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Submission + - "Hello World" 3rd Party Apps on the iPhone

addario_br writes: After many, many hours of intense work from "Nightwatch", the first independent "Hello World"* application has been compiled and launched on the iPhone. This was made possible using the "ARM/Mach-O Toolchain", Nightwatch's "special project", that he has been working on so carefully over the past few weeks. Certain parts of the toolchain (such as the assembler) are being refined and tested and these will be released as soon as possible.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Digital camera costs to go crazy in Europe

Brad Binglinton writes: In the unlikely event that you're planning to buy a digital camera in Europe, think again. According to, the European Comission is going to increase taxes on certain cameras with certain video recording capabilites. "At the moment, all digital cameras are manufactured outside Europe. They're all imported. All of them. Currently, there's a European Commission-imposed 4.9 per cent import tariff on camcorders, but not on cameras, whatever their video-recording abilities. "

Submission + - Senate committee passes FCC indecency bill (

Anonymous Coward writes: "US Senate Commerce Committee today passed a bill that would allow FCC to fine broadcasters for slip of the tongue expletives, negating a ruling by federal appeals court in New York that commission's policy on 'fleeting expletives' is arbitrary and capricious. What this means is that once this becomes law, if you someone accidentally says "fsck" even once, the broadcaster gets fined."
Linux Business

Submission + - 2008: The Year for the Linux Desktop? (

LNXPhreak writes: Although Linux has made a lot of improvements over the few years and especially in 2007, there are still a number of major problems that we need to resolve. Therefore, will 2008 be the year when we are 100 percent desktop ready? "I definitely believe so, but we'll need to see the codec issues cleared up in the US front and the hype about wireless 'ease' stopped immediately. Time for the truth: Linux distributions provide a safe, stable desktop environment that is better than anything else in the market. The wireless is atrocious, as the decision makers throughout the community refuse to join us here in reality, thus providing unparalleled support to a single chipset. This means seeing Novell, Canonical, Red Hat or someone standing up and approaching a single vendor, and offer to hand them the market in exchange for working with them develop no excuses WPA-ready WiFi cards for existing notebooks that do not currently provide Linux-friendly solutions.

Submission + - Canada's Copyright Cops Give Go-Ahead For iPod Tax

An anonymous reader writes: Michael Geist reports that the Canada's Copyright Board has given the go-ahead to a new copyright tax on iPods, despite an earlier court decision blocking the fee. The Board apparently ruled that not including iPods would make criminals of millions of Canadians and that the levy could conceivably be applied to cellphones and personal computers.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.