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Submission + - Microsoft cloud beta bugging users in final weeks ->

jbrodkin writes: "Microsoft's Office 365 cloud service is expected to lift the beta tag later this month, but users are complaining about multiple problems, including the requirement to use PowerShell in order to import contacts into a global address list and create useful email aliases. Users are also having trouble creating SharePoint sites, syncing calendar events with Windows mobile phones and getting notifications about undelivered email. An HP veteran and industry analyst who is testing the service says "if they are moving out of beta at the end of June, then I'm surprised.""
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Submission + - MuseScore makes Open Goldberg Variations available->

rDouglass writes: "MuseScore, the open source music notation project, has created a new edition of Bach's Goldberg Variations, and a set of online tools that facilitates the public scholarly review of the work. The review period is intended to help the MuseScore team identify any problems with the score. The score can be viewed and played in the browser. Annotations and discussions for each part of the score enable review and corrections. Downloadable versions include MuseScore, MusicXML, MIDI, mp3, or PDF. Video scores (YouTube videos that are synchronized to play with the score) let the score be viewed in the context of individual performances. MuseScore is a partner in the Open Goldberg Variations Project, a crowd-funded effort to place a definitive score and recording of the work into the public domain in such a way as to make them widely and freely available, without usage restrictions (Creative Commons Zero). German pianist Kimiko Ishizka will produce the studio recording of the work later this year. Funding continues on Kickstarter until June 3, 2011."
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Eight PHP IDEs Compared 206 206

snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Rick Grehen provides an in-depth comparative review of eight PHP IDEs: ActiveState's Komodo IDE, CodeLobster PHP Edition, Eclipse PHP Development Tools (PDT), MPSoftware's phpDesigner, NetBeans IDE for PHP, NuSphere's PhpED, WaterProof's PHPEdit, and Zend Studio. 'All of these PHP toolkits offer strong support for the other languages and environments (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SQL database) that a PHP developer encounters. The key differences we discovered were in the tools they provide (HTML inspector, SQL management system) for various tasks, the quality of their documentation, and general ease-of-use,' Grehen writes.'"
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - SPAM: The Slowdown: Where's the Joy in Pad Demos?

Martyn Zachary writes: "The Slowdown have published an article that laments the shift from mouse-powered FPS gameplay demonstrations to gamepad-recorded gameplay — the writer of the article believes that recently, PR departments are increasingly inclined to demonstrating multiplatform games with gamepad footage only, leaving PC players out of the equation altogether.

The story contains three video examples, of BioShock 2, Singularity and Resistance 2, illustrating why gamepad footage can be seen to be a negative factor. Finally, the author attempts to explain why he finds such footage so irritating — especially when the topic is effectively much ado about nothing?"

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Comment Re:trap (Score 3, Insightful) 344 344

With Windows I can just point out the "Designed for Windows X" logo and my customers will get devices that work every. single. time.

Normally, I wouldn't nitpick to this degree, but you seemed to place great emphasis on this point. Are you saying that you've never encountered a Windows user complaining that their printer just "stopped working?" It seems to me that every nontechnical person I know has expressed this frustration to me at one time or another.

Comment Re:Kudos to Nokia (Score 1) 263 263

I wouldn't say we're better off for having GTK, or at last we're not better off having GTK be as popular as it is. Choice is good, but Linux would be much further toward acceptance on the Desktop with one main GUI toolkit.

We'd be better off had GTK completely killed off QT, or if it hadn't been created at all. We ended up with the worst possible outcome. I can't think of anything that could slow down Desktop Linux development more than two major competing DEs duplicating each other's efforts.

What makes you think that there wouldn't be two major competing DEs, both using the same toolkit? KDE and Gnome are different enough, philosophically, that we'd likely still have both.

Comment Re:is it actually a phone? (Score 1) 621 621

If you followed the global mobile news you would know about mobile-review already. But most in the US don't know shit about anything except RIM, Apple and Motorola.

