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Real Settles Lawsuits, Will Stop Selling RealDVD

Van Cutter Romney I can't believe this ... (139 comments)

I have to agree with Freedomworks (the people who brought you teabaggers) on this. Foes can sometimes turn into friends while fighting a common enenmy.

more than 4 years ago
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Newsday Gets 35 Subscriptions To Pay Web Site

Van Cutter Romney Oh Pay Me Baby One More Time! (177 comments)

Face it, with Newsday, NY Times going to the pay to read model and with the rest of News Corp papers doing the same I think this is the direction the rest of the industry is headed. Though I believe a simpler way to pay would be to have an aggregator like Google charge us for the news and distribute the revenues to the individual content providers whenever I click on the feeds. At the same time, if I prefer to go freebie, I would get the same (but lower quality?) news from one of the other sources all grouped under the same subject.

more than 4 years ago
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Nielsen Ratings To Count Online TV Viewing

Van Cutter Romney Why would Hulu need Nielsen Ratings? (178 comments)

Unlike traditional TV where you need ratings like Nielsen, to get advertisers, Hulu could just show the traffic that comes to their site.

more than 4 years ago
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Cold War Standoff Over ISS Toilet

Van Cutter Romney Of course ... (417 comments)

In Soviet Russia, ISS facilities use you!

more than 5 years ago
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NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory Set For Launch Tomorrow

Van Cutter Romney It will be all fine (183 comments)

As long as it doesn't collide with another satellite. :)

more than 5 years ago
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The Art of The Farewell Email

Van Cutter Romney Always end with a Tolkien quote (703 comments)

My past two jobs were ended with

"I don't know half you half as well as I should like and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."

It always leaves a little mystery. :)

more than 5 years ago
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UPS, Generators Join Servers For Boxed Data Centers

Van Cutter Romney Obligatory (63 comments)

UPS and generator in a box

Now, what can brown do for you?

more than 5 years ago
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NASA Fashions Mountain-Climbing Robot

Van Cutter Romney Next Plan (65 comments)

Due to budget cuts and to save on fuel costs, Axel is designed to climb up Mt. Everest and blast off to outer space from there.

more than 5 years ago
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Cape Wind Ready To Bring First Offshore Wind Farm

Van Cutter Romney Energy Companies (147 comments)

I know that N*Star already provides an option in Mass. of getting your energy from wind turbines for a smaller fee. I just hope other companies follow suit.

more than 5 years ago
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Cape Wind Ready To Bring First Offshore Wind Farm

Van Cutter Romney The Loyal Opposition (147 comments)

If anyone wants to read what the Alliance To Save Nantucket Sound wants to say about this, it's here.

more than 5 years ago
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Cape Wind Ready To Bring First Offshore Wind Farm

Van Cutter Romney Re:Two major roadblocks (147 comments)

I hear Bill O'Reilly is moving to Mass. to 'bloviate'.

more than 5 years ago
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A Sony Camera Running Linux

Van Cutter Romney The 'Smart' Camera Revolution (209 comments)

The last decade heralded the smart cellphone revolution. Cellphones with more and more features including camera, bluetooth, wireless, PDA yada yada.

I think what we are witnessing here is the beginning of the camera revolution. Smart cameras with wireless capabilities. Soon we shall see direct integration with social networks, ability to communicate over Skype etc. Innovation from the other end of the spectrum.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Introduces "MacBook Wheel"

Van Cutter Romney Is it just me? (268 comments)

Or does the anchorwoman have a head shaped like an onion?

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Leaked To Pirates By Microsoft?

Van Cutter Romney Re:Windows 7 Rap (236 comments)

Flamebait? It was supposed to be funny!

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Leaked To Pirates By Microsoft?

