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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

UnknowingFool Re:Fire = Zune (134 comments)

MS was so desperate to get onto the wagon that they agreed to demands by the copyright holders to cripple squirting. Squirting wasn't a bad idea but needlessly crippled. Add to that, MS does not execute very well.

about a week ago
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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

UnknowingFool Re:Fire = Zune (134 comments)

I think both the Amazon and Zune are examples of good but not good enough. The Zune wasn't a bad MP3 player. It could have been better if all the squirting worked like consumers wanted. But both entered a market way too late. Apple had moved on to the iPhone and the iPod Touch and left the Zune in the dust. The Fire has to compete with Android and Apple.

about a week ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

UnknowingFool Re:No, that's not what it says (260 comments)

And that's the problem with green energy (other than hydro) - production is lowest when consumption is highest.

First of all when is production lowest when consumption is highest? I'm not sure where you get this. Peak hours is normally during 9-5 business day. For solar, that is also peak production. With wind, it is more more variable but the turbines are placed where there is some constant wind. Geothermal is pretty constant as well as hydro.

What are they going to do, use all those batteries to store electricity?

Maybe but the OP has specifically stated that the plant is likely grid-connected so it will produce power when it can and draw power from the grid when it cannot.

Does that mean if I buy an electric car I'm paying premium prices for a used battery with limited life?

Why would you even think this? Most car manufacturers make cars for their own internal use for factories like cargo vans and pickup trucks. These vehicles are sold to the general public as used after the manufacturer retires them. They are not sold to the public as new. The car manufacturer also sells brand new vehicles to the public of the same model.

about a week ago
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Intel Discloses Core M Broadwell Speeds, Feeds and Performance Expectations

UnknowingFool Re:MOAR GPU (60 comments)

It is at the point now where I can comfortably recommend to people that unless they are gaming, they don't need a separate video card whether it is Intel or AMD that they select as their CPU.

about two weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

UnknowingFool Re:Can we have a [credible] MS Access equivalent? (185 comments)

Yes there is nothing like MS Access in terms of GUI in Linux. Here's why: MS Access is a joke of a database when it comes to reliability, performance, scalability, etc. A quick comparison between MS Access and MariaDB.

VB, even with its quirks, does well. I would like a front-end, in which business logic can be programmed. Logic placed right there on the form...Logic and parameters that can be passed to the DB engine. Nothing friendly exists in Lunix, or should I say, "I haven't found one yet." Am I wrong?

The problem is not a "frontend" as you put it but that you have to rely on a GUI for a database. It's so much easier to use MS Access to throw something together; however, you are stuck with the limitations of VB and the frontend. There is more control and power if another language like Java or C++ is used.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Discloses Core M Broadwell Speeds, Feeds and Performance Expectations

UnknowingFool MOAR GPU (60 comments)

It looks like Intel is making the GPU larger and more powerful with each iteration.

about two weeks ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

UnknowingFool Re:Why do you participate? (226 comments)

And when the show makes fun of Penny's lack of knowledge, supposed promiscuity, and financial issues (due to her choice of the acting profession), are we laughing at nerds? The show makes fun of the characters more than anything else. Like when Penny was making fun of Leonard for being a cry baby during Toy Story 3. "The toys were holding hands in a furnace!" was his retort. When I went to see it in the theaters, there was audible sobbing during that scene.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

UnknowingFool Re:Manipulated by apple (132 comments)

Ah, it's tupe666 again with his nonsensical Apple bashing. You might have had more of a reasonable argument if you hadn't brought up the Android and Microsoft stores in terms of quality.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

UnknowingFool Simple (635 comments)

[Puts on fire resist gear]
vi. Because emacs is for the devil.

about two weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

UnknowingFool Re: Her work (1262 comments)

That's an apologist attitude: his conduct was why he got abuse, not his stand. Or is that not clear to you? It's the same reason people detest Rush Limbaugh because he's a bully. Again, the absolutely worst person you could have brought up was Jack Thompson when it comes to violence in video games.

about two weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

UnknowingFool Re: Her work (1262 comments)

Whatever. His conduct and his statements were not that of a reasonable person. It's one thing to argue against violence in video games but his tirades includes personal attacks on everyone. For example when Thompson reneged on a $10,000 donation to charity, Penny Arcade emailed him about it and called him out on his hypocrisy. So they donated the money themselves as Thompson said he wouldn't do it. Thompson then sent a complaint to the Seattle police to arrest the members for "extortion".

