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XBox (Games)

Submission + - MS says: Linux is inappropriate language

mocm writes: "The Inquirer has a story about a guy who wanted to use "linux" as his XBox Motto and got the message that this is inappropriate language. I tried it myself and got the same result. It seems that "linux" is on the same level as "sucks" and "baka" which it also won't accept. It will accept "linuxx" though and also "msbaka""
Movies

Submission + - Retailers Explore Movie Download Options

Hello7 writes: When movies shifted from videocassettes to DVD, retailers simply cleared the tapes off the shelves to make room for discs. That's not so easy now that movies appear poised to follow music onto the Internet. The shift of music online has hurt stores such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Circuit City, and some retailers are looking to avoid a repeat with movies. Wal-Mart has launched its own movie download service, Best Buy is said to be in talks to start one, and Blockbuster explored buying movie download company Movielink earlier this year.
Role Playing (Games)

Taxes, Second Life and Warcraft 441

An anonymous reader wrote in to say that there is "...a new law review article that explores the tax treatment of players in Second Life and World of Warcraft. The bottom line is that commercial activity that occurs in virtual worlds should be taxed the same as in the real world. But purely personal activity within virtual worlds should not be taxed."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Taipei - The World's First Major Cyber City

jcdenhartog writes: The following story from Digital Communities: http://www.govtech.net/digitalcommunities/story.ph p?id=101773 contains the remarks of Mayor Ma Ying-jeou at W2i Taipei on the wide use of WiFi and other technologies throughout the city.
Some examples are, offering cell phones to guests of a hotel which provide information services through WiFi, and real-time transfer of information between ambulance paramedics and the hospital.
An impressive accomplishment for a large city, though it does raise questions about Big Brother.
Java

Submission + - The Implications of Free Java

dsginter writes: Last November, when Sun announced that they would be adopting GPLv2 licensing for Java, I expected somewhat of a bigger splash. Is this truly a non-event or does the assumption of such a robust tool set on GNU systems change the landscape? What happens to LAMP? Will Tomcat move in as the web server du jour? Can PHP finally die? What about the venerable Portable Operating System Interface? It seems like there is a lot of room that could be filled by this move.

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