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Comment: Pretty sure summary is incorrect (Score 1) 433

by straponego (#36896682) Attached to: MS-DOS Is 30 Years Old Today

MS did not own QDOS when they sold it to IBM. Oh, and Bill Gate's mother was on the board of IBM. And what a crap OS DOS was; it held the industry back 10 years. Thankfully MS no longer has that sort of power; you could tell they were slipping when they failed to smother the Internet and force everybody onto MSN. Now, the only real drag they can impose on progress is via patent shakedowns.

Comment: Don't worry, citizens (Score -1, Troll) 521

by straponego (#36848494) Attached to: Massachusetts Plans To Keep Track of Where Your Car Has Been

“We’re currently working to develop a policy that balances the effective use of this powerful law enforcement tool with the privacy concerns we’re keenly aware of,” Harris said.

That can only mean that they won't record license plates belonging to Republican politicians near gay bath houses.

Comment: Re:always opt out of the scan (Score 1) 292

by straponego (#36794826) Attached to: Court Approves TSA Body Scans, But Calls For Public Comment
What's funny is that the scans are not mandatory at the airports I've seen; they only cover half the lines. Just note which line ends in a rape-scan and go to the other ones. They tried to make them mandatory leading up to last Thanksgiving, but so many people were going to opt out that they backed off to avert a PR nightmare. So they still get most of the money, but a real terrorist would just skip the machines. Without 100% coverage, the machines are useless. But with 100% coverage, people opting out will slow the system to a crawl and they'll have to give up. So they are sticking with an approach which is 100% useless (except to train the slave class to live in fear).

Comment: Re:Using HTC Estimates and WP7 Numbers, $150M $30M (Score 1) 276

by straponego (#36667184) Attached to: Microsoft's Hottest New Profit Center: Android
The interesting thing about this is it sets a value on not using Windows. To many, many millions of people, it's worth $5 + markup to not have to use WP7. So the market has determined that WP7's value is -$5.00. I'm sure it's worth more than ten times that negative amount, but MS can't rush the shakedown too much or they'll either kill their hosts or ramp up the immune systems of their hosts (i.e., companies which aren't just parasites, because they actually produce value).
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Google To Digitize, Make Available British Library's Historical Holdings 86

Posted by timothy
from the to-be-young-was-very-heaven dept.
pbahra writes with part of an excellent story at the WSJ: "The British Library today announced its first partnership with Google, under which Google will digitize 250,000 items from the library's vast collection of work produced between 1700-1870. The Library, the only British institution that automatically receives a copy of every book and periodical to go on sale in the United Kingdom and Ireland, joins around 40 libraries worldwide in allowing Google to digitize part of its collection and make it freely available and searchable online, at books.google.co.uk and the British Library website, www.bl.uk. ... As well as published books, the 1700-1870 collection will also contain pamphlets and periodicals from across Europe. This was a period of political and technological turmoil, covering much of the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, the introduction of UK income tax and the invention of the telegraph and railway. All of these topics are covered, as are the quirkier matters of the day, such as the account, from 1775, of a stuffed hippopotamus owned by the Prince of Orange."

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