The price seems competetive with the Intel Atom model.

I'm sure it's just a matter of time before Intel one-ups them though.

more than 5 years ago

First Internet-Connected Pacemaker Goes Live

ExE122 Here's an idea (158 comments)

Why not just tap it into Twitter and utilize an existing system that's stable, easily accessible, and highly availabile? Not to mention you could keep your friends in the loop!

more than 5 years ago

Man Accuses Cat of Downloading Child Porn

ExE122 lol cat (174 comments)

I can haz blame?

more than 5 years ago

What is the Best Part of Being a Super Villain?

ExE122 Doomsday! (439 comments)

Dr Strangelove quotes on why I picked the doomsday device:

President Muffley: But this is absolute madness, Ambassador! Why should you *build* such a thing?
Ambassador de Sadesky: There were those of us who fought against it, but in the end we could not keep up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race, and the peace race. At the same time our people grumbled for more nylons and washing machines. Our doomsday scheme cost us just a small fraction of what we had been spending on defense in a single year. The deciding factor was when we learned that your country was working along similar lines, and we were afraid of a doomsday gap.
President Muffley: This is preposterous! I've never approved of anything like that...
Ambassador de Sadesky: Our source was the New York Times.

Dr. Strangelove: The whole point of a doomsday machine is lost if you keep it a secret! Why didn't you tell the world, eh?
Ambassador de Sadesky: It was to be announced at the Party Congress on monday... as you know, the Premier loves surprises!

So why are so many /.ers voting for a villainess? Do they not realize that as the owner of a doomsday device, it would be fully within my capacity to demand first dibs on the batch of nubile women who will be set aside to repopulate the earth?

more than 6 years ago



Testimony in WikiLeaks Trial

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "A US Army Investigator presented testimony incriminating Private Bradley Manning as the source of information for WikiLeaks. Evidence includes documents found on Bradley's computer and several emails in which Bradley is boasting about his role in the information leak. There are also several emails tying Bradley to Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website. His defense is trying several tactics, challenging that there is little evidence that Bradley shared the information in his posession."
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Fukushima Reches Cold Shutdown Milestone

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "Japan's PM announces that the Fukushima nuclear power plant damaged in an earthquake and tsunami earlier this year has finally been stabilized. Although this is good news, according to experts, 'it will take years — perhaps decades — to fully clean up the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.' Health and safety is still a concern in an area where over 80,000 people were evacuated after food and soil was found to contain radioactive contamination."
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Fracking Disclosure Rules Approved in CO

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "Colorado has approved new measures taking a tough stance on the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking. The new law is "requiring companies to disclose the concentrations of chemicals in addition to the chemicals themselves". Fracking is a controversial method of natural gas extraction that raises concerns about health and safety issues to surrounding communities. This measure is said to be tougher than similar measures passed in Texas earlier this year."
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Netflix CEO Comments on Recent Decisions

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "Netflix CEO Reed Hastings makes several comments about mistakes that were made over the past year. Hastings claimed, "We moved too fast with it", and explains that he still thinks Internet video will dominate in the coming years. From the article: 'Hastings also faced tough questions about last month's double-bomb disclosure: Netflix now expects to lose money for all of 2012, and it is looking to raise cash in a secondary offering of its stock.'"
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Britain's Apology to Alan Turing

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ExE122 writes "British PM Gordon Brown gives a posthumous apology to mathematician, chemist, logician, cryptanalyst and the father of computer science, Alan Turing. For slashdotters, Turing is probably best known for the Turing Machine, a device which has laid the groundwork for modern computer algorithms. To the rest of the world, he is commonly known as a World War II hero, deciphering several German crypts including that used by the Enigma machine. Though his contributions to science and the war efforts put him among the most influential men of the 20th century, Turing was criminally prosecuted in Britain in 1952 because of his lifestyle. Alan Turing was a homosexual, which at that time was a criminal illness and was punished by chemical castration. He committed suicide in 1954 at the age of 41. On Sept 10, 2009, Britain's Prime Minister gave a public apology for the "appalling" post-war treatment of Alan Turing, and acknowledged his contributions to the war effort."

E-Archiving System To Be Tested

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "President Bush's departure from the whitehouse will mark a new milestone in archiving as an unprecedented amount of electronic data from the Bush Library will be ingested into the new Electronic Record Archiving (ERA) system for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). They are expecting "a whopping 140TB of data from the current Bush administration, more than 50 times what it received from the Clinton years". The success of this project is being watched closely as it will eventually support congress as well as several federal agencies in the storage, indexing, preservation, and disposition of electronic data under the Federal Records Act. -=ERA's FAQ=-"

Verizon to Share Customer Information

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "New York Times and Washington Post have reported that Verizon plans to share it's customers' information with "affiliates, agents and parent companies" (The Washington Post article can be found here). From the NYT article, "Verizon plans to share what is known in the industry as consumer proprietary network information, or C.P.N.I, which includes how many calls a customer makes, the geographical destination of the calls and what services the customer has purchased". Customers were recently sent a letter explaining that they had 30 days to "opt out" of C.P.N.I. To opt out, customers can call 800-333-9956 and enter their telephone number when prompted."

