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Comment: International service (Score 5, Insightful) 429

by rootnl (#39450965) Attached to: With Cinavia DRM, Is Blu-ray On a Path To Self-Destruction?

The only reason that streaming services haven't completely phased out Blu-rays is the fact that a majority of the consumers don't have a fast and reliable Internet connection.

Also the fact that Netflix and Vudu is only available in the USA. The rest of the world still rely on physical media.

Comment: Forwarding Rule (Score 1) 333

by rootnl (#37987524) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Spammers You Know?
I had the same problem with some of those "product news" type emails. What I do is go to their website and get their sales email, send a test email to it, just to check for auto responders. Then, create a forwarding rule to forward all their email they send me, to their sales department email (making sure to exclude any auto responders) and delete the original email. Gives you a warm feeling.

+ - Dutch justice ban access to internet ban list-> 1

Submitted by Askmum
Askmum (1038780) writes "The Dutch justice department has created an "internet filter" to prevent access to child porn sites. But it will not disclose which sites are on the list, making it unclear if there may be other sites banned too. The reason given for not disclosing the list is because "the justice department has no access to this information". Makes you wonder who controlls this list then.
And it makes you think of the Australian internet ban list, which featured a lot of unrelated sites."

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+ - All-electric Cri-Cri has maiden flight->

Submitted by rootnl
rootnl (644552) writes "The all electric Cri-Cri, jointly developed by EADS Innovation Works, Aero Composites Saintonge and the Green Cri-Cri Association, made its official maiden flight at Le Bourget airport near Paris on Thursday, Sept.

"The aerobatic plane incorporates numerous technologies such as lightweight composite structures that reduce the weight of the airframe and compensate for the additional weight of the batteries, four brushless electric motors with counter-rotating propellers that deliver propulsion without CO2 emissions and significantly lower noise compared to thermal propulsion, and high energy-density Lithium batteries."

Lets hope the it doesn't sound like its name."

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+ - Valve Hiring to Port Windows Games to Linux-> 3

Submitted by mrbojangles_dcfc
mrbojangles_dcfc (961388) writes "crimsonheadGCN over at NeoGaf has highlighted that whilst we were told by Valve just a few weeks ago that there is no Linux version of Steam in development, they are looking to hire a Senior Software Engineer who will have to "Port Windows-based games to the Linux platform." as part of their responsibilities."
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PlayStation (Games)

Gran Turismo 5 Delayed 122

Posted by Soulskill
from the running-on-fumes dept.
RogueyWon writes "The Times is reporting that Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 5, likely to prove a key title for the PlayStation 3, has been delayed indefinitely, despite an expectation that it would be released relatively early in 2010. The delay seems likely to impact Sony's plans to bundle the game with the PlayStation 3 console in time for the important spring sales period in Japan."

+ - Amazon Wants Patent for Inserting Ads into Books

Submitted by
theodp writes "Three Amazon inventors set out to correct what they felt was a real problem — i.e., that "out-of-print or rare books...typically do not include advertisements...the content is fixed and, therefore, has not been adapted to modern marketing." Their solution is spelled out in newly-disclosed Amazon patent applications for On-Demand Generating E-Book Content with Advertising and Incorporating Advertising in On-Demand Generated Content. From the patent apps, here's what the future of reading may look like: "For instance, if a restaurant is described on page 12 of the requested printed content 114, the advertisement page image 116 next to page 12, i.e., either on page 11 or page 13, may include advertisements about restaurants, wine, food, etc., which are related to restaurants and dining." So what would a delightfully-tacky-yet-unrefined Hooters ad do for your Hemingway experience?"

Comment: Hardware (Score 1) 1365

by rootnl (#27993895) Attached to: Why Linux Is Not Yet Ready For the Desktop
Some of the big problems are wifi, bluetooth, sound and video related. Most of these problems are a result of proprietary drivers/hardware. I have problems with bluetooth that my keyboard won't connect after a reboot. Configuring the spdif raw output is a pain(eventually got it running properly with a custom .asound configuration). Cheaper sound cards only support one channel, thus causing one application to block another (there are workarounds, but even for the tech-savvy this is a pain). Video support, you are at the mercy of the hardware.

For me, Linux is ready for the desktop, it's just that some hardware's not ready for Linux.

Old programmers never die, they just branch to a new address.