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Comment Re:Minor Update (Score 1) 159

Fair Turnabout implies the situation is the same, but turned around. That is not the case here. Difference being that Linus is NOT out there behind a podium telling a crowd of people that "this is best brand New Version of Linux EVER, and it's totally different and better"
Without a figurehead idiot trumping up this update its just not the same thing. You can't really blame the Linux community for being interested in a update to their software can you? It's not like they are making grandiose claims or holding press large press conferences that this is "the next big thing" (like Apple and others routinely do for their basic updates).

Comment Re:Buying companies for their software patents? (Score 2, Informative) 109

ATG makes over $50 million a year in REVENUE.
They grew by 16% last year.

Even if this growth rate slows (more likely to accelerate as market improves) Oracle will still get a FULL return on their investment in 15 years or so.
That's much better than the 20 P/E ratio that Buffet always swore by and got so rich on.

Oracle is buying a profitable company that produces a commerce package that allows complex transactions, like the poster above mentioned.
ATG also has a customer base of 1000 large Orgs, that are likely not a duplicate list of Oracle shops. (Meaning Oracle now has contacts and inroads into several more large orgs)
THIS is why Oracle bought ATG: A commerce package they can bolt onto their vertical platform offerings, a customer base, and a solid revenue stream.
The bogus IP patents are just icing on the cake to help Oracle defend itself from MS, Google, Apple etc.

Smart thing would be to avoid using their products if you don't like their business model. Other than outright war its the only affect you can hope to have on them.

FTC and SEC should do their jobs and not rubber stamp their approval UNLESS Oracle can show HOW THIS WILL BE OF BENEFIT TO CONSUMERS. otherwise deny it!


New Mars Rover Rolls For the First Time 100

wooferhound writes "Like proud parents savoring their baby's very first steps, mission team members gathered in a gallery above a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to watch the Mars Curiosity rover roll for the first time. Engineers and technicians wore bunny suits while guiding Curiosity through its first steps, or more precisely, its first roll on the clean room floor. The rover moved forward and backward about 1 meter (3.3 feet). Mars Science Laboratory (aka Curiosity) is scheduled to launch in fall 2011 and land on the Red Planet in August 2012. Curiosity is the largest rover ever sent to Mars. It will carry 10 instruments that will help search an intriguing region of the Red Planet for two things: environments where life might have existed, and the capacity of those environments to preserve evidence of past life."

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 190

oh, and I forgot to bring up Line pole workers, and Coal miners, the jobs with most fatalities per person. They do put their lives on the line, and though well compensated, don't really receive risk pay above their salaries. All the convenience store and 7-11 clerks are in a similar boat - yeah there is small risk, but you comply and are fine, and its considered part of the job of working late night around money.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 190

You would be amazed at what death and destruction a person can get used to given enough time, just look at Afghanistan, the West Bank or other warn torn areas, the people don't even flinch when bombs are far enough away.
Why can you count on the robber not to shoot you, because its the money he wants. Someone looking to just kill someone for kicks will not do it in such a lit, recorded environment. Someone looking to steal money wants to get away with it, not get caught.
If no one gets shot the police will stop looking for these guys TOMORROW, and only pursue if something falls in their lap - not to slight the police work ethic, they are just too overworked to do any REAL police work on cases where someone isn't dead. They shot at someone, even if they miss, and they gain a whole lot of heat they do not want.

Comment Re:Unusual (Score 1) 190

Cheney wishes he was this cool of a villain.

However Dick has no real physical power, and doesn't have the legal immunity lord Vader did.
Lets not give this looser any more credit than he deserves, Cheney couldn't pull off being the emperor or Vader, he's more like WormTongue from LOTR.
A leeching little weasel with his tongue in the ear of the old king. Of course now that a new king is in power, he has retreated behind enemy lines, to continue his insipid evil work...
Dickie has also shown that he can't hold a gun without shooting someone in the face!

Comment Re:These are not the money bags you're looking for (Score 1) 190

Luke's Camo on Endor does not count towards this comment: Luke was wearing Camo pants in a forest - where they were appropriate.

