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Comment Re:Thanks for all the Fish Wrapper (Score 1) 1521

I remember when they added user accounts I signed up pretty much right away but no one else I knew was registerting so still stayed mostly anonymous. By the time I went back to start posting under an account I couldn't remember for the life of me what I had used. I would be willing to bet there are a lot of old unused low uid accounts like that.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 4, Insightful) 782

He's not obligated to provide the SDK license, nor is he obligated to provide access to the AppStore. He's obligated to redistribute the GPL'd source code which he is. Hell, he could charge another $2.99 for the ability to download the source code if he wanted and that's all perfectly fine. Also, you are seriously confusing the concept of the why GPL'd source code is free. It's not free as in there is no cost. It's free in that you will always have access to the source and the ability to modify it as you see fit, so long as you also extend that freedom on to others.

Just because it's GPL does not mean it's also $0.00.

The submitter has done absolutely nothing wrong, and the original dev shouldn't have released the source under the GPL if he felt that the app should never be charged for. He should have released it under a non commercial license that explicitly restricted the sale of the software.


Internal Instant Messaging Client / Server Combo? 360

strongmantim writes "I manage an internal help desk (25-30 people) for a medium-large company in the healthcare industry. We're looking for an internal, secure, FOSS (if possible) instant messaging / presence awareness client and server combo. Transmission of Protected Health Information is a sensitive issue, so the server has to be able to log any conversations that occur. It is preferred that the client not support outside protocols such as AIM, MSN, Yahoo, etc.; if it does, I will have to promulgate and enforce yet one more policy that my techs not connect to them. All of the computers that will connect run Windows XP. The system should be scalable up to ~100 people (in case we decide to include our entire office in the roll-out). Hardware and OS for the server are not an issue. Oh, and one more thing: It has to be free. Suggestions?"

Nine Words From Science Which Originated In Science Fiction 433

An anonymous reader writes "Oxford University Press has a blog post listing nine words used in science and technology which were actually dreamed up by fiction writers. Included on the list are terms like robotics, genetic engineering, deep space, and zero-g. What other terms are sure to follow in the future?"

Scientist Forced To Remove Earthquake Prediction 485

Hugh Pickens writes to mention that Italian scientist Giampaolo Giuliani, a researcher at the National Physical Laboratory of Gran Sasso, recently gave warning about an earthquake that was to happen on March 29th of this year near L'Aquilla. Based on radon gas emissions and a series of observed tremors he tried to convince residents to evacuate, drawing much criticism from the city's mayor and others. Giuliani was forced to take down warnings he had posted on the internet. The researcher had said that a 'disastrous' earthquake would strike on March 29, but when it didn't, Guido Bertolaso, head of Italy's Civil Protection Agency, last week officially denounced Giuliani in court for false alarm. 'These imbeciles enjoy spreading false news,' Bertalaso was quoted as saying. 'Everyone knows that you can't predict earthquakes.' Giuliani, it turns out, was partially right. A much smaller seismic shift struck on the day he said it would, with the truly disastrous one arriving just one week later. 'Someone owes me an apology,' said Giuliani, who is also a resident of L'Aquila. 'The situation here is dramatic. I am devastated, but also angry.'"

Comment Re:Republican? (Score 1) 574

In general I would agree with you that the less competent should go, but that's not what the H1-B program is about. The H1-B program was designed to bring in foreign workers to fill openings where there were shortages of native workers with the appropriate skills. This is the argument used by companies like Microsoft and Intel to get the caps increased. They simply couldn't find people to fill these slots.

Keep in mind we are talking about the situation where a company is down sizing. Not dealing with promotions, firings, etc. If you have two employees that are up for a promotion and there's only one slot then absolutely performance is the only thing that matters. If you are being evaluated for competence or performance and need to be let go due to incompetence, again that's the only thing that matters. However, when the company is downsizing there is no valid argument that they can't find the skilled workers. There are more skilled workers than can be employed at that point, and the justification for the H1-B is now gone.

Comment Re:Republican? (Score 4, Interesting) 574

Microsoft just let 1400 workers go from their Licensing division in Reno, NV. Those are almost entirely non technical staff and would fall into the "financial services" folks they said they would lay off. It's also extremely unlikely there were any workers in that portion of the layoffs that had an H1-B.

Now, I would agree with the senator that if two people are being considered for a layoff and one has an H1-B and the other is a citizen, the H1-B should be let go. The reason being that Microsoft and the other tech companies argued that they desperately needed the cap on H1-B's to be increased as they couldn't find skilled workers in the US to fill the positions. At a time of layoffs, in the situation I described, that would obviously not be true any more.


Submission + - PR - offers over 50,000 resources

Matcoland writes: "December 19, 2006 — web site, one of the oldest and largest 3D resource sites on the Internet, today reached over 50,000 downloadable resources on its web site. With over 50,000 resources available for immediate download, customers from all over the world can easily get the resources they need right away.

Since its re-design in late 2004, has been offering authors and artists of 2D and 3D resources a way to easily sell their products while still retaining a high royalty rate. At the same time was able to offer its customers a fast and easy way to find and download the resources they needed. In just over two years has gone from 0 to 50,000 downloadable resources with more products being added every day.

"Getting 50,000 resources on is another huge milestone for us." said Matt Anderson, President of, Inc. "We have been looking forward to reaching this goal since we hit 25,000 resources last November, we just didn't realize how fast it would happen. With so many veteran resource authors and so many new authors that are joining every day, we have had an explosion of excellent resources being added around the clock. Since we have authors from all over the world, it's very exciting to come in every day and see all of the great new products that were added overnight."

Being one of the oldest and largest 3D resource sites on the Internet really sets apart from the rest. started out as a free resource site back in 1996 and has undergone many changes to keep up with the times. Today, offers tens of thousands of free and priced 3D models, textures, tutorials, plugins, gallery art, and much more. gives resource authors a place to give their work away free or sell it for a price with no monthly hosting or subscription fees and some of the best royalty rates anywhere. continues to lead the pack as it evolves to exceed customer expectations. Media information available at:"

Submission + - Flash-based Web game heading to your game console

VeryVito writes: "Apparently, I wasn't the only one who spent way too much time playing this little Flash game last fall. According to Gamasutra, Line Rider is heading to both the Nintendo Wii console and the DS next year. According to the article:

"Line Rider began its life as a project I did for illustration class," commented Bostjan Cadez, who created Line Rider in his native Slovenia. "As much as people see it as a game I think of it as a toy because there is no score and no one wins or loses while playing Line Rider. I'm looking forward to working with inXile entertainment on the new Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii versions as they will bring added gameplay and features."
I suspect we'll see hordes of Flash game developers looking for venture capital in 2007!"

Submission + - Sony, BMG offer refund for infected CDs

prostoalex writes: "If you're a proud owner of 'Never Gone' by The Backstreet Boys, 'On Ne Change Pas' by Celine Dion, or a few dozen other CDs infected by MediaMax or XCP rootkits, is now allowing the consumers to file a refund claim. The deadline is December 31st of this year. Sony and BMG will also pay California and Texas a $750,000 fine."

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