Van Cutter Romney Windows 7 Rap (236 comments)

Delighted to see MS squirmin'
But they ain't wrigglin'
Cause they leaked 7 on the Bay
Seen sunshine and made hay
Now bloggers are talkin 'bout
That the new OS is out
But I see a frown
Cause their computer is down!

more than 5 years ago
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Doubts Multiply About the "Long Tail"

Van Cutter Romney Bad Economy (194 comments)

Could it be that because of the bad economy those things on the farther ends of the tails which were more cheap and more available before aren't so anymore?

more than 5 years ago
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How Apple Could Survive Without Steve Jobs

Van Cutter Romney The Title (331 comments)

"The Wall Street Journal asks How Apple Could Survive Without Steve Jobs

That's not a question. It's a statement - or a hypothesis at best.

more than 5 years ago

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Scientists create first synthetic cells

Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "Craig Venter, the US genomics pioneer, announced that scientists at his laboratories had succeeded in making the world's first "synthetic cells" of bacteria called Mycoplasma mycoides. He told reporters that the new species is similar to one found in nature, except that the chromosome that controls each cell was created from scratch. The new species started with researchers digitizing the genetic code for the new species, then assembling the nucleotides using "four bottles of chemicals" into sections of DNA. The DNA sections were assembled in yeast cells to form a synthetic chromosome, which was then transferred to a related species of bacteria, M. capricolum. After 30 cell divisions, there were billions of synthetic bacteria in the lab dishes — all of them making exclusively the biological molecules associated with M mycoides."
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Is Bad Management Killing Google?

Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "Is Google still the great place to work as it was two years ago? Employee Reviews of the company on the website glassdoor.com indicate cronyism, management control of projects, lack of growth opportunities and poor compensation are some of the things bringing down employee morale. Of course, there are some people who still love it at Google, the perks are great and Eric Schmidt enjoys a high approval rating. My question is — if you put a bunch of brilliant people together (who obviously have gigantic egos), is this bound to happen?"
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How do I get refund on my Windows Vista license?

Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "I recently purchased a Compaq laptop from Staples which came preloaded with Windows Vista (Home Premium) from Staples. Now, I didn't need Windows on the laptpo but the deal was so sweet that I didn't mind getting the laptop with Windows preloaded. When the laptop first booted, I tried to reject the EULA but surprisingly there was no way to do the same. So I called up HP support to help me get a refund on the Vista license only to be notified that only the Staples people could do the same. So I called up Staples and the rep on the phone managed to convince me that even though I could install my own OS I would not be refunded the Vista license fee because I had "agreed" to buy the laptop with Windows preloaded. I'd like to ask Slashdow, is what he saying legal? Am I forced to accept the license when I bought the laptop?

btw, I did try to argue with the Staples rep that a Dell customer was able to get a refund on his laptop when he refused to accept the EULA. But the rep argued back that this was not a policy of Staples."
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Top Lawyer Hired For Google Antitrust Suit

Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "The Justice department has secretly hired former Walt Disney Lawyer Sanford Litvack for a possible antitrust suit against Google. As reported earlier the Justice Department is investigating the deal between Google and Yahoo which accounts for 80% of online search advertising. The Wall Street Journal writes today that Justice Department lawyers have been deposing witnesses and issuing document subpoenas for weeks — but that doesn't necessarily mean a case will be brought."
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Toshiba unveils new DVD enhancing technology

Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "Toshiba which lost the format war to Sony earlier this year unveiled its new technology, XDE or eXtended Detail Enhancement, which enhances current standard DVD format to near HD picture quality. Depending on the television's resolution, the player will upconvert to 720p, 1080i or 1080p. With average consumers sticking to their cheaper standard DVDs rather than buying more expensive Blue-Ray players and with Blu-Ray DVDs costing between $20 and $40, Toshiba sees a new market opportunity in this segment."
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How to fix capitalism

Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "TIME magazine has an interesting article written by Bill Gates on making capitalism more creative. Among other things he writes about people who do not have a voice in the free market, the growing disparity between the rich and the poor and about a ranking system to rate companies who are socially responsible. Gates also discusses his work at Gates Foundation where he's been concentrating his focus since June. There is also a video interview with the editor of TIME accompanying the article."
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Microsoft to acquire Powerset

Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "Microsoft is set to acquire Powerset a San Francisco based natural languages company. Powerset recently licensed their search technology from PARC and used it to create a new Wikipedia search engine.

