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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Coding boot camps for PHBs (

MrMarket writes: I am a PHB (marketing guy) with a hobbyist-level understanding of HTML and CSS that would like to learn how to build a web application. My employer has a sabbatical program that gives us six weeks paid leave to pursue an intensive area of study. I would like to use mine to build a basic consumer web application as a way to get learn HTML5, CSS, and javascript.

Can any one suggest a coder's bootcamp for people with little to no experience? Ideally it would be a program where I could come into the program with my idea (with detailed mock ups and business requirements) and have access to classes and labs sessions to choose the framework, set up the environment, and build the application with the help of a teacher. I know that most of you learned to code by "just doing it," but I could really benefit from some structure and mentoring to accelerate the process (or at least get a jump start on the foundation).

Portables (Apple)

Apple Can Remotely Disable iPhone Apps 550

mikesd81 writes "Engadget reports Apple has readied a blacklisting system which allows the company to remotely disable applications on your device. It seems the new 2.x firmware contains a URL which points to a page containing a list of 'unauthorized' apps — a move which suggests that the device makes occasional contact with Apple's servers to see if anything is amiss on your phone. Jonathan Zdziarski, the man who discovered this, explains, 'This suggests that the iPhone calls home once in a while to find out what applications it should turn off. At the moment, no apps have been blacklisted, but by all appearances, this has been added to disable applications that the user has already downloaded and paid for, if Apple so chooses to shut them down. I discovered this doing a forensic examination of an iPhone 3G. It appears to be tucked away in a configuration file deep inside CoreLocation.'" Update: 08/11 13:07 GMT by T : Reader gadgetopia writes with a small story at IT Wire, citing an interview in the Wall Street Journal, in which this remote kill-switch is "confirmed by Steve Jobs himself."

Submission + - T-Mobile Sued over Mandatory Text Fees

OhHellWithIt writes: The Red Tape Chronicles blog on is reporting that T-Mobile is being sued by a subscriber for requiring him to pay for text messages. The subscriber didn't know when he signed up for service that T-Mobile can't turn off text messages, and the carrier said he would have to pay $800 to terminate the contract.

IMHO, it's pretty galling, when you consider that a text message's use of bandwidth has got to be way lower than even one minute of voice traffic. It's going to be interesting to see how this shakes out.

Submission + - UK Government launch anti-P2P consulation

foddenop writes: The UK Government launched its long-awaited consultation today (expires 30th October) on "illicit P2P file sharing". The preferred option seems to be self-regulation with the primary concern as the music industry (surprise, surprise) but the entire document is practically written by the Music Industry and content providers (see Annex B). You can find the consultation at with the actual document at If you think this is wrong then tell the Government and respond to it. You can bet your house the grubby music companies will. Pity really, but if the Government put this much effort into trying to stop child pornography the world would be a much better place but it appears money matters more than people.
The Courts

Submission + - Jammie Thomas to appeal RIAA verdict (

Perp writes: Ending a few days of speculation, Jammie Thomas has decided to appeal last week's $222,000 copyright infringement verdict. 'The basis of her appeal will be jury instruction no. 15, which told the jurors that they could find Thomas liable for copyright infringement if she made the recordings available over a file-sharing network, "regardless of whether actual distribution has been shown." The "making available" argument is a contentious one... and judges have gone both ways on this issue. The question of whether making a file available over a P2P network falls under the category of distribution as defined by the Copyright Act is by no means settled in the eyes of the law.' Thomas has also begun accepting donations to cover her legal expenses.

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