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Comment Re:Because Bush (Score 1, Interesting) 969

Ida like to see all our weapons of war made at cost. And i dont mean they work for free or get free materials. No one should profit from wars of any kind. And bombs that are made to kill shouldn't bring profit to anyone.

But you're talking..wait for it...SOCIALISM! Neocons would go nuts; how would Cheney's Haliburton buddies ever make money off our wars like that? However, I strongly agree with you.

Comment Re:Lol (Score 1) 139

HP's problem is worse than just having a bad CEO. They have a screwed up board of directors which means they are in the process of hiring a stream of bad CEOs, or if they should happen to get a decent one, firing him for a minor transgression when they should be working to keep him.

Agreed, maybe someone should keep an eye on the them?

There is no way that I would purchase anything significant from, work for, or invest in HP at this point in time.

This is the damn truth. I pity HP's employees as well because they undoubtedly have a morale problem.

Comment Re:How does this benefit Google long-term? (Score 2) 103

Google is coming under increasing scrutiny from the antitrust folks, and funding an open-source competitor in the browser space makes it look better. A better image can be worth quite a lot of money when lawyers are involved.

Also, Google would probably lose a fair amount of marketshare to Bing if Firefox switched to MS as they were threatening to do.

Firefox

Submission + - Firefox losing funding from Google (zdnet.com)

SharkLaser writes: Mozilla's future looks uncertain. Last week Chrome overtook Firefox's position as the second most popular browser, the new versioning scheme has aliened most Firefox users and now advertising deal between Mozilla and Google, the one that almost fully funds Mozilla's operations, is coming to an end. One of Firefox's key managers, Mike Shaver, also left the company in September. "In 2010, 84% of Mozilla’s $123 million in revenue came directly from Google. That’s roughly $100 million in funds that will vanish or be drastically cut if the deal is either not renewed or is renegotiated on terms that are less favorable to Mozilla. When the original three-year partnership deal was signed in 2008, Chrome was still on the drawing boards. Today, it is Google’s most prominent software product, and it is rapidly replacing Firefox as the alternative browser on every platform.". Recently Mozilla has been trying to get closer with Microsoft by making a Firefox version that defaults to Bing. If Google is indeed cutting funding from Mozilla or tries to negotiate less favorable terms, it could mean Mozilla's future funding coming from Microsoft and Bing.
Space

Submission + - Kepler Confirms Exoplanet Inside Star's Habitable (discovery.com)

astroengine writes: "Plenty of "candidate" exoplanets exist, but for the first time, Kepler has confirmed the existence of an exoplanet orbiting its Sun-like star right in the middle of its "habitable zone." Kepler-22 b is 2.4 times the radius of Earth and orbits its star every 290 days. "This is a major milestone on the road to finding Earth's twin," said Douglas Hudgins, Kepler program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Kepler's results continue to demonstrate the importance of NASA's science missions, which aim to answer some of the biggest questions about our place in the universe.""
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Discouraging Playstation Vita Details (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "Sony's new handheld gaming system, the Playstation Vita, launches in Japan in two weeks, and the latest report from Andriasang has some interesting details, including Sony's decision to go with proprietary memory cards. Sony says this is both for security reasons and to ensure a consistent experience for all users, but that 'doesn't explain why they're charging such enormous sums for these cards,' says blogger Peter Smith. 'The caveat here is that we haven't seen official pricing for the cards, but game retailer Gamestop lists them at $120 (!!) for a 32 GB card, $70 for a 16GB, $45 for 8 GB and $30 for a 4 GB.'"
Technology

Submission + - France and automation: Driverless, workless (economist.com)

PolygamousRanchKid writes: This month, the first automatic trains went into service on line one, the capital’s busiest, running from La Défense to the Château de Vincennes. With trains guided remotely from a control room and protective platform-edge barriers, the new trains seem to operate entirely on their own. By eliminating human error, driverless trains are “incomparably” safer, says Gérard Churchill, in charge of installing the automatic line. But could there be another unspoken benefit? Driverless trains cannot go on strike.

Strict labour laws, costly payroll charges and erratic strikes seem to make French firms especially keen on technology. All this in a country where the labour code runs to over 3,300 pages, an employer pays an average of 39% in payroll taxes, and unemployment is at 10%. Spot the connection.

Submission + - Netflix Drops Quickster Plan, Serivces to Remain o (yahoo.com)

BigSes writes: The title essentially explains it all. It seems as though Netflix has decided to pay attention to the customer's desires, and has opted to drop the Quickster plan. The DVD rental service will maintain the Netflix name, and the DVD content will stay on the website alongside the On-Demand items.
Apple

Submission + - Movie about Steve Jobs (reelz.com)

hcs_$reboot writes: It is reported that Sony bought the rights to a biopic on the life of Steve Jobs with the intent of making a movie. The biography on which the movie would be based was written by former CNN chairman and current managing editor of Time magazine, Walter Isaacson (biography to be released October 24).
There are discussions about what could be the best title, and which actor would fit the best for the main role.
While the biography was approved by Mr Jobs, what about some other people who crossed Steve's life and who may not have always been portrayed in a friendly way in his other biographies (the most famous one being probably Bill Gates).
Is Sony able to provide an unbiased work, without having Steve Jobs around to make sure they do?

Submission + - Cloned drug sniffing dogs prove successful in S. K (singularityhub.com)

Rexdude writes: A prize drug sniffing dog at Incheon Airport in S Korea was cloned 4 years ago, and now the clones have proved to be much more successful at becoming sniffer dogs themselves compared to regular dogs. Not as controversial as human cloning, but are we going to see genetic copyrights on prized animal breeds in the future?

Comment Re:Come on. (Score 3) 90

I agree, only Drudge and rightwingers call GM Government Motors. I suppose at least they're advertising their right-wing bias with a metaphorical blink tag. Therefore, we can assume the story is a troll or otherwise partisan like RedState, DailyKos, etc... I suspect this is the kind of shit that pushed CmdrTaco to leave /. because it's become much more conspicuous recently and particularly since he left ...

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