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+ - AT&T bills 83-yr old customer $24,298.93 for landline dial-up service->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber writes: 83-year-old Woodland Hills, California resident Ron Dorff usually pays $51 a month to AT&T for a landline, which he uses to access the Internet via an old-school, low-speed AOL dial-up subscription.... but then, in March, AT&T sent him a bill for $8,596.57. He called AT&T and their service rep couldn't make heads or tails of the bill, so she said she'd send a technician to his house. None came, so Dorff figured that everything was ok.

Dorff's next monthly bill was for $15,687.64, bringing his total outstanding debt to AT&T, including late fees, to $24,298.93. If he didn't pay by May 8, AT&T warned, his bill would rise to at least $24,786.16. Droff then called David Lazarus, business columnist for the LA Times, who got in touch with AT&T, who wasted little time in deciding it would waive the more than $24,000 in charges.

AT&T spokeshole Georgia Taylor claims Dorff's modem somehow had started dialing a long-distance number when it accessed AOL, and the per-minute charges went into orbit as he stayed connected for hours.

AT&T declined to answer the LA Times questions about why AT&T didn't spot the problem itself and proactively take steps to fix things? AT&T also declined to elaborate on whether AT&T's billing system is capable of spotting unusual charges and, if so, why it doesn't routinely do so.

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+ - Porting Android And iOS Apps To Windows 10 Will Not Be Available At Launch

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Arguably the biggest news out of Microsoft’s Build 2015 conference was that developers will be able to bring Web apps, Windows desktop apps (Win32), as well as Android and iOS mobile apps to the Windows Store. Yet each of these work differently, and there are a lot of nuances, so we talked to Todd Brix, general manager of Windows apps and store, to get some more detail. First and foremost, upon Windows 10’s launch, developers will only be able to bring Web apps to the Windows Store. The Win32, Android, and iOS app toolkits will not be ready in time. That said, with Microsoft’s Windows as a service strategy, they will arrive as part of later updates

+ - New PHP micro framework available on every PHP server->

Submitted by greywire
greywire writes: PurePHP is a new micro framework for PHP that will be available on every LAMP stack server, everywhere, starting right now. PurePHP features the lowest overhead and fastest run time of any framework, ever. The learning curve is also easier than any other framework. In short, no other PHP framework can beat it in sheer efficiency and availability!
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+ - Slashdot polluted by lame April Fools Jokes->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: From the "taking a joke well past the point it stopped being funny" department. It appears Slashdot editors haven't figured out that a joke can be beaten into the ground to the point where it's beyond not funny and, in fact, is downright annoying.
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+ - GLaDOS and The Sniper: A Voice Acting Love Story->

Submitted by sarahnaomi
sarahnaomi writes: Ellen McLain, the voice behind the murderous artificial intelligence GLaDOS from the Portal series, and her husband, John Patrick Lowrie, who voices The Sniper from the game Team Fortress 2, are nothing if not adorable.

The celebrity of the characters they portray may not be readily apparent for the minority of Americans who don’t play video games. But the games they have worked on have won multiple British Academy Awards (the UK Academy Awards have a video game category), sold out 10,000-seat stadium esports events in under an hour, and raked in hundreds of millions of dollars annually for at least one of their publishers. Ellen and John, and their decade-spanning body of work, are at the epicenter of the video game voice acting universe. During a recent recording session at a dimly lit Seattle studio, the couple gave me a demonstration of how they work.

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+ - Systemd Devs Fork Linux Kernel-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Now it appears as though the systemd developers have found a solution to kernel compatibility problems and a way to extend their philosophy of placing all key operating system components in one repository. According to Ivan Gotyaovich, one of the developers working on systemd, the project intends to maintain its own fork of the Linux kernel. "There are problems, problems in collaboration, problems with compatibility across versions. Forking the kernel gives us control over these issues, gives us control over almost all key parts of the stack."
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+ - Best Buy kills off Future Shop-> 1

Submitted by Lirodon
Lirodon writes: Future Shop, a Canadian electronics store chain that was bought by Best Buy in 2001, but continued to operate in parallel with the newly-opened Canadian locations of the U.S. retailer, is no more. Today, the company abruptly announced the closure of the Future Shop chain, and the permament closure of 66 of its remaining 131 locations. The remaining 65 Future Shop locations (specifically, those that weren't within driving, or even walking distance of a Best Buy to begin with) will be converted to Best Buy stores over the next few days.

This is just the latest step in the subsidiary's steps to downsize its Canadian operations to focus its efforts on online retail. The new, downsized chain will consist of 136 Best Buy chains. Still, it's sad to see such an iconic brand killed off like this.

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+ - New Nintendo's munitions against Sony and Microsoft->

Submitted by KingofGnG
KingofGnG writes: In the last few days, Nintendo stirred things up in the gaming console war with unexpected announcements that (partially) confirm the analysts’ anticipations and the need to stimulate a merciless market. Meanwhile NPD Group numbers about sales of gaming hardware and software reinforce Sony’s lead on February too, at least for the home consoles, and the Japanese corporation’s business grows accordingly.
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+ - Internet Explorer website wont work with Windows-> 3

Submitted by Anne Thwacks
Anne Thwacks writes: The British Government web site for applying for for a licence to be a security guard requires a plugin providing Internet Explorer emulation on Firefox to login and apply for a licence. It wont work with Firefox without the add-on, but it also wont work with Internet Explorer! (I tried Win XP and Win7 Professional). The error message says "you have more than one browser window open on the same internet connection". I didn't. and "to avoid this problem, close your browser and reopen it". I did. No change. I tried three different computers, with three different OSes.
Still no change.
I contacted their tech support and they said "Yes ... a lot of users complain about this. We have known about it since September, and are working on a fix! Meanwhile, we have instructions on how to use the "Fire IE" plugin to get round the problem". Eventually, I got this to work on Win7pro. (The plugin will not work on Linux). The instructions require a very old version of the plugin, and a bit of trial and error is needed to get it to work with the current one.

How can a government department concerned with security not get this sort of thing right?

Besides a massive amount of bribery and corruption, what could explain how the designers of the web site can't fix a chronic useability problem after 6 months?

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+ - IMVU acquires furry art community, doesn't tell users until three months later->

Submitted by Lirodon
Lirodon writes: Users of the noted furry artwork community Fur Affinity were shocked to learn that their site had been acquired by virtual avatar world IMVU. The kicker? The acquisition happened in January, and it wasn't announced until today. Despite assurance from staff that the site would remain independently-run, members have shown concerns over how IMVU may influence the site's operation.
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