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Comment: there's always Joda Time... (Score 5, Informative) 405

by tony.damato (#43945483) Attached to: Oracle Discontinues Free Java Time Zone Updates
Some of our developers have switched to Joda Time classes as they're easier to use that those built into Java proper. They even give instructions on how to manually update the time zone tables. (We didn't develop the code, we're just happy customers): http://joda-time.sourceforge.net/

Comment: Call to Arms for the webOS Community! (Score 5, Informative) 49

by tony.damato (#40858901) Attached to: Open WebOS Releases Core Apps; Reveals Touchpad Won't Be Supported

Yeah, it is a slap in the face, but understandable since the old hardware needed proprietary drivers to work.

However, there is good news, as mentioned in this post at webOS Nation :

"There are two things to keep in mind moving forward. One: there's a large and growing number of Android devices out there that offer support for the Linux Standard Kernel 3.3, and given the number of devices supported by the open source CyanogenMod Android project there are plenty of drivers available for those components. Two: The webOS homebrew community cannot and will not be held back. They've already started working on the webOS Community Edition release of LunaSysMgr to see how well they can get it to work on the Pre3, and it'll only be a matter of time before they figure out how to get the goodness of Open webOS to work on our current webOS devices, HP be damned."

Cloud

+ - Yahoo "improvement" fail-> 1

Submitted by Coeurderoy
Coeurderoy (717228) writes "Yahoo did some "improvement" to their web mail application.
Two problems:
1) it tries to force you to agree to the new rules, basically keeping your data hostages.
2) if fails, you cannot "agree" or "disagree" it bumps back to the pop up fail screen.
Additionally if you try to read the "new conditions" it does not find the page, so you cannot even know what you are agreeing to.

Additionally the imap server refuses to serve the content probably since it "knows" that I have not agreed to sacrifice my firstborn or something like that...

It is probably a transient fail... but it is certainly a cautionary story against "the cloud".
"Shit happens" but when it is on you own infrastructure you try to find an engineer who fix it for you and a couple of hours, maybe even days, when it is "a large cloud providers" you need a lawyer and a couple of years of patience."

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GNOME

+ - Fedora Linux Replaces GNOME With MATE->

Submitted by
dkd903
dkd903 writes "In what could be called as a major blow to the GNOME foundation, The Fedora Linux team has decided to get rid of GNOME 2 in the upcoming Fedora 18 linux OS. GNOME 2 will be replaced by a new Desktop Environment (DE) called the MATE. However, users need not worry much about this new Desktop Environment — MATE as it happens to be a fork of the original GNOME project."
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Comment: Re:Why the anxiety? (Score 1) 807

by tony.damato (#39237529) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

I love the elitist comments in this thread that are marked up as Insightful, especially from Anonymous Cowards who probably don't work for companies where STABILITY, especially with something as important as a 'fucking WEB BROWSER' are concerned. Our shop, a major east coast University, relies on a couple of MISSION CRITICAL systems whose vendors ONLY RECENTLY began to upgrade their software to support the newer browsers. I personally use the newer Chrome for most web use, but I still had to hang onto a copy of Firefox 3.5 (!!) in order to use said software for my job.

Comment: Re:Windows Mobile (Score 1) 332

by tony.damato (#29579151) Attached to: The Kafka-esque Nightmare of Palm App Submission
With respect to JWZ, for anyone who has been following the Palm Pre these last few months, Palm has been doing their best to accommodate the deluge of developers who want to create for the platform:

http://www.precentral.net/palm-overwhelmed-application-submissions

According to the article, Chuq Von Rospach, the Palm Developer Community Manager stated in the developer forums at https://developer.palm.com/distribution/viewtopic.php?p=7622#p7622:

We got more applications than we could handle well, which is a good problem to have. Unfortunately, it means we dropped some things on the floor, and that's bad, but with the impending "stuff" that's coming, this is all going to get a lot easier for everyone and a lot more transparent.

If you didn't get a response in a timely manner, let me apologize to you. We should have done a better job on this, and I apologize for this. I'm working with the people I work with on this to try to make sure we do a better job of this moving forward. Good news is we've hired some people -- one's started, one starts next week, and the third starts the week after that, and that'll give us some great people and some new resources to make sure this gets fixed and works properly.

As the previous poster started, unlike the iPhone, there is a very active home brew community which Palm has not only blessed, but has assisted with:

http://www.webos-internals.org/wiki/Application:Preware

Comment: article on precentral.net (soon to be slashdotted) (Score 4, Informative) 314

by tony.damato (#29041539) Attached to: Palm Pre Reports Your Location and Usage To Palm

http://www.precentral.net/fyi-pre-reports-your-location-palm

When PreCentral's people asked Palm about this, their official statement to them in part was:

        Our goal has been to follow industry best practices on data collection, use, and encryption. Like most EULAs and privacy policies, though, the terms tend to get pretty detailed about potential scenarios. And because the terms are meant to notify users about all possible variations, we wanted to err on the side of over notifying rather than under notifying users through the terms of use. So there's really nothing here "beyond the norm" for a EULA or privacy policy.

        The provision you've quoted explains why Palm might collect user information. For example, we collect and transmit users' email addresses, email content, contact lists, etc. to provide WebOS services such as back-up and restore for the purpose of backing up that data and helping users restore the data if needed (in that case, it would not be limited to just the email address collected at registration). If users someday make purchases on their device through the Apps Catalog, then we would also collect payment information to process the transaction.

