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XBox (Games)

+ - Microsoft Not Refunding Points When XBOX360 Dies-> 4

Submitted by
DonnarsHmr
DonnarsHmr writes "After spending 26 hours, 55 minutes on the phone with 800-4MY-XBOX and 33 hours, 55 minutes trying the various fixes suggested by customer service, being hung up on multiple times by a CSR, and having a note attached to his file instructing CSRs to blow him off without resolving the issue, Speaker Ender finds out Microsoft will not be transferring his 25,600 ($319.87 worth) XBOX Live points to his new XBOX after his old one died. In fact, Microsoft will not be doing any refunds of transfers when an XBOX dies and has to be replaced.

$320 of paid for content? Stolen by Microsoft."

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Portables

+ - One Laptop Per Child using Microsoft OS

Submitted by pallmall1
pallmall1 (882819) writes "The One Laptop Per Child flagship XO laptop is going to roll off the assembly lines loaded with Microsoft embedded software. The recent price increase of the laptop to $173 is due in part to the hardware and licensing costs required to run the Microsoft software. According to Mary Lou Jepsen, CTO of the OLPC project, the "OLPC`s XO laptop series uses Microsoft`s embedded operating system, which requires special drivers to work. However, this increases the cost by nearly US$20 for the laptop, including US$3 for Microsoft`s operating system, and US$15 for a 2GB flash memory to drive the system".

So much for the statement from the OLPC project's President of Software and Content, which flatly denied any plans to incorporate Microsoft software by default."
Programming

+ - .Net/Oracle Build and Test platform

Submitted by
Kieranties
Kieranties writes "At my workplace we have recently been given the opportunity to start from scratch in terms of how we build, test and deploy our web applications. Being a fairly hip and young bunch of programmers we intend to do the minimal amount of work and use the tools available across the wonderful world of the interweb. So I ask you: What tools do you use to build, test and deploy .net web applications with an oracle back-end?"
Media (Apple)

+ - Why OS X is Important to Windows Security

Submitted by harden
harden (666) writes "Matt Hartley at OSWeekly.com discusses the importance of OS X for Windows security. "To a limited extent, I can see the obvious advantages of using OS X in the IT security field. The first and most obvious is being able to skip past the malware concerns as they have yet to really hit the OS X crowd. Secondly, anything that needs the Windows touch is simple enough to implement from some sort of a VM environment, such as Parallels or something else with a similar feel to it. Moreover, one could even make the argument that the security professionals can deal with a malware threat (virus, worm) in a more effective manner if they are combating it with something other than a Windows box. When you stop to think about it, there is a certain level of logic there."
Microsoft

+ - Why MS Will Never Sue Linux Patent "Violators&

Submitted by
techie34290
techie34290 writes "MadPenguin.org has a new story up that discusses why Microsoft is just an empty vessel and will never actually sue alleged Linux patent violators. From the article, "Riddle me this. Which would prove to be more frightening: being pounded over the head with a mallet when you did not see it coming or the continuous threat of the same action with no end in sight? The obvious answer is of course the threat of the violent action. Do you see where I'm going with this? Microsoft has something with plenty of staying power if they threaten to sue rather than spending millions in actually doing it. The PR makes them look like masters of the universe and even though Linux users tend to double over laughing at their claims, they know that it will put the fear of the big "M" in the hearts and minds of IT staff from various industries and schools who might be toying with the idea of making the switch. Lawsuits may crush one or two individuals, but the power from a threat provides options that last a lifetime."
Intel

+ - Intel P35 Bearlake Chipset And DDR3 Hit 1.7GHz

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (666) writes "Intel is officially unleashing their newest mainstream desktop chipset today, the P35, a member of the formerly codenamed "Bearlake" family. In addition to a new ICH9 Southbridge, the P35 chipset ushers in support for DDR3 system memory for the desktop. It also supports legacy DDR2 memory, depending on the motherboard's DIMM slot configuration. Here is a performance evaluation on a pair of P35-based motherboards from Asus with both DDR2 and DDR3 memory installed. As you'll note, thanks to some relatively high latencies currently, DDR3 doesn't affect performance all that much currently. It does show serious promise though, with the ability to hit speeds in excess of 1700MHz DDR."
Power

+ - The Sun, not Man, is Causing Global Warming

Submitted by
Sterling D. Allan
Sterling D. Allan writes "There are plenty good reasons to go green. Global warming isn't one of them. A 76-minute documentary produced in England and published on YouTube destroys the arguments put forward by Al Gore and other activists who lay the primary blame for Global Warming at the feet of mankind. According to the documentary, CO2 historically lags earth mean temperatures by several hundred years. The lock-step relationship is between solar activity and earth temperatures. Man's contribution is puny in comparison. The earth has seen temperatures much warmer than today in previous cyclical periods."

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