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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

UnknowingFool Re:Why is "power" supposedly an issue? (238 comments)

Not all Enterprises need high IOPS for all applications. If you need a large data warehouse, speed may be less important than space. Also cost is big factor.

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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

UnknowingFool Re:Why is "power" supposedly an issue? (238 comments)

Not necessarily. From the article:

The Seagate Enterprise 15K 2.5” form factor HDD and Terascale HDD have power consumption needs of 1 W and 6.5 W per drive, respectively. However, SSDs are far more varied. Consumer SSDs, designed for laptops or tablets, often have power consumptions of between 0.1 and 1.5 W per drive, however enterprise SSDs can range from 3 W to 30 W depending on make and model with most falling between 3 W and 10 W.

A spinning HDD might require more power than an idle SSD but it is not necessarily true that a HDD requires more power all the time. Also if you look at wattage per GB, HDDs are more efficient as you need more SSDs right now to match the same capacity as a HDD. For consumers, it's a small difference but enterprises requiring lots of drives look at efficiency more closely.

yesterday
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

UnknowingFool Re:RAID? (238 comments)

For now it appears that the bus isn't the limiting factor. The HDDs themselves simply are not faster than SSDs. After all, spinning platters and mechanical read/write heads will be slower than silicon gates. Cost and capacity are the two main advantages of HDDs.

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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

UnknowingFool Re:RAID? (238 comments)

Thanks for posting real benchmarks. I can't afford/don't need a Mac Pro but if PCIe SSD become available on other systems, it's nice to know how fast it really operates.

yesterday
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

UnknowingFool Re:Why do people listen to her? (584 comments)

Oh I see, your source of information is a blog. Forgive me if I believe the CDC and the WHO. Also your source doesn't understand medicine very well because even they said:

"We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease."

Encephalopathy is not Autism nor linked to Autism. In a very desperate attempt to make any link, the author of the blog is basically making shit up.

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

UnknowingFool Depends (383 comments)

Most years, I just use the basic tax software. A few years when my taxes got complicated, I paid an accountant. For me, the few hundred dollars I paid was worth it for me not to be bothered by the IRS. Statistically they look about professionally prepared taxes less than self-prepared ones. Also the accountants always know about things that I can claim that I didn't know about. Each time, they were able to get me a refund.

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

UnknowingFool Re:It all boils down to fear and profit... (584 comments)

I'm not against vaccines, but I am against endlessly vaccinating against threats that no longer exist.

This is terrible logic. First of all these threats still exist as evidenced by the numerous outbreaks in the last decade. Second, the threats were lessoned because of vaccinations. The increase in outbreaks coincide with the drop in vaccination rates.

In other words, they should only be used in the event that there's an outbreak.

Again, this is terrible logic. If there is an outbreak, those who have the disease will not be helped by a vaccine. An during an outbreak, many will be exposed. That's why it's called an "outbreak." With world travel, an outbreak may not be easily contained. See H1N1.

We are after-all living in an era where sanitation has way over stepped its boundaries and now threatens all of us with super germs...

This is also terrible logic. Sanitation has not overstepped its boundaries; it has saved millions of lives including many in developing worlds of dying of water borne illnesses like Giarda, etc. Super germs have been created by the over-use of antibiotics not sanitation.

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

UnknowingFool Re:be careful of claiming "no evidence" (584 comments)

The question is what you call "ample". Your largest sample size is 91; the link is at best tenuous given the rather small size. Also the samples are not sufficiently randomized but have a selection bias. The Dutch study looked at millions of Dutch children and found no link. That was only one study. The Japanese study also looked at millions and found no link.

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

UnknowingFool Re:Why do people listen to her? (584 comments)

But the causes of autism are complex and poorly understood. If one identical twin is autistic, the other is likely to be, but not always.

There are cases of autism where one twin has severe autism but the other does not. So it's not 100% genetic.

This is Bridget. She passes her day running her fingers across her computer screen. Locked in her own world, she has spent the past 13 years drifting apart from her identical twin sister, Jenna.

