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Submission + - Are Carriers Killin WindowsPhone 7 Why its failing (neowin.net)

suraj.sun writes: With the “Nodo” WP7 update fiasco finally reaching its unceremonious and unhappy conclusion, it’s hard to be optimistic about Microsoft’s stake in the smartphone market. The expectation was that after a few months of intense marketing and time for users to get used to the differences and advantages that WP7 brings to the table, sales would steadily increase to make WP7 the third major player in the mobile world. It shouldn’t necessarily be called “Nodo –gate,” but the PR nightmare that this update has become is not going to bode well for phone sales.

Watching Microsoft flounder about on the release of the first update to its preeminent mobile software is an uncomfortable experience. WP7 is do-or-die for the company that had been attempting to beat out Android and iOS with a significantly subpar Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. It’s do-or-die, and it’s late. If you’re going to risk your whole mobile strategy on a late to the market OS, it has to be good the first time, and if you need to issue an update, it better be as smooth as butter.

Neowin: http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-phone-7-why-its-failing

Comment Re:actually, (Score 1) 1148

Good post ... until this, "Patents do more harm then good FACT" "Unregulated-Capitalism never works FACT USA isnt a real, working, democracy FACT We dont know who did the 9/11 attacks -> some people know" The government's many extensions of Patent and Copyright laws are part of that Regulated Capitalism that is supposed to be so good ... right? Purely Unregulated Capitalism Is the ONLY moral trade system, (Crony Capitalism AKA Regulated Capitalism has some problems -- Google "Detroit") USA is a Constitutional Republic FACT (Direct democracy == mob rule, not fun) The truth about the 9-11 airliner attacks? Yes some people know that two jets, hijacked by Saudi nationals, were flown into the NYC Twin Towers, killing thousands of people and subsequently driving our economy into the present depression. Some people do know that indeed. The disaster in Japan will have similar worldwide economic impact. I can hardly wait.

Comment Re:The next generation... (Score 1) 342

The public will react the same way that they reacted to fifty years of nuclear fallout. Don't accurately measure the radiation dosage to start with and you can never attribute the mass death and suffering to the radiation exposure! Easy peasy. As long as you feel safe on the airplane, all other worries go roght out the window.

Comment Re:I can't wait. (Score 1) 72

Actually it was an aluminum crankcase, and a cast iron head ... the head gaskets would wear out because of the different heat expansion properties between the two metals. The heavy head also made the engine top heavy and so it would rattle around in the engine compartment like Michael J. Fox on cocaine. ~ Also owned one and did not hate it.

Comment Re:most advanced? (Score 1) 72

"strongest, fastest, most dexterous and most technologically advanced humanoid robot"!!! It almost sounds like it's an article from North Korea, or a 1970's Soviet claim about their great new Russian cars. The robot itself? A bit pathetic really.

Submission + - US court rules against FCC on `net neutrality' (yahoo.com)

PoliTech writes: "A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks."
Microsoft

Journal Journal: Microsoft Technical Account Manager nightmare 1

I just had a call from our Microsoft Technical Account Manager and after ten minutes or so of him talking about his tax problems, we finally get around to talking about my MSI and Microsoft Group Policy problem with the new 64 bit GPMC on 64 bit Windows 7 and 64 bit Windows Server R2. (Bugs be tharrrr)

User Journal

Journal Journal: I had the neatest thing happen on the train ride home 2

We had to work a bit late and my boss and I ended up on the 9:40pm train. We got there just in the nick of time.

Now it's the late train and that means its the "milk run", with the train stopping at every stop. (express trains during rush hour help make getting to and from downtown a lot less stressful and a little cheaper than driving, but I digress)

An extra twenty minutes of train ride, great!

Democrats

Submission + - Bill to give President control of the Internet

Attila Dimedici writes: Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va) has introduced a revised bill to give the President the authority to seize control of private sector networks during a "cybersecurity emergency". The bill also contains provisions to create a new federal certification for "cybersecurity professionals". The bill would require that certain private sector computer systems and networks be managed by someone with this new certification. http://www.civilwarhome.com/population1860.htm
Censorship

Submission + - Bill to give Obama emergency Control of Internet 5

neonprimetime writes: Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.
Privacy

Submission + - Emergency Government Control of the Internet (cnet.com) 1

TheZid writes: Here is another blow to our freedoms. A newly proposed bill that would give Uncle Sam the power to disconnect private sector computers from the internet in the event of a 'cyber security emergency'. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10320096-38.html As usual, citing security our government is trying to take away our privacy. What actually counts as a 'Cyber-Security Emergency?' Does the president now have the option of disconnecting people when they disagree with his policies? Disconnect bloggers that criticize his health-reform? What counts as an emergency, can political opponents be deemed a cyber security emergency? This is just the next step in the demise of our freedoms and privacy. Its probably a step forward for any government figure wanting to control our every move and thought. Big Brother here we come

Comment Re:Um... why should EA use its servers... (Score 1) 2

The SecuROM "kill switch" supposedly kills your EA game account, and furthermore it supposedly would prevent you from running the game at all, (unless you purchased a new copy).

There was speculation earlier that a SecuROM "kill switch" was present, and such speculation had been previously dismissed.

Here is the relevant quote: "you [sic] account may be at risk of banning which in some cases would mean you would need to buy a new copy to play Spore."

According to this Moderator, after the so-called "Kill Switch" is activated the only way to play the game would be to buy a new copy, (or use the pirated version) "in some cases".

My issue is that EA would place a DRM "kill switch" into the game software at all. Remember that the software is a product that you bought and are running on your computer. With a SecuROM "Kill Switch" (if such a beastie exists) EA could deactivate your software without your permission, knowledge or control, and for any reason whatsoever.

The Astroturfing by deletion of EA's own forum comments is just icing on the cake, (which I concede that EA has every right to do).

They do not have the right to prohibit your use of purchased software through the use of what amounts to a root kit installed without your knowledge or consent, just because they don't like that you have written in their forums.

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