Oracle offers to buy BEA Systems

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "Bloomberg reports the Oracle has put in a $6.7 billion bid for BEA Systems. The news has caused BEA's stocks jumped 33% before the market opened on friday. From the article "'We have made a serious proposal including a substantial premium for BEA,' Oracle President Charles Phillips said in a statement today. 'We look forward to completing a friendly transaction as soon as possible.'""

Free Public Wi-Fi

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "A friend of mine works for a committe in Baltimore, MD which organizes corporations and civil leadership to make improvements throughout the region. One recent issue had to deal with Baltimore's recent addition of a free Wi-Fi network in Baltimore's inner harbor region. My friend has to put together a presentation outlining benefits, drawbacks, and risks of implementing free city-wide internet access. He asked for my opinion, but I admittedly have limited knowledge in all that's involved in wireless networks. Here's a quick rundown of what we came up with:

  • Crossing the "digital divide" (welcome to the 21st century)
  • Increasing business/local communication.
  • Once the technology is in place, it could be upgraded to include private secure networks for government protection services such as police, fire, and rescue.
  • Accountability for illegal activities (can't tell who the hell is sharing kiddie pr0n)
  • It's difficult to get the local ISPs to go along with the idea
  • Security
  • IPV6
  • Will it run Linux? (jk)
As far as getting the ISPs to go along with it, it has been suggested that the government may work with the local ISPs (the Big ones in Baltimore are Verizon and Comcast). The government could provide tax incentives and pay for equipment on government property (hotspots on lampposts, satelites on buildings, etc) that the ISPs could use and still maintain control over the Last Mile. In exchange, they would offer their service either for free, or at a significantly lower cost (I'd still pay $10/mo to have internet everywhere I go). I raised the concern that to make up for any additional loss in revenue may lead ISPs to do away net neutrality.

Security is also a big issue. The general public isn't aware of how network traffic can be monitored and knows very little about encryption. I would think the number of online identity theft cases in the area would sky-rocket.

I was wondering what insight the /. community could provide about these issues and if they see any more plusses/minuses/concerns that should be mentioned."

iPhone Price Slash Forces $100 Rebate

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "Steve Jobs, facing criticism for a drastic $200 slash in iPhone prices, has agreed to give early customers a $100 rebate. According to the article, "the move came just hours after Jobs was dismissing complaints and implying that the customers wouldn't get a penny." Jobs has apparently been making the same dismissive comments to angry customers and the press alike before the compromising decision to offer a rebate was made."
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DHS Ends Data-Mining Program

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "The Department of Homeland Security has "scrapped an ambitious anti-terrorism data-mining tool." The tool, called ADVISE, was being tested with live data rather than test data without having proper security in place. This program had already been under criticism by privacy advocates and members of Congress. However, according to the article, a DHS spokesman assures that the program will be restarted once the security and cost are re-evaluated."
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ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "Scientists have discovered an unusually fat planet approximately eight times the size of Jupiter. The planet, HAT-P-2b, is the largest planet discovered to date. This new discovery contains "so much gravity a 150-pound person would weigh in at more than a ton"."

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "CNN and CareerBuilder have posted a listing of the top 10 dirtiest jobs in science. "Whether they are sifting through reeking mud banks to find cures for contamination, or sorting stool samples to get to the bottom of our bathroom dilemmas, these are some of the science jobs that sacrifice their time, energy and comfort for the greater global good." Sounds like a job opportunity for Mike Rowe!"

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "A judge has ruled to dismiss a crucial part of AMD's antitrust lawsuit against rival competitor Intel. Advanced Micro based its lawsuit on the claim that Intel has been stifling competition and coercing customers against buying AMD products, mainly in foreign-commerce. However, "U.S. District Judge Joseph Farnan of Delaware granted Intel's request to dismiss the portions of AMD's 2005 suit alleging foreign effects of its claim that Intel maintains a monopoly in the market for microprocessor chips", and stated that "U.S. law does not cover many of AMD's claims". A spokesperson for AMD says, "We have just received the ruling, and we are studying it. Meanwhile, this case goes on and the global antitrust regulatory scrutiny of Intel's abusive conduct steams ahead". The decision comes hours after Intel claimed to have a new lead over AMD with its new quad-core server chip."

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

ExE122 (954104) writes "Advanced Micro unveils their new open processor initiative, Torrenza, "designed to create a new class of computers packing multiple processors from different vendors." Torrenza is targeted mainly at high-performance systems with hopes to get co-processors to be able to integrate their capabilities directly into the AMD chip."

