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Nokia Releases Linux Handset 484

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the where's-my-root-prompt dept.
galaxy writes "Nokia releases their first Linux mobile handset, the N900 The handset is based on the latest release of Maemo, the Nokia mobile Linux platform, and includes e.g. GSM and 3G access (with HSPA, giving datarates of up to 10Mbps downlink and 2Mbps uplink on suitable networks), WLAN, Bluetooth, camera, assisted GPS and, most importantly, a touchscreen complemented by a hardware QWERTY under a slider. The beast is powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 processor at 600 MHz, has PowerVR SGX with OpenGL ES 2.0 support, 32GB internal memory etc."

Engadget: Nintendo support recommends Wiimote abuse to puzzled caller->

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Controller abuse has always been a mainstay of the video gaming existence -- no need to blame your thumbs when there's this hunk of plastic to chuck at the floor -- but who knew Nintendo was working such violence into its own official support curriculum? Wired's Russ Neumeier gave Nintendo support a ring when one of his Wiimotes stopped sensing motion and none of the usual fixes seemed to work. After explaining his situation, the Nintendo rep asked Russ smack the controller into his hand, button side down, two or three times. After being assured that she wasn't kidding, Russ did as he was told and was awarded with a fully functional Wiimote. We could see why Nintendo wouldn't go shouting about this "fix" on its official support literature, but it has us wondering if "blow into the cartridge, whack side of NES, insert cartridge, repeat" was the Nintendo-approved method all along.

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Engadget: Perfect8's FORCE Center channel intrigues the elite->

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Filed under: Home Entertainment

Make no mistake, we've seen our fair share of astronomically priced speakers, but Perfect8's latest may be one that actually looks halfway worth the ludicrous price. This glass-contained center channel rocks a set of casters, gold accents and a bevy of drivers. From the top, you'll find a 28-millimeter silk dome tweeter, a pair of 5.25-inch MG-cone drivers and a couple of 7-inch speakers about midway down. The FORCE Center reportedly has a frequency response of 35Hz to 34,000Hz, can handle 200-watts of steady power and can be adjusted for 4:3 and 16:9 viewing. Of course, most of us will be drooling at this beauty from afar, as the $40,000 asking price will shoo away all but the wealthiest of aficionados.

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+ - Secure Software Institute going to test coders.

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UnderAttack writes "The SANS Secure Software Institute went public today with a couple of free sample tests. The goal of the institute will be to offer assessment tests for developers. Right now, most certifications like ISO9001 and such focus on process vs. skill. The SANS SSI tests on the other hand are highly technical, focus on secure coding skills, and will be offered for various languages.

Given all the focus on security these days, tests like this may soon be required for y'all. SANS, the company behind SANS-SSI, offers vendor neutral testing. I am sure we will soon see more software developer training from them."

Comment: Re:Apple and iPod... (Score 3, Interesting) 395

by System.out.println() (#17390988) Attached to: New iPod Owner Onslaught Overwhelms iTunes
If money's a factor, you can always go the route I did - go to the Apple Store online and look in their refurb section. Everything on there is backed by the same warranty as the new stuff. They used to have (and may still have) first gen (black/white) 2Gb nanos for $99, for example.

For Christmas I got a refurb'd 60GB iPod video. I'd told my parents that I had no need for 80GB, but 30 was too small (they really should stick a 60GB in that $300 hole) and pointed them to Apple's refurb site. Since the 5G 60GB is for all intents and purposes the same as the current generation aside from the capacity, it seemed like a good call.
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Anyone else think the globalservers VPS ads are among the best banners you've seen?

- They don't jump out and say LOOK AT MEEEE! STOP READING AND LOOOOK! YOU'RE NOT LOOKINGG!!!!111!!!
- At the same time, they encourage you to read them if you're remotely interested in that sort of thing.
- They make GS look like a good service. (Can't speak to whether it actually is or not, but I get that impression.)

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