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Comment Re:Talking of dumb... (Score 1) 328

Interesting, when I originally clicked the second definition link on the m-w page in question nothing happened, I couldn't get to the second one whatever I did so I presumed it to be an erroneous entry (naturally it works now though). I bow to your knowledge and apologise. However, I do still think the term to be uncommon, I've never heard it myself in Oz or the UK and continue to think it unwise for people to use colloquialisms when there are far more suitable words available that would not cause confusion - your own suggestion of "lots" for example.

Comment Re:Talking of dumb... (Score 1) 328

Perhaps what the poster was trying to say was...

How does "any of several carangid fishes (especially of the genus Decapterus)" act in the role of a numerator in the context.

Perhaps the OP should also learn to use a dictionary too, I also thought WTF when I saw "scads" used as it was.

Submission + - The Unspoken Truth About Why Your IT Sucks (computerworld.com) 1

Lucas123 writes: If you expect IT to be used to reduce costs, increase capability and reduce work load, then along with the technology you need competence to advanced knowledge of possibilities, the creativity to derive or invent solutions with that knowledge, and the (un)common sense to assess the implications of such solutions. As Computerworld columnist Jeff Ello so eloquently puts it, 'Technology is unable to produce intelligent results without intelligent direction, a truism encapsulated in the formerly popular computer acronym GIGO, 'garbage in, garbage out.' Everyone claims to value competence. And yet your IT still — for lack of a better term — sucks. It's just that simple. What goes unspoken, or at least unheard, is that the way the typical organization positions and utilizes its IT resources sucks.'

Submission + - Microsoft Patents Sudo (groklaw.net)

Foofoobar writes: Just when you thought all was safe on the crazy patent front, Microsoft has come out of the obvious patent closet to file patent number 7617530, a patent that basically duplicates the functionality of 'sudo' which is found in all Linux systems. PJ over at groklaw has a wonderful writeup on the entire fiasco.

Submission + - SPAM: No snoring: High-tech solution to sleep apnea

coondoggie writes: What do you get when you combine the smarts of a computer scientist and a doctor of sleep medicine? A cool, less invasive way to figure out if patients have sleep apnea, a common problem that causes a snoring a person to momentarily stop breathing while sleeping.

The new test, known as thermal infrared imaging (TIRI), uses a thermal infrared camera to monitor breathing waveforms and airflow as a patient breathes in and out of his or her nose. The measurements are processed using computer algorithms and produce results that have proved to be as accurate as traditional test for apnea known as a polysomnography.

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Submission + - Legal action to steal my domain? What do I do? 7

shovas writes: I own a valuable four-letter .com domain. Another US company is threatening legal action to take it out from under me because they have a US trademark. I registered the domain in 2003. They registered their own related domain in 2005. When you search for the company's name on google, you actually get a few different companies with the same four-letters in their name. I think my case is pretty good but we all know how those domain disputes turn out. It always seem to be in favour of the complainant. I'm really worried I'll lose my domain I was smart enough to register when I did. I don't have the money to throw away to defend it. What can I do?
Apple

Submission + - Apple shops tablet around Australia (smh.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is preparing to release a groundbreaking tablet computer in Australia and around the world early next year and has been in discussions with media companies about including their content on the device.
Microsoft

Submission + - Windows 7: The $1930 Upgrade (pcworld.com)

TropicalCoder writes: "When you include replacement hardware, admin costs, application testing, and replacing incompatible apps, Gartner's VP of research, Michael Silver, believes that — in a hypothetical organization with 2,500 Windows users — the cost of upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 will run $1,035 to $1,930 per user." — Eric Knorr, InfoWorld
Get the cost breakdown direct from Gartner

Submission + - WiFi Direct - WiFi 'a whole lot easier' (bbc.co.uk)

aaaurgh writes: The BBC has an article of a new twist on the world of Wi-Fi.

Called Wi-Fi Direct, it will let wi-fi devices like phones and laptops connect to one another without joining a traditional network. Sounds like P2P without the ISP (and a whole heap of security headaches to boot) to me...

The Internet

Submission + - CBS Interactive Sued For Distributing Green Dam (informationweek.com)

Dotnaught writes: Solid Oak Software, maker of Internet filter CYBERsitter, on Monday filed a $1.2 million copyright infringement lawsuit against CBS Interactive's ZDNet China for distributing the Green Dam Internet filtering software. Green Dam was going to be mandatory on all PCs in China starting in July, but widespread criticism, including reports of stolen code, forced the Chinese government to reconsider. The lawsuit, if it succeeds, could force companies to give more thought to the risks of complying with mandates from foreign governments that violate US laws.
Windows

Submission + - "Windows 7 compatible" PCs must be 64-bit (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "Microsoft has started certifying PCs as "compatible with Windows 7" — and looks to have avoided the mistakes that dogged the Vista Capable scheme. Whereas Microsoft certified PCs that could only run Vista Home Basic last time round, this time PCs will have to work with all versions of Windows 7 to qualify for the sticker, including 64-bit versions of the OS. Microsoft also claims that "products that receive the logo are checked for common issues to minimise the number of crashes, hangs, and reboots experienced by the user.""
Power

Submission + - Ubuntu uses 15% less power than Windows 7 (o-lab.se) 1

An anonymous reader writes: This test is done at Orestad's Laboratories in Sweden. It shows that you save at least 15% more power by using Latest Ubuntu, compared to latest Windows 7. This could save thousands of dollars every year in electricity costs, even for a small company.

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