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Submission + - To Protect Drones, Obama Blocked a Chinese Company From Buying a Windfarm->

pigrabbitbear writes: "A funny thing happened in Oregon last week. For the first time in 22 years, the president put a stop to a foreign acquisition of a business in the United States with an executive order. In doing so, Obama stopped a Chinese company from owning and operating a windfarm in Oregon that happens to be within spitting distance of Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility, a top secret naval base used to test drones and train for electronic warfare."
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Comment Re:Summary Is a Bit of a Stretch ... (Score 1) 277 277

H.264 is not supported by Firefox so you do need to encode videos again in Ogg Theora if you want to support HTML5 video in Firefox.

Looking at it the other way around, Safari doesn't support the open codec so you need to use H.264 to support Safari (and IE9, when that comes out).

Comment A victory for the workforce (Score 2, Insightful) 257 257

I'm glad to see this. There are way too many people in my business life claiming to be good at multitasking when their only real strength is never giving anything their full attention.

It takes a certain amount of horsepower for your brain to help you get through a list of tasks, simple or not. When you focus, you get those things done faster, and usually at a higher quality.

Google

Submission + - Google Apps no longer able to process new signups?->

Gentlewhisper writes: For the past two weeks an increasing number of Google Apps users are not able to get their new accounts setup, or reset their lost administrative passwords. All this is due to what seems to be a broken CNAME verification mechanism. Are you one of the affected users? What's your experience with this issue like? How have you managed to work around this?
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Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft, Amazon Snag Rigoddamndiculous Patents

theodp writes: Quiz time. True or false: Bill Gates patents Guardian Angels? True or false: Amazon patents 'boxing' videos? As you've probably guessed, both are true! Bill Gates was granted a patent Tuesday for inventing 'a software assisted mind amplifier' — aka Guardian Angel — that protects one from sex offenders, the FBI's most wanted, and bad jokes. Not to be outdone, Amazon scored a patent for sending video clips to customers of their order being packaged for shipment.

Submission + - Google, Microsoft Push Feds to Fix Privacy Laws-> 1 1

schwit1 writes: A coalition of the net's biggest online service providers, including Google and Microsoft, are joining with the top internet rights groups to demand Congress modernize the nation's privacy laws.

Among the reforms pushed by the so-called Digital Due Process coalition is a requirement that law enforcement get warrants from a judge when they want to force companies to turn over your e-mails, documents and location data. But despite issuing a clarion call to change privacy laws, none of the companies that are pushing citizens to store more and more sensitive information online announced any change to their own practices.

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Comment Re:In 5 years (Score 1) 646 646

Remember that flash drives still have a limit on the total number of writes; spinning drives don't

Seriously? Spinning drives don't have a limit on the total number of write? You actually believe that? What I think you mean is that spinning drives aren't guaranteed to work for at least a minimum number of writes.

Comment Re:Freedom (Score 1) 246 246

If that were wholly the case, then why is *BSD not *THE* OS out there used in everything from routers to mobile phones to desktops to servers?

When you simplify it to the terms you're using, things completely break down.

Some things the GPL makes sense for.

Some things BSD makes more sense.

Not everything is or HAS to be with one license.

Everyone should take some serious note here: DarkPlaces is a derivation of the original Quake GPL release with many enhancements. If it has any substantive pieces of Quake code in it, ZeniMax has a MAJOR say in things and nobody's asked if they've blessed their part of this or not.

Comment Re:Google (Score 2, Informative) 232 232

but Google will not (any time soon) be able to pass up the benefits of such a heavily populated country.

Even when that populated country isn't infected with a consumerist "I like to buy stuff" mentality? (They're not quite there yet, but signs point in that direction, at least in the major metropolitan areas)

I often wonder how much google really stands to benefit. They don't make money by making information accessible and easy to find; they depend on advertising. If people aren't buying things or advertising online, how does Google make their money?

With over 1.3 billion people, even a small percentage is significant. If 75% of China never touched Adwords, the starting crowd is still larger than the US.

Google

Submission + - Google's New Approach To China is to Serve from HK->

abs0lutz3ro writes: Google stops censoring simplified Chinese search results on google.cn by redirecting users to google.com.hk, which Google maintains is entirely legal. From the article: "Due to the increased load on our Hong Kong servers and the complicated nature of these changes, users may see some slowdown in service or find some products temporarily inaccessible as we switch everything over... In terms of Google's wider business operations, we intend to continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the sales team will obviously be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access Google.com.hk." Seems like google.cn got served; from google.com.hk
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