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Low-Cost Indian Tablet Project Falls To Corruption 144

Posted by samzenpus
from the failure-to-launch dept.
symbolset writes "The first Aakash tablet proposed for India schools has failed. Datawind managed to deliver the $45 Android tablet as reported here previously, but suffering a breach in faith by both their contract manufacturer and the accepting agency in India had to put the project on hold. Facing a loss in revenue it's turning into a disaster for the small Canadian company as they are now proving unable to deliver both the Aakash tablet and the parallel retail product. Senior executives have begun to flee. The company has presold a great many tablets, and delivery failure reports are beginning to mount. Is this the Phantom console of this decade?"

Comment: Re:Can you be more specific? (Score 1) 212

by deragon (#39595625) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Linux Telecommuting Tools?

I believe you need a VM if you are running the latest version 2010 as most of the applications are only rated bronze. And as far as I can tell, you cannot purchase an older version as is it no more available.;details=1

Comment: chmod a-rwx (Score 1) 260

by deragon (#39027265) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a Tablet Run Only One Application?

Really not an expert in Android so I am just throwing ideas here.

Since Android is based on Linux, chmod a-rwx would be an easy staring point. If the application cannot be read and executed, it cannot be started.

Better, erase the unwanted apps with 'rm' and keep only the one you want, the browser.


Iwata Confirms Nintendo Network, New Wii U Controller Functions 111

Posted by Soulskill
from the get-us-some-of-those-networks-everyone-likes dept.
New submitter DeanCubed writes "In a Nintendo investor meeting, CEO Satoru Iwata confirmed a new Nintendo Network for the company's 3DS and upcoming Wii U game systems. This includes multiple user accounts per console (not tied to hardware, a first for Nintendo) and digitally distributed retail software releases for their online store. Iwata also noted that the Wii U's tablet controller will feature NFC (Near Field Communication) functionality, allowing the ability to use figurines and cards to input visual data to the console. They are hoping to use this to make micro-transactions for paid DLC easier."

RealNetworks Sues Dutch Webmaster Over Hyperlink To Freeware 297

Posted by timothy
from the verhuur-zoekend-gedrag dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In the ever lasting contest for the most idiotic lawsuit, RealNetworks has sued a Dutch man for posting a link to a competing freeware program that allegedly infringes on RealNetworks' intellectual property. The company also secretly obtained a court order that resulted in confiscation of all computers belonging to the man and his family. The 26-year-old has already incurred over €66,000 in legal fees and if he loses the case, he's facing €210,000 in fines. Where are the Anonymous when you need them?"

Comment: Re:Yup, that very *old* saying (Score 1) 314

by deragon (#31548476) Attached to: The Woes of Munich's Linux Migration

If you are a large corporation and purchase say a 1000 computers or more, and are not interested in Windows but would like to install Linux, you could force vendors to sell their computers without Windows at a lower price.

And in many parts of the world, you can ask for a reimbursement of Windows if you are not using it. IIRC, it can be done in France.


Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C 582

Posted by kdawson
from the non-obfuscated dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Wondering where all that bloat comes from, causing even the classic 'Hello world' to weigh in at 11 KB? An MIT programmer decided to make a Linux C program so simple, she could explain every byte of the assembly. She found that gcc was including libc even when you don't ask for it. The blog shows how to compile a much simpler 'Hello world,' using no libraries at all. This takes me back to the days of programming bare-metal on DOS!"

Large-Scale Mac Deployment? 460

Posted by kdawson
from the rolling-'em-out dept.
UncleRage writes "I've been asked to research and ultimately recommend a deployment procedure for Macs across a rather large network. I'm not a stranger to OS X; however, the last time I worked on deployment NetRestore was still king of the mountain. Considering the current options, what methodologies do admins adhere to? Given the current selection of tools available, what would you recommend when planning, prototyping, and rolling out a robust, modular deployment scenario? For the record, I'm not asking for a spoon-fed solution; I'm more interested in a discussion concerning the current tools and what may (or may not) have worked for you. There are a lot of options available for modular system deployment... what are your opinions?"

Comment: Re:Linux has survived but not prevailed (Score 1) 596

by deragon (#26988529) Attached to: Microsoft Sees Linux As Bigger Competitor Than Apple

The general public does not know that Linux exists! Once some Linux corporation starts marketing Linux like Apple does it (maybe Canonical in 5 years), things might change. And because corporations are already running Linux on the server side, they already have the expertises in house to manage Linux machines. When the big wigs discover that Linux on the desktop is viable and hip, they might be seriously think to switch their desktop machines from Windows to Linux. All depends of their dependency with their current applications.

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