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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

UnknowingFool Well the pattern fits (546 comments)

Given the history of Windows naming, MS likes to change the pattern after two versions:
Windows 3.1
Windows 3.11
. . .
Windows 95
Windows 98
. . .
Windows ME
Windows XP
. . .
Windows Vista
. . .
Windows 7
Windows 8
. . .
Windows 10

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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

UnknowingFool Re:Exploit that only affects Mac and Linux (155 comments)

This is the kind of thing people on the slashdot of yesteryear thought were impossible. Remember when people would post that Apple computers and/or Linux wasn't vulnerable like Windows?

No what people have said is that Windows was vulnerable in different ways than Linux or Unix. Viruses were/are a huge problem for Windows machines and largely a Windows problem. All machines can be compromised with a Trojan if the user allows it to run. Vulnerabilities affect all systems but Linux, Unix, and OS X are built differently than Windows.

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Acer Launches First 4K Panel With NVIDIA G-Sync Technology On Board

UnknowingFool Re:Proprietary (64 comments)

All that matters to me is that Minesweeper is now in sync. Have you played it without sync technology? It's uncivilized!!

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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

UnknowingFool Re:Of course it does. (173 comments)

For anything in the solar system to be YOUNGER than the sun, it would have to be MADE by the sun, or as a byproduct of the sun achieving fusion. Our planet is younger than the sun itself, but the elements that comprise it are much, much older.

Or arrived in the solar system after the sun formed. There is that possibility.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

UnknowingFool You need both (179 comments)

Reports are good at details. They are formatted to be printed. They can be custom designed by the user to answer specific questions. Dashboards should involve more interaction at higher levels. A good dashboard can be linked to reports if required.

5 days ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

UnknowingFool Re:So, when can we expect... (154 comments)

Maybe, but even in WoW it's freely acknowledged by the developers that that 1 vs 1 combat is not balanced, that some classes will just be BETTER than other classes, but that together they achieve some sort of form of balance.

Personally I found many of the problems that Blizzards runs into when to balance is self-inflicted when they to balance PvE and PvP on the same character. For a PvE raider they don't like it when their damage has been nerfed because of PvP balance that they don't care about. For competitive guilds, they may lose a raid spot through no fault of their own.

5 days ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

UnknowingFool Re:So, when can we expect... (154 comments)

That sounds a lot like DotA. I haven't played it but that's what it sounds like.

5 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

UnknowingFool Re:Oh good (903 comments)

If I was him, I would have billed the loan company for the time he was not driving. After all is fair, right?

5 days ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

UnknowingFool Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

It is hard to doctor the fact that you can bounce a laser from the moon if you aim at the spot where the astronauts left mirrors. But this is how hoaxers' logic works:

Me: There are mirrors on the moon that will bounce back a laser signal.
Hoaxer: That proves nothing. If you use a powerful enough laser, you can bounce a signal from any surface. All you have to do is get a really powerful laser.
Me: No, there is an upper limit to laser power. At some point the laser will burn the surface. Only reflective material will bounce back a signal. Like a mirror.
Hoaxer: That proves nothing. The entire moon surface is reflective enough for any laser.
Me: If that were true then why doesn't the laser bounce back when not pointed to an Apollo mirrors?
Hoaxer: That proves nothing. NASA could have used unmanned spacecraft to put the mirrors there.
And so on . . .

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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

UnknowingFool Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (200 comments)

It's not that India cannot be more efficient than the US when it comes to space probes but in this particular case it is an apples to orange comparison when comparing MOM to Maven or even MRO. All probes these have different missions and different requirements and therefore different costs.

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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

UnknowingFool Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (200 comments)

The article says it all:

The MOM orbiter's 33-pound (15-kilogram) scientific payload comprises five instruments that will monitor Mars' atmosphere and weather, take color pictures of the surface and map the planet's mineralogy over the course of six months. In contrast, Maven's 143-pound (65-kilogram) payload includes nine instruments to study Mars' upper atmosphere as part of a yearlong mission and a decades-long scientific campaign. It can also serve as a relay for communications with NASA probes on the Martian surface.

