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Comment Re:$6k? (Score 1) 293

RTFA: "Olin said interns make about 80 percent of a starting full-time employee. That comes to about $4,600 to $6,000 a month, based on pay of entry-level software engineers. They also receive a housing stipend and relocation costs for the summer." That's $14-18k per summer, plus housing costs. Not for the whole shebangabang.

Comment Re:You reap what you sow (Score 1) 221

A patent troll is a company that offers no products, but files lawsuits based on patents they own. A patent troll microsoft is not. Microsoft has their fair share of crappy patents, but they have never to my knowledge used patents directly against OSS. They've made threats, but anyone can make threats.

Unreleased OQO 2+ OLED Version Sells For $6,500 52

psych787 writes "OQO's product line — much loved by their community at oqotalk — has recently suffered a slow, agonizing death. After dropping warranty repairs, not returning several units sent in, disconnecting phonelines, and leaving trash at their headquarters, a couple of units have survived and found eBay. The last one went for $4.5k. Now the only PC for sale to include an OLED has gone for $6.5k. At that price, perhaps a competitor bought the device to come up with something that meets the same market?"

Comment Re:A 1 TB drive 9+ years ago? (Score 1) 180

It's doubtful they have hard disks from 15 years ago lying around. I'm guessing they transfer all the data they have on hard-disks onto new media every 5-10 years. If it's on an 'external hard drive', it doesn't sound like it's part of the main archive, either, likely just data pulled for researchers or what-have-you.

Comment Re:Netbooks "Cheap" portable etc. (Score 1) 400

I agree. And while Microsoft might be able to throw copies of WinXP for very low prices, they can't do this forever. They might try to offer Win7 for very cheap, but eventually profit will win out over market share, and they'll have to raise the price. Meanwhile, Linux will still be around, no matter what MS does. Open Source isn't something that microsoft can marginalize long-term: MS might be able to keep linux out of the low-price sector temporarily, but they will not be able to sustain it.

Comment Re:Why not pimp out a C5 cargo plane? (Score 2, Insightful) 640

Wiki always has the answer: "The C-5 is also known as "FRED" (Fucking Ridiculous Economic/Environmental Disaster) by its crews due to its maintenance/reliability issues and large consumption of fuel. The C-5 requires an average of 16 hours of maintenance for each flight hour based on 1996 data."

Comment first time (Score 5, Interesting) 168

This is the first time we've heard about Google (or any others) making a bad block. As long as Google fixes this expediently, I'd say that it's an acceptable margin of error and the amount of phishing sites blocked is by far worth it. Now, if wikileaks suddenly gets blocked for 'phishing', something is definitely awry.

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.