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Comment: Re:Yesterday: $11b in profits for Exxon, today...? (Score 1) 1143

by shadowcabbit (#24439765) Attached to: House Dems Turn Out the Lights On the GOP

Here's a stupid fucking question. So they had a net profit of only 8% of $11 billion. Exactly $0.00 of that was spent on drilling the undeveloped land they have or funding research to buoy them up when the oil bubble collapses (read: when we collectively wake the fuck up and decide we're not going to waste money on non-renewable energy anymore). If they're not going to prevent the collapse of their own business model... then we sure as fuck have a right to prevent them from taking us with them, and step one is taking that 8%.

Wireless (Apple)

+ - Apple Drops the Ball on iPhone 2.0 Rollout

Submitted by zamboni1138
zamboni1138 (308944) writes "Anybody who purchased a new 3G iPhone today, or those that are trying to upgrade their existing first generation iPhone are running into a huge roadblock: They can't activate their phone. After about two hours of the "We could not complete your iTunes Store request" error message I gave up and went to work. Forums are ablaze with iRate iPhone customers who now own a cute brick, at least until Apple spins up some more activation servers to handle the load. Too bad iTunes will let you download and then install the 2.0 software, but doesn't tell you doing so will brick your phone until it can be reactivated."
Databases

Sun May Begin Close Sourcing MySQL Features 509

Posted by samzenpus
from the closing-up dept.
An anonymous reader writes "From the MySQL User's Conference, Sun has announced, and former CEO Marten Mickos has confirmed, that Sun will be close sourcing sections of the MySQL code base. Sun will begin with close sourcing the backup solutions to MySQL, and will continue with more advanced features. With Oracle owning Innodb, and it being GPL, does this mean that MySQL will be removing it to introduce these features? Sun has had a very poor history of actually open sourcing anything."
Communications

Comcast Proposes Self Regulation and P2P Bill of Rights 343

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the no-conflict-of-interests-here dept.
Torodung writes "In a recent move, Comcast has proposed a 'P2P Bill of Rights,' joining the ranks of every great monopoly when threatened by government regulation for alleged misbehavior. They have instead proposed comprehensive industry self-regulation and cooperation with major P2P software vendors as a lesser evil: 'Comcast is looking to further position itself as proactively — and responsibly — addressing the issue of managing peer-to-peer traffic that traverses its network, announcing Tuesday it will lead an industry-wide effort to create a "P2P Bill of Rights and Responsibilities" for users and Internet service providers.'"
Book Reviews

Windows Vista Annoyances 399

Posted by samzenpus
from the that's-a-big-list dept.
stoolpigeon writes "It has been well documented that the reception for Microsoft's Windows Vista has not been all that warm. Yet, visiting the web site of many PC manufacturers or visiting a retail outlet selling computers will show that most new hardware is being offered with Vista as the primary if not only option. O'Reilly's newest in their Annoyances series, "Windows Vista Annoyances", by David A. Karp, seeks to alleviate some of the pain for new Vista users. For the Vista owner who is able to put the book's suggestion into place, the edge should be taken off. For the individual considering a purchase of Vista and wondering if it can really be that bad, this book seems to indicate that yes, it is that bad." Read below for the rest of JR's review.
Television

Will the Web Replace TV? 306

Posted by Zonk
from the already-has-for-me dept.
dratcw writes "With the continuing writers' strike cutting way back on the number of new and original TV shows available, many media Web sites are providing alternatives to TV that can be found on the Web. A number of sites are offering features describing broadcast/cable TV alternatives while you wait for that next episode of 'Chuck'. 'What better time than during the writers' strike to (re)discover Internet TV and video? The quantity, quality, and diversity of online video grows by the day; and though it's far from perfect, it is at least interesting enough to make you forget that you're watching it on a PC monitor.'" Any web-based favorites you'd like to point out for fellow commenters?
Businesses

Public Request For Microsoft To Release Deprecated File Formats 154

Posted by Zonk
from the don't-hold-your-breath dept.
SgtChaireBourne writes "NLnet, a Dutch foundation for an open information society, has publicly called for Microsoft to release its deprecated formats into the public domain. The maker of Office has made large efforts during the last year to move against the OpenDocument Format (ISO/IEC 26300). These efforts have been producing a lot of commentary regarding the amount of data bound up in the Redmond-based company's proprietary specifications. It's a nasty situation to end up with files that cannot be read because the sole vendor with the documentation for the files has withdrawn permission. ODF is the way forward, or a step forward at the least, with new documents. But for the old documents in the legacy formats, they cannot be read without supporting software and that support requires full access to the specifications."

