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After Sony PSP phone, a 3G Nintendo DS?

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Proper titles pull more gamers

The DS games may be more expensive than an iBone app/game, but at least they are known titles, the kind of games that pull in hardcore gamers. You know, the kind of demographics the DS-phone would be actually targetting. What would you rather play, Mario Kart or iDontKnowWho's Kart? Pacman or "Pecman"? You get what you pay for.

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Carlos Slim is world's richest man, Bill Gates now number two

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Oh dear.

Every time I make a phone call, Slim's pockets get richer. At least he does have some social programs, but it seems most of the top rich people have them as well.

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Jobcentre turns to the iPhone

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Jobs for Jobs?

Given the price tag for those iBricks, I doubt anyone searching for a job would have an iPhone, or even be able to afford one. Whoops!

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Experts rubbish iPhone for health use

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Blackberries FTW

Given the battery life on a BlackBerry, I'd bet on one of those for 24/7 operation. The only way I've ever been able to drain a fully-charged battery is by running a crapload of apps, turning on GPS, WiFi *and* 3G while having a -120 dB signal, while chatting away on MSN Messenger *and* Yahoo Messenger. Even then, it worked for 10 hours on a single charge. I'm pretty sure that without GPS, the battery might even break the 24-hour barrier even with both 3G and WiFi transmitters working.

Also, BlackBerries seem to take a good deal of abuse without breaking... the iBone's main feature is also it's main vulnerability: the touchscreen. It is a nice toy, but it isn't quite cut for serious use.

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Mobile-phone wallet stymied by lack of understanding

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NFC? No need for that

One bank over here did one of those "mobile payments" scheme. They chose a "secured" app (one of those *666# mobile apps) and you would have to put in your PIN for these payments. In fact, it sounded good enough to make me interested... but they screwed up big time. The "deal" was exclusive to a mobile operator that has barely 15% market share (and was even lower back then), instead of going with the one that has 80% market share (me included).

Somehow they managed to screw up even more, as they "fused" the scheme with some weird social networking site, and that's when I finally lost interest. I'm never going to trust "social networking" with my money. Sadly, the bank's original idea was interesting enough; even the snack vending machines were able to recieve payments with that system...

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Whatever happened to the email app?

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Eudora in a floppy

This was the main plus I found with Eudora back in 1996. It could fit in a 1.44 3.5" floppy! Also, the interface was simple & quick to use. Oh, I really miss Eudora. I currently use PINE on some systems... :)

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The Hurt Locker sweeps Oscars

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Alien

District 9

As it was the best movie I watched last year. Avatar was good, but not *that* good.

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Steve Jobs says 'No' to iPhone-to-iPad tether

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So?

My mobile e-mails say "Sent from my BlackBerry". I actually like that to be sent, so that the other person knows I'm not behind a PC and will probably take some time to take whatever action he requested as "urgent".

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Sony takes aim at Apple iPhone, iPad

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Failing to see the point?

The ecosystem Sony would target to with something like a PSPphone wouldn't be the same for the iBone. The fact that Sony brings up a PS-based phone doesn't mean it is an iPhone imitator. In fact, it has a quite different ecosystem *already in place*, it doesn't need to build it.

1. Sony doesn't *need* a zillion developers for a PSP. Most apps for the PSP would probably be games, which Sony already has a good share of producers churning out. It isn't like N-Gage which needed to bring titles to the platform. iPhone may have more games, but hardcore gamers won't be easily attracted: would you play Pac-Man, or JimBum's "Park-Man" lookalike? Iron Gear Liquid: Snake Biter? hm... I don't think so.

However, I do think Sony would open up to 3rd party developers; in the world of consoles, they were nice enough to allow Linux to run on their PS3s, they are in fact less averse to homebrew stuff as long as they don't hit the game sales income.

2. PSN Store. They've had the Store up there ever since the release of the PS3. The PSP Go even operates on the same principles of the iPhone: buy your games online.

3. This one I don't know, but whatever scheme they're using, it seems to work for game developers.

4. They already have stuff like that for their current SE phones; plus there is the fact that you can simply pass on mp3's on a USB stick to your PS3, or set up media servers on your PC for your PSP & PS3. No need to add a lock-in app.

5. I'd hint a PSPphone would use some modified version of XMB, no need to use something else.

Finally, the "rootkit" which brought such infamy to Sony was actually caused by Sony/BMG ... notice the BMG part.

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Mars Express skims past Phobos

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Joke

But the real question is....

Have they found the Gate yet? Remind the UAC *not* to play with that interdimensional teleporter!

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'Severe' OpenSSL vuln busts public key crypto

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HDCP

I'd say ... this glitch seems to be a good thing for those trying to crack HDCP and similar DRM crap. Monkeying around with the power supply requires the 'hacker' to have physical access to the server, which makes said attack unfeasible. However, it is a damn good method to crack all that stuff they stuck into HD content, Blu-Ray and similar media. Nice!