3 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

UnknowingFool Re:Why do people listen to her? (584 comments)

If that was mumps, there is no treatment, you suffer and hopefully don't get an additional disease (30% testicular atrophy). . .

Also note your effects represent best case scenarios. As with any disease they are far worse effects that are possible. For example: mumps --> deafness. Death is also possible.

3 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

UnknowingFool Re:Why do people listen to her? (584 comments)

Actually the flaw in your argument is that everybody reacts identically to all medicine. You read the part about this being my THIRD son right? The other two were vaccinated and had no problems.

No, that was your flaw. You presented an anecdotal example. I presented a counter example. That also belies what you said: "Essentially I believe that it could be harmful for young babies/toddlers to have too many vaccines administered at the same time - 3 vaccines during the same office visit, for example". You had no qualifiers like "For the most part . . . "

In fact you even ask for if an adult would opt for multiple vaccines. I presented myself as an example because I've done it. In your statement, you also imply that somehow multiple vaccines at once are unproven or experimental. They are not. The vaccine schedule has been extensively tested. As a parent you don't have to follow it, but questioning it because you think there is no science or testing behind it is another matter.

I have a pretty good idea of when autism can be seen, as I raised my son from birth. He LOST the ability to speak - I'd like to find out what happened. I feel that any money or time spent researching any possible like is money well spent, regardless of the outcome. Ten years of seeing what autism is has led me to this.

What I'm saying is that before a certain age, diagnosing Autism can be problematic (as with any neurological testing of children). The time when symptoms start showing is right as the vaccine schedule starts to increase in the number of vaccines. The science behind the causes of Autism is pointing to an abnormal development of certain areas of the brain. The cause is not purely genetic but may be epigenetic as noted by the twin studies. Unfortunately the last ten years of research was hampered by Wakefield and his fraud.

The amount of negativity is interesting to me. Many vaccines are *optional*, others are mandated for public school. We have this choice in this country. The argument of "some children have died" is weak. I could just as well say "some children have lived".

The problem is that some of the children died not because the parents had a choice but because someone else chose not vaccinate. Herd immunity exists for a reason. It protects those that cannot be or have not been vaccinated. What do you say to a parent whose child died because of your choices? The negativity for me is that the science has long been established. McCarthy and her denialism has caused so much pain and yet she refuses to take responsibility for what she had done.

3 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

UnknowingFool Re:Why do people listen to her? (584 comments)

Essentially I believe that it could be harmful for young babies/toddlers to have too many vaccines administered at the same time - 3 vaccines during the same office visit, for example. I can only imagine how many adults would opt for several shots at the same time.

I've traveled overseas extensively. Sometimes I need to get 3 or more vaccines for certain areas. I haven't died yet. They most serious side effect was I didn't feel 100% after getting multiple vaccines. I didn't get sick. The flaw in your argument is that you assume your child is the first human ever to get multiple vaccines at once and it hasn't been tested before. It has. The schedule has undergone years of testing before released.

My third son went from talking and acting normal to non-verbal for years around the time of his 2 years vaccines. Now, it's likely coincidence. I'm not blaming vaccines - since there is no established link based on current research. But we need to find the cause for autism.

The coincidence is that the vaccine schedule is close to the time when Autism can be first diagnosed in children. When Wakefield's paper first came out, many researchers looked at it because it was the first testable link. It turned out to be fraud though. How much time and research was wasted on chasing fraud? That research could have been spent on real research into the causes.

I'm surprised the amount of negativity the community has presented on this subject.

There have been many outbreaks of diseases that could have been prevented due to this nonsense. Some children have died. We should be negative.

3 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

UnknowingFool Re:Why do people listen to her? (584 comments)

McCarthy and Carrey said that while they do support immunization, they and their allies believe children receive "too many vaccines, too soon, many of which are toxic."

Basically when faced with overwhelming facts, McCarthy like many others either double down or move the goal posts. In the beginning of the anti-vax movement, it was "All we ask is someone to do the research on the vaccine." When the initial research came back that no link could be proven it was: "All we ask is someone to look at the thiomersal effects." When more studies came back that thiomersal could not be linked to Austism either it was: "You can't just do epidemiological studies." When Wakefield's paper was retracted due to fraud, it was "They are trying to silence him." They are true believers; anything that goes against their beliefs must be denied.

