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Comment: ZUNE (Score 2) 150

by ron_ivi (#48196275) Attached to: 'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand
I love how Zune has now become a word for Microsoft screwing a partner.

https://gigaom.com/2006/07/22/...

Microsoft Partners, You Been Zunked

More on that some other day, but the real and perhaps the only story in the news is that Microsoftâ(TM)s partners â" from device makers to music services â" just got double crossed by the company they choose to believe in. I like to call it Zun-ked (a tiny take off on Punked.)

Comment: Actually, they're *saving* chicago that much. (Score 1) 397

by ron_ivi (#48194829) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected
Whenver a speed camera gives a ticket it sucks money out of a community (sharing with arizona or wherever the company is that runs most of them).

Yet the camera marketing companies keep spinning them as ways to provide money to cities.

In reality, that only works for the rare city where most drivers are from out of town.

Comment: Licensing *what* technology and information? (Score 1) 83

by ron_ivi (#48003551) Attached to: How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology
I imagine with their surveilance on foreign corporations there's a huge amount of technology the could license.

And imagine how much money they could make licensing insider information of stock markets of enemy countries.

Might even be part of their job descriptions, if their job is to undermine such countries. It probably works better to destablize an enemy's economy than sanctions.

Comment: Re:Six Missoins Each (Score 1) 188

It wouldn't suck if they made more profit on less revenue.

Sure it could.

For example, Boeing could take the $4B and spend $5B on R&D having negative profit; while SpaceX could take the $2B and make $1B profit.

But then Boeing's technology will have improved by $5B in R while SpaceX's will have only benefited 1/5th as much

Comment: Assuming it's open source, who cares. (Score 1) 47

by ron_ivi (#47844549) Attached to: Should Docker Move To a Non-Profit Foundation?
If it's managed well, who cares what the organization / tax structure of the backers are.

If it gets mismanaged by an individual, you'll get dozens of non-profits as well as corporations that are welcome to fork it and try to convince people to use their own forks

If it gets mismanaged by a non-profit, you'll get dozens of commercial companies and individuals that are welcome to fork it and try to convince people to use their own forks.

In the end, the best managed fork will win; regardless of how it's taxed.

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Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit 54

Posted by timothy
from the could-substitute-cherry-bombs-in-the-basement dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes Labor Day is nigh, and with it the official end of summer. It's time to pack away the umbrellas and beach towels, and perhaps spend a few minutes flipping through photos of all the fun times you had over the past couple months: the grilling, the trips, the fireworks oh yes, the fireworks Chances are pretty good that you've set off more than a few fireworks in your time. But Colin Furze, the British inventor and YouTube celebrity who once co-hosted Sky1's Gadget Geeks? Well, he puts everybody's love of fireworks to shame. He loves fireworks so much, in fact, that he built a giant metal suit so he could stand in the middle of an epic pyrotechnic display. No matter how good your own engineering skills (or strong your courage), it's inadvisable to try this at home. But it's sure fun to watch.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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