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Comment Re:heavy + bulky + expensive == better! (Score 1) 120

Inferior is hardly an appropriate phrase. The device is Android powered, has solid central management (You're on drugs if you think I'm going to activate and deploy iPads via iTunes.) and most importantly, integrates well with Cisco's voice and video servers. I have a single device that provides a) thin client functionality b) a softphone for use with CUCM / CallManager and c) acts as a video conferencing endpoint for telepresence. As someone who works in corporate IT with a lot of Cisco gear, this device is godsend. That being said, in our organization we don't blacklist apps for phones or anything like that unless it interferes with productivity. I'm pretty excited for this.

Govt To Bomb Guam With Frozen Mice To Kill Snakes 229

rhettb writes "In a spectacularly creative effort to rid Guam of the brown tree snake, an invasive species which has ravaged local wildlife and angered local residents, the US Department of Agriculture is planning to 'bomb' the island's rainforests with dead frozen mice laced with acetaminophen. While it might not seem difficult to purge an island of snakes, the snake's habit of dwelling high in the rainforest canopy has so far thwarted efforts to rid the island of the pest. Eradicating the snake is a priority because it triggers more than 100 power outages a year at a cost of $1-4 million and has driven at least 6 local bird species to extinction."

Comment Re:Why cut prices? (Score 2, Informative) 117

I recently disassembled a 60GB unit to repair a YLOD and can confirm that launch PS3 units have the Emotion Engine / PS2 CPU chip directly on board.

I'd also like to recommend to Slashdot readers the cheap PS3 route; I bought a YLOD 60GB unit (with a 320 GB drive in it) for $100 off Cragslist. Disassemble it, remove thermal compound from the RSX and Cell, and bake the motherboard in an oven at 425 for 12 minutes. I've done this twice, and gotten good results both times. I think I'm the best uncle ever; I gave this 60GB PS3 to my nephews since I already have one. I think taking a broken PS3 and fixing it in front of them is waaaaaaaaaaay cooler than just buying one at the store : )

St. Louis Museum Offers Thrills, Chills, and Lawsuits 140

theodp writes "Despite the whiff of danger, or perhaps because of it, the WSJ reports that the City Museum is one of St. Louis's most popular attractions. Housed in a 10-story brick building, the City Museum shows none of the restraint or quiet typical of most museums. It boasts a five-story jungle gym with two real-life jets kids can climb on, an enclosed Monster Slide that drops riders the length of three staircases, and a rooftop Ferris wheel. Sure, there are the occasional severed fingers and skull fractures, but museum founder Bob Cassilly contends that it is as safe as it can be without being a bore. 'They [lawyers] are taking the fun out of life,' says Cassilly, adding that 'when you have millions of people do something, something's going to happen no matter what you do.'"
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Microsoft Docs Indicate Future Xbox 360 Support For USB Storage 130

Internal Microsoft documents obtained by Joystiq indicate that its Xbox 360 console will gain support for USB storage devices some time this Spring. "According to the document, the USB mass storage device must be at least 1GB and the system will do a compatibility check. 'The system partition occupies 512 MB of space, and by default the consumer partition occupies the remainder of the device capacity, or 16 GB, whichever is smaller.' Upon inserting a blank USB storage device, 'consumers are offered two choices: "Configure now" or "Customize."' The 'Configure now' option will use 'the entire device capacity, up to the maximum of 512 MB plus 16 GB,' meaning, regardless of the overall size of the device you're using, the Xbox will only enable 16 GB of usable, non-system storage. The 'Customize' option will allow you to 'preserve some pre-existing, non-console data on the device' such as music." There have also been rumors of a new, smaller form factor for the 360, and hacker Ben Heck has given his thoughts on some leaked motherboard pictures.

Comment Re:Maybe not the best solution (Score 1) 267

Maybe they could update their software distribution model to match what consumers want? Hello, mp3 players, take 2. I gave it away, but I did have an R4 that I used for this very reason. I'm not going to lie about not pirating any titles, but I do have a *very* large legit library of DS games, and I was much happier playing them off of an 8 GB micro SD card instead of lugging around a bunch of carts.

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