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Comment: Should have seen something like this coming (Score 1) 95

by TheViffer (#49281045) Attached to: Facebook Introduces Payment System

David Marcus left PayPal last year to go work with Facebook in the mobile messaging division of Facebook. Honestly looking at the screen shots it almost looks like the PayPal app.

David Marcus letting the cat out of the bag

Grab some popcorn and cross your fingers. Would be nothing more enjoyable in seeing Facebook vs. PayPal in a drag out legal fight including similarities in look and feel of the app, patents, and most specifically non-compete agreement that Marcus should be bound too.

Comment: Re:3720:1 (Score 1) 117

by TheViffer (#49194551) Attached to: Harrison Ford's Plane Crashes On Golf Course

This has great meaning here. Lets be truthful. He survived and that is what counts. Reading the posts here I can truly see there is a sigh of relief from many people that he did live in the humor present. I can only imagine the sorrow and grief that we as other would have felts if he would have perished and none of this would have been funny.

"Han crashed first!"

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 703

by TheViffer (#48772431) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

you'll never see a republican suggest free school (unless its a 'jesus is god' school, of course).

Tennessee Governor Urges 2 Free Years of Community College and Technical School

Looks to me like Obama stole a Republican's idea.

this is one of the first good ideas obama has shown, and one that is much more linked with the democratic party.

If it was his, I would agree, but alas, looks like even 6 years in, he has not had one single good idea.

Comment: Re:Zero details (Score 1) 197

by TheViffer (#36976174) Attached to: eBay Deploys 100TB of SSDs, Cuts Rackspace By Half

What I would love to know is: Why does eBay need 4000 VMs ?

Taking the scope of eBay, PayPal, or any of the other company under eBay and then adding up the total number of developers and quality assurance it should be very apparent why a system is required in which a VM can be created and deleted for testing and development purposes in a very short amount of time.

Time is money

+ - Paul Allen's Lawsuit Patents to Be Reexamined->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "Last year Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen filed suit against eleven tech companies citing patent infringement on four of his patents. Groklaw has followed up with some interesting documents that reveal three out of the four have already been granted a reexamination by the USPTO with the fourth still pending."
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Comment: Re:For those with less sense and less money (Score 2) 242

by TheViffer (#35874042) Attached to: Erasing CDs By Using 150,000 Volts of Electricity

This can^H^H^H will destroy a microwave ... not that I know or anything ... it was "my friends" microwave. Besides that nuking them releases a small bit of toxic gas and it is not 100% effective to erase all the data.

Just get a DVD Shredder .. save your microwave, save yourself .. and most importantly you^H^H^H "your friend" will have a microwave to nuke those pizza roles at 11 pm at night.


+ - Re-criticality at Fukushima plant->

Submitted by
mdsolar writes "Nature is describing some just published work on possible re-criticality at the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Evidence includes post shutdown neutron bursts and the presence of chlorine-38 possibly produced by neutron activation of chlorine-37 in sea salt in emergency cooling water."
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+ - Users Enraged By Apparent iTunes Hacks->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "News of Apple Corp.'s high-profile product releases, the health travails of its CEO, Steve Jobs and the company's hard fought rise to become the most valuable tech firm in the world have dominated news headlines for the past year. But behind the scenes, a growing population of customers are stepping up to say that they've been victims of what appears to be widespread fraud aimed at users of Apple's ubiquitous iTunes platform, and to complain that the the Cupertino, California company renowned for its user friendly products has been close lipped — if not hostile to their complaints."
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+ - Voyager 2 finds solar system's shape is 'dented'->

Submitted by
Selikoff writes "NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has found that our solar system is not round but is "dented" by the local interstellar magnetic field of deep space, space experts said on Monday. The data was gathered by the craft on its 30-year journey into the edge of the solar system when it crossed into a sweeping region called the termination shock, they said. It showed that the southern hemisphere of the solar system's heliosphere is being pushed in or "dented." Voyager 2 is the second spacecraft to enter this region of the solar system behind Voyager 1, which entered the northern region of the heliosheath in December 2004."
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Operating Systems

+ - Linux vs. Mac: Should I Get a Mac?-> 4

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes " ponders on whether or not it's better to get a Mac over Linux. The author writes, "Then again, I have to come back full circle and ask myself — do I really 'need,' or even want, OS X over a pure Linux box? Under the hood, it's basically the same thing, which is a hat tip to Apple. Incredibly secure and simple to use. Personally, the most compelling reason to use this OS would not be for iTunes. It would also be for the fantastic applications designed to make video editing a breeze. Is this something I really want to do on a notebook? If I went MacBook Pro perhaps, but it's really more of a desktop sort of a task for an iMac, I think. I don't know yet, it does seem like OS X is looking better all the time. I can hammer out scripts like I do in Linux fairly easily, and now, thanks to VMWare Fusion, I can even use my beloved Evolution PIM where Entourage is not a great replacement for me. Maybe it's time to upgrade my notebook after all?"
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+ - Success in getting a Dell Windows 'tax' refund.

