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Microsoft Holds iPhone Funeral Event 311

theodp writes "TechFlash reports that Microsoft celebrated the completion and upcoming launch of Windows Phone 7 on Friday with a 'Windows Phone Pride Parade' complete with zombies, a 'Thriller' Dance, and pallbearers carrying a giant iPhone. 'These kind of "ship" parties are common throughout the industry,' explained Microsoft communications VP Frank Shaw. 'It's a great way for teams that have worked overtime to create a kick-ass product blow off steam and have a little fun.'"

Submission + - Plastic Logic cancels Que e-reader (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In October last year while people were getting excited about the Nook, and spending hundreds of dollars on Kindles, Plastic Logic caught our attention with the Que e-reader announcement. Sporting a capacitive touchscreen which measured 8.5 x 11, it was both large and desirable next to the competition.

The Que was meant to be launched in April this year, but it got delayed until the Summer and pre-orders ceased. Now it has been canceled.

Submission + - Facebook speeding boast leads to conviction (www.cbc.ca) 4

Meshach writes: In Canada a nineteen year old man has lost his driving license for six months and is facing one year of probation after the police arrested him for dangerous driving as a result of a post of facebook. The tip apparently came from an uninvolved American who saw the post bragging about how fast he went and called the Canadian authorities.
Iphone

Submission + - iPhone vs. Android war takes it to Afghanistan (nationaljournal.com) 1

redlined writes: Cell phones are tired of waiting for the troops to come home and are going to war themselves. Tech start up company Berico Tailored Systems (BTS), Lockheed Martin and apparently an army of Slashdot users are currently making tactical 3G cellular networks and smart phone applications for the military to use overseas. While DARPA has held a competition to develop iPhone and Android applications, this should open up a slew of opportunities for Apple and Google to duke it out on an actual battlefield.

Submission + - FBI Prioritizes Copyright Over Missing Persons (techdirt.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: The FBI has limited resources, so it needs to prioritize what it works on. However, it's difficult to see why dealing with copyright infringement seems to get more attention than identity theft or missing persons. In the past year, the FBI has announced a special new task force to fight intellectual property infringement, but recent reports have shown that both identity theft and missing persons have been downgraded as priorities by the FBI, to the point that there are a backlog of such cases.

Comment I'm confused (Score 1) 62

First, the reviewer writes he was reluctant to read through "400+" pages of fluff; Amazon's website says it's 408 pages. So why does the summary state it's 113?

Second, if the reviewer guarantees the book is so worthwhile then why does it only have a rating of 5/10?

Comment I would go multiple screens (Score 1) 138

Most of the activities I perform work better with multiple screens simply because I can have applications maximized on separate screens. Whether it be surfing the web, working with spreadsheets, or debugging applications.

As for gaming, a single, large screen would be fun. Add in left & right screens and it's even better.

Submission + - DevX Diverts Marketing Dollars to Home Building 1

whitefox writes: The CTO of DevX announced on their corporate blog that in place of spending marketing money on an extravagant booth at Microsoft Tech-Ed to be held June 7-10 in New Orleans, they would instead make do with a 10x10 booth and put the money towards building a new home for some deserving family in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Some cynics might paint this a PR stunt; I agree and say we need more like this.
Hardware Hacking

Home-Built Turing Machine 123

stronghawk writes "The creator of the Nickel-O-Matic is back at it and has now built a Turing Machine from a Parallax Propeller chip-based controller, motors, a dry-erase marker and a non-infinite supply of shiny 35mm leader film. From his FAQ: 'While thinking about Turing machines I found that no one had ever actually built one, at least not one that looked like Turing's original concept (if someone does know of one, please let me know). There have been a few other physical Turing machines like the Logo of Doom, but none were immediately recognizable as Turing machines. As I am always looking for a new challenge, I set out to build what you see here.'"
XBox (Games)

Gamers Pay To Play With Girls 408

taucross writes "A new site allows lonely Xbox 360 gamers to pay a prescribed fee for a few minutes of game time with one of the 'PlayDates', a girl who is paid to play video games. Gamers can choose to have a 'flirty' or 'dirty' experience with one of the PlayDates. Is this what we meant when we said we wanted 'adult gaming'?"

Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 1) 896

I've used Avast (okay), AVG (slow), and Vipre (annoying).

Compared to those, Microsoft Security Essentials has presented me with the fewest problems (none in fact), runs the quickest from an old, trusty, 1.4 GHz Pentium with XP Pro to a newer HP Laptop with Windows 7, and more importantly, has stopped several drive-by trojan installs (one came from MSNBC of all places).

Don't even get me started on Symantec.

Programming

Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C 582

An anonymous reader writes "Wondering where all that bloat comes from, causing even the classic 'Hello world' to weigh in at 11 KB? An MIT programmer decided to make a Linux C program so simple, she could explain every byte of the assembly. She found that gcc was including libc even when you don't ask for it. The blog shows how to compile a much simpler 'Hello world,' using no libraries at all. This takes me back to the days of programming bare-metal on DOS!"

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