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Comment Re:Bye bye, RIM (Score 2) 122

A lot of blackberry users rely on their email to run multi million dollar corporations. These companies would never rely on a rebranded free solution like G-Mail for important emails. And, if they do, they deserve to go without services when an outage like this hits.

And, it's not just email that is effected. As it sits, there is no conceivable way for a global outage of Android services, but from what I'm told, this included contacts and events as well.

Comment Not really (Score 1) 209

Even if the guy only gets ~12 pounds out of the deal, as the article suggests, he can easily make that up by buying materials in bulk and following the letter of the deal. 12 pounds equates to ~$20 usd.

1) You can bet the framed photo in the deal is for a cardboard photo frame...a box of 350 of these cardboard frames can be bought for $250, or the equivalent of $0.71 per frame. These are 8x10 (I couldn't find 12x10 frames), so lets add some more to that and make it $1 each for the cardboard frames.

2) Even the 8x10 photo paper can be bought for $0.20 per sheet. Assuming that all of the paper stock can be bought for about the same price (the larger sizes might cost more, but the smaller ones will definitely be less), He's at ~$3 for the paper stock.

3) Add another $2 or $3 for the cost of printing...which is probably a huge overestimate for bulk ink/toner/etc for only 11 prints.

4) The DVD+Rs can be bought in bulk for about $0.50 each (the guy never said he would include a case, so I would assume he will simply put it in a paper or cardboard sleeve, which will cost less than $0.50.

I'll even throw in $2.00 for extras. That still leaves us at $10 for the work put into the photo shoot and photoshop. The guy is keeping the copyright to the photos, and even if he has to drive to the site and setup lighting, there's the whole "subject to availability" thing. Which means this guy isn't going out of his way for someone that's only paying $50 for his services.

Other things to think about. He doesn't mention what resolution he is using in his coupon, only "high resolution". He could provide the photos on the disk at 2MP under the deal. A quick photoshop job on 20 photos shouldn't take an hour to do...if you have to remove someone's hairy mole from 20 photos, that's 20 "air-brushed" photos. If he's smart, he can offer to do a better job on 1 or 2 photos instead of the quick job he would do for the full 20 photos. He also doesn't mention that the 20 "air-brushed" photos will be included on the CD/DVD which could mean that he will offer to sell these along with an extra photo-retouching service.

I can only conclude that this guy is not losing money (if he's smart) or at the very least is building his portfolio and making a little money to boot...even $10 for 2 hours of work and a potential referral is better than $0 for no work when you are self-employed.

Comment Re:My buying experience (Score 1) 609

Actually, the correct answer is that Windows Phone 7 is the Zune HD OS (which was not Windows Mobile) reworked to act as a smart phone OS. This is the biggest problem that Microsoft has with Windows Phone 7. They gave up all of apps made for Windows Mobile phones and worst of all they seem to have forgotten some of the lessons they learned with the Windows Mobile line.

Comment Re:Only if they are certified Java (Score 1) 675

Umh, actually if Dalvik is derivative of anything then it would be be j2se, since both Dalvik and j2se have functionality that j2me lacks...what this is really like is if Microsoft claimed that noone else could write a BASIC interpreter...which actually happened to some extent in the 1980s.

What I remember reading is that Dalvik was actually heavily based on GCJ which is open source.

Comment Re:I love Netflix (Score 1) 188

They have done "tiered pricing" in the past, and it never sticks. The reason being that not everyone will switch to tiered pricing and when everyone finds a company that has "unlimited" access, people will switch overnight. I'm not saying they won't try it, but the outcome is already determined.

One reason the 75Gb per month for "business" won't work is because businesses can still buy a T1 or higher that is unlimited for just about the same price as they are paying for cable or DSL.

Comment Re:This news bothers me. (Score 1) 188

Hulu uses Flash and does not apply DRM to any of their streams. Netflix had to add DRM to stream to the desktop, so they had to go with, it's the MPAA that you have to thank for that. On the other hand, embeded systems like Roku, XBox, and most likely PS3 and Wii are able to receive the stream without the DRM, so there might be hope yet.

