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+ - Council dumps Microsoft Windows XP for Google Chromebooks, saves £400,000->

Submitted by girlmad
girlmad (2404748) writes "Google has scored a major win on the back of Microsoft’s Windows XP support cut-off. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has begun moving all its employees over to Samsung Chromebooks and Chromeboxes ahead of the 8 April deadline. The council was previously running 3,500 Windows XP desktops and 800 XP laptops, and is currently in the process of retiring these in favour of around 2,000 Chromebooks and 300 Chromeboxes. It estimates the savings at around £400,000, no small change."
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+ - Indie Game Jam show collapses due to interference from "Pepsi Consultant"

Submitted by Sockatume
Sockatume (732728) writes "Would you like to see a half-million-dollar TV show in which four teams of indie developers and Youtube personalities compete to create amazing videogames? Tough luck, because GAME_JAM from Maker Studios has spectacularly imploded. Although a lot could go wrong with this kind of show, the blame isn't being levelled at game developer egos or project mismanagement but the heroic efforts of one Matti Leshem, a branding consultant brought in for Pepsi. After imposing Mountain Dew branding rules that even banned coffee from the set, his efforts to build a gender divide amongst the teams culminated in the competitors downing their tools and the projection collapsing. Accounts from Adriel Wallick, Zoe Quinn, and Robin Arnott are also available."

Comment: Re:And another pointless phone (Score 1) 146

by PeelBoy (#46258115) Attached to: Nokia Turns To Android To Regain Share In Emerging Markets

Doesn't make what he said any less confusing. He could have clarified wtf he was talking about when he quoted what he was saying to the Nokia rep.

This sentence: "Because YOU had hired us to develop APPs for you, and YOU had NOT asked for it!" was confusing as hell in the context it was given.

I literally read that quote several times thinking I was reading it wrong.

Comment: Re:Untested? (Score 1) 357

by PeelBoy (#46257997) Attached to: Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

That's not a better question. EVERY Olympic team invests loads of money into clothing design to gain an advantage. Period. There's nothing unfair about it.

On top of that, they do it for nearly every freaking sport! This isn't even something new, how can you not know about this?

Also, I'm pretty sure this isn't the first time an Olympian or Olympic team has complained about something like this.


Australian Politician Caught Viewing Porn 150

Posted by samzenpus
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destinyland writes "An Australian Parliament member has resigned after admitting he'd used government computers to access porn and gambling sites. McLeay 'gave an uncomfortable press conference outside Parliament House,' notes one technology site, 'during which he admitted he had acted in a standard not expected of cabinet ministers.' Paul McLeay was also the Minister for Mineral and Forest Resources as well as the Minister for Ports and Waterways. In resigning, he apologized to his constituents and parliamentary colleagues, as well as to his wife and family."
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NCsoft Sued For Making Lineage II 'Too Addictive' 360

Posted by Soulskill
from the dopamine-farming dept.
An anonymous reader writes "South Korean MMO game publisher NCsoft is finding itself facing another lawsuit, this time for making games that are 'too addictive.' US Lineage II player Craig Smallwood is suing the publisher for $3 million because he found himself playing Lineage II for 20,000 hours over a period of 5 years. At times, his average play session would persist for over 11 hours, crippling his life and ability to function. A federal judge is allowing the court case to go forward (PDF), stating that the plaintiff has a claim for negligence and gross negligence against the publisher."

Comment: Re:Yes but (Score 1) 745

by PeelBoy (#29188259) Attached to: Why the Google Android Phone Isn't Taking Off

That's funny, because my non-tech savvy co-worker saw my phone on my last visit to our Shreveport office and commented about how his wife has exactly the same phone, and loves it.

One of the women who was in my defensive driving class last night also had one.

I don't see nearly as many Android based phones as I see iPhones, but they're still pretty popular.

Comment: Re:Shame it's not the other way around (Score 1) 71

by PeelBoy (#29023753) Attached to: Facebook Acquires FriendFeed

I disagree. I like facebook. It is a good way for me to keep track of my friends across the world.

(I haven't used Friend Feed before, so I'll look into that now..)

I used sites like myspace for a while, but most of them don't do a very good job of letting you interact with people and even worse of a job keeping you updated on what's going on.

facebook shows you most of the relevant updates you care about right when you login and does a good job of notifying of when there is an update to something you might want to see.

You don't have to surf to all of your friends profiles every day to keep track of them, anything they post is going to show up on your wall when you login.

I like that.

So what are my other options for keeping track of people I care about? Use my phone/email contact list to send them an email or call them on the phone every month?

Nah. That's the only way of doing it and it's not very efficient :p

Comment: Re:100 miles with or without A/C? (Score 1) 586

by PeelBoy (#28930679) Attached to: Nissan Unveils All-Electric LEAF

I didn't mean to imply that Texas was the gold standard or anything. It's just a big state, and doing a lot of driving isn't abnormal around here compared to a lot of other places.

If you do a google search for average commute to work and average mile commute to work you will see that the average miles people drive to work is about 15 miles one way or 30 miles total.

NY has the highest average commute time at nearly 40 mins. The average for the US is 25.1 mins.

Having long commutes might not be uncommon, but they are not the norm. The average driver does NOT drive 40+ (80+ miles both ways) to work.

Some times you trip to work feels a lot longer than it actually is. Hop on mapquest or google maps and calculate your actual trip to work. I bet it's shorter than you think.

My trip to work was literally half what I expected it to be. Same with one of the guys I work with who swore his trip was a lot longer than what it turned out to be.

Anyway my main point was that people who have a short drive to work are NOT the elite few. That is all.

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