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Comment It Must Be Pointed Out (Score 2, Funny) 155

More than three thousand died in the Twin Tower collapse that occurred 2001-11-9, including Canadians.
Hundreds of thousands converged in South Africa for the World Cup opening ceremonies, including Canadians.
Overwhelming amounts of aid have poured in to Haiti from around the globe, including Canadians.
'Striking' evidence of a quark-gluon plasma has been observed by a team of researchers, including Canadians.

Comment New Study (Score 2, Funny) 1123

In a new study (that took 15 seconds to pull out of thin air, because its conclusions are so damn obvious to the casual observer) it was found that 64 percent of scientists are either sports-unaware (34%) or sports-aware (30%). But only five of the 275 in-depth interviewees actively oppose sports fanaticism; and even among the third who are sports-unaware, many consider themselves 'healthy.' 'According to the scientists I interviewed, the academy seems to have a "strong culture" that suppresses discussion about sports in many areas,' says Ecklund. 'To remove the perceived stigma, we would need to have more scientists talking openly about issues of sports where such issues are particularly relevant to their discipline (i.e.nowhere).

Global Warming To Be Put On Trial? 1100

Mr_Blank writes to mention that the United States' largest business lobby is pushing for a public trial to examine the evidence of global warming and have a judge make a ruling on whether human beings are warming the planet to dangerous effect. "The goal of the chamber, which represents 3 million large and small businesses, is to fend off potential emissions regulations by undercutting the scientific consensus over climate change. If the EPA denies the request, as expected, the chamber plans to take the fight to federal court. The EPA is having none of it, calling a hearing a 'waste of time' and saying that a threatened lawsuit by the chamber would be 'frivolous.' [...] Environmentalists say the chamber's strategy is an attempt to sow political discord by challenging settled science — and note that in the famed 1925 Scopes trial, which pitted lawyers Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan in a courtroom battle over a Tennessee science teacher accused of teaching evolution illegally, the scientists won in the end."

Comment Are You Looking For Success? (Score 4, Insightful) 412

There are certain core ingredients typically required for success:
* Marketing -- finding out if there is a need for a product, creating requirements for a new products based on emerging needs in a market
* Sales -- getting the word out, building relationships and closing deals
* Distribution -- fulfilling orders, positioning goods for easy access and generally getting products into the hands of your customers
* Support -- keeping the brand alive in your customer's mind, keeping the relationship positive and creating secondary opportunities to, say, up-sell or repeat-sell
* Accounting -- getting paid for all of the above, keeping current with accounts payable (esp. taxes) and paying employees and shareholders
* Product Development -- (the easy part) research, design, testing and documentation
* Production -- parts procurement, assembly, verification, bundling and shipping (on time and under budget)
* Human Resources, Legal and Staff -- people named "Peter"

Does you company have all of these in place? If it's missing even two or three components, you may be headed for real trouble. If Megacorp can fill in some of the blanks, consider being bough out a real win-win!

Comment Make Decision Executive-style (Score 5, Insightful) 412

Most important: Decide quickly. Also important: Try to put as little emotion into the process as possible. When you have made your decision, consider the following:

If you decide in favor, make certain the process moves as quickly as possible. Make sure you have put in place -- before taking each and every step -- provisions for backing out (at no cost to you). At the slightest sign of foot-dragging, stop the process and pull out. Decide from the beginning what your triggers will be for backing out. Then stick to the plan.

Being bought out is time-consuming. Think of it as a huge distraction to your business. A huge distraction could be the only thing Magacorp wants to "buy". If they're earnest, they'll understand and appreciate caution as well as haste. (Time is money.)

If you decide against, let Magacorp know immediately. Then get back to work, pronto. Looking back, second thoughts and re-negotiations are distractions, too. Let Megacorp know that your decision is final.

Good luck!

South Carolina To Give 1 Laptop Per School Child 279

ruphus13 sends in an OStatic article outlining the plans of the state of South Carolina, inspired by the One Laptop Per Child project, to provide laptops to local elementary school children. "The South Carolina Department of Education and the non-profit Palmetto Project have teamed up to get a laptop in the hands of every elementary school student in South Carolina... The OLPC/SC hopes to distribute as many as 50,000 laptops this spring to eligible students. The effort is underwritten and managed by the Palmetto Project, whose mission is to 'put new and creative ideas to work in South Carolina.' While low-performing school districts with limited resources are a special focus for the OLPC/SC, the group is adamant on one point: There are no free laptops. In order to receive a laptop, children need to give a small monetary donation — the project coordinators say a dollar or two is sufficient."It's not obvious from browsing around the OLPC/SC site what software the XO laptops will be running; but by following links one gets the impression that they will be powered by Linux, not XP.
The Internet

New Irish Internet Tax? 242

MarkDennehy writes "The Broadcasting Bill 2009 (currently in the last stages of becoming the Broadcasting Act 2009 and then being commenced into law in Ireland) has thrown up a rather unpleasant little nugget for broadband users in Ireland. It now defines a television set as being an electronic apparatus able to receive TV signals or 'any software or assembly comprising such apparatus' which would mean that even if you haven't got a television set, even if you don't watch streaming content from (the state broadcaster's website), you'd still have to pay 160 euro a year for a television license for your iPhone, or netbook, or laptop or desktop if you have fixed or mobile broadband."

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