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+ - What should I do with my Web 2.0 project?

Submitted by leeet
leeet (543121) writes "Web 2.0 Guy asks on Yahoo: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AnmBL fwfcdDR1KUFJETomFrty6IX?qid=20070424070121AA1LWlR

I have an idea for a new type of website which I believe people will truly appreciate and spend a lot of time on it. I spent almost a year working on the business plan, researching potential competitors (as there is no direct competitors as of now), working on the features, creating documents. Basically, all I need to do now is to pull up my sleeves and start coding. The problem is that I don't have time as I have a job and a family. I estimated that it will require me more than 2 years of coding before I can release a stable version. So, I'm thinking about selling my idea (probably very hard as I don't want to disclose information for free), working for a potential competitor where I could manage this product or finally create an open source project where everyone could work on it. What are my other options? I would really want this project to go ahead as I think it will change the way people live experience and search the Internet.

What would you do?"
The Internet

+ - Time Warner Customers Get Wi-Fi Hotspots

Submitted by Hotspots
Hotspots (1011153) writes "In a big win for a little Wi-Fi startup called Fon, Time Warner Cable Inc. will let its home broadband customers turn their connections into public wireless hotspots, a practice shunned by most U.S. Internet service providers. For Fon, which has forged similar agreements with ISPs across Europe, the deal will boost its credibility with U.S. consumers. For Time Warner Cable, which has 6.6 million broadband subscribers, the move could help protect the company from an exodus as free or cheap municipal wireless becomes more readily available."
Microsoft

Is Windows Vista in Trouble? 879

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the shooting-feet dept.
Ken Erfourth writes "The Inquirer.net is running a story about what they consider two powerful indications that Vista is failing in the marketplace. One, Dell has reintroduced PCs running Windows XP on its website due to customer demand. Two, Microsoft is conducting a worldwide firesale on a bundle of Microsoft Office 2007/WindowsXP Starter Edition. According to Inquirer.net, at least, these are signs of serious problems selling Vista. Are we seeing the stumbling of the Microsoft Juggernaught with the slow adoption of Windows Vista?"
Software

+ - Copyright vs Exclusive License

Submitted by
cdanzig
cdanzig writes "My company recently hired a development house to do some contract work for us. They did great work, but they are claiming that they now own the copyright on the code and are issuing us a permanent and exclusive license. My bosses are concerned that this will hamper our ability to make changes to the code or prevent us form being able to claim the software as a company asset. What is expected protocol between a client and a development house? What is the long-term difference between owning a copyright and owning an exclusive license? If we paid for the development of the code is it fair for us to demand ownership?

-cdanzig"

Transcend joins the party, intros 32GB SSD drive->

From feed by engfeed

Filed under: Storage

Shortly after releasing a 16GB SSD for ExpressCard slots, Transcend is joining SanDisk and TDK (among others) in the cost-effective 32GB arena. The company's 32GB 2.5-inch IDE solid state disc sports a "tough outer metal case," anti-shock features, "no moving parts," and the lower power consumption we've come to expect from these guys. The drive clocks in at just 7.4-millimeters thick and even touts built-in ECC (Error Correction Code) functionality that purportedly "ensures highly reliable data transfer and increases your systems energy efficiency." Unfortunately, the firm hasn't divulged details just yet around pricing, but we do know that an 8GB (TS8GSSD25) and 16GB (TS16GSSD25) flavor will be sitting alongside the 32GB TS32GSSD25 right about now.

