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Submitted by Snotboble_
Snotboble_ (13797) writes "Seems like the Microsoft takeover of Nokia may not go over so smoothly; the India government apparently thinks Nokia owes a lot of taxes and because of this, the Microsoft takeover of Nokia may be affected. From TFA: Nokia Corp.'s tax troubles in India worsened Tuesday as local authorities ratcheted up the amount of tax they say the Finnish company may owe to more than $3 billion. Nokia's battle to defend itself from the claims—one of the latest surprise tax bills slapped on big foreign companies in India—could affect its plans to sell its handset division to Microsoft Corp. as the phone company's factory in India is part of the $7 billion deal."
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Operating Systems

Nokia N900 Linux Smartphone Running OS X 251

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the mr-johnson's-dog dept.
Rovaani writes "There is a video floating around of a Nokia N900 smartphone running the full desktop Mac OS X 10.3. From the author, Tomi Nikkanen: 'I believe this makes the N900 the first smartphone ever to run a full version of Mac OS X (at any speed, slow or otherwise). As you can see from the heavily edited video, it took almost 2 hours to reach the "About my Mac..." window. Keep your eye on the time display as that will give you an impression of just how uselessly slow it is.'"

Comment: What I've learned.. (Score 2, Interesting) 199

by Snotboble_ (#30744718) Attached to: Comcast Launches Broadband Meter
.. in any area - broadband, speed limits, personal days off etc. etc. is that if you put a cap on anything, then people will consider anything below the cap as a right and use their right to the fullest. So Comcast may see a huge increase in traffic summed up as people start acting according to their rights.

Comment: Significant flaw & workaround (Score 4, Informative) 71

by Snotboble_ (#30706296) Attached to: NIST Investigating Mass Flash Drive Vulnerability
This is pretty major as so many vendors are affected by it. However, until there's an update or complete recall & replacement, I'd recommend using Truecrypt. Certified by NIST (see HERE. Cross platform. Free (as in spoken beer ;o). Of course, one can only hope that its implementation is better than the devices currently uncovered :P

Comment: Global economy (Score 1) 477

by Snotboble_ (#30626032) Attached to: China Moving To Restrict Neodymium Supply

Umm, we may have a global economy but with vested national interests. Whoever could have thought that something like this might happen? Oh my..

Anything that focuses on short-term isolated results (think national borders, corporations, quarterly statements etc.) will cause interesting situations like these, where the supply-and-demand chain will collapse if there are no rules to restrict monopolies. And there are on national levels, but not international, and again, with vested "individual" interests in "groups", an outcome for the greater good is decidedly not a given (think COP15 in Denmark..)

Apple

Apple Fails To Deliver On Windows 7 Boot Camp Promise 279

Posted by Soulskill
from the see-you-next-year dept.
SkydiverFL writes "For those fans of Apple's Boot Camp package, it looks like you might be waiting on the next 'end of year' to use Windows 7 on your shiny silver boxes. Back in October of this year, Apple published a rather short, but affirmative promise stating quite simply that, 'Apple will support Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate) with Boot Camp in Mac OS X Snow Leopard before the end of the year. This support will require a software update to Boot Camp.' The support page has no updates regarding the new version. Maybe they're waiting for iSlate?"
Space

Setbacks Cast Doubt On NASA's Ares Project 255

Posted by timothy
from the tax-dollars-to-space-at-best dept.
stoolpigeon writes with this excerpt from an Orlando Sentinel article about the Ares program, which paints a bleak picture of the program's future: "Bit by bit, the new rocket ship that is supposed to blast America into the second Space Age and return astronauts to the moon appears to be coming undone. First was the discovery that it lacked sufficient power to lift astronauts in a state-of-the-art capsule into orbit. Then engineers found out that it might vibrate like a giant tuning fork, shaking its crew to death. Now, in the latest setback to the Ares I, computer models show the ship could crash into its launch tower during liftoff. "
Government

Linux As a Model For a New Government? 509

Posted by Soulskill
from the i'm-X,-and-i-release-this-message-under-the-GPL dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The hedge fund investor who prided himself on achieving 1000% returns, Andrew Lahde, wrote a goodbye letter to mark his departure from the financial world. In it, he suggests people think about building a new government model, and his suggestion is to have someone like George Soros fund a new government that brings together the best and brightest minds in a manner where they're not tempted by bribery. In doing so, he refers to how Linux grows and competes with Microsoft. An open source government. How would such a system work, and could it succeed? How long before it became corrupt? Would it need a benevolent dictator (Linus vs. Soros)?"
Politics

Call for a Presidential Debate on Science 610

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the platitudes-and-geralizations-wont-cut-it dept.
Writer Matthew Chapman recently wrote a piece for the Washington Post calling for a science-only Presidential debate. While I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the candidates to embrace such a potentially difficult series of questions, a bit more emphasis on modern science and technology certainly couldn't hurt. "None of the candidates should know in advance what questions they might face. Not knowing the questions in advance would force them to study as much science as possible, and this in itself would be a marvelous thing. However, a statement would be read at the start stating that no one expects politicians to understand every aspect of the many scientific disciplines. The debate's tone would try not to be adversarial, but cordial and educational. It could even be fun."
Data Storage

Coppola Loses All His Data 266

Posted by kdawson
from the no-questions-asked dept.
Colin Smith writes in with an object lesson in backup methodology — once you have backed everything up, take it somewhere else. "Film director Francis Ford Coppola has appealed for the return of his computer backup device following a robbery at his house in Argentina on Wednesday. He told Argentine broadcaster Todo Noticias he had lost 15 years' worth of data, including writing and photographs of his family."

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold

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