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Comment Re:Treat yourself and avoid United (Score 2) 74

I'm no United fan, but what would you have them do? Cascade the delays for two days and impact 600 customers instead of the 99 already impacted? Sucks for you of course, but I'm not sure there was a better option (assuming there wasn't alternative metal sitting around unused -- which is unlikely).

Comment Re:The devil in the details (Score 1) 276

A good example would be with the Microsoft/Yahoo search deal. The companies entered into a strategic partnership that included (among other things) a set of Yahoo! employees that would be transitioned to work for Microsoft. Before and during that transition period it made sense not have the companies poach each others employees.

Comment Re:Exactly! (Score 1) 347

Absolutely, and this ludicrous, greedy policy (and regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley) are really helping to kill the US economy. Now a majority of the top IPOs every year occur in other countries. It used to be like 23 of the top 25 IPOs would always be in the US. Last year, it was like 2 of 25.

I'm sure that had nothing to do with the non-IPO friendly economy that started in the US last year.

Comment Google (Score 1) 1

While Google now owns DoubleClick's DART, their bread and butter are search and contextual text ads which isn't exactly OpenX's market, although you can traffic AdSense tags through their server. It will be interesting to see what Google does with DFP and if Yahoo's APT platform is able to get market share over the next couple of years.

Music

Submission + - Yahoo Music Not Interested in "User Inconvenie

KingAdrock writes: In a presentation at a digital music conference last week the head of Yahoo! Music, Ian C Rogers, denounced the tactics being used by major music labels.

If the licensing labels offer their content to Yahoo! put more barriers in front of the users, I'm not interested. Do what you feel you need to do for your business, I'll be polite, say thank you, and decline to sign. I won't let Yahoo! invest any more money in consumer inconvenience. I will tell Yahoo! to give the money they were going to give me to build awesome media applications to Yahoo! Mail or Answers or some other deserving endeavor. I personally don't have any more time to give and can't bear to see any more money spent on pathetic attempts for control instead of building consumer value. Life's too short. I want to delight consumers, not bum them out.
Announcements

Submission + - Jimmy Wales' Wikia Chooses Monetization Platform

KingAdrock writes: Wikia released a press release this morning announcing that they had choses LookSmart to provide the technology platform for their site monetization initiative. Wikia, started by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, is a wiki hosting service based on the MediaWiki platform.

The announcement also marks LookSmart's first foray into serving display advertising. Traditionally LookSmart's AdServer platform has been for text listings only. Also of note is that the platform will allow CPC, CPM, and CPA billing options for advertisers.
Programming

Submission + - Next Generation Source Code Search Engine

calumtdalek writes: Traditional source code search engines have relied solely on the code within a file. All The Code, a new source code search engine, looks at how code is used to help determine the relevance of source code. The difference in terms of results is similar to the difference between early web search engines which relied entirely on Presently All The Code is still in alpha, with support for only Java implemented, but its still interesting to see the technology in action. I wonder if google codesearch will implement something similar to this?
The Courts

Submission + - Can I be sued for quitting?

An anonymous reader writes: I work at a large hosting company in Texas and recently decided to go work for a smaller competitor. I had a great relationship with my employer and wanted to leave on good terms. I felt the new company had just gotten too large and I didn't like working there anymore, I gave them two weeks notice in writing. They were really upset when I insisted on leaving and one week into my last two weeks the V.P. of Sales told me the company was suing me for leaving and suing my new employer for hiring me. They then escorted me out of the building. I was shocked. Should I hire an attorney? Has anybody ever heard of this happening? Do they have any legal basis for suing me? I never signed any non-compete or employment agreement.
Supercomputing

Submission + - d-wave announces usable 16 qubit quantum computer

euice writes: A company called D-Wave Sys claims to have developped the first commercially usable 16 qubit quantum computer.

FTA: Please join us in February as we demonstrate a technological first: an end-to-end quantum computing system powered by a 16-qubit quantum processor, running two commercial applications — live.

Is there any breakthrough I missed? What would you expect them to show up with?
The Internet

Submission + - Mozilla: Apple's Safari could come to Windows

mrbigsocks writes: Will Apple release a version of its Safari browser for Windows? The Mozilla Foundation seems to believe such a move is a distinct possibility. Buried in the wiki information the Mozilla Foundation posted this week about its future plans for Firefox is a statement under the "Observations & Assumptions" section that reads: "Apple may have Safari on Windows with likely ties to iTunes & .Mac"
Slashdot.org

Submission + - Cheap Geographic Web Site Load Balancing

David Tiberio writes: "I have about 20 geographically dispersed web hosting accounts averaging $10 per month. I load balance my traffic on these servers with DNS failover. My total cost is about $300 per month for the entire setup including DNS failover service. I have 100% uptime, and fast performance, separating apps and media on different datacenters. Users go to their nearest datacenter. Here's how I did it."

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