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Comment: Re:I'd love to be in his class (Score 1) 170

by Carewolf (#47721065) Attached to: Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

Your analysis is only partly correct; you've missed out on all the other business software they make tons of money on. MS is only highly profitable because of their business software, and the usage of their software in offices: Windows, Office, Sharepoint, Windows Server, SQL Server, etc etc. The place where they're failing abysmally is with consumers: they still sell (desktop) Windows of course, but they probably don't make much money with the home versions, and people aren't buying new PCs that much any more, and instead are buying smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android). MS's consumer offerings are ignored or laughed at: Surface, Windows Phone, etc. haven't done well. Xbox doesn't look like it's doing all that well any more either.

Basically, if MS cut out most of the consumer ventures, they'd be far more profitable. But there's definitely a tie-in there: people like to use software at work that they're familiar with, so if MS abandons the consumer space altogether, it wouldn't be long before companies shift to something else for their desktops, and then the rest of the MS infrastructure would crumble too.

So they are slowly becoming the IBM of the software industry?

So, when will they sell the consumer parts to a Chinese company?


Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year 170

Posted by samzenpus
from the teaching!-teaching!-teaching! dept.
redletterdave (2493036) writes "When Steve Ballmer announced he was stepping down from Microsoft's board of directors, he cited a fall schedule that would "be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season." It turns out Ballmer will teach an MBA class at Stanford's Graduate School of Business in the fall, and a class at USC's Marshall School of Business in the spring. Helen Chang, assistant director of communications at Stanford's Business School, told Business Insider that Ballmer will be working with faculty member Susan Athey for a strategic management course called "TRAMGT588: Leading organizations." As for the spring semester, Ballmer will head to Los Angeles — closer to where his Clippers will be playing — and teach a course at University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. We reached out to the Marshall School, which declined to offer more details about Ballmer's class.

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead 481

Posted by Soulskill
from the free-hot-wings dept.
Elledan writes: Federal investigators in California have requested that BrightSource — owner of thermal solar plants — halt the construction of more (and bigger) plants until their impact on wildlife has been further investigated. "Unlike many other solar plants, the Ivanpah plant does not generate energy using photovoltaic solar panels. Instead, it has more than 300,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door. Together, they cover 1,416 hectares. Each mirror collects and reflects solar rays, focusing and concentrating solar energy from their entire surfaces upward onto three boiler towers, each looming up to 40 stories high. The solar energy heats the water inside the towers to produce steam, which turns turbines that generate enough electricity for 140,000 homes." The concentrated solar energy chars and incinerates the feathers of passing birds. BrightSource estimates about a thousand bird die this way every year, but an environmental group claims the real number is much higher.

Comment: Re:Still... (Score 2) 190

by Carewolf (#47705353) Attached to: C++14 Is Set In Stone

...using c. Although I do like to comment thusly, and so prefer a compiler that understands at least basic c++: // comment

I like to stay as close to the metal as I can get. I'd use assembler, but many of my projects are cross platform, so c it is.

End of Line terminated comments ("//") actually are in the C spec as part of C99. And while it did take GCC a little while for that to be accepted in C mode...

What on Earth are you talking about?? Using C++ comments in C was a GCC extension that made it into C99.

Comment: Re:Long overdue (Score 1) 709

by Carewolf (#47703903) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

So any store that only carries Organic foods is censoring?

No, but if food was speech, then yes, it would be. Though we usually don't use the term censorship when the selection criteria becomes that broad. A book store not carrying a few specific books is censoring, but a bookstore only carrying science fiction would be better described as filtering, though the store does the same thing only much more aggresively.

Comment: Re:Truly sad (Score 1) 358

by Carewolf (#47699071) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Ebola is not as infectious as the flu.


So, right now there's at least few thousand people carrying the virus. At least a few of them probably have other cold/flu viruses in their systems. If both Ebola and flu infect the same cell, they can exchange genetic information, potentially resulting in a much more easily transmitted strain of Ebola. The more people that are infected, the greater the chance such genetic exchange could occur. It wouldn't take much for Ebola to become a first world threat.

Ebola is less infectious than HIV and has infected orders of magnitudes fewer people for much shorter periods of time. While it could happen, chances are airborne AIDS is more likely than Ebola, in other words, go back to sleep dear, you were just having a nightmare.

Comment: Re:Truly sad (Score 4, Insightful) 358

by Carewolf (#47694627) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Did you ever use the toilet at work? - ever had issues of a bad stomach doing the rounds? any idea how many people don't wash their hands after taking a piss? -people you shook hands with. I'd not bet my life on this scenario being impossible.

Ebola is not as infectious as the flu. Absolute none of those scenarios would be able to transmit the disease. So yes, you are safe.

Comment: Re:TV License (Score 1) 81

by Carewolf (#47640971) Attached to: Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

In Denmark you have to pay TV Licens by just having a smartphone.
I'm not kidding.

Not literally, you have to pay it for the internet connection. So if you have no subscribtion for your smart phone you don't need to pay a license ;) For TVs though, you need to pay the license whether you use it or not, the logic being that you pay for the capability of receiving TV. Not sure why they havn't just made a tax already.

Comment: Re:Broadcast standards in Europe (Score 1) 81

by Carewolf (#47637323) Attached to: Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

yeah dvb-c cable is usually just what I think is "basic cable" in USA.

however, it's a bit funny for someone to write over the air cable!

Considering it can be encrypted and you need a "cable" box from a typical "cable" provider to decode the over-the-air signal, it may sound strange, but it does make some sense.

United States

Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used To Snoop On US Computers 135

Posted by timothy
from the who's-zoomin'-who dept.
Advocatus Diaboli writes Software created by the controversial UK-based Gamma Group International was used to spy on computers that appear to be located in the United States, the UK, Germany, Russia, Iran, and Bahrain, according to a leaked trove of documents analyzed by ProPublica. It's not clear whether the surveillance was conducted by governments or private entities. Customer e-mail addresses in the collection appeared to belong to a German surveillance company, an independent consultant in Dubai, the Bosnian and Hungarian Intelligence services, a Dutch law enforcement officer, and the Qatari government.

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