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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

thejynxed Tax write-off (149 comments)

I would be shocked if this wasn't intentional maneuvering to use the entire core of Yahoo as part of a tax write-off scheme to pay next to nothing on any profits they make from Yahoo Japan and the upcoming Alibaba IPO.

"We're valued at -$13bn, therefore Mr IRS, take a piss with your tax bill."

4 days ago

OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

thejynxed Re:Rights and Wrongs of good code. (303 comments)

If you are using GOTOs and it isn't for a BASIC program running on old hardware (or in an emulator) for shits and giggles, yes, it's bad.

GOTOs are how you end up with endless loops (and other nasties). Do you want endless loops? Because that is how you get them.

about a week ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

thejynxed Re:Another question (325 comments)

Oh, it could, if they hadn't oversubscribed their lines by almost 800% for the last 20 years.

about a week ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

thejynxed Eich, etc (1116 comments)

Honestly the entire thing is moot at this point but, from all of the comments I've read, nobody seems to have mentioned that his contribution to Prop 8 could be based on his personal religious beliefs.

If anything (and there is no signs of him doing so at this point), he could press on the Federal level a case of discrimination for violating his Civil Rights based on the religious aspect alone.

He would probably also win if there was even a slight whiff of him having been pressured into resigning because of this. Race, religion, gender = the big three when it comes to discrimination lawsuits and highest on the no-no scale of what companies can fire for/pressure over.

about two weeks ago

Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

thejynxed Re:What about the hill next to that one? (230 comments)

Phoenix needs readjusted - there are massive water issues, and frankly, the size of that city isn't sustainable for the area it is in.

about three weeks ago

Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

thejynxed Re:One side of the story (710 comments)

I would imagine that such info is kept in some sort of database using variables. Such metadata is more than likely easy to manipulate or make "disappear" if one has enough knowledge of how the entire system works. I would also make a guess that there are also some master keys and master locks in the entire thing where they can change the access level of such metadata, where by all intents and purposes it vanishes and never exists unless you've been assigned the permissions to access it.

I don't use git or github, so have no inside knowledge of how it works specifically, but I've seen similar systems in use on the backend at enough corporations to know how some of these systems work (and have seen entire data trunks seemingly vanish out of the streams when someone up the chain made it so).

about a month ago

Weak Apple PRNG Threatens iOS Exploit Mitigations

thejynxed Re:Laugh : "surprisingly" (143 comments)

Of course it has, hence why all of the export controls on and other restrictions for encryption products that are actually useful, let alone the silly limitations certain OSes and other products use for key lengths.

We can't have people using encryption that actually keeps their systems and data safe, now can we. /s

about a month ago

Google To Replace GTK+ With Its Own Aura In Chrome

thejynxed Re:Do Canonical? (240 comments)

As far as text editing, etc goes... Notepad++


Only because I've done hand-editing of web pages, etc for years now using it and would never, ever go back to using emacs, vim, or the rest. It's also highly extensible, which is a big plus.

about a month ago

Google To Replace GTK+ With Its Own Aura In Chrome

thejynxed Re:ofcourse.. (240 comments)

I can attest to this, in that I've had pages on Microsoft websites fail to render properly or function properly in Internet Explorer, but worked just fine in Chrome, an older version of Opera, and Firefox. I about pissed myself laughing before letting them know about the issues.

about a month and a half ago

Crytek Ports CRYENGINE To Linux Support Ahead of Steam Machines Launch

thejynxed Re:Linux sales figures (132 comments)

I cut GOG some slack, because they are a much, much smaller shop than Valve, and they keep their releases for each platform as a separate cost/price in order to A) pay the publishers/copyright holders B) pay the teams that port/package those releases to the OSes they offer them for.

They just don't have that kind of bank account or manpower to be handing out free extra copies just because you run Linux AND Windows.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

thejynxed Re:Still Waiting (247 comments)

It's pretty much vastly superior to anything else when it comes to writing programs involving fluid dynamics for gas/sewer/water/chemical companies, especially when you're designing pipe and valve flows for pump stations and the like, as well as taking extremely accurate measurements in already operational installations. The front-end of said programs can be written in just about anything, but the heavy lifting (meat) for many of these companies is still done with programs written in FORTRAN (due to program size, speed, stability, etc).

about a month and a half ago

L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

thejynxed Re:"Must accept harmful interference..." (158 comments)

The only caveat to this is in the cases of the following:

1) Medical devices

2) Aeronautical devices

3) Emergency Response devices

4) Milspec devices

For these, the owners CAN go after the licensee of the spectrum if their operating even slightly out of spec interferes with the operation of these devices.