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

ExE122 writes "A new scientific breakthrough allows scientists to harvest stem cells without harming the embryo. "'We have shown that we can not only generate stem cells without destroying the embryo, but that the remaining embryo also has the potential to go to on create a healthy blastocyst' said Dr Lanza, whose team's research is published in Nature. Asked if he expected the advance to satisfy President Bush, Dr Lanza said: 'Well, as you know, the President objects to the fact that you would be sacrificing one life to save another, and in this instance there is no harm to the embryo.'""

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

ExE122 writes "Well known for its flash-card technology, SanDisk has announced that it will be producing an mp3 player to compete with Apple's iPod. "The device sports a microSD expansion slot allowing storage of 10 GB of music — or 2,500 songs — with an optional SanDisk 2 GB microSD card, making it the largest capacity flash-based MP3 player on the market." It is expected to hit the stores in time for the holidays."

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

ExE122 writes "In an attempt to curb falsification of passports, the United States has placed an order for millions of embedded ID chips. "The chips carry an encrypted digital photograph of the passport holder. The chip is designed to be read by a special device that will be used by U.S. government workers who check passports when travelers come through border crossings. The State Department began issuing what are being called e-passports to tourists last week and will gradually increase production. State Department spokeswoman Janelle Hironimus said existing passports will remain valid until they expire but, eventually, all U.S. passports — about 13 million will be issued in 2006 — will contain such chips.""

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

ExE122 writes "Scientists have discovered what they believe is the reason behind the advanced evolution of the human brain. Research found that a certain gene underwent a vast mutation millions of years ago, allowing our brains to develop to the levels they are at now. From the article: "Reporting Wednesday in the online version of the British medical journal Nature, the scientists said they do not know exactly what the gene does but that it is active at a key time and place in embryonic development when the brain is growing at its fastest pace." This also gives evidence that our brains are still in the process of evolving today."



Nothing Gold Can Stay

ExE122 ExE122 writes  |  more than 8 years ago Anyone who was a child in 1980's has the ability to feel a sense of nostalgia with a single word: Atari. Whether you dropped your quarters at the arcade to play Pac-Man, sat in front of the TV with your 2600 till your eyes hurt, or first discovered the "endless possibilities" of an 8-bit computer, Atari has influenced you one way or another. So, in the sense of VH-1's murderous exposition of reality, I ask the question: Where are they now?

I recently stumbled upon the company while flipping through Google's finance sites looking for a promising investment. When Nasdaq's ATAR came across the screen, I got excited. It was like stumbling across an old friend that you haven't seen in years. I just had to see what wonderful Willy-Wonka like creation Atari was coming up with next. So I eagerly clicked away at the company profile...

What I found was about as sad as Michael Jackson's nose surgery. The once-great foundation of the video game console industry was in dismal ruins.

They had joined up with the French video game company Infogrames Entertainment and recently brought in a new CEO, 48 year old Bruno Bonnell. They have spent their days developing, marketing, and packaging games for other platforms (PS(2,3,P), Nintendo, Xbox(360), and PC). For a while, they had met some moderate success with games like Driver, the Matrix series, and the newly released Test Drive Unlimited. They haven't really released anything new as far as consoles go, but they did seek to bring back some of their former glory with the Flashback and Flashback 2.0, modeled off of the old 7800 and 2600 consoles, respectively. They have also met moderate success publishing and distributing games for third party developers with titles such as Neverwinter Nights, the Rollercoaster Tycoon series, and the Dragonball Z series.

However, the truth of the matter is that the company is struggling to keep its head above the water. Their last console was the failed Jaguar, they have stayed away from computer systems since the Falcon, the Driver series was sold to Ubisoft, and they haven't shown any promise of turning a profit for years. Their 2006 profit margin is at -31.55% and their stock has been given a "D" rating by ValuePrime. The recent release of the much acclaimed Test Drive Unlimited only managed to raise the stock a few cents for a day or two before it dropped back down. At about $0.60 a share, Nasdaq already has issued a notice of delisting from the Global Market. Atari has sought a hearing, but it would take a miracle for them to meet compliance.

With such a low share cost and such a horrible profit margin, no investment group would even bother to come near their stock. In a recent letter to its shareholders (.doc warning), CEO Bonnell confesses that the company is in debt up to its ears (over $750 million) and resorts to publicly begging for investors not to lose trust and dump in more cash. He is also calling on the favors of old associates, trying to use its once great name as leverage. However, the stock has been falling steadily over the past couple years, now at a rate of a few cents a day.

While Atari's rise and fall hasn't been as quick as M.C. Hammer's, it is still a sad sight to see. The once great name of the video game industry is standing on the corner with rabbit-eared pockets rattling a tin can, remembering its glory days and knocking on the doors of its former friends looking for handouts. One of their old ad slogans used to read "Atari means more than fun and games. Atari means money." Nowadays, it means a lack of it.

~MTN 22.09.06~

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