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HP's Fury At Vista Capable Downgrade 499

More documents are coming out in court proceedings over the Vista Capable debacle. Internetnews.com has good coverage of HP's fury over Microsoft lowering the requirements for a Vista Capable sticker, at Intel's request. "Intel officials may have been pleased that Microsoft lowered standards for obtaining the company's Windows Vista Capable logo program sticker, but the same can't be said about HP's execs. 'I can't be more clear than to say you not only let us down by reneging on your commitment to stand behind the [device driver model] requirement, you have demonstrated a complete lack of commitment to HP as a strategic partner and cost us a lot of money in the process,' said one e-mail from Richard Walker, the senior vice president of HP's consumer business unit, to [Microsoft executives]." PCPro.co.uk follows the trail of accusatory emails inside Microsoft from there: "HP's email prompted then Microsoft co-President, Jim Allchin, to send a furious email of his own to company CEO Steve Ballmer. Allchin's email suggests the decision to lower the requirements was made in his absence by Ballmer, following 'a call between you and Paul [Otellini, Intel CEO].' 'I am beyond being upset here,' Allchin wrote to Ballmer. 'What a mess. Now we have an upset partner, Microsoft destroyed credibility [sic], as well as my own credibility shot.' Ballmer, in turn, blamed another Microsoft executive, Will Poole, in a rather erratically typed reply to Allchin."

Submission + - Core jobs or Software line for Grad. students

Gaura writes: "Grads have these days both option open, either to go into software line or to do a core job. But mostly people keep both option open and go wherever they see better prospects. Same is in my case .I have both options I somewhat like programming but even core work (say for me Elec. Engg ), that is also quite fascinating. So interest wise there is not much problem. But better prospects for making a more bright and happening (kinda) career where there is more money and position , everyone desires pracitcally. So, how should I be seeing into this option that I can get into a better and eminent position later. Please count on different factors for me and others with same choice."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Emotion Engine chip removed from new Playstation 3 (hdtvinfo.eu) 1

xbox360cooldown writes: Sony decided to remove the Emotion Engine chip from the new Playstation 3 80 GB model. This chip enables backward compatibility with older PlayStation games. http://www.hdtvinfo.eu/news/game-consoles/emotion- engine-chip-removed-from-new-playstation-3-80-gb-m odel.html The new Playstion 3 80 GB models will go on sale in August.

Submission + - Quad display setup over fiber optic

An anonymous reader writes: Looks like Matrox isn't as dead as some of us thought. This box of tricks lets you connect four displays up to a PC that's 250 meters away. All the graphic data is sent down a fiber optic cable to the Matrox box that then connects to the screens. To the end user it feels like they're working directly on the PC, but the PC can be locked away somewhere safe. http://www.trustedreviews.com/displays/review/2007 /07/10/Matrox-Extio-Remote-Multi-Display-System/p1

Submission + - What do real people think about iPhone?

Pete writes: Over here in the UK we have yet to get our hands on the 'almighty' iPhone and while there are a lot of professional reviews and video from the US, we really want to hear from real users. What is it like to use on a day-today basis and is it annoyingly large or quite pocket-friendly? Does the EDGE connectivity cut it or is way too slow? Is the touchscreen interface easier to use than real keys? Finally, is it really worth buying one or should we stick to our trusty red phone booths?

Submission + - Sigbritt, 75, has world's fastest broadband

paulraps writes: A 75 year old woman from Karlstad in central Sweden has been given a scorching 40 Gbps internet connection — the fastest residential connection anywhere in the world, The Local reports. Sigbritt Löthberg is the mother of Swedish internet guru Peter Löthberg, who is using his mother to prove that fiber networks can deliver a cost-effective, ultra-fast connection. Sigbritt, who has never owned a computer before, can now watch 1,500 HDTV channels simultaneously or download a whole high definition DVD in two seconds. Apparently "the hardest part of the whole project was installing Windows on Sigbritt's PC".

