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"Seattle Computer Products QDOS which Microsoft sold on without permission to IBM as 'MSDOS'."
"In July 1981, a month before the PC's release, Microsoft purchased all rights to 86-DOS from SCP for $50,000. It met IBM's main criteria: it looked like CP/M, and it was easy to adapt existing 8-bit CP/M programs to run under it, notably thanks to the TRANS command which would translate source files from 8080 to 8086 machine instructions. Microsoft licensed 86-DOS to IBM, and it became PC DOS 1.0. This license also permitted Microsoft to sell DOS to other companies, which it did. The deal was spectacularly successful, and SCP later claimed in court that Microsoft had concealed its relationship with IBM in order to purchase the operating system cheaply. SCP ultimately received a 1 million dollar settlement payment."
@Oninoshiko: Jurisdiction, Standing, Justiciability.
"The Chinese government is not subject to US law, so by that argument the court lacks jurisdiction."
Not only does the US court seem to lack jurisdiction, but if Baidu, a Chinese corporation (well, presumptively, anyway) in China, was not merely not complying US law but actually complying with Chinese law, that would also seem to grant them immunity from any lawsuits in other jurisdictions.
I wonder how the plaintiffs have standing to bring a lawsuit in the first place, and I don't even see a justiciable matter here.
@ Bahboh: Re: Government by Homeopaths.
"Both the Health Minister [,,,] and the clueless Shadow Health Minister [...] BOTH believe Homeopathy. It's time (real) doctors spoke out and had them both sacked."
I used to have a fairly positive opinion of Prince Charles until I learned that he is a big proponent of homeopathy and other alternative quackery. Good luck getting him sacked...
Re: "Harvard Cancer Expert: Steve Jobs Probably Doomed Himself With Alternative Medicine"
Or as the saying has it, "Desperate cures for desperate diseases".
Here's what has "escaped your attention".
"It's not escaped our attention that, rather than get caught up in messy public courtroom feuds, Microsoft has of late leaned on companies until they sign licensing agreements well away from the courts."
Microsoft's strategy has always (and if not literally "always" then for a very long time) been to monetize its patent portfolio. In fact, I can't think of any patent lawsuits that they have initiated other than against those companies that refuse to sign license agreements. The only alternatives that Microsoft, or any company has, when their patents are infringed, are either to seek to license the patents, or have the infringing product removed from the market. And I don't know when they have ever tried to do that; if they have, it certainly has not been recently.
So the sentence quoted makes no sense because Microsoft is doing pretty much what has always done.
"It was like adding colour to a black and white film..."
Not being a tax lawyer or accountant...
"Bitcoin markets reacted to the IRS release with little outrage or surprise."
Should they have been outraged? Although I read the article, the larger significance of the IRS policy is completely lost on me. What does it mean? What are its practical implications? What is its impact as opposed to the the impact of a different policy?
It'd be nice to know...
@Big_Boomer Re: "Loyalty cards"
I have been getting these cards by giving a false name and address for 20 years now. I have never had a problem because if it.
(I am told that there are certain places that require identification such as a driver's license in order to get their card but I have never run across such a place.)
"It should be fruity Führer (German nouns are always capitalized) and means leader or guide."
I got a good laugh out of this, thanks!
By the way, I am perfectly aware of the dictionary meaning of the word "Führer". You however seem to be unaware of this particular word's historical meaning.
Re: Turtle: This'll give you a chuckle ..
His kind of stupidity really does make me grin. : )
A Bit Much.
"fruity führer "
I loathe Steve Jobs and get a great deal of amusement and satisfaction out of the way he - as I look at it - killed himself, but "fruity führer" is a bit much.
Slight Correction Re: @ElReg!comments!Pierre: You'll Need To Do Better Than That.
"Every single example sentence uses "exterminate" as a verb having as its object a living entity (or collective noun signifying such), and not a single example has a material object as its object."
That should read "Every single example sentence uses 'exterminate' as a verb having as its object a living entity (or collective noun signifying such), and not a single example has an inanimate material object as its object."
@ElReg!comments!Pierre: You'll Need To Do Better Than That.
Here's the whole definition - including the parts that you omitted because they show your usage to be incorrect - from your online source which is http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/exterminate?q=exterminate:
verb [with object] 1 Destroy completely: after exterminating the entire population, the soldiers set fire to the buildings
And note carefully the example sentences that follow (and the additional examples listed under "More Example Sentences"). Every single example sentence uses "exterminate" as a verb having as its object a living entity (or collective noun signifying such), and not a single example has a material object as its object.
