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Android

Submission + - four strangest bugs in the history of Android

An anonymous reader writes: Every mobile operating system has its foibles, but Android also has to contend with the whims a dozen device manufacturers and fragmented software. Taken together, this situation has resulted in some peculiar Android bugs. Whether it’s a camera that tells time, a screen that just isn’t right, or SMS flying though the ether, Android has a colorful history with software and hardware bugs.
Android

Submission + - Cyanogen Hired by Samsung (slashgear.com)

sunr2007 writes: ""Hardware company Samsung today has been revealed to have acquired one of the single most notorious names in Android modification, that being Steve Kondik, aka “Cyanogen” of CyanogenMod 7. For those whose life in the after-hours of their day is hacking and pushing their Android devices to the limits, this news has the potential to be much bigger than Google’s early morning acquisition of Motorola. How exactly this will affect how Samsung will operate is not yet known – the next most important question, about what’s going to happen to CyanogenMod now that Cyanogen himself is working for Samsung""
Wireless Networking

Users Say Sprint Epic4G 3G Upload Speeds Limited To 150kbps 138

Miamicanes writes "Nearly everyone who owns a Sprint Samsung Epic 4G and has benchmarked its 3G performance has discovered that its 3G upload speeds are apparently limited to 150kbps. So far, Sprint has not officially acknowledged it as a problem, nor has it indicated whether this might be a firmware bug, a PRL issue, tower-related, or the result of a deliberate policy to cap 3G upload speeds. Regardless, the problem is causing widespread anger among Epic4G owners, many of whom have bitterly noted the irony of being charged a $10 surcharge so they can endure data transfers that are slower than they had 4 years ago (and a quarter of the speeds enjoyed by Evo owners on the same 3G network)." Cellphone networks are fickle beasts; can anyone out there with an Epic provide a counterexample?

Submission + - Sprint Epic4G 3G upload speeds limited to 150kbps (sprint.com)

Miamicanes writes: Nearly everyone who owns a Sprint Samsung Epic 4G and has benchmarked its 3G performance has discovered that its 3G upload speeds are apparently limited to 150kbps. So far, Sprint has not officially acknowledged it as a problem, nor has it indicated whether this might be a firmware bug, a PRL issue, tower-related, or the result of a deliberate policy to cap 3G upload speeds. Regardless, the problem is causing widespread anger among Epic4G owners, many of whom have bitterly noted the irony of being charged a $10 surcharge so they can endure data transfers that are slower than they had 4 years ago (and a quarter of the speeds enjoyed by Evo owners on the same 3G network).
Idle

Submission + - CCTV Catwoman hunted on Facebook (bbc.co.uk) 3

VoiceOfDoom writes: A woman caught on CCTV dumping a cat into a wheelie bin where it was trapped for 15 hours was hunted — and found — on Facebook last night after the owners of Lola the cat posted the footage on a page titled "Help Find The Woman Who Put My Cat In The Bin". Mary Bale, of Coventry, was recognised and is now under police protection after threats of violence were posted on the group's wall. The group has now been closed, but many others have sprung up hosting a variety of troll posts and disproportionate reactions.
Image

Man Sick of Waiting In ER Sews His Own Gashed Leg Screenshot-sm 5

A 32-year-old Swedish man known only as Jonas is in trouble for improper use of hospital equipment after he grew tired of waiting, and closed a wound on his leg himself. Jonas had waited an hour in the emergency room for someone to stitch up a deep cut before he grabbed a needle, and did a diy job on his leg. From the article: "After an hour-long wait in a treatment room, he lost patience and proceeded to sew up his own wound. 'They had set out a needle and thread and so I decided to take the matter into my hands,' he said. But hospital staff were not as impressed by his initiative and have reported the man on suspicion of arbitrary conduct for having used hospital equipment without authorization."
Java

Submission + - Has Oracle Dumped The Java Community? (oracle.com) 1

strannik writes: I personally enjoyed the last two years of "CommunityOne", the open source (and free) portion of Java One. This year's line-up of events surrounding Java One has no mention of it, and there is little evidence of the past events either. What does this say about Oracles relationship to the Open Source Java Community?
Cellphones

Motorola Planning 2GHz Android Phone For Later This Year 183

rocket97 writes "On Wednesday, at the Executives Club of Chicago, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha reportedly decided to chat about the relatively near future of the mobile landscape as he sees it — which, in part, includes the ultimate demise of mobile computers in favor of highly-capable smartphones. This being his vision, Jha discussed Motorola's plans for a smartphone with a 2GHz processor — by the end of this year. While Jha did not want to divulge any further information, Conceivably Tech cites another anonymous Motorola executive who was a little more chatty, talking up a device intended to 'incorporate everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today.'"
Software

Submission + - Rector shutdown darkens south Florida (google.com) 3

grassy_knoll writes: From the AFP News Agency

MIAMI, Feb 26, 2008 (AFP) — Five reactors at a nuclear power plant in Florida had gone down on Tuesday and two were now back online amid a massive power outage in the southern state, CNN reported. The report on the Turkey Point nuclear plant came as four million people had lost electricity in Miami and elsewhere in Florida, with traffic signals out and major delays on roads, authorities and media said.
So how fragile is the electrical grid, and just what technical problems could shut down five reactors?

Television

Submission + - 4 Million+ Without Power In Florida

cuebol writes: 8 Reactors went down at Turkey Point nuclear power plant. The result was a massive transmission failure resulting in over 4 million customers without power. Homeland Security was on the scene to reassure us that the terrorist NEVER win.
Image

Which Way to the Nudity? Screenshot-sm 3

If you're the kind of person who drives across the country a lot and needs to know exactly how far away you are from some naked breasts, tatas, melons, hooters, jugs, funbags, lady lumps, knockers, boobies, gazangas, mamma-jammas, coconuts or Honk Hogans at any given time. The NUDAR GPS system might just be the perfect thing for you. Boobs.

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