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Submission + - Apple has lost a trial for the name iFone in México (aristeguinoticias.com)

omar_armas writes: "The mexican company iFone registered its trademark in 2003 and offers call center services. In 2009 Apple asked the Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Intelectual(IMPI) to ban the name given the similarity to the iPhone brand. The judge has rule in favor of iFone and now Apple should face a fine and a iFone is expected to ask for damages in court."

Submission + - Get CrossOver for FREE now! Only for 10/31/12 (livelyblog.com)

An anonymous reader writes: http://flock.codeweavers.com/

What it is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CrossOver_(software)

"CrossOver (a.k.a. CrossOver Office before version 6.0) is the collective name for two commercial and proprietary programs developed by CodeWeavers that allow many Windows-based applications to run on Linux and Mac OS X using a compatibility layer. The programs include CrossOver Mac and CrossOver Linux.

The programs are modified, proprietary versions of the public Wine source tree with various compatibility patches added, more user-friendly configuration tools, and commercial support. CodeWeavers employs several Wine developers and contributes code back to the free software/open-source software Wine project as per the GNU LGPL, although CrossOver is proprietary software."

On October 31, 2012, CodeWeavers will have a second software giveaway, this one entitled "Flock the Vote." CodeWeavers promised to have such a giveaway if 100,000 American voters would promise to vote on election day, in a nonpartisan bid to encourage activism. 100,000 people have pledged, so CodeWeavers will allow any person in the world to download and register a copy of CrossOver Linux or CrossOver Mac; the offer includes a year of support.


Submission + - Mozilla misses out on 6-9 million downloads due MS browser choice glitch (wordpress.com)

Dupple writes: Most recently the EC sent a statement of objections to Microsoft for failing to include the browser-choice screen as promised. Our data suggests that the absence of the browser choice screen had the following impact:

Daily Firefox downloads decreased by 63% to a low of 20,000 just prior to the fix;
After the fix, Firefox downloads increased 150% to approximately 50,000 per day; and
Cumulatively 6 to 9 million Firefox browser downloads were lost during this period.

More here



Submission + - China is building a 100-petaflop supercomputer (in 2015) (itworld.com) 1

concealment writes: "As the U.S. launched what's expected to be the world's fastest supercomputer at 20 petaflops, China is building a machine that is intended to be five times faster when it is deployed in 2015.

China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer will run at 100 petaflops (quadrillion floating-point calculations per second), according to the Guangzhou Supercomputing Center, where the machine will be housed.

Tianhe-2 could help keep China competitive with the future supercomputers of other countries, as industry experts estimate machines will start reaching 1,000-petaflop performance by 2018."


Submission + - Buddhist monk is the world's happiest man (nydailynews.com)

concealment writes: "Tibetan monk and molecular geneticist Matthieu Ricard is the happiest man in the world according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin. The 66-year-old’s brain produces a level of gamma waves — those linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory — never before reported in neuroscience.

The scans showed that when meditating on compassion, Ricard's brain produces a level of gamma waves — those linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory — "never reported before in the neuroscience literature", Davidson said.

The scans also showed excessive activity in his brain's left prefrontal cortex compared to its right counterpart, giving him an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity, researchers believe.

Research into the phenomenon, known as "neuroplasticity," is in its infancy and Ricard has been at the forefront of ground-breaking experiments along with other leading scientists across the world."

Comment Re:Full time job first (Score 2, Insightful) 140

Mod parent up.

I have hired freelancers for reasons of specific experience and being able to start from 0-100 in no time.

In order to do this you need to have some years of job experience under your belt.

After some 15 years of IT experience I made the switch to freelance and with the experience I had it was very easy.

I am sure that if you set your mind to it and work in a regular job with the aim of going freelance you can do this much quicker.

Having a fulltime job will enable you to start freelancing slowly.

Also start doing open source kind of work / projects for free - as this will give you different insights that you will never get from working in a company / freelance.


Submission + - Google to remove key functionality from groups (business2press.com)

Kvasio writes: As announced last month, Google is to disable some key features of Google Groups pages effective February 2011. Today the company confirmed this plan in mailing to the groups' administrators. The company says it will be removing the ability to edit pages (incl. welcome messages) and to upload new files to groups starting early next year. Administrators who make edits to pages, or upload new files before the deadline, will be able to keep the changes and files, but will not be able to make any further changes after the February deadline. While providing replacement solutions with Google Sites and Google Docs, Google also recommended moving to "other service providers" if one wants to retain the current functionality.

Submission + - Australian state promises iPad for every doctor (delimiter.com.au)

daria42 writes: Looks like Apple fever is spreading ... as part of the election cycle, the incumbent government of Australia's State of Victoria (the second-largest state) has promised to buy an iPad for every doctor working in the public hospital system. That's more than 20,000 iPads, if the politicians deliver on their promises. Not mentioned, however, is how the devices will be managed, rolled out, maintained and so on. And Apple keeps a pretty tight rein on how large organisations can install software on the iPad.

Comment My question list (Score 1) 569

Here is the question list I have built up over the years:


What is the responsibility of the function? Why is this position available? New function or replacement? How long has this position existed? Previous person? How many people have held this position in the last two years?
Who would be my supervisor? To whom would I report? Whom will I supervise? With whom will I be working most closely? Organigram?
What are the current problems facing the company/my department?
What are the top 3 priorities in the next 6 months and what would my role be in realizing this? And the top priorities in the next 2 years?
What hours do you (really) expect me to work.
What are the most challenging aspects of the position?
Describe the opportunities for training and professional development. Will I receive any formal training?


What is the philosophy of the company? What is the mission statement?
What do you consider to be the companies strengths and weaknesses?
What are the companyâ(TM)s short terms and mid terms (2 yr, 5 yr) plans and goals? Acquisition plans?
What is the history of the company? How has the growth been, organically, by acquisitions?
What is this company's culture?
Office tour, check out the infrastructure, the people?


Yearly, Quarterly budget to make, history of budget â" always made?
How is the business running, how are the financials, how is the current funding, how is the company run financially?
What are the current plans for expansion or cutbacks?
Extra benefits need to be explained adequately?


Explain product portfolio? History of the products, what are strong products, what are weak products? Plans for new products, new versions â" when, what, targeting who, which market?
What are the target groups, target clients (sample names)? Sales cycle time? Implementation time?

The Joel Test

Do you use source control?
Can you make a build in one step?
Do you make daily builds?
Do you have a bug database?
Do you fix bugs before writing new code?
Do you have an up-to-date schedule?
Do you have a spec?
Do programmers have quiet working conditions? ïfY Office tour
Do you use the best tools money can buy?
Do you have testers?

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