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Programs Cannot Be Uninstalled In Vista? 469

Corson writes "I am surprised that nobody seems to have mentioned this here yet. Possibly after one of the latest updates in Windows Vista, two strange things happened: first, the Uninstall option is no longer available in the Control Panel when you right-click on older programs (most likely, those installed prior to the update in question, because uninstall works fine for recently installed programs — the Uninstall button is also missing on the toolbar at the top); second, some programs are no longer shown on the applications list in Control Panel (e.g., Yahoo Messenger). A Google search returns quite a few hits on this issue (e.g., one, two, three, and four) but everybody seems to be waiting patiently for a sign from Microsoft. But the company seems to have no clue or they would have fixed it already. I am just curious how many of you are experiencing this nuisance."

Zune DRM Cracked 232

An anonymous reader noted that Zune Scene is reporting that the Zune DRM has been cracked with software now available that strips the DRM from Zune Marketplace tracks and those shared with WiFi.

Submission + - Cingular BlackBerry 8800 has Google Maps and GPS

Jeff Greene writes: "Cingular has just launched the BlackBerry® 8800, which is the first mobile device to feature GPS integrated with Google Maps. Here is an exciting expert from the Official Google Blog:

"When you download Google Maps for mobile and fire it up, you'll notice something quite unusual: a blinking blue dot showing you exactly where you are! You can use your auto-detected location to get directions and perform local searches without even entering your location — instead of 'pizza 94043', just enter 'pizza' — and we'll automatically know you want pizza in the zip code '94043.'"
Will this compete with Apple's iPhone, which has a Google Maps interface that lacks GPS?"
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - "We're halfway there": Sun on Open Source

antistrophe writes: Builder AU has just posted a video interview with Chief Open Source Officer Simon Phipps of Sun Microsystems. He covers the possibility of forks in Java, GPL v3 and why Sun is living on the prayer of Open Source. Phipps says: "I believe that open source is going to be come the dominant way that software is going to be created over the coming decade."

Submission + - Sony posts worst quarterly loss in four years

hughperkins writes: "IHT reports Sony posts worst quarterly loss in four years.

"The company reported a loss of ¥67.6 billion, or $562 million, in the three months that ended on March 31 as a weak performance for the PlayStation 3 offset a turnaround in other divisions like consumer electronics and movies.

"Sony is in the second year of a turnaround effort led by its first foreign chief executive, Howard Stringer, a Welsh-born American, who has closed factories, cut jobs and canceled unprofitable products like Aibo, the robot dog.

"The new game console showcases some of Sony's newest and most expensive technologies, including its high-speed Cell microprocessor and Blu-ray next-generation DVD. Stringer has been counting on PlayStation 3 to become a global hit to help restore the company's reputation as an innovator and keep ahead of cheaper Chinese rivals. "But since its introduction in November in the United States and Japan, PlayStation 3 has quickly fallen behind its two rivals, the Wii, by Nintendo, and the Xbox 360, by Microsoft. According to NPD Group, a market research company based in New York, Sony sold 501,000 PlayStation 3 consoles in the United States from January to March, compared with 1.03 million for the Wii and 721,000 for the Xbox 360. "This performance is a big setback for Sony, whose previous game console, the PlayStation 2, held a 70 percent of the global market. PlayStation 3 has suffered from repeated production delays and is more expensive than Wii or Xbox 360. Last month, Ken Kutaragi, the father of the PlayStation series and once a rising star at Sony, announced that he would step down in June as chief executive of the game division.""

Submission + - Adobe open sources Flex SDK under MPL

andy_from_nc writes: "Adobe announced that they are open sourcing their Flex SDK under the Mozilla Public License incrementally by December. This move comes on the heels of Microsoft's announcement of their Silverlight and Adobe's CEO's criticism of it. The move will likely please other open source developers who use Flex like me and offer hope that we'll see a full open source version of Flash one day. You can read Adobe's FAQ on the move as well."

Submission + - Inkjet Printer Creates Body Organs

Stargaser writes: Scientists at Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine are using inkjet printers to create organs and tissues, that's something that could change the very way of studying tissue engineering. Regular ink cartridges available almost everywhere are emptied, cleaned and filled with the cells needed to create the organ. Then, an inkjet printer prints these cells into a substance resembling human tissues. Printed layer by layer, cells form the required shape of muscle or organ. Adopting inkjet printers for the need of tissue engineering resulted in more precise, accurate, fast and, most importantly, controlled creation of biomaterials. It seems to me that inkjet technology for today's science is like an invention of the wheel for our ancestors — it's spread far over the area it was designed for.

Submission + - Citibank breaking support for alternate browsers

An anonymous reader writes: Recently went to do some online banking with Citibank at and found they had so badly altered their website that it was unusable in both Moz 1.6 and in Firefox 1.5. Called their 1-800 tech support and was informed they don't support anything but IE so no help there. I was completely stonewalled by the customer support rep. I simply had to inform them that only fools use IE and that their changes had made it impossible for me to continue doing any business with them. We're done using Citi which has become more aggressive with their terms, fees and interest rates. Website FUBAR's that make it harder to do business with them are the last straw. Anyone else have issues with Citibank and their online site?