So MOM was cheaper because it wasn't designed to do the same thing as Maven.

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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

UnknowingFool Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

My point is on the why would NASA use technology from the 1960s at all. For example, the Apollo navigation computers were quite primitive and analog. Why would NASA recreate them to use in any new missions?

about a week ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

UnknowingFool Re:So, when can we expect... (154 comments)

That might be hard to balance out different characters. Blizzard has enough issues with PvP and PvE balance for humanoid characters in WoW. For example, if you are an Ultralisk you can pretty much stomp on any other ground based character but completely helpless against some aircraft.

about a week ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

UnknowingFool Re:Apple repeated Myth No #1078 (206 comments)

Apple NEVER has used sold it has always stated that it counts them as sold because if only ships what it know it will sell. Always has check its the investment part of its site. It is actually more hilarious as Apple has to *cough* adjust its iPad figures after what was excused as changes in supply chain. We know see it is as Apple simply failing to sell iPads.

tupe666 repeated myth No #1234: Shipped never means sold in any circumstances. Lalalalala.

Even if we believe all of your points, you do realize that iPhone 6s are in short supply everywhere right now? So by logic, shipped == sold right now. In a few quarters, shipped may not be sold. However in your points, you fail to realize or acknowledge Apple has retail stores. They can know exactly what is being sold in their own stores. Apple also has an online presence. It can know what has been sold online through Apple.com.

about a week ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

UnknowingFool Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

Does todays Morgan use the exact same engine as the 1960s version? Also other parts of the car have not been updated for safety regulations? No. The Morgan has not updated their styling, but the components have been upgraded to modern times.

about a week ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

UnknowingFool Re:Shipped figures vs Sale figures (206 comments)

Except that unlike every other company, Apple has retail stores where they can report direct sales numbers. Also since the iPhone 6 demand is high right now, shipped == sold. It's the same as when the Nintendo Wii first came out.

about a week ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

UnknowingFool Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

And how long did the Enron scam last? Maybe 5 years. Even then people on Wall Street who knew finance were beginning to question how Enron earned their money. This supposed moon conspiracy is going on for 50 years. The only people that are proclaiming hoax are people who don't seem to know photography or science.

about a week ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

UnknowingFool Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

My point is when you are trying to see the a dimly lit source you cannot have another light source that is brighter in the same exposure. With the moon pictures, it might have been possible to see some stars in the background; however, the foreground exposure would have been so high as to wash out everything. You couldn't take a picture of an astronaut and the stars at the same time and see both clearly.

about a week ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

UnknowingFool Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

The government was not able to keep it secret from the Russians. Stalin knew about the program.

about a week ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

UnknowingFool Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

Pretty much all the lighting aspects can explained by someone who has a background in photography. Some of them are just basic sense. For example, you can't see stars in the photos because of light exposure. It's why you can't see stars in the daylight here on Earth. It's why visible light telescopes are located away from cities. Other aspects can be explained away with someone with knowledge about the subject.

Hoaxers also seem to disregards factors like budget and logistics and like to twist things. Today NASA will not recreate the technology that was used in the 1960s. Now the important words there are "will not" not "cannot". NASA has a much smaller budget than in the 60s to achieve the same goal. Since NASA has not done a manned lunar mission since then it is easier for NASA to do it from scratch than to recreate things.

For example, to launch such a vehicle NASA will need a big rocket on par with the Saturn V. Why not simply use a Saturn V? There are no working ones available (there are museum pieces) and the manufacturing facilities were decommissioned decades ago. NASA could recreate the facilities and the rockets but that what would be the point? That would be using technology from 50 years ago instead of using newer technology.

