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Nine Chip Makers Fined $400M In EU For Price Fixing 215

eldavojohn writes "In a disturbing case for average consumers, nine DRAM chip manufacturers have been fined more than $400 million for price fixing. The named companies are Samsung, Hynix, Infineon, NEC, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Elpida, and Nanya. A tenth company, Micron, avoided fines by reporting the other nine to the authorities. Since all companies cooperated with the probe, they received a 10% reduction in fines, so it could have been worse. The US DoJ has had its own history with chip makers and LCD makers in price fixing scandals."

Comment Re:Bloody luxury. (Score 1) 952

Hardwired to black! You had it easy.

In my day, we only had half a broken pixel between ten of us. We would all share one pair of broken coke-bottle glasses to magnify it, so we could see, then our parents would beat us about the head with an IBM keyboard because they thought we were looking at porn.


Submission + - Adobe to sue Apple over Flash cross-compiler ban (

sopssa writes: "IT World reports that Adobe intends to sue Apple "within a few weeks," citing sources close to Adobe. Not only did the recent iPhone and iPad licensing change ban Adobe's Flash-to-iPhone cross-compiler, but also Novell's MonoTouch which lets you compile C# and .NET apps to the iPhone. "Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs". Lee Brimelow notes in his blog post that "What they are saying is that they won’t allow applications onto their marketplace solely because of what language was originally used to create them. This is a frightening move that has no rational defense other than wanting tyrannical control over developers and more importantly, wanting to use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe. This does not just affect Adobe but also other technologies like Unity3D."."

Comment Re:OS X Server will do exactly what you want (Score 1) 618

I've got to agree, especially now that you can get OSX Server in a Mac Mini relatively cheaply. I tried Windows and Linux, but (as a parent) OSX was the easiest to set up and just get on with life. The caveat is that it's only easy if everything in your house is a Mac - you may or may not want to go down that route.

Google Brings Chrome Renderer, Speedy Javascript To IE 239

A month after we discussed Google's bringing SVG to IE, several readers let us know that Google is expanding the beachhead by offering Chrome's renderer and speedy Javascript execution in an IE plugin. This effort is in service of allowing IE to participate in Google Wave when that technology's preview is extended in a week's time. The plugin, currently in an early stage of development, is called Google Chrome Frame.

FDA OKs First Human Trial of Neural Stem Cell Therapy 149

An anonymous reader sends word that the FDA has approved a phase 1 trial for Neuralstem, a company with a patented stem cell procedure targeting ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and other spinal conditions. The company's CEO said in a press release, "While this trial aims to primarily establish safety and feasibility data in treating ALS patients, we also hope to be able to measure a slowing down of the ALS degenerative process." Results are expected in 2 years. The trial will involve 12 ALS patients who will receive stem cell injections in the lumbar area of the spinal cord. An information site for the disabled community adds hopefully: "If it makes it through all stages of testing, we will see if doctors are willing to [use] it on subjects that have injuries coming from physical injuries like diving accidents."

Comment Re:Upgrading (Score 1) 858

Better is not a pointless term if you are counting on reliability. Apple qualifies certain RAM modules because it know that they meet the timing requirements of its chipset. You buy the qualified RAMs, you have a better chance of getting something that works flawlessly.

The question we should ask is: "If Apple wants to keep the public perception that its computers are better quality than PCs, why does it make it more attractive for users to buy 3rd party RAM that may make it crash more often?"

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 221

Technologies like this need to be slapped to the ground until their efficiency dramatically improves.

What little benefit we get from the convenience of wireless power is outweighed by the inconvenience of having to move to higher ground as the waste power of a hundred million gadget chargers becomes heat.


Submission + - Screen Recording Software Options

pipingguy writes: I'd like to use screen recording software to create Flash movies in order to create tutorials. So far I've found Camtasia Studio (relatively expensive), Bulent's Screen Recorder 4 (reasonably priced) and CamStudio (open source). My questions to those who have experience with doing this sort of thing: Are there other programs worth considering? What are the pros and cons of the ones I've mentioned? Thanks for any help.

Guitar Hero Maker Sued - Cover Song Too Awesome 190

volpone writes "The band "The Romantics" are suing Activision over their wedding reception favorite, 'What I Like About You,' which appears in Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the '80s. The problem is not copyright infringement; Activision had permission to make a cover version of the song. No, the problem is that the cover sounds too much like the original. 'The band's attorneys have indicated that they are seeking an injunction that would force the game to be withdrawn from sale. Although around half of the songs in the newly released Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock feature recordings by the original artists, in previous Guitar Hero games the majority of songs were cover versions.'" In not totally-unrelated news you can download the Mjolnir mix of the Halo theme for play on GHIII, free, today.

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