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Comment Utter crap (Score 2, Interesting) 262

Nonsense. They're hardly going to build a manufacturing plant. They could (like Apple do) sub-contract to another manufacturer. But, in essence they've already done this with HTC making the bulk of Windows Mobile devices. I guess they could (like Google did) get HTC to build a Microsoft branded phone, but it wouldn't make a whole lot of difference as to what they have today.

Comment Re:Cores do not equal power (Score 4, Insightful) 432

As others have noted here in the past, the number of processing cores do not a powerful computer make.

For sure; but this is aimed at people who are would be rendering video on their desktop or other CPU heavy creative tasks (e.g. Photoshop on massively high resolution images).

This isn't aimed at your average Mac user, or even your 'power-user' - it's aimed at people who need huge amounts of CPU every now and then.

Comment Re:Another reason not to fly via Heathrow (Score 1) 821

It's been a year since I last flew out of there so I dunno if the thermite-panted idiot has changed things much there, but City has always been a cut above hellpits like Heathrow.

No, it has gotten even better - not just comparatively. In the last year, they've upgraded and extended the departure lounge - it's more comfortable now and not at all squashed; capacity has increased at the scanner area too, so there's still never any queues. And there's also a nice new bar - so if you are early for your flight (I usually turn up 20 minutes before departure, so I don't frequent the bar) you can get a pint. They're a tad over a fiver for a pint, but hey - you're flying from LCY, you can afford it.


Little Demand Yet For Silverlight Developers 314

ericatcw writes "At its Mix08 Web development conference, Microsoft said that its Silverlight rich Internet application platform is downloaded and installed an average of 1.5 million times every day; Microsoft has a goal of 200 million installs by midyear. But Silverlight is at the beginning of a long slog towards gaining traction. Computerworld did a quick analysis of job listings at nine popular career sites and found that an average of 41 times more ads mentioned Adobe's Flash than mentioned Silverlight. As expected only 6 months after Silverlight's introduction, the number of programming books carried on was also heavily skewed in favor of Flash."

Google Pulls Map Images At Pentagon's Request 217

Stony Stevenson alerts us to a little mixup in which a Google Street View crew requested and was granted access to a US military base. Images from inside the base (which was not identified in press reports) showed up online, and the Pentagon requested that they be pulled. Google complied within 24 hours. The military has now issued a blanket order to deny such photography requests in the future; for its part Google says the filming crew should never have asked.
GNU is Not Unix

OpenOffice.Org Now Under LGPLv3 107

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Sun has moved to the LGPLv3 license. In his blog Sun's Simon Phipps cites worry over software patents as being one of their main reasons for this move: 'Upgrading to the LGPLv3 brings important new protections to the community, most notably through the new language concerning software patents. You may know that I am personally an opponent of software patents, and that Sun has already taken steps in this area with a patent non-assert covenant for ODF. But the most important protection for developers comes from creating mutual patent grants between developers. LGPLv3 does this.'"

Apple Targeting Business World for the iPhone 338

The New York Times is running a couple of stories about the future of the iPhone in the business world and Apple's plan to maintain control of application development. Now that the iPhone SDK has been released and the "App store" has been demonstrated, Steve Jobs is pushing for the adoption of the iPhone as a standard business tool. In addition, a venture capitalist named John Doerr has launched a $100 million "iFund" to spur development of applications for the iPhone. From the NYTimes: "Mr. Jobs was upfront that there are limitations on what applications can do. He talked about bans on pornography and malicious programs. He also said Apple will not allow any application to be installed on the machine other than through the iTunes store. Nor will applications be permitted that enable an end run around Apple's deals with wireless carriers. Many questions remain unanswered. How much streaming video will Apple allow, because the iPhone is such an interesting video device? Mr. Jobs did say that the application development environment will have a lot of capabilities for video playback. Will Apple allow a service like Last.FM to offer streaming music on the iPhone?"

Submission + - EA boss admits "We're boring people to death&# (

An anonymous reader writes: EA's new chief executive John Riccitiello has spoken out against the industry's reliance on sequels and rehashes of existing genres. "We're boring people to death and making games that are harder and harder to play," he says, and adds that videogame are "at risk of being a little less interesting than Facebook and iPods and the next cool cellphone".

The question is — will he demand that EA Games and EA Sports cease all sequels and updates? Or will pigs develop large wings and scorch across the sky like jet planes? /09/were_boring_people_to_death_admits_ea_boss.htm l


Submission + - EA Exec says games "boring and hard" (

GamerJar writes: "The WSJ Online reports:

In his first in-depth comments since taking the job in April, John Riccitiello says he worries that the Redwood City, Calif., company and others in the industry make too many games that lack innovation. He says EA and others need both to push more aggressively beyond traditional audiences to court "casual" consumers and to experiment more with new sales approaches — outside the norm of selling $50 to $60 discs with 40-hour games that he says few players ever finish.

"We're boring people to death and making games that are harder and harder to play," Mr. Riccitiello said in an interview.

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