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From: Sr K8/1/2010 12:00:15 AM
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$200 Textbook vs. Free. You Do the Math.

By ASHLEE VANCE
Published: July 31, 2010

INFURIATING Scott G. McNealy has never been easier. Just bring up math textbooks.

Mr. McNealy, the fiery co-founder and former chief executive of Sun Microsystems, shuns basic math textbooks as bloated monstrosities: their price keeps rising while the core information inside of them stays the same.

“Ten plus 10 has been 20 for a long time,” Mr. McNealy says.

Early this year, Oracle, the database software maker, acquired Sun for $7.4 billion, leaving Mr. McNealy without a job. He has since decided to aim his energy and some money at Curriki, an online hub for free textbooks and other course material that he spearheaded six years ago.

“We are spending $8 billion to $15 billion per year on textbooks” in the United States, Mr. McNealy says. “It seems to me we could put that all online for free.”

The nonprofit Curriki fits into an ever-expanding list of organizations that seek to bring the blunt force of Internet economics to bear on the education market. Even the traditional textbook publishers agree that the days of tweaking a few pages in a book just to sell a new edition are coming to an end.

“Today, we are engaged in a very different dialogue with our customers,” says Wendy Colby, a senior vice president of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “Our customers are asking us to look at different ways to experiment and to look at different value-based pricing models.”

nytimes.com

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To: Sr K who wrote (64840)1/5/2014 9:00:17 PM
From: Justinfo
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Apologies for digging up this old thread. But what are you referring too? Why would IBM not see losing SUN as a loss back then?

Considering how hard it has been for Oracle to turn around suns HW business, maybe IBM knew something about Hardware businesses.

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To: Justinfo who wrote (64861)1/6/2014 4:44:26 AM
From: Arthur Tang
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Oracle has to add wifi to Sun computers for data centers. IBM computers also had to change from wired connections to wifi for parallel processing.

ARRS will license edgeqam wifi for parallel cloud computing on data center operations.

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To: Arthur Tang who wrote (64862)1/7/2014 12:21:01 AM
From: Justinfo
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Sorry but I dont understand, Aren't datacenters an ethernet >1Gbps places? Servers have backplane, switches etc to ensure ensure networking is possible. Its extremely complex. How is WIFI incorporated into servers? What is the advantage? Unless they use robotics for inventory or service related requests.

How does WIFI help with parallel processing? Isnt parallel processing more to do with number of CPU/GPU cores?

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To: Justinfo who wrote (64863)1/7/2014 4:19:01 AM
From: Arthur Tang
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Ethernet is wired, connecting cpus by load distribution(4 stacked). Wifi for each cpu made them connectivity by packets especially edgeqam used by satellite transmission. Each edgeqam channel can be separated to another by 3 cycles in frequency.

This technology might be patents held by ARRS. CableTV plants use equipment connected by packets, which is the ideal way to do cloud computing.

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From: Sr K5/8/2015 10:55:44 PM
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OT

wsj.com

The Golfing Upstart of Silicon Valley

Maverick McNealy, the top-ranked college golfer and son of a Sun Microsystems founder, didn’t begin playing full-time until college

May 8, 2015 6:43 p.m. ET

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