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Comment Re:No (Score 5, Funny) 379

Steve Jobs becoming majority share holder of Disney

No, no, no! He is the *largest* (single) shareholder! A stake of around 7% from what I last heard...a majority shareholder would have > 50%+1!

How can you fudge numbers up like that - this is slashdot dammit!

Comment Re:How to get out of a recession in 2 easy steps.. (Score 1) 469

And that's the problem. Companies with shareholders are required by law to compete as hard as they can.

That's actually not true.

A common economic theory is that what's best for a company is to aim to Maximise Shareholder Value, and that the best way to do that is to compete as hard as they can. But it's not law.

But even then, "as hard as they can" doesn't include anti-competative behaviour (or other unlawful things, like bombing AMD offices) because the EU will go and sit on you.

The Military

Submission + - Less-lethal Gun Keeps Impact Energy Constant (thefirearmblog.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Future Weapons recently demonstrated a prototype less-lethal shotgun from Beretta that is able to kinetic energy expended on the target constant regardless of the range. This solves a common problem with less-lethal ammunition: they are often powerful enough to kill at close range and to weak at long range to stop the target. The system appears to have been patented back in 2000 but not seen in a working prototype until now. Less-Lethal weapon system are becoming important in the 'long war' where civilian casualties become significant set backs in winning hearts and minds."
Power

Submission + - IBM to recycle silicon for solar (computerworld.com.au)

inkslinger77 writes: "IBM has created a process allowing its manufacturing facilities to re-purpose otherwise scrap semiconductor wafers. Since the silicon wafers need to be nearly flawless in order to be used, the imperfect ones are normally erased with acidic chemicals and discarded but IBM had been sandblasting theirs to remove proprietary material, and then either re-using them for test purposes or selling them to the solar industry. Annually, IBM estimates that the semiconductor industry discards as many as 3 million wafers worldwide."
Networking

Submission + - Telephones ready for skype? (bbc.co.uk)

duggi writes: "Mobile phone provider 3 has launched a new pre-paid handset that will allow users to make free calls over the internet via telephony service Skype. How hard would this hit the established telecom industry, and how many products similar to skype are we going to see? This would ,most likely open up a debate on what the Mobile companies are charging us, and what alternatives we have to deal with them."

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