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Comment Re:Am I the only one? (Score 1) 121

My thoughts exactly.

I used to have a Creative Zen Vision which had a pretty decent video quality and the only thing I ever watched was some Heroes episodes on a bus trip. And that was before high-definition.

Maybe some people don't care about quality, but I like my movies on a 1080p kickass flat screen and a trusty HTPC.

What we really need is more bandwidth.

Submission + - Novell on the block? $2B unsolicited offer. (ostatic.com)

ruphus13 writes: The mighty public FOSS companies are falling... Sun's gone, after a rough courtship and dance with IBM, Oracle and the EU. Red Hat may be the last man standing, with Novell receiving an unsolicited bid of $2B for Novell. According to the post, "After the close of trading in U.S. stock markets on Tuesday, Elliott Associates, L.P., a hedge fund with a significant position in shares of Novell, placed an unsolicited offer to buy the company for $2 billion. Its offer of $5.75 per share in cash is well above Novell's closing price today of $4.75 per share, and caused Novell's shares to rise above $6 in after hours trading. The offer places a high valuation on Novell, and the troubled company will have to consider it very carefully."

Submission + - Man swallows flash drive; obstruction of justice? (thesmokinggun.com) 2

langelgjm writes: In an incident that is ripe for puns, Florin Necula, a New York City man, swallowed a flash drive in an attempt to deny investigators access to its contents. The ploy worked — at least temporarily. After four days, Necula agreed to allow doctors to remove the drive. Necula is being charged with obstruction of justice; he and three others are suspects are believed to have installed ATM skimmers on several machines in an attempt to obtain bank account information. Should've used TrueCrypt.

Comment Rake + Capistrano (Score 1) 267

As GP, I use Rails migrations, and they work for most part. Unless you're changing some data in a batch, structural changes should be able to do / undo. Rake automations helps a lot http://api.rubyonrails.org/classes/ActiveRecord/Migration.html

But for SPs I'd create a separate file for each and add to SVN, then force my migration to recreate them every time.

I also find it handy to keep your dev / test / production databases up to date. Or at least a test one (with a sample data set), so you won't screw up badly if you mess up.

Altering production databases is great responsability!

Comment FeatureCpak (Score 2, Funny) 31

<quote>FeaturePak specification, trademark, and logo over to a suitable standards organization so it can become an industry-wide, open-architecture, embedded standard" <b>(but to use the logo you have to join the organization).</b></quote>

Specifically, the terms and conditions you are asked to agree to in the MOU are:

      1. Recipient acknowledges Diamond Systems Corporation as present owner of the FeaturePak trademark and logo.
      2. Recipient may only associate the FeaturePak logo with products that conform to the FeaturePak specification.
      3. Recipient may only use the FeaturePak logo in accordance with the logo use guidelines.
      4. Recipient may not use a name, trademark, or logo similar to FeaturePak's name, trademark, or logo for any substantially similar purpose.
      5. *Resistance is futile*
Input Devices

New I/O Standard Bids To Replace Mini PCI Express 31

DeviceGuru writes "LinuxDevices reports that a group of companies today unveiled — and demonstrated products based on — a tiny new PCI Express expansion standard. Although it's somewhat larger than the PCI Express Mini Card, the tiny new 43mm x 65mm FeaturePak card's high density 230-pin edgecard connector provides twice the number of PCI Express and USB 2.0 channels to the host computer, plus 100 lines dedicated to general purpose I/O, of which 34 signal pairs are implemented with enhanced isolation for use in applications such as gigabit Ethernet or high-precision analog I/O. While FeaturePaks will certainly be used in all sorts of embedded devices (medical instruments, test equipment, etc.), the tiny cards could also be used for developing configurable consumer devices, for example to add an embedded firewall/router or security processor to laptop or notebook computers, or for modular functionality in TV set-top-boxes and Internet edge devices." The president of Diamond Systems, which invented the new card, said "Following the FeaturePak initiative's initial launch, we intend to turn the FeaturePak specification, trademark, and logo over to a suitable standards organization so it can become an industry-wide, open-architecture, embedded standard" (but to use the logo you have to join the organization).

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