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Oracle Fined For Benchmark Claims 81

pickens writes "Information Week reports that the Transaction Processing Council, which sets benchmarks for measuring database performance, has fined Oracle $10,000 for Oracle's ads published August 27 and September 3 on the front page of the Wall Street Journal which violate the 'fair use' rules that govern TPC members by 'comparing an existing TPC result to something that does not exist.' The ads said to expect a product announcement on October 14 that would demonstrate that some sort of hybrid Oracle-Sun setup would offer two-digit performance on the TPC-C online transaction processing test compared to IBM's 6 million transaction per minute result on its Power 595 running AIX and DB2. The TPC Council serves as a neutral forum where benchmark results are aired and compared. 'At the time of publication, they didn't have anything' submitted to the council says Michael Majdalany, administrator of the council adding that that Oracle is free to use TPC numbers once it submits an audited result for the Sun-Oracle system. Fines by the TPC are infrequent, with the last action — a $5,000 fine — levied against Microsoft in 2005 for unsupported claims about SQL Server. 'It takes a fairly serious violation to warrant a member being fined,' says Majdalany."

Comment Re:BSD? (Score 1) 153

Well, it isn't really a "GNU" project, it is GPLed, but I think Gnome would be better called a GNU project. Afterall, Gnome exists because of KDE's non-GNU-friendly license.

So if any of the DEs were to be labeled as BSD, I'd say it's KDE.

Just sayin', there's a fun history here, and thinking of KDE as a GNU project is a funny thought.

Comment I guess I just don't like reboots (Score 1) 461

I guess I just don't like reboots.
  • The new 007 "James Bond" isn't suave or debonair, let alone imposing.
  • The new Indiana Jones was a joke, and I don't look forward to seeing Shia LaBeouf wielding a whip and Fedora.
  • The new Batman, although intensely entertaining, just wasn't Batman anymore.
  • And of course, JJ Abram's gratuitous lens-flare, "rapid-zoom", and "camera shake" tour de force was best left on the cutting room floor and I doubt I'll watch another Star Trek: Cloverfield Edition coming from his portfolio.

Get off my lawn!


Submission + - Sony PS3 Unit Sales Flat Lining and Trending Down (

An anonymous reader writes: The latest numbers from Sony show not only that the company's game division is losing money, but that the trend for PS3 unit sales is flattening and actually turning down through the rest of this year. Sony still loses money on every unit, and software sales aren't enough to push the division into profitability, as Sony projects another loss in games through the coming fiscal year that ends in March 2010. That raises the question of how long Sony can afford to stay in the game console business.

Churches Use Twitter To Reach a Wider Audience 169

In an attempt to reverse declining attendance figures, many American churches are starting to ask WWJD in 140 or fewer characters. Pastors at Westwinds Community Church in Michigan spent two weeks teaching their 900-member congregation how to use Twitter. 150 of them are now tweeting. Seattle's Mars Hill Church encourages its members to Twitter messages during services. The tweets appear on the church's official Twitter page. Kyle Firstenberg, the church's administrator, said,"It's a good way for them to tell their friends what church is about without their friends even coming in the building."

Comment Similar Issue (Score 1) 501

I was actually researching a very similar problem earlier today. I have a bunch of copies of DVDs that I own, and made in Linux using a combination of xine & dd, xine to grab the css keys, and dd to copy /dev/hdd. I lost one of my original DVDs and wanted to burn the DVD image to a new DVD-R DL so I can play it on a regular DVD player. Of course I realized too late that the CSS keys weren't copied with the rest of the title, and after many discussions and searches have found that what I'm now looking for is a CLI tool for removing region encoding, CSS, and disabled user options. I haven't found anything yet but I'm looking into the options DVD::RIP provide. Does anyone else have any software we can look at for removing these hindrances from our DVD images while leaving the actual content unmolested and suitable for burning as an iso back onto a DVD disc?

Comment Well Then (Score 1) 1582

I guess I am achievement whoring then, because I can't let April 1st pass by without actually getting anything out of the deal, right? So here goes, please no-one mod me, I just want to disappear into the background! At least this is better than ponies, I still suffer from partial blindness in my left eye when I accidentally looked at Slashdot in the ponies theme before I turned away.

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