Kategoriarkiv: asides

Europe to Review Oracle’s Takeover of Sun

Europe to Review Oracle’s Takeover of Sun – NYTimes.com

But Neelie Kroes, the EU competition commissioner, announced instead that an in-depth investigation would be opened.

Regulators must “examine very carefully the effects on competition in Europe when the world’s leading proprietary database company proposes to take over the world’s leading open-source database company,” she said in a statement.

It’s not easy for one big company to buy another big company nowadays. The EU has until January 19 to come to a decision so the deal will have to wait for another couple of months.

I wonder what will happen to Sun if the EU demands remedies that will call off the deal…

Large Hadron Collider Struggles

”In order to carry enough current, the collider’s magnets are cooled by liquid helium to a temperature of 1.9 degrees above absolute zero, at which point the niobium-titanium cables in them lose all electrical resistance and become superconducting.”

Large Hadron Collider Struggles, Adding to the Mysteries of Life – NYTimes.com

I’m sure they’ll get it to work eventually. It’s understandingly quite a complicated machine, so it’s bound to have problems in the beginning.