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FBI Releases Boston Bombing Suspect Images/Videos 416

An anonymous reader writes "The FBI has released images of what they say are two suspects with backpacks and ball caps. 'Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members of the suspects,' Special Agent Rick DesLauriers, the head of the FBI's Boston office said. 'And though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those with information to come forward and provide it to us.'"

Comment more people plug it into their TVs?? (Score 1) 146

The article states "Ten years later, the Xbox 360 is the best-selling video-game system of its generation in the United States, where more people plug it into their TVs than either Sony's PlayStation 3 or Nintendo's Wii (emphasis mine), and it's making Microsoft a contender in the fierce battle to serve up entertainment on demand, especially from Internet video services. "
  That makes for a nice story but the Wii has worldwide sales of almost 90M compared to the Xbox 360's 55-57M. If you take into account the poor reliability of the 360 relative to both the PS3 (which is neck and neck in total sales) and the Wii, it's easily third in consoles currently in use.

Comment Re:Lets get the facts straight :-) (Score 1) 285

MS hasn't sold the Xbox 360 at a loss for years. That $150 number was for launch consoles.

It took them less than a year to get costs low enough that they made a profit on each console.

Comment Re:There must be a better way (Score 1) 863

The rate changes are being phased in gradually, some parking spaces that cost $0.25/hour last year cost $1/hour this year and by 2013 will cost $2/hour. If you consider that its been that rate for quite some time, its not that bad, but its still an awful steep increase to do in such a short time. Other rates hits aren't yet quite so bad; the $3/hour Loop parking is now $3.50/hour but will hit $6.50/hour by 2013. The thing that irks me the most is that there isn't a parking holiday anymore. Most metered parking was free overnight and Sunday's (plus a handful of actual holidays, Christmas, Labor day, etc) but now you always have to pay.

Comment Re:take your punishment like good kids (Score 1) 546


World oil demand has fallen and will continue to fall in 2009. The $105/barrel difference was mostly due to speculation, but the rest of it is due to low demand. Now if that would only translate to lower gas prices. Gasoline averaged $1.61 on Dec. 30, its up to almost $2 today, yet oil has dropped ~$5/barrel in that time

Comment Re:awww poor casinos (Score 3, Informative) 462

Not the greatest source, but it explains how this is a myth. Yes, a poor player can affect your odds on one hand, but it works both ways. Most blackjack players get miffed, not because you are affecting their hand, but because you are being an idiot.

Comment Re:I've got a better idea (Score 5, Informative) 585

Reservoir Dogs opened in a whopping 19 theaters making that a respectable $7781 per theater. Memento opened in 11 theaters, making $21,408 per theater. Your point is still valid since neither movie was ever wide released (Memento made it into 531 theaters, RD only 61), but to only point to opening weekend numbers is almost meaningless. As a recent example, Gran Torino only made $271,720 on opening weekend, but has gone on to gross over $100M. Just because a movie opens in limited release does not mean it won't end up making money.


Do Software Versions Really Matter? 693

An anonymous reader writes "I work for a rather large software company and I am currently working on a completely new product. So new in fact, that the official name has not even been decided. I had assumed that the version number for this product would be 1.0 (at most). However recently I learned that the Product Managers want to release this NEW product with a version number somewhere between 5.0 and 8.0 because 'there is a stigma about buying 1.0 products. People assume it's no good.' This latest Dilbert-esque comedy routine nearly sent me over the edge. So to gauge my sanity against that of the upper Product Management, I ask the community: Do version numbers play a role in software decisions, or have product version numbers lost all credibility and meaning? Would the community feel comfortable buying version '6.3' software (and paying tens of thousands of dollars for it) knowing that it was the first release of the product?"

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