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Brass necked suspect swallows USB evidence

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Coat

Yipes

I spose it now contains shitty data, then.

Jokes aside, I'd hint that this guy is counting on his own stomach juices to do the "data wipe". Sadly, the juices will only corrode the outer shell.

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Acer predicts end of cheap PC era

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My RAM is expensive

I remember running up costs for RAM in November. I was seeing $30 2Gb DDR2 RAM sticks, and thought "nice, I'm gonna get me that lean mean 8Gb machine for me! Whoops... the RAM had jumped to $70. So I'm stuck with a 4Gb box, 'coz its expensive.

It seems like its time to buy a crapload of RAM sticks and sell 'em for more... prices are definitely going up.

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iPhone ego clash costs Flash at Virgin America

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Oh yes!

Having to deal with those lazy Flash-only sites from time to time, this is one thing I can actually thank the iPhone for. Flash is for games, anything more complex is a job for HTML, JSP, ASPX, PHP, whatever.

Good riddance!

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Forgot your ThinkPad password? Get new hardware

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Ooooh, they still have that policy?

One guy at high school had the misfortune of setting his password, and he immediately forgot his password.

He then spent MONTHS trying to get IBM to reset his password... he eventually had to buy another laptop. That was back in 1998, seems like that policy has remained in Lenovo.

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Apple is suing HTC

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Apple II

Maybe they're talking about the Apple Computer in the 70's ... those used to be very common before the advent of the IBM PC. Most of the stuff found in Apple Computers dominated the 8-bit personal compuer market up to the 80's; see the MSX and Commodore for that.

I do wonder if that gives Apple the right of "igniting" the PC revolution, though.

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Hacker cuffed for Moscow big screen entertainment

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Is it that much different than "regular" programming?

I once went to a local mall a couple of years ago, and was greeted by p0rn being shown in the food court screens. However, this "porn" was actually a 50 cent video. So you don't really need to hack these things to get porn, just switch to rapper videos!

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'Kevin Rudd sucks' declares hacked Oz road sign

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FAIL

Says much

That instead of reprogramming the thing back to normal, they had to kill the power to the sign. Maybe they forgot the password???

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Spanish priest spunked €17k on chat lines and whores

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Gah! My eyes!

Forget about the lack of a NSFW tag, even with the small window I had open, my eyes are on fire. HEEELP!

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Apple strips top shelf, leaves corporate smut in place

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FAIL

Hm...

"you don't need 10 year old jimmy posting Wobble shots of his teacher on FB, and getting her fired, or using the "naked" app to post child porn pseudo images of his classmates and getting the whole school shut down"

I'm pretty sure that all of this can be done without an iBone, any pen cam will suffice to get the "sample" and would get uploaded by, you know, *normal* PCs.

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Tricorder/Aliens-motion-tracker handscanner kit gets $6m

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3D, eh?

So it means that this version of the Aliens tracker will actually tell them they're coming from *above*, and not through the door?

Nice!

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Google digs 6-foot hole for Gears

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Problem with OGG

... is that using that thingy means downloading stuff into your PC. Codec-hunting. Which is fine for techy, nerdy guys like us, but extremely annoying for common users who want their stuff to "just work".

The day that MS includes OGG codecs on its OS will be the day that OGG gains universal adoption. Otherwise, it is only another hoop to jump for "normal" users.

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Oracle should cannibalize JavaFX Frankenstein

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Depends on what you call 'fat'.

If you follow the true three-tier development model, having the client-side component as a Swing UI *doesn't* mean you have a fat client. The whole Business Logic should be processed by the AppServer instead, and the UI is just that: a UI for the user. I for one would rather see actual thin-clients on the, erm, client-side than the diarrhea of web2.0 apps relying on crappy JavaScript or those ugly Flash-based "sites".

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Almost 2,500 firms breached in ongoing hack attack

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Meh

I also worked at a large financial organization, and while IE6 was the "standard", so was Nestcape 4. That was because Netscape 4 is the most recent browser with OS/2 support; go figure.

The good thing is that those OS/2 beasts with Netscape4 are basically malware-proof, as there's no chance in hell they'll even be able to run the malware!

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Note to Captain Kirk: Warp speed will kill you

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Bussard Ramjets

I read about those in the DOOM novelizations. Theoretically, it works even better when you take into account a Fusion Reactor. That extra hydrogen is your free fuel refill!

Anyway, this investigation neglects the use of the "force field" around most Federation ships, which may be well into science fiction, but then again, the same remains true for near-c man-rated ships.

