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Hacked iPhones Confirmed As Bricking With Latest Update 430

Posted by Zonk
from the enjoy-our-new-service-plan dept.
mhollis writes "Field experience has confirmed that if you have a hacked iPhone, it will become an iBrick if you use Software Update to install the latest update on your iPhone. The BBC reports: '[Apple's] warning has now proved correct as many owners are reporting their phones no longer work following installation of the update. Apple requires iPhone owners to take out a lengthy contract with AT&T in the United States but there are a number of programs on the net that unlock the device for use with other networks.' The only 'solution' is to unhack your iPhone."
Announcements

+ - LC2000 Series Ubuntu Linux Laptops->

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LinuxCertified
LinuxCertified writes "LinuxCertified Announces Ubuntu Laptops Optimized for Engineering and Scientific use
27th September 2007 , San Francisco

LinuxCertified Inc, a leading provider of Linux laptops, today announced its next generation laptops optimised for engineering and scientific community. Powered with Ubuntu 7.04, these laptops focus on high performance and scalability. The laptops come pre-configured with many of the common tools used by technical users.

"We are delighted by LinuxCertified's latest Ubuntu-based laptops," said Malcolm Yates, Partner Manager at Canonical , the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu. "This is a great choice for the technical user community who will strongly benefit from the power of the Ubuntu operating system offered with the convenience of an optimised laptop environment."

The two new laptop models are: LC2464DC, a 64 bit (based on dual-core Turion 64X2) laptop, and LC2520DC, sporting a 17" screen with accelerated 3D Graphics based on nVidia GeForce Go 7700.

"Ubuntu has rapidly become Linux distribution of choice for majority of our customers", said Rajesh Goyal, VP of Marketing at LinuxCertified, "Our new laptops represent a potent combination of ease-of-use of Ubuntu with state-of-art high-performance laptop hardware."

The LC2464DC laptop starts at $999, and detailed specifications are at:

http://www.linuxcertified.com/linux-laptop-lc2464dc.html

The LC2520DC laptop starts at $1599, and detailed specifications are at:

http://www.linuxcertified.com/linux-laptop-lc2520dc.html

The laptops have gone through a rigorous certification process at LinuxCertified labs and has also successfully passed beta tests by end users.

More on Ubuntu laptops at: http://www.linuxcertified.com/ubuntu-laptop.html


About LinuxCertified, Inc.

The mission of LinuxCertified, Inc is to help our clients benefit from significant savings of effectively using Linux and Open-Source software in their IT and development infrastructure. Our core offerings are:
- Pre-configured and fully supported Linux Laptops
- Linux trained and certified professionals
- Implementation and development services using Open-Source software

To learn more contact us at 1-877-800-6873 or info (at) linuxcertified (dot) com
http://www.linuxcertified.com/"

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Input Devices

+ - Vyro unveils device to reduce stress while playing->

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Bayscribe
Bayscribe writes "Vyro Games, a Dublin Ireland company, unveils a device today that forces you to relax while playing games.

It is called a PiP, or "Personal Input Pod," and it measures things like the moisture in your hand to assess whether you're stressed. If you're showing signs of stress, your performance in a game deteriorates. If you relax, you do much better.

The PiP communicates wirelessly with software on devices such as mobile phones, PCs or games consoles. The devices must have Bluetooth technology.

Stefan Schaefer, the vice president of business development, will demonstrate the device Tuesday morning at the DEMO conference in San Diego by playing a game called "Relax and Race," where two people control a dragon, and the goal is to race a course as fast as possible.

If you relax, the dragon spreads its wings and flies. If not, it stumbles all over the place."

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Privacy

+ - 15000 protest against data retention, in Berlin->

Submitted by jonas
jonas (666) writes "http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/96385 reports a demonstration, mainly organized by http://www.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/, that was held against the upcoming telecommunicatons data retention in Germany. 15,000 people protested against a law, that, once passed, will require telecommunications providers to keep all connection and location data for all subscribers for 6 months and will allow the government unrestricted access. The government claims this to be neccessary to protect Germans against terrorism. Many people fear the degredation of ther civil rights, of which there is one that assures the privacy of telecomunication. This civil rights movement gains momentum, with only 200 protesters a year ago, and 2000 this spring."
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Intel

+ - Intel unveils Tigerton quad-core chip

Submitted by Geoffery B
Geoffery B (666) writes "Intel has launched its new line of quad-core Xeon products for the multi-processor (MP) server market. Codename Caneland, its much-awaited Xeon MP 7300 server platform comprises the new "Tigerton" quad-core Xeon 7300 series chip, as well as the "Clarksboro" 7300 chipset. According to Intel, the 65-nanometer Tigerton chip is said to deliver more than double the performance and more than triple the performance per watt ratio over Intel's previous generation dual-core products"
Graphics