Comment RIM and Windows Mobile (Score 1) 244

RIM is struggling because it filled a niche created by the failings of Windows Mobile (poor battery life and a bad user interface).

RIM fixed this by creating phones with acceptable battery life, a decent email app, and a streamlined OS.

This no longer sets the company apart from their current competitors (Android and iOS). Both Android and iOS devices have good battery life, decent email, and well thought out UIs.

If I were RIM, I would begin work on a line of Android phones. But, they have proven that they are going to do what so many once great companies have done (clutch to a failing OS until their last breath). (see Palm)

Submission + - Tetris Clones Pulled out from Android Market 2

sbrubblesman writes: The Tetris Company, LLC notifies Google to remove all Tetris clones from Android Market
      I am one of the developers of FallingBlocks, a game with the same gameplay concepts as Tetris.
      This night, I have received an email warning that my game was suspended from Android Market due to a violation of the Developer Content Policy. When I received the email, I already imagined that it had something to do with it being a Tetris clone, but besides having the same gameplay as Tetris, which i believe cannot be copyrighted, the game uses its own name, graphics and sounds. There's no reference to "Tetris" in our game.
      I have emailed Google asking what is the reason for the application removal. Google promptly answered that The Tetris Company, LLC notified them under DMCA to remove various Tetris clones from Android Market. My app was removed together with other 35 Tetris clones.
      So, I checked online on various sources, and all of them say that there's no copyright on gameplay. There could be some sort of patent. But besides not having a patent, which would last 20 years, so it would be over on 2005.
      It's a shame that The Tetris Company, LLC uses its power to stop developers from creating good and free games for Android users. Without resources for a legal fight, our application and many others will cease to exist, even knowing that they are legit. Users will be forced to buy the paid official version, which is worse than many of the one available for free on the market.
      Users from other countries, which is my case in Brazil, won't even be able to play the official Tetris, since Google Checkout doesn't exists in Brazil, so you can't buy paid applications from Android Market in these countries.

Canadian Judge Orders Disclosure of Anonymous Posters 250

debrain writes "The Globe and Mail is reporting that Google and a newspaper called The Coast must disclose all information they have about the identity of individuals who posted anonymous comments online about top firefighters in Halifax. The story in question is titled 'Black firefighters file human rights complaint,' and there are some heated opinions in the comments."

Comment Acidental Damage Protection (Score 1) 484

I hate to say it, because it's also a scam, but this won't matter if you buy an ADP plan that includes spills/immersion (SquareTrade sells them for all kinds of phones).

It doesn't matter who you buy it from though, if they know all you have to do to force them to fix it is to pay a $50 deductible, they are less likely to claim mishandling.

It's not fair, but they know if you don't have that insurance, you have no choice but to buy a new phone.


iPhone's Liquid Sensors Can Be Triggered By Wintertime Use 484

An anonymous reader writes "The Polish website Moje Jabluszko ran an experiment that proves the poor reliability of the liquid contact indicators (original, in Polish) installed by Apple in the iPhone. They performed three different tests to challenge the LCIs, which they recorded as a movie. They decided to mimic regular usage of the iPhone — meaning, you go outside where it could be cold or warm, then move inside in a building where temperature might be dramatically different, but still within covered conditions. So, they placed the iPhone in its box for one hour outside at -11 C, then moved it inside at room temperature for 24 hours. They repeated the experiment 3 times, and after the third cycle they could show that the LCI located in the audio jack plug started turning red! This is a clear proof that LCIs are not reliable and could turn red while the iPhone has been used under the defined environmental requirements defined by Apple. Here, only the condensing water could have been in contact with the sensor. In other words, even moving in and out during regular winter time will make you iPhone LCI turn red!" (In the tech specs for the iPhone, Apple rates the non-operating temperature range as -20 to 45 C.)

Comment Re:The death of the MP3 Player? (Score 1) 351

First, I'm not streaming *FROM* my phone. I'm streaming *TO* my phone and it only takes about 128k to stream good quality audio to a mobile device.

It may be a few more years before everyone is doing it, but it makes more sense to stream the data to mobile devices rather than having to carry around gigabytes of data.

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