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A decade of techno-sex: Look how far we've come

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It is here too

The use of "Durex" (or Diurex, as pronounced in Spanish) for referring to adhesive tape is also common over here. Yes, in fact I think that "Durex" the condom manufacturer was also the same "Durex" the tape manufacturer; thus we have the same brand for different, err.... uses.

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OpenOffice 3.2 - now with less Microsoft envy

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@Greg J Preece

Which companies? Most of the places I've worked at in the last 3 years have stuck to XP and Office 2003. No one in their right mind has chosen 2007, especially with that "Ribbon" thingy that seems to have eaten up all their beloved menus. Not to mention Vista, which I've seen in only 2 corporate PC' in that same timeframe; and those PCs were new. In fact, I suspect new PC acquisitions have been frozen in most corps *thanks* to Vista. Woo!!!

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iPad forces operators to shave their SIMs

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You didn't read the article?

"MicroSIM is the smallest size currently available. It supports additional address book features, better security and a few other API enhancements *out of the box*"

So, you didn't read the part about the "new features" being available on USIM chips, micro or not? IIRC, the only difference between "mini" and "micro" is the excess plastic surrounding the actual chip, hence the ability to "hack" a normal USIM card into a "microSIM" slot. You're just cutting the useless plastic.

"Apple have a track record of popularising new interfaces and technologies. They did it with USB, with Firewire, with multitouch... and they were (in)famously the first computer manufacturer to drop the 3.5" floppy drive."

... and they were also the first ones in using SCSI as a HDD standard, first to jump into RISC/PowerPC, first in using 3.5" floppies instead of the 5.25" with the Macintosh ... all of these improvements were lost in favor of cheap crap by switching to IDE and x86.

I doubt USB was made popular by Mac, Firewire was better but it didn't quite take off, and dropping the 3.5" floppy *when they did it* was kind of stupid, as pendrives weren't that popular back then.

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The difference is just a bunch of plastic.

If you have a miniSIM that conforms to the USIM standard, the only difference is the plastic around the SIM. It is the chip itself the one that would be detected by the iPad. :)

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Microscope-wielding boffins crack cordless phone crypto

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Yeah, right.

RSA is still secure 30+ years after its conception, the only thing that makes it "weak" is its dependence on key length. IDEA is also quite old, and is still considered secure. Most of the cracked algorithms are usually the ones that were half-baked, short-sighted and propietary. DECT falls into this category.

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iPhone vulnerable to remote attack on SSL

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Erm

You realize it is the *iPhone* the one doing this? The one that the Mactards insist is flawless, and doesn't have any of those "your system is insecure" malware vectors???

As an even greater insult, the "verified" config comes from Apple Computer, which is easy to register as thanks to Apple ditching its original name: "Apple Computer". If they still had that one, the guy who got the legit SSL cert wouldn't have been able to do so. Of course, this also makes you wonder how would a CA not realize that someone asking for "Apple Computer" might be phishing.

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Facebook re-write takes PHP to an enterprise past

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At last!

My main problem with most scripting languages is that I believe that interpreted languages add unnecessary overhead on the CPU that could be spent executing instructions, especially in a production environment where code is changed once a week but executed a zillion times between code changes. It isn't like I'm about to change my code every time I run it!

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Obama scraps Constellation moon mission

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And yet...

the Space Shuttle still had some reuseable parts. Constellation was basically stepping backwards and using the shitty 60's tech "just bigger". They didn't even try to do something like the DynoSoar or any similar reuseable spaceplane.

Hell, they even ignored DIRECT, which had a lower cost than the Ares thingies they've just cancelled.

At least I hope that this means NASA will actually work in a real spaceship instead of "use once and discard" toys.

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Scott McNealy signs off in style

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Sun's potshots at MS

I still miss that "Jacques Cousteau" commercial where he dies because his scuba equipment uses Windows NT. "Ze last thing he saw vas not the blue of the sea, but the Blue Screen of Death."

I'm going to miss these guys.

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Boffin calculates pi to 2.7 trillion digits

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Ah, the calculator jokes...

I miss 'em, as I've been using dot-matrix graphical calculators such as the TI-83 and TI-89 since high school.

Then again, I can actually type stuff on those calcs as well... :)

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Sarko gets crypto mobe after BlackBerry ban

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That pic doesn't look like it has a keyboard...

Smartphones are all about the QWERTY keyboards. T9 is fugly for constant typing!

IIRC, I think that Obama was going to get one of NSA's own secure smartphones for the "really secure" stuff. Can't remember the name for that thing, though.

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Homemade airship prang closes highway in Oklahoma

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UP

I was half expecting this geezer to claim he's going down to South America.

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Today is not New Year's Eve - or the end of the decade

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Hell yeah!

It is bad enough for the Julian/Gregorian calendar to omit a year 0, but to have numpties claiming that decades follow the same retarded rules? Geeze!

