GeekSpeak for 2015-01-31

AOL’s Opera Profits Apple

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Topics inlude: AOL is still a thing? Bill Gates as cool guy singularity skeptic. Saluting our Apple high-profit overlords. Are scientists more right than the rest of us? And sad times for Dreamwork’s computer graphics artists.

AOL still makes most of its money off millions of dial-up subscribers - The Washington Post

AOL considers itself an advertising and media company. But it still relies on 2.3 million dial-up subscription customers for the bulk of its profits.

Opera founder unveils feature-rich Vivaldi power browser

Many Opera fans were deeply displeased at the loss of what they saw as key differentiating functionality. So now Jon von Tetzchner, the man who founded Opera and who would probably never have allowed those drastic feature changes, is back to serve this hard core with a new browser called Vivaldi.

Inside Microsoft’s New Rendering Engine For The "Project Spartan" - Smashing Magazine

For years we have laughed and cried of the features and lack there of in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. On GeekSpeak we have recommended any other browser. And now Microsoft is building a new browser.

Hi Reddit, I’m Bill Gates and I’m back for my third AMA. Ask me anything. : IAmA

Bill answered a bunch of questions. Of note in the news "AI could cause a threat. "

But I like his response to “What do you think has improved life the most in poor countries in the last 5 years?”

Vaccines make the top of the list. Being able to grow up healthy is the most basic thing. So many kids get infectious diseases and don’t develop mentally and physically. I was in Berlin yesterday helping raise $7.5B for vaccines for kids in poor countries. We barely made it but we did which is so exciting to me!
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Apple Just Had The Most Profitable Quarter Of Any Company Ever | TechCrunch

Apple had a pretty good quarter.
And by “pretty good,” I mean it was the biggest quarter in history. And not just for Apple. For any company. Ever.
This page charts the past record holders. Until today, Russia’s Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) held the record at $16.2 billion in a quarter.
Apple now holds the record: $18.04 billion in profit, fiscal Q1 of 2015.

Coding style is identifiable

New research now shows that a developer’s coding style is a type of fingerprint, which can be used to identify who wrote an anonymous piece of code with a high degree of accuracy.

Dreamworks Mass Layoff: DreamWorks to Reduce 500 Jobs in Redwood City Facility

Last Thursday, DreamWorks Animation announced that the company would reduce 500 jobs, giving up more than 20 percent of its staff.