In their complete ignorance, McCarthy and others seem to ignore basic facts of medicine. All medication has the possibility of side effects. Vaccines like many other medications has gone under extensive testing before it was released. There still is the possibility of terrible side effects but statistically the vaccine is much safer than the disease and the incidence of side effects are very, very small. Saying that the vaccines need to be safe is like saying that we shouldn't drive cars because they are unsafe.

3 days ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

UnknowingFool Re:Without her permission? (367 comments)

Except that it isn't. Facebook privacy is violated all the time. Messages that people post there assuming to be private end up elsewhere on a very regular basis. Even more so when things move from facebook to other places they can go verbatim, with exact records of what what written. This is not the same as saying something verbally where there is always the chance of the message being garbled along the way.

That still does not make it right for the police and the school to force her to grant them FULL access to her messages and page. What they read on public on FB is another matter.

If you post something for people to read online, you have released any reasonable expectation of it being private. Just because slashdot says that I own this comment I am posting, I understand that anyone can come along, copy it, post is elsewhere, etc. They might or might not credit it to me. Facebook is not different in any important way. Just because they claim that some messages are private does not mean they are.

Again, you missed the point. In this case, under the guise of investigating her private messages, the school and police were really after her public (and protected rights) complaints about a school official. Both of which are supposed to be protected in different ways.

They can sell it to whomever they want, just as facebook can sell your profile data to whomever they want.

No, medical information is protected by law. The fact that violations occur does not make your medical information any less protected.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets With Wrong, Slower Processor

UnknowingFool Re:When will Microsoft Retire RT? (147 comments)

Actually, I don't think the Intel framework has much to do with the weight. The plastic Windows mini tablets using Intel Atom processors are often lighter and cheaper than iPads.

Surface Pros have all used the Core i5 series not Atom processors which are heavier with all the required infrastructure than Atom.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets With Wrong, Slower Processor

UnknowingFool Re:When will Microsoft Retire RT? (147 comments)

Eventually the ultrabooks and tablets will weigh less over time. MS is at a disadvantage in that they have to use heavier Intel framework in the Surface Pro.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets With Wrong, Slower Processor

UnknowingFool Re:When will Microsoft Retire RT? (147 comments)

Well, a small difference in weight (1.9 lbs vs 1.5 lbs) is a lot when you have to hold something in your hands for a long time. After 4 years, the heaviest iPads are 1lb with some models less than 1lb.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

UnknowingFool Re:Trojan Horse (150 comments)

Here's the way I see it:

1. Watch when Comcast and other ISPs try to screw over Netflix streaming (this was confirmed last week here on slashdot).
2. Attempt to address the problem for your own streaming service through negotiation/bribery/whatever before your customers notice that their streaming suffers.
3. Profit!

about three weeks ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

UnknowingFool Re:Well Duh... (367 comments)

Well cheap VB programmers instead of more expensive Linux developers was probably the main reason of using XP over Linux in the first place. However, the banks also have less control. Embedded XP is EOL in 2019, I think not 2014. In the best case scenario, there are a lot of ATMs that need to be upgraded in the next 5 years to the next Windows Embedded version. But like the PC industry, some older machines will not meet the requirements.

about a month ago
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DirectX 12 Promises Lower-level Hardware Access On Multiple Platforms

UnknowingFool Re:A reaction? (107 comments)

From what I'm seeing mobile device gaming is where more consumers are focusing their money. Yes, there are still console and PC gaming but the average consumer is spending their $0.99 on mobile games not $60 games. That means almost no money/traction going to Windows mobile platforms given their tiny market share. It's all going to iOS and Android. With both platforms getting more powerful GPUs and CPUs, MS has to do something.

about a month ago

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GM announces first female CEO Mary Barra

