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Comment Get your heads out of the sand! (Score 3, Insightful) 221

It's inevitable that face-recognition technology, combined with the myriad of other technologies that already allow individuals to be tracked in their daily lives, will become pervasive enough to provide a "dense surveillance grid" to anybody with access to a big enough dataset. The era of anonymous living is quickly coming to an end. We'd be better off devising technological counter-measures than trying to hold back this tide with laws.

Submission + - Oracle to buy Sun for $9.50 / share (

aunt_jamima_sr writes: "Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Oracle Corporation announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt."

They're saying Java is important to their technology stack, but whether it will continue to be available to the community in its current form is anyone's guess.

Comment Re:Is it worth the money for you? (Score 1) 480

There are other bottlenecks to consider, is your CPU fast enough, do you have enough RAM, could the hard drive your software and OS is on use an upgrade, etc.

If your swapfile is stored on a SSD, how much does it still matter that you ran out of RAM? And if you're not asking your CPU to do as many I/O waits, maybe you can squeeze more useful cycles and therefore performance out of it. A SSD should be a sure way to improve system performance... a reasonable way to spend $300.

Comment Valuation killed the deal, not anti-trust threats (Score 3, Insightful) 82

> The deal fizzled out when federal antitrust regulators said it would challenge any deal made between the two companies. The way I understand it, the deal actually fizzled out because some Yahoo C-level egos couldn't agree on a valuation with Microsoft. Yahoo, whose stock currently trades for $12.60, wouldn't sell to MS for $33 / share because they felt they were worth $37 / share, and also because they are idiots. Slashdot actually covered this story at the time.

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