That would be like if someone decided to resurrect the Studebaker automotive company. Would you expect the new company to use plans from the 1960s to make new cars. Barring the fact that regulations have changed, car technology has changed. The engine would be fuel injected not a carburetor system. Anti-lock braking, electronic control, entertainment centers are much different than 50 years.

about a week ago

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Microsoft shows off Windows 10

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  yesterday

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Today Microsoft unveiled the next version of their OS but it will be called Windows 10 instead of 9. No reason on the skip in version numbers but Microsoft hasn't been known for their consistent naming conventions before. Windows 10 will be "mobile-first, cloud-first world" and operate both tablets and desktops. Some considerations however have been given for desktop users with Windows 7 type features. Also a feature called Continuum will change the UI depending if the user is in desktop mode or tablet mode. It is due to be released in spring 2015"
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Supreme Court rules for and against EPA on greenhouse gases

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 3 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, the Supreme Court ruled against the EPA on some limits to greenhouse gases but also upheld other limits. In a 5-4 partial decision, the high court ruled that EPA overstepped their authority in requiring permits only for greenhouse gases for new and modified facilities using the Clean Air act. Such regulatory action can only be granted by Congress. But in the same case on a 7-2 decision, the court also ruled that the EPA can enforce greenhouse gas limits on facilities that already require permits for other air pollutants. This leaves intact the most of the new regulations proposed by the Obama administration earlier this month as many coal plants produce other air pollutants that can be regulated by the EPA."
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MS to sell Xbox One without Kinect and separate Apps from Live Gold

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 5 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "Starting June 9, MS will offer a $399 Xbox One that will not be come with a Kinect peripheral. Many fans wanted the Kinect optional as they did not feel the need for it. Additionally streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and HBO Go will no longer require a Live Gold subscription. There are some apps like Game DVR that will require Live Gold."
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Supreme Court makes it easier to get lawyers fees in patent cases

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 5 months ago

UnknowingFool (672806) writes "In a pair of unanimous rulings yesterday, the Supreme Court made it easier for defendants in patent cases to collect attorneys fees if the litigation was frivolous. In the first case, Octane Fitness v. Icon Health & Fitness , the court ruled that a standard used by lower courts to award attorney's fees was impossible to meet. The original standard under Brooks Furniture Mfg., Inc. v. Dutailier Int’l, Inc. had ruled that a claim had to be both “objectively baseless” and “brought in subjective bad faith” before fees could be awarded. The high court ruled that fees should be awarded merely when the case is “exceptional” and not when the defendant must prove there was zero merit.

In the second case, Highmark v. Allcare Health Management , the Supreme Court also noted the “exceptional” standard in reversing the appellate court's decision but specifically ruled that appellate courts should give more deference to the lower courts on rulings of fact. In Highmark, the district court found that Allcare had engaged in a pattern of “vexatious” and “deceitful” conduct throughout the litigation and awarded fees. The appellate court while agreeing with the lower court about part of the case reversed the fees in their de novo review of the case. In de novo reviews, the court case is essentially retried with the higher court. The Supreme Court iterated that de novo reviews should be done typically for “questions of law” and reviews on “questions of fact” are done if there are clear errors with decisions on matters of discretion “reviewable for ‘abuse of discretion.’” In other words, the appellate courts can review a case if a lower court has not correctly interpreted law; however, they should not retry a lower case on facts unless the lower court made a clear error. Also unless the lower court abused their power in some way, the appellate court should not review their final decisions.

For example, if a person is tried for murder, an appellate court could rule that a district court misinterpreted a statute about sentencing if the person if found guilty. The appellate court should not retry the facts of the case unless the lower court had made a clear error like ruling that there was a DNA match when there was not. Also an appellate court should not reverse the lower court if they sentenced the person to a reasonable time. Now if the district court sentenced the person to 400 years for one murder, then the appellate court should intervene.

In effect the two rulings make it easier for companies to recover money should they be sued in frivolous patent lawsuits. This would make the risks greater for those who sue."

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GM announces first female CEO Mary Barra

UnknowingFool UnknowingFool writes  |  about 10 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 10 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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  |  1 year,26 days

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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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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