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Journal Journal: Canadian Tar Sands Fail Environmental tests

What I call Tar Sands are being made commercially viable by high US Gas prices. Apparently the Holy Grail of Green whereby you strip mine, clean the sands and plant new forest growth is not panning out according to predictions. I guess it doesn't matter to Canada who buys - the US or China, tree huggers still hate industry.

Submission + - Open Network Management Storming the Castle?

austingaijin writes: It seems like another tower of commercial software may be starting to fall: Network Management. Once the purview of companies like IBM/Tivoli, HP, and Computer Associates, a number of Open Source projects like Nagios, ZipTie, OpenNMS, and others seem to be hammering away at the foundations. In past years network management tools in the Open Source realm tended to be command-line tools, homegrown Perl scripts, or point solutions. These new offerings seem to be full featured, are more polished, and are building active communities. Are open source Network Management solutions going be to snuck through the back door and into the Enterprise like Linux was? And why has it taken so long for serious open source Network Management solutions to appear?

Submission + - IBM biggest buy ever: Pays $5 billion for Cognos

Stony Stevenson writes: IBM has snapped up Cognos in an all-cash transaction priced at approximately $5 billion. The acquisition seeks to build on IBM's push into information integration, content and data management and business consulting services, further bolstering its software portfolio. Ottawa-based Cognos provides software for building business reports and performance management dashboards. The buyout, IBM's largest, would also move the company a step closer to reentering the end-user applications business — a market it abandoned years ago save for its Lotus Notes franchise. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008 and is subject to Cognos shareholder approval, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Submission + - In India, click fraud is an occupation (freenetjobs.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Are you in India?
Would you like to earn lots of money by clicking through ads and staying on a page for a minute or two?
Do you have access to an internet connection?

If you answered yes to these questions, you are in luck — Advertisers are waiting for you to come and click through all their ads.

I saw this page and I could only think of one term, click fraud.

Feed Techdirt: VCs Starting To Figure Out There's Money In Online Sex Businesses (techdirt.com)

While venture capital funds have flowed into all sorts of internet-related businesses, they've largely ignored adult-oriented ones, despite the opportunities that market offers. But, the IHT reports, that may be starting to change as VCs get over the stigma of investing in porn companies or other adult-related businesses. While some people say "investment tastes" may be changing, it seems more likely that the VCs' need to find good deals is trumping their moral objections or comfort levels, as they face increasing competition for deals and growing displeasure from their backers about mediocre returns on their investments. On these fronts, sexually oriented businesses are a winner, since relatively few firms want to invest in them, while the market for adult content and other products and services can be a money-spinner. Still, it's early days, and many VCs (or the limited partners who back them) don't want to invest in porn or other sex businesses -- but it looks like that resistance may be lessening as the desire for cash wins out.
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Submission + - EU Google Competitor Gets Aid Worth $165

mernil writes: "The European Commission has authorised, under EC Treaty State aid rules aid worth 120 million ($165 million) that Germany intends to grant to start THESEUS, a research project for developing and testing new search technologies for the next generation Internet. THESEUS would involve both large companies and SMEs. The Commission found the aid to be in line with the criteria laid down in its Framework for Research and Development and Innovation."

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