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 4 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Right after the US Treasury Department sold off its last stake in GM, two surprises followed . First, CEO Dan Akerson announced his retirement, and the board chose long-time employee Mary Barra as his replacement as GM's first female CEO. While there will be comparisons to Carly Fiorina because of gender, there are major differences between the two situations. Barra has been with GM for 33 years and started working as a university co-op student while Fiorina was hired from Lucent. Barra started out as a plant engineer before completing her MBA and rising through the ranks to varied positions like plant manager, head of HR, and senior vice president of global product development while Fiorina was always in management."
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SCOTUS agrees to hear case to clarify software patents

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 4 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "The Supreme Court agreed today to hear the case of Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International to help establish clearer guidelines on what may be patented in software. The case involves Alice Corporation who holds four patents originating in the 1990s of which was for "a computerized system for creating and exchanging financial instruments such as derivatives." These patents were challenged by CLS Bank International in 2007. The district court ruled summarily for CLS in that none of patents were valid. The Federal Circuit initially reversed the lower court; however, the full panel (en banc) voted (7 out of 10) to affirm the district court but also issued 5 separate concurring and dissenting opinions.

This confusion was noted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in its amicus brief:

" . . . the Federal Circuit has failed to implement a workable standard—or, frankly, any standard at all—as to what computer- and Internet-implemented inventions are patentable. The resulting legal instability has driven up the already-ballooning costs of patent litigation . . ."

In my opinion, it appears that main patent simply added "on the computer" to an existing process, namely in an business transaction between two parties, there is a third party that ensures that payment is made and is facilitated. The computer made the transaction faster and more automated as noted by Judge Lourie in his opinion.

“simply appending generic computer functionality to lend speed or efficiency to the performance of an otherwise abstract concept does not meaningfully limit claim scope for purposes of patent eligibility.

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US FDA moves to ban trans fat

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 5 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Citing growing health concerns about trans fat, the FDA today proposed measures to eliminate it from the US food supply. While trans fat can still be used, the new measures now place the burden on food processors to justify the inclusion of it in a food product as experts have maintained that there is no safe level of consumption and no health benefits. Since 2006, the amount of trans far eaten by the average American has declined from 4.5g per serving to less than 1g as restaurants and the food industry have reduced their use of it. There will be a 60 day public comment period for the new proposal."
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Blockbuster to close remaining US locations

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 5 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Blockbuster announced that it will close its remaining 300 US locations by January and discontinue the DVD by mail service. Before being bought out by Dish, the chain was slowly closing locations. From an all time high of 9,000 locations in 2004, the chain has fallen on hard times and had emerged from bankruptcy in 2011."
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Blackberry ends attempts to sell itself, will replace CEO

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 5 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Blackberry has announced it will no longer sell itself and will attempt to raise $1B from investors and shareholders. Also CEO Thorston Heins will leave in two weeks, replaced by John Chen, former CEO of Sybase. This is the second change in leadership in the last two years as Blackerry's finances have struggled against the rise of Apple and Android smartphones."
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Windows 8.1 for RT update pulled from Windows store

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 6 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "After reports of update problems including bricking of some devices, Microsoft has pulled the 8.1 update for RT from their store while they investigate.



"Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1. As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience. We will provide updates as they become available"

While update problems are not new to software, could this be a consequence of MS not releasing 8.1 RTM to developers? Developers may have experienced problems earlier and alerted MS before it went live."
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Yale "Freakonomics" professor: Bing is not preferred 2:1 as Microsoft claims

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 6 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "In 2009, Microsoft launched a national TV and print advertising campaign for Bing claiming that their study showed that it was preferred 2 to 1 over Google in search results in a head-to-head challenge reminiscent of the Pepsi challenges from the 1980s. MS then invited consumers to take their own test at www.bingiton.com.

Yale law professor Ian Ayres (of Freakonomics fame) and his law students published a paper On their study that found that Google was preferred over Bing 53% to 41% with 6% ties. This was far from the 2:1 ratio MS claimed. Professor Ayres matched the small sample size (1000 people). Although the commercials gives the impression that the results of the MS was a head-to-head street challenge, the results came from a online study MS commissioned through Answer Research.

