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How much Apache?

Posted on January 14th, 2014 at 16:51 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


estimate that use of Apache potentially accounts for somewhere between $2 billion and $12 billion in the United States. Apache’s advanced functionality provides reasons to think the estimate tends toward the higher number, but, as yet, standard methods can’t settle on a single number.

Is that a lot? That equates to between 1.3 percent and 8.7 percent of the stock of prepackaged software in private fixed investment in the United States. That looks like a lot to me, especially for one piece of software.

Another, in the long list of answers to the question, “What have the Romans ever done for us?”

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  1. The aqueduct?

  2. Apache was developed in Rome?

  3. C’mon Desiato, accept a backhanded compliment to the US.

Requirements for DRM in HTML5 are a secret

Posted on January 14th, 2014 at 16:44 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


The work at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on adding DRM to HTML5 is one of the most disturbing developments in the recent history of technology. The W3C’s mailing lists have been full of controversy about this ever since the decision was announced.

Most recently, a thread in the restricted media list asked about the requirements for DRM from the studios — who have pushed for DRM, largely through their partner Netflix — and discoverd that these requirements are secret.

It’s hard to overstate how weird this is.

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5 reasons why your pay isn’t rising as fast as it should

Posted on January 14th, 2014 at 16:30 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Large supply of unemployed workers…automation…hollowing out of the middle class… decline in unionization…globalization

According to Ralph Nader, the boss of Target is paid $14,000 per hour…could there be a connection?

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  1. Target has something like 360,000 employees. Don’t know if that’s FTE or all, so let’s assume 20 hrs/wk average to be conservative. That’s 360 mln hours per year. So they can each get an extra 8 cents per hour, or $80 per year, out of the alleged CEO’s salary. Whoop-tee-doo.

    So no, not a lot of correlation there, I think.

  2. (That’s ignoring the fact that most salaries at that level are not in cash, they’re largely in stock. That means they don’t come directly out of profits like employee pay, but (usually) are paid for by issuing new stock, and so they come out of shareholder equity through dilution.

  3. What I don’t understand is why the labor movement isn’t investing all union dues into buying up or starting companies that can be run on a different model, that of maximizing not profits, but employment.

  4. lol…I bet there are a significant group of other management staff earning excessive pay as well. That might produce a bit more to be shared around.

    I can’t say anything about unions. There is the cooperative movement. Not sure if that ever got big in the US. Plus there are a lot of not-for-profit organizations, including governments.

Germans abandon hope of US ‘no-spy’ treaty

Posted on January 14th, 2014 at 14:56 by John Sinteur in category: News


Although talks between Germany’s security agencies and their American counterparts are officially still ongoing, the German government has little hope of a bilateral treaty which would stop the US spying on the German government, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and broadcaster NDR reported, quoting a high ranking civil servant.


The report said Washington had not met Berlin’s key demands which included a promise to stop listening to politicians’ phone calls, give German officials access to the alleged listening station in the US Embassy, explain how long Merkel’s phone was monitored, and state whether or not she was the only prominent Germany politician to be targeted.

The civil servant told the paper: “We’re getting nothing.”

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DEA and the cartel

Posted on January 14th, 2014 at 12:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


DEA Negotiated With Mexican Drug Cartel Members “An investigation by El Universal (in spanish) found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels.”

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Don’t Believe The (Marijuana) Hype

Posted on January 14th, 2014 at 9:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


The truth is that our perceptions of marijuana—and in fact all of our drug laws—are based on early 20th century racism and “science” circa the Jim Crow era. In the early decades of the 20th century, the drug was linked to Mexican immigrants and black jazzmen, who were seen as potentially dangerous.

Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (an early predecessor of the DEA), was one of the driving forces behind pot prohibition. He pushed it for explicitly racist reasons, saying, “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men,” and:

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”

The main reason to prohibit marijuana, he said was “its effect on the degenerate races.” (And god forbid women should sleep with entertainers!)

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  1. Something also made white women think they were as good as white men.

Florida Man Is Shot to Death for Texting During Movie Previews

Posted on January 14th, 2014 at 9:14 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Frances Robles, reporting the NYT:

An argument over texting at the movies ended in a cellphone user’s death, when a retired police officer in the audience shot him at a theater near Tampa, Fla., on Monday afternoon, the authorities said. […]

The killing underscored the increased debate about when to use smartphones in public.

On Twitter, Billmon writes:

When someone is shot in cold blood over texting, and NYT thinks the issue is smart phones, safe to say we’ve gone completely nuts as a country.

Update, 2:20a EST: The “underscored” sentence has been removed from the story. It got a lot of attention while it was there, though.

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