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+ - Record Profits at Microsoft means Failure?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "If you read some of the recent headlines, you might think Microsoft was on the brink of bankruptcy. In reality, the company posted record high revenues and profits for the fiscal year that just ended. What’s behind the discrepancy?"
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+ - "Install Other OS" Feature removed from the PS3-> 4

Submitted by Hann1bal
Hann1bal (1134395) writes "The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the “Install Other OS” feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009. This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update."
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Comment: Worthless (Score -1, Offtopic) 549

by Shadow7789 (#30526508) Attached to: Florida Congressman Wants Blogging Critic Fined, Jailed
Maybe it's just me, but I felt like the author just looked up "Operating Systems" on Wikipedia and picked out the ones he liked. I mean really, Windows ME? We all know it sucked, but it wasn't in the last decade, and making a "exception" for it just makes the author sound uninformed.

Comment: Not to be that guy... (Score 1) 932

by Shadow7789 (#30074916) Attached to: Easing the Job of Family Tech Support?
But, if all they are doing is checking websites and reading email, why not just switch them over to Linux or OSX? Then they won't have to worry about these problems again.

If that isn't an option, just setting them up with Firefox, a good AV, Windows Firewall, Spybot, and automated Windows Updates should take care of most of your problems. An even better option would be to just give them limited accounts, or at least move them off of XP so that every action they take doesn't have Administrator permissions.

As for your actual question, this website might be useful.

Comment: Flawed Premise (Score 5, Insightful) 501

by Shadow7789 (#29704817) Attached to: Why AT&T Should Dump the iPhone's Unlimited Data Plan
While the logic is sound, his basic premise is quite flawed. His article is based upon the idea that these "iPhone Users" are something so different and special from other phone users, that the world has never seen anything like them before (sounds like a bit of Apple propaganda to me). However, that is patently wrong. Just look at Japan. A very large percentage of the Japanese population uses their cell phones in ways that would put iPhone users to shame. That is not even mentioning that Japanese cities have much higher population densities than American cities, and you don't hear stories of how the Japanese phone network is falling apart. Between these two points, his conclusion that we will never be able to build enough network capacity to support iPhone users is clearly false.

Comment: Here's The Solution (Score 1) 835

by Shadow7789 (#29357223) Attached to: Does Your College Or University Support Linux?
Instead of asking the tour guides about areas that are 99.9% of the time going to be outside their areas of knowledge, stop in the IT Department after the tour and ask there. Generally, the IT staff of universities are very well versed in using *nix boxes, and would be able to provide you with a much more useful answer.

However, to more directly answer your question. Based on my experience at my school (Northwestern University), I have found Linux compatibility to be very situational. At the most basic level, I have found that I sometimes have problems connecting to my school's wireless network on Ununtu 9.04 due to some incompatibility with 802.1X authentication my school uses. At a software level, Linux compatibility tends to vary from department to department. For example, an engineer needs MatLab, which is available on OSX, Windows, and Linux; but an journalist needs InDesign, which is only available for OSX and Windows. So, unless your daughter has a clear idea of what she wants to do and knows the software she will need is available for Linux, there is no guarantee that any school will be "Linux Compatible".
Games

Valve Explains Quick Left 4 Dead Sequel 130

Posted by Soulskill
from the so-many-zombies,-so-little-time dept.
Valve's announcement that Left 4 Dead 2 would be released only a year after the first game has generated a great deal of controversy among fans of the game. There are concerns that Left 4 Dead will not get any additional content, the community will be divided, and that the quick development cycle won't do justice to the sequel. Now, Valve devs and execs are going out of their way to address those concerns. Left 4 Dead project lead Chet Faliszek said, "It just became very clear that this was a cohesive, singular statement we wanted to make, not a more slow update thing... too much stuff was tied together with too many other things." Developer Tom Leonard was quick to point out that work wouldn't cease for the first game: "We are doing updates across the summer, adding new matchmaking features, and new features to facilitate user maps after the SDK is out. ... Additionally, those maps can be transported into Left 4 Dead 2." Doug Lombardi said simply, "Trust us a little bit," explaining that Gabe Newell is "always talking about providing entertainment as a service — it's not about making a game any more."

Comment: Actually... (Score 2, Interesting) 151

by Shadow7789 (#27847567) Attached to: Microsoft Bans VoIP, Rival Stores At Mobile Market
Actually, I think the restrictions are reasonable. One thing to note is that it doesn't say the apps must change your default browser or dialer back to Microsoft's, it says you can't change them at all. In a way, this could be viewed as a good thing. Do I really want my copy of "Epic Game" changing my default browser from Opera for example? Or changing my dialer to something they made to promote their game? I think what MS is doing is fine, sure there is the problem that you can't get alternate browsers from the Market, but this isn't the iPhone. We can get are apps elsewhere.
Windows

+ - Windows 7 to include "Windows XP Mode" bui->

Submitted by Z80xxc!
Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Paul Thurrott's WinSuperSite reports that Windows 7 will include a built-in virtual machine with a fully licensed copy of Windows XP Professional SP3. The VM runs in a modified version of Virtual PC, and applications running in the VM can interact directly with the host operating system as if they were running on the Windows 7 installation itself. While details are scarce for now, it looks as if this feature will only be available as a (free) addon for Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows 7. Also, a processor supporting hardware virtualization will be required, indicating that this is perhaps aimed more at power users and corporate users, rather than consumers."
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Windows

+ - Windows 7 to get "XP Mode"-> 1

Submitted by Shadow7789
Shadow7789 (1000101) writes ""Over a month ago, we were briefed about a secret Microsoft technology that we were told would be announced alongside the Windows 7 Release Candidate and would ship in final form simultaneously with the final version of Windows 7. This technology, dubbed Windows XP Mode (XPM, formerly Virtual Windows XP or Virtual XP, VXP), dramatically changes the compatibility story for Windows 7." Does this bode poorly for Windows 7 compatibility or is Microsoft admitting the mistake they made with Vista's?"
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