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Comment: Re:Copper? (Score 1) 347

by TopShelf (#43895285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Old Copper Pair Technology?

It's interesting to see how useful plain old ISDN still is. I write about hockey online, and end up listening to a lot of NHL radio shows & podcasts which feature guests calling in from all over North America. Our local TV announcer (Pete Weber of the Nashville Predators) has an ISDN line to his home specifically for this purpose, and as a listener you can really tell the difference when Pete's doing a radio segment as opposed to other guests who may be calling from a typical landline or (ugh) a cell phone. It sounds like Weber is right in the studio alongside the hosts.

+ - Stan Lee partners with NHL on The Guardian Project->

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TopShelf writes "Comic book icon Stan Lee is teaming up with the National Hockey League to create "The Guardian Project", a team of 30 new superheroes, each representing an NHL franchise. The trailer above gives a glimpse of what we're going to see in January 2011, and they've also launched where fans can get presumably get more teasers as the project develops."
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+ - Microsoft Concedes European Antitrust Case

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TopShelf writes "The New York Times is now reporting that Microsoft has yielded in the long battle over European Antitrust claims. Quoth the Times: 'Microsoft has given up its nine-year fight against antitrust regulators in Europe, saying today that it would not challenge a court judgment there and would share technical information with rivals on terms the software giant had long resisted.'"

+ - Intel Debuts New Centrino Duo Chipset

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DigitalDame2 writes "Intel's latest Centrino Duo chipset, released today, gives you GMA X3100 graphics, support for Draft-n Wi-Fi, better battery life, and front-side bus speeds of up to 800 MHz. Along with the release, of course, comes a host of new laptops sporting the chipset, including offerings from Dell, Fujitsu, HP, and Lenovo. PC Mag has complete coverage of this new technology with reviews, news, and more."

+ - Retired NASA Manager Lashes Out At Astronauts

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Space Review has an article exposing an email by a retired NASA manager that attacks NASA's astronaut program and the very concept of human life in space. Dr. Giulio Varsi, a former high-level manager at JPL and NASA Headquarters, wrote that astronauts 'sit themselves on top of a bomb or, as we have learned recently, stuff themselves into oversized diapers'. He also wrote that humans in space had a 'menial job' that could be outsourced to robots or 'less developed countries'. Finally, Varsi compared astronaut deaths to the 'late Evel Knievel', except that Knievel is alive and well. The Space Review article takes some time to denigrate Varsi's email, but also expresses hope that most people at NASA support both humans and robots in space."

+ - Thoughts on governance in small dev teams

Submitted by Anonymous Developer
Anonymous Developer (666) writes "We have a small, and young dev team. Currently, we have operated from a whiteboard and text files and plan for the coming 1 — 2 weeks (does this methodology even have a name?). Now we thought it is probably a good time to introduce governance and formality to the dev process before we expand further, or one of us is hit by a bus, but at the same time we don't want to introduce too much overhead or adversely affect the current dynamic of our team. We are also wanting to introduce some form of governance to our dev process and to preempt something (detrimental to productivity and morale) being forced upon us.

We would be interested to hear experiences of others who have been in through similar experiences. What works, what doesn't, etc."

+ - More Customer Momentum Around Microsoft - Novell

Submitted by El Lobo
El Lobo (994537) writes "Deutsche Bank AG, Credit Suisse and AIG Technologies today became some of the first customers to tap the benefits of the recently announced collaboration between Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. on interoperability between Microsoft(R) Windows(R) and Linux.

Deutsche Bank, already a significant user of Novell and Microsoft products, was pleased that the collaboration would improve interoperability among various systems. "Microsoft and Novell*s agreement gives us the benefit of choice of platforms and tremendous flexibility that will help make our company more competitive and efficient." said Clemens Jochum, chief technology officer of Deutsche Bank AG."

+ - PTO Publishes MSFT's Application for RSS

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Law Nun
Law Nun writes "As per the usual policy of publishing applications 18 months after their receipt, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Microsoft's patent application for a "Content syndication platform," which sounds a whole lot like RSS:

From the abstract:

"A content syndication platform, such as a web content syndication platform, manages, organizes and makes available for consumption content that is acquired from the Internet. In at least some embodiments, the platform can acquire and organize web content, and make such content available for consumption by many different types of applications. These applications may or may not necessarily understand the particular syndication format. An application program interface (API) exposes an object model which allows applications and users to easily accomplish many different tasks such as creating, reading, updating, deleting feeds and the like."

The application, No. 11/158,936, was filed June 21, 2005 by Amar S. Gandhi, et. al. No word on the buckets of prior art which likely exist.

The application can be found here: TO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2F srchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220060288329%22.PGN R.&OS=DN/20060288329&RS=DN/20060288329"

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982