Submission + - Greek telecom operator cracked

Anonymous writes: IEEE's Spectrum Online runs a very interesting story >about a world class crack into one of Greece's mobile operators. The result: unauthorized phone taps to the Prime Minister and dozens other high raking Greek dignitaries. To spice it up the mobile operator's chief engineer committed suicide right when the scandal broke up. Wireless telecom networks have always been considered quite safe due to its wireless encryption schemes but within the wireline part of the network there's no encryption at all. The safeguards have always been the barriers to access it (who has TDM connection plug on the wall?) and to crack the system (who knows the AXE architecture and PLEX?). With the wide introduction of IP and Linux into the telecom systems do you think we will see more cracks like this? Do you think that this is a case where security by obscurity (TDM instead of IP, proprietary architectures instead of Linux) are an effective way to keep crackers away?
The Internet

Submission + - Sex, Lies, and Web 2.0: Cyber-schizophrenia? (socialcomputingmagazine.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Technically it's known as 'the online disinhibition effect' – as in for example "web rage," the brutal rudeness, racism, flamings and the like that seems to arise only in cyber-safety. But this article adds another example of how the new world of Web 2.0 is fast altering the human psyche: some social network users, in a safe fantasy setting, are "transgressing" into a new sexual identity that has no necessary day-to-day link to their personas in 'real life.' Is this the advent of cyber-schizophrenia?

[From the article: 'Web 2.0 permits the construction of personal identity at different levels of 'personal privacy'...Internet culture now allows someone to express an 'abnormal' part of themselves ... without being obliged to include it in the self-identity that is designed to accomodate social or community expectations.']"

XBox (Games)

Submission + - Microsoft admits all 360s sold so far are flawed

An anonymous reader writes: CNN reports that Microsoft has admitted all xbox 360 consoles sold in the past 19 months suffer from a design flaw. But it does not have any plans to start a recall program.

It seems like everyone with a functional (like myself) are lucky. This seems to be a bad time for Microsoft. But as a 360 owner, I am glad they actually admitted this instead of denying and repeating their line on how the actual failure rate is very low.
User Journal

Journal SPAM: Separation

Separation has come before the real separation took place. I wanted to separate from her already in last summer. The reason I've been seeing her was my search for the curiosity with her in physical ways was over the agony to communicate with her in verbal ways. Recently I noticed my agony was overwhelmed my pleasure. It was already a matter of time for me to say good-bye to her. If I was able to see her almost everyday I didn't have to take such a long period to put an end to our relations. I


Submission + - Britain in Space - a petition for action

Rob writes: A new petition aimed at pressuring the UK government into increasing its spending on space technology has been launched today. The country that has given the world everything from television, telephones, steel and electricity through to the hologram, the www, soccer, the chicken Tikka-Masala and Viagra is systematically failing to invest in innovation and invention. Slashdotter's the world over the time for action is now. Lets get the worlds 4th biggest economic power to splash the cash.
United States

Submission + - CompUSA Closing More Than 50 Percent of Stores

Zurbrick writes: "CompUSA, the computer and gadget retailer owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, said on Tuesday it would close more than half of its U.S. retail locations over the next two to three months to focus on top performing locations.

CompUSA said in a statement it would close 126 of its stores and would receive a $440 million cash capital infusion, but it was not specific as to the source of the cash. The company also said it would cut costs and restructure.

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2099068 ,00.asp"

Submission + - Avaya turned down Microsoft partnership deal

Rob writes: CBRonline.com reports that Avaya claims it was offered a Unified Communications partnership by Microsoft ahead of Nortel, but refused to license its call control technology to the operating system giant. "They came to us to offer that deal and we turned them down, and now they're coming back to try again," said Karyn Mashima, senior VP of strategy and technology at the Basking Ridge, New Jersey-based vendor of enterprise telephony infrastructure. Mashima said a deal would have required licensing what constitutes Avaya's "crown jewels" to Microsoft, which Nortel, "struggling in the enterprise market", was prepared to do. "I guess it was something Nortel felt was worth giving up," she said.

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