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Submission MS-DOS Not Stolen, New Forensic Analysis Concludes

theodp writes: Challenging earlier assertions that Bill Gates got the rewards due Gary Kildall, a forensic analysis conducted for the latest issue of IEEE Spectrum concludes that the landmark MS-DOS operating system which Bill Gates and Microsoft licensed to IBM was an original piece of work, not stolen goods. Using his company’s CodeSuite forensic software, Bob Zeidman said he found no evidence that QDOS or MS-DOS was copied from or was a derivative of Gary Kildall's CP/M. So, what do you think of Microsoft expert witness (pdf) Zeidman's "if-the-codebase-doesn't-fit-you-must-acquit" arguments?

Submission Mars Curiosity Gets First Hi-Res Look at Mount Sharp->

astroengine writes: "NASA's Curiosity Mars rover sent back its first high-resolution pictures from its new home inside Gale Crater, offering a stunning view of the towering Mount Sharp. The three-mile-high mound — taller than any mountain in the continental United States — is Curiosity's ultimate destination, a site that scientists believe may harbor evidence of habitats that could support life."
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Submission Analysis Determines MS-DOS wasn't copied from QDOS, CP/M-> 1

Jakester2K writes: This could be the tech world’s version of a conviction being overturned by new DNA evidence.

A forensic analysis conducted for the latest issue of IEEE Spectrum magazine appears to have answered one of the biggest mysteries of the PC era: Was the landmark MS-DOS operating system that Bill Gates and Microsoft licensed to IBM an original piece of work, or stolen goods?

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Comment Re:ROS is great, but only insofar as WG makes it (Score 1) 65

Some of us are exploring and documenting on the way while cussing loudly. As for being specific it generally relates to the platform they implemented ROS on. If we did the stacks in the manner of processing stacks and platform stacks as separate. It could be a boon to the usability of the community stacks. Some of the community has done this in their stacks already. WG does not push this maybe moving to its own foundation with its own future will drive this style of change. As someone who feels your same frustration daily I can only dream. Since right now publishing a repository one only needs to send a email to a list saying here I am.

Zombie Ants and Killer Fungus 125

nibbles2004 writes "An article in the Guardian newspaper shows how parasitic fungi evolved the ability to control ants they infect, ultimately leading the ant to its death. The fungus controls the ant's movements to a suitable leaf and causes the ant to grip onto the leaf's central stem, allowing the fungus to spore, which will allow more ants to become infected."

Comment Re:Nobody Cares (Score 1) 186

The real issue is the news that never makes it main stream media. It may pick up that Obama scratched his balls today. It never picks up on the news of today. That order would be blogs or blog like, digg, /. a week later. Of course it could be that my interests are not in the presidents day to day or the fact the some celebrity likes to take it in the rear. This type of research does not seem to include all the things that main stream media missed.

"What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying." -- Nikita Khrushchev