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Submission + - JetBlue Blames Technology

An anonymous reader writes: CIO Insight has a short opinion piece about JetBlue's recent operations meltdown. From the article: "CEO David Neeleman pledged to "bring humanity back to air travel" through a combination of common sense with innovation and technology when he founded JetBlue Airways in 1999. So much for an old promise. Prices remain affordable, but the high quality of airline service vanished at JetBlue when a massive ice storm hit the eastern U.S. on Valentine's Day...its obstinance resulted in the stranding of thousands of passengers in terminals and hundreds sitting for hours on airplanes. Neeleman offers a new promise: a passenger's bill of rights. But he needs to do more, and take a hard look at how the company manages IT to help ensure that such a blunder doesn't occur again." The piece offers suggestions to improve JetBLue's IT operations.

I'm tired of companies always blaming technology for what really amounts to poor management. How can there be no repercussions for a $30 million loss?

Submission + - Trends in power generation

mdsolar writes: "With wind power already cheaper than many other forms of power generation http://www.awea.org/pubs/factsheets/Cost2001.PDF, will solar power surpass it as the cheapest? The article http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/m oney/2007/02/19/ccview19.xml suggests it might and soon. Banking interests rather than securites markets may end up having the best shot at profiting from this since the return on investment is on a timescale that fits long-term investment which generally makes up a much smaller portion of other energy companies' portfolios. From the article:

The tipping point in Germany and Japan came once households twigged that they could undercut their unloved utilities. Credit Lyonnais believes the rest of the world will soon join the stampede.

Mike Splinter, chief executive of the US semiconductor group Applied Materials, told me his company is two years away from a solar product that reaches the magic level of $1 a watt.

Cell conversion efficiency and economies of scale are galloping ahead so fast that the cost will be down to 70 US cents by 2010, with a target of 30 or 40 cents in a decade.

So, a question for the veterans of the dotcom boom: Should energy be controlled by the conservative money?"
Red Hat Software

Submission + - ESR "reaches limit" with Fedora

lisah writes: "Renowned open source supporter Eric Raymond vented his spleen in an open letter to Fedora. Touched off by four hours worth of headaches while trying to upgrade a single package, Raymond says he's jumping ship after 13 years but says it's 'a damn, dirty shame' it had to come to that."

Submission + - We are all going to die! (but not until 2036)

TurdTapper writes: "April 13th, 2036 to be precise.

An asteroid, named Apophis, has a 1 in 45,000 chance of striking the earth in 2036. And a group of astronauts, engineers and scientists said the U.N. should assume responsibility for saving us from asteroids.

With a name like Apophis, shouldn't we be looking to SG-1 instead of the U.N.?"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Wii Tops January Sales

haddieman writes: Nintendo's Wii topped January sales numbers by a large margin according to Seattle P-I.

From the article:

Sales of the Nintendo console came in at 436,000 units, followed by Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 at 294,000 units, and Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 at 244,000 units, according to preliminary NPD Group data cited by Microsoft. Sony's seven-year-old PlayStation 2 remained a formidable competitor, selling slightly less than 300,000 units in the U.S., according to the data.

Submission + - US Not Getting Money's Worth from ISS

greysky writes: "On the 45th anniversary of his first trip into space, astronaut John Glenn says the U.S. is not getting it's money's worth out of the International Space Station. From the article: "Diverting money from the orbiting research outpost to President Bush's goal of sending astronauts back to the moon and eventually on to Mars is preventing some scientific experiments on the space station"."

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