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Comment: Re:Name one Symbian phone sold in America... (Score 1) 423

by vanza (#32807614) Attached to: Symbian, the Biggest Mobile OS No One Talks About

No trying to detract from your greater point, which I agree with, but...

T-Mobile sells the Nokia Nuron, which runs Symbian S60 and has 3G, subsidized.

You can also get phones directly from Nokia (or from non-carrier stores - even Fry's has them) that work on AT&T's 3G, and a couple that even work on T-Mobile's 3G.

None of them are advertised as "Symbian phones", though, just as "smartphones".

Programming

Rails May Not Suck 160

Posted by timothy
from the isn't-the-question-whether-rails-suck dept.
KDan writes "With astonishing regularity, articles or posts come out claiming that the popular Ruby on Rails framework sucks in some way or another. People complain that Rails isn't as easy to deploy as PHP, that Rails just didn't do it for project XYZ. They range from the articulate and well thought out to the frankly inane and stupid (and wrong). Recently, there's also of course been the spectacular nuclear rant by Zed Shaw, which was more a rant against random elements of the community than against Rails, but was still presented as a rant against Rails. Here's an article that tries to put some perspective on why these opinions are irrelevant to whether or not Rails sucks."
Music

+ - RIAA to Apple: Spread the DRM!

Submitted by Kalriath
Kalriath (849904) writes "Posted at The Register is the RIAA's official response to Steve Jobs open letter decrying DRM and asking the recording industry to seriously consider allowing DRM-free music. They have this to say about it:

The RIAA has seized on the weakest part of Steve Jobs' anti-DRM manifesto by banging on Apple to license its FairPlay technology to other companies.

"Apple's offer to license FairPlay to other technology companies is a welcome breakthrough and would be a real victory for fans, artists and labels," the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) said. "There have been many services seeking a licence to the Apple DRM. This would enable the interoperability that we have been urging for a very long time."
The section in question from Steves letter, which quite clearly states the problems with this approach reads:

The second alternative is for Apple to license its FairPlay DRM technology to current and future competitors with the goal of achieving interoperability between different company's players and music stores. On the surface, this seems like a good idea since it might offer customers increased choice now and in the future. And Apple might benefit by charging a small licensing fee for its FairPlay DRM.

However, when we look a bit deeper, problems begin to emerge. The most serious problem is that licensing a DRM involves disclosing some of its secrets to many people in many companies, and history tells us that inevitably these secrets will leak. The Internet has made such leaks far more damaging, since a single leak can be spread worldwide in less than a minute. Such leaks can rapidly result in software programs available as free downloads on the Internet which will disable the DRM protection so that formerly protected songs can be played on unauthorized players.
Jobs may be a smooth talker, but against such circular logic, even he can't win."
Announcements

+ - EMC announces VMware IPO

Submitted by VirtualizationDork
VirtualizationDork (666) writes "EMC announced that it plans to spin out approximately 10% of its share of VMware — one of virtualization's leading vendors — in an initial public offering (IPO) that should close this summer.

From the article:

"Speaking from VMware's headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman and CEO, said that "VMware's growth has been phenomenal," and that the IPO move was an attempt to "expose this value to EMC shareholders."

EMC purchased VMware in 2004 for $625 million. VMware reported revenues of $709 million in $2006, with Q4 revenue jumping 101% year-over-year. VMware is currently on a $900 million run rate."

Alex Barrett has the story at SearchServerVirtualization.com"
Businesses

+ - VMware is spinning off (IPO)

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vienna .html IPO Expected to Unlock Market Value of VMware for EMC Shareholders PALO ALTO, Calif., HOPKINTON, Mass. — February 7, 2007 EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced its intention to sell approximately 10% of VMware via an initial public offering (IPO) of newly issued VMware stock. EMC will retain ownership of the remaining shares of VMware, and has no intention of spinning out or otherwise divesting this ownership interest. VMware is the global leader in software for industry-standard virtualized desktops and servers and is currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of EMC."

Comment: Re:MusicBrainz is superior to FreeDB (Score 1) 49

by vanza (#16332973) Attached to: Freedb.org Returns to Life
While I do agree that MusicBrainz is superior, it's still lacking a single field in the track information: whether the track is an audio track or a data track. I don't think adding a boolean field to their database would have been that difficult. :-)

(And no, this doesn't count. And I know CDDB doesn't have that info either.)

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