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Comment: Re:Missing Details (Score 1) 607

by Running Pinata (#29141449) Attached to: Xbox 360 Failure Rate Is 54.2%
That was exactly my logic, but eventually I joined the xbox 360 bandwagon (since all my other friends owned one). I kept waiting on buying the 360 till the elite version came out. I was hoping they fixed the rrod problem with the elite when I bought it (because its a different version of the motherboard), but it failed (just like its predecessors).
Don't get me wrong, the 360 has many fun games and is well worth the money. Just keep the mindset that your xbox will eventually fail (eventually) when you buy one.

Comment: Re:But does it make calls yet? (Score 2, Interesting) 101

by Running Pinata (#27527113) Attached to: Openmoko Phone Not Dead After All
http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Distributions#Hardware_Support has pretty current info. From my experience: Using At&t atm. Distros: Om: Usable, no bluetooth gui. FSO: Usable, no bluetooth gui. Androd: Panicking cupcake. Usable, somewhat. Phone goes to sleep after receiving a call. FDOM: based off of Om 09. Still has suspend issues that was resolved in the Om 12. QTExtended Improved: Trying this one out this week, so no clues. Well for voicemail I get a text message with "50". For SMS I haven't tried since it costs me to send messages.

Comment: Re:Of course we will... (Score 1) 219

by Running Pinata (#27463067) Attached to: No More OpenMoko Phone

The problem was that the phone had some real glaring problems that were never resolved. Such as a one day battery life.

This was fixed in a patch. The battery life was due to the phone not being able to suspend/resume properly so the phone was "on" all the time.

And the inability to charge the phone after the battery wore out completely.

Again patched a while back so that you can charge the phone using a usb cable/the open moko wall charger (because the openmoko wall charger has more current running compared to other wall chargers). To be correct, the phone was unable to charge "with the usb cable" but is able to be charged with the wall charger.

I was going to be first in line to buy one when the power management problems were sorted out. But years later... they were still there.

Yes this is true. The phone was not usable as a daily phone until this was patched (back in november 08 afaik). I use it as my daily phone now (just no bluetooth on the FSO stack).

I'm really saddened that the phone never truly got the support it needed to succeed.

So where does that leave us for free phones?

Indeed. I own one of these and put the FSO software stack and anxiously waiting for updates. Hopefully development will continue on these alternate software stacks since its a great piece of hardware that seems to suck because of a non mature software running on it. Koolou is working on an android port (its usable except no volume control afaik).

Comment: Wasps (Score 1) 841

by Running Pinata (#26745427) Attached to: Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes
First thing that came to me when I read the headline was the family of wasps bit on family guy:
Peter: Look Chris, it's a whole family of wasps!
Man: My Margaret what a sub-par ham.
Margaret: Perhaps I can't bake a ham, but what I can cook up is a little grace and civility at the table.
Man: Did you know your mother is a whore?
The Courts

Judge Rules WoW Bot Violates DMCA 498

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the bot-having-trouble-climbing-the-slippery-slope dept.
An anonymous reader writes to tell us that Blizzard has added another victory in their campaign against World of Warcraft bots. A federal judge has ruled that not only did the Glider bot break the EULA, it can be classified as a circumvention device under the DMCA. "As we've noted before, Blizzard's legal arguments, which Judge David G. Campbell largely accepted, could have far-reaching and troubling implications for the software industry. Donnelly is not the most sympathetic defendant, and some users may cheer the demise of a software vendor that helps users break the rules of Blizzard's wildly popular role playing game. But the sweeping language of Judge Campbell's decision, combined with his equally troubling decision last summer, creates a lot of new uncertainty for software vendors seeking to enter software markets dominated by entrenched incumbents and achieve interoperability with legacy platforms."
Biotech

+ - SPAM: Protecting beer from bacteria

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "A Canadian PhD student from the University of Saskatchewan has a mission: saving beer from bacterial contamination. She's a member of 'one of only two labs in the world that studies beer spoilage.' And she jokes about what she's doing: 'It's a good conversation starter. I've gone through so many years of school and I've studied medical microbiology and all this and that — and now I'm saving beer. (People) tease me about it, but they actually find it quite interesting.' But what she does is no joke, and her research has been sponsored by breweries such as Coors or Miller. Read more for additional references and a photo of the beer saviour."
The Courts

RIAA May Be Violating a Court Order In California 339

Posted by kdawson
from the play-nice-now dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In one of its 'ex parte' cases seeking the names and addresses of 'John Does,' this one targeting students at the University of Southern California, the RIAA obtained an order granting discovery — but with a wrinkle. The judge's order (PDF) specified that the information obtained could not be used for any purpose other than obtaining injunctions against the students. Apparently the RIAA lawyers have ignored, or failed to understand, that limitation, as an LA lawyer has reported that the RIAA is busy calling up the USC students and their families and demanding monetary settlements."
Cellphones

iPhone Tops Windows Mobile Share; MS Releases iPhone App 269

Posted by kdawson
from the late-to-the-party-but-getting-ahead dept.
walterbyrd notes that new data from Gartner indicates that the successful launch of the iPhone 3G was enough to push iPhone market share over that of Windows Mobile devices — the entire range of them. And reader Spy Hunter writes: "Seadragon Mobile is Microsoft's first iPhone application. Seadragon is a technology for streaming zoomable user interfaces, and this iPhone incarnation allows viewing huge collections of gigapixel-sized images over WiFi or 3G. If you don't have an iPhone, you can also try Seadragon in your browser via Seadragon Ajax."

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