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Submission + - Microsoft brings SQL Server to Linux (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: The new Microsoft has place an increased importance on the cloud, and with other companies following suit, reliance on server solutions has increased. Today the company announces that it is bringing SQL Server to Linux.

Both cloud and on-premises versions will be available, and the news has been welcomed by the likes of Red Hat and Canonical. Although the Linux port of SQL Server is not due to make an appearance until the middle of next year, a private preview version is being available to testers from today.

Submission + - SQL Server ported to Linux (zdnet.com)

Billly Gates writes: Microsoft has a preview of SQL Server available for Linux. The product will be available for Linux in Azure as well as standard alone installations. The initial version will be written for Redhat while Mark Shuttleworth wants a new generation of SQL developers running on Ubuntu which hints a release for that platform as well.

Comment Re:I'm no Seleneologist but.... (Score 1) 214

A moon rock is supposed to cost ~$50,800/g*. A quick Google search shows that platinum costs $35.85/g and gold costs $37/g.
The most valuable thing on the moon are the rocks themselves. I guess their price will come down dramatically if mining begins and there becomes a legal moon rock market.

* - http://www.space.com/11804-nas...

Submission + - Dyson Become the Latest Target of Samsung's Litigation Lawyers (ibtimes.co.uk) 1

DavidGilbert99 writes: It seems like Samsung's legal eagles love a day in court. No sooner had they agreed to end their disputes with Google, hey are now targeting UK-based vacuum cleaner firm Dyson, for what Samsung called intolerable and groundless litigation which hurt its reputation to the tune of almost $10 million. Dyson says it is amazed that "a company over 100 times bigger than Dyson is so worried."

Comment Drones (Score 1) 1

I think it is a clever idea for an app. I wouldn't pay for it, but if it were free, I'd give it a try. If he open sourced it, like some other people do when their apps get rejected, it probably wouldn't be very useful (to those with developer accounts) because I don't believe that push notifications work in apps not in the store.

Comment Re:our car can go 100mph! (Score 1) 105

It looks like they updated the page. It now says this in two other places:
"This product supports very fast cellular networks. It is not compatible with current Australian 4G LTE networks and WiMAX networks."

Current spec page:
http://www.apple.com/au/ipad/specs/

Google cache of the page without the message:
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&q=cache%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.apple.com%2Fau%2Fipad%2Fspecs%2F

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft responds to FixOutlook.org (msdn.com)

arhhook writes: "FixOutlook.org is an effort consisting of over 20,999 people using Twitter to steer Microsoft away from using Mircosoft Word as the default email editor.

From FixOutlook.org:
Microsoft has confirmed they plan on using the Word rendering engine to display HTML emails in Outlook 2010. This means for the next 5 years your email designs will need tables for layout, have no support for CSS like float and position, no background images and lots more. Want proof? Here's the same email in Outlook 2000 & 2010.

Microsoft has developed a response defending their plan, and FixOutlook.org has a has also shot back"

Businesses

Submission + - Dell begins their largest layoff ever. 3

cyphercell writes: Dell has begun their largest series of layoffs ever. This morning at about 10:00am more than two hundred employees at Dell's Roseburg Oregon Call center found out that they no longer had jobs. Sparking what appears to be the beginning of year long run of layoffs for the company. http://www.newsreview.info/article/20070802/NEWS/7 0802014

Refuting local suspicions of malice Dell spokesman David Frink states:

... the closure has nothing to do with a lawsuit filed by employees of the Roseburg center in February, claiming Dell violated federal and state wage and hour laws.
http://www.newsreview.info/article/20070213/NEWS/7 0213020

and later says

...plans to reduce employment worldwide by 10 percent at the end of May.


Their plans to reduce employment can be found here:
http://www.statesman.com/business/content/business /stories/technology/06/01/1dell.html

Here are some highlights:

Dell set to shed 8,800 workers...

Dell has 82,200 permanent workers, including 18,000 in Central Texas, and 5,300 temporary workers worldwide. The layoffs are expected to affect both groups...

In its last large-scale layoffs, Dell cut more than 5,000 jobs in Austin after the high-tech bust in 2001.

...many of the layoffs could come in Central Texas, where Dell is headquartered. In a March 29 report to clients, Goldman Sachs analysts said Dell might reduce the work force at its test and assembly facilities in the U.S. and Malaysia.
Software

Submission + - Microsoft delays Office 2008 for Mac until mid-Jan (appleinsider.com)

i_hate_robots writes: AppleInsider is reporting that Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) said Thursday that the release of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac has been pushed back from the second half of 2007 until mid-January. The Redmond-based firm now anticipates showing a final version of the software at the Macworld trade show and conference in January, with global availability to commence in the first quarter of 2008. "This was a business decision based on the Mac BU's commitment to deliver a high-quality product," said Mac BU General Manager Craig Eisler. "Our number one priority is to deliver quality software to our customers and partners, and in order to achieve this we are shifting availability."
Google

Submission + - Google shows cell phone prototype to vendors

taoman1 writes: Google Inc. has developed a prototype cell phone that could reach markets within a year, and plans to offer consumers free subscriptions by bundling advertisements with its search engine, e-mail and Web browser software applications, according to a story published Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.

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