Actually, Jack Thompson is the worst person that the movement could use as a spokesperson.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

UnknowingFool Re: Her work (1262 comments)

When Jack Thompson brought up all the killing in video games and said they were bad he was run out of town. Slashdot and the whole of the gaming community rejoiced. But now that the focus is on women it is all of a sudden something worth considering.

That's some revisionist history there. Jack Thompson wasn't run out of town because he opposed violent games. He was run out of the legal profession because his conduct was unprofessional, uncivil, and harassing towards opposing counsel and judges. He made unsubstantiated claims against others, outright lies, and never responded to questions asked by courts.

For example, in Strickland v Sony, he was granted temporary permission to practice law (pro hac vice) in Alabama as his licensed state is Florida. Normally this is a procedural formality when a lawyer wants to take on a case in another state. Part of the pro hac vice application to the Alabama Bar specifically asks if the lawyer has had any disbarment proceedings (question 8) and any suspension proceedings (question 9) and to list them. Thompson responded "None, but please see the attached letter" to both. In the attached letter, Thompson described how he had been reprimanded 13 years earlier. Thompson however failed to mention that the case 13 years ago involved disbarment and suspension proceedings. Because of this and Thompson violated a gag order, Judge Moore revoked Thompson's pro hac vice status; he was no longer on the case. Despite being thrown off the case, Thompson continue to send emails and faxes to the court about the case for at least 2 years afterwards.

During that same case, Thompson harassed the lawyers of Blank Rome, the law firm representing Sony. Now it's one thing to oppose counsel in court but he attacked the lawyers including the gender of one of the attorneys. He also accused the law firm of participating in pornography and killing of police officers.

In an unrelated case, Thompson went after Al Cardenas, a partner in Tew Cardenas by accusing him of pornography, racketeering, and other criminal activity. What was the relationship between Cardenas and Thompson? As crazy as it sounds, almost none. Beasley Broadcasting Group owned a number of radio stations, and Thompson had issues with their programming. Normally their lawyer Norman Kent dealt with Thompson, and his dealings led to the point where Kent sued and won $50,000 from Thompson for defamation. Beasley also had Tew Cardenas on their retainer for other legal matters. Kent and Tew Cardenas had no relationship other than they represented the same company on different legal matters. Al Cardenas was a partner in Tew Cardenas but did not work the Beasley account. The attacks on Al Cardenas started one week when Norman Kent was out of town and did not respond to Thompson's letters and demands immediately.

These are the reason why Thompson was run out of the legal profession; not his stand, but his conduct.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

UnknowingFool Re:Her work (1262 comments)

That does not matter. Threatening someone because you find their points silly or a sham is never acceptable. You missed the point.

about three weeks ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

UnknowingFool The real difference is commodity vs custom (161 comments)

These days the instruction set matters less than the underlying chip architecture than customization. With this, ARM has an advantage in that their business model allows for higher degree of customization. While some companies can work with Intel or AMD on their designs, for the most part, ARM allows them to change the design as much as they need depending on the licensing.

about three weeks ago
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Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

UnknowingFool Please. . . (48 comments)

We all know these rocks were created in a sound stage by Kubrick and Lee Harvey Oswald to further the agenda of the Kenyan-born communist Obama in the teaching children the "maths".

about three weeks ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

UnknowingFool Re:I'd love to be in his class (179 comments)

For me, I am hard to pressed to think of something that Ballmer actually brought that was new and not a hold over from Gates. Windows, Office, Windows Server, and SQL Server all existed before Ballmer took over. I think Xbox was also in the works too when Gates left. Sharepoint to me isn't exactly something to celebrate. Instead, I see Ballmer squander opportunities. Windows Mobile was the largest mobile platform at one point until iPhone and Android decimated it because it became stagnant. MS missed badly on the MP3 player and released one when the market was already shifting to smart phones. Windows Tablets existed long before the iPad but sold poorly. Vista was a poorly executed successor to Windows XP.

about three weeks ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

UnknowingFool Re:Duration??? (162 comments)

The original mission duration was 668 sols for Curiosity. It is on 723 sols or so.

about a month ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

UnknowingFool Re:Duration??? (162 comments)

Plenty of missions end early, Spirit (MER-A)

Er what?
Spirit
Original Mission Parameters: 90 Mars days (sols)
Actual Mission Length: 2210 sols (lost contact)
I wouldn't say Spirit's mission ended early. It went 2100 sols past mission date. It didn't last as long as Opportunity though.

about a month ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

UnknowingFool Re:Someone with no brain is running NASA (162 comments)

Do your surfaces go from -150C to 20C in a single day? I would bet that your tires would not last long under those conditions. Mars conditions are not Earth conditions.

about a month ago

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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 4 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 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,11 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  |  1 year,18 days

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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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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