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First MS Retail Stores Will be In Scottsdale, AZ and Mission Viejo, CA 189

Posted by timothy
from the probably-good-swag-on-day-1 dept.
UnknowingFool writes "MS has announced the locations of its first two retail stores. The first one will be located at The Shops in Mission Viejo, CA sometime in the fall. There is an existing Apple store at the location. The second one will be located in Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, AZ. That location does not have an Apple store. According to Corporate Communications Director Kim Stocks, the locations were picked because they were 'hot markets,' presumably meaning high traffic. Also, the stores will sell laptops, Zunes, Xbox 360s, MS and 3rd party software. No details on which laptops were provided."

Sunspots Return 276

Posted by kdawson
from the try-this-proven-acne-cure dept.
We're emerging from the longest, deepest sunspot drought since 1913 (we discussed its depths here) with the appearance of a robust group of sunspots over the weekend. Recently we discussed a possible explanation for the prolonged minimum. The Fox News article quotes observer Michael Buxton of Ocean Beach, Calif.: "This is the best sunspot I've seen in two years." jamie found a NASA site where you can generate a movie of the recent sunspot's movement — try selecting the first image type and bumping the resolution to 1024. The magnetic field lines are clearly visible.

Japanese Creating "Super Tuna" 280

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the delicious-engineering dept.
motherpusbucket writes "The Telegraph reports that Japanese scientists hope to be breeding a so-called 'Super Tuna' within the next decade or so. They have about 60% of the genome mapped and expect to finish it in the next couple months. The new breed will grow faster, taste good, have resistance to disease and will totally kick your ass if you cross them."
Classic Games (Games)

Universal Lands Rights To Asteroids Movie 194

Posted by Soulskill
from the starring-the-rock-perhaps dept.
It seems Universal Studios has won the highly sought-after movie rights to the 1979 Atari game Asteroids. Disney's Matthew Lopez will be writing the adaptation, having previously worked on the scripts for Bedtime Stories, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Race to Witch Mountain. The NY Times is skeptical about Hollywood's ability to do right by the 30-year-old game, already imagining what a director like Michael Bay would do with it: "In this $300 million, three-and-a-half hour spectacle, loud and expensive computer simulations of large boulders crashing into one another are briefly interrupted by the hilarious antics of Chip and Gravel, two living rocks with gold teeth who speak in hip-hop slang, and the nonstop shouting of John Turturro."

Staying In Shape vs. a Busy IT Job Schedule? 865

Posted by timothy
from the no-not-the-regular-hacker's-diet dept.
tnok85 writes "I started a new job ~7 months ago at a very large company working a 12-hour night shift (7PM-7AM) in a fairly high volume NOC. Our responsibilities extend during the night to basically cover everything but the most complex situations regarding UNIX/Windows/Linux/App administration, at which point we'll reach out to the on-calls. I live 1.5 hours away as well, so it turns into 4-5 15 hour days a week of sitting still — throw in almost an hour to get ready to leave, and a bit of time after I get home to unwind and I'm out of time to work out. Unfortunately I'm pretty sure I have a very slow metabolism, ever since I was a pre-teen I would gain weight fairly quickly if I didn't actively work out, regardless of how much or what I eat. (Barring starving myself, I suppose...) So, how does somebody who works a minimum of 60 hours over 4 days, often adding another 12 another day, and sometimes working 7-10 days straight like this, stay in shape? I can't hold a workout schedule, (which every person I've talked to in my history says is necessary to stay in shape) and I can't 'wake up early' or 'work out before bed' because I need sleep. Any thoughts/opinions/suggestions?"

Montana City Requires Workers' Internet Accounts 836

Posted by timothy
from the are-you-now-or-have-you-ever-been dept.
justinlindh writes "Bozeman, Montana is now requiring all applicants for city jobs to furnish Internet account information for 'background checking.' A portion of the application reads, "Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo,, MySpace, etc.' The article goes on to mention, 'There are then three lines where applicants can list the Web sites, their user names and log-in information and their passwords.'"

