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Grandma never gives up: fails driving 771 times

Fail your driving test before? This grandma failed the preliminary written section 771 times. She wants to get a car for her business.

Woman fails driving test 771 times

A dogged South Korean grandmother has failed her driving test 771 times but is determined to keep trying to pass.

The 68-year-old, identified only by her last name Cha, has taken the test almost every working day since 2005 in the southwestern city of Jeonju. She failed again on Monday for the 771st time.

Choi said that Cha cannot pass the preliminary written section of the test, averaging scores of 30-50 whereas the pass mark is 60 out of 100.

Local media said that Cha sells food and household items door-to-door at apartment complexes, carrying the items in a handcart, but wants to get a car for her business.

Police estimate she has spent almost five million won to take the written test, with each test costing 6,000 won (£2,980) in addition to other expenses.

“I feel sorry every time I see Cha fail. When she passes, I’ll make a commemorative tablet myself and give it to her,” one officer was quoted as saying. (Source: Telegraph)

She spent almost SGD$5488 or USD$3645 and she has a lot of patience!

Microsoft Zune fail because of this For loop

Wonder why Microsoft Zune fail on New Year leap year? It’s because of a Freescale date routine!

year = ORIGINYEAR; /* = 1980 */

while (days > 365)
{
  if (IsLeapYear(year))
  {
    if (days > 366)
    {
      days -= 366;
      year += 1;
    }
  }
  else
  {
    days -= 365;
    year += 1;
  }
}

Under normal circumstances, this works just fine. The function keeps subtracting either 365 or 366 until it gets down to less than a year’s worth of days, which it then turns into the month and day of month. Thing is, in the case of the last day of a leap year, it keeps going until it hits 366. Thanks to the if (days > 366), it stops subtracting anything if the loop happens to be on a leap year. But 366 is too large to break out of the main loop, meaning that the Zune keeps looping forever and doesn’t do anything else. (Source: ZuneBoard)

User “itsnotabigtruck” of ZuneBoard forum made that interesting find.

Man who predicted USSR collapse unconfident of US

The same guy who predicted collapse of USSR, is predicting the collapse of U.S. That’s a horribly truncated title, I hope you can understand it. Well, didn’t want to break my layout’s look and feel. ;)

As if Things Weren’t Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.

MOSCOW — For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument — that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. — very seriously. Now he’s found an eager audience: Russian state media.

In recent weeks, he’s been interviewed as much as twice a day about his predictions. “It’s a record,” says Prof. Panarin. “But I think the attention is going to grow even stronger.”

Prof. Panarin, 50 years old, is not a fringe figure. A former KGB analyst, he is dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s academy for future diplomats. He is invited to Kremlin receptions, lectures students, publishes books, and appears in the media as an expert on U.S.-Russia relations.

But it’s his bleak forecast for the U.S. that is music to the ears of the Kremlin, which in recent years has blamed Washington for everything from instability in the Middle East to the global financial crisis. Mr. Panarin’s views also fit neatly with the Kremlin’s narrative that Russia is returning to its rightful place on the world stage after the weakness of the 1990s, when many feared that the country would go economically and politically bankrupt and break into separate territories. (Source: WSJ)

But… US is too big to fail right?

Sun Microsystems swings to big quarterly loss

Sun Microsystems isn’t going to perform well this season. The first thing that comes to my mind about Sun is Java. (Darn they even rename their stock ticker to JAVA.) While Java as a language is still thriving the JAVA just got its outlook revised to negative by Fitch.

Sun Microsystems swings to big quarterly loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Battered by competition and slowing demand, Sun Microsystems Inc. swung to a big loss in its fiscal first quarter, dragging the server and software maker’s results below Wall Street’s forecast.

Sun also plans to write down the value of its business, a sign of the company’s deteriorating competitive position and vulnerability to the economic meltdown. Shares fell more than 8 percent in after-hours trading.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company is scheduled to release its earnings Oct. 30, but it offered an early peek Monday. Sun said its loss will be between 25 cents and 35 cents per share for the three months ended Sept. 28. Excluding one-time charges, the falls between 2 cents and 12 cents per share. (Source: Associated Press)

And just hours ago, Forbes reported that Sun Microsystems’ co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim is leaving the company to concentrate on his startup, Arista Networks. But it’s not the first time Bechtolsheim left Sun. Back in 1995, Bechtolsheim left Sun for networking startup Granite Systems. Granite was acquired the following year by Cisco System and Bechtolsheim went with the group. Bechtolsheim then left Cisco for startup Kealia in 2003, which was acquired the following year by Sun, where Bechtolsheim was named chief architect and senior vice president for Sun’s systems group. (Source: Forbes)

But worry not on the programming language Java, Java is simply too big to fail. It always feels good to be too big to fail.