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Submission + - One of the world's oldest preserved beers to be reproduced (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: Produced at least as far back as 5,000 BC, beer has been with us for a long time. But coming third only to water and tea in terms of worldwide popularity means that the lifespan of individual beers is more likely to be measured in days or weeks rather than years or decades. The exception is if they’re preserved at the bottom of the Baltic Sea in a shipwreck. One such shipwrecked beer that is about 170 years old has been salvaged and analyzed and will be reproduced using modern industrial techniques.
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Submission + - Closed-source Linux Tycoon Now Available For DOS (thepowerbase.com)

An anonymous reader writes: From a cube-shaped planet far from earth

From the deepest darkest corner of the deepest darkest dungeon of Bizarro World, Brian Lunduke releases Linux Tycoon, his closed-source game about an open source operating system for a closed source operating system no one uses. That’s right, you thought today’s earlier headlines were a pump-fake-pass for April Fool’s Day, but this takes things one step further. Linux Tycoon, the “premier Linux Distro Building Simulator game in the universe”, is now available for DOS.

Comment Re:Wake up Google (Score 2) 112

I agree here. Motorola was one of the few companies whose handsets felt good. Their hardware was the only thing that came close to Nokia. This is before Apple came along. And no, Samsung was not in the same league. I still believe Motorola could make good high end phones. Couple this with Google's money and the preferential software cohesiveness and we might see a great comeback.

Comment Re:Hire bad programmers with good social skills (Score 5, Informative) 211

"Hire bad programmers with good social skills"

"You want to hire people who have programming background, but weren't interested or talented enough to pursue that full time"

And the good news is that these people are in abundance in the lead architect/team leader/technical manager positions. I can confirm their existence and numbers (did I mention abundance?) from all the organizations I have worked with.

Comment The early switcher newbie distro (Score 4, Insightful) 97

I remember back when it was called Mandrake, it was the best easy Linux distro out there. The one big plus it had was the installation process, where the auto-formatter tool decided the space for the /, /home and swap mountpoints. For anybody switching from a Windows only background this was a big plus.

Plus it had drakconf, a control panel UI, and tons of neat looking applications. While its best times remain in the past, it still is a great distro (or atleast was in 2010) and deserves a look.

Comment Re:The fundamental differnence between companies (Score 1) 230

I'd disagree to either Windows or Office facing significant competition. The market shares of Mac or OpenOffice are nothing but blips on the radar. But MS is gaining market share in other fields - C#/VS is increasingly relevant, SQL Server is stiff competition to Oracle/DB2. Apple did create new markets, but their old ones are not money churners like before. In contrast Office has been pulling in billions for 2 decades.

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