Microsoft Re-Brands PlaysForSure 194

Posted by Zonk
from the always-a-pleasure-doing-business dept.
mikesd81 writes "Information Week writes about a licensing change intended to 'beat Apple at their own game'. They're going to use a combination of branding and DRM, and replace the "PlaysForSure" logo with a "Certified for Windows Vista" tag.'The certification is used to guarantee compatibility with Microsoft's copyright-protection software and is the same logo used for the company's Zune player. The problem, however, is that music and video bought from the online Zune Marketplace won't play in their native format on other devices, including those that will carry the new logo.'"
Mars

How To Beat Congress's Ban Of Humans On Mars 447

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the or-just-stop-spending-on-wars dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban humans on Mars at NASA: "Provided, That none of the funds under this heading shall be used for any research, development, or demonstration activities related exclusively to the human exploration of Mars." The bill is held up in Congress and the anti-Mars language may be taken out. But in case the Mars ban becomes law, the Space Review has a handy guide on how NASA can beat the ban and continue its research and development without breaking the law."
Politics

Violent Games 'Almost' As Dangerous as Smoking 545

Posted by Zonk
from the just-wow dept.
Via Voodoo Extreme, a Reuters report on some very 'interesting' research into violent games. A study out of the University of Michigan has apparently found that 'exposure to violent electronic media' is almost as dangerous to our society as smoking. "'The research clearly shows that exposure to virtual violence increases the risk that both children and adults will behave aggressively,' said Huesmann, adding it could have a particularly detrimental effect on the well-being of youngsters. Although not every child exposed to violence in the media will become aggressive, he said it does not diminish the need for greater control on the part of parents and society of what children are exposed to in films, video games and television programs."
PC Games (Games)

+ - The 10 most important games ever

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Found this roundup of the 10 most important games of all time. Not sure I agree with all of them, but there's no denying that Doom, Super Mario and Space Invaders shaped the video game industry. I think the writer has tried to go for the most influencial rather than the best of breed, makes interesting reading regardless. http://www.trustedreviews.com/gaming/review/2007/11/28/The-10-Most-Important-Games-Ever/p1"
Censorship

+ - Linux Users Can't Sell On eBay-> 2

Submitted by bobintetley
bobintetley (643462) writes "Many Linux/Firefox users are reporting problems uploading images to eBay. Having tested this myself, it is indeed completely broken. Why eBay would break standard HTTP uploads by using IE specific javascript to "check the file exists" boggles the mind. This problem has been reported to eBay since late October, but so far with no resolution. eBay have since stated that only IE is supported. I guess when you have no real competition you can pull stunts like this."
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Space

+ - Obama to cut NASA budget for education

Submitted by mknewman
mknewman (557587) writes "MSN is reporting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's education policy is causing a stir ... but not all in a good way. Advocates for space exploration are noting with dismay that he'd take billions of dollars from NASA to pay for the educational programs he'd like to expand.

The shift from exploration to education came last week when Obama talked up his $18 billion education plan during a New Hampshire campaign swing. Actually, the reference to NASA comes at the end of a 15-page document laying out the details behind the plan (PDF file):

"The early education plan will be paid for by delaying the NASA Constellation Program for five years, using purchase cards and the negotiating power of the government to reduce costs of standardized procurement, auctioning surplus federal property, and reducing the erroneous payments identified by the Government Accountability Office, and closing the CEO pay deductibility loophole. ..." http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/11/26/481595.aspx"

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