I follow my dates by the ISO standard, which means I assume a year zero, so do the astronomers, and so should you! :)

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High-speed Chinese train kicks French, Japanese butt

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That would be...

... because the "CRH2" is really a rebadged Shinkansen, and the "CRH3" is really a Siemens Velaro train. Hey, at least they actually bought them, unlike that blatant Transrapid-ripoff they tried to pull off years ago with stolen German tech. It looks like the Chinese gov't is playing nice now :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Railways_CRH2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Railways_CRH3

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Monty launches frantic 'save MySQL' web campaign

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Too late, indeed!

Amen! I'd also add that tis is the same Monty who decided to make MyISAM a transactionless engine, polluting the minds of those who followed "the MySQL way" and were duped into thinking that such things as transactions aren't necessary. Their insistance on the fact that such things like transactions or referential integrity weren't needed, added with the aforementioned expensive licensing were the key factors on making me go back to PostgreSQL.

I'm more concerned on the future for SPARC than MySQL. All the smart opensourcers should've already moved to PostgreSQL by now!

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Fancy a lottery win? Smoke dried vulture brains

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Dead Vulture

I see dead Vultures...

Articles like this make me miss the 'dead vulture' icon ... which would be totally appropiate for this one.

Does wanting vulture brains make one a zombie? Coz zombies want braaaaains!

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iPhone worms can create mobile botnets

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So it is a worm!

Even security experts designate it as a worm. The fanboi's are put to rest on the "it isn't a worm" argument.

That said, it does seem to be the "stupid worm", that meaning you're stupid enough to leave a default password on your phone. Kinda like leaving your Nokia with 12345 as the security code...

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Design firm sues Microsoft over Bing trademark

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Ice cream!

Join in a Mexican Ice Cream chain on the lawsuits. It's called Bing as well!

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A decade to forget - how Microsoft lost its mojo

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Fixing the 0-unaware cultures

I follow the ISO standard:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601#Years

I think astronomers and scientists don't like timescales jumping numbers. Thus, Christ was born on Dec. 25, 0000 and centuries begin on 00's, not 01's. Anyway, decades are referred as the 70's, 80's, 90's ... which implies that the decades themselves go 70-79, 80-89 ... I'd doubt the mathematical abilities of anyone claiming that 1990 is part of "the eighties", century-beginning-offsetting notwithstanding.

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Pretty much employable!

I've been able to boast that I actively refuse jobs that have even a whiff of MS technology in the horizon, and still land good jobs. In fact, knowing UNIX, Linux and Java seems to land me *better paid jobs*, mostly because VB brainless coding monkeys swarm the market, so VB programmers are seen as trash, while Java devs have better reputations.

The only people who claim that MS "owns" the IT market are those who aren't in IT. UNIX still leads the server market, and most of the big orgs use either UNIX or mainframey stuff like Tandem NonStop or the IBM fridges. :)

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BlackBerry outage blankets North America

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Not all of North America

Here in Mexico, my BB never stopped getting emails. Or at least, not in normal hours ... I doubt I'd ever be in a hurry to get e-mail at 2 am. Anyway, the only "delayed" email I see was one sent at 3am which arrived at 4am. All those chain-letters and social networking site "updates" still arrived on time.

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Critics aim to sink Titanic ice cubes

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Oooh the Challenger!

I bought a toy Space Shuttle sometime circa 1985. It was the "Challenger". Years later I found out that after the Challenger blew up, the toy was being sold as the "Discovery" now. That would make my "Challenger" toy a rare item it seems ... which might explain why it got stolen from my mum's house. Arrrrgh!

Anyway ... comparing "Titanic sinking" with 9/11 isn't quite in the same league. Titanic was an accident, mainly because of an arrogant attitude on the "unsinkable boat" idea. 9/11 was a terrorist attack.

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PS3 hardware still losing Sony money, claims analyst

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Quick solution

Sell a $500 Slim with OtherOS support, so all the geeks can buy an unsubsidized Linux-capable PS3!!! :)

I really, really want x86 to be displaced ....

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Adware touts $1 bribe to prospective zombies

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AllAdvantage

Hm... though that one was fairly harmless, the only thing it did was to analyze hour browsing behavior and show relevant ads in the Viewbar I had docked in the bottom of the screen. In fact, I don't remember it being much of a resource hog at all!

Also, AllAdvantage gave much more than $1 to users... then again, you had to accumulate a big chunk of "usage hours" to get any money. And thus, MyAdvantage was born... ;)

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Acer Aspire 5738DZG 3D 15.6in notebook

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Stereoscopic 3D?

Would this be the infamous "3D" laptop that used some kind of "stereoscopic" effect to make the 3D illusion?

Ah yes, it is listed in one of the "worst tech" lists: http://www.pcworld.com/article/125772-6/the_25_worst_tech_products_of_all_time.html

At least this one doesn't require crossing your eyes.

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