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Comment: Other 'M' companies (Score 4, Insightful) 57

by Sez Zero (#48470205) Attached to: Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?
McDonalds' was in China in the 90's. There are dozens of other M companies in the Fortune 500. I'm surprised only one fits the profile. Merck, MorganStanley, McKesson, Monsanto, Marriott, Manpower, MGM Resorts, Micron, etc. That was the time to setup in China, I wouldn't be surprised if it was something like MRC Global, Inc and the MS hint was dropped just for headlines.

Comment: Re:Journalists are fair game (Score 1) 197

by Sez Zero (#48422047) Attached to: Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

When a journalist writes a bulls--t story about you ought to know whos paying their bills and who their friends are.

What I want to know is when did anyone with a blog/website suddenly become "a journalist"? Is the bar really that low?

I can setup a domain and pound out some page-view inducing BS; am I a journalist then?

+ - Amazon Goes to War Against Oracle->

Submitted by Sez Zero
Sez Zero (586611) writes "Amazon Aurora is a MySQL-compatible, relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. AWS page

Once again Amazon Web Services is taking on Oracle, the kingpin of relational databases, with Aurora, a relational database it said is as capable as “proprietary database engines at 1/10 the cost,” according to AWS SVP Andy Jassy."

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+ - Perl 6 Ready for Production in 2015->

Submitted by Sez Zero
Sez Zero (586611) writes "The last pieces are finally falling into place. After years of design and implementation, 2015 will be the year that Perl 6 officially launches for production use.

In this talk at FOSDEM 2015, Larry Wall reflects on the history of the effort, how the team got some things right, and how it learned from its mistakes when it got them wrong. But mostly how a bunch of stubbornly fun-loving people outlasted the naysayers to accomplish the extraordinary task of implementing a language that was so ambitious, even its designers said it was impossible. Prepare to be delightfully surprised."

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Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 3, Insightful) 265

by Sez Zero (#48263325) Attached to: Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

It hasn't been breached... they just got a hold of their email mailing list! This is the crappiest bad summary of all crappy bad summaries.

Yes, and their ability to manage a mailing list is in no way related to their ability to manage more sensitive information, in their system that isn't even live yet.

Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 1) 571

by Sez Zero (#48150511) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

What the article fails to mention is that the new reactor has to be 800 feet tall or buried 400 feet in the ground. Or 400 feet tall and 200 feet buried. It's pretty complicated figuring out the math here.

A related article from the comments below says that the final size will be small enough to fit on the back of a truck (roughly cargo container sized), or 10 times smaller than ITER being built in France.

I found it interesting that 55 pounds of deuterium is needed as fuel, but only a few grams of tritium ('bred' from lithium) is needed, since part of the nuclear reaction makes tritium to feed back into the reaction.

I was then reminded of many Star Trek episodes where power couldn't be generated because of damage to the "dilithium crystals". Maybe those should have been called "trilithium crystals" instead?

Other article, cited below

Comment: Here's the bill: public notice key (Score 5, Informative) 115

by Sez Zero (#48026337) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance
Link to the text of the bill, since TFA is limited.

Probably the sticking point was:

A public agency that uses an unmanned aircraft system, or contracts for the use of an unmanned aircraft system, pursuant to this title shall first provide reasonable notice to the public. Reasonable notice shall, at a minimum, consist of a one-time announcement regarding the agency’s intent to deploy unmanned aircraft system technology and a description of the technology’s capabilities.

There's also some reasonable limitations on data captured by drones (can't be kept long) and a requirement to log who requests drone missions. If only there was some federal body that could come up with some reasonable standard for all states...

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