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Comment: Re:The Ultimate Steal? (Score 1) 580

by RemovableBait (#26245961) Attached to: Microsoft Invents $1.15/Hour Homework Fee For Kids

A: Have realized that when compatibility with the outside world counts, especially with VBA, Microsoft Office Wins.

I would hardly consider VBA support in Microsoft Office to be 'compatibility with the outside world'. Visual Basic for Applications is a proprietary Microsoft technology and arguably contributes to Office lock-in due to the lack of complete implementations outside of Office.

The Almighty Buck

Thou Shalt Not View The Super Bowl on a 56" Screen 680

Posted by Zonk
from the that's-like-the-fourteenth-commandment-right dept.
theodp writes "For 200 members of the Immanuel Bible Church and their friends, the annual Super Bowl party is over thanks to the NFL, which explained that airing NFL games at churches on large-screen TV sets violates the NFL copyright. Federal copyright law includes an exemption for sports bars, according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, but churches are out of luck. Churchgoers who aren't averse to a little drinking-and-driving still have the opportunity to see the game together in public on a screen bigger than 55 inches."
Google

Google Shows Off Ad-Supported Cell Phone 290

Posted by Zonk
from the gotta-love-freebies dept.
taoman1 writes "Today Google showed off a ad-supported cellphone that the company plans to offer for free to interested parties. The product could reach the marketplace within a year, and will offer Google search, email, and a web browser. 'The move would echo another recent product launched by a phone industry outsider, Apple Inc.'s iPhone. But Google's product would draw its revenue from a sharply different source, relying on commercial advertising dollars instead of the sticker price of at least US$499 for an iPhone and $60 per month for the AT&T Inc. service plan. Negotiating the fairest way to split those advertising revenues with service providers could be a big hurdle for Google, one analyst said. Another problem is the potential that consumers could be scared off by the prospect of listening to advertisements before being able to make phone calls, said Jeff Kagan, a wireless and telecommunications industry analyst in Atlanta.'"
Wireless Networking

+ - What's not illegal in Singapore?

Submitted by jginspace
jginspace (678908) writes "Surprised this hasn't been posted, a 17-year-old from Singapore is is facing three years' jailtime for accessing his neighbour's wireless network.

Yup, the neighbour complained and now the unfortunate Tan Jia Luo is facing charges under the computer misuse act and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

It must be great having such lovely neighbours."
Microsoft

Microsoft Debuts MySpace-Like IT Site 181

Posted by Zonk
from the get-together-and-talk-cisco dept.
snib writes "Microsoft has launched Aggreg8, a 'social networking and collaboration space for the IT community.' Apparently, the owner of the popular open-source RSS reader of the same name sold the domains to Microsoft for $5000 in August in order to host what was then called 'Microcosm.' Microsoft hopes their new service, which utilizes Windows Live ID (formerly .NET Passport) authentication, will become a 'MySpace-like forum for developers to share scripts, tools, or best practices, or even to just connect with others within the profession.'"
Education

+ - Tech Jobs for a Student?

Submitted by
Nick Manley
Nick Manley writes "I turned 17 back in August and have been fascinated with technology my entire life. I have a special interest in software and computer programming. While my classmates might settle for a job at McDonalds or Burger King, I really want to find a job or at least an internship where I can really learn more about my field and expand my knowledge to become a better software developer. I wanted to know if anyone has any recommendations for someone like myself, without any college education, to get a head start on my career that doesn't include selling iPods to kids at Best Buy."
Linux Business

+ - Microsoft and Novell partner up

Submitted by
Joe Barr
Joe Barr writes "In the second major headline story involving Linux over the past week, Microsoft and Novell today announced a "set of agreements" which will enable the two to collaborate in three different areas — virtualization, management, and document formats — while continuing to compete for market share. These are indeed interesting times. Linux.com has the story."
Software

+ - Predicting hard drive failure

Submitted by
pontcysyllte
pontcysyllte writes "Some years ago I was local tech support for cc:Mail. This product had the uncanny ability to predict a hard drive head crash or similar failure. I had direct experience of this capability at two different customer sites. That is, when I was contacted to explain error messages being sent to the email administrator, I could look them up in the manual(*) and advise customers to: (1) back up your email database immediately; and (2) swap the hard drive out and replace with a new unit as a matter of urgency (the old drive could be used in a non-critical area). In both cases the old hard drive failed a few weeks later. Does anyone know how this was achieved? I can make guesses of course, but it would be interesting to know the facts. cc:Mail was highly dependent on its mail database, which was a single file containing all users' messages at that post office (excluding attachments), so it was crucial. I have a vague memory of a white paper... (*) Perhaps some readers remember the days when decent software produced meaningful error codes and came with technical manuals which in many cases not only listed each code but explained which program module(s) might flag the error, what conditions might cause them to do so and what this might mean to the user."
Media

+ - Blu-ray's Hardware Woes Stacking Up

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The bad news just keeps on coming for Blu-ray. First, Sony halved its U.S./Japanese launch shipments of its Blu-ray powered PlayStation 3, blaming a shortage of blue lasers. Then, in the last two weeks, both Sony and Pioneer delayed the releases of their new Blu-ray players, refusing to cite reasons. And this week, at Blu-ray backer LG's annual dealer show, a previously announced LG Blu-ray player was nowhere to be found. LG product development director Tim Alessi had this to say: "we will provide an announcement when the time is right.""

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