What does this acquisition mean for Microsoft and more importantly, Live Search?"
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Netflix introduces device to watch movies on TV

Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "Netflix today introduced the Roku Netflix Player which will allow users to watch movies instantly on TV. The device, priced at $99, connects to the TV via component video, S-Video or HDMI and can stream from the Internet using Ethernet or 802.11b/g wireless. It also includes a remote control for navigation, play/pause, forward and volume. The move comes after analysts said Netflix needs to start charging users for the online streaming service."
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Steve Ballmer gets egged in Hungary

Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was forced to take cover behind a lectern Monday during an address at Corvinus University of Budapest after a student began shouting and tossing eggs. The student, wearing a shirt with "Microsoft = Corruption" written on the back in big block letters, stood at his seat just seconds after Ballmer opened his talk. The attack was caught on video by one attendee. The attack was reminiscent of the time in 1998 when Bill Gates was hit in the face with a cream pie in Brussels."
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The cause of Skype outage

Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "A post on Skype's website has detailed the cause of last Thursday's outage. It seems that a Windows Update trigged a large number of computers to reboot within a short timeframe resulting in a flood of login requests. This combined with a lack to P2P network resources caused the disruption. The outage brings to question the reliability of VoIP and its ability to replace POTS."
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Google Adds StarOffice to Pack software bundle

Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "Google quietly added StarOffice to its freely available Google Pack software bundle. StarOffice is the commercial version of Sun Microsystems' office suite. While StarOffice is available for Windows, Solaris and Linux platforms, the version being offered through Google Pack is only for Windows XP or Vista users. Even though it is bundled with the Pack, StarOffice is not integrated with Google Docs and Spreadsheets, Google's online office productivity suite."
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Microsoft releases Home Server to manufacturing

Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "After lengthy beta testing in which more than 100,000 users participated, Microsoft finally released Windows Home Server (WHS) to manufacturing. Products built on WHS could hit market as soon as September this year. Microsoft has released WHS directly to end users which means users will be able to use their old machines provided it satisfies the minimum hardware requirements."
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iPhone sold out across US

Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "The Apple iPhone has sold out in all Apple and AT&T stores (with the exception of two) across the United States. Not only has it sold out, but there have been more than 1 million phones activated since its launch last week, a goal Steve Jobs had set to achieve only in 6 months time. Truly, a phenomenon?"
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Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "Researchers from Cornell are looking at ways to convert pollutants into green polymers according to this article in the New York Times. The main difficulty which the researchers are trying to overcome is to use CO2, which has no reactivity but is found in large quantities in the atmosphere, as the basis for the polymer. The key is to find the right catalyst for the CO2 and the epoxy to bond."
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Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "Matthieu Ricard, a French academic-turned-Buddhist monk, is thought to be the happiest man on Earth. MRI scans show Ricard experiences a high level of activity in the pre-frontal cortex of the brain, which is associated with "happiness." Mr Ricard is to publish his book Happiness for the first time in the UK where late January is known as a miserable time of year, with broken New Year's resolutions, debt, faded holiday spirit and gloomy winter weather."
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Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) have announced that they will move the doomsday clock from 7 to 5 minutes to midnight. The two major reasons are the perils of 27,000 nuclear weapons and the destruction of human habitats from climate change. The BAS statement outlines a number of steps that could help to prevent disaster, including reducing the launch readiness of U.S. and Russian nuclear forces and completely removing nuclear weapons from the day-to-day operations of their militaries."
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Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "The PlayStation 2 remained the highest selling game console over the holiday season with 1.4 million units sold. This was more than the XBOX 360 which sold 1.1 million units; the Nintendo Wii which sold 604,000 units and lastly the PS3 selling 491,000 units. The PS2's high sales volume is attributed to its recent price reduction from $149 to $129.

Among games, Gears of War for XBOX 360 was the top grosser followed by Guitar Hero 2 for the PS2."
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Van Cutter Romney Van Cutter Romney writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Van Cutter Romney writes "Best Buy is featuring a $249 Toshiba laptop this Thanksgiving sale with a 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron Processor with a 512 MB DDR2 SDRAM and DVD-RW combo drive loaded with Windows XP Home. Shaving off at least $50 for Windows XP Home we now have a $199 laptop by a reputed manufacturer. Given that the $100 OLPC is in reality going to cost somewhere in the range of $135 to $140 why aren't mainstream laptop makers vying for this market when they have the ability to make such cheap machines?

Am I missing something here? Hopefully Best Buy is making a profit on this sale."

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