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Comment It's just poor infrastructure planning (Score 1) 416 416

The people responsible for specifying the environmental constraints for the asphalt mixture messed up. Plain and simple. Polymer reinforced bitumen binder can be made to wildly varying environmental specs to make sure that this sort of thing does not happen.

Comment Re:America is a BIG Country (Score 1, Informative) 1205 1205

The problem is not the distance but the fuel required to cover that distance. My diesel family car takes >10s to get to 62mph but delivers 45 mpg in real world driving. It is an average size family car (Peugeot 308SW). An average size family car in the US will be much quicker (which is useless while commuting) and will be much less economical because of it.
Books

DoJ Investigates eBook Price Fixing 165 165

dave562 writes "The U.S. Justice Department's antitrust arm said it was looking into potentially unfair pricing practices by electronic booksellers, joining European regulators and state attorneys general in a widening probe of large U.S. and international e-book publishers. A Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed that the probe involved the possibility of 'anti-competitive practices involving e-book sales.' Attorneys general in Connecticut and, reportedly, Texas, have also begun inquiries into the way electronic booksellers price their wares, and whether companies such as Apple and Amazon have set up pricing practices that are ultimately harmful to consumers."
Security

Submission + - DigiNotar goes bankrupt after hack->

twoheadedboy writes: "DigiNotar, the Dutch certificate authority (CA) which was recently at the centre of a significant hacking case, has been declared bankrupt. The CA discovered it was compromised on 19 July, leading to 531 rogue certificates being issued. It was only in August that the attacks became public knowledge. Now the company has gone bankrupt, parent firm VASCO said today. VASCO admitted the financial losses associated with the demise of DigiNotar would be “significant.” It all goes to show how quickly a data breach can bring down a company..."
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Comment Tools/Hints (Score 1) 175 175

Use tools like Webex/GoToMeeting/OCS where you can have an integrated A/V meeting and use local telco numbers to control costs. Be aware about the telco plan of the vendor (included or not and at what cost per minute). Webex used to charge for the telco minutes but I don't know what they do these days. GoToMeeting is free as far as I know but check to make sure.

Set up a collaboration environment like BaseCamp (if it's for Project Management) or MS Team Studio, Atlassian JIRA/Confluence if it's for development work.

If possible implement a way to easily work on documents together (either in-house or externally with something like Google Docs/Office 365 depending on what's allowed by company security policy).

Heavily promote the use of these tools and train people in effectively using them. Some people have difficulty starting up with these tools and end up not using them to initiate anything.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 5, Insightful) 129 129

Blizzard first gets you intimidated by their figurative muscle, before the Don walks up to you, making you an offer you can't refuse?

Basically Activision Legal fires off the first shot before people with real brains realize the potential for something like this. The people with the brains probably did not know this existed before the C&D became news.

Comment Elevator without buttons (Score 2, Interesting) 824 824

I was recently in an office building where the elevators had no buttons at all. In front of the elevator was a keypad where you typed which floor you needed to go to, the system assigned you an elevator and you could only get on and be delivered to your earlier chosen floor.
Classic Games (Games)

Breathing New Life Into Old DirectDraw Games 274 274

An anonymous reader writes "I bought a bunch of old Wing Commander games for Windows, but they use DirectDraw, which Microsoft has deprecated. They don't work too well under Windows 7, so I ended up reimplementing ddraw.dll using OpenGL to output the games' graphics. I wrote an article describing the process and all the fun workarounds I had to come up with, and released all related source code for others to hack on."

Comment Re:Waste (Score 1) 553 553

Slight difference: when locomotive driver fails the deadman's switch kicks in and the train stops. Or in an extreme case: part of the tracks are powered down so the train will cruise to a halt.

There 's no deadman's switch in a plane and where would it go if it did? Trains are riding on terra firma. Plane's will crash either way.

Same with the discussion about bus drivers. Bus driver fails --> passenger takes over --> stops bus in controlled fashion. Pilot fails --> passenger has 0 skills --> plane goes down.

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