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Comment: Re:I guess soon we'll see about Flash (Score 4, Interesting) 154

by LauraW (#32311862) Attached to: Installing Android 2.2 "Froyo" On the Nexus One

I think the better test will really be for when Froyo gets ported to the G1 and seeing how Flash performs then

Have you heard definitively that Froyo will be ported to the G1? I was under the impression that Froyo and even Eclair are too big to fit on the G1. I'd love to be proven wrong -- I have two old G1s sitting in a drawer and would love to put Froyo on them. Froyo arrived on my N1 last night, and I'm very happy with it so far; there are lots of nice incremental improvements. But as far as I know, nobody is working on shrinking Froyo down enough to fit the G1.

-- Laura

Disclaimer: I'm an engineer at Google, but I have no inside knowledge of what the Android folks are doing. I didn't even know Froyo had been released until I saw the giant styrofoam frozen yogurt in front of building 44.

Comment: Re:Sane legal system please?? (Score 4, Informative) 318

by LauraW (#24883597) Attached to: Google Updates Chrome's Terms of Service

Can't we have a legal system that would just dismiss something so ridiculous and unreasonable???

This actually happened just the other day. A court in Washington state struck down the AT&T long distance Terms of Service. The court ruled that the TOS was "'unconscionable,' meaning that no reasonable individual would have agreed to them had he or she realized their full scope." (quoting from the Ars Technica story).

A PDF of the decision is here. The interesting bits seem to start around page 23 or so, though my eyes glazed over fairly quickly.

-- Laura

Music

CRIA Admits P2P Downloading Legal in Canada 106

Posted by Zonk
from the maybe-they-fell-asleep-at-the-wheel dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Michael Geist is reporting that the Canadian Recording Industry Association — the Canadian equivalent of the RIAA — this week filed documents in Canadian court that seeks to kill the expansion of the levy on blank media to iPods since it fears that the system now legalizes peer-to-peer downloading of music in Canada. CRIA's President Graham Henderson argued in his affidavit that a recent decision from the Copyright Board of Canada 'broadens the scope of the private copying exception to avoid making illegal file sharers liable for infringement.'"
Java

+ - Google Guices up Java dependency injection

Submitted by
LauraW
LauraW writes "Google recently open sourced Guice, a dependency injection framework for Java 1.5, under the Apache License. Guice bucks the "convention over configuration" trend started by Ruby on Rails in favor of concise but explicit configuration and maintainability. Unlike other J2EE frameworks such as Spring, Guice does only dependency injection, but does it very well, taking full advantage of modern Java features such as annotations and generics. Google is currently using Guice in mission-critical enterprise applications such as AdWords, and other companies are starting to experiment with it as well.

Disclaimer: I am a Google engineer. I didn't contribute to Guice, but I use it in my projects and think it's insanely great."
Education

+ - British Toddlers Prepped to Code

Submitted by
Jen
Jen writes "The Early Years Foundation Curriculum, to be installed in 2007 is a list of 'early-learning goals for all schoolchildren and schoolchildren-to-be, starting in infancy. An article in The Guardian gives some details of the plan. Of note to Slashdot, on the list for 40-60+ months is the standard "Complete a simple program on a computer." Since most of the adult population I'm aware of can't do this, it seems a pretty ambitious goal, but maybe it'll solve that upcoming coder deficit in the news a few days back."
The Internet

YouTube AntiPiracy Policy Likened to 'Mafia Shakedown' 103

Posted by Zonk
from the i-hear-that's-a-growth-industry dept.
A C|Net article discusses reactions to YouTube's newly proposed antipiracy software policy. The company is now offering assistance for IP holders, allowing them to keep track of their content on the YouTube service ... if they sign up with the company for licensing agreements. A spokesman for Viacom (already in a fight with YouTube to take down numerous video clips) called this policy 'unacceptable', and another industry analyst likened it to a 'mafia shakedown.' YouTubes cites the challenges of determining ownership of a given video clip as the reason for this policy, and hopes that IP owners will cooperate in resolving these issues. Some onlookers also feel that these protestations are simply saber-rattling before an eventual deal: "'The debates are about negotiations more than anything else--who's going to pay whom and how much,' said Saul Berman, IBM's global media and entertainment strategy leader."
Microsoft

Teacher Avoids Getting Sent to Siberia For Piracy 252

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the off-the-hook dept.
Piracy Support Line writes "Russian principal Alexander Ponosov will not be visiting Siberia any time soon, at least not for the allegedly illegal Microsoft software that were preloaded on the computers they bought and Microsoft supported the reseller's story. Although Bill Gates rejected Mikhail Gorbachev's personal appeal for mercy on behalf of the teacher, the judge was kinder. Judge Elvira Mosheva decided to dismiss the case because 'Microsoft's financial damage is too insignificant for a criminal investigation.'"
Censorship

+ - Eve-Online: Developers cheat in game to win!

