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RIM now worth less than Apple’s App Store alone

Posted on December 19th, 2011 at 21:02 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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Research in Motion’s struggles in the smartphone market have driven its stock price so low that the company is worth less than the estimated value of just Apple’s App Store.


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2011 in Lego: the year’s news – in pictures

Posted on December 19th, 2011 at 20:03 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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From the royal wedding to the death of Osama bin Laden, the English summer riots and the fall of Gaddafi, here are some of major news stories of the past 12 months captured in Lego by Flickr members.


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Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works

Posted on December 19th, 2011 at 19:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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When the security issue was brought up, Rep. Mel Watt of North Carolina seemed particularly comfortable about his own lack of understanding. Grinningly admitting “I’m not a nerd” before the committee, he nevertheless went on to dismiss without facts or justification the very evidence he didn’t understand and then downplay the need for a panel of experts. Rep. Maxine Waters of California followed up by saying that any discussion of security concerns is “wasting time” and that the bill should move forward without question, busted internets be damned.

The fact that there was any debate over whether to call in experts on such a matter should tell you something about the integrity of Congress. It’d be one thing if legitimate technical questions directed at the bill’s supporters weren’t met with either silence or veiled accusations that the other side was sympathetic to piracy. Yet here we are with a group of elected officials openly supporting a bill they can’t explain, and having the temerity to suggest there’s no need to “bring in the nerds” to suss out what’s actually on it.

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This used to be funny, but now it’s really just terrifying. We’re dealing with legislation that will completely change the face of the internet and free speech for years to come. Yet here we are, still at the mercy of underachieving Congressional know-nothings that have more in common with the slacker students sitting in the back of math class than elected representatives. The fact that some of the people charged with representing us must be dragged kicking and screaming out of their complacency on such matters is no longer endearing — it’s just pathetic and sad.


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North Koreans weeping hysterically over the death of Kim Jong-il

Posted on December 19th, 2011 at 15:22 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

Footage taken from North Korean state media.


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  1. Whoah!!! Brilliant.

  2. A german satirical magazine’s (similiar to The Onion) “news message” on this video:

    “Pyongyang. Tens of thousands of North Koreans gathered in the capital to collectively grieve and shed tears for the loss of their Beloved Leader.

    Now to economy news: World market prices for tear gas soared this monday, after an unknown east asian buyer bought out nearly all available stockpile.”

Advocaat doet aangifte tegen bisdom Rotterdam

Posted on December 19th, 2011 at 13:40 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Advocaat Jan Boone heeft maandag aangifte gedaan tegen het bisdom Rotterdam.

Hij wil dat justitie het bisdom vervolgt op verdenking van het vormen van een criminele organisatie die het plegen van seksueel misbruik als oogmerk had.

Translation: dutch lawyer wants the diocese of Rotterdam prosecuted for forming a criminal organization committing sexual abuse.

He had asked the Chief Prosecutor of Rotterdam before, but that request was pushed aside for lack of substantiation. He issued the request again referring to the Friday report by the commission Deetman about sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.


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Make Everything OK

Posted on December 19th, 2011 at 12:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

Wow. I feel better already!


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  1. You must of been using an Apple, because when I pressed it, I got STOP 0x0000000A (0xBFD14AAC, 0x000000FF, 0x00000000, 0x8000F67C)IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL ***Address 8000f67c has base at 80001000 – hal.dll. Damn!

  2. Works well on Win7 here. Also on Ubuntu.

  3. @Roland – very sorry, I was only making a geeky joke :-(

  4. I was too tired to get it, thought it really happened – there is a hal.dll, and on Win XP it has been know to cause troubles, though I don’t remember the exact details, it was related to booting and file access.
    So I thought that you really got the BSoD. :)

  5. Hal.dll- true, I actually first researched that a bit for the hardware error stop code. I recognized it immediately having seen it first hand more times than I care to recount. :-)

British Telecom sues Google over six U.S. patents allegedly infringed by Android and various Google services

Posted on December 19th, 2011 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: Google

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After Apple, Oracle, Microsoft, and eBay, British Telecommunications plc (commonly referred to as "British Telecom" or simply "BT") has just become the fifth large publicly-traded company to bring patent infringement litigation against Android.


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  1. Actually when reading the details it struck me that issue is not so much infringement but the issuance of such generic patents in the first place. I mean in many respects is its tantamount to issuing a patent on walking by humans and then suing every ambulatory person on earth.

Cartoons

Posted on December 19th, 2011 at 10:08 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dead after heart attack, state media reports

Posted on December 19th, 2011 at 8:47 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Korea’s enigmatic leader Kim Jong Il — who, after succeeding his father 17 years ago, captained his poor, closed nation and antagonized its enemies — is dead, state media reported Monday.

Kim, 69, died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, according to state media.

A tearful broadcaster reported that Kim died due to "overwork" after "dedicating his life to the people."

Scary times in Korea…


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  1. 2011 has been great so far:

    ☑ Kim Jong Il
    ☑ Khaddafi
    ☑ Osama Bin Laden
    ☐ Internet Explorer

  2. By some reports, the pope isn’t doing all that well either.

  3. Ironic that after a lifetime of avoiding air flight for “safety reasons”, Kim Jong-Il should die on a train…

  4. I was shocked to discover that IE was still alive.