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Comment: Re:This really is a man's world... (Score 1) 377

by kriston (#48576155) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

There is nothing technically special about the Lena SÃderberg image. It's not colors or gradients or moire patterns. Some people insist there are some notable detail, flat regions, shading, and texture features. It just happens to be one of the more popular early digitized images, nothing more.

Piracy

Kim Dotcom Says Legal Fight Has Left Him Broke 117

Posted by timothy
from the broke-the-bench dept.
mrspoonsi writes Kim Dotcom, the founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, has declared himself "broke". The entrepreneur said he had spent $10m (£6.4m) on legal costs since being arrested in New Zealand in 2012 and accused of internet piracy. Mr Dotcom had employed a local law firm to fight the US's attempt to extradite him, but his defence team stepped down a fortnight ago without explaining why. Mr Dotcom said he would now represent himself at a bail hearing on Thursday. He denies charges of racketeering, conspiring to commit copyright infringement and money laundering. He told a conference in London, via a video link, that his lawyers had resigned because he had run out of money. "The [US authorities] have certainly managed to drain my resources and dehydrate me, and without lawyers I am defenceless," he said. "They used that opportunity to try and get my bail revoked and that's what I'm facing."

Comment: Re:Not for Federal Customers (Score 1) 150

by kriston (#48153911) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

As far as the government is concerned, they would do the same thing they did with Conrail, Lockheed Martin, and Verizon Business (nee WorldCom) when their predecessor companies were ready to close up shop: Underwrite mergers and acquisitions by guaranteeing private sector investors with federal dollars. It usually works.

They learned a bitter lesson when New York Shipbuilding closed and are unlikely to let something like that happen in the cloud industry.

Comment: This is a very real concern (Score 0) 242

by kriston (#48015793) Attached to: At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

This is a very real concern. They don't want you to know they work for the intelligence community. They work in a submarine as much as humanly possible.

But on a more important topic: I have *never* been in a Starbucks that does anything other than call out the name of the drink ordered.

This story baffles me. I'm calling B.S.

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