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+ - PS3 losing ground in Japan

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Krommenaas
Krommenaas writes "Last week's sales figures from Japan show the PS3 dramatically losing the console battle in Japan, the home market of both Sony and Nintendo. The PS3 loses out 6:1 to the Wii in hardware sales and a whopping 30:1 in software sales (325,619 for the Wii vs. 10,412 for the PS3). Not a single PS3 title is in the top 50 of best sold games, while Nintendo occupies the top 19 spots with DS and Wii titles."
Links

+ - The Fascination With Tornadic Beauty

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "NASA calls them "twin tornados" (photos: #1, #2, #3), and due to the danger they pose to aircraft NASA is taming these dangerous, very impressive vortices. Smoke from a hot flare salvo can also reveal these tornados, also known as wingtip vortices, to human sight (photos: #4, #5). Their size, structure, longevity, and beauty have — as evident in recent posts at Neatorama.com, Microsiervos.com, and Barrapunto.com — an aesthetic appeal on par with, and aside from, scientific interests (videos: #1, #2). (Interestingly, according to some wingtip vortices afficianados, the vortices can be noisy.) Then there's the tornado that cannot be tamed: it's the one that forms during severe weather, triggering within us helplessness, fear, and attraction due to its immense raw power, size, noise, and unpredictability. Sometimes courageous human beings with a video camera get up close and personal with this very violent storm, bringing footage back to us that spectacularly shows the beauty of the tornado (video: #3)."
Graphics

+ - ATI committed to fixing its problems with OSS

Submitted by
Sits
Sits writes "While talking about the Red Hat summit Chris Blizzard mentions how an ATI marketing spokesman was on stage. The spokesman said ATI knows it has a problem with open source and is committed to fixing it. Does this mean ATI will finally resolve alleged agpgart misappropriation, fast track the release of open source 2D drivers on its latest cards while releasing specifications for its mid-range cards or is ATI only concerned with fixes to its binary driver to maintain feature parity with competitors?"
Linux Business

+ - Dell will pre-install Ubuntu Linux

Submitted by
atamyrat
atamyrat writes "http://www.fabianrodriguez.com/blog/archives/2007/ 04/30/its-d-day/ It's now official. That's it, the embargo is over. We can talk. Many people have been involved in this and I can only say I am excited to be a tiny small part of it: Ubuntu will be officially supported on Dell computers. Any other details will come on www.ubuntu.com, check it for the official press release, but we can now all put the matter to rest and go about our normal lives — or can we ? :) This from your humble servant at Canonical Global Support Services. http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS8661763902.html http://www.boingboing.net/2007/04/30/dell_will_pre install.html"
Software

Lone Programmer Writes 352 Webcam Drivers For Linux 450

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the twelve-cases-of-ballz-later dept.
mrneutron2004 writes "A French physician and ardent Linux supporter is the one man you can all thank for adding support for 352 webcams in Linux. The Open Source OS world may still be a bit of a mess when competing with the ease of Windows, but efforts like this make you wonder. One man with drive, tenacity, and no funding does what no one else can do. And none of the major Linux distributions back this guy's efforts, even the big players dipping into the corporate world's coffers."

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