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Comment: Good for mobile, bad for everything else (Score 1) 122

by slagish666 (#38018362) Attached to: Google Pulls the Plug On BlackBerry Gmail App
"Google on its official apps update blog stated that the company will now be focusing on 'building a great Gmail experience in the mobile browser.'" ...and a crappy experience anywhere else. The new-look Gmail is horrible. Takes me back to the 1990s. Is this where the Internet is headed?
Robotics

Small Robots Could Build Landing Site For Moon Base 199

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the get-serious-about-moving-off-planet dept.
A new NASA-sponsored study suggests that small lawnmower-sized robots could be used to build a landing site for a moon outpost. In order to be efficient a landing pad would have to be close to any structures created, but without an atmosphere to slow down the lunar sand it would sandblast the outpost, creating the need for some sort of protection. By using small robots to either build protective berms or collect rocks to "pave" a landing pad, NASA hopes to provide protection against the sand-blasting effects of a landing on the moon.

Comment: Shooting themselves in the foot? (Score 1) 326

by slagish666 (#25776899) Attached to: French Record Labels Go After Limewire, SourceForge

I wonder how many IT departments in the French government use and even depend on non-p2p applications hosted on SourceForge.

Of course, no one listens to IT, heh, but if SourceForge were to forced to prohibit downloading by all French sites, including business and government, I'm sure the position of the government would change pretty quickly.

The Courts

SCO Blames Linux For Bankruptcy Filing 321

Posted by Zonk
from the comment-write-themselves dept.
Stony Stevenson writes "SCO Group CEO Darl McBride is now claiming that competition from Linux was behind the company's filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 'In a court filing in support of SCO's bankruptcy petition, McBride noted that SCO's sales of Unix-based products "have been declining over the past several years." The slump, McBride said, "has been primarily attributable to significant competition from alternative operating systems, including Linux." McBride listed IBM, Red Hat, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems as distributors of Linux or other software that is "aggressively taking market share away from Unix.""
Microsoft

Ballmer Repeats Threats Against Linux 470

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the this-can-only-end-badly dept.
daria42 writes "Steve Ballmer has reissued Microsoft's patent threat against Linux, warning open-source vendors that they must respect his company's intellectual property. In a no-nonsense presentation to New York financial analysts last week, Microsoft's chief executive said the company's partnership with Novell, which it signed in November 2006, "demonstrated clearly the value of intellectual property, even in the open-source world.""

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