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Submission + - Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac (Beta) Leaked

jan_mate writes: Well that didn't take long. Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac (Beta) leaked to torrent trackers, few months before they were officially released. It comes in at around 465 MB (universal binary) and can be found pretty much everywhere. At the core, many improvements have been made to the user interface, features and usability in comparison with Microsoft Office 2004.

Submission + - Cellphone answering machine DRM? (

iCantSpell writes: "When I configured my cellphone answering machine I had a song for a recording instead of my voice. Deciding to change my answering machine pickup, using (free streams yay) to record over the old mailbox message. I pressed 1 and listened to it, sounds fine and working. Few hours later some friends were telling me my answering machine was jacked up. I went back to the answering machine configuration and tried to listen to the current recording. Come to my surprise it sounds like garbage, literally, sounds of what I think are cans and lord knows what. Thinking no problem I'll just re-record it, it occured several times before I just gave up. The only difference from the old and the new answering machine recording is the old one was recorded from a mp3 file and the new one was via napster. Just makes no since to me. I was (still am) thinking some intrusive DRM. Any other explanations maybe?"
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Submission + - Wg311v3 has incompatibilities with AMD (

sh3l1 writes: Jacob Writes that: The Wg311v3 is the worst product I have ever bought. I purchased it and it worked fine for a while. Then, I got a new computer and put the thing in. It freezes up every hour or so. It has a week signal strength. The customer support was horrible. Note how long it takes them to reply. I had to open a few other support cases just to get a reply on this one.

Submission + - Microsoft ask for votes to support OOXML

An anonymous reader writes: I live in Mexico and today received a call from a Microsoft representative to be part of the commission in my country to vote for the approval of Office Open XML (OOXML). After talked with this representative I found something interesting... if you tell them that you will support them you will receive the documentation to 'enroll' you in the 'committee' and make all the arrangements with the National Chamber for IT and Telecommunications (I don't know what they will do if you refuse to support them but I'm thinking about it ...). So here is my question. Is this happening in other countries? Have any other slashdotters received similar calls?

Submission + - Best MP3(-only) player? 1

An anonymous reader writes: I'm in the market for a new MP3 player. I won't be using it to look at photos or watch tv, but I would like it to work natively with linux. I don't really care for the iPod or the Zune. The market seems flooded with cheap mp3-only players, but I am suspicious of their quality. What do you think is the best mp3-only player?

Submission + - Open Source Linux Phone Released ( 1

andyfrommk writes: "The worlds first truly open phone has been released. the Neo 1973 has been designed for the open source hacker.
From the website

The Neo 1973 boasts the following hardware specifications

* 2.8" VGA TFT color display
* Touchscreen, usable with stylus or fingers
* 266HZ Samsung System on a Chip (SOC)
* USB 1.1, switchable between Client and Host (unpowered)
* Integrated AGPS
* 2.5G GSM — quad band, voice, CSD, GPRS
* Bluetooth 2.0
* Micro SD slot
* High Quality audio codec


Submission + - Spammers overcome Hotmail/Yahoo CAPTCHA systems

thefickler writes: It appears that spammers have found a way of automatically creating Hotmail and Yahoo email accounts, having already created more than 15,000 bogus Hotmail accounts, according to security company BitDefender.p>

BitDefender says that a new threat, dubbed Trojan.Spammer.HotLan.A, is using automatically generated Yahoo and Hotmail accounts to send out spam email, which suggests that spammers have found a way to overcome Microsoft's and Yahoo's CAPTCHA systems.p>
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Submission + - The new woneders picked mostly from Latin America (

frankwolftown writes: "With the new Seven Wonders picked finally they do show a pattern that I'm not too sure anyone else has noticed. Three of the Seven Wonders have come from Latin American countries. Mexico's Chichen Itza, Peru's Machu Picchu, and Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer three of the seven new wonders. The voting was mostly done online and via SMS could the recent upsurge in broadband uptake in Latin American countries have caused this? A recent article in Smartmoney would say so.

Broadband grew at an annual rate of around 54% in 2006, making Latin America one of the world's fastest growing regions in terms of broadband uptake . But broadband penetration at end-2006 was only 2.5%, considerably less than the global average of 5.4%. With its level of GDP per capita, Latin America should in principle have ended 2006 with a broadband penetration of 3.5%.
Sounds like a pretty big factor doesn't it?"


Submission + - Xbox 360 Repairs Will Cost Microsoft $1B (

the company says it is planning to spend at least $1 billion to repair serious problems with its Xbox 360 video game console.

Microsoft declined to detail the problems that have caused an onslaught of "general hardware failures" in recent months but said Thursday it will extend the warranty on the consoles to three years."


Submission + - Elderly Woman Jailed for Not Watering Lawn

i_like_spam writes: BBC news is running a story about Betty Perry, a 70-year-old resident of Orem, Utah. Betty was cited and sent to jail for not watering her lawn. Like many other communities around the country, Orem (aka 'Family City USA') has rules mandating that residents maintain and water their lawns. In terms of privacy, is it right for communities to enforce lawn maintenance? And, in this day and age of energy and water conservation, shouldn't well-manicured lawns be a thing of the past?

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