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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently made some interesting claims about Microsoft code appearing in various Linux distributions, especially Red Hat.  Now he's made a comment that all Red Hat users 'owe' Microsoft.  He hasn't put a dollar amount on what they owe, or made his claims on exactly why 100% clear.  All we know is that the claim has to do with 'borrowed' code, a term that Microsoft themselves aren't exactly unfamiliar with.This isn't the first time that Microsoft has made such claims about Linux, in fact the Redmond software firm ranks only behind SCO when it comes to organizations who actively pursue legal action against various forms of Linux.You'd think that being in... Read more...
Mona Shaw, of Bristow Virginia, decided that she'd had enough of Comcast's customer service and chose to do something about it: The 75-year-old took a hammer and starting demolishing a Comcast office.  Not bad for someone who lived through World War II and has a heart condition.While this obviously isn't the recommended way to settle disputes and problems, she isn't exactly viewed as a crazed lunatic by everybody in her community.  Apparently the kinds of problems she encountered are far from rare:“The city is negotiating an updated franchise agreement with Comcast, as well as a new cable agreement with Verizon.Customer service is one of the main issues the city examined in its recent... Read more...
Is your boss a jerk? Mine is. I'm self-employed. The king of all bad bosses has got to be Fairchild Semiconductor.  It constantly drove bright, forward thinking tech pioneers out of the building. Their loss is all our gain. "Fairchildren" started Intel in 1968, for instance. And lots, lots more of the most important companies on earth.In the 1980s, the folks at the Semiconductor Materials and Equipment International trade group assembled a flow chart that tracked "Fairchildren" who created spinoffs such as Advanced Micro Devices, LSI Logic and Electroglas. Perhaps the most important was the venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. A more recent parallel to the Fairchild diaspora... Read more...
It's a rumor from a blog with every third word misspelled, but this one seems to have legs. Microsoft appears to be preparing to either spin off or sell outright Bungie Studios, the developers of their fantastically successful Halo series of video games. Microsoft would retain the rights to any future versions of the Halo franchise, but Bungie would be an autonomous business. ...Microsoft's also pushing hard to make the Xbox business profitable so it's probably looking at all sorts of ways to shave costs. Running a studio is expensive, and Microsoft would still benefit from its creativity since Bungie would continue to develop Xbox games. Microsoft did the same thing just after it released Halo... Read more...
BlackBerry suffered another e-mail outage on Friday, but not one as severe as the April incident.  In fact, it is clear that BlackBerry has learned a good deal from their earlier outage as this time they seemed to have had an effective back-up in place that ensured no e-mails or text messages were lost.  It might seem odd to claim and outage when there were no messages losts, but the fact is that they didn't get delivered for hours.  But they did get delivered.Of course, things were a bit slow when the service was restored, but things appear to operating fine at the moment.So what caused the outage this time?  A glitch in the software.  Quite possibly the same software that crashed the entire... Read more...
Asetek Redefines Liquid Cooling with Solution Integrated into HP Blackbird 002 Gaming PC Broenderslev, Denmark, September 6, 2007 – Asetek, the market leader of thermal management solutions for semiconductors, is proud to announce the first ever OEM adopted CPU and GPU integrated liquid cooling solution for the HP Blackbird 002 gaming PC – the ultimate gaming machine designed for extreme performance and upgradeability. Asetek engaged with the HP gaming team at a very early stage in the design process and helped develop the thermal management solution for the HP Blackbird 002. The HP Blackbird 002 exemplifies how utilizing liquid cooling and properly... Read more...
If nothing else, Apple is a whiz at PR and responds (generally) to customer complaints. In an open letter posted today, Steve Jobs addressed the anger early adopters of the iPhone have felt - and vented in various places - since yesterday's 33% price drop. Therefore, we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. Details are still being worked out and will be posted on Apple's website next week. Stay tuned. In terms of the credit, all I can say is: Nicely done,... Read more...
