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+ - Nokia sellout bonus to former CEO Ollila similar to Elop's ->

Submitted by alxtoth
alxtoth writes: People are angry about Stephen Elop for "selling out" Nokia to Microsoft. Former CEO Jorma Ollila is regarded as the founder who had turned Nokia into a telecom giant and was was forced to leave his position as chairman when the Microsoft deal happened. Finnish newspaper Iltasanomat breaks the news that mr Ollila's bonus for the deal might be similar to Elop's, and that Ollila might join Microsoft's board.
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+ - Google acquires Flutter, the Kinect for Mac OS X->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: Google has just acquired Flutter, a company which develops gesture-based technology to control a PC through web-cams. The company offers Flutter app for both Mac and PCs. The basic idea of the app was to control multi-media applications, but Google’s acquisition of app may take it outside the multi-media arena. What Google will do with the app is uncertain, what’s concrete is that the technology will be deployed in Google’s Chrome browser, mainly targeting the Chromebooks. We have already seen the way Google has integrated Nik Software with Chrome browser bringing the same capabilities to the browser.
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+ - Monsanto Buys Climate Corp, Wants to Predict Local Weather

Submitted by cagraham
cagraham writes: Agriculture giant Monsanto has purchased the weather analytics firm Climate Corporation for over $930 Million, according to The Wall Street Journal. Climate Corp, a firm founded by ex-Google data scientists and software engineers, specializes in hyper-local weather prediction which they use to recommend risk-management and crop-insurance policies for farmers. Monsanto likely wants to use this technology to boost their big data farming systems, and help better market their genetically engineered crop seeds. This news comes the same day that Monsanto posted increased Q4 losses of $0.47 per share.

Comment: why Safari/OS X generates files Downloads-1-1? (Score 1) 63 63

by alxtoth (#29096769) Attached to: The Biochemistry of Searching the Internet
Was this web page written by evil crackers ? Why is my beloved Mac writing files called /Users/Downloads-1-1, Downloads-1-2 ??? This freaks me out, because I've been told there are NO VIRUSES FOR MAC !!! Seriously, there is a fresh discussion in Apple forums, This is a (sad thing) pow 2 : Mac vulnerabilities , coming from Slashdot

Comment: Re:RAID1 is not fool's gold (Score 3, Informative) 564 564

by alxtoth (#28588181) Attached to: RAID Trust Issues — Windows Or a Cheap Controller?
Actually RAID1 is quite good for reading data: it minimizes seek time . Of course, it works fine as long as there are not many writes. For example think analytic databases, cubes, etc. Those are not written to in real time (like the more common transactional databases)

Comment: VirtualBox is nice without any 3D acceleration (Score 1) 161 161

by alxtoth (#28555621) Attached to: Virtualbox 3.0 Announces OpenGL/Direct3D Support
I've been using VirtualBox to run some closed source software on my laptop. With WmWare, it barely worked. with VirtualBox, I was even able to make a cluster between the apps between the two virtual OSes (on same laptop), with decent performance. Setting up the network needed some tinkering, but after that it worked like a charm. Great piece of software ! I couldn't care less for the sound and 3D stuff as long as they don't break the core functionality

Nielsen Recommends Not Masking Passwords 849 849

Posted by timothy
from the *****-****-**-******** dept.
Mark writes "Usability expert and columnist Jakob Nielsen wants to abolish password masking: 'Usability suffers when users type in passwords and the only feedback they get is a row of bullets. Typically, masking passwords doesn't even increase security, but it does cost you business due to login failures.' I've never been impressed by the argument that 'I can't think why we need this (standard) security measure, so let's drop it.' It usually indicates a lack of imagination of the speaker. But in this case, does usability outweigh security?"

Google Chrome Developers On Browser Security 61 61

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the never-ending-war-of-escalation dept.
CowboyRobot writes "Developers of Google's Chrome browser have spoken up in an article describing their approach to keeping the browser secure, focusing on minimizing the frequency, duration, and severity of exposure. One tool Chrome uses is a recently open-sourced update distribution application called 'Omaha.' 'Omaha automatically checks for software updates every five hours. When a new update is available, a fraction of clients are told about it, based on a probability set by the team. This probability lets the team verify the quality of the release before informing all clients.'"

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