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Cogent observations aside, this gray-haired retired Unix programmer glazes eyes over yet once again regarding "stack buffer overflow" smash-and-grab errors. By now you'd think the industrial world has adopted tricknology developed over a decade ago to snuff this stuff out. Maybe someone has a patent on how-to-forever-prevent "stack smashing"-at-compile-time, but I doubt it. What hath BSD Unix wrought?
hiding cell towers in church steeples is another favorite trick -- in frisco there's supposedly one in st. paul's in noe valley (where sister act was filmed), but if so it's only helping us out only a little bit.
so how will lenovo do against apple director ms. jung?
Right on, brother. The pharmaceutical industry provides another example where market exclusivity via patents eventually gives way to cheaper generic competition.Well, I'm essentially (and surprisingly) in the iPhone legal credits for contributing to image decoding and display, via moldy old data compression code contributed to Unix. Part of me says "if I had a nickel for every iThingie", but the better part of me knows the contribution is really de minimus. ...
FYI: Steven Chu's editorial introducing the 25 Sept. issue of Science themed on carbon capture and sequestration is reproduced here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=163040886856 (going to the original source at sciencemag.org itself requires registration). Any business organization that does not see greentech as a win-win opportunity, instead choosing to argue with a silverback-gorilla physics Nobelist (forget 'sjobs' for the nonce) is simply...
Although ZFS has been around for almost five years at Sun, sometimes it's still treated as a research project. E.g. to answer (real or perceived) threats from storage competitors like NetApp, Sun is now playing with de-duplication, a marketing checkbox item for some, but for others like ZFS principal Jeff Bonwick a thing to get right (i.e. done at the block level). There is still an unresolved Sun/NetApp patent lawsuit which may be taking Apple hostage, even...
Recall that Dow Jones is now owned by Rupert Murdoch.
As a denizen of the overflow room, I thank Prince McLean for his more detailed commentary than the off-the-cuff remarks I posted in another thread. McLean's report rings true. Those who think Tim Cook seems uninspiring may be underestimating him or misunderstanding his role. In person you can sense his fierce focus, even moreso than with hizzoner Jobs. If you were an Apple employee, you would get/give inspiration no matter which alpha person was at the...
Correction, the piece about Buffett's dwindling cash pile (which doesn't mention Apple) is from Barron's, not Wall St. Journal:http://online.barrons.com/article/SB...968062015.html Hacking Apple's cash financials is done at plenty of sites, including:http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/forums/viewthread/75038 As for the Apple meeting, I thought it was amusing to hear from the Speaker's Corner types how they weren't "socialist", to distance themselves from the other gadfly Mr....
I just returned from the event. There's really nothing "material" to report -- even the usual gadflies (especially Mr. Ehrlich, the dude who disses Al Gore, the unions, and "socialist" shareholders) trotted out the same old stuff. The big event seemed to be the motley crew's rendition of Happy Birthday to the absent CEO S. Jobs. The tenor was slightly different in that non-executive members-of-the-board (Levinson & Campbell) fielded questions at the behest of...
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