You will note later when back in town for the after victory celebration, Luke has changed into less retarded clothing to wear in a civilian situation

I think the comment is for not wearing Camo in general, but around town in inappropriate places (like a bank)

Comment Re:Next up... - NOT REAL FPS Tetris (Score 1) 157

Very Cool, and thanks for sharing...but...
Not really First person Tetris: For me True First person would have you Inside each Tetris piece, as if it were a vehicle, or creature, with "eyes" that you were seeing first person from:
This is following the orientation of the tetris piece, but not its perspective: To be truly first person your view ahead would be first that of a blank wall, then of stacks of blocks, looking like rooftops.
A) You would not be able to see gaps under pieces, and would have to use depth perception to tell how deep or tall each stack of blocks was (is that hole two deep or three)?
B) Even worse your perspective would rotate when you rotate the piece, and you would have to face - away from the bottom of the screen, and loose sight of where you were going, you would have to line up, and determine the number of turns, and then turn and "back In" blind. (Bonus though, when you face up, you should be able to see the next piece that coming down, (though you could only see the bottom of it)

Comment Re:Or.. (Score 1) 157

Going back in time is really the impossible part.

(Abortion arguments aside if that's possible:), A person is alive and can be murdered - before they have been given birth too.
Some DA's have entered murder charges for cases where pregnant mother was murdered.

Really a petty point though, killing ones mother or father in the past has same effect, again with the ludicrous idea of time travel though


Darth Vader Robs Long Island Bank 190

Apparently the destruction of the second Death Star has stretched the Galactic Empire's coffers so thin that Lord Vader himself is robbing banks. From the article: "Impotent Rebel Alliance security forces tell Newsday (paywall) that Vader marched into a Chase bank in Setauket around 11:30 a.m. today. Brandishing a completely unnecessary handgun — as he had the power to choke the oxygen out every teller's throat — the fallen Jedi demanded cash."

Man Repairs Crumbling Walls With Legos 106

Lanxon writes "German-born artist Jan Vormann, 27, has spent the past three years traveling the world repairing crumbling walls and monuments with Lego, reports Wired. His "Dispatchwork" began in 2007 in the small village of Bocchignano, Italy, as part of the contemporary art festival 20 Eventi. Developing the work in situ, he became intrigued by the makeshift repairs that had been made to the crumbling walls. The approach favored function over appearance, reminding Vormann of the haphazard Lego designs created by children."

Chinese Companies Rent White Foreigners 145

The job market may look bad here, but if you're in China, and you happen to be white, all you need is a suit and tie. An increasing number of Chinese companies are willing to pay any price to have a few fair-skinned faux employees walking around. From the article: "'Face, we say in China, is more important than life itself,' said Zhang Haihua, author of Think Like Chinese. 'Because Western countries are so developed, people think they are more well off, so people think that if a company can hire foreigners, it must have a lot of money and have very important connections overseas. So when they really want to impress someone, they may roll out a foreigner.' Or rent one."

The "King of All Computer Mice" Finally Ships 207

An anonymous reader writes "The much-anticipated, much-mocked 18-button joystick mouse from WarMouse is now shipping. The press release features an impressive set of user quotes from game designer Chris Taylor, new SFWA president John Scalzi, and a doctor who runs a medical software company. Crazy or not, it's obviously more than just a gaming mouse."

Believing You Are Very Good Or Evil Boosts Your Physical Capabilities 192

Research by Kurt Gray, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard, shows that a person's capacity for willpower and physical endurance increases if they perceive themselves as good or evil. "Evil" acts in particular give a person a large boost in physical strength. From the article: “'People perceive those who do good and evil to have more efficacy, more willpower, and less sensitivity to discomfort,' Gray said. 'By perceiving themselves as good or evil, people embody these perceptions, actually becoming more capable of physical endurance.' Gray’s findings run counter to the notion that only those blessed with heightened willpower or self-control are capable of heroism, suggesting instead that simply attempting heroic deeds can confer personal power."

Need a Friend? Rent One Online 134

crimeandpunishment writes "Housewives, college students, and others are working for a website that charges users an hourly rate for their companionship. No, it's not an escort service — at least it's not one 'with benefits.' It's a site called, that's trying to carve out a niche in the 'everything's available online' business world. The seven-month-old site, patterned after hugely successful sites in Asia, has nearly 2,000 members who pay either a monthly or yearly fee to check out the pictures and profiles of more than 160,000 potential pals." I thought Craigslist had already cornered the market on renting a friend for an hour or two.

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