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Comment: Re:what? (Score 4, Informative) 138

by Trongy (#48374553) Attached to: Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

Google didn't steal. NASA didn't sell the fuel
NASA is a government agency and doesn't have to pay taxes and levies that the private sector does.
The fuel was supplied by DLA-Energy (Defense Logistics Agency), not NASA. The fuel was purchased by H211, a company owned by the top Google people.
DLA-Energy can sell the fuel, but they should collect the tax when they do.
There was confusion because H211 was flying some missions on behalf of NASA, for which they were entitled to tax free fuel.
[The inspector general] 'Martin attributed the discount to a “misunderstanding” between personnel at the airfield and the fuel supplier “rather than intentional misconduct. DLA-Energy misunderstood that H211 was drawing fuel for both private and NASA-related missions.'

Balanced article about the situation:
http://www.businessweek.com/ar...

Comment: Re:American car companies... (Score 1) 426

The faulty ignition switch, meant airbag would not function. It sounds like you never were in a accident that needed to trigger the airbag. Some people were and they died. How do you feel about driving around in a car where the airbags wouldn't work because the ignition switch was faulty?

Comment: Re:VP9 (Score 1) 142

by Trongy (#46520847) Attached to: Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

I have flash installed but disabled in Firefox on my work machine (because it made Firerox lock up). It's surprising how little I miss it. Embedded videos on most sites play just fine.

I often find an embedded Youtube video will play fine, but if I try to watch the same video on Youtube (because I want a higher resolution), it won't play without flash because Google wants to display advertising.

Comment: Re:part of the formula (Score 1) 478

by Trongy (#44941939) Attached to: Utility Sets IT Department On Path To Self-destruction

Really?

Most of us have home computers to format our job applications. I don't have a home printer, but I haven't printed a job application for nearly a decade; they have all been electronic submissions. Also, I use a personal email account and mobile phone rather than my current employer's when applying for a new job. It's easy and sensible to keep job applications separate from employer's equipment.

These days I'm getting contacted by via LinkedIn about job offers even though I'm not looking. The lack of privacy with LinkedIn is a concern.

Comment: Re:Wayback machine? (Score 1) 480

He was not talking about morals in abstract, but "moral rights" - a term that refers to specific provisions of copyright law in some countries. The name exists to separate the concepts from from the "economic rights" of copyright which may be bought and sold. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_rights In this case the copyright ownership appears to be with the employer since it was a work for hire. If the author was in a jurisdiction with "moral rights" provisions in copyright law he would likely have the legal right to be known as the author despite the fact he had sold the economic rights to the software.

Comment: Re:The value of entry barriers (Score 2) 110

by Trongy (#43365249) Attached to: OUYA Console Starts Shipping To Kickstarter Backers
Things have changed since the 1980s Ouya insist on the game having a free-to-play aspect which should offer consumers some protection against crap. With digital distribution it's easy to offer a wide variety of price points. Steam seem to be doing well selling low cost indie games alongside the premium titles. There's also internet reviews, forums and rating systems that can help consumers find the nuggets they are looking for.

Comment: Re:Where are the consumer passive cards? (Score 1) 53

by Trongy (#43298551) Attached to: AMD Reveals Radeon Sky Series For Cloud Gaming, Previews Radeon HD 7990
Passive cooling isn't the right terminology. CPU heat sinks in most severs these days don't have fans attached either. They rely on the much more powerful case fans in servers and the better optimised airflow. These GPU cards will work the same way. The servers will not be quiet.
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Library Journal Board Resigns On "Crisis of Conscience" After Swartz Death 128

Posted by samzenpus
from the we're-not-gonna-take-it dept.
c0lo writes "The editor-in-chief and entire editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration announced their resignation last week, citing 'a crisis of conscience about publishing in a journal that was not open access' in the days after the death of Aaron Swartz. The board had worked with publisher Taylor & Francis on an open-access compromise in the months since, which would allow the journal to release articles without paywall, but Taylor & Francis' final terms asked contributors to pay $2,995 for each open-access article. As more and more contributors began to object, the board ultimately found the terms unworkable. The journal's editor-in-chief said 'After much discussion, the only alternative presented by Taylor & Francis tied a less restrictive license to a $2995 per article fee to be paid by the author. As you know, this is not a viable licensing option for authors from the LIS community who are generally not conducting research under large grants.'"

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