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Comment MotoBlur (Score 1) 135

Hopefully one of the things they will do is remove abominations such as MotoBlur, including from existing handsets. This will cause motorola owners to colletively cheer and tempt people away from other manufacturers.

Comment Re:Hackers, obviously... (Score 1) 1200

A light hearted romp with a storyline where a corporation artificially increases the value of something some kid stole from a badly protected system, much like the busts of the early 90s from what I gather, and it has been a while since I read about it so my memory may be sketchy, started off because AT&T needed a scapegoat for a massive cascade failure causes by a dodgy update to their System V telephone exchanges, and went after Phrack magazine by telling the secret service the stolen document they published was worth many thousands of dollars by including the cost of the computer it was written on plus the cost of the time of the person writing it, despite a different department of the same company selling the similar documents for 20 dollars to anyone that asked. If this is what the script writer was basing the story line on that would explain why the tech references in the film were massively out of date years before the film was released and ended up being entertaining to us now. Someone at my uni when I was studying compsci stole my Hackers OST CD. That was some good music they had with the film too so I'm still pissed off about that 10 years later...

How Nintendo's Mario Got His Name 103

harrymcc writes "In 1981, tiny Nintendo of America was getting ready to release Donkey Kong. When the company's landlord, Mario Segale, demanded back rent, Nintendo staffers named the game's barrel-jumping protagonist after him. Almost thirty years later, neither Nintendo — which continues to crank out Mario games — nor Segale — now a wealthy, secretive Washington State real estate developer — like to talk about how one of video games' iconic characters got his name and Italian heritage. Technologizer's Benj Edwards has researched the story for years and provides the most detailed account to date."

Comment Re:somebody read it (Score 1) 304

I work just around the corner from the C-net offices in Southwark, and walk around the whole area listening to internet radio (mp3/shoutcast) using 3g on my N95 so I know the 3g signal is pretty good. This is using T-mobile. I'm considering this device when I get my upgrade in December. The 02 signal WILL be pretty good in that area too as it is just on the other side of the river from the City of London (i.e. the city centre/finance district for the merkins reading this) If they wanted to test it on Wifi there is free wifi access at the Island Cafe which is a 2 minute walk from their offices, and do a rather nice full english breakfast to make the most of their testing. I use it to test the VPN software for my end users and naturally I have to have a full english when i'm there, it's only fair ;)

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"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982