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Submission + - IBM kills Lotus brand, readies beta of Notes/Domino Social Edition (

coondoggie writes: "IBM is planning to release on Dec. 14 a public beta of Notes and Domino 9.0 Social Edition that will no longer use the Lotus brand. IBM has decided to offer a public beta, the first in a long time for Notes and Domino, because of the importance of the release, Ed Brill, director of product line management and in charge of IBM's Collaboration Solutions, said in a blog post."

Comment Re:Mechanical friction (Score 1) 56

Interestingly tolerances are exactly the main problem : in Babbage's time every gear was handcut, so highly variable. Worse, since there were literally no industrial standards, even a simple nut and bolt, unless cut on the exactly the same lathe, would not work together! The parts were all individual, the idea of interchangeable identical parts is a remarkably powerful one, but not one Babbage could rely on at the time. Its amazing what has changed on that front...

Comment Re:I might just be a luddite, but (Score 2) 348

Are you sure its changed? According to's version of highway code: "138 On a three-lane dual carriageway, you may use the middle lane or the right-hand lane to overtake but return to the middle and then the left-hand lane when it is safe." ( Not trying to provoke an argument -- I am genuinely interested as I haven't heard of the change.

Comment Re:Bismarck Copyright Term Extension Act (Score 1) 128

"History" does not rhyme with "Mystery" - unless you consider it to be a "mis-toory"... At least to those of us speaking the Queen's English. Ah, the delights of RP. Incidentally, my point was that "the two World Wars" are scarcely one subject, therefore there were precisely 4 items in the list of "precisely" 3 items.

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