about 2 months ago

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

thejynxed Re:idiotic (409 comments)

Except that this particular person would be immigrated to the USA to do their work, meaning for a top sales person at Oracle, $50k is not just an insult, but a crass injustice based on cost-of-living, let alone the rest.

about 3 months ago

Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

thejynxed Re:I have choice (383 comments)

Comcast and Xfinity are one and the same. So you get to use NBC-Comcast or NBC-Comcast.

about 3 months ago

Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts

thejynxed Re:Google+ is supremely annoying (339 comments)

It wasn't optional for me, as they refused to allow me to log into my Gmail account at one point without first giving them permission to change my Google account into a G+ account.

Now they have some stupid page where they are trying to get me to enter my other Google/Gmail accounts in an attempt to link it directly to my main Gmail/G+ account. No. Just no.

about 3 months ago

Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection

thejynxed Re:TSA-quality thinking (349 comments)

It does matter, because if Operative A is in Indonesia and sends a message to Financier C in Yemen requesting funds, then that email is going to leave the local Google server farms (I believe they have some in Bali and another few sets in India, NZ, and AUS that are "backup") and can be recorded/intercepted even if they end up on another set of Google server farms to be retrieved later (I believe Israel, Egypt, Turkey and a few others have the ones that serve most of the Middle East).

about 4 months ago

Who's Selling Credit Cards From Target?

thejynxed Re:Purview of NSA? (68 comments)

What is disturbing, is that NFC/RFID chipped cards are basically just a band-aid, and fall to the exact same pitfalls of being able to be read and copied with relative ease using parts you can purchase and assemble at your local equivalent of Radioshack as your average NFC/RFID employee badge or door keycard.

The funny thing is, is that some of these parts are illegal to sell to the general public in the EU, but Canada, AUS, US, Mexico, etc all have them widely available.

There's already been demonstrations by university students & their professors, etc about the dangers of relying on chip & pin for anything (witness the fiasco a few years ago when they showed how easy it was to ride the tube in London for free by exploiting the inherent weaknesses in this particular combo).

about 4 months ago

Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs

thejynxed Re:'A' Players Make a Lot of Questionable Decision (397 comments)

I believe it may be because they use Apple's native player for iOS when the Netflix app detects an iOS device so it bypasses the normal Silverlight/Windows Media Player requirement for VC-1 (VC-1 is also supported under Apple's native media player on iOS due to cross-licensing from MS).

I know the player itself seems to work a bit differently between my Nook (Android) and my PC or laptop for instance (and the load/seek times are vastly different as well).

about 4 months ago

Data Broker Medbase200 Sold Lists of Rape & Domestic Violence Victims

thejynxed Re:To all those who reply to privacy concerns... (168 comments)

Back in the late 1980's, the USC stood at over 300 (and grows by an average of 25 volumes per year) hardbound volumes of regulations, laws, and suggested penalties of around an average of 800 pages per volume. The indexes themselves stood at 26 volumes of a bit smaller size, and included the names of the Congress members who submitted, amended, voted for/against/abstained each as well as vote totals for each by party.

On a sidenote: The books are of such a size, that if laid end-to-end at that time, they would have gone from Washington DC to New York City, New York. The volumes are not the typical size of your average hardbound novel, for sure.

about 4 months ago



Author David Eddings Has Passed Away, Age 77

thejynxed thejynxed writes  |  more than 4 years ago

thejynxed writes "From the source article:

Eddings was famously old-fashioned, never using a typewriter or computer (he wrote out his scripts in long-hand) and was well-known for being self-effacing, once remarking, "I'm never going to be in danger of getting a Nobel Prize for literature."

From another article:

David Eddings, the acclaimed fantasy novelist and author of such series as The Belgariad and The Malloreon, has died at the age of 77. David Eddings was predeceased by his wife and writing partner Leigh two years ago.

It's a shame really, as The Belgariad is one of the better series out there, IMHO. I spent many hours of class time during my junior and high school years reading his novels."
Link to Original Source


US Patent Office decimates Amazon's 1-Click Patent

thejynxed thejynxed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

thejynxed (831517) writes "The USPTO has finally come to a decision and made an Amazon 1-Click Patent Ruling.