So now you know that the verb "exterminate" is never used with a concrete inanimate noun as its object and that your use of the word is still wrong even after you decided to intentionally misinterpret the definition - which is, after all, what you did.
I can imagine the co-pilot saying "Good-night" to the air-traffic controllers, then drugging or incapacitating the pilot, and putting the aircraft on autopilot and flying until fuel exhaustion.
Notice that this leaves open various scenarios as to how the rest of the crew and the passengers were disabled. I suppose one could imagine that the co-pilot disabled the pilot, brought the aircraft down to 5000ft, breached the hull somehow - he could have even broken a window in the cockpit - and then had the autopilot fly up to 35000ft (or whatever altitude would be required), killing everyone on board by hypoxia, with the autopilot then flying the aircraft out to sea until fuel exhaustion.
Since there are people here with some familiarity with aircraft operations, I would be interested in hearing their opinions of this.
There was a case in Egypt a few years back where the pilot decided to commit suicide by crashing his passenger jet. MH370 co-pilot could have learned something from that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EgyptAir_Flight_990.
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Air_Maroc_Flight_630 where a pilot disconnected the autopilot and crashed the aircraft. Also relevant is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SilkAir_Flight_185 .
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Express_Flight_705 where a member of the flight crew smuggled a hammer aboard the aircraft, and attempted to bludgeon the pilot and co-pilot to death. He didn't use a gun because he had a $2.5 million insurance policy on which he wanted his family to collect and gunshots in the bodies of the flight crew would make that... problematical. The co-pilot of MH370 could have had a motive to want the bodies not found: insurance policy, sparing his family the shame of having a family member commit suicide, possibly other motives.
Auburn Calloway, a Federal Express employee facing possible dismissal for lying about his previous flying experience, boarded the scheduled flight as a deadheading passenger with a guitar case carrying several hammers and a speargun. He intended to disable the aircraft's cockpit voice recorder before take-off and, once airborne, kill the crew using the blunt force of the hammers so their injuries would appear consistent with an accident rather than a hijacking. The speargun would be a last resort. He would then crash the aircraft while just appearing to be an employee killed in an accident. This would make his family eligible for a $2.5 million life insurance policy paid by Federal Express.
@Vic Re: Facts
"*I* know how to disable ACARS on a 777, and I'm not ATPL. I've never even set foot on a 777 flight deck. It's a trivial matter - Google will show you how to do it.,"
Google will show you how to do it, but only *after* you know to look for it. That is to say, there are only particular kinds of people who would know that the ACARS even exists in the first place. So I would take the disabling of ACARS to indeed be indicative of specialist knowledge.
"> 'decimate - meaning nothing of size is left' - The word you're looking for is exterminate."
The word that you're looking for is "annihilate".
"As we all know, the majority of the "royalties" are never seen by the artist but instead are slurped into the coffers of potentially corrupt organisations like RIAA, thence possibly to appear in the salary and perk packages of the management types in said organisations."
The RIAA has nothing whatsoever to do with the collection of royalties.
It has pretty nearly always been the case that when someone brings up the theme of artists getting cheated by record labels, it has always been in defense of some imaginary sort of right, actually a baseless feeling of entitlement, to get music and entertainment in general, for free. I have to suppose that you are doing something similar.
The theme by the way is not true. Because of the expense of recording a record and promoting it at all, coupled with the fact that most bands will never sell enough records to recoup the record label's investment, the idea that most artists get cheated is simply not true.
In fact, it is income from the more successful artists which underwrites and finances the new acts, most of which will product nothing but a loss on the balance sheet.
Now it may be the case that the more successful artists feel - and are - cheated, but they do got their start from seed money taken from other artists.
"However, this is the American Press giving the American People what they want..."
I'm curious to know where it is that you think that the press is any different.
"Let Me Tell You How It Will Be; There's One For You,.."
"Seeing as the person, or people, who go under the name Satoshi are reckoned to own more than a million Bitcoins, it is extremely unlikely that the real inventor of the cryptocurrency would be short of a bob or two."
Well, what's the likelihood that the person or people who go under the name Satoshi are doing their damnedest to hide them from the taxman, eh?
"If this is true..."
Caution is always in order when looking at far-reaching results of very complex and delicate experiments. Recall how cautious CERN was to announce the discover of the Higgs boson. That worked out pretty well. Recall the affairs of the faster-than-light neutrinos and, going back further, cold fusion. Those worked out maybe not quite so well. (Add your own examples.)
