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XBox (Games)

+ - Xbox 360's Identity Crisis->

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NP
NP writes "Upon inserting my copy of Forza Motorsport 2 into my Xbox 360 a most unusual thing happened. My Xbox 360 displayed a screen telling me that if I wanted to play the game it would have to be inserted into... an Xbox 360 console! I tried holding a mirror up to the Xbox and demanding that it take a look, but it refuses to do so."
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Businesses

+ - Need response for IT's rejection to opensource

Submitted by badcowboy
badcowboy (879744) writes "I have been trying to get a LAMP server onto our corporate network. The problem I have been running into is our corporate IT manager has some issues with open source. Here is his response to my request:

"I too like open source software, but not in the enterprise. This would require implementing GPL clients and servers within our organization who's authors have no responsibility or accountability for any security issues that were opened up as a result.

Open source is fine for some implementations. I may take a look at this in my spare time to get a better idea of what it's capabilities and pitfalls are, but in all likelihood this isn't something we're going to implement here for the reasons mentioned above anytime soon.
"

What is the best way to respond?"
The Courts

+ - Boston University Student Challenges RIAA

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "A Boston University student identified only as one of the 21 "John Does" in Arista v. Does 1-21 has challenged the RIAA's alleged right to get his or her identity from the school, bringing a motion to vacate the ex parte discovery order obtained by the RIAA, and to quash the subpoena served on the university. John Doe's court papers (pdf) argue, among other things, that the RIAA's papers are "based on a flawed theory that having copyrighted music files on an individual's computer or on an assigned folder on Boston University's server is a "distribution" of such copyrighted music files, where such folder is merely accessible by others." (Memorandum of Law, pp. 4-5)."
OS X

+ - Should Apple License OS X 'Mobile'?->

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An anonymous reader writes "This author, hypothesizes that Apple might decide to license OS X for mobile devices. The reason? Unlike 3rd party licensing for PCs, Apple currently has no cell phone sales to cannibalize. Plus, every unit sold would be one less Windows Mobile license, and one more potential customer for the iTunes Music Store."
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Amazon Offers DVD for 14 Million Dollars->

Submitted by Frank
Frank (666) writes "The DVD Dossier is reporting that Amazon.com is selling the Kevin Costner film "The Gunrunner" on DVD for only fourteen million dollars. That represents a 30 per cent savings off the regular price, which is a little over twenty million. And at that price, this DVD had better have some very special special features! By the way, Amazon's standard pre-order price guarantee is in effect. So you can buy with confidence: if the price drops by a million or two before it ships, you'll pay the lower price."
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Programming

+ - Apple's New Animation/UI Framework->

Submitted by mqudsi
mqudsi (1074334) writes "Apple is show-casing a new animation/user-interface framework due to ship with OS X Leopard. According to Apple, this new API will make it possible for software developers to easily and quickly add advanced custom 3D animations and interactions to their applications — in effect creating a new 3D UI — with little time and difficulty. While this concept isn't new, it's up to Apple to prove if they can make it easy, seeing as previous attempts by Microsoft and Adobe have failed to do what some say Apple just might accomplish: bring on desktop 2.0."
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Censorship

+ - Video game systems and the rise of drug use!->

Submitted by Blah Blah
Blah Blah (666) writes "I found a Great Story Here "With all the data we as a society track now days this is one that has been over looked. All the talk about violent video games and what they are doing to our kids, I thought I would look at the numbers a little more. Scanning the U.S. Department of Justice crime numbers thinking I would not find anything new. I found something so crazy that I could not even believe what I was looking at. If you will look at the numbers you will see what I see. Game console systems are directly linked to the rise in Drug use in people ages 18 +.""
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Communications

+ - Phone Patent Battle Hurts Millions of Consumers->

Submitted by
CorinneI
CorinneI writes "The patent battle, brewing since May 2005 when Broadcom Corp. filed suit against Qualcomm for infringing upon 10 Broadcom patents related to wired and wireless communications, has resulted in a International Trade Commission's decision to ban the import of new models of cell phones containing Qualcomm 3G broadband chipsets. This strikes a serious blow to consumers hoping to buy any one of Verizon's and Sprint's high-speed models and many AT&T phones. Collateral damage from this legal dirty bomb will hit Motorola, Samsung, LG, and HTC, all of whom use some Qualcomm components."
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Google

+ - Google DDoS'ed?

Submitted by
Dr.BackTrack
Dr.BackTrack writes "Today, Google was offline for an Entire hour. The buzz quickly spread across IRC and Forums. Now Google have recovered from the Unexpected outage. The Rumour is that there was a DDoS on the Google Server. This has not been confirmed but expect news soon from Google or somewhere else."
The Internet

+ - iPredict a Cease-and-Desist letter.

Submitted by palewook
palewook (1101845) writes "Last week, MSNBC debuted a new service on their news site. Rex Sorgatz, Executive Producer at MSNBC.com, calls the service, "answers visualized over time". The service, iPredict is aggregated news. Propelled by user's votes with annotated changes in the news story marked on a graph. IPredict resembles a Statistical Process Control graph compressed into a timeline covering topical news headlines. Presently, MSNBC has yet to ask the risky questions using the service. When should the USA leave Iraqi? Should Paris have been released? When will Apple send a Cease-and-Desist letter over the name?"

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