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Christmas Cheer

+ - Ultimate iPhone App - Control Christmas Lights->

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IntelliAdmin
IntelliAdmin writes "I thought other Slashdotters might appreciate this one. Our lead developer, Steve Wiseman, has created an iPhone application that allows him to control Christmas lights. It uses a custom built iPhone application, along with a webserver using PHP to handle the requests. The X10 signals are then sent using the serial port based FireCracker from X10."
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Software

+ - Good arguments to open commercial software->

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IntelliAdmin writes "I work for a small ISV that has just released a beta of their remote control software. It is a clean room implementation of the VNC protocol. This means they did not use the original VNC source to produce it. I am trying to get them to release an open source version since RealVNC has held back their Vista and 2008 compatible versions. What would be some good arguments I could take to the owners that Open Sourcing this would be a good idea?"
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Microsoft

+ - Bug causes Microsoft to push Vista RTM to Nov. 8

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IntelliAdmin
IntelliAdmin writes "Microsoft originally targeted October 25th for Vista's release to manufacturing, but a last-minute bug that "took most of the Vista team by surprise" caused an unexpected delay, said Ethan Allen, a quality assurance lead at a Seattle high-tech company that tests its products for Vista. Allen said the Vista team discovered the bug, which "would totally crash the system, requiring a complete reinstall". Vista now has a new RTM date of November 8th"
GameCube (Games)

+ - Grand Theft Auto maker loses round in lawsuit

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IntelliAdmin
IntelliAdmin writes "A federal judge refused a request from Take-Two Interactive Software to immediately dismiss some claims in a lawsuit accusing it of selling "Grand Theft Auto" video games containing sexually explicit images under the wrong content label. The best-selling "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" was found to have hidden sex scenes in 2005. The explicit scenes, known as "Hot Coffee," allowed players to engage in virtual sex acts."
Toys

+ - Cell phone locks when owner goes to far away

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IntelliAdmin
IntelliAdmin writes "A new mobile phone in Japan locks automatically when its owner moves too far away and can be found via satellite navigation when it goes missing. It comes with a small black card about the size of a movie-ticket stub that works as a security key by connecting wirelessly with the cell phone. Enter the phone number and other information into a Web site, and a map will pop up showing the phone's location."

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