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Comment: It might work (Score 2) 128

by sokk (#40201707) Attached to: Facebook Smartphone a Dumb Idea, Says Farhad Manjoo
Considering all the technology Facebook has accrued directly and through partners a phone with a lot of nice features should be possible for them to implement. It's also a logical next step. Phones are social nodes in themselves, and mapping the Facebook 'world-in-a-world' onto this should be possible.

It could even be data-only if they wanted to (wifi/data traffic), but I don't think they would take it that far.

Technology mapping from the Facebook's technology chest to the mobile:
Text messaging - Replaced/complemented by Facebook Messenger
Audio chat - Integrated Skype version
Video chat - Integrated Skype version (Technology now in the hands of MS/Skype. Apple has shown us that this is feasible)
Group video chat / audio chat - Integrated Skype version.
Status of your friends reflected on your phone (Eg. approx. location, busy, last locations visited).
Contact list - Facebook friends.
Software

+ - End of ck's Linux patchset

Submitted by sokk
sokk (691010) writes "The ck-patchset for the Linux kernel has been discontinued. The reasons are mentioned by Con Kolivas in this post: "1. If whatever performance advantage it has is all but abolished compared to mainline then there is no point maintaining alternate patches to achieve the same endpoint. 2. All interest I have in kernel development, even out of the mainline spotlight, has been... abolished (I had nastier words but decided not to use them.)". I've myself used ck's patchset, and it's sad to see it being discontinued. The new CFS scheduler have implemented some of the ideas of ck's scheduler, and will be included in the next kernel release."
Television

+ - BBC reported WTC-7 collapse 20 minutes early?

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An anonymous reader writes ""An astounding video uncovered from the archives today shows the BBC reporting on the collapse of WTC Building 7 over twenty minutes before it fell. The incredible footage shows BBC reporter talking about the collapse of the Salomon Brothers Building while it remains standing in the live shot behind her head." was the quote I saw on digg. The video discussed can be found at youtube. BBC responded with a article called "Part of the conspiracy?". I ask the Slashdot community: What do you think? Simply a "cock-up" as Richard Porter of BBC put it?"

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