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+ - MS-DOS Not Stolen, New Forensic Analysis Concludes

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) 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?"
Mars

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

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astroengine
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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+ - Analysis Determines MS-DOS wasn't copied from QDOS, CP/M-> 1

Submitted by Jakester2K
Jakester2K (612607) 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

by bstag (#39510669) Attached to: Needed: A LAMP Stack For Robotics
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.
Science

Zombie Ants and Killer Fungus 125

Posted by samzenpus
from the level-1-random-encounter dept.
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

by bstag (#28678253) Attached to: Traditional News Media Lead Blogs By 2.5 Hours
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.

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