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Comment Re:Pretty Simple (Score 1) 160

It wasn't lousy internal security, it was a company violating all terms on a server which is open to the public, which also got its customers to act illegally for it, scraping the content servers for documents, patches and updates which they would then diff and repackage as their own updates. And SAP knew that's what TomorrowNow was doing when they bought them.

The difference between what TomorrowNow did with Siebel software and what Larry did with Red Hat Linux is that RHEL is open; Siebel doesn't have a line of FOSS code in it.

Comment You have to be kidding! (Score 1) 199

People are proud of a 1Mb connection? What's the latency? Even here in Germany a provider would be ashamed to show his face if he couldn't do at least four times that for a fucking rural area!

A year and a half ago, 100 times that speed was considered good and in a year and a half from now Korea expects to have ONE THOUSAND times that fucking speed. I know people in US states who can still only connect with a fucking 33.6Kbaud modem.


Lego Robot Solves Bigger and Harder Rubik's Cubes 63

kkleiner writes "It was only two months ago that we saw Mike Dobson's Cube Stormer Lego robot that could solve any 3x3 Rubik's cube in less than 12 seconds. You would think that there was only one person in the world crazy enough and talented enough to pull this off, but now we have found someone else that is just as amazing. The latest Rubik's cube-solving Lego monstrosity is called the MultiCuber, and although it's constructed out of nothing but Mindstorms components and a laptop, it can solve 2×2, 3×3, 4×4, and 5×5 cubes all in the same build! As if that weren't enough, a larger version solves the dreaded 6×6 Rubik's. We discovered the MultiCuber when its creator, David Gilday (IAssemble), wrote us an email to brag about its puzzle-solving might. Consider us impressed, sir."

Comment Here in Germany it's sensible (Score 3, Interesting) 281

A company can require a cert as a condition of employment but if they require maintenance, they must foot the bill for time to learn/study and for the (passed) testing (no paybacks for the failed attempts). It's a matter of "reasonableness", "human rights", working hours laws and social justice, the latter being very important here.

Unless there's something in the contract explicitly putting all the burden on the guy needing certs (nearly impossible and unenforceable), the company pays to maintain. If you think that's bullshit, remember that the company itself profits from that maintenance and a n experienced worker.

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