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Submission + - T-Mobile's Parent Company Might Be Screwing With Hungary's Press (gizmodo.com)

darkeye writes: Deutsche Telekom is the huge corporation that owns two-thirds of T-Mobile. It also, if you follow a chain of sub-companies, owns Origo.hu, a hugely popular Hungarian news site. Origo's editor in chief was just unceremoniously fired, after writing critically about the Hungarian government—which, incidentally, just inked a $1.5 billion broadband agreement with Deutsche Telekom. Something is rotten in the state of Hungary.
This puts a whole new spin on early termination fees.

Comment RMS's idea is not about risk mitigation or banks (Score 4, Insightful) 649

RMS's idea predates the latest bank bailout era with many many years. his idea was not inspired by 'too big to fail' at all. his idea is simple a mechanism to make sure there are fewer big companies - and only in cases where a larger size is indeed increasingly profitable, so that it's still worth to have the larger organization which has to pay more taxes because of its size.

RMS's experience is simply that 'large entities' don't behave in a 'good' manner, and thus there is a clear advantage to society of having fewer of them.


Submission + - article critical of Microsoft pulled from forbes.com (googleusercontent.com)

darkeye writes: An article titled 'Sell Microsoft NOW! Game Over — Ballmer Loses' (http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2013/01/20/sell-microsoft-now-game-over-ballmer-loses/) by Adam Hartung has been pulled from forbes.com. The article is still available via the Google WebCache here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Z07qoZSJTV8J:www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2013/01/20/sell-microsoft-now-game-over-ballmer-loses/
  . While Microsoft is clearly on the decline, it seems it still has for enough reaching hands to sensor content on a major publication like Forbes.

Submission + - Linux Marketshare rises to 42%, Windows drops to 20% (tomshardware.com)

Copper Nikus writes: An article in tomshardware brings the most wonderful news for Linux fans: Linux now ships twice as many copies as Windows. It was about time. Yes, those statistics are taking into account mobile hardware, but we all know the desktop is dead and burried, don't we?

Submission + - JavaScript Comes to Minecraft (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: JavaScript is the language of the client and it is becoming the language of the server. Now it seems set to be the language of Minecraft. ScriptCraft is a Minecraft mod that can be added to the game to allow the player to use JavaScript commands. Walter Higgins ported the Rhino JVM implementation of JavaScript in a few spare weeks over Xmas. Some additional JavaScript classes allow the construction of blocks making it possible to automate construction. It also provides a "turtle like" drone class that makes it easier to move in 3D. It makes use of a fluent API to create a domain specific language for movement. As its creator says:
"Ultimately I think the ScriptCraft mod could be used to take building in Minecraft to a whole new level. With a full-blown language at the Player's disposal, it should be possible to create not just castles and forts but entire road networks and cities."
Most importantly of all, it not only pushes the boundary of Minecraft it also provides a way to get kids who are already hooked on Minecraft to start learning JavaScript.

Comment it's the copyright law they should investigate (Score 5, Insightful) 382

it's not how MIT acted, but the copyright law, that's what they should investigate. like how come someone can be threatened with 35 years in prison and a $1m fine for making state-funded research papers accessible to people at large?

for killing a person, you only get 4 years.

yeah, for killing Micheal Jackson, you get less than for distributing one song of his 'illegaly'

this has to stop.

Comment they don't tend to help you to track down the spam (Score 1) 279

sometimes I also have the feeling that these services are somewhat extortionist. I find this to be the case when they really don't help you in any way to track down the spam they think you're sending.

some of these are helpful and provide sample spam e-mails that they caught. usually the message ID is enough for me to track down the spam and spammer in question.

why such an organization would actually _not help_ fighting spam in this way is beyond me though.

Comment nVidia is the best Linux 3D choice (Score 1) 260

if you're aim is to go for fast 3D, your range of choice is narrowed down to either ATI or nVidia. and, nVidias drivers are the better one.

yes, they are closed source, etc., but still they work.

no open source driver for these cards produces a sufficient level of performance. and, they lack a lot of features that are important for laptops. for example, the open source ATI drivers doesn't scale the GPU clock, which means your GPU will run at 100% all the time, your battery will get drained with it real fast (and your GPU fan will be spinning constantly)

then again, your goal might be different, and you're may not be focused on 3D

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