There's plenty of time to celebrate. And, if they really want, plenty of time to look like a fool.
"Firstly, everybody using all versions of Windows can and often does, experience malware and viruses."
I don't. My friends don't. My sister, an extremely not-technical computer user, has experienced a total of one incident in the last nine years. My mother, on the other hand, gets her browser homepage and search engine prefs hijacked on a fairly regular basis because she refuses to not install discount-coupon apps or toolbars. (All the aforementioned users run XP.) So, yeah, if you're 80+ years old and using Windows, and simply must install smiley and coupon crapplets, then yes, you could well experience malware problems.
Which, if you think about it objectively, is still better than having one's head as far up one's ass as Spidercrab.
Summation, In One Word.
Well, let me add a second word: "Very".
"...I think history will be kinder to them than it will be to the 'trust me - I have seen conclusive proof of WMDs which I can't share with you' brigade..."
Judging by your post, you seem to think that history began 20 years ago.
"Civil Nuclear Constabulary"?
Great name! Right up there with (and nearly as ominous as) "National Ignition Facility"!
"There have been many politicians both on the far left and right who kept up the courage of their convictions to the bitter end. But history does not remember them well."
That was my first thought too. The most egregious: Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Hitler.
The matter of politicians and programs is a question of what one thinks a politician's job really is: to reflect the concerns of his constituents, or to force his program onto them. There does not seem to be an answer that is always right; the closest thing to a "right" answer is "improve the economy, lose no wars".
(I also note the many comments in this thread seem say "He was a great guy, and a great politician, but thank heavens he didn't get elected". Quite an envoi, really.)
@ Pascal Monett
Happy to oblige - and, at the same time, get some use out of my vast store of otherwise useless knowledge!
Re: "I am just a humble handsome Asian man ..."
"'I am just a humble handsome Asian man ..' Am I the only one who thinks there's something inherently contradictory in that sentence ?"
You need to be a little cautious here. I can't speak directly about Japan but in China, it was (and maybe still is) customary to "prefix" names with "honorifics". So a standard statement might go like this: "What is your expensive name? My miserable name is..." *
The same sort of customary self-effacing modesty might be far more extensive in Japan, and therefore the sentence "I am just a humble handsome Asian man" would have a meaning somewhat different to a Japanese.
* Reference for anyone interested (and sorry for the use of Chinese characters):
"贵 guì means "expensive" but it also carries the loftier meaning of "worthwhile" or "honorable". For instance, when asking about someone's family name,姓 xìng, it's often respectful to add 贵 guì in front of it." (From http://www.zhongwenred.com/lessonfourteen.htm.)
"Satoshi Nakamoto" = "Free Lunch"?
"What I wanted to do is to plead to allow Dorian to live whatever life he has left to live it in dignity, peace and in private. To let him play with his trains and obsess over being treated to free lunches that he craves for some reason since his stroke."
Dorian may or may not be Satoshi Nakamoto, but there's certainly no such thing as a free lunch. Except if you're, you know, Satoshi Nakamoto. Or if someone thinks you are. So he might want to think twice about killing the goose that lays the, uh, free lunch (which I guess is an omelette).
What I don't understand.
What is it with your politicians that they all think that the internet is going to be the UK's salvation? I thought that perhaps that it was just their way of funneling money to their associates and patrons in the IT sector, but even that doesn't really make sense, I think.
The NHS database, weakening of copyright and IP protections, the "smart meter" gambit - I don't see where the value is, or how there is any return on investment for the funding of these programs - and I can't even imagine where they think that value is. (Well I guess the smart meters will be useful when they have to start rationing your electricity, but even taking that into consideration, it's murky...)
The Tintinnabulations Of The Ad-Copy.
Here's a ringing endorsement from a famous rocker: "Hi! I'm deaf, but I know audiophile-grade kit when I read about it! Remember this scientifically-proven fact: the more you pay, the better it sounds."
Not really. She's dead no matter what I think caused it. My attitude towards her death, however, would differ depending on the cause. My attitude towards her death if she was murdered because of running a money-laundering service for organized crime figures, triads, or similar, is certainly not the same if she killed herself because of bipolar disorder.
Also, I agree that it is sad when someone of that age - or in fact of any age - kills themselves because of psychological problems that are, very often, treatable with the proper meds. If you think that my post implies otherwise then you have misinterpreted it.