+ - New AMD display driver boosts performance->

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An anonymous reader writes "While many thought this day would never come or that it was some form of propaganda, it's coming and it's coming this month. The AMD fglrx 8.41 driver features a brand new underlying code-base that has been under development for well over a year. At Phoronix we have literally spent hundreds of hours using and testing this new driver, and to say the least it is truly a new experience on the ATI Linux front. The new driver delivers massive performance improvements, Radeon HD 2000 (R600) support, and a whole lot more. This article is the first of five articles that will be published today at Phoronix as we examine the new AMD Linux driver extensively on all fronts from seeing how it can handle the flagship ATI Radeon HD 2900XT graphics card to going back to past graphics card families to show the dramatic performance improvements."
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Television

+ - From the "No-Wonder-I-Can't-Pay-Attention"

Submitted by oDDmON oUT
oDDmON oUT (231200) writes "While your mother may have told you that sitting too close to the tellie was bad for your eyes, the folks over at New Scientist have published a story relating that it's bad for your attention span:

"Watching television more than two hours a day early in life can lead to attention problems later in adolescence, according to a large long-term study."

What distinguishes this research is its longitudinal nature:

"The team studied the long-term habits and behaviours of more than 1000 children born in Dunedin, between April 1972 and March 1973. The children aged 5 to 11 watched an average of 2.05 hours of weekday television. From age 13 to 15, time spent in front of the television rose to an average of 3.1 hours a day."

It would be nice if....uh.....what was I doing?"
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft forces shutdown of Autopatcher

Submitted by kaufmanmoore
kaufmanmoore (930593) writes "Posts on Neowin and Autopatcher's site announce Microsoft has forced the closure of the Autopatcher download section. Details are scarce as to the exact reason for the take down after over 4 years of availability, but an official from Microsoft legal says that it has nothing to do with Windows Genuine Advantage. Goodbye to another useful tool that helped sysadmins apply Microsoft's numerous patches."
Media

+ - "Viacom hit me for infringing my own copyright-> 2

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Chris Knight
Chris Knight writes "Long story short: I ran for school board where I live this past fall and created some TV commercials including this one with a "Star Wars" theme. A few months ago VH1 grabbed the commercial from YouTube and featured it in a segment of its show "Web Junk 2.0". Neither VH1 or its parent company Viacom told me they were doing this or asked my permission to use it, but I didn't mind it if they did. It was great to see the commercial was being enjoyed by a far wider audience than I'd expected. I was honored that they chose to use it and thought that Aries Spears's commentary about it was pretty hilarious, so I posted a clip of VH1's segment on YouTube so that I could put it on my blog. This morning I got an e-mail from YouTube saying that the video has been pulled because Viacom is claiming that I'm violating its copyright. Viacom used my video without permission on their commercial television show, and now says that I am infringing on THEIR copyright for showing the clip of the work that Viacom made in violation of my own copyright! Talk about chutzpah! Needless to say, I would like to fight this: not for any kind of monetary compensation, but just for the right to employ my own self-created material per Fair Use."
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Technology (Apple)

+ - Nokia's iPhone

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traveller604
traveller604 writes "Nokia announced 4 the new phones (N95 8GB, N81, 5610, 5310) earlier today at the Nokia GoPlay event in London. However by far the most interesting and controversial thing that was shown at the event was the Nokia's iPhone lookalike demo video. When pressed during the Q&A about the striking similarity to the little Cupertino device, Anssi Vanajoki — Nokia's Executive VP & General Manager of Multimedia — said, "If there is something good in the world then we copy with pride." Apple fanboys, before you start crying out your anger watch this."

Comment: Re:Just an incredibly banal version of the Borg... (Score 1) 594

by d0c0m0 (#20373685) Attached to: Users Trash Wal-Mart On Its Facebook Site
So the examples grandparent gave can in your opinion be "good things":

Offering to feed peoples children, on the condition that they convert to christianity would be wrong. Offering a woman who is in the wilderness with a broken leg a ride to the nearest hospital, on the condition that she give you a blowjob would be wrong. Offering someone whose family is starving $2/day, on the condition that they work as slaves for you is wrong.
I mean wow. Go libertarians!
Software

+ - India rejects Microsoft OOXML in favor of ODF->

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slashthedot
slashthedot writes "In a major setback to Microsoft's effort to further its OOXML standard, India on Thursday gave Microsoft a thumbs-down in the war of standards for office documents. In a tense meeting at Delhi's Manak Bhawan, the 21-member technical committee decided that India will vote a 'no' against Microsoft's Open Office Extensible Mark Up Language (OOXML) standard at the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in Geneva on September 2.
The Open Document Format (ODF) alliance — enjoying widespread support from academia and corporates like Oracle, IBM, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, Google — were in a jubilant mood having succeeded in stalling OOXML from being accepted as a standard in India.
Microsoft,however, is still hopeful that India's 'No' vote will become a 'Yes' if Microsoft is able to resolve all technical issues with OOXML before the ballot resolution committee of ISO.
The voting was a hot issue in India for some weeks, with most of the institutions, including IITs and IIMs, supporting ODF, and only a few favoring OOXML as a choice. During the days before voting, there were reports that both the parties were offering director-level jobs at 200% hike to each other to help switch votes in their favour."

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