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Classic Games (Games)

36-Hour Lemmings Port Gets Sony Cease and Desist 268

Zerocool3001 writes "The recently featured 36-hour port of the original Palm version of Lemmings to the iPhone and Palm Pre has received a cease and desist letter from Sony. Only one day after submitting the app for approval on the two app stores, the developer has put up a post stating that he 'did this as a tribute to the game — we can only hope that Sony actually does a conversion for platforms like iPhone and Palm Pre in the near future.' The text of the cease and desist letter is available from the developer's website."

Comment Re:5.5? Feh! (Score 2, Interesting) 560

Yeah. In Chile we laugh at you California people making big deal of 7.0 magnitude earthquakes. Here those are called aftershocks.

For the record -- I was 60 miles from the epicenter of the 8.8 on February 27th. The quake wasn't that bad, but the aftershocks every 15 minutes for the next 3 days got tiring.

Operating Systems

Sony Refuses To Sanction PS3 "Other OS" Refunds 396

Stoobalou writes "Sony says that it has no intention of reimbursing retailers if they offer users partial refunds for fat PS3s. Last week, the first PS3 user successfully secured a partial refund from Amazon UK as compensation for the removal of the ability to run Linux on the console. The user quoted European law in order to persuade the online retailer that the goods he had bought in good faith were no longer fit for his purposes because of the enforcement of firmware update 3.21, which meant that users who chose to keep the Other OS functionality would lose the ability to play the latest games or connect to the PlayStation Network."
Open Source

Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."

Comment Re:out of curiousity (Score 1) 842

I bought two Acer Eee Pcs here in Chile, both came with XP Starter Edition. Just for giggles, I installed it on an old PC. Not only is it limited to three apps at a time (the NVIDIA app doesn't seem to count, but trying to configure things through the control panel is sometimes dicey), but video resolution is limited to 1024x768 (since beginning computer users won't know what to do if the resolution is too great!).

All in all, I tend to agree that it's a crap product.

(the netbooks run Linux, of course..)

Microsoft

Submission + - France says no to OpenXML

herve_masson writes: vnunet is amongst the first to report that AFNOR rejected OpenXML as a standard. See the french article here (google translation here). According to the article, the reason seems not related to (lack of) technical merits, but because they don't see having two standards for documents as a good thing.
Announcements

Journal Journal: Japanese Instant Ramen Inventor died at age 96 1

Accoding to Yomiuri Online(Japanese article), inventor of modern instant noodle,one of the best frineds of nerds, Momofuku Ando died of myocardial infarction ,on January 5. Ando claimed "chicken ramen" instant noodle was everyday diet of his own and largely contributed his healthy ,long life.Try another cup noodle for your hea
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Wireless + Biodynamic Farming in Organic Vineyard

An anonymous reader writes: From Green RFID Guy: Ceago Vinegarden, an organic winery in Northern California, applies biodynamic farming methods to enhance vineyard biodiversity. It also incorporates a mashup of radio frequency identification (RFID), Google Earth and NASA-developed wireless sensor pods to help monitor grapes' growing conditions.
Space

Submission + - Intelligent satellite notices volcanic activity

Dik Zak writes: The Indonesian volcano Talang on the island of Sumatra had been dormant for centuries when, in April 2005, it suddenly rumbled to life. A plume of smoke rose 1000 meters high and nearby villages were covered in ash. Fearing a major eruption, local authorities began evacuating 40,000 people. UN officials, meanwhile, issued a call for help: Volcanologists should begin monitoring Talang at once. Little did they know, high above Earth, a small satellite was already watching the volcano. No one told it to. EO-1 (short for "Earth Observing 1") noticed the warning signs and started monitoring Talang on its own. Indeed, by the time many volcanologists were reading their emails from the UN, "EO-1 already had data," says Steve Chien, leader of JPL's Artificial Intelligence Group.

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