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+ - World's First Interactive Journey - In Tuxedos

Submitted by lizard90048
lizard90048 (1092169) writes "In what is being billed as the "world's first interactive journey", two travelers are completing a four month journey across Asia and Europe, the entire time, dressed in Tuxedos. As the journey unfolds, they will perform various charitable acts, such as taking a group of Vietnamese street children out to an extravagant dinner. Every time they perform a charitable act, they will also perform a humiliating act, such as shaving one side of their heads. These charitable acts, humiliating fates and how the trip unfolds are decided by online voters. From the road, the two vagabonds upload daily blog entries, photos and videos of their journey."
Businesses

Why You Can't Buy a Naked PC 367

Posted by Zonk
from the put-some-clothes-on dept.
ZDOne writes "A piece up on ZDNet looks at the issue of naked PCs. ZDNet UK phoned around all the major PC vendors and not one of them would sell a machine without Windows on it. IT professionals are being forced to adopt Microsoft's operating systems — even if they tell their PC supplier they want a system free of Microsoft software. On the other hand, even if it's almost impossible to buy a PC without an operating system installed, companies like Dell and HP are now committed to supporting Linux as well. 'Murray believes there is a market for Linux in the UK but is also aware of the issues facing any large supplier who wants to make Linux boxes available. "It means diverting production lines and that is a lot of money and so we have to prove the business case," he said. However, he made it clear that he is enthusiastic about the idea and wants to make it work. "We just have to show it is worthwhile," he said.'"
Biotech

+ - An autonomous anti-cancer drug

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "As you probably know, researchers have been working for a while to find more efficient ways to deliver anti-cancer drugs directly to their targets. But instead of finding a new drug carrier, why not focusing on a drug that knows its path to the target and which delivers itself to the tumor? This is what University at Buffalo (UB) scientists have done by developing a solution in which the delivery system is the drug itself by using nanocrystals of a hydrophobic drug. But this research work needs to be confirmed before this drug can be approved by the medical regulators. And it will take time... But read more for many additional references and pictures showing these nanocrystals in action."
Communications

+ - AT&T/Cingular Blocking legitimate phone number

Submitted by
kickassweb
kickassweb writes "PennPIRG is reporting that AT&T/Cingular is blocking calls to the popular, and competing, service, FreeConferenceCall.com, as well as other similar services.

PennPIRG has learned that AT&T/Cingular recently began blocking phone numbers on its wireless service used by consumers to access free conference call services, such as those provided by Free Conference Call.com. The telephone giant has argued that calls to free conference call services are resulting in millions of dollars in losses to the company due to re-routing and termination fees, and has sued free conference call services and local phone companies in Iowa over the fees.


The article goes on to state that the free conference call service being blocked competes directly with Cingular's conference call service, and that this is the type of anti-consumer action we can expect on the internet if Net Neutrality is not mandated."
Space

+ - A United Federation of Planet Earth

Submitted by
UltimaGuy
UltimaGuy writes "Fourteen space agencies around the world have agreed to coordinate their space exploration efforts, paving the way for truly planet-wide collaboration in space science. The agencies involved are from Italy, Japan, China, Britain, France, America, India, Korea, Ukraine, Russia, Canada, Germany, Australia and ESA, the European Space Agency. Will this be the beginning of a new era in space exploration ?"
The Courts

Take Two Files Suit Against Jack Thompson 99

Posted by Zonk
from the just-wow dept.
Bullied writes "Take Two has tired of Jack Thompson's frivolous lawsuits and has filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida to prevent him from filing any more 'nuisance' lawsuits. 'Take Two argues that the lawsuits violate its First Amendment rights to free expression, but it also claims that the suits are so vague as to be unconstitutional. "This unconstitutional vagueness will have a chilling effect on Plaintiff as well as Plaintiff's customers," says the company. "Plaintiff's distributors likely will respond to the uncertainty and fear of penalties by withholding Plaintiff's video games from the public."' Take Two also cites the disruptive effect Thompson's suits have on its retail partners."
Sci-Fi

+ - Star Wars' R2-D2 to collect post

Submitted by
gollum123
gollum123 writes "Postboxes across the US are to be dressed up as Star Wars robot R2-D2 to celebrate 30 years since the release of the sci-fi series' first outing ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6457467.s tm ). Some 400 boxes will get the new look, including outside Hollywood's Grauman Chinese Theatre, one of first cinemas to screen the film in 1977. The makeover is part of a post office campaign for the announcement of a surprise stamp on 28 March. The public have been urged not to tamper with the droid mail collectors. A special stamp to commemorate the release of the first film was issued by the US Postal Service in May 1977."

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