802.11n has taken forever to come to market - and it's still in Draft status, not even fully ratified.  Interoperability between chipsets is still a problem, as is the "bad neighbor" effect.  Yet the Burton Group today issued a report saying that businesses should plan on moving from gigabit LAN to wi-fi. In a report comparing gigabit Ethernet with the latest version of Wi-Fi, 802.11n, Burton Group suggests that companies should begin making plans for switching their local-area networks (LANs) from wired to wireless.The new 802.11n standard "will put pervasive mobility on the fast track," Burton analyst Paul DeBeasi said Tuesday."IT professionals should start thinking now about how they... Read more...
What's everybody doing at work?  According to Patricia Wallace, a Johns Hopkins University professor and author of "The Internet in the Workplace: How New Technology Is Transforming Work," we're goofing off by looking at all sorts of things on the internet. How much are we slacking? About a fifth of our working time is spent engaging in personal activities. Seems low.  A recent survey by online compensation firm Salary.com showed about six out of 10 employees in the United States acknowledged wasting time at work. About 34 percent listed personal Internet use as the leading time-wasting activity in the workplace. Employees said they did so because they were... Read more...
A former BitTorrent server administrator has been given a harsh sentence - at least for a diehard Linux user.  Because the monitoring software required by his plea agreement won't run on Linux (surprise!), he is been ordered to switch to Windows, or go without a computer. Scott McCausland, who used to be an administrator of the EliteTorrents BitTorrent server before it was shut down by the FBI, pleaded guilty in 2006 to two copyright-related charges over the uploading of Star Wars: Episode III to the internet. As a result, he was sentenced to five months in jail and five months' home confinement. McCausland — who also goes by the name "sk0t" — has since been released from jail, but on... Read more...
Microsoft has released a new DirectX redistributable package into the wild for virtually all versions of Windows, including 64-bit versions of Vista and XP.  This is a DirectX9 and 10 end-user runtime update that's not going to show up on the Windows Update website.  It is an official release, however.  "This download provides the DirectX end-user multi-languaged redistributable that developers can include with their product.  The DirectX redist installation includes all the latest and previous released DirectX runtime. This includes the bi-monthly D3DX, XInput, and Managed DirectX components." This is not going to make your Vista framerates jump... Read more...
Though we wouldn’t say that credit cards have “revolutionized” our lives, one could argue that they have changed, to an extent, the way we spend money. A card is more compact, more hygienic (we hope), and much less risky to use for purchases, and to carry around. Nonetheless, things could always be better, as indicated by the recent fad that revolves around biometric devices. Now it seems that even our fingers can be used to make purchases, and it should come as no surprise that a Japanese company decided to spearhead the venture. “Hitachi’s new e-credit system uses an increasingly common biometric technique to verify an individual's identity by scanning the veins in their finger. The finger... Read more...
If somebody stole your credit card information and intends to use it online, it’s not all bad news.  You could end up with a very small tax-deduction, or at least that’s what Symantec is claiming.The latest trend for people who steal credit card information (carders) is that they test the stolen information by making small donations.  Whether or not this will save them a few years when they get sentenced is unknown, but it does seem that they may have found a way around all those algorithms that determine what is and isn’t a “normal purchase” for a cardholder.  After all, not many people donate to charity on the same frequency they shop for clothes, food, gas, and so on. “Carders attempting... Read more...
Scientists at the University of Southampton have developed  a tiny generator that is powered by vibrations. The generator was designed for use in applications where replacing batteries would be very difficult. At the heart of the tiny device, which is less than a cubic centimeter in size, are several magnets on a cantilever. When vibrations cause the magnets to wobble a small amount of power, on the scale of microwatts, is generated. While similar devices exist, the inventors say that their device is up to 10 times more efficient.  "Although the generator produces only microwatts this was more than enough to power sensors attached to machines in manufacturing plants, said Dr Steve Beeby,... Read more...
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