HP complaints on GroundWork

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On October 13, 2008, Hewlett-Packard sent a complaint to an open-source competitor, GroundWork, asking GroundWork to stop revealing HP’s ‘confidential’ pricing.The problem isn’t the pricing information. It’s that HP doesn’t want its high prices used against it.

GroundWork has been highlighting its cost advantages over HP’s Operations Manager and Network Node Manager offerings for some time, declaring an 82-percent cost advantage over HP’s products.

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China’s Internet search giant in trouble

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Baidu is the leading Chinese search engine for websites, audio files, and images. Baidu offers 57 search and community services including an online collaboratively-built encyclopedia (Baidu Baike), and a searchable keyword-based discussion forum. As of 21 March 2008, Baidu is ranked 19th overall in Alexa’s internet rankings.In December 2007 Baidu became the first Chinese company to be included in the NASDAQ-100 index.

On 15 and 16 November 2008, the state-owned China Central Television exposed during the popular lunchtime 30-minute news that Baidu used fraudulent high-cost-per-click advertisements as its search results; many smaller websites were blocked by Baidu as a result of not opting-in to Baidu’s advertising programs.Baidu’s share price on NASDAQ shrank by approximately 25% following the revelation .
On 17 November 2008, Baidu issued an apology which stated, “We put too much effort in competing technically with Google, and in doing so overlooked our advertising system and its management.

Now it has been accussed of  allowing unlicensed medical services to buy high search rankings.The unlicensed clinic paid Baidu nearly 17 yuan per click (£1.60) for a prominent ranking, according to a report.
Robin Li, Baidu’s chief executive officer, told the state news agency Xinhua  that the firm had sacked staff over the case and could fire more. “We have already fired people who helped fabricate documents for unlicensed suppliers,” he said.

We have removed the keywords of all four clients mentioned in the report and have begun to double-check the licenses of all other hospitals and pharmacies on our client list,” he added.

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Linux super computers are the fastest

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Every six months, the Top 500 organization announces “its ranked list of general purpose systems that are in common use for high end applications.” In other words, supercomputers. And, as has been the case for years now, the fastest of the fast are Linux computers.

Microsoft is proud that a system running Windows HPC Server 2008 took 10th place… behind nine supercomputers running Linux.

There are no Microsoft programming tools to write supercomputer compatible applications.

Needless to say, all the Linux systems do have working parallel-processing languages, like GCC, PGI and PathScale. For now, and the foreseeable future, Linux will not only stay the fastest computers, they’ll also be the most useful fast computers.

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Good bye Lycos

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LYCOS Europe is a pan-European network of websites, offering services including communication tools, online communities, web search, e-commerce, web hosting, homepage building and Internet access. It is an independent corporation, sharing no corporate structure with Lycos, Inc. (USA), but with historic origins in it. Lycos Europe is shutting down after being unable to return to the path of profitability and/or find a buyer.As a result, Lycos Europe will give back €50 million to its shareholders, but about 500 of 700 staff will reportedly lose their jobs. The US-based Lycos Inc. is a different company and is not directly affected by the demise of Lycos Europe .

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