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Comment Re:Maybe you noticed (Score 3, Insightful) 497

Don't sell the guy short - love him or hate him, you can't deny that he was the vision (good or evil) behind the company. This happens with all companies that outlive the careers of their founders - once the original visionaries that started the company start to retire, they are replaced with people who "just work there". Once that happens, the company either finds a new vision or it falters. There aren't many of the originals left there - thus, probably not much of the original vision.

Comment Re:They would only be hurting themselves (Score 1) 1318

Don't be so quick - extradition isn't the only way Mark could end up in Pak - If he were on his way to a meeting in Mumbai or Bangalore flying from somewhere in Europe and his plane had to make an emergency landing (pilot would probably prefer not to stop in Iraq or Afghanistan, even if it's just for gas), it's possible he could end up on the ground in a country where he has a death warrant. (Hopefully, such a situation would be covered by an international treaty, but I wouldn't know.)

Remember - this guy probably doesn't just work from the home office.

Comment Re:Oh, really? (Score 1) 1217

Indeed - if this became commonplace, a public school that wanted to keep the riffraff out could find all manner of "critical" materials that all students would be required to purchase. This could be similar to the poll taxes that used to be used to keep the poor from voting. The fact that there are school assets available "during the day" for students to use is somewhat relevant, but you and I both know that there will not be enough to go around, there will be severe restrictions on use (and I'm not talking about web restrictions - I'm talking about file storage, functionality lockouts, etc) that will inhibit the value of the asset to the student.

No matter how you slice it, this will create a very uneven playing field using an arbitrary financial discriminator.

If it were required for a particular elective class or a class for which there was a non-computer-required equivalent, that would be completely different. It would be less ridiculous to require high school students to purchase their own textbooks - and we know how that would go over.
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - SPAM: Sony admits the PSP Go was overpriced; pirated

almehdaaol writes: During its initial release late last year, the Sony PSP Go hasn't exactly garnered the attention that Sony thought it would. Some blame piracy, while others have gawked at the portable's high price tag. In a recent interview, the vice president of PR for SCEA has admitted the company's challenges.
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Comment Re:Blacklisted (Score 2, Informative) 265

There seems to be a disconnect with "businesses" that make their living primarily off of a government license or special status. As we saw when they dissected the banking crisis, many "financial" businesses are quasi-governmental in nature and as such should have much less latitude to declare themselves "purely private" entities with freedom of choice.

Having said that, I do not believe that banks should have any latitude to deny service to anyone who is not causing a direct problem for the bank. (i.e. breaking laws that involve the bank, refusing info required to meet regulation, abusive to the staff, etc.) Most businesses operate this way - it's only when you get self-righteous employees involved that start to treat the business like they own the whole thing that you get nonsense like this. It is not the bank's place to discipline a business for conduct that is neither illegal nor causes problems for the bank.

Submission + - The USOMB is seeking public comments on copyright.

Photographer writes: "The USOMB is seeking public comments on copyright enforcement.

The Federal Government is currently undertaking a landmark effort to develop an intellectual property enforcement strategy building on the immense knowledge and expertise of the agencies charged with enforcing intellectual property rights. By committing to common goals, the Government will more effectively and efficiently combat intellectual property infringement. In this request for comments, the Government, through the office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (``IPEC''), invites public input and participation in shaping an effective intellectual property enforcement strategy.

You can go here for the summary or just send an email here:"
The Internet

Submission + - Four type of Americans have no Internet (

markmark57 writes: The Federal Communications Commission announced plans to launch its National Broadband Plan next month, which will provide high-speed Internet connections to over 93 million Americans who currently don't use Internet.

In a survey conducted by the FCC in November last year, it found that only 78 percent of U.S. adults are Internet users and 65 percent are broadband adopters. Incredibly, six percent of Americans still use dial-up access and four percent have no broadband at home at all. The report showed the main reasons why some users are resistant to set up the Internet is because they lack the knowledge or financially unable. This can then be further divided into four profiles of those who are yet to adopt broadband, and in some cases, Internet.

The Internet

Submission + - WiMAX vs. HSPA+

adeelarshad82 writes: Current 3G networks which offer speeds of 1-2 megabit range are great for web surfing. However, given today’s multimedia craze, networks are shifting towards faster speeds. This is where WiMAX and HSPA+ come in. PCMag's Sascha Segan recently tested out Sprint's Xohm WiMax (aka 4G) and T Mobile's recently announced HSPA+ network to see which is faster. According to the test WiMax offered an average of 2.25 megabits down and 628 kilobits up, with peaks of 5.13 down and 1.17 up. Although Sprint pledges that their WiMAX delivers 3-6 megabits of downstream bandwidth, with peaks up to 10 megabits. On the other hand HSPA+ got average download speeds of 3.12 megabits/sec and 1.26 megabits/sec up, with peaks of 7.65 megabits/sec and 2.02. However, theoretically HSPA+ networks are suppose to have download speeds of 21 Mbps and upload speeds of 5.8 Mbps. While HSPA+ is clearly much faster than WiMax, one clear disadvantage HSPA+ has is its 5GB which is not a problem with the WiMax network.

Submission + - Scientists want you to spot and track solar storms (

coondoggie writes: It's not everyday you can get deeply involved in a space program by sitting at your computer. Space scientists at The Royal Observatory, Greenwich have started up a crowd sourcing project that lets anyone with a PC spot and track solar storms. The project, known as Solar Stormwatch uses real data from NASA's STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) satellites, which are currently in orbit around the Sun and provide researchers with constant details about activities on the Sun's surface.

Submission + - Foxconn iWonder Android tablet to sell for $100 ( 1

Xacid writes: "Looking to spend some quality time with Google Android, but don’t feel like plunking down the cash for a smartphone and then shelling out more money each month for a data plan? I already told you about one relatively affordable option this week: The Archos 5 Internet tablet which starts at just $250. But Taiwanese PC maker Foxconn has an Android-powered tablet that cuts that price in half twice."

Interesting competitor to the iPad. Definitely not a prize fighter, but certainly a viable option for those looking for a similar device on a budget.

More details on the gadget here:

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