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Comment Re:Expensive cake, but you can eat it (Score 1) 193

Great piece of software. But yes, quite expensive cake. http://www.slickedit.com/

You aren't kidding. $300 for a code editor? What features could this thing have that could possibly be worth that much money?! I read some of the "cool features" like: code navigation, syntax completion, and auto-completions. There are lots of IDEs and editors that are free that have these very same features, so I am at a loss as to why anyone would choose to spend hundreds of dollars for this.

Comment Re:Android 256MB App Storage Limit (Score 1) 347

Maybe the iPhone will be a more consistent experience than Android, but it will also be limited in its diversity of hardware, which is an advantage for Google when it comes to market dominance of the Android platform. We've all seen this before with Mac vs Windows on the desktop, just this time it it is happening on mobile devices.

Comment Re:On VZW do I want the Storm 2 or Android? (Score 1) 213

Get the motorola droid (aka sholes). They are going to release it very soon. An official announcement is expected sometime in October. All of the major carriers are going to have android phones and many major manufacturers are betting on the platform, so they can compete with the Iphone. Motorola has 10 android phones planned to launch sometime in 2010. Samsung is releasing the Moment on Sprint's network. The HTC Hero is already being sold on Sprint's network. T-Mobile is all about android with the MyTouch and the Motorola Cliq.

I'm telling you the future is Android. The platform is easier to develop for than the Iphone and the Android Market already has a ton of apps. Both paid and free. Not as many as the Iphone, but eventually the number will get there. Besides, with over 10,000 a lot of the bases have already been covered. :-)

Now the Motorola Droid has some phenomenal specs. - 3.7 screen with 854×480 (16:9 widescreen) capacitive touchscreen - 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 Processor - Wi-Fi, EV-DO - 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash and video recording - QWERTY Slider, 13.7mm thick - 3.5mm headphone jack - 16GB onboard storage with microSD expansion slot - Android 2.0 'Eclair' - Builtin accelerometer

In addition to the specs, the Droid will come (like many android phones) with all the google applications including Google Voice. If you have a google voice account then you can end up saving a lot of minutes by using it to connect your call instead of going over your minute plan. Blackberries are going to become antiquated very quickly. Android already has connectivity to office applications for checking corporate email. As the platform evolves and the phones saturate the market, I think there will be little else that can really compete with it.

Just my two cents. :-)

Comment Re:Pay for what you use?? Heresy!! (Score 1) 501

Yes this may force people who can't pay off the network and solve the congestion problem for those who can, but I don't think anyone wants that, except for maybe ATT, so they can improve their profits. A much better solution is to invest in infrastructure and keep the pressure up on the FCC to release more spectrum for mobile devices. In the short term, service will suffer, but for consumers it will be the best long term solution. Innovation is the solution, not pricing people out of the market.

Comment Or ATT could improve the network (Score 1) 501

I say ATT needs to improve their network or die. If they can't innovate and build a better network then someone else will step up to the plate. I don't feel sorry for them.

When android phones really start to become ubiquitous on other networks in 2010 those carriers will have to deal with the same issue, but I am willing to bet you that they won't suffer problems like ATT has, because they did things in the proper order, network first and then the phone. I think for ATT it is really about a misappropriation of money. Spend money wisely and invest in infrastructure, then roll out the smartphone.

ATT has had so many complaints with the iPhone that ATT is NOW being forced to invest in infrastructure, the problem is it is going to take a while for the benefits to show up. Hence, we get idiotic ideas like tiered pricing, because users are so upset about the state of the network they are willing to do anything to see service improve.

Sam Raimi To Direct World of Warcraft Movie 298

Decado writes "Blizzard has just announced that Sam Raimi is to direct the new World of Warcraft movie. 'Raimi, acclaimed director of the blockbuster Spider-Man series, will bring the forces of the Horde and the Alliance to life in epic live-action film. Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment will produce alongside Raimi's Stars Road Entertaiment.' While it's still early in the process, does this offer hope that someone might finally make a good movie based on a game IP?"
Role Playing (Games)

Faction Changes Coming To World of Warcraft 209

A Blizzard representative today announced that they're working on a service for players to switch factions in World of Warcraft, going from Horde to Alliance or vice versa. "There's still much work to do and many details to iron out, but the basic idea is that players will be able to use the service to transform an existing character into a roughly equivalent character of the opposing faction on the same realm. Players who ended up creating and leveling up characters on the opposite factions from their friends have been asking for this type of functionality for some time, and we're pleased to be getting closer to being able to deliver it." They also said there would be "some rules involved with when and how the service can be used."
The Internet

Domain-Name Wars, Rise of the Cybersquatters 183

CWmike writes "When FreeLegoPorn.com began publishing pornographic images created with Lego toys, Lego acted quickly. "The content available on the site consisted of animated mini-figures doing very explicit things. We were not amused," says Peter Kjaer, an attorney for Denmark-based Lego. Lego didn't go to court. Instead it filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization, which ruled in its favor. The domain registrar for FreeLegoPorn.com, GoDaddy.com, eventually shut down the site and transferred the domain name to Lego under ICANN rules. But it's not just Lego and Verizon that are suffering. Green energy is a hot topic, so cybersquatters have been targeting wind and solar energy start-ups. And malicious sites can create havoc with a brand's reputation. Cybersquatting activity rose by 18% last year, with a documented 440,584 cybersquatting sites in the fourth quarter of last year alone, according to MarkMonitor's annual Brandjacking Index report. And WIPO cited an 8% jump in dispute filings in 2008, to 2,329 complaints — a new record. Now, ICANN is preparing to open a potentially unlimited number of new top-level domains as early as the first quarter of 2010."

FBI Files a "Secret Justification" For Gag Order 167

An anonymous reader notes a story up at Ars on the FBI's continuing penchant for secrecy. "Clearly, the FBI isn't ready to give up its Bush-era secrecy addition just yet. ...in the case of Doe v. Holder, the FBI is carrying out a secret investigation using secret guidelines on what is and is not constitutional, and as part of that investigation they've compelled the secrecy of a service provider and are using a secret justification to argue that nobody's First Amendment rights are being violated."

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