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Comment: Should've closed in 2013? (Score 1) 241

by davidwr (#49803031) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

It sounds like their mistake was not telling the shareholders "either pony up now to cover all of the legally-required costs of the layoff, or liquidate now and realize the assets will go to those we owe money to, including the employees. The choice is yours."

If France had American-style bankruptcy laws they could've filed for chapter 11 and reorganized, jettisoning the debt owed to former employees or at worst, making them accept stock in the "new" company instead of cash.

Comment: Re:Phones for which a carrier requires a data plan (Score 1) 342

by tepples (#49799795) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

So how can I get a smartphone if I'm outside of AT&T's market?

Smartphones on other networks are A. phones for which the carrier imposes a similar requirement of a data plan or B. phones comparable in functionality to an AT&T smartphone.

But in your example, why would I buy a phone from AT&T if I'm going to get a GoPhone sim?

To ensure that it works on AT&T's network. (GoPhone is AT&T's prepaid brand.)

Won't I be paying for two phone plans then? AT&T (unused, but still per month costs) and GoWhatever?

Phones for use with GoPhone are sold up front.

Comment: Structural unemployment defined (Score 1) 207

If you are talking something like teachers the ones I know that have done this fulfill their obligations with completing the school year as opposed to the physical year.

Structural unemployment means the labor surplus associated with widespread layoffs in an industry. You're referring to seasonal unemployment, which is generally excluded from structural unemployment. Structural unemployment happens on cycles far longer than a year or is permanent. How is someone supposed to work off student loan debt if he comes to find that nobody is hiring in his location and field?

Comment: Eminent public domain (Score 1) 222

It also means that if we got a Congress that actually wanted to retroactively shorten copyright terms they can.

I wouldn't be so sure of that. Major copyright owners would consider a term reduction to be "private property be[ing] taken for public use, without just compensation" per the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution (and foreign counterparts) and sue the government for said "just compensation".

Comment: Phones for which a carrier requires a data plan (Score 1) 342

by tepples (#49799175) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

What the heck is a feature phone anyways?

A smartphone is a phone for which AT&T will automatically add on a data plan unless you use obscure means to prevent it, such as buying a GoPhone SIM and activating it over the Internet. A feature phone is a cell phone that is not a smartphone.

+ - Billboard advertising banned products in Russia hides if it recognizes cops

Submitted by m.alessandrini
m.alessandrini writes: In response to a ban of food imported from the European Union, an Italian grocery in Russia hired an ad agency to create a billboard with a camera and facial recognition software, that's able to change to a different ad when it recognizes the uniform of Russian cops. Link: http://gizmodo.com/this-ad-for...

+ - Drone Detection: What Works And What Doesn't

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Another drone was discovered flying in restricted air space around the White House two weeks ago. The Secret Service found the pilot simply because they happened to see him. In other words, there is no indication that the Secret Service would have found the pilot if he had not been in plain view. This person didn’t have bad intentions, but one day someone will. A little drone-detection education is in order.

+ - Untried murder accusations weigh on Ross Ulbricht's Silk Road sentencing->

Submitted by Patrick O'Neill
Patrick O'Neill writes: Ross Ulbricht has never been tried for murder but tomorrow, when the convicted Silk Road creator is sentenced to prison, murder will be on the mind of the judge. Despite never filing murder for hire charges, New York federal prosecutors have repeatedly pushed for harsh sentencing because of, they told the judge, Ulbricht solicited multiple murders. The judge herself recently referred to Ulbricht's "commission of murders-for-hire" in a letter about the sentencing, painting an even grimmer picture of Ulbricht's sentencing prospects.
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UPDATE 1-Google shows off virtual reality collaboration with GoPro
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(Adds details on GoPro and Google plans for photo app). By Julia Love. SAN FRANCISCO May 28 (Reuters) - Action camera maker GoPro Inc and Google Inc introduced a virtual reality system using 16 cameras and Google software, sending GoPro shares...
YouTube will support virtual reality video this summerWashington Post (blog)
Google Intensifies Focus on Its Cardboard Virtual Reality DeviceNew York Times
Google teams with GoPro in broad virtual reality pushPCWorld
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