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Comment cheaper? from a company? sure... (Score 1) 330

I read the article and it sounds to me like they are "dumping the full retail license" for the PULSB license and keeping the OEM one. It states that the PULSB "will definitely be cheaper than purchasing a full retail license and probably on a par with OEM pricing." So am I really to believe that a company, Microsoft, is really going to be lowering the overall gross profits? Where's the catch?

Comment Re:Piracy is the answer (Score 1) 378

Honest question: Is that illegal? It could be argued that it is a mechanism of time-shifting, but from my past reading, the mechanism of distribution determines legality so downloading content that even you pay for (e.g. HBO Shows) would be illegal because it is a different distribution mechanism. Any thoughts? I'd love to download a show that I forgot to Tivo, but I'm under the impression that it is against current law.
Hardware

Submission + - Linus Gives the Finger. Declares Nvidia "single worst company" to ever work with (phoronix.com)

sl4shd0rk writes: While speaking at the Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship in Otaniemi, Finland, Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, declared NVIDIA the "single worst company we have ever dealt with" and finishing up the statement with the middle finger (accompanied by expected related vocalization). Torvalds was apparently fed up with NVIDIA's lack of friendliness towards open-source and the Linux community mentioning he is more than happy to publicly point them out along with their problems.
Linux

Submission + - BTRFS vs EXT3 vs EXT4 vs XFS performance on Fedora 17 (ilsistemista.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Linux filesystems are a moving target: each new kernel release can potentially alter their performance and reliability. So, its interesting to periodically measure filesystems performance. This time, I used the newly-released Fedora 17 (amd64 version, 3.4.x kernel branch). We already know the contenders:

ext3, the classic Linux filesystem
ext4, the natural ext3 successor as default Linux filesystem
xfs, an high performance filesystem designed with scalability in mind
btrfs, the new, actively developed, feature-rich filesystem (which, recently, has been propesed as the new Linux default filesystem)

Comment what was the intent of this poll? (Score 1) 170

I really wish this poll didn't put in "video entertainment" as an option as television is video entertainment. I would have like that in a different poll. I think it skews the result. I wonder what the true intent of the poll was. hulu vs. television, mp3 downloads vs streaming music, etc... My video entertainment is > 95% television but my music entertainment is 100% streaming.
Google

Submission + - Google Maps to charge for usage (bbc.co.uk)

Entropy98 writes: Google is to start charging websites that use the Google Maps API $4 per 1000 pageviews.

With the Google Translate API scheduled to become a paid service in December what other Google APIs might be next?

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