Noted differences between the two studies was that the Yale study randomly assigned the user one of three different sets of searches: 1) Bing supplied searches, 2) top 25 web searches, or 3) user defined searches. One Bing searches the results were almost the same but users preferred Google in the other two sets. Another main difference is that MS has not published the methodology used or tracked individual user responses.

Legally, one conclusion of the study was that Google might have a deceptive advertising suit against Microsoft."

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Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2: With new kickstand!

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 7 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "For consumers who had hoped that Microsoft would greatly upgrade their recent entries into the tablet market, leaks and rumors have said that both machines will receive modest hardware changes. Surface Pro 2 will sport new Haswell processors which will increase battery life to 7 hours. RAM is expected to increase from 4GB to 8GB. Surface (formerly RT) will get Tegra 4 processors. The only other confirmed change will be new kickstands that have 2 positions instead of one."
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Parallels for iPad: Game Changer for Productivity?

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 8 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "While the iPad has been a tranformative tool for consumers and businesses, it suffers in productivity due to the focus of the device more on the consumption side than the productivity side. This gap may be bridged with a new app by virtualization software maker Parallels, Inc. called Parallels for iPad. Unlike Parallels for Mac, this program does not simply add hardware virtualization to run other OSs like Windows, Linux, etc. Instead this software installed on a desktop and iPad will act a server/client to an iPad so that the iPad can run "applified" versions of desktop software like Word, Excel, etc.

What this means is that users can now run productivity software from their desktops on their iPads. While the effectiveness using a touch GUI with applications not designed for touch has not been demonstrated, Parallels says that Parallels with translate the touch UI interactions into desktop ones. Some writers say this spells bad news for Microsoft and others. Users will not need to buy mobile app versions of their software. These are downsides to the app. First the $79.99/yr price tag. Second it requires a constant Internet connection so airplane mode is not likely possible."

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Xbox One launch delayed in 8 countries

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 8 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "At E3, Microsoft announced plans to launch the Xbox One in 21 countries in November. Now MS has announced that launch in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland will be delayed to 2014. Countries that are still scheduled for November release are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand. MS has not announced a new launch date only that it would be available "as soon as possible". It seems to me that consumers in Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, and Switzerland can just cross the border into a neighboring country and get the Xbox One if they wanted."
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Microsoft: Xbox One will no longer require Kinect to function

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 8 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Microsoft has reversed course on another aspect of the Xbox One. Though the console will come bundled with a Kinect sensor, the console will work without it. Critics were had suggested that an always-on video and audio sensor could be used to spy on users. This is the latest reversal from Microsoft since the E3 unveil."
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Windows 8.1 To Be Relased Mid-October

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 8 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "According to sources, Microsoft will release 8.1 to the public in mid-October. For those that don't know 8.1 will attempt to correct many of the issues with Windows 8. Some issues like the Start button have not been really addressed in the minds of many here on Slashdot. The release puts Windows 8.1 in time for the holiday season."
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Latest SCO Claim: Novell decision "has no bearing" on remaining case

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 8 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "In June 2013, Judge David Nuffer allowed SCO v IBM to continue after a long delay due to SCO's bankruptcy proceedings. He asked that SCO to file a brief on which claims were closed by the Novell judgement where Novell was found to be the owner of UNIX and UNIX copyrights. SCO filed its brief titled: "Proposed Judgment Dismissing SCO's Claims Mooted by the Final Judgment in SCO v. Novell" where they listed three claims where the Novell decision "has no bearing":
  • VI: Unfair Competition where IBM is accused to undermining and destroying UNIX and harming SCO in Project Monterrey by giving to Linux "SCO’s valuable [UNIX] source code"
  • VII: Interference with Contract where IBM supposedly encouraged others to develop Linux by reverse engineering, modifying, and creating derivative works of UNIX
  • IX: Interference with Business Relationships where IBM discouraged others from doing business with SCO. (I believe SCO suing everyone did that).

