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Comment Microsoft is one to talk! (Score 2, Informative) 278

"Microsoft has also fought numerous legal battles against private companies. The most prominent ones are against:
- Alcatel-Lucent, which won US$1.52 billion in a lawsuit which alleged that Microsoft had infringed its patents on playback of audio files. This ruling was overturned in a higher court.
- Apple Inc. (known as Apple Computer, Inc. at the time), which accused Microsoft in the late 1980s of copying the "look and feel" of the graphical user interface of Apple's operating systems. The courts ruled in favor of Microsoft in 1994. Another suit by Apple accused Microsoft, along with Intel and the San Francisco Canyon Company, in 1995 of knowingly stealing several thousand lines of QuickTime source code in an effort to improve the performance of Video for Windows. After a threat to withdraw support for Office for Mac, this lawsuit was ultimately settled in 1997. Apple agreed to make Internet Explorer the default browser over Netscape, and Microsoft agreed to continue developing Office and other software for the Mac for the next 5 years, purchase $150 million of non-voting Apple stock, and made a quiet payoff estimated to be in the US$500 million-$2 billion range.
- AOL, on behalf of its Netscape division. Netscape (as an independent company) also was involved in the United States v. Microsoft antitrust suit.
- Be Inc., which accused Microsoft of exclusionary and anticompetitive behavior intended to drive Be out of the market. Be even offered to license its Be Operating System (BeOS) for free to any PC vendors who would ship it pre-installed, but the vendors declined due to what Be believes were fears of pricing retaliation from Microsoft: by raising the price of Microsoft Windows for one particular PC vendor, Microsoft could price that vendor's PCs out of the market.
- Bristol Technology Inc., which accused Microsoft illegally withheld Windows source code and used its dominant position with Windows to move into other markets. A ruling later ordered Microsoft to pay $1 Million to Bristol Technologies (see also Windows Interface Source Environment).
- Caldera, Inc., which accused Microsoft of having modified Windows 3.1 so that it would not run on DR DOS 6.0 although there was no technical reason for it not to work. Some claim that Microsoft put encrypted code in five otherwise unrelated Microsoft programs in order to prevent the functioning of DR DOS in pre-releases (beta versions) of Windows 3.1. Microsoft settled out-of-court for an undisclosed sum.
- Opera, which accused Microsoft of intentionally making its MSN service incompatible with the Opera browser on several occasions. Sendo, which accused Microsoft of terminating their partnership so it could steal Sendo's technology to use in Windows Smartphone 2002.
- Spyglass, which licensed its browser to Microsoft in return for a percentage of each sale; Microsoft turned the browser into Internet Explorer and bundled it with Windows, giving it away to gain market share but effectively destroying any chance of Spyglass making money from the deal they had signed with Microsoft; Spyglass sued for deception and won a $8 million settlement.
- Stac Electronics, which accused Microsoft of stealing its data compression code and using it in MS-DOS 6. Microsoft eventually lost the subsequent lawsuit and was ordered by a federal court to pay roughly $120 million in compensation.
- Sun Microsystems, which held Microsoft in violation of contract for including a modified version of Java in Microsoft Windows that provided Windows-specific extensions to Sun's Java language; Microsoft lost this decision in court and were forced to stop shipping their Windows-specific Java Virtual Machine. Microsoft eventually ceased to include any Java Virtual Machine in Windows, and Windows users who require a Java Virtual Machine need to download the software or otherwise acquire a copy from a source other than Microsoft.
- WordPerfect
- Zhongyi Electronic, which, having licensed two self-designed fonts to Microsoft for use only in Windows 95, filed suit in China in April, 2007, accusing Microsoft of using those fonts in subsequent Windows 98, 2000, XP, 2003 and four other Chinese-language Windows operating systems. Beijing's No. 1 Intermediate People's Court ruled on November 16, 2009 that Microsoft violated the scope of licensing agreements between the two companies. The result of the verdict is that Microsoft has to stop selling Chinese-language versions of the aforementioned operating systems. Microsoft said it will appeal. One of the fonts in question may be SimSun.
Many other smaller companies have filed patent abuse and predatory practice suits against Microsoft.

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Comment War Precedent (Score 3, Insightful) 454

"On March 17, 2003, Lord Goldsmith, Attorney General of the UK, set out his government's legal justification for an invasion of Iraq. He said that Security Council resolution 678 authorised force against Iraq, which was suspended but not terminated by resolution 687, which imposed continuing obligations on Iraq to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction. A material breach of resolution 687 would revive the authority to use force under resolution 678. In resolution 1441 the Security Council determined that Iraq was in material breach of resolution 687 because it had not fully carried out its obligations to disarm. Although resolution 1441 had given Iraq a final chance to comply, UK Attorney General Goldsmith wrote "it is plain that Iraq has failed so to comply"."

I for one do not trust our governments to tell me the truth, or engage in wars unless necessary anymore.

