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Comment: Re:Mods, +1 parent (Score 2, Interesting) 319

by kamochan (#33995028) Attached to: China's Official Newspaper Pans iPad — Too Locked Down

This is also how Rome became the superpower of its time. They absorbed popular religions and trends from their newly-attached regions -- the Greek pantheon was adopted with suitable localization in Rome, for example. And later Christianity, with the Pope twist added for control.

The Chinese have done their homework...

Comment: Re:Anyone else noticing the CPU situation? (Score 1) 827

by kamochan (#33965186) Attached to: Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

No, they will drop the SSDs from the rest of the MacBook line in the next refreshes.

That was the trick with the new Air's improved battery life: drop the casing from around the Flash chips and have them directly on the logic board. Saves space which you can use for e.g. more battery. I suspect they will use the same tactic for the rest of the line-up eventually.

Comment: Re:That makes sense... (Score 1) 224

by kamochan (#33951994) Attached to: Ray Ozzie Quit... What Took Him So Long?

Sharepoint is still a fancy, runs-over-http version of a shared drive, whose main benefits are 1) for users it's like a shared drive, and 2) you get to manage users centrally in AD. Plus 3) you get script hooks for directory operations.

And it's complicated enough to earn many an IT consultant their daily bread for years to come :D

Comment: Re:Cisco Planning to Squash Another Competitor (Score 2, Interesting) 148

by kamochan (#33458020) Attached to: Cisco Planning To Acquire Skype

The same applies also in Europe, even if for slightly different reasons (labor costs and liabilities). R&D is expensive for big corps, and growth is expensive for small corps.

This leads to most start-ups having a business strategy of doing R&D with a skeleton crew, then getting bought by big corp X. Where X is often known from the moment the start-up is launched. Any business done before the exit stage is purely to prove the validity of the developed solution. A tech start-up without an exit strategy in the 21st century = doomed to fail.

This of course will lead to the MegaCorp world the GP envisioned. It's unavoidable.


9 Ideas For Coping With Space Junk 149

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the we're-gonna-need-a-bigger-net dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The space age has filled Earth's orbit with all manner of space junk, from spent rocket stages to frozen bags of astronaut urine, and the problem keeps getting worse. NASA's orbital debris experts estimate that there are currently about 19,000 pieces of space junk that are larger than 10 centimeters, and about 500,000 slightly smaller objects. Researchers and space companies are plotting ways to clean up the mess, and a new photo gallery from Discover Magazine highlights some of the proposals. They range from the cool & doable, like equipping every satellite with a high-tech kite tail for deployment once the satellite is defunct, to the cool & unlikely, like lasers in space."

Whenever people agree with me, I always think I must be wrong. - Oscar Wilde