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Comment: Re:Not surpising that Xbox 1 -a PC- had great yiel (Score 1) 230

by coop247 (#24900589) Attached to: A History of the Xbox Red Ring of Death Fiasco
The real issue was MS deciding to design, and therefor own, the chips used in the 360. Even a seasoned hardware manufacturer like Sony wasn't stupid enough to take that on, they partnered with IBM to do most of the heavy lifting. They are a software company, and developing software is very different from manufacturing chips.

The article sure made it sound like the classic case of marketing making too many early decisions, as in picking a small curved case, then forcing engineering to figure out how to pack it all in.

I'm still pissed that they kneecapped this entire cycle by releasing a console without a hard drive for cost purposes.

+ - Guitar Hero III - In MONO->

Submitted by coop247
coop247 (974899) writes "The always insightful Bits blog on the NY Times has a report that the Wii's version of Guitar Hero III only outputs in Mono. This does not affect the PS3 or 360 versions. Activision claims they will issue replacement copies. Of course Wii defenders don't seem to mind, but it seems to me this would be a perfect time to have downloadable updates."
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+ - Mythbusters to test cockroaches radiation myth->

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redwoodtree writes "As the article quotes so perfectly "Contrary to popular belief, not a significant amount of research goes into cockroach radiation" so the Mythbusters are going out to Hanford Site where plutonium was manufactured for the first nuclear bomb. It's the single most polluted nuclear waste site in the U.S. The Mythbusters are going to take cockroaches and other insects and apply successively higher doses of radiation in a controlled setting. One group of insects will not be exposed to any radiation of course. It turns out that the facility is used to test radiation on electronic equipment, power lines and so forth. It's comforting that all the nuclear waste is being put to some good use before it all washes down into the Columbia river."
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Lifetime Beer for Stolen Laptop

Submitted by linuxwrangler
linuxwrangler (582055) writes "Following the theft of a laptop containing all their financials as well as other business data, New Zealand based Croucher Brewing is offering a unique award: free beer for life. Sadly it's not unlimited. But Croucher estimates the 12 bottles/month for life reward is still worth about $19,500."

+ - Stolen laptop = free beer (as in beer)

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Jivecat writes "CNN reports on a New Zealand brewery that had a laptop stolen containing all the company's financials. The co-owner of Croucher Brewing Co. has offered 'a dozen bottles of beer a month for... life' to whoever recovers the laptop. In a neighbourly gesture, a New Zealand winemaker offered the suggestion that the brewery make its reward terms very specific, to avoid any 'difficult legal wrangle.'"

+ - New England Patriots Get Ticket Sellers' Names->

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Billosaur writes "The New England Patriots sued on-line ticket re-seller StubHub (a subsidiary of eBay) to obtain the list of names of people who tried to buy or sell Patriots tickets using the service. StubHub lost an appeal in Massachusetts state court last week, and was compelled to hand over the list of 13,000 names. It is currently not clear what the Patriots organization intends to do with the names, but they have intimated that they may revoke the privileges of any season ticket holders on the list. The Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group, said the court order to turn over the names infringes on the privacy rights of Patriots fans. At issue, is whether using the on-line service allows an end-run around team rules and Massachusetts state law, by allowing ticket holders to charge extreme mark-ups on their tickets."
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+ - Sony cuts prices on PS3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sony has announced price cuts on the high-end model, and also is introducing a new low-end model in the US($399). The new model has lost the ability to play PlayStation 2 games, a decision based on the "extensive" lineup of PlayStation 3 games. The 80GB model, which retains backward compatibility, will now retail for $499."

+ - Entry-level edition of PS3 console Nov 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sony today confirmed the new entry-level edition of PS3 console will be coming to the US. Sporting 40GB model will retail November 2 for $399 featuring no backwards compatibility with PlayStation 2 titles, two USB port instead of four and no memory card slots. If backwards compatibility is a major concern for you, however, you'll be happy to know that the announcement came with a further surprise: the 80GB units introduced in July will go down in price from $599 to $499. Seems that companies have decided that $100.00 overpricing has not worked."
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+ - PS3 Price Drop->

Submitted by coop247
coop247 (974899) writes "Sony has announced a 40gig PS3 for $400 in the U.S. So between the price drop and the release of several good games around the same time, will the PS3 finally get some love. If you already own one, I recommend checking out Everyday Shooter on the PSN, easily the best game $10 can buy.
The new version of the PS3 will come with a 40-gigabyte hard drive, cost $400, and go on sale on November 2...The price of the 80-gigabyte version will be cut to $500 from $600."

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+ - Tracking Teen Drivers->

Submitted by coop247
coop247 (974899) writes "One more way to track your child's every movement. Now cars can be equipped with sensors and cameras to track dangerous driving.

From the Article:
Under Teen Safe Driver, a camera records audio and video images of both the road and the driver when motion sensors detect swerving, hard braking, sudden acceleration or a collision. The footage goes to an analysis center where it is graded for riskiness and sent on to parents with comments and coaching tips.

This program is being pushed by the insurance industry under the veil of "protecting the children." In reality they would love nothing more than to put similar systems in every car so they can charge risky drivers more."

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