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Comment: ZUNE (Score 2) 150

by ron_ivi (#48196275) Attached to: 'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand
I love how Zune has now become a word for Microsoft screwing a partner.

https://gigaom.com/2006/07/22/...

Microsoft Partners, You Been Zunked

More on that some other day, but the real and perhaps the only story in the news is that Microsoftâ(TM)s partners â" from device makers to music services â" just got double crossed by the company they choose to believe in. I like to call it Zun-ked (a tiny take off on Punked.)

Comment: Actually, they're *saving* chicago that much. (Score 1) 398

by ron_ivi (#48194829) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected
Whenver a speed camera gives a ticket it sucks money out of a community (sharing with arizona or wherever the company is that runs most of them).

Yet the camera marketing companies keep spinning them as ways to provide money to cities.

In reality, that only works for the rare city where most drivers are from out of town.

Comment: Licensing *what* technology and information? (Score 1) 83

by ron_ivi (#48003551) Attached to: How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology
I imagine with their surveilance on foreign corporations there's a huge amount of technology the could license.

And imagine how much money they could make licensing insider information of stock markets of enemy countries.

Might even be part of their job descriptions, if their job is to undermine such countries. It probably works better to destablize an enemy's economy than sanctions.

Businesses

Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research 109

Posted by samzenpus
from the end-of-the-line dept.
walterbyrd writes with news of Microsoft layoffs. Microsoft Corp will close its Silicon Valley research-and-development operation as part of 2,100 layoffs announced on Thursday, as it moves toward its new CEO's goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14 percent of its workforce. News of the closure of the Microsoft Research lab at the company's campus in Mountain View, California, was first made public on Twitter by employees. The company later confirmed the move and said it would involve the loss of 50 jobs.

Comment: Re:Six Missoins Each (Score 1) 188

It wouldn't suck if they made more profit on less revenue.

Sure it could.

For example, Boeing could take the $4B and spend $5B on R&D having negative profit; while SpaceX could take the $2B and make $1B profit.

But then Boeing's technology will have improved by $5B in R while SpaceX's will have only benefited 1/5th as much

Comment: Assuming it's open source, who cares. (Score 1) 47

by ron_ivi (#47844549) Attached to: Should Docker Move To a Non-Profit Foundation?
If it's managed well, who cares what the organization / tax structure of the backers are.

If it gets mismanaged by an individual, you'll get dozens of non-profits as well as corporations that are welcome to fork it and try to convince people to use their own forks

If it gets mismanaged by a non-profit, you'll get dozens of commercial companies and individuals that are welcome to fork it and try to convince people to use their own forks.

In the end, the best managed fork will win; regardless of how it's taxed.

To thine own self be true. (If not that, at least make some money.)

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