Items tagged with union

We've come to the conclusion that an alien species has contaminated the Earth's water sources with a chemical that leads to an inability to negotiate, thereby leading to a series of labor disputes. Don't believe it? Just look at the evidence. The NFL season was in jeopardy while owners and players disputed a new collective bargaining agreement, and after reportedly switching to Gatorade (reported by us, based on nothing), finally hammered out a new deal. NBA players and owners, meanwhile, both seem content to wipe out the upcoming basketball season rather than agree to terms on how to best split... Read more...
We know that consumers in America aren't exactly enamored with Windows Vista; there's even been a lawsuit filed over the term "Windows-Vista Ready."  Apparently the Dutch Consumers' Union agrees with that opinion.In a recent meeting between the Dutch Consumers’ Union (Consumentenbond) and Microsoft Netherlands, the consumer organization asked for free copies of Windows XP for members who were having problems with Vista. Microsoft, of course, refused. The refusal has led Consumentenbond to call on consumers to explicitly ask for Windows XP when purchasing... Read more...
As strange as it might sound, there appears to be a group of bloggers who are actually attempting to form a union. At first, the idea sounds a bit odd, but on closer inspection of the situation, the idea may have some merit. To begin with, the situation is not at all unlike the organization of freelance writers in the early '80s. “Organizers hope a bloggers' labor group will not only showcase the growing professionalism of the Web-based writers, but also the importance of their roles in candidates' campaigns. "I think people have just gotten to the point where people... Read more...
Since Microsoft's failure to comply with the European Union's anti-trust rulings, the EU has decided to crack down further on the U.S. based giant warning that more fines may be imposed. After the 2004 case in which it was ruled Microsoft would pay nearly $497 million euros ($656 million USD) for asking unjustifiably high prices for key data sold to competitors, the EU is disappointed to see a lack of change on Microsoft's part. Brussels criticised the software giant for not changing its behaviour since it was fined 497m euros (£331m) in 2004. In an escalation of its... Read more...
Anandtech has published a brief overview of the new X3 Reunion demo which will likely become a widely used benchmarking tool. The team tests the demo on a wide variety of processors and GPU's to help illustrate how demanding this new demo truly is. Although a GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB was included, it would have been interesting to see how the X1900XTX would have fared. We found that the X3 rolling demo makes a good benchmark due to its excellent graphics. The benchmark is fairly long and covers many different aspects of the game like fighting and... Read more...
With the largest search engine companies being based in the US, French President Jacques Chirac is proposing the creation of a rival search engine named "Quaero". One inteseting feature that's being planned for, is a translation tool that can translate audio."The ambitious project will probably not be available anytime in the near future. Quaero is still in the earliest stages of development, so early that none of the major players have yet ventured a guess as to how much the project might cost. When Quaero does launch, it will have a great deal of catching up to do. Google currently... Read more...