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Submission + - Sony Walkman takes it's final bow. (arstechnica.com)

1shooter writes: I recall the first time I listened to a then very new Walkman. It was one of those wow moments marveling at the clarity and fidelity from the small earphones. I am somewhat surprised it has lasted this long in to the digital age.

Comment Re:You're kidding, right? (Score 1) 2058

That's a load of sh*t and you know it. Why not put out the fire and then bill him for the $75? Having them show up but refuse to put water to flame is just plain mean on a level I don't quite have the words to describe.

And they *did* have to show up - to make sure the neighbor's houses didn't burn down. I'd say the FD should be on the hook for the cost of the house, reckless endangerment, and cruelty to animals.

It's not mean is just practical. The $75 is more like an insurance policy payment not the cost of fighting a fire. You would probably expect to be able to buy collision insurance after you wrecked the car and have them pay for the repairs if you just pay the premium. They showed up for the neighbors because they paid. The guy took a stupid chance and lost. It is a harsh lesson but that is the way it should be. In this rural 2 person + volunteers fire department, there is virtually no money to work with. If the FD was on the hook for the home then it would either have to disband and nobody would have fire protection or raise the fee of those that did to cover the dead beats.

Comment I'm the most productive in my home office. (Score 1) 508

It's quite, close to the bed for a naps. The bathroom and kitchen are down right handy and I can work in shorts and a t-shirt. The dog loves to breakup the day with a little play and if it's nice outside I can move to the patio for some fresh air. I get way more work done than in the stupid work cubicle. Besides I have much better computers than my employer.


Submission + - Microsoft Argues Against Google-DoubleClick Deal (nytimes.com)

1shooter writes: In a what goes around comes around this bit of MS news popped up.

Not only did Microsoft hire the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller to create a group called the Initiative for Competitive Online Marketplace to fight the deal, but the tech giant has also had its team of antitrust lawyers and lobbyists knocking on the doors of the Federal Trade Commission.
I personally find this line to be kind of funny.

They say that the Google and DoubleClick deal, if successful, would "impair its rivals' ability to compete to sell and serve ads."

The Courts

Submission + - Patent Infringement Lawsuit Filed Against Red Hat

1shooter writes: In the article titled "Patent Infringement Lawsuit Filed Against Red Hat & Novell- Just Like Ballmer Predicted" are details the first lawsuit against Linux vendors Red Hat and Novell. Groklaw link to article: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20071011205044141

The patent appears to cover the use of multiple virtual desktops like in KDE and Gnome. Lots of prior art and surprise, Microsoft finger prints discovered behind the scenes.

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