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Submission + - Microsoft SQL Server 2016 ... on Linux (microsoft.com)

BitZtream writes: Microsoft claims to love Linux, so much so that they seem to be bringing SQLServer to Linux in 2017. While the release mentions Linux in the title, iOS and Android for BI integrations appear to also be in the works. The announcement on the official Microsoft blog today is a surprising change from the Microsoft we knew only a few years ago. A preview is mentioned as available today though no link was found. With the recent purchase of Xamarin, as Microsoft finally decided there is more money to be made by not requiring vendor lock in?

Submission + - Homeward Remastered available for preorder on Steam (pcgamesn.com)

BitZtream writes: The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been officially unveiled by Gearbox Software at PAX South today. The game will feature a high-definition upgrade to all the assets, new voice-recordings from the original cast, and updated cinematics that also keep in with the games original theme and style.

It will also include access to a new Homeworld Remastered Steam Multiplayer Beta, which combines both classic games into one platform for a wider variety.

Gearbox have also laid down a launch date for the game too: February 25th. It will be available via Steam, and you can pre order today for a 15% discount.

Spam

Submission + - FTC Offers 50k for an effect way to block robocalls (ftc.gov)

BitZtream writes:

The Federal Trade Commission is challenging the public to create an innovative solution that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones. As part of its ongoing campaign against these illegal, prerecorded telemarketing calls, the agency is launching the FTC Robocall Challenge, and offering a $50,000 cash prize for the best technical solution.

Apparently mandating that telephone companies filter invalid caller id data from their customers and prosecuting the violators of robocall laws is too much effort.

Microsoft

Submission + - Office 2010 Beta Released (office.com) 1

BitZtream writes: Microsoft has begun notifying people about the availablility of the Office 2010 beta. Don't bother trying to download it with anything other than IE however, it would appear at least for the moment that Safari on OS X (With Silverlight) and Google Chrome on Windows just sit at a page with a twirly when attempting to download after signing. IE on the other hand works instantly so it doesn't appear to be a load issue.
Google

Submission + - Google Chrome is out of Beta

BitZtream writes: This morning Google announced that Chrome is out of Beta, and showing improvements for plugin support, most notably Video speed improvements. It also contains an updated javascript engine claiming that it operates 1.4 times faster than the beta version, and work has begun on an extensions platform to allow easier integration with the browser by third parts. The original Google blog post can be found here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/google-chrome-beta.html
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - How do you deal with bad online retailers?

BitZtream writes: I'm curious as to how slashdot readers would handle my current situation.

I ordered a Wii bundle on June 6th from ebgames.com and paid the extra for overnight shipping. On June 8th the Wii product page said: Orders placed before 6/8/07 will be shipped on 6/11/07.

On June 11th, nothing happened on the ebgames.com status page for my order so I emailed them. The response was typical:

We apologize for the shipping delay this order has experienced. We are
currently investigating the problem; we will fix the problem and get
this item shipped out as soon as possible.

Later that evening my order status changed to 'Processing'. It hasn't changed since. So today, (June 13th) I called them twice. The first time was around 5pm EST and I was told the order had shipped and I will get it on the 14th. So I wait till this evening, around 9pm and call back to get a tracking number since I'm a bit skeptical. Now I'm told my order has not shipped, and it will be shipped tomorrow and I will get it on Friday, the 15th, at which point I promptly state that I expect my shipping charges to be reduced. No deal, they won't do it. Okay, cancel the order, the won't do that either.

This is entirely unfair in my eyes. I can drive to the local ebgames store and buy a Wii right this instant, but then I'll end up with two and have to go through the process of selling one.

I have very little faith that I'll get it on Friday now since they've obviously lied about it being shipped once already.

My question is simple, is there anything that I can do to get out of this deal other than contest the charge with the credit card company since they already have my money?

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