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Comment Re:What Intel should do... (Score 1) 280

Please. EU is the biggest market in the world, bigger than the USA. If a company pulls out or looses its positions in the EU market, its competitors gain so huge benefit that they can take challenge and take over markets of rest of the world. And by the way, when a company holds 70% - 80% of the market then it has gained an natural monopoly, competition in this kind of market happens only into extend that the company holding monopoly position or rules of the market allows it.

Comment Re:if they do that (Score 1) 476

Few notes about the options in hand...

  1. Sell itself to Intel, doesn't work as the competition authorities, either from the US or EU will prevent it. There is also an possibility that if Intel would become the only sole provider of x86 chips and have a monopoly on the markets, competition authorities could brake up the company.
  2. Won't work if they don't get Microsoft behind their backs. Essentially Microsoft would need to make Windows hardware independent, which would benefit them as it would decrease the relative power of Intel, but then again transforming Windows and making all the work would take too long and take up too much money.
  3. Again, without Windows they are dead in the water.

My own estimate is that they will make a complaint to the competition authorities of both the EU and the US on Intel levering its intellectual property to gain a complete market dominance. The EU has previously already ordered Microsoft to openly licence its protocols thus it could be probable that they could order Intel to openly license their intellectual property concerning x86 with a fair price. That is something that probably both Intel and AMD won't want, having a duopoly is much more profitable.

Comment Re:Ugh, more Slashdot commentary in the post (Score 1) 86

HDSPA upgrade to 3G WCDMA network. Offers down-link speeds of 1.8, 3.6, 7.2 and 14.4 Mbit/s to quote Wikipedia. In Europe several telecom providers have already upgraded their networks to support HDSPA and offer speeds up to 3.6 Mbit/s and some over it. So Sprint looses the edge when ATT and T-Mobile upgrade their networks to support HDSPA.

Submission + - New method for mutating mice offers huge promise (

hairygenes writes: "The University of Utah announced this weekend that the Mario Capecchi lab of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Utah/Eccles Institute of Human Genetics has unveiled research in this week's edition of Nature magazine that demonstrates a simplifed, less expensive method for mutating mice or research. The press release is lengthy, but here's the bottom-line: Click here for details, links, and discussion"
Wireless Networking

Submission + - When crops talk to farmers

Roland Piquepaille writes: "A technology developed for NASA to conserve water for plant growth during long-term space flights has been adapted by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB) to serve another purpose. Now, crops can tell farmers they need water. The farmers just need to clip a tiny sensor to their potato or corn leaves. When the plant feels it needs some moisture, data from the leaves will be sent wirelessly over the Internet to computers linked to irrigation equipment. This should save millions of dollars per year in Colorado only, and it will also be eco-friendly by reducing the amounts of water used for irrigation. Read more for additional details about this exciting project which is really bringing space technology down to Earth."

Submission + - Selecting a Software Project Management Tool?

the-one-looking-for-the-right-tool writes: "I am looking for a Software/Project Managemt Tool to manage medium to large software projects. For small projects I use tools like Trac or Jira and I am quite happy with them. But for large ones I require some features more:
  • Chart showing project phases, task dependencies and milestones
  • Cross-project resource management
  • Usecase support (create, edit, delete and overview)
  • Task support (linkable to a Usecase)
  • Ticket System / Bugreport integration
  • Sourcecode browser (CVS, SVN)
How are you guys managing your projects? Do you know some good (they may be commercial) Tools running on Linux platforms?"

Michael Moore's New Film Leaked To BitTorrent 1088

Jared writes "Michael Moore was afraid the Feds might sieze his new documentary Sicko, a scathing indictment of the US health-care system, because part of it was filmed in Cuba despite the US embargo. So he stashed a copy of the film in Canada just to be safe. He might as well not have bothered — the film has shown up on BitTorrent and P2P networks everywhere. So it's safe now."

Submission + - Google Debuts Public Policy Blog (

* * Beatles-Beatles writes: " ing-wraps-off-googles-public-policy.html

We hope this blog will serve as a resource for policymakers around the world — including legislators, ministers, governors, city councilmembers, regulators, and the staffers who support them — who are trying to enact sound government policies to foster free expression, promote economic growth, expand access to information, enable innovation"

Linux Business

Submission + - RHEL 5 certified at EAL4+ on IBM Servers

ceswiedler writes: "James Morris blogs that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 has been certified at EAL4 on IBM's System p5 and eServer systems. "A lot of people thought it would be outright impossible to get an open source OS certified at this level," he writes. "Not only were they wrong, but we've done it in a way which makes it part of the mainline kernel, upstream userland, and integrated into standard distributions. It is not some out-dated, incompatible and outrageously expensive fork of the OS, as has historically been the case with trusted OSes.""

Submission + - Intel proposes supercomputing tech for everybody

An anonymous reader writes: Sure, we have had multi-core processors for a while, but it is a simple fact that there are very few consumer software titles that can take advantage of multiple cores. Now, we are learning more and more about GPGPUs and other accelerators that may bring massively parallel processing to the CPU, creating a huge challenge for software developers. But Intel says that the transition will actually be very easy and developers will be able to quickly learn how to exploit new acceleration units in a heterogeneous processor. If TG Daily has a detailed analysis of the technology — and if Intel's "Exoskeleton" proposal can keep what it promises, then we may be able to run supercomputer applications on our desktop before the end of the decade.

Submission + - Red Hat Linux gets top government security rating

zakeria writes: "Red Hat Linux has received a new level of security certification that should make the software more appealing to some government agencies. Earlier this month IBM was able to achieve EAL4 Augmented with ALC_FLR.3 certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, putting it on a par with Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Trusted Solaris operating system, said Dan Frye, vice president of open systems with IBM."

Submission + - UK gov't to protect data as formats grow obssolete

zakeria writes: "As standards evolve, the UK government looks to ensure information remains accessible despite the rapid pace of technological change A project to look at options for setting up a shared service across government to protect the information will be led by the National Archives. The aim is that the service will migrate and preserve digital data for all government departments."

Submission + - Venezuela's cyber civil war (

sciarbus writes: Akamai's new-ish Flash Real Time Web Monitor page shows that for the last few days, and perhaps longer, Venezuela has been under sustained cyber-attack. Indeed, at 1000+ attacks/ day, Venezuela is currently sustaining more cyber-attacks than any other country in the world. It appears that there maybe the equivalent of a long-running cyber-civil war underway in Venezuela, as pro and anti-Government supporters attack each others online assets. Casualties to date include the Venezuelan Government Ombudsman's website, as well as the websites of the National Assembly and state-run Food Markets. After Estonia, do I sense a trend here?

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