        At all times, we'd be strictly bound by our privacy policy. Our privacy policy, like virtually all others in the industry, contemplate our using data to provide services users have requested, improve our products and services (hence the reference to Palm's own "sales and marketing" in the privacy policy), troubleshoot, etc. We also refer to affiliates because Palm is a global company, and we may need to transmit data from our European subsidiary to the parent company. We're obviously not a conglomerate with many different subs and affiliates, but the terms specifically mention subs and affiliates so that we can comply with European data protection laws that require us to spell out that data collected by a European sub can be transmitted to another part of the company.

Medicine

Researchers Discover Gene That Blocks HIV 333

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the i'm-pretty-good-at-giving-people-bad-news dept.
stemceller writes to tell us that a team of researchers at the University of Alberta claims to have discovered a gene capable of blocking HIV thereby preventing the onset of full blown AIDS. "Stephen Barr, a molecular virologist in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, says his team has identified a gene called TRIM22 that can block HIV infection in a cell culture by preventing the assembly of the virus. 'When we put this gene in cells, it prevents the assembly of the HIV virus," said Barr, a postdoctoral fellow. "This means the virus cannot get out of the cells to infect other cells, thereby blocking the spread of the virus.'"
XBox (Games)

+ - Bioshock goes gold

Submitted by wiggles
wiggles (30088) writes "Title says it all. From the press release: "2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that BioShock(TM) has gone to gold master exclusively for the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system and Games For Windows""
Windows

+ - HD content downgraded by Vista->

Submitted by xbox360cooldown
xbox360cooldown (1126585) writes "The very strict content protection features in Windows Vista are preventing customers from playing high-quality HD audio/video & harming system performance. Especially people who make their own HD home movies are affected by these strict protection features.

http://www.hdtvinfo.eu/content/view/114/1/

Many users are finding they can't play any content if it's considered "premium." Microsoft acknowledged that quality of premium content would be lowered if requested by copyright holders. Microsoft defended its copyright protections, saying they are common features of many playback devices.

The protections allow copyright holders to prevent video from being played in HD unless users have equipment that supports the HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) digital rights management system."

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User Journal

+ - Warning! Virtualization is Addictive to Management->

Submitted by
virtual-addict
virtual-addict writes "A Proper Virtual World points out, From this point onwards, your management is no longer those wonderful exhibits of kind nurturing entities, but changed some how, some thing more grey than black, but still repeating over and over... what can we virtualize next... what can we virtualize next. I woke in the middle of the early morning, rain is hammering down on the roof and blanketing the windows with vague ghostly shapes, in a cold room with no covers on the bed, pillows on the opposite side of the room, with the words of my boss echoing between my ears... what can we virtualize next, what can we virtualize next! Even the Dachshunds have left the room, to escape my tortured screaming reply... Nothing, nothing, some one save me... nothing! My mournful, no sorrowful, cries are left unanswered. Why do I feel like Neo trapped in the Matrix? Is that real air I am breathing? read more about Warning! Virtualization is Addictive to Management"
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Censorship

+ - AT&T Censors Pearl Jam's Anti-Bush Lyrics->

Submitted by
VE3OGG
VE3OGG writes "Numerous news agencies are reporting that Pearl Jam's recent Lollapalooza concert has met with some controversy. According to the news reports, when Eddie Vedder sang: "George Bush leave this world alone. George Bush find yourself another home." AT&T censored the lyrics on its webcast. AT&T has said that this was an accident on the part of Davie-Brown Entertainment and should never have happened as it is against their policies of editing political messages out of webcasts and has posted an apology and is taking steps to publish the songs in their entirety on its Blue Room website, however Pearl Jam has gone on record as saying "AT&T's actions strikes at the heart of the public's concerns over the power that corporations have when it comes to determining what the public sees and hears through communications media.""
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Windows

+ - High-quality HD content can't be played by Vista-> 2

Submitted by
DaMan1970
DaMan1970 writes "Content protection features in Windows Vista from Microsoft are preventing customers from playing high-quality HD audio/video & harming system performance.

Vista requires premium content like HD movies to be degraded in quality when it is sent to high-quality outputs, like DVI. Users will see status codes that say "graphics OPM resolution too high"

http://www.hdtvinfo.eu/news/hd-video-formats/high- quality-hd-content-cant-be-played-by-windows-vista .html

There are ways to bypass the Windows Vista protection by encoding the movies using alternative codecs like X264, or DiVX, which are in fact more effective sometimes then Windows own WMV codec. These codecs are quite common on HD video Bittorrent sites, or Newsgroups."

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Red Hat Software

+ - Microsoft to Red Hat: Come on down!

Submitted by MsManhattan
MsManhattan (1099313) writes "Microsoft hopes to lure Red Hat into a licensing and interoperability agreement akin to those it has signed with Linspire, Xandros and Novell, but so far Red Hat remains stand-offish, according to the article 'Microsoft interoperability team: Bring on Red Hat.' 'We continue to believe that open source and the innovation it represents should not be subject to an unsubstantiated tax that lacks transparency,' a Red Hat spokeswoman said in an e-mail. Nonetheless, rumors suggest that a deal between the two rivals is 'imminent.'"

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