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Microsoft Move to be the End of JPEG? 447

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the just-a-little-bit-better dept.
jcatcw writes "Microsoft Corp. will submit a new photo format to an international standards organization. The format, HD Photo (formerly known as Windows Media Photo), can accommodate lossless and lossy compression. Microsoft claims that adjustments can be made to color balance and exposure settings that won't discard or truncate data that occurs with other bit-map formats."
Role Playing (Games)

+ - Markee Dragon on The WoW Glider Lawsuit

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SpaceRanger
SpaceRanger writes "For those of you curious about the lawsuit filed against WoW Glider by Blizzard, The Escapist has an interview up with the famous Markee Dragon covering some aspects of it. "I think Blizzard has probably known about this since the beginning of WoW Glider, and a lot of companies will use irritation level before they take action. They'll poll their customers to see what's irritating them the most, and they'll pick the top 10 percent, and they'll address those issues. Maybe botting has come up to that — farming has probably been up there high on that list — that's probably what you hear about equally, farming and botting, and of course bots can be used to farm. I'm sure Blizzard's known about this a long time.""
Censorship

+ - The United States is Insolvent

Submitted by
The True Messiah
The True Messiah writes "What the BIG Media is not telling you! Prepare to be shocked.

The US is insolvent. There is simply no way for our national bills to be paid under current levels of taxation and promised benefits. Our combined federal deficits now total more than 400% of GDP.

That is the conclusion of a recent Treasury/OMB report entitled Financial Report of the United States Government that was quietly slipped out on a Friday (12/15/06), deep in the holiday season, with little fanfare. Sometimes I wonder why the Treasury Department doesn't just pay somebody to come in at 4:30 am Christmas morning to release the report. Additionally, I've yet to read a single account of this report in any of the major news media outlets but that is another matter.

The Complete story."
Microsoft

Journal: Microsoft Loses case Over Patents

Journal by nevillethedevil
The New York times has an article titled: MP3 Patents in Upheaval After Verdict. From the article:
Microsoft was ordered by a federal jury yesterday to pay $1.52 billion in a patent dispute over the MP3 format, the technology at the heart of the digital music boom. If upheld on appeal, it would be the largest patent judgment on record. The ruling, in Federal District Court in Sa
XBox (Games)

For Unlucky 360 Owner Seventh Time's the Charm 153

Posted by Zonk
from the give-him-some-bennies dept.
Microsoft has maintained that the problems occasionally reported by Xbox 360 owners are not very prevalent; just a small percentage of 360s are faulty, they say. That may be so, but for one unlucky console owner it's taken seven faulty consoles for him to get customer service satisfaction. The Mercury News discusses the tale of Rob Cassingham, a self professed 'Xbox fanboy'. He and his wife Mindy run a gaming center, and were responsible (via direct purchases and through word of mouth) for more than a dozen 360 purchases. For his business, he had six machines ... and every one of them failed. Even one of the replacements for the original unit failed, and for every replacement he's had to wait two weeks to get a new system. As he puts it, "Why spend money for rims on a car that spends 90 percent of its time in the shop?" After the Merc's Dean Takahashi referred his case to Peter Moore, he finally received a new machine as a replacement for his most recent faulty model. Cassingham is still deciding whether to keep it or not.

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