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Comment: Re:Huh? What's "mango"? (Score 1) 147

by zoltanse (#37735912) Attached to: Microsoft Pays $44 Million To Samsung and Nokia For Mango Marketing

Unfortunately I had the very same experience. Yesterday I walked down to the local T-Punkt here in Germany. They had many Androids on display. Checked out the Galaxy S2: beautiful! Disclaimer: I use an iPhone.

I noticed only three phones on display running WP7. Probably not Mango yet. The one with the biggest display was a HTC (I think) and I checked it out. But for not too long: Every other application displayed a cryptic error code. Something like 80070057. Is this some nostalgia for COM developers? Did not work for me.

Interestingly the other phones worked well. So I do not think it was a connectivity issue. But even if it was: The year is 2011 and I expect a reasonable error message.

Comment: What about the WM7 team? (Score 2) 601

by zoltanse (#35184776) Attached to: After MS-Nokia Pact, Many Nokia Workers Walk Out In Protest

I'm actually wondering what the other development team involved thinks about this: the guys who created WM7.

Now Nokia is supposed add input with regard to further development? They might perhaps veto some design decisions, add other goals? Surely Nokia would love to outmaneuver the other hardware manufactures. This cooperation seems to grant Nokia enough leverage to do so.

As a WM7 developer with a vision for my product I'd feel pretty pissed. Strategic thinking of a hardware manufacturer will steer the future of my software baby? Of a manufacturer with distinctly different mindset? Who just realised that his software strategy tanked.

To my knowledge I don't know anybody on the WM7 team. But I feel already sorry for you guys.


Churches Use Twitter To Reach a Wider Audience 169

Posted by samzenpus
from the go-tell-it-on-the-internet dept.
In an attempt to reverse declining attendance figures, many American churches are starting to ask WWJD in 140 or fewer characters. Pastors at Westwinds Community Church in Michigan spent two weeks teaching their 900-member congregation how to use Twitter. 150 of them are now tweeting. Seattle's Mars Hill Church encourages its members to Twitter messages during services. The tweets appear on the church's official Twitter page. Kyle Firstenberg, the church's administrator, said,"It's a good way for them to tell their friends what church is about without their friends even coming in the building."

Intel On Track For 32 nm Manufacturing 139

Posted by samzenpus
from the wafer-thin dept.
yaksha writes "Intel said on Wednesday that it has completed the development phase of its next manufacturing process that will shrink chip circuits to 32 nanometers. The milestone means that Intel will be able to push faster, more efficient chips starting in the fourth quarter. In a statement, Intel said it will provide more technical details at the International Electron Devices Meeting next week in San Francisco. Bottom line: Shrinking to a 32 nanometer is one more step in its 'tick tock' strategy, which aims to create a new architecture with new manufacturing process every 12 months. Intel is obviously betting that its rapid-fire advancements will produce performance gains so jaw dropping that customers can't resist."

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.