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Comment Re: Batteries just don't store enough energy... (Score 1) 316

On the surface, this seems like a ridiculous idea that can't possibly work. But, over time, enough advancements may be made that will actually make it possible. Or, in the process of trying to create an electric plane someone may come up with something else -- maybe an engine powered by DiLithium crystals.

Comment Re: I AM KEVIN BACON! (Score 4, Funny) 88

Anyone can be linked to Monty Python.

Adolf Hitler was in Triumph des Willens with Leni Riefenstahl

Leni Riefenstahl was in Games of the XXI Olympiad with Greg Louganis

Greg Louganis was in Touch Me with Bonnie Root

Bonnie Root was in Rails & Ties with Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon was in The Big Picture with John Cleese

Hitler -> Bacon -> Monty Python


Madonna -> Bacon -> Monty Python

Madonna was in Shanghai Surprise with Sean Penn

Sean Penn was in Mystic River with Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon was in Novocaine with Keith David

Keith David was in Hollywood Homicide with Eric Idle


John Wayne -> Bacon -> Monthy Python

John Wayne was in The Longest Day with Robert Wagner

Robert Wagner was in Wild Things with Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon was in My Dog Skip with Diane lane

Diane Lane was in Chaplin with Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline was in A Fish Called Wanda with Michael Palin and John Cleese

Comment Re:Clarity in the title might have helped. (Score 4, Insightful) 250

You know... it being a search engine company and all.

A shareholder activist is demanding that Yahoo get rid of its board of directors and sell the search engine to focus the core business on... something else.

Yahoo hasn't been a search engine company for years. They outsourced that to Microsoft Bing a long time ago.

Yahoo is essentially Google Lite -- they make all their money from advertising. But, unlike Google, they aren't very good at it.

Comment Re:The whole Wikimedia Foundation needs to disband (Score 5, Informative) 104

"Only following orders" can sometimes be a valid excuse.

Maybe. But that is not the case here.

Arnnonâ(TM) Geshuri was no flunky. He was an executive in charge of 900 recruiters. It was his job to know the law, and more importantly, it was his job to tell Eric Schmidt (or anyone else) "this is illegal and we shouldn't be doing it".

Submission + - Oracle deprecates the Java browser plugin

rudy_wayne writes: Oracle has announced that the Java browser plugin will be deprecated in Java 9, which is currently available as an early access beta. A future release will remove it entirely.

The deprecation will affect the many companies and governments who continue to insist on the use of Java applets hosted within the browser. Oracle has some advice on how to migrate away from the plugin.

Will old browsers running old versions of Java become the new "Windows XP" that businesses and governments cling to long after it should be killed off?

Comment Re:What would they expect him to do? (Score 2) 186

The 'no-poaching' compact was an agreement among chief executives. I know someone will drag this down to Godwin's Law in a minute, but he was doing as he was ordered. Are people expecting him to go to Eric Schmidt and Steve Jobs and tell them that he wouldn't follow direction? If he did, he'd get the opportunity to join the keyboard punchers at Wikipedia Editorial.

Arnnon Geshuri was not some low level flunky at Google, he was in charge of 900 recruiters. At that level of authority, you don't have to run to someone for approval of every decision. It was his job to know employment law and to know that Google was doing something illegal. It was his responsibility to not do illegal things, and if questioned, it was his job to tell Eric Schmidt "this is illegal and we can't be doing this".

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