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Eve-Online, known as the largest space combat MMOG, finds itself on the verge of imploding due to in game cheating by Eve developers themselves. Recently one of the Eve developers came clean about spawning extremely rare items for the use of himself and his corp. His corporation "Band Of Brothers", has been using these items and exploiting other game bugs to gain a large advantage over paying customers. Instead of dealing with the problem, CCP the creators of Eve-Online move to sweep all thoughts of wrong doing under the carpet http://myeve.eve-online.com/devblog.asp?a=blog&bid =423 and have been locking all forum posts on the topic and banning the same players that pay their wages. Where else but in Eve-Online can you pay for the privilege to be censored for reporting cheating by the developers themselves. Hopefully CCP will come to their senses to save a good game before far too many people cancel their accounts."
Music

+ - Study finds P2P has no effect on legal music sales

Submitted by
MBrichacek
MBrichacek writes "A new study in the has found that illegal music downloads have had no noticeable effects on the sale of music, contrary to the claims of the recording industry. Analyzing data from the final four months of 2002, the researchers estimated that P2P affected no more than 0.7% of sales in that timeframe. The study reports that 803 million CDs were sold in 2002, which was a decrease of about 80 million from the previous year. The RIAA has blamed the majority of the decrease on piracy, and has maintained that argument in recent years as music sales have faltered. Yet according to the study, the impact from file sharing could not have been more than 6 million albums total in 2002, leaving 74 million unsold CDs without an excuse for sitting on shelves."
Education

+ - Sex-ed the Tex-ed way

Submitted by zoltamatron
zoltamatron (841204) writes "The SF Chronicle is running a story about the Bush administration's abstinence only sex-ed program and how there is no evidence to show that it works any better than the comprehensive education it replaces. Still, California is one of only three states that does not participate in the program that pushes the Texas born curriculum. From the article:

"California took a very progressive approach," [Douglas Kirby] said. "Texas pushed abstinence and made it a little more difficult for teens to receive contraceptives. Pregnancy did go down between 1991 and 2004, but Texas had the second-lowest decline of all states, 19 percent. California had the second-greatest decrease, 46 percent."
The article says there is more than $1 billion in federal money going to these programs."
Businesses

+ - are unfinished products becoming the norm?

Submitted by Paul
Paul (678524) writes "Long ago when digital synthesizers first became commonly available, I recall a reviewer lamenting how he was getting more and more products to test whose software was unfinished and buggy and would require updates and fixes (this, before the internet allowed easy downloads, would have meant a journey to a specialist repair centre). The review also commented how this common problem with computer software (he wrote even before windows 95 was out) was spreading, and asked if it was going to become the norm.

These days it seems ubiquitous, with PDAs, digital cameras, PVRs and all manner of complex goods needing after-market firmware fixes often simply to make them have the features promised in the adverts, let alone add enhancements.

Are we seeing this spread beyond computers and computer-based products; jokes apart, will we be booting our cars up and installing flash updates every week to prevent comoputer viruses getting into the control systems?

Can slashdot readers comment on any recent purchases where they've been badly let down by missing features, or are still waiting for promised updates even whilst a new model is now on the shelves? How can we make the manufacturers take better responsibility?

Apart from reading every review possible before making a purchase, what strategy do slashdot readers have, or propose, for not being caught out? With software, people say "never buy v1.0", but this is not possible with say a digicam."
Media

+ - Brazilian site contains great anti-DRM guides

Submitted by
drmbreaker
drmbreaker writes "In Brazil, far from the claws of the DMCA, a webpage has been written in English with straightforward instructions on how to break the DRM in iTunes, DVDs, and other sources, as well as on how to use BitTorrent, and how to download videos from YouTube and other video sites. The instructions are simple and step-by-step, down to each click of the mouse. Anyone can follow them, not just techies. Most people do not realize that DVDs can be ripped, copied, and mixed almost as easily as CDs. Everyone deserves to know how this can be done, especially given how many tools today make this very easy indeed. The site stresses that it does not support piracy, and that these techniques should be used only to back-up or transcode media that is already legitimately owned. Remember, making back-up copies and transcoding media content to enjoy it on different platforms is a legal right we all should protect and practice. Please spread this site's address around to as to weaken the grip of DRM even further."
Privacy

+ - Gmail becomes more widely available

Submitted by
jay2000
jay2000 writes "Google Inc.'s e-mail service is almost ready to accept all comers, nearly three years after the online search leader shook up the Internet by offering users an unprecedented amount of free storage and displaying ads based on the content of the correspondence. Effective Wednesday, the Mountain View-based company removed the invitation-only restrictions on its Gmail service in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil. Google opened up the service last year in several other parts of the world, including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and Egypt. http://jayed.us/2007/02/07/gmail-becomes-more-wide ly-available/"
Internet Explorer

+ - Making a case to ditch IE?

Submitted by
Mattcelt
Mattcelt writes "I've had it with Internet Explorer-only sites. (And to be fair, I've even had it with "IE- and Netscape-only" sites too.) In my company (an international firm with 5000+ users), the rollout of IE7 is being delayed because so many of our "IE-only" internal sites won't even work with the new version. It seems to me that if that much re-coding has to be done anyway, why not change the corporate standard to embrace Firefox, Opera, Safari, and, oh, maybe the W3C guidelines? I am in a position to make the suggestion on a wide-enough scale to have a reasonable chance of success, if I can make a strong enough case. So my question to the Slashdot crowd is this: How do I, with facts and figures, make the strongest case to move away from IE as the default and get our developers to adopt a more open strategy?"

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