DesertBlade writes "Jim Samples, CEO of Cartoon Network, has resigned over the bomb scare prompted by the Aqua Teen marketing campaign. Turner (CN's parent company) ended up paying over 2 million in restitution to the city of Boston, and a man with a thirteen year record at the company has lost his job. Though many people have been citing this as 'the ultimate successful advertising campaign', there have obviously been real consequences from the incident." By virtue of the consequences of the campaign, was this now officially a bad idea? Or is your opinion that this is all far too much knee-jerking? Have your say in the comments.
burt-not-ernie asks: "Our company is beginning to rely heavily on Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services. We started with just a few outside salespeople and then added the folks in our remote offices. Everyone is loving it. Now, we want to add an additional server, publish applications, and do load balancing. It's time to find a third-party product to enhance Terminal Services, and I just about fell over when I was given a vendor's quote to install Citrix. I used Citrix at my previous place of employment, but we had been using it since the days of OS/2, so the upgrade costs were not so bad. Purchasing Citrix is just too expensive for us. I have seen a demo of ProPalms TSE and like what I see. The pricing is also very attractive. Has anyone out there had any experience — good or bad — with ProPalms TSE, especially the latest version, 5.0?"
We shall call the "transreal line" the union of the real line, and the three points, infinity, -infinity and ? (which he denotes as phi). Having gone over his papers with a friend (during the brief cessations from hysterical laughter) we deciphered the exact content of his "discovery". Essentially he has formulated a weak and useless version of real analysis with a horrendous number of axioms and added on a point ? which is disconnected from the real line unioned with infinity and -infinity. All of the objections I have seen to his system are not valid manipulations in it for example, you are not permitted to use >, = or ?" is not allowed. I have briefly scanned his list but I don't see where he addresses the question of whether he allows 1/(-x) = -1/x as permitting such a thing within his system would immediately cause infinity = -infinity which is not allowed by an earlier axiom (i.e. that it is internally inconsistant).
Dreben writes "Gaia, an opensource project to develop a 3D API to Google Earth, has decided to comply with a request from Google. The search giant's Chief Technologist, Michael Jones, contacted the project with a request to cease and desist from all past, present and future development of the Gaia project. Amongst other things, they cited 'improper usage of licensed data,' which Google licenses from assorted third party vendors. They are going so far as to request anyone who has ever downloaded any aspect of Gaia to purge all related files. From the post to the freegis-l mail list: 'We understand and respect Google's position on the case, so we've removed all downloads from this page and we ask everybody who have ever downloaded gaia 0.1.0 and prior versions to delete all files concerned with the project, which include source code, binary files and image cache (~/.gaia).' How does such a request, likely to have turned into a demand, affect fair usage? While the API is intended to interface with the the Google Earth service, Google Earth is nothing without the data. Yet at the same time, Google openly publishes their own API which uses the same data in the same manner."