Comment: As always, the difference of the GPL... (Score 1) 4

by frankie (#28256365) Attached to: Lori Drew, The SCO Group, and the GPL

To hold the GPL to a different standard than MySpace's terms of service just because we like the license is hypocritical

The difference between the GPL and pretty much all EULAs and ToSes is: the former grants extra rights while the latter takes away rights. If everything else were exactly the same, except the license did not exist, your use of MySpace would be freer, but your use of GPL code would be... nonexistent. It's someone else's copyrighted material, which is simply illegal to insert into your own work without permission. The only reason that people may redistribute GPL code is the GPL itself.

I fully support anyone's right to ignore stupid EULAs and ToSes. I also support their right to ignore the GPL, and not use the code. The hypocrisy is from anyone who thinks they should be allowed the freedoms given to them by one part of the GPL without the requirements laid down by the other part.

Comment: Re:freedom of expression (Score 2, Insightful) 665

by frankie (#28138469) Attached to: Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology

Bad analogy. ISPs are in a position of power over its users. Generally there are only a handful of plausible choices for broadband internet in a given location. Wikipedia is just one information-gathering web site out of thousands. If you don't like Wikipedia's conditions, you can put your stuff somewhere else, including many completely free wiki sites. Whereas you can't set up your own independent broadband connection without a huge investment of money and effort.

Comment: ADempiere (Score 1) 186

by jb_02_98 (#28131755) Attached to: Customer Resource Management For Non-Profits?

If you are up for doing some customizations, I would suggest using ADempiere. It is very robust and can be made to do just about anything. The nice thing about it is that when you are done, it becomes an asset for you, not an expense. (Speaking about the balance sheet.) It also can do quite a bit in scaling up to help with other business processes.

Comment: Re:I mentioned something about this recently... (Score 1) 300

by jb_02_98 (#28063709) Attached to: Is Linux's "Overall Market Share" Statistic Meaningful?

No, I wasn't trying to be sarcastic, I was simply interested in hearing what people think without having to copy and paste my entire blog entry. Since that seems to be what people want, I'll post it here and waste more precious bits. (The last part was sarcasm, by the way. :-P ) I apologize that some of the characters and such don't appear to have translated properly.

I was thinking the other day, why is market share so important? I read various articles saying Linux has X market share, Mac has Y market share, and Windows has Z market share. I would like to throw the following question out to the masses. Who cares? The pie is large enough in this industry that it doesnâ(TM)t really matter. Especially when you look at this on a global scale. If I was producing something in an industry this size, I would be thrilled to have 0.01 percent market share. I understand that market share is extremely useful in determining growth of any product, but in this case I seriously donâ(TM)t think it matters all that much beyond a growth measurement. Right now it is very difficult to quantify which operating systems are being used the most. We canâ(TM)t count sales (there are many free operating systems.) We canâ(TM)t count downloads (one person could download it multiple times.) We canâ(TM)t even count website visits (my blog is visited more under Ubuntu Linux than any other operating system.)

So could someone tell me why it is so important to try to expend all of this energy on market share calculations? Isnâ(TM)t market share simply supposed to tell us if there is an increase or a decline in a particular productâ(TM)s use? Relative accuracy is important while complete accuracy is not. If you measure using the same tool each time and see a growth, then you can be confident that a growth has occurred. Expending all of this energy on trying to calculate the exact number of Linux users isnâ(TM)t going to really benefit everyone. Letâ(TM)s try to focus on actually making good products and having them speak for themselves.

Now before everyone starts to call me a zealot and a person thatâ(TM)s just upset that linux has a small market share, let me say one more thing. Everything has started with a small market share, and it hasnâ(TM)t mattered before. Any new product starts small. Any new service starts small. Thatâ(TM)s the point! They donâ(TM)t start out saying âoeWe have 0% market penetration so we have failed.â What they do instead is look at what overhead they can afford and build their business around that. I ran an open source business for a while, and had a very small market share, but I lived quite comfortably. Market share isnâ(TM)t the be-all, end-all, it is just one of many tools that companies can use to determine if they are growing or shrinking. It isnâ(TM)t some magical tool that tells them if they are successful.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil