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+ - Michael Dell to buy Dell Inc.->

Submitted by awarrenfells
awarrenfells (1289658) writes "After a shareholder vote, Michael Dell is expected to buy out and take Dell Inc. private. This move comes in the wake of plans to move Dell into position as an enterprise computing provider, but some analysts state this move may have come too late, much of the target market being taken by IBM and HP already."
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Comment: Re:Are they really trying to plug it up? (Score 1) 389

by awarrenfells (#32229404) Attached to: Obama Sends Nuclear Experts To Tackle BP Oil Spill
Not a big deal? I beg to differ sir. I live on the emerald coast not far from Pensacola, and it is a VERY big deal. Even if none of it makes it his far, which thus far very little has, just the threat alone is started to adversely affect businesses here as people [tourists, etc] decide not to come because of the "threat" of oil. Fishermen and shrimp boat captains all over the coast are suffering because they have been banned from going out into the waters to make their catch, and it is probably better than the alternative.

You mean it is not a big deal to YOU, but it is certainly a big deal.

So far we have been lucky that the winds have kept it mostly off shore [ though the wetlands in Louisiana are not quite as lucky] but dead sea animals are washing up on shore every day as the oil leak, oil off-gassing, and God knows what chemicals BP is dumping into the Gulf, changes the PH of the surrounding water.

I hope no one likes shrimp, for I see a good spike in shrimp prices in the near future, and that is only one of many things I see coming down the pipe from all of this.
Portables

+ - Do Desktops Matter?->

Submitted by awarrenfells
awarrenfells (1289658) writes "Dana Blankenhorn muses on his blog at www.zdnet.com about the decreasing importance of Desktops in the coming age of netbooks and portable devices. He also mentions, that as more and more online resources become available, the dependency of specific Operating systems and Programs decreases.

Excerpt: "The biggest computing job today is fitting all these pieces into a coherent computing experience. Right now people remain wedded to a device. It's a desktop in my case, but in Japan it's often a mobile phone, and increasingly an iPhone. For some people it's an iPod or Kindle.""

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Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 2, Insightful) 254

Just coming from an ISP perspective, I imagine it would be only their customers. Most ISPs only suspend accounts for a violation of their own AUP or ToS. However, most ISPs have a ToS against P2P file sharing, so if the other company can prove such activity, I imagine suspension could occur.

Comment: Sticking our necks out? (Score 1) 102

by awarrenfells (#28340953) Attached to: CIA Officers Are Warming To Intellipedia
It just seems to me, to be a bad idea about network sensitive intelligence information like that. I mean, yes, it is all contained behind a very [hopefully] secure network, but there have been far too many cases of [mostly] Chinese hackers breaking into military computer networks from halfway around the world.

I don't suppose it could stand up to a billion boxen botnet?
Software

+ - Twitter "twitpocalypse" affects Mac, iPhon->

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awarrenfells writes "The surging popularity of the Twitter messaging service has broken at least one Twitter client application and affected another as a part of what is being called "the Twitpocalypse."

Excerpt: On Friday evening, the number of tweets exceeded 2,147,483,6471. While that doesn't seem like a round number, it's the largest number that can be stored as the data type known as a "signed integer." Once that number was exceeded, some versions of some Twitter client apps could break in a fashion similar to what was expected during the Y2K "millennium bug" era"

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