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Comment Aquisitions (Score 5, Insightful) 156

Look at their aquisitions:

Sendia (April 2006)[8] – now Mobile
Kieden (August 2006)[9] – now Salesforce for Google AdWords
Kenlet (January 2007) – original product CrispyNews used at Salesforce IdeaExchange[10] and Dell IdeaStorm[11] – now relaunched as Salesforce Ideas
Koral (March 2007) – now Salesforce Content
Instranet (August 2008) – now re-branded to Salesforce Knowledge
GroupSwim (December 2009) – now part of Salesforce Chatter
Informavores (December 2009)[12] – now re-branded to Visual Workflow
Jigsaw Data Corp. (April 2010),[13] – now known as
Sitemasher (June 2010) – now known as
Navajo Security (August 2011)[14]
Activa Live Chat (September 2010) – now known as Salesforce Live Agent[15]
Heroku (December 2010)[16]
Etacts (December 2010)[17]
Dimdim (January 2011)[18]
Manymoon (February 2011) – now known as[3]
Radian6 (March 2011)[19]
Assistly (September 21, 2011) – now known as[20]
Model Metrics (November 2011)[21]
Rypple (December 2011)[22] – now known as
Stypi (May 2012)[23]
Buddy Media (May 2012) for US$689 million[24][25]
ChoicePass (June 2012)[26]
Thinkfuse (June 2012)[27]
BlueTail (July 2012) – now part of[28]
GoInstant (July 2012) for US$70 million [29] (May 2013) for US$12 million [30]
ExactTarget (announced June 4, 2013) for US$2.5 billion[31]
EdgeSpring (June 7, 2013)[32]

I can see why they need to 'reduce overlapping roles'!

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Comment Re:So he can take Microsoft into Nokia market shar (Score -1, Flamebait) 196

"From January 2008 to September 2010, Elop worked for Microsoft as the head of the Business Division, responsible for the Microsoft Office and Microsoft Dynamics line of products, and as a member of the company's senior leadership team. It was during this time that Microsoft's Business Division released Office 2010.
In September 2010, it was announced that Elop would take Nokia's CEO position, replacing Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, and becoming the first non-Finnish director in Nokia's history. On March 11, 2011 Nokia announced that it had paid Elop a $6 million signing bonus, “compensation for lost income from his prior employer," on top of his $1.4 million annual salary."

I think he will do just fine leading Microsoft!

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Comment Funding will be cut (Score 5, Insightful) 73

Just like has happened over and over and over again, as soon as the next president gets into office the funding will be cut and the program cancelled. The Moon missions were a fluke of timing and circumstances, and nothing so grand is likely to be repeated anytime soon. Space is now becoming the playground of capitalism rather than the purvey of the government, and I think NASA is going to become an obscure part of the space race within a few decades.

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Comment Opt-out systems (Score 1) 200

"There are two main methods for determining voluntary consent: "opt in" (only those who have given explicit consent are donors) and "opt out" (anyone who has not refused is a donor). Opt-out legislative systems dramatically increase effective rates of consent for donation. For example, Germany, which uses an opt-in system, has an organ donation consent rate of 12% among its population, while Austria, a country with a very similar culture and economic development, but which uses an opt-out system, has a consent rate of 99.98%."

How is an opt-out system for prisoners any different from the general populace?

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Comment Link to film (Score 3, Informative) 146

"For a man whose singular vision alienated many – a point illustrated by Kutcher's straight-talking, temper-riddled reading of Jobs – those closest to him are barely given time to voice their concerns, let along develop as characters. Jobs's Apple co-founder, self-taught software whizz Steve "Woz" Wozniak (Josh Gad), already a vocal critic of the film, is presented as a mere backdrop. We learn little about Woz: where he came from, how he met Jobs, or what happened after he quit Apple, dissatisfied with the direction in which the company was heading."

Heres a link to info about the film itself: Jobs (film).

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Comment Frightning photocopier (Score 1) 163

Am I the only one who finds this truly frightning; that the photocopier has a bug in a sub system that is basically reading the content of the documents being photocopied? I didn't even know photocopiers did this normally. This is another prime example of how organizations like the NSA can theoretically get their fingers into cracks we didn't even know existed. I would never have thought that something I photocopy could be intercepted, but apparently it can. The bug part of this issue is just a small thing relative to the larger issue, IMHO!

By the way, I read in another comment about the new slashdot ipad app. I'm posting this comment from it. What a breath of fresh air compared to the slashdot mobile site!

Comment Re: Re:IRS Too? (Score 5, Insightful) 835

That's not all of it. A big part of the push for raids is the immediacy and control it gives them of the situation. Modern police are showing an increasing aversion to respecting citizens, instead favoring to treat them all as serfs. A thug never wants to sit and wait and watch a serf, they want to dominate them. It's closely related to the psychotic need modern police have for submission in regular interactions with the public. A police officer will never even listen to you unless he feels you are submissive to him. He will simply continue to escalate his violence until you submit, or are dead.

Comment Re: Resolution (Score -1, Troll) 397

I'm not sure how this resolution compares to the MacBook Pro 'retina' displays, but I agree with you that the resolution is the main weak point of the Airs. I was surprised they didn't introduce a retina version with this refresh cycle. That being said, no matter how good Samsung ( or whoever) hardware gets, it will always lack the single most important feature of the MacBook Air: OSX. As a person who after many years of playing with various unix and Linux distros decided that my work machine needed to be as hassle free as possible, I just couldn't tolerate having to use any current offering other than OSX. It's a sad state of affairs.

Comment Re: Re:wtf (Score 1) 662

Forget the fact that she is a federal employee whose salary has to be approved by Congress. Forget the fact that she works for an agency whose power is subject for Congressional oversight (so at the very least they can summon her to testify in order to see if her job is worth paying for with the funds they approve). Everyone can be subpoenaed to testify. Everyone can refuse to testify. But no one can refuse to testify after testifying.

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