From the article:

Most of the claims in Amazon's controversial patent for shopping with a single mouse click have been rejected by the US Patent Office. It follows a campaign by a New Zealander who filed evidence of prior art with funding from readers of his blog. There are 26 claims in Amazon.com's patent for Method and system for placing a purchase order via a communications network, better known as its 1-Click patent. Only five of the claims — numbered six to 10 — have been deemed "patentable and/or confirmed". Twenty-one others were rejected. Peter Calveley from Auckland has previously told OUT-LAW that he has no business interest in revoking Amazon's most famous asset of intellectual property. He worked as a motion capture performer and appeared as part of the evil armies in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy before he began his Amazon.com campaign over 18 months ago. He said at the time that it was a simply a hobby borne of an interest in patents and a frustration with an order for a book from Amazon that took too long to arrive. Amazon applied for its famous patent in September 1997, naming founder and CEO Jeff Bezos as one of three inventors.
What's really funny, is that one of the patents used as prior art belongs to...Jeff Bezos. A patent filed by him and granted in 1995 was found to nullify one of the claims in Amazon's 1-Click Patent. You would think he would have known this or at least sub-licensed his personal patent to his company..."

Link to Original Source

Japanese firm tests brain-controlled toys

thejynxed thejynxed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

thejynxed (831517) writes "From the article:

HATOYAMA, Japan (AP) — Forget the clicker: A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity. The "brain-machine interface" developed by Hitachi analyzes slight changes in the brain's blood flow and translates brain motion into electric signals. A cap connects by optical fibers to a mapping device, which links, in turn, to a toy train set via a control computer and motor during one recent demonstration at Hitachi's Advanced Research Laboratory in Hatoyama, just outside Tokyo. "Take a deep breath and relax," said Kei Utsugi, a researcher, while demonstrating the device on Wednesday. At his prompting, a reporter did simple calculations in her head, and the train sprang forward — apparently indicating activity in the brain's frontal cortex, which handles problem solving. Activating that region of the brain — by doing sums or singing a song — is what makes the train run, according to Utsugi. When one stops the calculations, the train stops, too. Underlying Hitachi's brain-machine interface is a technology called optical topography, which sends a small amount of infrared light through the brain's surface to map out changes in blood flow. Although brain-machine interface technology has traditionally focused on medical uses, makers like Hitachi and Japanese automaker Honda Motor have been racing to refine the technology for commercial application. Hitachi's scientists are set to develop a brain TV remote controller letting users turn a TV on and off or switch channels by only thinking. Honda, whose interface monitors the brain with an MRI machine like those used in hospitals, is keen to apply the interface to intelligent, next-generation automobiles.

Link to Original Source

thejynxed thejynxed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

thejynxed (831517) writes "http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/04/26/mit.dean.a p/index.html?eref=rss_latest

To stressed-out parents and students, MIT admissions dean Marilee Jones was a rare voice of reason in the high-pressure world of college admissions. With colleges demanding kids who play sports, run student government and take the heaviest course load they can, Jones shouted back the opposite: daydream, stay healthy, and don't worry so much about building a resume just to impress an elite college. Yet it turns out that Jones was susceptible to pressure herself. She falsely bolstered her credentials to get a job with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and over the course of her career claimed to have earned degrees from three schools. MIT officials say now they have no evidence she ever graduated from college at all. The school announced Thursday that Jones had resigned after acknowledging she had misrepresented her education when she started working at the university 28 years ago, and declined to correct multiple incorrect claims since then. A senior MIT official said that by claiming degrees she had never earned, Jones could no longer lead an admissions office that occasionally rescinds the acceptance letters sent to applicants who are untruthful about their own accomplishments. "We have to uphold the integrity of the institution, because that's what we've been trying to sell and she's our chief spokesperson on that," MIT Chancellor Phil Clay said. It's "regrettable, ironic, sad, but that's where we are."
A poseur is still a poseur. She lied on her resume, and continued to lie, and didn't bother fixing her lie. Now she got caught out, and is gone. Kudos to MIT for finally fixing their error, but I have to ask: "What took them so long to confirm the credentials of a Dean?" Is it normal for corporations and schools to screw up this badly, especially in a day and age when confirming you are who you say you are is rather important? (28 years??? Yeesh)"

thejynxed thejynxed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

thejynxed (831517) writes "http://www.cnn.com/2007/BUSINESS/04/26/microsoft.p rofits.reut/index.html?eref=rss_latest

