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Comment ...discontinued Google TV. (Score 1) 161

Let's remember that Google TV has been discontinued. Now it is Android TV, and if I don't get it wrong LG newer TV's now ship with WebOS. So, there is Ramsonware for the unsupported old Google TVs ? And I thought that having a discontinued OS that you can not update on a TV was bad enough.

Comment Re:Same thing being done at other libraries. (Score 1) 258

I also think that the best way to preserve a book is to also to digitize it. The open library has a great idea for copyrighted books, they scan the books they own, the books is stored in a container and they share it online only one person at the time and can not be copied. If the person don't return the digital book, the system just check it in automatically after some days. Check and Internet Archive.

Comment Re:Why purge? (Score 2) 258

There is the problem that old books that can not be sold are being purged (or recycled). I think the best way for the moment is send a copy of each book the Internet Archive Book Drive. They take some time to scan the books, but at least there is a chance for knowledge to be preserved.

Submission + - In 2005, Donald Trump Was Microsoft's Kind of Leader 1

theodp writes: With Microsoft distancing itself from Donald Trump in 2016, it's interesting to look back to 2005, when Microsoft seemed to feel The Donald embodied all-things-Microsoft as it turned to The Apprentice to launch Office Live Communications Server 2005, Office Communicator 2005 and Live Meeting. Asked why Microsoft chose The Apprentice, a Microsoft marketing director replied, "We thought, 'What more culturally engaging program could there be that speaks so well to our demographics with a business-centric message?' It was a bold Microsoft think tank move. A high percentage of information workers and business decision-makers watch 'The Apprentice,' and they are one of Live Meeting’s primary targets." About what it was like to work with The Donald, she added, "He was very nice. It definitely changed my perception of him as a somewhat haughty guy. He definitely knows his business, but he was very friendly, self-effacing and helpful — he put us all at ease." Even Bill Gates got in on the act, and the NY Times reported on Microsoft's plans to have Trump's Apprentice wannabes perform tasks to boost the new Microsoft products' commercial exposure (photo of Microsoft execs w/Trump). And in a Season 4 episode, The Apprentice teams were tasked with creating a 60-second promotional video for Microsoft Office Live Meeting. In firing the Project Manager responsible for making the losing commercial (winning commercial here), Trump had this to say, "You see, I'm not a big computer person. I love buildings, okay. But to me, that doesn't...I don't know what it means." More Microsoft-Trump partnership memories can be found at the archived website.

Submission + - Amazon Just Launched A Cashier-free Convenience Store

Dave Knott writes: Amazon just unveiled a grocery store without lines or checkout counters. Amazon Go, a 1800-square-foot retail space located in the company’s hometown of Seattle, lets shoppers just grab the items they want and leave; the order gets charged to their Amazon account afterwards. Amazon Go works by using computer vision and sensors to detect what items you’re taking out of the store. You start by scanning an app as you enter the Amazon Go shop. You do your normal shopping, and the sensors throughout the store identify the items in your cart and charge them to your account when you walk out the door. It’ll feel like shoplifting, except you’re actually being watched by more cameras than you can imagine. Though Amazon Go does do away with human cashiers, we haven’t seen anything about robots physically stocking the store, so while it does eliminate some jobs, it’s not a completely automated system... at least, not yet.

Submission + - Is Apache OpenOffice collapsing? (

martiniturbide writes: On September first Dennis Hamilton, the volunteer vice-president of OpenOffice, just posted the idea of what should be the actions to shut down the Apache OpenOffice Project. His reasons to post that are the "limited capacity for sustaining" and "there is no ready supply of developers who have the capacity, capability, and will to supplement the roughly half-dozen volunteers holding the project together." He also states "My interest is in seeing any retirement happen gracefully." This quickly generated a lot of replies on the Apache OpenOffice developer’s forum of people trying to find solutions to keep the project going.
Conspiracy theories: Is this just a stunt pulled by Dennis to get people involved on Apache OpenOffice? Is Microsoft investment on the Apache Foundation starting to pay off? Does it make sense to maintain OpenOffice when there is the LibreOffice community also working on an open source office suite?

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