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Apple Buys iCloud.com Domain For $4.5 Million

mrfantasy $4.5 million nothing for Apple (99 comments)

They made 1000x that in profit last quarter. They have $50 billion in the bank. $4.5 million is rounding error to Apple.

more than 3 years ago
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Dot-Com Craze Peaked 10 Years Ago This Week

mrfantasy And so (192 comments)

This also means that it's the 10th anniversary of my first major investment: Putting a small wad of money in a tech-heavy mutual fund. Reader, it is I who precipitated the dot-com collapse, by my first foray into the market. Sorry about that.

more than 4 years ago
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Hedge Fund Offers $2 Billion For Novell

mrfantasy Re:$2 Billion?! (144 comments)

Novell's basically had $1B cash for over a decade now, and through several acquisitions (SUSE, Ximian, Platespin, others).

I think $1B for the rest of the company is a low bid. Again, it's worth more in pieces, which I would guess would be the primary interest of the hedge fund. They're not delivering much shareholder value with a bid $1 above the current trading price--the stock has fluctuated that much in the past few months. The letter implies they intend to grow the company, but that wouldn't provide additional shareholder value if the company is privately held, would it?

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Moon Launch May Be Delayed After 2020

mrfantasy Noooo! (261 comments)

I have a VERY IMPORTANT meeting on the Moon, and I HAVE to be there by 2020! You can't just postpone flights and expect to stay in business!

more than 5 years ago
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CFLs Causing Utility Woes

mrfantasy Re:LED is a viable option in 40 Watt replacement (859 comments)

Just put in a ton of CREE LR6s in our kitchen/family room renovation. 650 lumens at only 12 watts (a 65W floodlight replacement.) The CRI is 92 with the 2700K bulb. Power factor is > 0.95. Rated at 50,000 hours (and have a 3 year warranty if they die before then) These are great bulbs. They retail for about $100, I was able to get them for $80/per on sale.

more than 5 years ago
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Billy West Says Futurama Might Return To Fox For 6th Season

mrfantasy Morbo says (265 comments)

TV shows DO NOT work that way!

more than 5 years ago
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HP Shatters Excessive Packaging World Record

mrfantasy Apparently they inherited this (359 comments)

I remember getting a set of VMS manuals from Digital. It was a very large box, very heavy (a set of VMS manuals weighed over a hundred pounds.) The books didn't fix the box exactly, and in the box was another box, empty, labeled "Empty Filler Box".

more than 6 years ago

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mrfantasy mrfantasy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mrfantasy writes "I woke up this morning to find my Blackberry wasn't receiving or sending email. I figured it was something I did but it turns out that every Blackberry in North America is not working due to a serious problem at RIM's servers in Canada. RIM is recommending "all who depend on their Blackberry as a major way of communication should make some back-up plans." I'm not sure if they realize how most people use their Blackberries. There's a possible impact on the financial markets, and I guess we shouldn't talk about the law enforcement and governmental issues."
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mrfantasy mrfantasy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mrfantasy writes "In what is clearly a response to the massive backlash against the granting of Blackboard's patent covering all aspects of online learning software, the company today announced they are not going to assert the patent against any open source or home-grown learning management system. However, the company will pursue projects (such as Sakai) if they attempt to bundle their software with any commercial vendor and with any commercial hardware or software. EDUCAUSE and the Sakai Project have released a joint statement expressing some satisfaction with Blackboard's decision, but clearly stating that they will continue to pursue Blackboard to abandon the patent ahead of what they hope is the USPTO's reversal of the patent decision."
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mrfantasy mrfantasy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mrfantasy writes "Novell and Messaging Architects announced that Messaging Architects will be taking over administration of the Hula Project and the NetMail retail product upon which it was based. MA is also using the Hula codebase for their commercial anti-spam and anti-virus gateway. MA has hired the NetMail/Hula developers and many will be working out of Novell's complex in Provo, Utah. Hula was originally under the close supervision of Nat Friedman."

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