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Microsoft: "We have no obligation to return data to you."
The terms of service of the Windows store allow Microsoft to "change or discontinue certain apps or content offered in the Windows Store at any time, for any reason," and explains that "If the Windows Store, an app, or any content is changed or discontinued, your data could be deleted or you may not be able to retrieve data you have stored", but if you are lucky "we may refund to you the amount you paid for the license,"
The Russian space program needs programmers
"The Russian space industry has problems with software. The best programmers went and there are no young people."
Thorium may be a better fuel for nuclear power than Uranium
According to Virginia-based company Lightbridge, “it dramatically reduces the amount of waste in the reactor, reduces the toxicity of the waste coming out of the reactor, and doesn't produce any weapons usable materials,” and it is also three times more abundant than uranium, the element currently used in nuclear plants.
Russia: Laser scanner against drunk drivers
The new invention, dubbed “Bouton” (flower bud), was demonstrated at the XV Anniversary International Exhibition of Police and Military Equipment – ‘Interpolitex’ – held in Moscow from 25 to 28 October. Bouton can trace even the most subtle fumes of ethanol in a car passing by at up to 150 km per hour. According to its manufacturer, it works in all weather conditions and requires no complex maintenance.
US-military working to automate warfare
Drones flying over Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen can already move automatically from point to point, and it is unclear what surveillance or other tasks, if any, they perform while in autonomous mode. Even when directly linked to human operators, these machines are producing so much data that processors are sifting the material to suggest targets, or at least objects of interest. That trend toward greater autonomy will only increase as the U.S. military shifts from one pilot remotely flying a drone to one pilot remotely managing several drones at once.
The problem with Firefox and how it could be fixed
Not that long ago it looked like Firefox would soon be the most popular web-browser, but bad management decisions have prevented that from happening.
12/20/2011      share:derubg

Germany: Linux-Migration in Munich successful

The municipal government of the city of Munich has already migrated 3/4 of it's 12,000 workstations from Windows to Linux. The project garnered international recognition because Microsoft-CEO Steve Ballmer flew to Munich and tried to stop it.

Todate, more than 9,000 workstations (instead of 8,500 planned until end of 2011) were migrated to Linux. In 2012 the project will be completed when the remaining 3,000 workstations will be migrated.
München hat den 9.000. PC-Arbeitsplatz auf den LiMux Client migriertKirsten Böge12/14/2011
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