IBM not only responded that there were no claims left, they objected to the term "mooted" as IBM points out: "The claims are not moot; they are barred under principles of issue preclusion (or collateral estoppel)." From my understanding, "moot" means unsettled but unimportant which IBM points out that the claims were decided and SCO cannot re-litigate them again. IBM also points out in that Project Monterrey in VI was not a "joint venture" as SCO describes it."
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NVidia CEO: We are working on next generation Surface

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 8 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has told CNET that NVidia is working with Microsoft on the next generation of Surface tablets. While sales of the first generation have been poor, Huang believes the second generation will be more successful with the inclusion of Outlook."
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Descendants of Henrietta Lacks grants consent to her genomic data

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 8 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "In an agreement with the NIH, the descendants of Henrietta Lacks agreed to allow her genome to be used for research under certain conditions. Use of the data will require approval of a special group which two of her descendants are members.

The story is chronicle in the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a poor mother of five died of cervical cancer. Tumor cells were harvested before her death without her consent. Later researchers discovered that the cells thrived in the lab, one of the first ones to do so. Also the cells did not die after a few divisions (immortal). These desirable characteristics made them sought after for medical research. Named the HeLa line, it became the basis of an estimated 74,000 studies over the next 62 years including Salk's work on the polio vaccine.

The ethical problem however was that she never consented, and until the 1970s, her family did not know about their use. Also many lucrative medical advances were made that used her cells while she died too poor to afford a headstone. More recently different groups have tried publishing her entire genome to the protest of her family which seemed like another injustice."

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Best Buy to add Microsoft stores within their stores

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 10 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Best Buy and Microsoft will launch 600 Microsoft stores within Best Buy retail locations in a store within a store concept. The Microsoft stores will occupy 1500-2000 sq ft within each location. The terms of the deal are not announced but I assume it benefits both as Best Buy would likely charge rent to help with declining revenue. For Microsoft, they may get cheaper facilities than building their own stores. The last I heard MS had a very ambitious plan to launch hundreds of stores a year.

I have doubts about the success of this venture considering anecdotally almost every MS store I've seen in my travels was nearly empty. Since they all were located near Apple stores the stark difference in foot traffic was apparent. The only exception was the MS store near Redmond which had a decent crowd."

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Blackberry CEO: Tablets will be dead in 5 years

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about a year ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes ""In five years I donâ(TM)t think thereâ(TM)ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore," Blackberry CEO Thoratein said in an interview with Bloomberg. This is opposite to the growth that analysts like have speculated. It might be comparable to PDAs where smartphones have largely replaced them. Certainly the tablet is an in-between devices but it's not clear what will replace it in this role. It may be a case of sour grapes as Blackberry's PlayBook has failed to capture any significant market share."
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Microsoft Exec: iOS is "boring". Android is a "mess".

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  1 year,1 day

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "While not as sensational as Ballmer's bold prediction that the iPhone would never get any significant marketshare. MS Exec Terry Myerson, VP of the Windows Phone division, said at a conference in New York that iOS was "boring" with its buttons lacking information or flexibility. Android is a "mess" with the many versions. Of course MS would like to see more consumers buy their offering which share of the market is estimated to be 2.6% behind Android (70%), iOS (21%), and Blackberry (3.2%)."
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MS invites journalists for possible MS built Win 8 tablet unveiling

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 2 years ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "MS has invited journalists to an exclusive event on Monday, June 18 at 3:30 PM Pacific time. While MS has not disclosed the purpose of the event, rumors are that MS is showing off a MS designed and built Win 8 tablet. If true, what does that mean to OEM partners of MS who are making their own tablets? The last time MS made their own hardware, it abandoned former PlaysForSure partners and used their own Zune format. Music these days is mostly DRM free but that does not yet apply to other media like movies and books."
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Source Code for Prince of Persia for Apple II released on Github

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 2 years ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Last month, Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner announced that he had found the original source code to the beloved Apple II game on floppy disks. He promised to release the source code as soon as possible. Before he could do that, he first assembled a team of experts that could help him overcome any technical challenge like resuscitation of old hardware as the disks and the hardware required are over 20 years old. The code has been released to github."
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  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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