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Comment Yeah, that'll be the reason... (Score 2, Insightful) 464

Fox can now offer more as they are swimming in the massive financial returns reaped from James Cameron's Avatar.

Yeah, because the multi-billion dollar News Corporation couldn't quite manage that before.

Seriously, the amount they'll pay for a movie is based on how much they expect it to make. Not how much they have in their coffers.

Comment Re:That's fine (Score 4, Insightful) 392

The license don't matter in this case. Even if Opensolaris was 100% GPL, Oracle still would release Solaris with propietary addons. They can do that because they own the copyright (if you want to get a patch into the opensolaris repositories, you need to give first your copyrights with Sun/Oracle). The license doesn't matter to them. Sun/Oracle can release propietary versions of Solaris, but nobody else can - that's the sad truth behind Sun's "open source".

Comment We all have to back Eu Parliament in this one. (Score 2, Informative) 307

i told you Eu parliament wouldnt stand for this.

now we all need to gather behind the parliament, regardless who and where are we from. american and belgian, swedish or italian. even hindu, japanese, brasilian.

if you are from Eu or from an Eu candidate status country, you can officially petition European Parliament. this is a legal right. you can do it online, or you can do it with snail mail, as long as you put your name, address correctly. they all are valid and processed.

here is the link to official petition information page of Eu parliament :

in decades now, a parliament is acting on people's behalf with no agenda. support your parliament.

Comment Re:What's the big deal? (Score 2, Insightful) 483

You're wrong. The phone is sold. The software, service, and SDK are licensed.

I'm sorry if it makes me a fanboi to point that out, but you should probably note that the same is true about your Windows or Linux computer (yes, the GPL is a revocable license as well),

Bullshit. No one needs a license to _run_ GPL code. The license is there for the case of distribution.

Comment Re:Insurance (was Re:Word Games?) (Score 2, Insightful) 245

In any case, if you supply a closed source license, you're going to need to take out professional indemnity insurance for a very large amount

I don't see why that should be the case. Look at any Microsoft product - it explicitly says in the licence that there is no warranty and no guarantee of fitness for purpose. There's nothing to stop any closed-source licence saying "You cannot have the source code. You have no guarantee that this will work. If it breaks, you own both pieces."

Comment Re:Check for the signed label! (Score 2, Informative) 340

Yes, applications like this already exist for the iphone, there are several that have been caught harvesting contact details already.

Now, it might be easier to Apple to be able to trace where exactly the app came from than it is for Google...

Not really, if a person is organised enough to make and release this application, they are organised enough to defeat basic tracking. Apple wont have any more information on the attacker then google via their developer programs, pretty much all they'll have is an IP address of where an application was uploaded (defeated by proxies) and a credit card number (defeated by a foreign bank account), all details can be faked.

This is unless Apple has some spying program with their SDK, which of course is illegal.

Comment Re:1996 called, (Score 1) 349

Two simple answers to that question. 1) If my network connection goes down, on a PC I still have a Word Processor, Spreadsheet, etc. There is still SOME work that I can do. On a thin clent, I have a brick. 2) A small corporate setup will have certain things that users rely on, like email, word processing spreadsheets, corporate databases. A setup baseds on a thin client will also have the servers for those thin clients. If an email server goes down either way, users have no email. If a word processing program goes bad: At My company, with PCs, ONE of my users is SOL, until I get it fixed. If the world is ending, he goes next door and uses a coworkers machine to get his job done. At my wife's company, EVERYONE is SOL, until the the problem is fixed, and there is no alternative. Yes, this happens at all companies with SOME things, like the corporate database. If the Oracle machine dies, everyone is out of luck. However, with a thin client, that is true about EVERYTHING, every application, every bit of data, etc. At A 60 user company, My assistant and I ARE the IT department. My Wife's is off site, and the number of times I hear about the company being brought to a complete standstill, or some process being halted, is ridiculous. The problem is always either, something went down like an Application server, so no one can log in and do anything, or something broke with an application, and it took them an hour and a 1/2 to fix it. That hour and a half at MY company this stops 1 1/2 man hours of processing. At her company, it stops 45 people times 1 1/2 hours of processing. I could never see operating that way.

Comment Re:SORRY EVERYONE (Score 1) 215

You can't really drive it with the suspension on low (or high for that matter) unless you're on a perfectly smooth road,

Very true. But it had its uses. I forded a stream (on High), bypassing a Jeep that some damfool had gotten stuck.
Or changing a tire. Jack it up to high, put the stand (or a large rock) under it, suck it down to low. Poof...tire off the ground.

And the Chebbie low-riders aren't any more driveable on susp travel there either. Bounce bounce bounce.

Comment stupidity bubble (Score 1) 1747

Although scientists do have an obligation to communicate scientific results and issues clearly to the public, the public needs to have basic scientific literacy to follow; it's something both sides need to invest work in. But people want to use all the nifty things that science produces, but they don't actually want to bother to actually learn to understand how science works. That's a serious problem for the world, because people with no understanding of science end up needing to make policy decisions--sometimes life-and-death decisions for millions of people--involving scientific questions.

We really should let people only use the level of technology that they actually understand; for most people on this earth, including the majority of Americans and Europeans, that means basically living like the Amish.

Comment Re:They believe it because it's true (Score 4, Informative) 928

If you plot the number of sexual partners, you'll find men have a curve that rises, peaks at around four (if I remember right), and then descends... a smaller number have had 8 partners, a still smaller 12, etc. It's a pretty normal distribution.

The chart for females is shaped differently. It has a larger peak at a lower number than men (say, three), descends rapidly... but then flattens. When you get up to HIGH numbers of sexual partners (15, 20, 30), there are more females at that level than males.

In other words, most women have fewer partners than men; but a small number of women have FAR more partners than most men.

Comment Re:Isn't Artifix based on Ghostscript? (Score 1) 374

Artifex is the name of the company that owns Ghostscript, which is a Postscript interperter. Artifex offers Ghostscript under the GPL and a proprietary commercial license.

However, this lawsuit has nothing to do with Ghostscript, but muPDF, which is a PDF library written by Artifex, also offered under the GPL and a proprietary commercial license. Apparently, Palm has not purchased a commercial license to use muPDF, which means they need to abide by the terms of the GPL. However, they haven't provided the source to their PDF viewer app; all they've done is provide the source to the version of muPDF that they're using in their app, but that's not enough--muPDF is GPLed, not LGPLed.

Comment Re:Combination of range *AND* charge time. (Score 1) 650

When the infrastructure gets rolled out, Better Place will have battery swapping stations that will change your electric car's battery in 2 minutes. If you need to go farther than the average 40 mile commute each day, you'll never use it. If you need the range extension, get you battery swapped. There's your less than 10 minutes.

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