Truth be told, I don't follow them, either. The summary leads one to believe there's an interesting technology article somewhere in there, but there really isn't anything of the sort (which is probably why I don't find mobile phones very compelling in the first place--for such a potentially-important class of technologies to be hindered by some inexplicable need to be tied to a phone service does not make sense to me).

Comment Re:Shoot down at 10,000 feet is easy (Score 5, Funny) 200 200

I hate to pop your balloon (pun intended) but 10,000 feet is not that high. In World War 2 the Germans had anti-aircraft guns that could easily get to much over 20,000 feet. Many cheap modern shoulder held anti-aircraft missiles can easily shoot this high and a blimp would be easy to hit. It might be safe from small arms fire but a few small holes wouldn't hurt it much. An anti-aircraft missile is another matter.

Blimpin' ain't easy.

Comment Re:Apple's iTMS may beg to differ (Score 2, Informative) 451 451

That's still no reason to falsely accuse someone.

Some people might not be bright enough to distinguish from actual downloading
of some sort and streaming from some site like Hulu or Pandora. How does Pandora
or radio streams fit into this particular bit of government propaganda?

Both are blocked outright on DoD networks, along with all other mainstream music/video distribution sites, so no worries.

The Military

High-Tech Blimps Earning Their Wings 200 200

coondoggie writes "The US Army this week showed off its latest high-tech blimp laden with powerful radar systems capable of detecting incoming threats 340 miles away. The helium-filled blimps, or aerostats, are designed to hover over war zones or high-security areas and be on guard for incoming missiles or other threats. The Army wants them to reduce some of the need for manned and unmanned reconnaissance flights. The aerostat demonstrated this week is known as the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Sensor System (JLENS), which is designed to fly up to an altitude of 10,000 feet. According to, the $1.4 billion JLENS is a large, unpowered elevated sensor moored to the ground by a long cable. From its position above the battlefield, the elevated sensors will allow incoming cruise missiles to be detected, tracked, and engaged by surface-based air defense systems even before the targets can be seen by the systems."

Comment Re:is it actually a phone? (Score 2, Informative) 621 621

I tried to RTFA, but apparently the author assumes that I spend day and night reading his website and know the story behind all his half-alluded-to technologies. The only bit of coherent information I was able to garner from that pile of misspelled words, glued together with condescension, was how great the author thinks he is for being all "insider" and stuff.


Nokia Leaks Phone With Full GNU/Linux Distribution 621 621

An anonymous reader writes "It is now clear why Nokia has been so slow with S60 updates: the upcoming N900 just left everything else in the dust. Unlike Google's Linux platform, Nokia is not intentionally breaking compatibility with real distros, choosing instead to bring you the unmatchable power of GNU/Linux on your phone. This is the most awesome device I have ever seen: MAP3 CPU/GPU, 3,5" 800x480 touchscreen, keyboard, Wi-Fi, HSPA, GPS; 5-MP camera, CZ lens, 32 GB storage, SD slot; X11, VT100 terminal emulator, APT package manager. Estimated price without credit: $780 (N.5800: $390, iPhone 3GS: $750). Developers should note that even though the current desktop is still GTK+, Qt will be standard across all Nokia platforms in the near future (less powerful phones will use Qt on the Symbian kernel). Users can download flashing software from Nokia, and patches can be submitted at the Maemo site."
Operating Systems

CentOS Project Administrator Goes AWOL 492 492

An anonymous reader writes "Lance Davis, the main project administrator for CentOS, a popular free 'rebuild' of Red Hat's Enterprise Linux, appears to have gone AWOL. In an open letter from his fellow CentOS developers, they describe the precarious situation the project has been put in. There have been attempts to contact him for some time now, as he's the sole administrator for the domain, the IRC channels, and apparently, CentOS funds. One can only hope that Lance gets in contact with them and gets things sorted out."

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