What It Looks Like.
As much as I would like to see Radtke's death tied to Bitcoin, it kind of looks like clinical depression, to make a quick judgment based on the picture of the house on the island.
"In what language does one capitalise every other word, for example?"
It's fairly typical proletarian usage.
"There was some weakness in the system - just the littlest bit, really - and the Bitcoins have disappeared," Karpeles said in a press conference on Friday. "I apologize for causing trouble. Please don't kill me. Please."
Sorry, it's not up to me.
The Riddle Solved!: Here's why.
"So why on Earth has the fruity firm decided to immortalize him with a monstrous statue that's been described as a 'huge dildo' for fanbois?"
Because Apple has been applying "huge dildos" to fanbois for years. Therefore the statue is... appropriate.
"'Why the fuck would he bother?' In order to appear less unbalanced?"
I'm just wondering if you have ever made any comments to the effect that AGW-alarmists should also be "less unbalanced" (although they certainly *are* "unbalanced" although in a different way) or whether your idea that only AGW skeptics should be "balanced" and that it's perfectly okay for you to be an intellectually dishonest hypocrite - which seems to be the AGW-alarmist way.
@ Thought About IT
"I must have missed the day when Lewis wrote about known positive feedback mechanisms that really could make climate change a big problem."
Why the fuck would he bother? There's already a whole industry dedicated to doing that.
@ I ain't Spartacus
"To be fair, it's a difficult dilemma, when a business is in serious trouble. If you own up to how precarious things are, your customers and suppliers may all bugger off, putting the final nail in the coffin."
I agree with this. MtGox had to carry on normally or completely shut down. I don't see that half-measures in this regard could have accomplished anything. (Not that I care that they went under, mind you.)
"Last Thursday, the Tokyo, Japan–based company said that it had been forced to relocate to its previous office space in the Shibuya special ward to escape 'the security problems inherent in having one's address known to organized crime figures, drug lords, and terrorist organizations, all capable of hiring and dispatching any number of psychopathic enforcers.'"
Security by obscurity. Sometimes the best security there is. Live it every day.
Re: Don't they listen to Darwin?
"Microsoft has such enormous cash reserves it can, and does, give products life support. As a result, crap products that should die, and be replaced by better ones, are instead kept alive for ideological reasons. In the long run this will make their offerings, and ultimately MS as a whole, weaker."
Yes, but Win 8.1 is basically the only thing that they've got to sell at the moment. It's not realistic to expect them to give up on 8.1 and not sell anything until 9 is ready, is it?
"If correct, the report signals that Microsoft thinks low-cost devices are the key to making inroads with Windows 8.1."
The "key" to making "inroads" with Windows 8.1 is replacing it with a usable desktop OS: Windows 9.
"all organized religions are the root of all evil."
Yeah because no other kinds of organizations and no other kinds of ideologies have ever caused any kind of harm to anyone or anything.
Re: When are posts moderated?
"your posts are auto-modded"
What does this mean, exactly? And are everyone's posts auto-modded, or does the "you" in the quote refer to "A Non e-mouse" specifically?
@ John Savard
Or the whole matter could be a ploy on the part of South Korea to lessen the severity of the Nork online attacks by causing them to devote part of their resources to combating a non-existent South Korean threat. Otherwise, why would South Korea even put this in the newspapers at all - a course of action that would seem counterproductive if such operations were actually taking place?
Very impressive camera.
1) The camera itself is at least as interesting as the video. I had never heard of "GoPro". I am trying to think of a reason to buy one as some of them are very reasonably priced. (But a *very* quick glance at the website did not reveal the recording times or capacities of the available models.)
2) The drone to which the camera was mounted seemed to be flying at street level at certain points. This is not entirely without risk. It would not seem impossible for the drone to go out of control, suddenly approach a cyclist, or automobile or truck at very close range and startle or distract the driver, possibly leading to an accident.
3) The kid's statement that the drone vendor website had no warnings about the applicable laws governing drone flights in Nancy does not strike me as a defense inherently capable of garnering either sympathy or success. Still, I would expect the legal consequences to be minimal... unless the judge really hates French people.
I will absolutely positively not buy or use a Steve Jobs stamp. No fucking way, no fucking how.
"I do however wish all the participants the best of luck."
I, on the other hand, sincerely hope that every launch vehicle either liveried with a Google logo or carrying a payload with a Google logo explodes on the launch pad.
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