Comment I call this FUD... (Score 1) 373

The reason the that the camera-phone picture turned out a lot better was because the person did not know how to use the DSLR. I would like to see this test with the EXIF data in tact and not have the pictures edited in Photoshop first. Judging by the high amount of noise on the DSLR picture, the camera was set at a very high ISO. If the person actually knew how to use the camera they could take a lot better picture.

I suspect that the author is just trying to get people to visit his article so CNET can make money off the advertisements.
NES (Games)

Submission + - The 'Holy Grail' of gaming sells for $24,100

Mike Ferry writes: "(via — g-sells-for-21-400-31061.phtml)
* * *
A fabled golden Nintendo World Championships 1990 (NWC) cart recently sold within a collection of 23 other games in an online auction for $21,400 — it began on March 18th.

There are only 116 NWC carts in circulation today. Ninety of these cartridges were clad in the standard gray casing, but there were 26 special golden cartridges that were given away through a Nintendo Power contest that ran just before the 1990 championship tour. There were only two ways you could possibly get your meathooks on one of the 116 carts: become a finalist in the championships or be a winner in said contest. That's it.

As you can see, the odds of you or I getting our hands on one or, rather, even seeing one in person are ridiculously slim. The notority of these blessed game cartridges has made them the top pick for avid collector's all over the world and continues to be considered the most sought after piece of gaming history.

However, this auction holds a very unique and interesting tale...

The story behind the auction itself is almost as amazing as the rarity of the game it contains. It was started by a father who had lost his son in the Iraq war. The auction description states that his son passed away a few years ago and now he is deciding to sell some of his son's belongings. Ironically, he would've kept this collection for his daughter, but the NES they owned no longer works.

It is quite tragic for anyone to lose somebody they care for, regardless of the circumstances. Perhaps this auction was his son's final way of paying back his father and easing the pain.

Another thing to note, is that the auction began at a mere $24 — one dollar per game seemed to be a fair price in the seller's eye. Can you imagine going to someone's yard sale and seeing the literal "Holy Grail" of gaming marked for one buck? I think I'd probably pass out just by seeing the friggin' thing.

Nonetheless, a unique treasure of gaming's past deserves an equally unique story to go along with it. See the auction for yourself. (Link to -> w&listingID=3402)"

Submission + - TV delays drive viewers to piracy

Astat1ne writes: The Register has a story about the delays Australian TV viewers are experiencing with overseas-produced series and how it is driving many of them to download the shows via BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer networks. From the story: "According to a survey based on a sample of 119 current or recent free-to-air TV series', Australian viewers are waiting an average of almost 17 months for the first run series' first seen overseas. Over the past two years, average Australian broadcast delays for free-to-air television viewers have more than doubled from 7.9 to 16.7 months." According to the article, the situation is compounded by the fact that Australian viewers are unable to download legal copies of the episodes from the US iTunes website and are turning to unauthorised means to get copies of their favorite shows.

Submission + - Creative Commons v3.0 licences launched

An anonymous reader writes: Creative Commons announced the release of its licences on Friday 23 Feb 2007. Changes include "Clarifications Negotiated With Debian and MIT", CC-BY-SA "compatibility structure", endorsement control, etc.

Submission + - Study contradicts RIAA on cause of CD sales drop

IBuyManyCd writes: A new research paper (PDF) published in the Journal of Political Economy contradicts the RIAA claim that illegal downloading is the main reason for the 25% drop in CD sales.
A quick overview of the article is presented on the University of Chicago Press site: Downloads are not the primary reason for the decline in music sales. "Researchers from Harvard and Kansas find that impact of P2P sharing on U.S. music sales is "statistically indistinguishable from zero".
The overview also quotes:
"We match an extensive sample of downloads to U.S. sales for a large number of albums", write Felix Oberholzer-Gee (Harvard University) and Koleman Strumpf (University of Kansas). "While file sharers downloaded billions of files in 2002, the consequences for the industry amounted to no more than 0.7% of sales."
The author compiled data on nearly 50,000 music downloads of popular songs (on pop charts) and across eleven genre from 2 major P2P servers. They then compared these with the same pop chart songs CD sales, "it is striking to see that more than 60% of the songs in our sample are never downloaded".
This underlines what many online users have lived first hand. If an album is good enough, reaching the pop chart, it will gladly be bought by fans.

Submission + - Gizmodo Declares March "Boycott The RIAA"

Ryan Draga writes: "Tech Bloggers, Gizmodo, are declaring March "Boycott the RIAA Month"

From the article: "The RIAA has the power to shift public policy and to alter the direction of technology and the Internet for one reason and one reason alone: it's totally loaded. Without their millions of dollars to throw at lawyers, the RIAA is toothless. They get their money from us, the consumers, and if we don't like the way they're behaving, we can let them know with our wallets.""

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