Submitted by
Jeffrey Harmison
Jeffrey Harmison writes "I bought a laptop (Inspiron 1501) from the Dell Outlet store a few days ago. I wanted it exclusively for Ubuntu (for my studies at Ohio University as a Masters Student) and had no choice but to get one with Windows (they don't offer other choices currently in this area). Tonight, I successfully obtained a $70 refund from Dell because I informed them (prior to delivery) that I was going to decline the EULA. I was pleasantly surprised and would recommend this straight forward approach to anyone considering running only Linux on any systems purchased from the Outlet store (which btw is a good deal).

8:46:04 PM System An agent will be with you shortly.
8:57:18 PM System Supreet Chahal has joined this session!
8:57:18 PM System Connected with Supreet Chahal
8:57:29 PM Supreet Chahal Thank you for contacting Dell Customer Service Chat.
                                        My name is Supreet. How may I help you?
8:57:43 PM Supreet Chahal Hi, Jeffrey.
8:57:47 PM Jeffrey Harmison hello
8:58:33 PM Supreet Chahal How are you doing today?
8:59:03 PM Jeffrey Harmison my laptop should be delivered tomorrow and I would like to start a case file now on the subject of getting a refund on the windows xp home part of the my order as I will not be agreeing to the eula...and will not be using windows at all
8:59:39 PM Supreet Chahal I apologize for the inconvenience caused to you. I am glad to assist you.
9:00:58 PM Jeffrey Harmison what is process for this request? should I send back the windows media once it arrives?
9:02:09 PM Supreet Chahal Jeffrey, Please allow 1-2 mins
                                        while I check the details of the account.
9:02:13 PM Jeffrey Harmison ok
9:03:03 PM Jeffrey Harmison I was not given the option of getting a system without windows in this case....the outlet store did not offer non-os or ubuntu systems....only xp and vista were choices....neither of which I want
9:04:34 PM Supreet Chahal Jeffrey, I have checked your account details and see that the order has been shipped out of dell and is estimated to be delivered to you on the 09/25/2007
9:05:12 PM Jeffrey Harmison that sounds right according to the emails I have received
9:05:14 PM Supreet Chahal As I understand you correctly, you are not satisfied with the Operating system of the system. I apologize for the inconvenience caused to you.
9:06:18 PM Jeffrey Harmison when I turn it on for the first time, I will decline the eula and leave the media unopened....what is the next step here then?
9:06:49 PM Supreet Chahal This concern needs technical assistance. I apologize, being in customer care, I do not have technical expertise. I suggest you speak with our Dell Consumer Hardware Warranty Support as they would be able to assist you better with this.
9:07:43 PM Jeffrey Harmison this is not tech is a return /credit question......
                                        not technical in nature.......the eula says I am supposed
                                        to contact OEM for refund if I decline the eula
9:08:04 PM Jeffrey Harmison I so request a refund
9:08:12 PM Jeffrey Harmison don't need tech support help
9:09:29 PM Supreet Chahal Jeffrey, operating system swap is not possible,
                                        however as a customer care gesture
                                        I can offer you a credit of $70.00.
9:09:38 PM Jeffrey Harmison I'll take it
9:10:39 PM Supreet Chahal I understand that you have accepted the offer for $70.00
                                        hence I am processing the request for you.
9:10:52 PM Jeffrey Harmison Thanks...I will wait
9:11:09 PM Supreet Chahal Please allow me 2-3 minutes as I process the request for you.
9:11:55 PM Jeffrey Harmison Ok
9:12:37 PM Supreet Chahal Jeffrey, May i have the complete name on the account?
9:12:41 PM Jeffrey Harmison Jeffrey Harmison
9:12:58 PM Supreet Chahal Also,Could you please confirm if your e-mail address is
9:13:05 PM Jeffrey Harmison it is
9:14:09 PM Supreet Chahal Thank you for the confirmation.
9:16:39 PM Supreet Chahal Thank you for your patience.
9:18:07 PM Supreet Chahal For your convenience I have processed the request for the credit
                                        of $70.00 in your account and the money
                                        will be credited in approximately 8 business days.
9:18:23 PM Supreet Chahal Your reference number is xxxxxxxxxxxx.
                                        This is for your convenience. I assure you that I will follow up
                                        on the credit status and keep you informed.
9:18:52 PM Jeffrey Harmison Will this credit be refunded to my credit card
                                        used for the purchase?
9:20:19 PM Supreet Chahal Yes Jeffrey, the credit will be posted to your Visa account.
9:20:37 PM Supreet Chahal Is there anything else I may assist you with?
9:21:29 PM Jeffrey Harmison Thank you very much for your assistance....
                                        you have been very helpful. Please inform your supervisors
                                        that I will be destroying the windows media
                                        so it will not be used elsewhere.
9:21:39 PM Jeffrey Harmison Thanks again. Jeffrey
9:21:55 PM Supreet Chahal Are you satisfied with the level of services
                                        provided during the chat session?
9:22:08 PM Jeffrey Harmison very much so....have a nice evening
9:22:10 PM Supreet Chahal Thank you for using Dell Customer Service chat
                                        to resolve your issue today."

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