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Comment Re:Nothing in the EULA (Score 1) 136

Wow, some truly insightful "analysis" there, mostly one-line quotes which state that they 'had to' get rid of Firewire to fit the motherboard in a certain way. If Apple wanted Firewire, they could have fitted it in easily (like, for instance, by only having one USB2 port). Every 'pro' user of the MacBook that I know (musicians, photographers, graphic designers) makes extensive use of Firewire peripherals, in fact the MacBook has pretty much been the only reason why companies such as Lacie have continued to make Firewire hard disks. Apple knows this, and their design 'rationale' has come from marketing who want to drive sales to the MacBook Pro.

Comment Re:Nothing in the EULA (Score 4, Insightful) 136

Sorry, are you really claiming here that Apple left the firewire port out for the sake of aesthetics and/or to protect us from the tyranny of a four-pin port?! It was left out as a profit-maximising measure because they know that the MacBook is incredibly popular with musicians and they want to force people who rely on FireWire (i.e. anyone who wants to get multi-channel audio into a laptop at a decent sample/bitrate) into buying the MacBook Pro. Simple as that.
United States

Submission + - BBC Reported WTC7 Collapse Before it Happened.

zero_jd writes: "A video was recently posted to Google which originally aired on BBC world between 16:54 and 17:36 EST on September 11th, 2001. In the video, a report came in that the Salomon Smith Barney building (aka: World Trade Center 7) had just collapsed due to a weakened structure. The report, however, had come in some twenty minutes prior to the actual collapse of the building. The video then cuts to a live correspondent in New York speaking with downtown Manhattan in the background. While she is discussing the collapse with the news anchor, WTC7 is clearly still standing in the background behind her. Then, just minutes before the building actually collapsed, her feed was abruptly cut. Despite Google Video containing numerous copyrighted BBC documentaries, another embarassing BBC moment (the taxi driver incident), and 9/11 conspiracy videos, several copies of this particular video were removed within 24 hours. New copies are curretly continuing to appear, but it seems abundantly clear that someone wants them taken away. The conclusions to be drawn are left to the reader, of course."

Submission + - British Government against 'pure' software patents

uglyduckling writes: "The British Government has issued a response to a recent petition calling for 'the Prime Minister to make software patents clearly unenforcible'. The answer is reassuring but perhaps doesn't go far enough, and gives no specific promises to bring into line a patent office that grants software patents (according to the petition) 'against the letter and the spirit of the law'. The Gowers Review that it references gives detailed insight into the current British position on this debate, most interestingly recommending a policy of 'not extending patent rights beyond their present limits within the areas of software, business methods and genes.'"
The Internet

Submission + - Pirate Bay abandons bid for own nation

tomp76 writes: Perhaps it was all just a joke. Or perhaps The Pirate Bay, despite being one of the largest bit torrent trackers in the world, isn't really as powerful as its supporters would like to believe. That, at least, is the impression given by one of the founders in this interview. The plans for a copyright-free nation have been scaled down considerably: "We have $20,000 and we are looking at some alternatives. Really we just want somewhere we can name The Pirate Bay, so we can look on Google Maps and find ourselves there."

Submission + - Zune not even in top 10 list

Andri Socros writes: Although Microsoft's Zune captured a decent slice of the hard-drive-based audio player market at large US retail stores, it failed to crack into the top 10 list of models in overall sales, according to market researcher Current Analysis. The top 10 models included eight different iPods from Apple as well as two models from SanDisk, according to the company which tracks sales at Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, RadioShack and Staples. The Zune, meanwhile, captured 12 per cent of the hard-drive-based player market for December, although Current Analysis' study does not include many retail sales outlets, including Wal-Mart Stores and Apple's own retail stores. An earlier study by the same company in the midst of the holiday season found roughly similar results.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Gentoo/FreeBSD halted by 4-Clause BSD license

Paya writes: As stated in Gentoo developer Flameeyes's blog, Gentoo/FreeBSD development has been halted after having found several issues with code still under a 4-Clause BSD license. Even if most of FreeBSD code is already covered by UCB's 1999 amendment to this license (the BSD-3) it has been found that a lot of the code itself is still bound by the nasty 4th advertisement clause creating a list of more than a hundred companies or people to be "advertised" with every BSD derivated work.
The Internet

Submission + - Principality of Sealand for Sale

glomph writes: "The little structure/sovereign nation on concrete pillars in the North Sea 7 miles east of Harwich, UK has been a recurring theme on Slashdot over the past few years. Now it can be yours!. Read the story for a quick synopsis of the history (kidnapping! piracy! international intrigue!) that goes along with this little piece of Heaven. Maybe someone will revive the 'ultra secure data centre' scheme which bounced around for a while."

Submission + - is shutting down

Allan Joergensen writes: " has announced that they will shut down their services after fighting open relays and spam for more than five and a half years.

The RBL DNS service and mailing lists will be taken down today (December 18, 2006) and the website will vanish by December 31, 2006."

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