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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

M3.14 Wow (141 comments)

Just wow. I wonder what happened. Maybe there's some money threshold where you just say: "naah, I've got enough". Or maybe his bank just phoned and said - "your account balance does not fit anymore in our VARCHAR2(10) column.."
Anyway - looking forward to see the bright *snicker* future.

3 days ago

US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

M3.14 Next! (164 comments)

Well, NSA's bust! Let's failover to NSB (N.S.Bureau) and continue without any problems. But - hey, sssh - noone needs to know, right?!

about 3 months ago

Who controls the HVAC at work?

M3.14 AC in the hallway (216 comments)

In the building where I work the HVAC vents are on the hallway. If someone wants colder air he just needs to open his door a bit more.

about 4 months ago

Ultima Online Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

M3.14 Re:well that was new... (75 comments)

That was my exact first thought! How was is that the player generated content was not "exploited" in MUD era? Or wat it because players/wizards taking care of their assigned content were very quick on fixing potential exploitable things?

about 6 months ago

Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC

M3.14 Re:Not quite soon ... meanwhile, LHC is ramping up (263 comments)

You might be right about the VLHC. I think the 100km circumference is meant considering current/near future magnet technologies. AFAIK when designing LHC to fit into LEP they planned for magnets that did not exist at that time. Maybe with a really good advance in magnet tech VLHC can fit inisde LHC tunnel ...

about 10 months ago

Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash

M3.14 *Sigh* (284 comments)

Seriously. Did anyone expect any other result? Money talks everywhere.

about a year ago

Compared to its non-Super version, I most prefer ...

M3.14 Superbad (288 comments)

Is superbad then better than bad ?

about a year ago

US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

M3.14 Easy to dodge? (678 comments)

How hard would be for those large companies to just offshore the sales to avoid paying this tax? I mean they are already doing it to dodge other taxes anyway. Wouldn't this just affect smaller shops that do not have an army of lawyers and "tax optimization" specialists.
Fortunately this is US only (for now) but it's a very bad example for other goverments. I can already see other country politicians smiling and thinking: "Hey - we can do that too, right?"

about a year ago

Google Ordered Back To UK Parliament To "Explain Itself" Following Investigation

M3.14 Googled it? (176 comments)

I wonder if Reuters did use google to find it out.

about a year ago

I most look forward to flying with ...

M3.14 My own bomb (303 comments)

There's very little probability there will be 2 bombs on one plane , right? And I will definitely not detonate mine, therefore making the whole flight safer...

Joke aside. I think if someone is able to take over plane with scissors or box cuttters or whatever else is banned, they will be able to do it without it as well. It just takes a bit more effort. So why bother with such draconian rules? Scan people for IEDs and firearms and that's it. In addition strenghten in-flight security. For example someone trained for close combat in such scenrios will be travelling as part of crew or undercover on every other flight.

about a year and a half ago

Man Has 75% of Skull Replaced By 3D-Printed Materials

M3.14 Backbone printing (74 comments)

Finally a solution for people without any backbone.

about a year and a half ago

Companies More Likely To Outsource Than Train IT Employees

M3.14 Nothing new (235 comments)

Money talks... Shotsighted decisions for quick profit and cost cuts are "in" these days. But in the end all cuts on wrong places will come back and bite whoever will be in charge. The sad thing is it is already someone else because the one that decided for outsourcing is most probably safe up the ladder for the money he "saved".

more than 2 years ago

No More Version Numbers For HTML

M3.14 Re:Translation (336 comments)

They will actually introduce infinite number of very small milestones. That's why there will be no number - who would want versions like 5.333333333333 (ad infinum) ?

more than 3 years ago

Man Convicted For Driving Drunk In Toy Barbie Car

M3.14 Who was drunk? (1 comments)

To me it seems more likely that the person who issued the ticket was more drunk than "driver".

more than 4 years ago

In Brazil, Google Fined For Content of Anonymous Posting

M3.14 Re:Someone should paint obscenities... (484 comments)

Exactly my thought. Additionally they can sue spray manufacturers for providing the spray ... etc. One could even profit from such stupid decisions.

more than 4 years ago

Chilean Earthquake Shortened Earth's Day

M3.14 Re:GPS affected? (374 comments)

I think that a missile (read "lot of explosives") does not need to fly "in" through window. <irony> Unless of course you want it to also fly past the inside door, turn left down the hall and hit the enemy directly in his left ball - in that case this offset can cause trouble. </irony>

more than 4 years ago

In a structure of N stories, I'd prefer my office be ...

