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Submission + - Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion; (cnbc.com) 1

McGruber writes: CNBC is reporting that Microsoft is acquiring "professional social platform" LinkedIn for $196 per share, in an all-cash deal valued at $26.2 billion.

In a statement, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said "The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world's professionals. Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on the planet."

Comment Impact (Score 4, Insightful) 39

It's not everyday that a scientific publication has an impact of $18 million.

It's also not everyday that you see a scientific publication entirely drawn up in Google Docs, let see if they can organize a peer review process this way.

Interesting excerpt from the work:

Among the current DAO investors, there is already a whale who invested 888,888 Ether. This investor currently commands 7.7% of all outstanding votes in The DAO. For a proposal that requires only a 20% quorum, this investor already has 77% of the required YES votes to pass the proposal, and just needs to conspire with 2.3% of the token holders, in return for paying the conspirators out from the stolen funds.

Comment Re:This has been around a while (Score 1) 103

Indeed it has been around for a while. I'm not sure who the inventor is but I know that Dutch Astronaut Wubbo Ockels conceived the idea for himself in 1995 and start filing patents, the first one being 1997. Here's a video with a prototype which was used to (partially) power the music at a Dutch concert some years ago. Strange that there is no mention of him in the cited article.

Comment Re:Find the source code on GitHub (Score 1) 95

Brilliant, people can start translating the comments in the source code from Italian to English! Would be even funnier it people started filing issues and fix bugs in their code.

But more to the point, will this help bona fide security researchers with their work on fighting exploits on all platforms or is there not much of interest there? Any experts on the matter?

Comment Programmers are the new bricklayers (Score 5, Insightful) 154

Sure, but you can't ask a team of bricklayers to assemble a livable house. In fact in this analogy it's so obvious that you also need an architect, a plumber, etc, that there's no need to even mention it. But when it comes to programmers and (corporate) management it's a whole different story. They will get a team of 'bricklayers' together and tell them to build the next Youtube - or a bit close to home, the next corporate content distribution platform - and then be utterly dumbfounded when that blows up in their face.

Comment Re:Bit to belabor the obvious (Score 5, Informative) 372

And here's the explanation:

Isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and at over 11,000 feet above sea level, the upper north face of Mauna Loa volcano is an ideal location to make measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide that reflect global trends, not local influences such as factories or forests that might boost or drop carbon dioxide within their vicinity. The CO2 sensors at Mauna Loa are positioned such that they sample an incoming breeze direct from the ocean, unaffected by human activities, vegetation or other factors on the island. (The Mauna Loa Observatory is high enough that the incoming breeze rides above the thermal inversion layer.)

Volcanoes are considerable sources of carbon dioxide themselves. However, the sampling location was chosen to be normally upwind of Mauna Loa's vent, and Keeling perfected methods for detecting and correcting intervals when the wind blew the wrong way.

Measurements at about 100 other sites have confirmed the long-term trend shown by the Keeling Curve, although no sites have a record as long as Mauna Loa.

Source: http://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/graphics/keeling_curve

Comment Re:Climate change phobia (Score 5, Insightful) 341

I'm no expert on the matter either. But I can imagine that a sea level rise of a few meters (at the turn of the century) will results in tremendous economic damage (relocation of hundreds of million of people *and* real estate, as most of the population on Earth is housed in large cities in coastal regions), famine (due to loss of agricultural land), and territorial conflicts.

In any case, I think we have now arrived at the point where anyone that has children born after 2010 finds oneself in the situation where ones children, and grandchildren are going to be seriously affected by climate change and overpopulation. Those have to ask themselves what they are going to tell their grandchildren, 50 years from now, about how they had the ability to make a difference but couldn't agree on how bad it was going to be and therefore decided inaction was the best course of action.

Anyways what's the worst that can happen? and what is the real cost of climate change?

Comment FFMPEG for recording until Kazam is mainstream (Score 1) 96

Until Kazam gets a bit more traction and is further developed stick with FFMPEG and use a script like this:


INFO=$(xwininfo -frame)

WIN_GEO=$(echo $INFO | grep -oEe 'geometry [0-9]+x[0-9]+' | grep -oEe '[0-9]+x[0-9]+')
WIN_XY=$(echo $INFO | grep -oEe 'Corners:\s+\+[0-9]+\+[0-9]+' | grep -oEe '[0-9]+\+[0-9]+' | sed -e 's/\+/,/' )

ffmpeg -f alsa -ac 2 -i hw:0,0 -f x11grab -r 15 -s $WIN_GEO -i :0.0+$WIN_XY -f webm -vcodec libvpx -threads 2 -y output.webm

Comment DropBox alternative: SpiderOak (Score 4, Informative) 307

SpiderOak is also a cross platform synchronization and share tool and does everything DropBox does (only a bit better) except that it allows you to sync as many folders on as many computers as you like. And for 100 dollar a year (50 if you're a student) you can get 100GB extra (up to 5 TB).

I am in no way affiliated with SiperOak, just a satisfied user. The only thing I worry about with SpiderOak and Dropbox is what kind of lifespan they have. Will they still be around in 5 - 10 years?

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