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Comment Re:What's the mayor of Stockton doing in China? (Score 4, Informative) 340

Stockton has a port. Getting cargo shipped to said port generates revenue from dock fees, import fees, transship fees, fees for trucks coming into the port not to mention all the working types. China is one of the worlds largest exporters - so yes, the mayor of Stockton has a reason to be in China, drumming up business.

Comment Re:My $.02 (Score 1) 552

Previous sale price was $20 million in 2012. Arguments could be made for declining readership and fragmentation of the community - they could also be made for increasing readership etc. Low ball number would be $14 million... upper end is $28 million. No idea what the revenue is vs. expenses, and how much was being covered due to DHI's economy of scale vs. stuff just being left to rot and being milked (which would explain the most recent outages).

Silliness sake - PowerBall is at 100 million - take home would be enough to make an all cash offer and still have money left for operating funds...

Comment Re:Updating would be nice if it wasn't mandatory (Score 1) 434

I like my Droid 4, too - but will probably move it to Cyanogenmod so it can run the latest version. (I have a cracked screen one and did this for wi-fi only settings to make sure I could do it without bricking the silly thing). It's annoying that Verizon isn't doing any updates for this phone. (a different problem is running out of space for installing/updating apps, but hey, I'm a geek I should be able to fix this, right? :) )

Comment Re:A story for those who (Score 1) 128

I'm out of mod points else would definitely give you a +1 informative. And based on the map, I was about a 1/2 mile from the epicenter of this one and didn't feel it - but I think we were in the car coming from the latest Avengers movie so really paid no attention to it. Anything under a 5 is not worth talking about unless they are foreshocks.. .

Submission Microsoft Celebrates 40th Anniversary writes: Alyssa Newcomb reports at ABC News that the software company started by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975 is 40 and fabulous and highlights products and moments that helped define Microsoft's first four decades including: Microsoft’s first product — software for the Altair 8800; Getting a deal to provide a DOS Operating System for IBM's computers in 1980; Shipping Windows 1.0 in 1985; Microsoft Office for Mac released in 1989; Windows 3.0 ships in 1990, ushering in the era of graphics on computers; Windows 95 launches in 1995, selling an astounding 7 million copies in the first five weeks, and the first time the start menu, task bar, minimize, maximize and close buttons are introduced on each window.

For his part, Bill Gates sent a letter to employees celebrating Micosoft's anniversary, how far computing has come since he and Paul Allen set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home, and predicting that computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before. "We are nearing the point where computers and robots will be able to see, move, and interact naturally, unlocking many new applications and empowering people even more. Under Satya's leadership, Microsoft is better positioned than ever to lead these advances. We have the resources to drive and solve tough problems. We are engaged in every facet of modern computing and have the deepest commitment to research in the industry," concludes Gates. "We have accomplished a lot together during our first 40 years and empowered countless businesses and people to realize their full potential. But what matters most now is what we do next. Thank you for helping make Microsoft a fantastic company now and for decades to come."

Comment Re:Old news (Score 1) 134

Depends on the zombie. World War Z (movie) zombies are faster than Death. Typical zombies are slower. Faster than 3 miles/hour and you can stay ahead of Death at least for the study period. 2 miles/hour and you are almost certain to be caught. Of course this was done with men in their 70s, but you can probably extrapolate and find something that matches your age at least with regards to outrunning Death. Note that Death does not need to stop walking ever, so this is most likely cumulative, and there are offsetting factors of course - such as whether or not Death is distracted - so there is some truth about "I don't have to run faster than Death, I just have to run faster than you." line.

Comment Re:There is no legitimate reason to show it. (Score 1) 645

They did this during the Vietnam War (search for videos on YouTube - or 4chan if you have to see them - I prefer not to look - I already know how bad my fellow man can get). Depending on the war, yes we would still call them "boys" and receive them as heroes. See what Jordan's response has been to this video. The "Rules of War" and Geneva Convention was put into place to keep this sort of thing from happening, and if you choose to ignore them, then the term "Non-Combatants" goes out the window. Sadly, what's going to happen is a lot of people are going to die.

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL." -- Dave Bowman, 2001