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Comment Re:Tax planning and rich people (Score 1) 2115

I think what parent really meant was % of budget, not % of gdp. Either way spending 4,7% of gdp is very very high up in the ranking. This is more than 50% of the budget by any way you want to put it huge, unless you want to only compare the USA with 3rd world countries in civil war and dictatorships.

Comment Re:Inb4 "freedom of speech" comments (Score 1) 278

No, we have "state run media", because the majority of voters think that its a good idea having public media that is paid by taxpayers rather than Companies, because that makes higher quality programming possible. Btw, it's not "state run media", its independent media financed by taxes. Yes, *we* do like having independent media.

Submission + - Microsoft Rewarding Employees Who Phone It In

theodp writes: For developers who are all about the Benjamins, Microsoft has come up with an intriguing alternative to Google's vaunted 20% time. To boost the number of Windows Phone 7 apps, Microsoft has relaxed a strict rule and will let employees moonlight in their spare time and keep the resulting IP and 70% of the revenue, as long as that second job is writing apps for WP7-based devices. The rule change offers an option for employees who don’t want to leave for the insecurity of a start-up, but still want a shot at recognition and rewards for their own ideas.

Submission + - Microsoft Encouraging In-house WP7 App Development (

suraj.sun writes: Microsoft has taken an unusual step to encourage in-house app development for Windows Phone 7, it has relaxed a strict rule and will let employees moonlight in their spare time and keep the resulting intellectual property and most of the revenue, as long as that second job is writing apps for Windows Phone 7-based devices.

And they don’t have to do that work quietly. The company is having weekly pizza parties for workers who pitch in to write code for the platform and is planning ways to publicize their work, including posters and awards of recognition, said Brandon Watson, director of developer experience for Windows Phone 7.

The incentive seems to be helping. More than 3,000 employees have registered to submit apps, he said, and about 840 have been published so far.



Submission + - Tolkien Estate Censors the Word "Tolkien" (

An anonymous reader writes: Following their recent attempt to censor a work of historical fiction containing Tolkien as a character, the estate have now issued a takedown notice to someone making buttons with the words "While you were reading Tolkien, I was watching Evangelion" on them, claiming "intellectual property right infringement". Predictably, this has led to widespread blog coverage, a new store has appeared offering a range of 'censored' Tolkien items, and the 'offending' product has had vastly increased exposure as a direct result of the removal.

Submission + - Debian's websites have a new look (

Raven007 writes: "On the occasion of the release of Debian 6.0 Squeeze, the Debian website team is pleased to publish a new design for Debian's web presence. After roughly 13 years with nearly the same design, the layout and design of many of the websites run by Debian changed together with today's release of Debian Squeeze. Debian's main website and its wiki, lists archive, blog aggregator planet and package information system now have a consistent new layout. The new layout is meant to give Debian's web presence a cleaner and more modern look as well as making the web pages easier to use and navigate." I like the new design, how about you?

Submission + - Debian Squeeze is upon us! (

Raven007 writes: After 24 months of constant development, the "Debian Project is proud to present its new stable version 6.0 (code name Squeeze). Debian 6.0 is a free operating system, coming for the first time in two flavours. Alongside Debian GNU/Linux, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is introduced with this version as a technology preview." Happy dist-upgrade, everyone!

Submission + - Debian 6.0 'Squeeze' released (

wild_berry writes: After 2 years of preparation and 3 months of freeze time, the Debian project announced that Debian 6.0, aka 'Squeeze' has been released. New to The Universal Operating system is a FreeBSD kernel for the Debian/GNU userland, as well as a Linux kernel without firmware for easy redistribution. It brings long-term stabilized versions of the Linux Kernel (2.6.32), GCC (4.4.5), X.Org (7.5), GNOME (2.30), KDE (4.4.5) as well as XFCE 4.6 and LXDE 0.5.0. These come from the usual high-quality app repository which now counts 29,000 binary packages from 15,000 source code sets, across the now-standard 8 CPU architectures (i386, amd64, powerpc, sparc, mips / mipsel, ia64, s390 and armel).

Submission + - Debian 6.0 Released (

Tubal-Cain writes: The Debian Project has announced the release of version 6.0 (codenamed "Squeeze") of their popular operating system. This version, the first first since they adopted a release schedule a year and a half ago, features KDE 4.4.5, Gnome 2.30, 2.7, and the Linux 2.6.32 kernel. They are also introducing a port to a FreeBSD kernel on x86 and x86_64 platforms. Accompanying this new version is an updated layout for their websites, bringing a bit of consitency between their home page, wiki, package search, etc.

Submission + - Dating site inports 250k facebook profiles (

mark72005 writes: How does a unknown dating site, with the absurd intention of destroying Facebook, launch with 250,000 member profiles on the first day?


You scrape data from Facebook.

At least, that’s the approach taken by two provocateurs who launched this week, with profiles — names, locations and photos — scraped from publicly accessible Facebook pages. The site categorizes these unwitting volunteers into personality types, using a facial recognition algorithm, so you can search for someone in your general area who is “easy going,” “smug” or “sly.”


Submission + - How kids rack up huge bills in free iPhone games (

nk497 writes: Customers are complaining that a free iPhone game for children has cost them hundreds of dollars. At the heart of the issue is a free game called Tap Zoo, which this week reached number two on the Apple chart for top-grossing iPhone apps, despite being a free download. In the game, players can spend fake money — but they have to buy it using the real thing, first. Purchases are done in-app, so go directly to the credit card linked to the iPhone owner's iTunes account. Such in-app purchases can be switched off, however.

Submission + - DoD leads in federal open source usage (

GMGruman writes: A new report card shows that only a third of federal agencies get a passing grade on open source usage and contribution, with the Defense Dept. Lading the way. Savio Rodrigues explains what both government and business can learn from DoD's open source prowess.

Submission + - Sony's New root kit in FW 3.56 (

JonChance writes: Vagabundo posts:
Apparently, examination of the OFW has found a new feature that will allow Sony to download and run code when you login to PSN. The code they can run is obviously to check for CFW or whatever, but the code could change to check for anything really.

And with the current state of PS3 security there is the possibility that others might be able to run their code on your PS3 without your knowledge.

I don't run CFW and I'm pretty pissed about this. What they are doing might be illegal in the EU.

Comment Bad Journalism (Score 5, Insightful) 336

Very badly researched articles and Summary:

Symbian Foundation closing does not imply that Nokia will stop Symbian Development.
Symbian 4 being transformed from an incompatible system into an upgrade path from Symbian 3 does not make it go away except for the name.
And another one:
"Symbian 3 made it onto a couple of phones, but no one really noticed or cared"
The first Symbian 3 device was only just released (N8) and reviewed by the usual websites, and 2 more are announced and prototypes released and shown at the Nokia Fare (C7, E7).

I'm to lazy to actually read the whole articles but there's probably more nonsense.. bad Journalism.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison