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Comment: Toys that actually make her think (Score 4, Interesting) 584

by JohnA (#48520239) Attached to: Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Growing up, we had Commodore 64s, Atari 800s, and Tandy Color Computers to interest us.

This would be, by far, the best money you could spend.

This single handedly made me fall in love with logic, design, and creative problem solving.

Comment: Um, this isn't as amazing as some might think... (Score 5, Interesting) 167

by JohnA (#45505015) Attached to: 195K Bitcoin Transaction

This is simply good stewardship. One of the largest exchanges (actually not, Bitstamp, rather another ahem Magic: The Gathering Online Exchange site) had a rush of buy orders, so they decided to redeem an address they kept in cold, offline storage to meet demand.

This is a good thing(tm), as it means that there isn't any fractional deposit factoring going on.

Comment: If Google Fiber is a "Major ISP", what about epbFI (Score 2) 186

by JohnA (#42257743) Attached to: Netflix Ranks ISP Speeds

Google Fiber has nothing on Chattanooga's epbFI footprint and speeds... this is the message I sent Ken:

Hi Ken,

I saw your latest blog post, and noticed that you included Google Fiber, but not EPBfi. Chattanooga's fiber network is much larger than Google's pilot, and as a customer, I know that I have never received anything less than your highest XL level stream.

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+ - Oracle Finalizes Acquisition of Sun->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Oracle has completed its acquisition of Sun Microsystems and Sun is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle. A video of the announcement is available on the Oracle website.
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Internet Connection Tax Held Off for A Few More Years 100

Posted by Zonk
from the woohoo-keep-them-at-bay dept.
Christopher Blanc writes "The ban on taxing Internet connections was set to expire at the end of October, but thankfully the US Congress has acted. Last night, a Senate bill was passed that extends the 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act for seven more years. There are still some details to work out (the House's bill only extends it for four years), but it's clear both houses of Congress are looking to keep taxes out of the picture for the near future. 'Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) is excited at the prospect that Americans will be able to continue filing the tubes of the Internet tax-free. "The Internet has provided a powerful economic boost to our nation, and has become an important everyday tool for millions of Americans," said the senator. "By keeping Internet access tax-free and affordable, Congress can encourage Internet use for distance learning, telemedicine, commerce and other important services."'"

Viacom Sues Google Over YouTube for $1 Billion 508

Posted by Zonk
from the everyone-get-their-doctor-evil-fingers-up dept.
Snowgen writes "Viacom has filed a $1,000,000,000.00 lawsuit for 'massive intentional copyright infringement' against Google over YouTube video clips. '"YouTube's strategy has been to avoid taking proactive steps to curtail the infringement on its site," Viacom said in a statement. "Their business model, which is based on building traffic and selling advertising off of unlicensed content, is clearly illegal and is in obvious conflict with copyright laws.'"

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