East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2005/7/21

Awake yet? (11)

Filed under: News,Software — Erwin @ 10:11 am

He’s been beamed up himself (CNN) I guess:

James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original “Star Trek” TV series and motion pictures who responded to the apocryphal command “Beam me up, Scotty,” died early Wednesday. He was 85

Looks like myspace.com got swallowed up:

News Corporation announced today that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Intermix Media, Inc. for approximately $580 million in cash, or the equivalent of $12 per common share. In a separate transaction, Intermix announced today that it exercised its option to acquire the 47 percent of MySpace.com that it does not already own. MySpace.com is the leading lifestyle portal for networking online. Both MySpace.com and Intermix’s more than 30 sites will become part of News Corporation’s newly formed Fox Interactive Media unit.

Here’s hoping this will be a change for the better.

At ArsTechnica you can read a slightly different view on the recent web surfing costing businesses money news item:

These cost studies always assume that workers are paid to be “productive” all of the time, and that any time not being productive takes away from productivity. The problem with this is that plenty of people have jobs where they have plenty of down time. I know I’m not alone in having had a support job where 50% of my time was twiddling my thumbs waiting for a ticket to be opened, but that was the cost of having plenty of support.

That’s not the only reason that the numbers are suspicious, but you’ll have to read the rest of it yourself.

There are new versions (1.0.6) of both Thunderbird and Firefox, to correct a problem that caused some plugins not to work anymore in 1.0.5. Go fetch!

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