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+ - CyanogenMod Installer removed from Google Play Store->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Today Google asked the CM team to voluntarily remove the app from the store or they would be forced to remove it administratively. CM team chose to remove the app voluntarily. According CyanogenMod team Google initially said that the app was in violation of Google’s Play’s developer terms. When the CM team reached out to the Play team the found that “though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it ‘encourages users to void their warranty’, it would not be allowed to remain in the store.""
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+ - MakerBot Parent Stratasys Files Patent Litigation Against Afinia

Submitted by hirschma
hirschma (187820) writes "Stratasys, which recently bought MakerBot, announced that it was filing for patent infringement against popular 3D printer vendor Afinia. While the Afinia UP! 3D printer is a closed-source design, the Open Source Hardware community is both worried and annoyed. Mostly annoyed, it seems, since MakerBot got it's start using OSHW designs to build their business. MakerBot's co-founder says it best in an older post back when MakerBot first went closed-source, which happened just a couple of days before MBI's Bre Pettis gave a talk about the challenges of OSHW in consumer products. Well, challenge apparently met."

+ - The Biggest Fraud in Kickstarter History is Currently Unfolding->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The SmartDuino project launched on Kickstarter last October promised many things, including making it super simple for hobbyist to create amazing electronic projects easily, and ended up raising an amazing $157,571 for project creator Dimitri Albino. But allegations of fraud soon came out shortly after funding ended — including Arduino creator Massimo Banzi calling Mr. Albino's claims of being the manufacturer of the Arduino a lie and claimed his project violated the Arduino Trademark. Now a year later, after many broken promises and no products delivered, the project backers are demanding answers, refunds and threatening international legal action in what looks to be the largest fraud in Kickstarter history.

And to add insult to the victims of this, Mr. Albino's company, SmartMaker, is currently running multiple other projects on crowdfunding site Indiegogo which so far have raised over $420,000 and also have had similar fraud claims being made."

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Comment: So much innovation for so little value (Score 3, Insightful) 452

by hirschma (#44961205) Attached to: Undiscovered Country of HFT: FPGA JIT Ethernet Packet Assembly

Things like high frequency trading make me want to vom. Essentially, all they're doing is shuffling money around, taking advantage of an outdated system, and increasing risk for the entire world.

It'd be great to see this kind of innovation in something that actually is useful and valuable - not for creating an incremental improvement on a corrupt system.

Comment: Poor, poor Stephenson (Score 4, Insightful) 124

by hirschma (#44904821) Attached to: Work Halted On Neal Stephenson's Kickstarted Swordfighting Video Game


So let me get this straight: Best-selling, presumably well-heeled author uses his star power to hold the beggar's cup on Kickstarter.

Author spends the proceeds without delivering anything.

Author pens a nice FU to the folks that trusted him, gives up.

Stephenson: how about digging into your pocket and delivering what you promised? I sincerely hope that he now has 9000+ former fans that will never buy another book from him, and will tell their family and friends to do the same. And thus ends up taking a bigger financial hit than just simply doing the right thing.

Comment: Um, no. (Score 1) 129

by hirschma (#42630895) Attached to: Nokia To Release Lumia Case Design Files For 3D Printers

"The N900 might have been this neat little device but clearly it sold poorly or Nokia wouldn't have ditched it."

Your entire post starts from a false assumption. Actually, it sold really well considering. Some estimates are over 1mm. Here's some substantiation:

This was a phone with no subsidies, no marketing or advertising, not compatible with anything else...

OK, then of course, the N9 must have been a sales failure, right? Nope.

Again, no subsidies, no advertising - and Elop shitting all over it, disowning it, etc.

If anything, it looks like Nokia made the absolutely wrong decision. It's almost as if there was an agenda that wasn't primarily motivated by profit or unit sales. Hmmm.

Comment: Thank you, Jeremy Allison! (Score 3, Interesting) 162

by hirschma (#42559573) Attached to: Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important


Since you're hanging about, let me take the opportunity to say thanks for making such a vital, useful and wonderful piece of software - and thanks to the rest of the Samba team, too.

I've used it at work over the decades, I use it at home even now. It's made my life better. That is not at all hyperbole.

I know that this is Slashdot, but it wouldn't hurt to say thanks, right?


Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"