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Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 321

by bickerdyke (#49488441) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

But the school system wasn't the one doing the development - Pearson was.

Again, if it was some normal product development, aiming at a product that can be sold to multiple school districts, yes. But projects of this size more often are complete custom build software

From the summary, and having not read the article in slashdot tradition, it seems that indeed Pearson made promises of rainbows and unicorns and delivered a sick donkey with a MLP tattoo on it.

Which is why dragging them to court is the right thing to do.

Comment: Re:People are tribal even when they don't realize (Score 1) 245

by bickerdyke (#49477065) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

TLDR: The EU can't break up Google USA, but they can force Google Ireland Holdings to GTFO or change the way it offers services in the EU.

But aren't they just holding companies for the IP (as you explained) and the actual services are provided by a completly different entity? Your search request may run on servers not owned by Google Ireland or Google Netherlands.

Comment: Network connection (Score 1) 342

by bickerdyke (#49470427) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket

Well, had it been connected to a network, an IDS could have raised an alarm that a usb device has been added. Or to rephrase uit for the /.-Crowd. "On localhost, noone hears you scream".

And somehow I still don't completly believe the "not connected to a network" thing. How would they transmit the drawn numbers to their frontend sytems? manually? How would this be secured against someone "mistyping" a few digits?

Comment: Re:You can get all of season 5 leaked (Score 2) 148

by bickerdyke (#49462773) Attached to: Nearly Half of <em>Game of Thrones</em> Season 5 Leaks Online

Newspaper article promised the return of that assasin as a member of Black and White house* and the death of characters who are still alive in the novels. Reason behind this supposedly is that they don't expect Martin to finish the next volumes on time, so the TV authors already are preparing for writing their own finale.

*sorry, neither read the books nor could be bothered to remember the exact name from the article

Comment: Re:Maybe because the movies were not that good? (Score 2) 360

by bickerdyke (#49384405) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

I don't think the summary is right either....what actor launched their career from Harry Potter? What actor launched their career from Twilight? What actor launched a career from Transformers?

I guess that's the thing with series or franchises. Take Star Trek, for example. Except Shattner, who of that cast was able to make an actual career that was not somehow Trek-connected? Nimoy probably relized that he was burnt for anything else when he wrote "I'm not Spock" and had the perspective of hosting mall store openings (and more like stores in a mall, not the mall itself...). Luckily it turned out for him and everyone else on the cast that Star Trek, while destroying even the idea of another career, it could at least support THAT career for 40+ years. Much easier to write "I am Spock" when aged 70+, you still have crowds wearing your signature fake ears.

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