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Comment Financial Picture (Score 0, Offtopic) 85 85

How much of this was due to weakness in the PC market? Declining shipments have hurt the industry as a whole, and I imagine Toshiba is largely dependent on sales of laptops. Someone I spoke to suggested they didn't believe Lenovo's numbers for the past couple years. Anyone have any knowledge or insight into Toshiba's financials? I'm wondering if this is more than greedy executive leadership, maybe more a canary in the coal mine for the industry as a whole.

Submission + - Lenovo will sell Ubuntu laptops in India->

puddingebola writes: From the article, "Lenovo is preparing to ship laptops preloaded with Ubuntu in India. The first of these systems will be the Lenovo Thinkpad L450, featuring only one of two CPUs, but the selection may widen over time and expand to other countries...Overall, switching to Ubuntu reduces the system cost considerably. Currently, the standard L450 system with Windows 8.1 Pro utilizing a Core i3, 4 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB HDD costs 59724 INR ($943.02 USD). An Ubuntu version of the system with the same hardware specs, however, will only cost 48000 INR ($757.91 USD). Although most people are accustomed to using Windows nowadays, that is a significantly reduced price."
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Comment Deal (Score 2) 61 61

Specifics of the deal said this would make Bing the default search provider for AOL for 10 years instead of Google. Google still has around 64% of the search market, but numbers seem to indicate that Microsoft is gaining ground on them with 20% market share. Rik van der Kooi, vice president of Microsoft’s ad business, said Bing is a self-sustaining business, or "sustainable and standalone." https://fortune.com/2015/06/30...

Comment Steve Jackson Games, Inc. v. United States Secret (Score 1) 111 111

Bruce Sterling's the Hacker Crackdown seems to indicate or imply that the reason for the Secret Service's raid on your business was that a hacker under investigation was also a fan of your cyberpunk role playing game. The agents involved didn't have a clear understanding of the line between his notes on actual computer hacking and his notes involving the role playing game. You must have been confused when Federal agents knocked on your door and confiscated the computers from your business. How long did it take you to piece together what had happened, and do you feel like you got adequate compensation for your time and trouble?

Comment First Thinkpad (Score 4, Funny) 219 219

My first Thinkpad was the original Thinkpad 700 with DOS. I used to hit the Thinkpad, throw the Thinkpad against walls, smash the Thinkpad with my fists, and urinate on the Thinkpad. Once, a whale ate my Thinkpad and I pursued it for weeks across the ocean until it defecated the Thinkpad back out. The Thinkpad booted up to prompt on the first try after that. Is there any laptop more celebrated on Slashdot. I think not.

Comment S word (Score 2) 93 93

Any time companies justify mergers and acquisitions with "synergies" the bullshit detector goes off. Yes, Hot Topic and GameStop are both retail outlets sometimes found in malls. I suppose that they are planning a buy out of the ice rinks, Orange Julius, and those shitty fast-food Chinese places.

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