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Comment Re:RROD is all about heat (Score 1) 607

While everything I said is anecdotal of course, their entire poll was a self reporting group... I saw this poll (or a poll very close to it in content) back when it was still live... I found it via a website instructing people to go there and complain about their broken xbox 360s!

Clearly MS should just release some statistics on the matter and shut people up but it probably is somewhat higher then normal and don't want to open themselves up to lawsuit... but 54%? Thats laughably unreliable. MS would have fixed the issue after release with that kind of major problem simply because it would have cost them more money to keep the cycle of repair going.

Comment RROD is all about heat (Score 0) 607

The whole issue is all about heat, I've bought my Xbox 360 right after xmas the year it was released and have had very few issues with it. I personally believe it is because I've always used it up-right and the power supply well ventilated. The only issue I had w/ it at all is when I accidentally knocked it over and wrecked my COD5 disk recently.

Comment Re:Perhaps we should surveil the surveyors... (Score 2, Insightful) 103

Yeah but in case you hadn't noticed the courts accept a large amount of digital evidence in courts with less then a steller backing, or so it seems to me. As a programmer I know *nothing* on a computer is 100% reliable right down to the CPU microcode (blue pill hacks). It really is turtles all the way down.

Comment Re:and yet NYC still has traffic jams (Score 1) 882

I live in DC where they do the whole 45/35 thing in school zones and I don't know where you live or anything, but here in DC they love to put speed cameras out in front of those schools which give tickets. A couple of days ago in the news it was revealed that those people who were doing 45 were being given tickets by the system automatically, even though they shouldn't have because school wasn't in session, OOPS!

Comment Re:Total Hijack (Score 1) 263

anagama - The bug you're showing in your link is from the slashdot code being broken in "classic" mode. I view slashdot in multiple browsers on multiple platforms and its basically broken in all of them unfortunately. The new "D2" does not appear to be broken though on the other hand, so you might try using that one instead. Dissussions Viewing Preference should allow you to switch to the other style.

Comment Re:Corporate FUD is the real enemy here (Score 3, Insightful) 213

Maybe you could suggest the wiki entry be deleted. It doesn't sound like this guys posts have enough external reference points to hold itself up, and it doesn't sound like it is relevent enough to warrant a wiki article... There was a thing a while back about how wikipedia was clearing out those kind of entries. Just a thought.

Feed Engadget: Microsoft ends Xbox 360 RROD "coffin" program, still paying for shipping (

Getting an Xbox 360 RROD was never any fun, but at least getting it fixed was easy, since a quick phone call would get you a pre-paid "coffin" in which to send the broken console back for repairs. Not anymore -- although Redmond will still pay for return shipping, the company's beancounters have decided to axe the expense of sending custom packaging out to people who need repairs, meaning anyone who gets an RROD will need to pack things themselves. Not the end of the world, but we share Joystiq's take: just send it however you can, since MS is fixing it anyway, and then save the return carton in case something else goes wrong -- knowing the 360, it very well might.

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Submission + - TSA to begin body-imaging in NY/NJ 1

An anonymous reader writes: The Port Authority of NY/NJ will begin screening PATH train passengers using "passive" body-imaging technology this month. Announcement by the Port Authority of NY/NJ: — More about the technology from the TSA:

Comment Re:Yeah, Sorry Guys. (Score 1) 280

While I can understand what you mean, it seemed to me that this transaction-cloud or whatever, could be used to hold your money like a bank (presumably in an anonymous way) so that you could get to your money w/o the government being able to track it... After all that is really how the IRS knows about your money - because banks are required to report on you, and so are your employers.

I do agree with you though in its unlikeliness.

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Submission + - Facebook Causes Adultery? (

dinoyum writes: "According to religious leaders in Indonesia Facebook may led to adultery! Plans to put limitations on Facebook use, in the biggest Muslim nation in the world has been met with uproar. Facebook is the most popular site in Indonesia. For heavens sake, even the Pope is on FB."

Submission + - Google Wave Just Another Big Splash? (

spydabyte writes: From Jens and Lars Rasmussen, founders of Where 2 Tech, the precursor to Google Maps, comes a sneak preview of a new product called Google Wave.

In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It's concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use "playback" to rewind the wave and see how it evolved.

Is this the perfect collaboration tool or just another website to pique our interest for a week? Check out the official Google blog for an intro, or go directly to the sign up form to sign up for an invite — as soon as it's released.


Submission + - China Japan on collision over rare-earth metals (

An anonymous reader writes: JAPAN'S increasingly frantic efforts to lead the world in green technology have put it on a collision course with the ambitions of China and dragged both government and industry into the murky realm of large-scale mineral smuggling.

Submission + - Google unleashes Wave on developers (

superglaze writes: "Google has unveiled a distributed, P2P-based collaboration and conversation platform called Wave. Developers are being invited to join an open source project that has been formed to create a Google Wave Federation Protocol, which will underlie the system.

Anyone will be able to create a "wave", which is a type of hosted conversation, Google has said. Waves will essentially incorporate real-time dialogue, photos, videos, maps, documents and other information forms within a single, shared communications space.

Developers can also work on embedding waves into websites, or creating multimedia robots and gadgets that can be incorporated within the Google Wave client."

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