M3.14 Re:Between the 5th and 17th floors (467 comments)

You can safely jump down from that one floor height ...

more than 4 years ago

In a structure of N stories, I'd prefer my office be ...

M3.14 Re:Missing option (467 comments)

I voted -1 or -2 but I see your point. I believe anywhere else than management/sales/marketing is not around will do.

more than 4 years ago

EU Says Google Street View Violates Privacy

M3.14 Make people aware they are photographed? (300 comments)

Maybe google streetview cars should somehow make people aware they are snapped. Some form of a constant loop from a loudspeaker. Something like "All your from street visible base are belong to us" or just some other recognizable sample? On the other hand ... if the offended people did not check their own address in streetview it is their own fault.

more than 4 years ago



H R Giger dead: Alien artist and designer died aged 74

M3.14 M3.14 writes  |  about 4 months ago

M3.14 (1616191) writes "H. R. Giger, the Swiss artist and designer of Ridley Scott's Alien, has died, aged 74. Hans Rudolf 'Ruedi' Giger sustained injuries caused by a fall, Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung has reported (German link. English summary here). The terrifying creature and sets he created for Ridley Scott’s film earned him an Oscar for special effects in 1980. In the art world, Giger is appreciated for his wide body of work in the fantastic realism and surrealistic genres. Film work was just one of his talents. Giger is also known for his sculptures, paintings and furniture. The H.R. Giger Museum, inaugurated in the summer of 1998 in the Château St. Germain, is a four-level building complex in the historic, medieval walled city of Gruyères. It is the permanent home to many of the artist’s most prominent works."
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New results indicate that particle discovered at CERN is a Higgs boson

M3.14 M3.14 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

M3.14 (1616191) writes "It seems that the statistic is more and more in favor of latest big LHC discovery being the Higgs boson everyone is expecting. There are still some unanswered questions though.
From the article: At the Moriond Conference, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) presented preliminary new results that further elucidate the particle discovered last year. Having analysed two and a half times more data than was available for the discovery announcement in July, they find that the new particle is looking more and more like a Higgs boson, the particle linked to the mechanism that gives mass to elementary particles. It remains an open question, however, whether this is the Higgs boson of the Standard Model of particle physics, or possibly the lightest of several bosons predicted in some theories that go beyond the Standard Model."

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US CEO says French workers have 'three-hour' working day

M3.14 M3.14 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

M3.14 (1616191) writes "In a letter addressed to French Industrial Renewal Minister, US tyre manufacturing company CEO is writing (original FR article with English letter) that it would be stupid to buy any factory in France since workers don't really work full time. He'd rather buy cheap factories in India and China instead and import tyres back to France. This really places a question where is the equilibrium between unions and companies. In this case it definitely went all the way down on union side."
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HP to Keep PC Division

M3.14 M3.14 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

M3.14 writes "HP today announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) and has decided the unit will remain part of the company.
Seems like HP still got some sanity."

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Infosys to manage MS internal IT services

M3.14 M3.14 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

M3.14 (1616191) writes "It's funny how IT companies outsource their IT services to other companies. From TFA: "Infosys will streamline implementation processes, simplify support and service, while at the same time lowering the enterprise costs through the use of the latest Microsoft solutions such as Windows 7." Is it really worth outsourcing your own IT services to other company that will be using your own OS/tools?
I'm just waiting for Infosys to announce outsourcing their desktop and server support to some MS division so the loop can be closed."

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