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+ - Former Novell programmer becomes first person to bicycle to the South Pole.->

Submitted by Psychotic_Wrath
Psychotic_Wrath (693928) writes "Dan Burton a former Novell programmer became the first person to ride a bicycle to the south pole. Helen Skelton earlier this year was the first person to tricycle to the south pole. Dan set out on his expedition in early November and finished in late January. He started cycling after being laid off from Novell to help him overcome some health problems. A few years later he decided to do what had never been done before. He states that it was the most difficult thing he has ever done in his life."
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+ - PayPal Credits Man with $92 Quadrillion->

Submitted by solareagle
solareagle (892616) writes "Pennsylvania resident Chris Reynolds got quite a shock when he opened his most recent PayPal statement — it said he had a $92,233,720,368,547,800 balance in his account. "I'm just feeling like a million bucks," Reynolds told the [Philadelphia] Daily News yesterday. "At first I thought that I owed quadrillions. It was quite a big surprise." When asked what he would do with the money, he said, "I would pay the national debt down first. Then I would buy the Phillies, if I could get a great price." The Daily News speculates that the astronomical balance may be related to PayPal's new Galactic initiative, announced last month, to expand its business beyond Earth."
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Comment: Much less than $20/month (Score 1) 238

A quick search gives an estimate of 400 million to a billion users a month. Lets be conservative and say only 100 million users/month. Times that by 20 and you get 2 billion. That is a lot more than what Google makes in a month. Certainly more than what they make by simply selling data from their users. I would think maybe $1/month should be enough, maybe $2/month to make it worth their while to setup and such. I think $2 is much more than what they make every month.

+ - Salt Lake City Police to wear cameras.->

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Psychotic_Wrath writes "Salt Lake Police department will be much more transparent with their law enforcement. A program is being rolled out to require officers wear glasses equipped with a camera to record what they see. Of course there are several officers that oppose this idea, and will resist the change. One of the biggest shockers to me is that the police chief is in strong support of this measure.

If Chief Burbank gets his way, these tiny, weightless cameras will soon be on every police officer in the state.

With all the opposition of police officers being recorded by citizens that we are seeing throughout the country it is quite a surprise that they would make a move like this. The officers would wear them when they are investigating crime scenes, serving warrants, and during patrols. Suddenly Utah isn't looking like such a bad place to be. Now we just need to hope other states and departments would follow suite. It sure will be nice when there is video evidence to show the real story.

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Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees 881

Posted by samzenpus
from the popularity-contest dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The state-by-state election outcome probabilities today on Nate Silver's 538 imply a 97.7% probability for Obama to win 270 or more electoral college votes this coming Tuesday. A site that allows anyone but U.S. citizens vote seems to indicate that the rest of the world hopes these numbers are accurate. "

Comment: Drug Patents (Score 3, Insightful) 315

by Psychotic_Wrath (#41503639) Attached to: Another Call For Abolishing Patents, This One From the St. Louis Fed
I would agree that the patent system in the US is severely handicapped. But abolishing it entirely would severely handicap drug development.

It takes years of testing to get a drug approved by the FDA, and that costs big big money to do. You get the drug approved by the FDA and then a chemist comes and makes the exact same thing, and your years of investment into research and development and clinical trials of that drug are going to not be paid off. Somebody would essentially walk the path that you made and they would reap the same benefits just simply by copying what you have done.

Comment: Re:It happens...have a backup (Score 1) 85

by Psychotic_Wrath (#40779625) Attached to: Google Scrambles To Restore Google Talk From Outage
If you rely on VOIP for your calls then you would be lucky to have Google Talk for your provider. I run a call center and we use a VOIP service. I have worked with several VOIP providers and they would be lucky if they only went down once a year. I use Vocalocity and they go down once every 3-4 months. 8*8 (8 by 8) goes down probably about half that.

If Google talk has been up for a couple years and if this is their first outage, well then I would say that they are the most reliable.

Microsoft

+ - Microsoft wins Novell antitrust battle->

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Psychotic_Wrath writes "After a long drawn out legal battle and a hung jury, a federal judge dismissed the antitrust case against Novell. The case involved allegations that Microsoft removed code from its Windows 95 operating system that caused further development to Word Perfect and thus delaying the release of their product giving Microsoft Word an unfair advantage."
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