Microsoft posted a 65 percent rise in quarterly profit Thursday, topping Wall Street estimates due to better-than-expected demand for its new Windows Vista operating system. Shares of Microsoft rose 5 percent after the announcement, in which the world's biggest software company also forecast 2008 profit at the mid-point of a range of analyst estimates. "The strength of Vista is really driving this," said Kim Caughey, analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group. She added that the company had set "manageable expectations for the full year 2008, which generally allows them some headroom." Microsoft posted a net profit of $4.93 billion, or 50 cents per diluted share, in its fiscal third quarter ended March 31 versus a profit of $2.98 billion, or 29 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding tax benefits and a legal charge, Microsoft earned 49 cents per share, beating the average analyst forecast of 46 cents, according to Reuters Estimates. Revenue rose 32 percent to $14.4 billion. Analysts, on average, had forecast revenue of $13.89 billion, with estimates ranging from $13.73 billion to $14.09 billion, according to Reuters Estimates. Microsoft deferred about $1.7 billion in revenue from its second quarter to its third quarter to account for upgrade coupons given to customers prior to the January launch of Vista and Office 2007. Microsoft expects the latest versions of its two flagship products to underpin profit growth over the next few years. Those two product lines alone account for more than half of Microsoft's total revenue and a majority of its profits. Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell said consumer sales of Vista surpassed the company's own expectations by $300 million to $400 million. "There is very good acceptance from a launch perspective for the product. It's early days, but we're encouraged by it," Liddell said in an interview with Reuters.
Now, is it just me, or are they seriously counting OEM installs as "consumer sales"? I would have thought they had enough sense to know and say the difference between selling a copy to Dell or HP and selling a copy directly to the consumer. Especially since they all pay at different price points. I am starting to think they just pull these numbers out of their asses and everyone on Wall Street falls for it. Still, this is the largest gain that MS has posted in quite awhile. Should make the shareholders happier."

thejynxed thejynxed writes  |  about 7 years ago

thejynxed (831517) writes "http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/04/12/obit.v onnegut.ap/index.html Kurt Vonnegut, the satirical novelist who captured the absurdity of war and questioned the advances of science in darkly humorous works such as "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Cat's Cradle," died Wednesday. He was 84. Vonnegut, who often marveled that he had lived so long despite his lifelong smoking habit, had suffered brain injuries after a fall at his Manhattan home weeks ago, said his wife, photographer Jill Krementz. The author of at least 19 novels, many of them best-sellers, as well as dozens of short stories, essays and plays, Vonnegut relished the role of a social critic. He lectured regularly, exhorting audiences to think for themselves and delighting in barbed commentary against the institutions he felt were dehumanizing people. "I will say anything to be funny, often in the most horrible situations," Vonnegut, whose watery, heavy-lidded eyes and unruly hair made him seem to be in existential pain, once told a gathering of psychiatrists. A self-described religious skeptic and freethinking humanist, Vonnegut used protagonists such as Billy Pilgrim and Eliot Rosewater as transparent vehicles for his points of view. He also filled his novels with satirical commentary and even drawings that were only loosely connected to the plot. In "Slaughterhouse-Five," he drew a headstone with the epitaph: "Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt.""

thejynxed thejynxed writes  |  more than 7 years ago

thejynxed (831517) writes "Nvidia has announced that they are purchasing PortalPlayer, Inc. one of the main designers of microchips for the iPod and other music players for $357 million USD. From the article on CNN.com:
Analysts said the acquisition reflects growing consumer demand for video-capable digital music players and the increasingly competitive and lucrative market for supplying the chips to power those devices. Santa Clara-based Nvidia said it would pay $13.50 in cash for each outstanding share of San Jose-based PortalPlayer, a 1 percent premium over PortalPlayer's closing price Friday. Nvidia said the deal has been approved by the boards of both companies. Nvidia's stock rose 3 percent to close Monday at $33.59, while PortalPlayer's shares were down a penny to close at $13.35, both on the Nasdaq. "Modern mobile devices are miniaturized yet powerful multimedia computers," Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia's chief executive officer, said in a statement. "With the products created through this combination, we intend to drive the next digital revolution, where the mobile device becomes our most personal computer." PortalPlayer is best known for providing chips that power Apple Computer Inc.'s wildly popular iPod digital music players. But the company suffered a major setback earlier this year when Apple chose to use Samsung Electronics Co. chips instead of PortalPlayer's for the flash memory-based iPod Nano line, and PortalPlayer's stock price plummeted. However, PortalPlayer's technology was included in recent versions of Apple's video iPods, and analysts said the relationship with Apple and other mobile device makers made PortalPlayer a lucrative target for Nvidia, which is accelerating its push into portable music players and other handheld devices.
You can read the full article here: http://www.cnn.com/2006/BUSINESS/11/06/nvidia.deal .ap/index.html"


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